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December 8, 1989 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i1 Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Holy Days Holy Days and Retirement Fund for Religious You may have read that some bishops in dioceses other than our own have dispensed with the obligation when the holy day falls an a Satur- day or Monday. This is indeed the case. The deci- sion is usually made by the bishops of a province (state or group of states). As a matter of fact, the bishops of Illinois have dispensed with the obliga- tion for New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 1990. So also have the bishops of the state of Michigan. These bishops have indicated that an undue burden is being placed on the shrinking number of priests because of the many Masses and homilies required with Sundays and Holy Days one after the other. This is the reason given for dispensing. On Dec. 2, 19891 the bishops of Indiana decid- ed that the current obligation would remain in ef- fect even though other dioceses near us have dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass on Jan. 1, 1990, acknowledging the fact that it does place a heavy burden on priests and other parish ministers. This had been my own decision earlier par- ticularly for the reason that it is the feast of our patroness, Mary, the Mother of God. I feel quite HWY. 231 SOUTH JASPER, INDIANA 47546 PHONE: 812-482-3800 "THE ONLY BANK YOU'LL EVER NEED" Time To Start Your 1990 , ---..._..___ Eem full 5q iteerly, paid from date of deposit to date of withdrawal, on your Christmas Club savings at Permanent Federal.. Choose the amount you save, $1. $2, $3, $5. $10 or $20 weekly. With regular payments, your interest will add mpre than one extra payment to your account. Your Christmas Club Check, plus earned interest, will be mailed in ample time next year to make your Christmas an extra merry one. 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I will be celebrant of the Midnight Mass on Christmas and the principal Mass on Jan. 1, 1990, which is at 10:30 a.m. Those who can join me on those occasions are most welcome to do so. In any case, know that each of you will be especially remembered at both celebra- tions. I will be rededicating our diocese to Mary, Mother of God (Mater Dei) on Jan. 1, 1990. Because Christmas Eve and the eve of the new year fall on Sunday this year, I have sent a letter to all parishes indicating that evening Masses on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 will be anticipated Masses for Christmas and New Year's Day respectively. A reminder Remember that on this weekend, Dec. 9 and 10, 1989, each parish will conduct the annual Col- lection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. This People particular collection is to be collected for 1(1 years; this is the second year. What is" it for? Religious communities across the country receive assistance from this collection for their cur- rently retired members for which there was no retirement program during the years they were working. The communities of sisters, brothers and monks working in our diocese all benefit from this national collection provided they have cooperated with the coordinating groups in Washington, D.C. To my knowledge, all in our diocese have cooperated by providing detailed information about their respective communities. The money that is returned to these com- munities must be used for retirement. It cannot be used fer other things. Because of the untold good that the members of religious communities .have done for us in our diocese, be as generous as you possibly can be. As the sisters, brothers and priests of religious Com- munities have been generous to us in our need, let us be generous to them in their need. Continued from page 7 pantry and $500 to a youth group in Guatemala for youth leader- ship training. 70th anniversary ' Congratulations to Edward of Josephine Coomes of St. Benedict Church, Evansville, as they celebrate their seventieth wed- ding anniversary. Jasper Hospital's president Michael Budnick will assume duties as president and chief ex- ecutive officer at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, in January. Budnick will replace Herman Kohlman who is retiring Dec. 31. Kohlman has served as president since 1972. Budnick is a graduate of Wichita State University in Kan- sas. He also holds a master's degree in hospital administration from St. Louis University. He and his wife Margaret have four children. A special visitor Carrick Wilzbacher and Jonathan Spindler get a close look at an opossum during Pioneer Days at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt. 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