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r 5, 1993 The Message- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i, Jasper Deanery Serra. Club celebrates2000 years By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "Our primary purpose is to promote vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life, and to improve our own VOcations and our own spiritu- said Thomas Schnellen- president of the Jasper Serra Club. 25 men belong to the ), which is seeking new .raembers who are interested in the Work of the Serra Club. Women and men are eligible, bersand severalre prospective mere cently attended the club's twentieth anniversary dinner. Schnellenber er sa Serra o,  g id - ,u, members will be Cting interested persons the next few weeks. nly requirement of rnem- .mat they be practicing Schnellenberger le Jasper Deanery Serra twice a month, on rst and third Mondays. meet at the Knights Hall in Jasper, Inner at 6:45, and the 7:15. p.m. members volunteer for projects and tions office. Jasper Deanery Serra Club members do most of the maintenance work at the Out- post, the vocations awareness camp operated by the diocese near Lincoln State Park. (Serra Club members built sev- eral of the buildings at the camp.) Serra Club members drive the vans to transport partici- pants in the pre-sem and GIVE programs. Serra Club members have an annual appreciation dinner for priests and religious. Among the newest efforts of the Serra Club is a vocations program being developed and available for parish religious education programs. Retired teachers George Lythgoe and John Fierest, along with Norb Schroeder and other volun- teers are going to parishes in the area to talk about voca- tions with the young people in religious education classes. For information about activi- ties or membership, contact Thomas Schnellenberger, 911 Jackson Street, Huntingburg, IN 47542. Telephone (812) of the diocesan voca- 683-3080. !shop appoints IOcesan chaplain Scouting --u, R, LEINGANG ergy of our priests so that they 'eSsage editor are free to do that which only "Jack" Thompson of active for many circles, has .d as Diocesan scouting activi- op Gerald A. Get- de the appoint- d Oct. 27. follows Richard Eti- Director of for the Diocese resigned Position to pursue Career. He was the to serve as in the Diocese the on- they can do," said Bishop Get- telfinger in his letter of ap- pointment. "To be scout chap- lain does not require priesthood, however, when a priest is needed for liturgy for the scouts, it is my hope that one would respond positively to a request to assist," he said. The new chaplain "will need to coordinate the efforts that have been so faithfully carried out through the assistance of the priests who have been in- volved," the bishop said. He told Thompson, "You may also wish to use the services of those priests who still wish to be involved on a volunteer basis." ' AUTO TOPS SEAT COVERS BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER ,h Sheet Metal Inc. & Commercial Heating & Cooling Sales & Service 422-9242 I 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville STAR SERVICE BANK MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pro-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 .. Members of the Jasper Deanery Serra Club observed their twentieth anniversary at a recent dinner. Message photo by Michael Woolsey Clinton health bill doesn't name abortion, but it's still there WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Al- though the wording is slightly changed, the legislation to im- plement President Clinton's health care reforms remains vague on the topic of abortion. Although Clinton and his top health adviser, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, have both made clear that the health plan will cover abor- tions, the word never appears in the 1,342-page legislation presented to Congress Oct. 27. In its section on the compre- hensive benefit package, the legislation says covered ser- vices would include "family planning services and services for pregnant women (described in section 1116)." That section reads: "The ser- vices described in this section are the following items and services: "(1) Voluntary family plan- ning services. "(2) Contraceptive devices that: upon prescription; and "-- Are subject to approval by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Federal Food, Drug and Cos- metic Act. "(3) Services for pregnant women." The 239-page booklet that Clinton released in September to outline the plan said only that unspecified "pregnancy- related services" would be cov- ered. When the plan was made public Sept. 22, Baltimore Aux- iliary Bishop John H. Ricard said inclusion of abortion cov- erage "is a tragic step back- ward" for a plan that meets many other goals of the U.S. bishops. He credited the plan for its emphasis on universal access, the principles of plural- ism and common good and re- straining costs. Other organizations that lined up in opposing the plan's abortion coverage included the "-- May only be dispensed National Right to Life Commit- tee, the Family Research Council and the Knights of Columbus. More recently, Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newspaper based in Hunting- ton, Ind., called for "vocal and unyielding opposition" to the inclusion of abortion in the health plan and said it should be defeated if abortion cover- age is not removed. : "We feel that on this issue of coercive and direct payments for abortion coverage, Catholic organizations, foundations, companies and dioceses should band together with other con- cerned groups in drawing a line in the sand," said an un- signed editorial in the paper's Oct, 24 issue, headlined "Fatal Coercion." It called the Clinton' health care reform package "a moral Trojan horse, using the socml crisis in health care to S'uivert the ongoing mora]('deb'ate about abortion in America.*' Catholic-Jewish group in step to healing, tourslholocaust museum By CAROL ZIMMERMANN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) Members of a Jewish-Catholic group talked for months about their upcoming trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. But once they walked into the permanent ex- hibit that tells the story of the Holocaust, they barely spoke. The group, 42 members of the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Committee, had driven eight hours from Albany, N.Y., just to see the museum. The trip was not the first sponsored by Albany's Diocesan Commission on Ecumenical and Interreli- gious Affairs; for 20 years the group members have met for discussions and various trips. As they mingled in the mu- seum's lobby, identified by their bright pink badges, they were like any other group, talking loudly and asking questions. But once inside the mu- seum's permanent exhibit, they were constantly sur- rounded by hundreds of tourists, part of the 5,000 visi- tors who have visited the mu- seum each day since its April opening. As one group member put it, the museum was "almost sa- cred. You didn't want to say anything." Suzy Isser, 84 and probably the oldest in the group, spoke out immediately, crying as she looked at photographs of Jew- ish prisoners. "I have trouble," she said, turning away. "I keep looking for my relatives." A few moments later she told Catholic News Service that her husband had escaped imprisonment in Dachau. She also pointed to a picture of Jewish men forced by Nazi soldiers to scrub streets in Vi- enna on their hands and knees. "My father was one of one of them!" she exclaimed. She was not the only one in the group with a personal con- nection to he photographs and artifacts in the museum that tell about the Holocaust atroci. ties. Among those artifaGts are wooden prisoner bunks Trom Auschwitz-Bierkenau; "a rail- way car that carried Jews to death camps, and shoes and other personal belongings taken from unsuspecting Jews before their deaths. .... Marsha Halpert, whos fa- ther spent four Years in the Buchenwald prison camp, was most affected by seeing railway car 31599-G. Visitors can Walk through it. "It just made me feel how unbelievable the tlolo- caust was,* she said. Each member of the dialogue group viewed the artifacts from a different perspective. But each of them, including women and men, priests, a bishop, a rabbi, a retired news- paper photographer, a school teacher and prison teacher, said it was betterAo have toured the museum .together than to have come alone.