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T ho/V[ E S SAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ,,. , ,. ,#;, : , v<g::. [,.. 4.>at/$g{%:" " , '"" "- '. ' "' ' ' ' " ...... VOLUME 24 NUMBER 8 October 15 1993 WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY Official From Bishop Gerald A. Cettelfinger Rev. John V. Breidenbaeh, Pastor of Corpus Christi Church, Evansville, effective Wednesday, Nov. 10, noon. Rev. Wilfred L. Englert, Pastor of _St. Joseph Church, Evansville, effective Wednesday, Nov. 10, noon. Christi, St. Joseph in sville receive new pastors By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Father John Breiden. 34, will be the new pas- of Corpus Christi Church, . He will continue as astor of St. Joseph Church, Iville, through Nov. 10. pastor of Corpus rist, Father John Kane, re- from the pastorate and ier this year. Breidenbach was March 25, 1959, the son and Elizabeth Breiden- of Bedford, Ind. He Stud- the priesthood at St. College, St. Meinrad, and at Mundelein Semi- near Chicago. Was ordained Aug. 21, and first assigned as as- e Pastor of St. John the nnes. 1989, Father Breidenbach associate pastor Family Church, Jasper. named associate pastor ection Church, a.sville, in September 1992; August 1993 he was as- to his first pastorate, Evansville. Breidenbach's service has also included .ership on the Diocesan Team, the Council of and the Diocesan Con- s Christi Church was in 1955 on Evans- st Side. The parish according to r the 1994 The parish an enrollment of pupils; the religious educa- Program serves 135 stu- pre-school through high " Wilfred "Fred" En- will be the new pas- rseph Church, is currently as- PastOr of St. John Newburgh. r.Englert, born Dec. is the son of Dorothy and Louis Englert of Ce- studied for the at St. Meinrad Sem- Meinrad, Ind., and May 9, 1986. Englert was ap- FR. JOHN BREIDENBACH FR. WLFRED ENGLERT pointed associate pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, Vin- cennes, in June 1986; Holy Family Church, Jasper, in July 1987; and to his current as- signment, St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh, in June 1990. His new assignment is his first pastorate. St. Joseph Church, estab- lished in 1905, has 428 fami- lies. The religious education program serves 85 students pre-school through high school. Father Joseph Ziliak is the pastor of St. John Church. The parish, with approximately 1,250 families, is the second largest in the diocese. With the reassignment of Father En- glert, it will become the largest parish in the diocese to be served by one resident priest. The largest parish in the diocese is St. Joseph Church, Jasper, with 1,935 families. Father Patrick Foster is the pastor. Fathers Gordon Mann and Brnard Etienne -- the two most recently ordained priests in the diocese -- serve as associate pastors. Memorial Mass held for soldier killed in Somalia By MAURA ROSSI Catholic News Service SCHOOLEY'S MOUNTAIN, N.J. (CNS) His early death in Somalia robbed U.S. Army Cpl. James E. Smith of a chance for marriage and chil- dren, but he "lived out well" the commitments he made in his short life, said the priest who baptized him 21 years ago. About 800 mourners gath- ered for a memorial Mass Oct. 7 at Our Lady of the Mountain Church, Smith's home parish. Smith, known to his family and friends as "Jamie," was one of the U.S. soldiers killed Oct. 3 in Mogadishu in a series of chaotic battles with the mili- tia commanded by Somali war- lord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Father Raymond Kupke, who presided at the young Army Ranger's memorial Mass, said Smith's life of com- mitment that began with bap- tism continued as he lived out promises to respect and serve others in Boy Scouts, in his "Wolf Pack  football team at West Morris Central High School and in the Army, "Long ago, in the Wolf Pack, he learned lessons on what it takes to fight the good fight," said Father Kupke, Paterson diocesan archivist, who re- membered the young soldier as the first baby he baptized after his ordination. He recalled that when Smith entered the Army he was struggling .with his faith, to the point that for religious affilia- tion on his dog tags he listed "N.P." for "no preference." That listing "weighed more and more heavily on our friend Jamie," the priest said, and eventually after a talk with his father he changed his tags to read "R.C." for "Roman Catholic." Father Kupke cited Jesus' Gospel promise: "If anyone de- clares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my father." Among Smith's mourners were his parents, a sister, twin brothers and the girlfriend he was going with at Fort Ben- ning, Ga., before he shipped ou to Somalia. Many of the mourners wore their military uniforms. Smith's body was returned to the United States via Dover Air Force Base, Del., for burial at Fort Benning. Parishioners pray for captive WASHINGTON (CNSJ Al- though they are worlds apart, the parishioners at St. Kieran Parish in New Hampshire do not feel isolated from the war- ring factions and political up- heaval in Somalia. In the small mill town of Berlin near the Canadian bor- der, they regularly pray for one of their former parishioners Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Durant, the U.S. he- licopter pilot held captive in Somalia since Oct. 3. The pilot's hometown church, decorated with yellow ribbons, was overflowing with about 700 people Oct. 8 during a special Mass to pray for Du- rant, who was captured after his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down during a raid against fighters loyal to Soma- lia's warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. During the raid and fighting between U.N. peace- keeping forces and Aidid forces, at least 15 U.S soldiers were killed and several others wounded. Looking ahead to next 'Synod' issue The next "Synod Issue  of the Message will be published and mailed after the 1993 Synod, and dated Nov. 12. Because federal offices are closed on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, the special Synod Issue will be mailed a day late, and will arrive a day later than usual. The first issue of November will be mailed to regular sub- scribers. The issue dated Nov. 12 will be mailed to every household in the Diocese of Evansville. I