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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Making a connection an v0-1"u00s of-fer medical services to Jamaic By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Now that the vivid aromas from the tropical flowers and the bright blues and lush greens of the Caribbean have faded from her memory, Judy Franken- berger is left with one clear and treasured memory -- the kind- ness of the Jamaican people. Frankenberger is an Emer- gency Medical Technician at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evans- ville. She recently traveled with a group of volunteers to St. Ann's Bay in Jamaica. There, volunteer doctors, nurses and technicians spent a week offer- ing their medical services to the Jamaican people. For th e past two years, there :has beena connection between St. Mary's and St. Ann's Bay Hospital. Frankenberger's trip was the third trip involving employees from the Evansville hospital. What she did for a week in Jamaica paralleled her work at St. Mary's, Frankenberger said, however the work there was done under much more primi- tive conditions. The hospital building itself had no screens on its windows, : and there was air-conditioning ...................... ......... :::: only in areas designated for surgery and in the pharmacy, the lab and the x-ray areas. There was running water, but no hot running water. Unlike the ultra-modern emergency room at St. Mary's, Frankenberger found few med- ical supplies and a great need to improvise. "There were no crutches and no Ace bandages. Here, you order an x-ray to see if it's not broken. There, you order an x-ray to see if it's broken." She was surprised to learn that Tylenol isn't dispensed to children with high tempera- tures. Instead, they are given tepid baths. Birth and delivery techniques also surprised her. "It's total ambulatory care. The women come into the hos- Before St. Mary's volunteers left on their trip to St. Ann's Bay in Jamaica, they were commissioned by Daughter of Charity Sister Catherine Kelly. Above are Jeff Wenzel, John Hensley, Dr. Karen Neeley, Fouad Hawa, Judy Franken- berger and Cindy Hagan. Message Coloring Contest is open to K-4 students .:throughout diocese Students throughout the Dio- cese of Evansville, in Catholic schools and religious education programs, are invited to enter the annual Message Coloring Contest. The contest is open to stu- dents in grades kindergarten thr0iigh four, and prizes will be varcled:or those grade levels. The:)Jbring contest form is pubiishddon page twelve of this wek,!Message. " Ei(e' are due back in ihe MesSage office by December 11 and contest winners will be announced in the December 20 issue of the Message. This year's design was provid- ed by Joseph Dietrich, produc- tion manager at the Message. Grand prize winners will receive a $20 gift certificate from G.D: Ritzy's. First prize winners will receive a coupon tbr a large pizza and drinks from Chuck E. Cheese. Second prize winners will receive a coupon for an ice creal. Cake from Lic's Ice Cream "'andadwich Shoppes. Third prize winners will receive a cer- tificate for a one-pound mixed pack from Stephen Libs Candy Company., . Christmas memories requested Dyo.p have a favorite Christ- mas, familie s gathered together mas memory? at Christmas, or special unex- : :,Would you like to share it with the Message? : :-: Rehdi'are invited to submit their:fdvorite memories for pub- lication in the December 20 issue of the Message. Favorite memories might include a child's first Christmas, a couple's first married Christ- pected giRs. If you would like to share your special memory, please send it, along with your name and phone number to: Christmas Memories, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724- 0169. The deadline is December 6. i i; The exterior of St. Ann's Bay Hospital in Jamaica.  i I  !) iii;  i ii i?, ; pital while they are in labor, and they walk into the delivery room. There is a 10 by 10 room with three beds in it -- with very little curtain. "They deliver their baby, and then they get up off the delivery table and walk to another room. They find a bed, and they may share that bed with one or two other women and their babies." The families gather outside and the children can talk with their mothers through the open windows. Although the hospital has .:outdated equipment and condi- tions are primitive, Franken- berger said "their sterile tech- nique is pretty good and what they do makes a lot of sense." Because there is no recovery room, after children have urgery they are handed to their mothers. "She nurses the baby, and then they go home." Bernardin Continued from page 1 headed by Gov. Jim Edgar. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley led the city's delegation. The Rev. Joan Brown Camp- bell, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, topped a list of more than two dozen prominent Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders at the funeral. Among the religious leaders were Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV of the Assyrian Church of the East; Greek Orthodox Bishop Iakovos of Chicago, represent- ing Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Spyridon of New York; Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis; Howard Sulkin, president of Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago and chair- man of the Council for a Parlia- ment of the World's Religions; and Asad Husain, president of the American Islamic College. But the funeral for the man who pastored Chicago's 2.3 mil- lion Catholics since 1982 was essentially a local affair. Many of the nearly 1,000 priests of the archdiocese were there, along with representatives of the city's parishes and schools. Reading the first two readings were Marist Brother Dennis Dunne, the cardinal's executive assistant, and Mercy Sister . .Mary Brian Costell hk chief of Frankenberger's work week at St. Ann's was a busy one. On the Monday morning when the St. Mary's volunteers began working, 60 to 70 people were lined uWto be seen in the out- patient area. "They were very kind." She said during her would came here. Woul! to them?" The out-patient area at St. Ann's Bay staff Deacon James Hubbard of St. Felicitas Parish proclaimed the Gospel. Serving at the altar were fourth-year seminarians from Mundelein Seminary. Pallbear- ers who took the body from the cathedral to Mount Carmel Cemetery for burial represent- ed the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, archdiocesan employ- ees and the cardinal's Big Shoul- ders Fund for Catholic schools. Across the city and its sub- urbs, thousands of people of all faiths watched the solemn funeral rites live on television -- at home, in offices, at lunch counters and in stores. Local TV stations interrupted their regu- lar programming for the funeral and the national religious cable channel Odyssey carried it in its entirety. Msgr. Velo told those listening or watching that wherever they were, however they were partic- ipating in the funeral, "You are all dignitaries. For God has touched you in the life of Cardi- nal Bernardin." At the start of the Mass, Car- dinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles, chief celebrant, greet- ed the mourners. He called the huge gathering of the cardinal's fellow bishops a sign of"their fraternal solidarity with an extraordinary leader of our church." ..... Cardinal. YCillia mo Y auat the Holy See'S tiary and Washington, John Paul sentative, ings. On the praised "kind and gent the church an serenity final suffering As Cardinal lay on view NoV. of mourners conl last and as six blocks at off only late at the wee hours they came. The reported that than 100 the ci The Chicago unl Catholic who, shortly Chicago in 19 relations one There was memorial dral the day and leaders religions only hours a 7 p.m. At the bishop's dinal