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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November 27, COMMENTARY from the HOLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION 'Pagan babies' association begins celebrating 150 years In this age of quick fixes and quick turnovers, it can be difficult to find something enduring. But you yourself may have been a part of something that's been around for a can- tury and a half, something that your parents and grandparents may have also been a part of- and in which kids today still participate. What is this generation-spanning organization? You knew it as the Holy Childhood Associ- ation, kids today know it as HCA: Young Catholics in Mission, and if I mention the words "pagan babies" to you, I think some bells will ring. But pagan babies are just a small part of the history of this organization, which begins celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1843, HCA has touched the lives of millions of children around the world. Following its mandate to educate U.S. kids about the lives of brothers and sisters in other countries, HCA continues to provide educa- tional and promotional materials that help chil- dren understand their interdependence with oth- ers and their membership in a global Church. In developing countries, HCA has helped nurture thousands of children through infancy and childhood and into the teen years. Malnour- ished, abandoned, handicapped, orphaned, sick children whose poverty would otherwise dictate a difficult existence have found a strong start in life through HCA. HCA members in the U.S. have helped build institutions - schools, orphanages, day care cen- ters - that have provided and continue to provide the daily, continuous care that is so essential if youngsters are to feel loved and valued, if they are to grow, learn, and mature. Continuing the journey of global under- standing that began in 1843, HCA today leads , the way in global awareness education. We don t run the pagan baby program anymore - offer new and refreshing programs, like appeals, videos, and kids' publications that children appreciate the lives of peers in other countries. You can support this essential organization that unites our world's children in love. For ': more information about all that HCA is doing, contact the HCA National Office or your HCA Diocesan Director: Monsignor Clarence A. Schlachter The Catholic Center P.O. Box 4169 Indiana 47724-0169 New leader of bishops sets priori" By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service church." "Typically, it's in a subur- ban setting," he added, "and I note from talking with other bishops, it's a national phe- nomenon. The development of the suburbs of our land has had many people moving to areas where they're strangers. Tile first one or two or three Sundays they go out to Mass, they find the parking lot al- ready full, and sometimes they just give up. And (the concern is} how to address that." At the conference level, he predicted that "there's going to be a continuing search for a formula" to overcome bud- get restraints and find the funding needed to hire a staff person for evangelization. Archbishop Keeler called religious education, or cate- chetics, another major area of concern both to the confer- ence and throughout the U.S. church. "I hear again and again and again from parents the hope for greater clarity in the pre- sentation of church teaching and going with that, the hope that we who have lead- ership responsibilities (will} give greater formation of our catechists, who have been so generous with time and talent but need the help of forma- dj RESTAURANT tion," he said. Archbishop Keeler was asked for his views on a sug- gestion raised during a Nov. 15 workshop for bishops on lay ministry, that perhaps the time has come for the bishops to establish a committee in the conference to address for- mation, employment stan- dards and other issues related to tile growing phenomenon of paid lay ministers, now es- timated to number over 20,000 in parishes across the country. "I hadn't heard the idea of a committee," he said, "but it's certainly, from my own point of view, mv own per- sonal commitmen{ -- and I'm speaking now just as the archbishop of Baltimore -- to move to provide education for full-time people in lay ministry:" Asked about the confer- ence's national public policy agenda as it faces a new Clin- ton administration which may be more in tune than STEEL ROOFING "Over 30 semi loads in stock" 36" COV. #1 std. white $39.95 sq. (Prem. & Colors Slightly Higher) 24" COY. 26 ga. white $29.95 sq. #2 metal $19.95 to $36.95 sq. 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"And I see that as pro- life and promoting life, so that the situations where peo- ple will go to look for abor- tions will be alleviated." The new NCCB president said that "it's too earl} the conference to have oped much of a with the incoming tration on policy issueS, President-elect still in the early sta forming his Cabinet top personnel. "I do see our major r0 church (on political the pastoral role for ottr people," he said. In an address to the ops Archbishop said that the work of the bishops is like a "Our pilgrimage m its members wish, the better the more participates," he said 19. Archbishop elected president with 176 votes on the ballot. "Funeral be-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 , NAAS & SONS. INC. 7']lrr .Excavating & Trucking *ilockhoe *Dozing *Trenching ,,Stone eGrovel eEomplete .pli System & Wore| Sewec Lines *R|niclentiol and -,,.,. c,,, s..,,.,.- 768-64S0 to,,r o' 5inc' 19"4. MOrk or ROo'/O Dislote:hel t I #1 (2 nleS W. ee &S). 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The 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, which will feaiure a papal visit. The visits of all U.S. bishops to the Vatican in 1993. Preparation for the world Synod of Bishops, which meets in 1994 to dis- cuss religious life. Bringing Catholic social teachings to bear on public policy as a new Democratic administration in Washington begins to shape and carry out its plans. Arcfibishop Keeler, 61, who has been archbishop of Baltimore since 1989, was in- terviewed by Catholic News Service in Washington Nov. 19, shortly after the close of the four-day bishops' meeting at which he was elected con- ference president. One of the bishops' actions at the meeting was adoption of a national plan and strat- egy of evangelization. Arch- bishop Keeler  whose motto as bishop is "Do the work of an evangelist" -- spoke en- ihusiastically about the role of lay Catholics as evangeliz- ers. ...... In his own adiocese, he said, evangelization "is one of the highest priority areas of concern people mention ... most particularly reaching out to Catholics who have for one reagan or another :.  stopped being active in the