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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Madonna and child, Hanukkah stamps among holiday postal VASHINGTON (CNS) -- This year's U.S. holiday postage stamps include not only a Madonna and Child for Christ- mas, but also one comnmmorat- ing Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. There also are secular images of the season: ice skating, tree trimming, a child's dream of Santa. When the U.S. Postal Service displayed designs for its 1995 commemorative stamps in late 1994, a Victorian angel had replaced the Madonna and Child Christmas stamp, breaking a 16- year tradition. But the negative reaction that followed, including protests from President Clinton to key con- gressional committees, prompt- ed an about-face. "As long as I'm postmaster general there's going to be a Madonna (stamp}," Marvin Run- yon pledged early in 1995, and a Madonna and Child stamp was produced in time for Christmas 1995. This year's Madonna and Child stamp is a detail from the oil painting "Adoration of the Shepherds," done by Italian artist Paolo de Matteis in 1712. The painting is in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Rich- mond, where the stamp was to be issued in a Nov. 1 ceremony. De Matteis did the painting for a leading art patron of the time, the duchess of Lauren- zano. It is considered one of his masterpieces, and typifies the late Baroque or early Rococo style of Naples, according to Postal Service spokesman Robin Wright. Wright said a series of frescoes done by de Matteis still can be seen in Naples. The Hanukkah stamp was unveiled earlier this year as the first stamp in a new series called "Holiday Celebrations." It was issued jointly by the United States and Israel during Octo- ber. Hannah Smotrich, a graphic designer and instructor at the Corcoran School of Art in Wash- ington, used the cut-paper tech- nique to design the stamp, which shows a contemporary menorah of nine multicolored candles. Eight of the candles recall the eight days during which one jar of oil miraculously kept the Jerusalem Temple's holy light burning after the Temple was rededicated by the Maccabees more than 2,100 years ago. The ninth candle is the "helper," the one used to light the others. At the unveiling at the B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jew- ish Museum in Washington, Smotrich said Hanukkah has become somewhat secularized because it falls in the Christmas season. "But in my family, that is not the case," she said. "We would sit around and light the menorah and sing songs by the light of the candles. The warmth of the evening has a lot of meaning to me, and the celebration focuses on the lighting of the candles." Julia Talcott, a Boston-based artist who also used the cut- paper technique, designed this year's contemporary stamps, a block of four holiday scenes, plus a single stamp depicting an ice Skater's fancy backward loops. Wright said the contemporary stamps "celebrate family, sharing and the winter season through the eyes of a New Englander." The block shows family members sitting before a holiday_hearth, trimming a Christmas tree and delivering gifts in the snow, with the fourth chile sents. The Postal "Holiday reflect a dif nic holiday each announced Oct. 30 series stamp African-American zaa. stamp issues Islamic de Mayo, the May 5 iday marking a This year's -- with 104 million the upcoming will stay in print cent first-class And the Postal has announced that i iday stamps will er Madonna and with holiday wreathsa ican holly. Catholic Charities USA among nation's top-ranked ch By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Only the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross received more contributions last year than the nation's Catholic Charities agencies, The Chroni- cle of Philanthropy reported Oct. 31. The publication ranked Catholic Charities USA, with more than $419 million in pri- vate contributions, No. 3 in its annual "Philanthropy 400" list- ing of nonprofit organizations that receive the most donations from their supporters. Among the top three, the Catholic Charities group spent the least on fund raising -- 1.38 percent of total income, com- pared with 3,87 percent for the American Red Cross and 4.46 percent for the Salvation Army. The Chronicle's report fol- lowed close on the heels of a report in the November issue of Money magazine that ranked Catholic Charities USA second among the nation's top charities in efficient use of donor dollars. Catholic Charities USA is the country's largest private net- i ii MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5000 work of independent social ser- vice organizations, representing some 1,400 local agencies and institutions in U.S. dioceses. "We are pleased that our long- time commitment to efficiency is being noted," said Jesuit Father Fred Kammer, Catholic Chari- ties USA president. The Chronicle said last year's total private contributions to Catholic Charities agencies rose 25 percent over the previous year, moving the group up four notches from its No. 7 listing in 1995. "We conjecture that private donations are up because Catholic Charities agencies are making a more concerted effort to raise funds and tell the story of the wonderful work they do," Father Kammer said in a state- ment. Total income of Catholic Char- ities agencies from all sources was just under $2 billion. The Salvation Army had more than $1.4 billion in total income, $644 million of it in donations. Of the American Red Cross's total income of $1.7 billion, nearly $466 million came from dona- tions. The Chronicle reported that ii 301 MAIN ST. VINCENNES, IN 47591 i ii ii Position Opening High School Religion Teacher Rivet Jr./Sr. High School in Vincennes, IN has an opening for a high school religion teacher for the second semester of the 1996-97 school year. Assignment l'esponsibilities cover religious instruction in grades 10 through 12 (five periods), liturgical coordinator (one period) and a teacher preparation period. Contact: ii Rick Kapiszka, Principal Rivet Jr./Sr. High School 210 Barnett Street Vincennes, IN (812) 882-6215 i i |1 i i ii only half of the Catholic Chari- ties affiliates had professional fund raisers on their staffs two years ago, but now 85 percent do. It also reported that they have increased their fund-rais- ing budgets, from $17 million the year before to $27 million last year. It said overall contributions to the top 400 philanthropies rose 5 percent. That beat the infla- tion rate of 2.8 percent but did not match the 11 percent aver- age gain in contributions to phil- anthropies of all sizes. Fourth nationally among phil- anthropies in the level of private support was the American Can- cer Society. From fifth to 10th place were Second Harvest, United Jewish Appeal, Harvard University, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YWCA of the USA and American Heart Asso- ciation. There 'ere 138 universitie making up of the list. Top Harvard, the institution in the top. 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