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,1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 13y MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer  Beckie Schadler sits in her and hugs her nine- d daughter, Madalyn she talks 'about her diffi- and how alone she felt. lad recently moved to had made a were single or when her doctor bed rest. She housebound, her seemed very far away, friends didn t under- after the birth of her :she couldn't forget of loneliness and She says it would WOnderful to have from someone h Mini en share joys and crises during child-bearing years read about try, a rain- Women . years, Was a program she get involved with. her parish, required there, the idea so to be in 30 Newburgh to become They are out and share in cri- Which is based of the Visi- and Eliza- parish Was designed to !ncourage and air child- aistry fOCUses on the areas of infertility, birth, adop- tion, failed adoption, miscarriage and pregnancy complications. The ministry also is designed to help grandparents who are rais- ing their grandchildren. Women who become Elizabeth Ministers are asked to share their stories with other women. Each Elizabeth Minister fills out a form, telling about her life experiences. "They tell us about themselves, so we can get to know them," Schadler explained. Then, when the parish receives a request for an Elizabeth Minis- ter, "we can match up women who have gone through similar circumstances." Elizabeth Ministers start with a phone call explaining the pro- gram, and then a home visit. During their visits, the Eliza- beth Ministers bring gift bags from the parish. "It depends on the topic," Schadler said. "For infertility, the gift bag might include poems and prayers, a mug and a tea bag. There is the feeling of'have a cup of tea and let's talk.' "The gift bag for new mothers includes baby booties made by parishioners." The ministry does not offer counseling services, Schadler emphasized. "We are not coun- selors, we are not experts by any means. We are just sharing our experiences, sharing our stories. "We are trying to bring heal- ing to what the other person is going through." She believes that the strength of the ministry comes from the women who are willing to share " of themselves. "It's sharing a little bit of your- self, when you've gone through that same experience. It's listen- ing to their frustrations, to their situations. It's basically just sharing experiences." Schadler said she would like to see the Newburgh ministry grow, perhaps connecting women to other available resources, and encouraging elderly parishioners to become prayer partners. It's a ministry that's needed in the 1990s, Schadler believes, because the traditional struc- tures of support aren't as strong. "Families are separated, and neighbors are busy. It's not a new ministry. It's an old ministry with a new twist." Schadler noted, for herself, "It would have meant a lot to have someone come out and share her experiences with me, to hear that she had had a happy, healthy baby" despite complications. For additional information about the Elizabeth Ministry, call Linda Provence, pastoral associate at St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh, (812) 853- 6181. Prayer of Elizaoern Ministry Creator God, I pledge to truly celebrate the gift of each child conceived and born, and fully morn each miscarriage and infant or child death. I will be a strong witness to my belief in the dignity and worth of all life, by treasuring the gift of fertility, by assisting those suffering infertility, by encouraging those in the adoption process, and by supporting the families experiencing an infant or child crisis. I will be a strong and consistent voice for life in my home, my parish, my community, and the world. Amen. I II II LACmN Service le canonization of Archbishop Romero moved one step further )OR (CNS) _ Archdiocese ate Archbishop one Step closer by corn- ofhis life. process, ini- former Arch- Damas, 0Sad at an arch- tnOny Nov. 1, leaders do Saenz 1001a r'$ Payment " RUDER Ave. 25 Lacalle of San Salvador. Members of different religious communities, followers of Arch- bishop Romero, chanted "Long live Romero," and sang "Oscar Romero lives in the memory of his people." "We must pray now for the speedy canonization" of Archbishop Romero, Arch- bishop Saenz told those at the ceremony. During the archdiocesan pro- cess, the ecclesiastical court in San Salvador studied manu- scripts of Archbishop Romero's homilies, writings and even per- sonal letters. The court also received testi- monies from different people who knew the works of Romero during his time as San Sal- vador's fourth archbishop. 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Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may ben- efit by some extra prayers and attention. * Father Francis Bauer is now is residence at Regina Continuing Care in Evansville. Services for Providence Sister Mary Catherine Gootee, 84, who died Oct. 30, were held Nov. 2 at St. Mary- of-the-Woods. Sister Gootee was born in Montgomery to Alfred and Julie (Smith} Goottee. She entered the Congregations of the Sisters of Providence in 1927, and made her final vows in 1935. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including St. Joseph School, Jasper. Please send information for PEOPLE WE (ARE ABOUT to Mar..' Ann Hughes, The Message, P,O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724.