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I II I :t00OM SAGE Th Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 25 NUMBER 8 October 21, 1994 ri-onal Past c.reweek m I II I ItST  EAST DEANERY Mission' Sunday reminds all to help . nve ye the WORLD MISSION SUNDAY ..... " missions = October 23, 1994 The and I am given the privilege his missionary i OF THE FAITH York-based : i "Normally  give, on one Sunday, the cents," he said, "But each year, .t next-to-la h u  L:  d : give $3 They knew theywere receiving help from ,:tl ,! iE be a partbf the missionary work of the church." The 18 parishes of the Diocese of Marsabit. to the World Mission Sunday collection, according u issue of Mission magazine. Although the weekly collection in all 18' contributions on a recent World Mesion SUnday 000.  A comparable spirit of sacrifice was exhibited in the Diocese of Baroda, India, where last year Babubhai Singo sold his goat and gave the whole amount of the sale for World Mission Sunday, saying that the contin ward the missions "is imperative to meet the great material churches." He noted that 1993 saw the creation of 11 new dioceses and the establishment of 14 new seminaries in mission areas of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania. "TO meet all these needs the church depends substantially on the financial assistance collected throughout the world on that next-to-last Sunday of the funds raised on Forty U.S. missions, and 9 percent goes to the work of the Catholic Near East Wel, n:,iocesan emolo ees et look a new insurance options m Y g MeI. R" LEINGANG eral, and assisted by represen- "our plan is a plan that is in paid about $670,000 more in essage editor tatives of Acordia of Evans- the process of evolution." The claims than it has collected in  l le __ employees of stitu,: ' SChools and other " Va':i ,n the Diocese mf nrst lookle are getting their ml .  a new insurance , i;i ,%dUled ur meetings were 'I ne dioce  locations around ' 't" se @! ls. , to explain the op- .lligible v bl to cLernployees will be ": r%slIlueLe either a Blue ,la. 00'm.ar ...... I.iens I.Iealth  pmn, or a Physi- t' alth bI ' Network Plan (a lea) amtenance Organiza- -"i he e P s cc rumi member of a i  Work ttee which has o 00ioce. /) tatatio i a rarn, presented  h" *r,, , t, ne first of the ; 'r? eh, ]i a at Resurrection ">a., a'_ evnle, on Oct. 17, ' 'ttl t g With Msgr. i -,app[ Vicar. gen" ville, explained the options to about 90 persons who had gathered in the school cafete- ria. Freeman, Msgr. Knapp, and the Acordia representatives planned to present the pro- gram at all of the meetings at Holy Family School in Jasper on Oct. 20; at Old Cathedral'Parish Center in Vincennes on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and at Memorial High School Cafeteria, Evansville, on Thursday, Oct. 27. All the meetings were scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. At the first of the four meet- ings, Freeman told the audi- ence how the insurance pro- gram was developed, and then explained the options and the various benefits of each plan. Time was set aside for ques- tions from the audience. Freeman emphasized that first stage is effective Jan. 1, he noted. The second stage will be effective Sept. 1, 1995 but not all of the details have been worked out for that sec- ond stage. Eligible employees were in- structed to make their deci- sions by Nov. 15, so that the new program could be imple- mented in January. Freeman also noted that the insurance program is partially self-funded. The money col- lected as premiums or fees is supposed to cover the claims paid out for employees' health care needs. "I view this as a partnership between you and the diocese, * he told the employees. Your claims will have a direct bear- ing on what your costs will bey Freeman also noted that since 1989, the diocese has fees. Those extra funds came from "the diocese," Freeman said, emphasizing that when he said "the diocese," he meant "us" -- the Catholics of south- western Indiana. Members of the audience asked questions about eligibil- ity, about their membership in other plans, about coverage provided by doctors who were not members of the Physicians Health Network, about drug prescription coverage and about what they would have to pay for the program. Some institutions in the dio- cese currently pay some or all of their employees' costs for in. surance. How much each em- ployee will pay for the coming year will depend on the em- ployer-employee arrangement an d which optio n is chosen. See DIOCESAN page 2