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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Golden Jubilarians Roman and Dorothy (Eckerle) Dudine of Jasper will cele- brate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at St. Joseph Church. Their children and their spouses will host a din- ner at the Knights of Columbus Home at 1 p.m. for family and invited guests; the couple requests no gifts. They were married Nov. 14, 1944, at St. Joseph Church by Fa- ther Ambrose Schneider. They are the parents of four children: Don, Jane Fischer, Margaret Wente of Indi- anapolis, and Anne Maas of Cincinnati. Golden Jubilarians Joe and Marie (Allen) Rayman of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at Holy Spirit cafeteria, Evans- ville. The couple was married Nov. 4, 1944, at St. John Church, Loogootee. They are the parents of three chil- dren: Brenda Loschen and Larry "Butch" Rayman, both of Evansville, and Debbie Christmas of Loogootee. They have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR Position opening, as coordinator of youth ministry be- tween several parishes. Background in Catholic education or studies and some experience in Youth Ministry is re- quired. Strong organizational skills required. Person must like and be supportive of youth in a multicultural setting. Salary commensurate with experience and education. Send resume to: Youth Ministry St. Joseph Church 600 E. Virginia St. Evansville, IN 47711 Catholics give far less to church than other grou" By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service (CNS) -- In one of the most comprehensive studies of U.S. church giving patterns to date, Catholics again came out way on the bottom. The researchers uncovered a variety of factors that influ- ence giving levels but "no smoking gun" to explain why Catholics give so much less than others, said sociologist Dean Hoge. The study found that the typical Catholic household gives only $386 a year to sup- port the church -- less than one-fourth the amount that the typical Assemblies of God household gives. Catholic giv- ing is about one-third the amount of Baptist giving or Presbyterian giving and about half as much as the typical Lutheran household gives. Other studies in recent years have reported similar Catholic- Protestant discrepancies, but most have been based on tele- phone surveys rather than studies of the actual finances of congregations. The new study was based on written surveys of more than 10,000 church members and the yearly financial reports of 625 congregations around the coun- try, supplemented by data from a Gallup telephone survey. The two-year study was funded by the Lilly Endow- ment. Hoge, who headed the study, is a sociologist at The Catholic University of Amer- ica's Life Cycle Institute and one of the leading figures in Catholic social research over the past two decades. Results of the study were re- leased in Washington Nov. 4 as Hoge and fellow researchers delivered a series of reports on it to the Religious Research As- sociation, holding its annual meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. In an analysis of the influ- ence of individual and institu- tional factors on levels of giv- ing, the researchers said their data reinforced "past research finding that giving in conserva- tive Protestant churches is higher than in mainline Protestant churches and both are higher than in Catholic parishes." One of the most notable in- stitutional differences between Catholic and Protestant churches in the study was parish size. The average Catholic parish had 2,723 members -- about nine to 10 times the size of the average congregation in the other four denominations studied. But when the researchers tested the hypothesis that smaller congregations have higher per-member giving than larger ones, they found it was not true. "For all denominations except Catholics," they said, "self- re- ported contributions were slightly_ higher in larger churches .... In Catholic parishes the levels do not vary by size. The larger size of Catholic parishes compared with Protes- tant congregations is not an im- portant explanation for lower levels of Catholic giving." Addressing other possible factors, the researchers said: -- "Feelings of alienation from denominational leader- ship or from denominational moral teachings are not impor- tant" to levels of giving. Golden Jubilarians Raymond and Virginia (Angermeier) Nurrenbern of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniver- sary with a renewal of vows Saturday, Nov. 12, at St. Agnes cafeteria. A reception will follow. The couple was married Nov. 15, 1944, at St. John Church, Elberfeld. They are the parents of four children: Susan Nurrenbern. Robinson, David Nurrenbern, Stephen Nurrenbern and Mary Swinger. They have seven grandchildren. Mr. Nur- renbern is retired from farming. -- "The presence schools is not a Catholic -- "Differences in traceable largely to cation, high ioners. In tant church, large amounts, but parishes the give than other -- "Theological are importdnt. liefs are associated giving." -- "How about giving and giving is importan give much more, who plan their year give more give what they feel ford week by week." -- "Feelings am that they prefer handle finances are a with higher giving." -- "The practice seems to encourage i some denomination s. ship programs have! modest effect." On the import creased creased income, searchers disparities betWE Catholic pattern terns of the churches studied. Among, all four groups, families reP! comes in the range of! $80,000 a year increase in giving for, tional $10,000 in For Assemblies bers, annual giving with income in the $50,000 range was more than $3 $70,000-$80,000 more than $6 Among Baptists, ans and income ranges, the giving and rates of giving were not as were still fairly Among Catholics, the level of yea1 peaked at around those in the income ran thel the next At $50 income, Catholic aged about $1,100. Those who income in the range said they $1,000 a year to And the same was who reported incO! $70,o00-$80 a yearly family $80,000-$100,000 giving rise back year. M& Fire & Equip. Over 25 years = service in the 670 E. Franklin