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.OOetober 11,1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Joyfully acclaiming ,fiocesan jubilarians 11 CELEBRATE LIFE One could not help celebrating life at Good Shepherd Church in Evansville last Sunday after- rloon, October 6, 1991. We've done it before, but the Golden Jubilee Mass sums it all up in one event. Jubilarians from fifty years to sixty-eight Years were there with their sons and daughters, 'grandsons and granddaughters, great grandsons and great granddaughters. This does not even COUnt in-laws. The church was full with over eight-hundred worshippers celebrating life. Tile liturgical readings were perfect tor the Crasion. They were the scriptural lessons for the Wenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary time. No one Could have planned a better combination. The GOspel especialiy referred to fidelity required in a3arriage. /Vithout it marriage is not possible. ' When one ponders the events and changes that have occurred during the fifty years and more of marriage we celebrated it is overwhelming. For those celebrating golden iubilees, imagine what has transpired in the seventy and more years of life-experience of each of the Jubilations. Imagine a home without electricity. Imagine a home with- out electronics: no radio, no television, no mi- crowave oven. Cars were a luxury fifty years ago; today they are a necessity. Air travel was so new it was a novelty. Now it is a way of life. Space travel was a wild dream of comic book writers. Today it is a step into the future. All this and more has taken place in the lives of those celebrat- ing fifty years and more of marriage. Marriage is a commitment. Love is its fulfill- ment. Family life is its fruit. Fidelity is its binding force. In our world today, "throw-away" items are tile "in thing." They include disposable diapers to paper graduation gowns. An attitude quickly develops: "If you don't like it, throw it away and get something more pleasing." Marriage and thmily life have not escaped this consumerist approach to life. Throw-away spouses are victims of self-centered mates. There are abused and battered children left to heal themselves. Oh, what tragedies we can recount. How innumberable are the untold stories of un- happiness and misery caused by such an ap- proach to family life. Today, we joyfully continue to celebrate life. We do not deny evils in our world. We turn not away from those suffering difficulty in mar- riage and family life. We do take the time to stop and ponder -- yes joyfully acclaim -- those who have modelled for us fidelity for fifty, sixty and almost seventy years in marriage. Yes, we be- lieve! Yes, we celebrate! Congratulations to all families who love one another as Jesus loves each of us. Bless all who strive to live up to the marriage commitment in fidelity! Church membership, giving, praying up NEW YORK (CNS) -- Church membership is up, giving is up, and praying is up, according to statistics published in tile 1991 Year- book of American and Cana- dian Churches, which is com- piled by the National Council of Churches. The yearbook shows that in 1989 the total religious mem- bership in the United States increased somewhat faster than the total population- from 145,383,738 to 147,607,394, an increase of 1.5 percent. The population grew 0.9 percent. Roman Catholicism and several conservative denomi- nations, including evangeli- cal churches, recorded mem- bership gains for the yearbook. While many main- line Protestant bodies report- ed declines, most were less than 1 percent. In the United States the Roman Catholic Church, by far the biggest U.S. religious body, showed an increase in its rolls of 2.1 million mem- bers or 3.8 percent, bringing its total membership to 57.02 million members. The South- ern Baptist Convention was the biggest Protestant group, reporting just over 14.9 mil- lion members a 0.6 gain over last year. The United Methodist Church, the third largest U.S. church, had 9 million mem- bers, down less than 1 per- cent. 8Ylv0- Other groups reporting an Iden Jubilarians annual net gain in members hra. aa and Pauline (Wehr) Mehringer Sr. of Jasper will cele- included the Presbyterian ThLtheir fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Church in America, 4.3 per- "sgivin- at 9 a m Sunda, Oct 20, at St loseoh Church, cent; Jehovah's Witnesses, 2.6 ltO r. A dinner will be served at the Knights of Columbus percent; Seventh-day Adven- tlle for the immediate family and invited guests following tists, 2.1 percent; Church of froua ss. Friends and relatives are invited to an open house Special Jubilarians the Nazarene, 1.6 percent. illH.z to 4 p.m. at the Jasper Outdoor Recreation; a dance, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Rollett will celebrate their sixtieth Based on the most recent rel;ug and merry-making party will follow for all friends, wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Sunday, Oct. data available on contribu- VerlVa_ es and neighbors The couple requests no gifts. They 13. The couple was married Oct. 14, 1931, at St. Boniface tions, all nine denominations Itii  married Oct. 22, 1941, at SL Mary Church, Ireland by Church in Evansville. They are the parents of five children, that report current member- hile r Louis Becher. The open house will be hosted by their Mary Hilakos, Margin Orman, Dorothy Morris, Ann Schnei- ship and statistics on giving lle.u, ten, Sharon Bushhoetter, Jeanne Mundy, Fred der and John Rollett. They have 17 grandchildren and 16 showed that total contribu- lift, ringer, Martha Mundy, Sylvan Mehringer Jr., Ann great-grandchildren, tions increased. i.x uai, and their spouses. They have 24 grandchildren and at'grandchildren.  Homemade Amish Cooking SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR  MARIAN DAY SCHOOL EVANSVILLE, INDIANA -- The successful applicant will possess an Indi- a Elementary License, have Special Education aching experience, strong leadership ability and lood human relation skills. , ualified applicants "should submit a resume by ,.ov. 15, 1991 to: Ms. Phyllis Beshears, Director of nOols, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. I 15% Senior Discount Every Tuesdayl Groups, Please Call 812-486-3977 For Reservations Guided Tours Available Montgomery, Indiana Flea Market Every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9200- Square Feet Under Roof Open Monday Thru Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.