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N.N_ooovember 21, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Edna Jones about individuals who serve the Church of southwestern Indiana, "People of God" profiles the clergy, religious and lay members of the Diocese of Evansville. Catholic Charities employee is retiring By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer As she prepared for retirement, Edna Jones recently took a look back at her work as receptionist/secretary atCatholic Charities, where she be:an in 1981 Eclrta believes v . that her family background provided lust theright ingredients for her work She rew u on a Kntu g P d^.., t cky farm the middle child of 11 raised bv wUt Catholic parents. " tailitoa,ralsed on a farm in Daviess County, and a-'T" , help everybody That was instilled in me as t ctlild, Her mother was still living when Edna began a er Work at Catholic Charities. "She was real happy aUt it" When she .She thought. I could put my faith to uood use ." .... JOined the Catholic Charities staff, she was Stay-at-home morn bu " lear,,.,., . , sy raisin her five children. I th'u,e ar quickly. . how many different kinds of people r._, e m this world." ha=mg,,her time at Catholic Charities, she says she "0 Seen tears ofjoy, and tears of sorrow" The tears of 1 y Were shed b ado tl ra0raen._ .  p ng famlhes and those happy staff ,,, provKled joy for the entire Catholic Charities Work-" Was rewarding to see the end result of your , aere have also bee ,, pie Wonl d _ . n tears of sorrow, Edna says. Peo- Cume m and their utilities were off, and they were being evicted. They would say that Catholic Char- ities was their last resort. They were visibly upset and we would try to do what we could to fix their problems." In her early years at Catholic Charities, she said she carried other people's problems home with her. "I'd lie awake at night, and think of the people I had talked with." Thanksgiving and Christmas were especially bitter- sweet times for her, as she thought of people she met who "didn't have places to live, who didn't have the good warm homes and the good foods my family and I had." The more experienced staffers at Catholic Charities helped her sort through her feelings. "The Lord said, 'The poor will always be with us,' and I realized I could not fix everything, that I could not help everyone." She often was the first person people would talk to when they arrived at the Catholic Charities office, and she believes that she was able to offer compassion because of her own background. "I was from a large family, and we didn't have a lot when I was a child. That helped me feel for the people, knowing that they needed help. "I learned to listen to people's stories and empathize. Sometimes that helped them." She says she's found fulfillment in her work, believ- ing "that I have helped a lot of people. I wish I could have helped more." INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- dianapolis Archb. OUechk. Lhop Darnel at t o T_ en expressed re ret decl;oiti: na Parole Boald's ot to recommend caYvfrr Gary !urris and halt the c'-' auk O Barmen to SChedule., unvicted murderer's u execution the rrls; sentenced to deat . mura,.. _ h for bets, Was " ot Kenneth Cham- EDNA JONES grrhbishop urges Indiana governor to halt scheduled execution "We need to look to the exam- ple of Jesus who forgave those who put him to death," he added. "The life and teachings of Jesus call Christians to lives of forgiveness." The archbishop said the Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty does not stem exclusively from theological concerns. He said many thoughtful people have come to -- Its financial cost, which the archbishop said is more than the cost of life imprisonment. Its failure to restore the social order breached by the duled to die at midnight Nov. 20 at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Archbishop Buechlein, gener- al chairman of the Indiana Catholic Conference's board of directors, wrote to O'Bannon Nov. 8 on behalf of all the state's Catholic bishops. He asked the governor to commute Burris' death sentence to life in prison without parole. "As Catholics who follow wa,pa-- _ , Inc. aint & Snnd" Custom Cabinets 404 E, k'=,. "uri nes" Floorcoverings ,"..' H=ubmdt, IN 0369 00so,,s00 Care Whe. y u can't be there, turn ' to SOmeone who can ... a COmPanion car sltino ,,. egiver from the tr 6 ,urse Plus. They have 'to caLalning skills, and 'nr,m o00oo, ' for You and |  teasettalustoa. -. s 3717 (Princeton) LOW Ga, all our clients, or 13their cnfidence in fi 'leek InSUrance Agency, Inc. Jesus Christ and his Gospel of life, we believe that capital pun- ishment perpetuates the cycle of violence and undermines the respect for life," Archbishop Buechlein told O'Bannon. JASPER LUMBER CO. 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People we care.about 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 benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Prayers are requested for Franciscan Sister Jane McConnell who was scheduled to undergo a mastectomy on Nov. 20. She is Pastoral Associate at Nativity Church, Evansville. Over $3,000 in donations, from people "all over southern Indiana," has been sent to Alisa and Joe Brinkman of Celes- tine, according to Father Robert Bultman, pastor at St. Peter Celestine Church, Celestine. A Nov. 7 issue of the Message featured the Brinkmans and their 20-month-old son Logan who has been hospitalized at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In August, Logan received a bone-marrow transplant. Contributions may be sent to St. Peter Celestine Church, 6864 East State Road 164, PO Box 1, Celestine IN 47521-0001. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, EO. Box 4169, Evans- ville, IN 47724. The e-mail address is message@evans- Subject: PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday before publi- cation. , , , i . ,i , i , . Living His Word _ A radio Bible teaching with //  0 Dr'AnnGries WVHI --1330 Aid Mon. - Fri.. I 1:45 to Noon , Mon. - Sat., 5 p.m.