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October 8, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana II I I I I I IIII II I I 3 Golden Jubilee Celebration honors married couples By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Father William Wargel noted thatBishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger had blessed and dedicated the new Holy Re- deemer Church a year and a half ago. He then thanked the married couples who had come to Holy Redeemer Church for the blessing of their dedication. Bishop Gettelfinger presided at the Mass on Oct. 3, for cou- ples celebrating 50 or more years of marriage. Concele- brating with him were retired Bishop Francis R. Shea w who has been a priest 54 years and some 20 priests of the dio- cese. Several deacons were also present -- among them, Dea- con Hubert "Bud" Wilson and his wife, Dorothy, who observe their fifty-first wedding an- niversary this year. A total of 160 couples at- tended the celebration, includ- ing Albert and Rose Martin of Haubstadt, who have hee: married for 7() bears. They were nmong tle cv.lptes in the front row of pews a', the church: they were amon se\\;,- eral couples who were greeted by the bishop at the Sign of Peace. After his homily, Bishop Gettelfinger read the names of the couples who were present. The congregations applauded. The celebration was the eleventh such observance spon- sored by the Diocese of Evans- ville. For the past seven years, the Golden Jubilee celebration has been organized and coordi- nated by ('atholie Charities. There are 943 couples in the .dicese who are celebrating 50 el IIIore 'y'e:,tl"s Ot' IIlalTi;lIe. ;tc- cordin;z 'o Cathoik: Charille:.. All \\;verc invited to the celebra- i,m. Responses were receixed from 343 couples. Ivo and Severine Brune, with Emil and Lorene Head, bring up the gifts during Mass. The Brunes observe their fifty-third anniversary this year; the Heads, their fiftieth. Both couplesare members of Holy Redeemer Church. Strong family life is key to Preven ing society's ills PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) Strong family life is key to aP::v:t!ng :'the legacy that we d,,,g-,.- a .empmg today" of crime, tide aU=use, and teen-age sui- . '. peaer told a national of 350 Catholic family . "uSters, . Our homes ha avells W  ve to De acre the atmosphere s Peaceful and the ositive a_ ,. support is -u seit-esteem build- llg,, sa'" teynote lleN:k S: n nett, a ;ionol. - ...... the Na- , "''_ aSSociation of C ' atnily -.* atholic , ite Ministers 1993 2.r elite Providence Sept. in >e:ToeY Should be a place to resi':rege.nerated and re- e--- '. ,,,u mnett, a nro- Qr In human dev tad famil- - elopment "rsit-- .... c-Y Studies at the Um- )f t f AI. ahama and author "' nooks, on families and SUpport network family helps to individuals who able to deal with he said. 'ence, with the Healing, ms on the Jour- ed in on specific family rain- covered such is- and treat- dealing with Hispanic fami- parish volun. g families make s; helping di- and single ,Producing healthy the '90s; address- on patients esou-- ; and utiliz- ,esl to ,atht at local universi- arria ner information on f s, Children and family , nzatmn also pre- 002ted -i "a . ae,. Cogniton awards to [ members Ed and Peg Gleason of San Francisco, to H. Richard McCord of the U.S. bishops' office dealing with marriage and family life, and to the Christian Family Movement represented by CFM Presidents Paul and Jane Leingang of Evansville. In his speech Stinnett out- lined six criteria that a recent national study of 6,000 "strong" families have in com- mon: appreciation, commit- ment, communication, time to- gether, spiritual wellness, and the ability to deal with stress and crises as a unit. Emphasizing that strong family life can prevent society's legacy of crime, drug abuse and even teen suicide, Stinnett pointed out that: -- "The greatest percentage of our prison population is young people." "The incidence of sixth- grade students using drugs has tripled in the last 10 years." The suicide rate among teen-agers -- "the most tragic statistic of all" has quadru- pled since 1950. A separate study shows that those who commit suicide have a higher incidence of day-to- day stress and they feel less hope, Stinnett said. Providing that hope is where the family comes in, according to the speaker. "It is important that we be- queath hope to the next gener- ation and we can do this in our homes, our parishes, our placed of work," he said. "Building strong families is vital to the bequeathing of hope.  Included in the study of 6,000 families, Stinnett noted, were one-parent families, those with parents who had remar- ried and those that may have not started out as strong units. He asked conference-goers to close their eyes and think of happy memories from their own family history and share them with the group. Many re- called sledding, times at the beach, walks through the woods, Sunday dinners and singing songs. The common theme running through them, Stinnett said, "is the quality of time together. Strong families appreciate each other and value time spent together. They offer each other sincere compliments. They talk to each other." The biggest problem for fam- ilies is not spending enough time together, he explained. The 6,000 families studied were "no less busy than you or I, but they made time to be to- gether, to communicate with each other. Most families today communicate through rumor." Family members, he said, need good communication skills, need to be good listen- ers, and need to know how to argue, focusing on the issues and not on each other. "They identify the problem, look at alternative courses of action and select the solution that works best for everybody," Stinnett said, stressing that members of strong families have a loyalty to one another. Though some strong families do not necessarily belong to a particular church or religion, they still consider themselves strongly religious, according to Stinnett. "God has a purpose in their lives and God is a source of strength in their families," he said, adding that awareness of God from day to day helps peo- ple be more caring and less petty. In times of crises, strong families pull together and can see what is positive in a bad situation "no matter how dark it may be and how small the silver lining," Stinnett said Albert and Rose Martin, married 70 years, stand at the end of the Jubilee Celebration at Holy Redeemer Church, i Evansville. 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