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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference-- - Keeping in touch with a family calendar Then our five sons were grow- ing up we looked for ways to keep connected as a family," wrote Gary and Kay Aitchison in a recent newspaper column. "Now that our sons are grown and living in their own homes, in various parts of the country, it is even more of a challenge to keep a family connection," they continued. "We find that we definitely must be creative." The Aitchisons are executive di- rectors of the Christian Family Movement in the United States, and they have come up with a cre- ative way to keep the family connections -- a fam- ily calendar. "About this time of year we send out a family S.O.S. for pictures to be considered for the next year's calendar," they said. Family response is good. So good that it is is hard to pick only 12 pho- tos for the 12 months of the coming year. "The rule is, however, that everyone in the fam- ily shows up somewhere on the calendar," they write. There is more to a good calendar than 12 good pictures -- even pictures of new babies and exotic travel locations. "We print family birthdays, anniversaries and By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR other important events on prepared calendar pages to go along with the pictures," the Aitchisons add. "This helps to acquaint new family mem- bers with the family holidays and celebrations and is a good reminder for the rest of us." The Aitchisons take the calendar pages and the photos to a quick print photo shop, and the finished pages are spiral bound and ready to hand out on Christmas morning. Does it work? On their visits to their children, the Aitchisons note with pleasure that they find "a small sign of unity" on display, with "that same calendar hanging in each of their homes." Calendars play a big part in many people's lives. Calendar pictures range from simple cartoons to high-quality reproductions of the Old Masters. Cal- endars use movie stars and swimming suits, fan- tasy worlds and sports schedules, and a thousand other ideas to try to appeal to us. Perhaps the kind of calendar on display in our homes or over our desks reveals something about the people who display them. Nature lovers and "Far Side" fans can make silent statements about their tastes in beauty and humor. Some calendars even appeal to our needs to ( nize our lives, and have no pictures at all spaces and lines for our busy and That, too, is a statement about our lives. * * * What pictures are on your calendar? the significant niversaries, holidays, others? : :: What pictures would you choose to calendar for the coming year? If there are children in your home, ask what they would select for the months What are the important your neighborhood or community? Are such events? Supportive? Or disinterested? Jesus spoke to his followers about ready -- even when We could not look to the dar or the clock to find the date or the hour. your personal calendar help you to be Jesus to come into your life? Would Jesus find the entries on your be signs of love for others? What does reveal to others? During the season of Advent, take a good the coming year. Make your own ily pictures like the Aitchisons, or start family traditions. Take a little time now, to make a the year to come. Washington Letter How will Catholic concerns fare under new republican line-up? By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In baseball, it's usually the man- ager who gets fired because youcan't get rid of the players all at once. However, this November in politics, the manager, Presi- dent Clinton, couldn't be fired; he was given a four-year, no- cut contract in 1992. But a lot of players in Congress were unconditionally released. In 1995 and 1996 there will be a new look in the House and Senate, with Republicans for- merly warming the bench now in the starting lineup as com- mittee chairs and majority- party posts: Aside from the obvious pro- life gains, what does this mean for the Catholic Church's other interests on Capitol Hill? The initial upshot is that Congresses may come and Congresses may go, but the church's concerns on social pol- icy will remain constant. That constancy was reiter- i The MESS A GE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville weeldy except last week in December by the Cathol Press of Evar'ville rus ............. ehopGeA, Eator .................................... Pa Lea Puk Manager ......................... P Bo Cicuton ................. : ................. ky Housman Sta t ............................ Mac t Ann Hug Aless all comm'dcalions to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-O189 (812) 424-5536 Fax: (812) 421-1334 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, 1N 47701. Publc, a- n number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication Col 1994 Catholc Press of Evamvile i ated during the U.S. bishops' fall general meeting in Wash- ington, held the week after the Nov. 8 midterm elections. When asked if the bishops' policy positions might fly in the face of what the new Re- publican majority was already saying on foreign affairs, Bishop Daniel P. Reilly of Nor- wich, Conn., chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee replied: "The new Congress might fly in the face of what we're saying, because we were here first." Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ri- card of Baltimore, chairman of the bishops' Domestic Policy Committee, told reporters that while the church was con- cerned before, "now, the con- cern is more serious" because of proposals of "quick and easy solutions to serious social prob- lems." On welfare reform, Bishop Ricard said, "there has to be personal responsibility," an aim of Clinton's welfare reform plan. "We also believe that so- ciety, the state, has a responsi- bility for those who cannot care for themselves. And children would be disproportionately af- fected," he said. The day before Bishop Ri- card's remarks, House speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., had said in a television interview that welfare recipi- ents should be cut off after 60 days on the rolls and private charities and orphanages could assume more care for the desti- tute. John Carr, secretary of the U.S. Catholic Conference De- partment of Social Develop- ment and World Peace, stand- ing alongside Bishop Ricard, said there may be a quid pro quo on health care reform. "We've said health care for all but no abortion mandates," Carr said. "We may have gained on one and lost on the other." But, Carr noted, "the bish- ops don't tailor their stands to the prevailing political win'ds of the day." Miriam A. Crawford, direc- tor of the USCC Office of Com- munications Policy, told Catholic News Service that a Weeping over recent murders To the editor:. Recently, people have been tearfully watching the news on TV or reading the paper about Mrs. Susan Smith, who al- legedly killed her two children by drowning. Everyone is horrified as well as are all the members of the law enforcement in Union, S.C. I was also horrified, but the thought hit me that every day women are killing their chil- dren through abortion. That, of course, is my belief, but I hope people will consider this com- parison and act accordingly. Who weeps for these unborn children who are killed? I read in a recent periodical that someone asked, "Where you, Lord Jesus, when the Holocaust was being exe- cuted?" And the answer seemed to be from the Lord, "I was there, weeping." I am sure that he is still weeping over the killing of our unborn. Bernard J. Boyer Holland, Ind. bill creating guidelines for the information superhighway, which stalled this year in Con- gress, will likely be jump- started next year. "Our concerns in the original bill were that we were looking for anti-redlining measures" to get low-income persons on the information highway, and "right-of-way measures" to allow equitable access to all users. "That might be a tougher sell with the Republi- cans," Ms. Crawford said. "A major concern for the past two years is foreign aid reform," said Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen, head of the USCC Office for International Policy. "I don't think we'll see the reforms we want out of the Republican Congress." Father Christiansen told CNS the three principles of the USCC foreign aid reform plat- form are more assistance for grass-roots development pro- jects than for government pro- jects, support for sustainable development, and help for countries making tion to democracy. Curtailing the arms trade and rights of asylum for are genuine high on the agend Christiansen said. Sister Catherine president of the Catholic tion, said congre proval of ucation remains ! NCEA goal. "If there were tion introduced would see what with it," said a Sister of St. delet. Sandra A. nications director tional Catholic ference, said the bill, welfare rate hog NCRLC list of "Rural areas cantly higher people and affected" by Bishop's sched The following activities and events are schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger.