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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November 13, 1987 Catholic Ministry of the Deaf Bishop Shea commissions area deaf Catholics as church ministers By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer At a commissioning service held last weekend at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville, Bishop Francis Shea officially accepted the commitment of area deaf Catholics to work in church ministry. Bishop Shed presented cer- tificates of ministry to ten members of the Catholic deaf community who will serve as Eucharistic Ministers, choir members, greeters and on the Catholic Ministry of the Deaf board of directors. Father Henry Kuykendall, diocesan coordinator of the Catholic Ministry of the Deaf of Southwestern Indiana, said the commissioning service was held so that deaf Catholics would understand the concept of ministry and service. They not only have a ministry to themselves, but to the hearing people in the church as well, he said, adding, "We're all in this together." New members of the Catholic Ministry of the Deaf board of directors are Leo Greenwood, president; Bradley Bueltel, vice-president; Michelle Rogers, secretary; Sharon Greenwood, Anna Hoppenjans, Eugene Elpers and Patsy Elpers. Eucharistic Ministers are Leo Greenwood and Robert Stoltz. Members of the sign language choir will be Robert Stoltz, Bradley Bueltel, Michelle Rogers and Nancy Shoptaugh. They. will also act as "Gospel signers" -- performing skits during Mass that put the message of the gospel into to- day's context. This "acting out" of the Gospel will be a strong message for the hearing Catholics, too, according to Father Kuykendall. Commissioned as greeters and ushers were Sharon Green- wood, Larney Greenwood, Michelle Rogers, Anna Hop- penjans and Nancy Shoptaugh. In addition, members of the hearing community were presented certificates for their commitment to the Catholic Ministry of the Deaf. Marge Luebbehusen and Lue Rogers serve as interpreters for the deaf, and Holy Redeemer parishioners Derreck Morris and Kurt Wells were commis- sioned as servers during Mass. Father Kuykendall holds Total Communication Masses for the Deaf the first Saturday of the month at Holy Redeemer Church and on the third Satur- day at various parishes around the diocese. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. Attendance at the Total Com- munication Masses -- which are communicated in both sound and sign language -- has been growing, according to Father KuykendaU. "Each time I come, there's a couple more here...that's wonderfull" he said. Leo Greenwood receives a certificate from Bishop Francis Shea during a comm/ssioni service for area deaf CathoLics. Father Henry Kuykendall, center, celebrated the Mass. Greenwood is president of the Catholic Ministry of the Deaf board of directors and a Eucharistic Minister. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Effort, SENIORS You will receive a BIG   Oak Tree Village -  /z 1 Bedroom $150 month/SELECTED APTS. $99 Me NEED A RIDE? CALL US AND WE WILL ARRANGE IT WE CARE ABOUT OUR SENIORS 310 N. Rotherwood 477-5574 Members of the Catholic Ministry of the Deaf of Southwestern Indiana met last weekend after a Mass at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. Leading the discussion is Father Henry Kuykendall, diocesan coordinator of deaf ministry. The group has members from across the diocese and Ken- tucky and Illinois. They meet twice a month to celebrate Mass, which is usually followed by a social hour and business meeting. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert I Call 424-2555 CAN YOU HELP? vo,u.TEERs A.E .EEOEO Birthright II Let me help you provide for vour future... and the]hdure of others. A gift annuity with the Propagation of the Faith gives you a generous income during your lifetime and helps the Church carry on Jesus' mission to the world. Your investment is safe and guaranteed. Falling interest rates do not affect a gift annuity and it gives you substantial tax savings. Would you like to know more about an annuity, or about remembering the Propagation of the Faith in your will? If you are 50 years of age or older, write to me for more information. I will keep your inquiry in total confidence.  National Director Dear Bishop McCormack: Please send me detailed information about a Gift Annuity with the Propagation | of the Faith. | I00ame I I Address ] .I cit, 00tate " .I -[[ Phone( ) Amount Considered: $ [[ I Date of Birth (required information) I ' | Please end me information on how I can remember the Propagation of the | I Faith in my will. []  1/13/87 I I Please mail coupon to me: Bishop William J. McCormack I - % I"-1  National Director, Propagation of the Faith I  G.P.O. Box 1950, New York, NY 10116 (Dept. C) I I 00The Propagation of !he, Faith o82 ] b