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T00005/E S SAGE 7 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 13 November 19', 1993 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor .A new St. Vincent de P rarif ,, _ .. aul day t, re wlll Open Satur West'S?" 20, on Evansville's lue. The store, t 2814 t: Vernon Avenue, wll Vle a ,,L pro- PeOple ?:er PPrtunity for - - aeeci to obtain afford- able cloth!ng. It will also pro- Vide another Opportumty for erabers of Catholic parishes COncerned residents area to volunteer their Sheets, a member of the Store BOard of Directo an ever,.  . rs that ,t y nay Volunteer, ae new Thrift Store a second outlet for people to obtain and other items the St. Vincent de Y. The Walnut Store will con- Operation, at 727 East now in its thirty-fifth St. Vincent de Paul store to open on Evansville's West Side Thrift Store lrectors President, new Thrift Store more opportu- to help in Volunteers are three-and-one. on weekday afternoons. of St. Vincent de nternational non- dedicated to It functions Volunteer help. the society has Works: emergency a food pantry, and the thrift stores. The society operates an emergency assistance office and food pantry at 1405 North Elliott. The relatively new dis- tribution/recycle center is lo- cated at 11 South Kentucky Avenue. Although it is under Catholic auspices, the society gives help on a non-denomina- tional basis. Members say that "suffering knows no religious boundaries." The society was founded by a French layman, Frederic Ozanam, in Paris in 1833. After spreading through France and the rest of Europe, the society came to the United States in 1845. It was founded in Evansville on Oct. 2, 1882. Much of the early work of the society involved providing emergency assistance. In June 1950, the Evansville society began filling requests for cloth- ing. The first Thrift Store opened in 1956 at the corner of Uhlhorn and Fourth Avenue, and continued there until fire destroyed the building, June 26, 1979. The Walnut Street Thrift Store opened in 1958. The new store on Mt. Vernon Avenue is not the first store to be operated on the West Side. The society had a store at 315 South Tekoppel from 1971 to 1982. All of the efforts of the soci- ety are supported solely by do- nations. The society accepts donations of usable clothing, housewares, furniture, appli- ances, and financial gifts. It is important that donated items can be .used without re- pair, according to David Bower, the new director of op- erations. Furniture and appli- ances are expensive to fix, and the society will have to pay landfill costs to dispose of un- usable items. Clothing that is not sold at a Thrift Store eventually is baled for shipment for Third World and overseas distribution. Staffing all of the Evansville operations takes a total of 78 volunteers each week, accord- ing to Bower. He noted that there are 29 conferences in the area--and that if each confer- ence or parish would provide three volunteers per week, the need would be filled with nine volunteer substitutes to spare. Bower is suggesting to the society leadership at each of the parishes in the area that they ask for volunteers to make four-week commitments, to work just one three-and-a- half hour shift each week. He believes more people would be able to make such a specific commitment. The 29 parishes with St. Vincent de Paul conferences include 19 parishes in Evans- ville, along with St. Clement in Boonville, St. Francis Xavier in Poseyville, St. John in Day- light, St. John in Newburgh, St. Wendel, St. Matthew in Mt. Vernon, St. Philip, St. James, St. Joseph in Princeton and Sts. Peter and Paul in Haubstadt. : 00onAv,==e, win open Nov':00O,' : :": U.S. Bishops meet under Cloud of sex abuse to this story L. Bernardin of Chicago. Among the actions taken by statement of solidarity with to help families recognize and O'Brien, tu, Mark Pattison, . and Carol Zim. ashington. (CNS) -- day looking documents on -rican family, and the the U.S. a quieter pace Nov. in Washing- agenda centered videos ervices, and World The bishops COnference of, COmmittee going into ex- Work contin- of sex against one top-rank- Joseph The cardinal, who has been accused of sexually abusing a teen- ager in the 1970s, re- ceived a standing ovation from his fellow bishops Nov. 15 after Archbishop William H. Keeler of Baltimore, head of the Na- tional Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the cardinal's =distinguished career of service to the church provides a firm foundation for confidence in his categorical denial of the al- legations made against him in recent days." At an impromptu press con- ference later the same morn- ing, Cardinal Bernardin re- peated his denial of ever having abused anyone. On Nov. 12, a $10 million lawsuit was filed in OHio charging the cardinal and a Cincinnati arch- diocesan priest with sexually abusing Steven Cook, now of Philadelphia, when he was a student in a pre-seminary pro- gram in Cincinnati in the 1970s. the bishops during the first two days of the meeting were adoption of a 1994 budget of $41.7 million and approval of a proposal to draft a special mes- sage on abortion and other pro- life issues to coincide with a papal encyclical on the subject expected next year. Msgr. Robert N. Lynch was re-elected to a one-year term as NCCB general secretary and Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy of Seattle was chosen as treasurer of the NCCB and its public policy arm, the U.S. Catholic Conference. The bish- ops also approved extending for a fifth and final year the national collection to aid the churcl in Eastern and Central Europe. The meeting's major docu- ments were not scheduled for full debate and. a vote until Nov. 17 (one day after the Message went to press). Also pending were a number of liturgy matters and a proposed newcomers to combat what Archbishop Theodore E. Mc- Carrick of Newark, N.J., said was an anti-immigration senti- ment in many parts of the country, Among the documents was one offered by the Committee on Marriage and Family, chaired by Cardinal Bernardin, as a sign of the bishops' sup. port, encouragement and com- passion for American families. The document, called "Fol- low the Way of Love: A Pas- toral Message of the U.S. Catholic Bishops to Families -- On the Occasion of the United Nations 1994 International Year of the Family,  is de- signed as a Catholic contribu- tion to the year, which has as its theme, "Family Resources and Responsibilities in a Changing World." =Implicit in this theme is a sense of confidence in the fu- ture of the family and a chal- lenge to leaders, like ourselves, use their own resources and re- sponsibilities," Cardinal Bernardin said. "One way we can do this is to offer words  supported by actions  that encourage, challenge, show compassion, pledge support and instill hope in families," he added, rhis is the spirit which infuses 'Follow the Way of LoveY Introducing a new statement on war and peace prepared to mark the 10th anniversary of the bishops' landmark peace pastoral, "The Challenge of Peace," Archbishop John R. Roach of St. Paul- Minneapolis said that =deadly violence and harsh injustice still haunt our world" despite the end of the Cold War. The 60-page draft statement Archbishop Roach presented is titled "The Harvest of Justice Is Sown in Peace." It says that to work for real peace, the United States needs to avoid See U.8.  I0 i