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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October CelebraUon continues for St. John, Vincen An anniversary banner announces the celebration at St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes. St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes, continues its anniver- sary celebration on Sunday. Oct. 26, with Mass at 11 a.m. and a" banquet at Greene Auditorium. Parishioners prepare a model of St. John the Baptist Church for the Fourth of July in Vincennes. The banquet is for all current parishioners 18 and older. The guest speaker will be Dr. Eber- hart Reichman. Bernie Niehaus will be the emcee. A parishioners' talent show, a display of posters by children in grades 3 to 5, and a dis- play of historical items will be part of the ban- quet festivities. All priests and nuns who have served the parish in the past have been invited to return for the celebration. Doors open at 3, with the meal at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required. The parish traces its history to the sacramen- tal register of the first pastor, Father Conrad Schneiderjans. He wrote, in Latin, that the reg- ister was the "Book of those who were baptized, joined in marriage, and buried from the German Congregation of Saint John the Baptist of the Diocese and City of V'mcennes, beginning on.the ninth day of November 1847." Celebrations of the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary year have included a parish Mardi Gras party and a fish fry at Flaget ruary, a new parish directory, a p March by a religious comedian, an organ cert by Mark X Hatfield, a parish card Mother's Day Breakfast, a day to honor loners over 90 years of age, the John the Baptist in June, and the c( a church replica which was displayed the Vincennes Fourth of July paI events during the year included the parish Germanfest and a "Polka August, and a parish mission in September( Committee members for the vance include Father Donald Ackerman, Sievers, Mary Dollahan, Martha Land, Thais, Walt Vieke, Dick Brown, Veronica Lawrence West, Max and Mary Barnes, Carie, Stella Risch, Lynn Reckez Ron Shafer, Gloria Kiefner, Chris Black, Black, Cindy Black, Annet Ernst, Ann Cindy Wickens, Mary Ann Thacker, Tony and Mike Rusch. Continued from page 1 Toledo, Ohio, said families must begin to instill respect for life at an even earlier age, around the family dining table. It was at shared family meals that we learned "how our par- ents looked at life" and "what was important to them, what they valued," he said. "I urge parents to make shared meals with their children a priority," he said. "What is eaten and where it is eaten are not nearly as important as that the family gathers and eats, together." One of the most comprehen- sive Respect Life observances in a U.S. diocese was the yearlong" effort launched Oct. 5 in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minn., to confront the "culture of violence in our midst." Bishop John F. Kinney of St. Cloud asked pastors and parish leaders to broaden their pro-life focus beyond issues such as abortion and euthanasia byrec- ognizing other forms of vio- lence, including domestic abuse and racism. Parishes received a packet of resource materials, which included statements by the U.S. bishops on violence and domes- tic abuse; fact sheets about abor- tion, euthanasia and assisted suicide; suggestions for church and school projects; and a "Family Pledge to Respect Life" certificate that can be signed by parents and children. Bishop Michael A. SaltareUi of Wilmington, Del., proposed six ways that Catholics could mark Respect Life Month, beginning with practicing "more random acts of kindness so as to develop even more consistent and rou- tine acts of kindness." Among his other suggestions: "Become more knowl- edgeable" about evils such as homelessness, poverty, hunger, assisted suicide, the death penalty, crime, racism and sex- ism that "plague our society." m Work to "resolve neighbor- hood or community problems." -- Contact a political leader to share your ideas about one issue. Fast one day a week in October by having only one full meal and two partial meals, with nothing in between. Pray daily and attend Mass at your parish each weekend. PJ " " ""m arlb ,mlMl Llil, Injury Law, Skillful Robert J. Pigman Sheila M. Corcoran Mark W. Rietman Charles L. Berger Andrew S. Ward Call (812) 425.8101 or (800) 327.0812 lnternet: www. bergerlaw, com 313 Main Street Evansville, Indiana 47708.1485 Representation Since 1946