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26, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 " Bishop's Forum -- Reflecting on family, Thanksgiving ! thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you - . I mention you always n my The family is which allows no time together for families. Prayers the domestic church. It is there that the sacra- Those Words of St. Paul I make ment of marriage comes to fulfill- ray own as we anticipate Thanks- ment. It is there that loving rela- fvin.g, our national holida of tionship of husband and wife is .nmg God for all the Lifts Ywith personified in their children. It is -inch our Country, indeed ea us, has be ch of the environment in which children en so richly endowed. Earlier this month I learn how to relate to parents and ra the ;a o _ _part]clpated to their brothers and sisters. It is Mnd:uth Catholic Educa- there that love for one another is ti0n merence at Barkle By BISHOP Kentucky  .... y Lake, GERALD A learned and expressed in word and .  - ..... ,ly eaucational lead GETTELFINGER deed. lronl ou- -" 0s " mocese along with Above all in the family, the do- e from Birmingham in Al- mestic church, do parents.and chil- exington in Kentucky, Knoxville, dren come to appreciate a special relationship with and Memphis, in Tennessee, Louisville Almighty God. There children come to know of God in Kentucky. The panel of four led by a moderator shared reactions to a the National Conference of on "Putting Families and Chil- opportunity for all of us to put families and chil- ahead of self-gratification and pleasure. First, ahead of amassing Wealth. First, ahead of hyper-activity Ops from Page 1 ml endorsed by ISSued as a ent was a with combat what E. Mc- N.J., said senti- Parts of the decried immi- ITnC. ANA 1 and learn to love God through their observation and experience of their parents love for them. There they come to learn of Jesus' love for them his love of them even to giving his life for them. They also learn to love others outside the home as Jesus has shown us. Children -- that includes us all -- learn first to give thanks at home. Parents teach children to be grateful and give example by their own expressions of gratitude in daily living. Parents also teach chil- grants in times of recession and anxiety. In other actions at the meet- ing, Msgr. Robert N. Lynch was re- elected to a one-year term as NCCB general secre- tary and Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy of Seattle was cho- sen as treasurer of the NCCB and its public policy arm, the U.S. Catholic Conference. The bishops also approved extend- ing for a fifth and final year the national collection to aid the church in Eastern and Central Europe and adopted a 1994 NCCB-USCC budget of $41.7 million. Archbishop Keeler opened the meeting with a presiden- tial address that contrasted the crime problems of Wash- ington with the weeklong calm that took over Denver when 186,000 youths from around the world met there this sum- mer for World Youth Day. The archbishop said that while news coverage allowed millions of people to share in some of the World Youth Day events in Denver, the media was less refined when trying to describe the American Catholic Church in general. "The media's 'American Catholic Story' is a caricature wherein complex issues are crudely stated -- crudely and dren how to thank God in the context of prayer. On the other hand, we must never get trapped into thinking that families are always flower beds of perfect joy, happiness, and peace. It is in the family that children learn how to be truthful, how to be understanding, how to be compassionate, how to be forgiving; how to forgive. They learn the rich lessons of dealing with healthy conflict. These virtues learned at home give us greater reason to give thanks. Families are not perfect, nor are family mem- bers. My father taught us kids: "Do not expect per- fection in your life, at the same time, do not relax your vigilance in your efforts to achieve it." He knew his weaknesses and ours which, when summed up, was clear evidence that our family was a long way from perfect. That of course did not excuse us from trying. The domestic church is the place where the act of thanksgiving, the family eucharist, is celebrated around the table. This family experience of giving thanks is most clear on the special day we call Thanksgiving. I suggest you unite with other families in the Parish Church on Thanksgiving to join in the ulti- mate act of thanksgiving, the Liturgy of the Eu- charist. quickly stated,  he said. The archbishop said he was invited on NBC's Today Show to ex- plain the Catholic Church's po- sition on abortion, birth con- trol, celibacy and the male priesthood -- in 30 seconds. Among those honored during the meeting was Catholic Re- lief Services, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Prelates and politicians gath- ered at the Basilica of the Na- tional Shrine of the Immacu- late Conception for a Mass honoring the relief agency. The U.S. bishops Nov. 16 re- elected Msgr. Robert N. Lynch as general secretary of the Na- tional Conference of Catholic Bishops and U.S. Catholic Con- ference. They elected Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy of Seattle as NCCB-USCC treasurer. Archbishop Murphy received 137 votes to 99 for Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indi. anapolis. Elected to head the USCC committee on Education was Bishop Robert J. Banks of Green Bay, Wis., with 122 votes to 112 for Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger of Evansville day. December 5 00hieken Dinner & (Orld's Largest Youth Hand Bell Choir) b00er: . .1 am 2 pm Learning about vocations . " " 5.oo 5 hil&ren ( O* extra all white meat) Forty-eight students in the religious education program at Christ the King Church, llela der I0 - $I.00 Evansville, and from Christ the King School visited St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, t, ":sWI_ durnplin.s, vegetables, dessert & drink) and Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, Nov. 14. The trip was sponsored by the parish Vocations Committee. i Nativity 3635 Pollack Avenue Tvansville ' ' __J.._ ,IL COMlei.l00i:00 INSU00CE S0000ICE Autol Homel Fire & Life! Your Persmml Servlce Agent Jmmm L Will Ins: Agency We.. . i IIi .... _JLJ il i IIII II llJ_ . I IIIII =Ed. L Lee = Mortuacy 101 Nollh Med(Jzn Street I _ _ I HI LII I __ I Ir