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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Letters Contilcued from page 4 (books and magazines). That is the challenge to youth. E.M. Waldron Evansville Mass schedules To the Editor, We are being prepared for the Sundays in which our priest will not, for one reason or another, be able to say Mass. Instead we will have a lector to read the Liturgy of the Word. I would think our parish is not the only one preparing for this. As close as our parishes are in some or most areas, it seems that if we the people knew the schedules of the adjoining parishes, or any parish in the diocese, we would be able to get to another church for Sun- day Mass. The Eucharist is still the cone of the Catholic Church. Take the Eucharist away from us and we have no Catholic Church. Sunday Mass and the Eu- charist is most important and so I'm asking the Message please update and publish a newschedule of all the Masses of all the parishes in the dio- cese. We could keep a copy at home and also the priests could post these schedules at the doors of the churches for those days when we will not know until we get there that the priest will not be able to celebrate Mass. Thank You, Pat Hoffman Evansville Kentucky churches to fight casinos, seek just contract for miners By T.F. SHAUGHNESSY Catholic News Service ASHLAND, Ky: (CNS) -- The Kentucky Council of Churches has voted unani- mously to fight legalized gam- bling casinos and has called on unions and mine owners to bargain for a just and fair agreement. The statewide ecumenical organization of 11 Christian denominations, including the state's Catholic churches, rep- resents more than 2,000 con- gregations. The council voted on the measures during its re- cent 46th annual assembly in Ashland. The gambling resolution re- jects casinos "as a panacea for civic financial distress.  It says it supports instead "fair and progressive taxation of all resi- dents by their consent, rather than fiscal reliance on a 'quick fix' source of revenues gar- nered from taxes on gambling casino profits, which, in the long run, may prove more costly and less stable as an economic base for government operations." Legalized casinos in Ken- tucky will create "costly eco- nomic, social and criminal problems for our citizenry," said the council's statement. The council also voted to es- tablish a separate committee to build a coalition of casino opponents. While recognizing that vari- ous religious denominations represented in the council hold diverse moral positions on gambling, the resolution con- centrates on casinos, rather than casino-style games of chance, a legal form of charita- ble gambling. In such low- stakes operations, overhead is inexpensive and revenue re- mains in the state to support community services and reli- gious institutions, the council said. "Casino operations, on the other hand, to be profitable, must allow for much higher stakes, allow people to suc- cumb to gambling more money away than they intended, and the profits, after taxes, are usually taken out of state and not reinvested in productive ways in the local economy," the resolution said. Kentucky's Catholic bishops previously had taken an infor- mal "position of non-support" on legalized casino gambling, said Ken Dupre, executive di- rector of the Catholic Confer- ence of Kentucky, the legisla- tive arm of the state's four dioceses. The bishops plan to continue discussing the subject at their December meeting, he said. Although no legislation has been introduced to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky, other states recently have rein- troduced riverboat casinos or "other forms of high-stakes gambling. Supporters claim that casinos generate revenue through tourism and create new jobs. The mining resolution calls on coal companies to be re- sponsible stewards of "a nat- ural resource given by God to humanity as a gift." Kentucky's coal miners face a dangerous, financially inse- cure life while mine owners see millions of dollars in profits, the resolution said. Coal miners in the United Mine Workers Association in seven states have been on strike since May while contract negotiations with the Bitumi- nous Coal Operators Associa- tion continue. "The issue of job security is of paramount concern in these negotiations and currently union miners are denied the right to a job in newly opened mines as union mines are worked out, thereby facing per- manent unemployment when the union mines close," it said. The council urged the Bitu- minous Coal Operators Associ- ation, "to bargain for a just and fair agreement that will bene- fit not only the corporate own- ers and executives but also the miners, their families and com- munities and we call on the BCOA and the United Mine Workers Association to negoti- ate a contract settlement which will bring true justice to the coal fields." " l Administrator ,,v' Hwy, 57 So, Washington, IN 12.2.4s18 l Prairie Village BB Living Center DOMINICAN SISTERS OF HAWTHORNE Providing free shelter and care to incurable cancer patients. Our Sisters come from all =,alks of life Prior nursing experience not required. CONTACT Sr.Marie Edward Rosary Hill Home *600 Linda Ave. ' Hawthorne, New York 10532 (914) 769-4794 We must pray daily for clergy To the Editor, I have never written to the Message, but my heart was saddened to see in our Catholic Paper not one but two articles on two different priests and their act of adultery. We don't need this in our paper. The secular world more than covers those things. Instead you should have asked for prayers of all Catholics for our fallen priests. The really sad thing is we Church Continued from page 1 suffering youth, suffering mothers and fathers." "People of God, don't be afraid," the statement said, without commenting on the volatile political situation and the wave of violence. Human rights activists have criticized most of Haiti's bish- ops for failing to speak out in support of Father Aristide. In the past, Bishop Willy Romelus of Jeremie spoke out as head of the bishops' justice and peace commission. However, sources say the Haitian bishops re- structured themselves so that Bishop Romelus no longer heads the commission. Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, who has actively campaigned for Haitian human rights, told Catholic News Service that Haiti's bishops were appointed during a time when former dic- tator Jean-Claude Duvalier ex- ercised the right to approve nominations to the office of bishop. Bishop Gumbleton said he believes that, in part, explains the reluctance of bishops' con- ferences from other parts of the world to speak out about the situation. really have man.v priests. I almost threw away because I did my grandchildren to ! two articles us kicking our very* than praying We should pray our priests, Catholic clergy Holy Father Pope Never in the church has the into the lives of our "They just never pear critical ops' conference," he In Relief Services sentative Douglas the volatile politi, has blocked the gram and forced bar business outside the The office, street from the palace, is these days," he members come in  (a.m.) and leave (p.m.)," he said. "In the start getting more he said, and there gunfire. "It just and goes. "Right now it normal as all of a sudden could come by al would scatter," reference to pickup trucks full i ing "attaches" police auxiliaries being used by elements of the army leadership ta th NATIVI" 0 November 6 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Dozens of Area Nativity Sweet Shop Plant Arbor Soup & Sandwiches Served on Turkey Dinner .Sunday 11:00 Evansville Nativity Church 3635 Pollack Avenue