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3 9, ,!994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana e Woodcutters By MARy ANN HUGHES Message staff writer sts combine camaraderie with physical exercise on their day off when Father Ray a boy growing his father him out on the to "clean up the tops.'As he explains it, clearing out dead around the farm, it. Father Schroering 3 day off hauling and and he loves it. in rain or in cold or ty, Father !ag joins Father Eu- , Father Felix Robert Deig corner of Posey they spend g trees for priests have known since their semi- St. Meinrad back They describe as "country boys" Tuesdays to- aa to blend with the emo- they get from groups just sit around and talk together, but we are all country boys and we want to be out working," explained Father Deig. The wood cutters began working together in 1978 when Father Albertus Lutterbach in- vited Father Schroering, Fa- ther Dewig and Father Deig to join him when he cut wood. Over the years, the tradition grew, and Tuesday became the official wood cutting day. Last summer, Father Lutterbach died during a biking trip through Italy, and recently Fa- ther Preske joined the group. Now, on Tuesdays, the four- some can be found working on the Posey County property of Henry Bigge. Bigge owns an excavating company and along with the trees found on his 50 acres, he also hauls wood to the property. They begin their work by hauling trees and limbs to two huge piles of firewood. One is seasoned wood and the other is green. There, they begin chop- ping and splitting the wood. They charge $40 for a load of seasoned wood if it's pitched into a truck, and $60 if it's loaded. Father Dewig acts as treasurer for the group and all of the money they collect from selling the firewood is donated to charity. Father Deig esti- mates that between $12,000 and $13,000 has been donated to various charities over the years. They say they have worked in all kinds of weather, in snow with temperatures as cold as 15 degrees, and in Indiana hu- midity with temperatures in the 90's. On winter days, they dress in weathered gloves and warm hats, and on summer days, they keep lemonade and Gatorade nearby. During their day together, they say that they are able to discuss "important diocesan matters, and resolve important issues in the Church, although no one pays much attention to US." The late Bishop Francis R. Shea "thought we were nuts because we chose to spend our day out here, instead of play- ing golf." Firewood may be purchased by calling Father Dewig at the Sacred Heart rectory. sot a child at a Catholic mission for just $10 a month She lives in a can help a poor child at a Catholic same benefits as other sponsored mountains of with a Her father family of Qarns as :opportunity child like Founda- the 23 eveloping $10 a month, you mission site receive nourishing food, medical care, the chance to go to school and hope for a brighter future. You can literally change a life! Through CFCA, you can spon- sor a child with the amount you can afford. Ordinarily it takes $20 a month to provide a child with the life-changing benefits of sponsor- ship. But if this is not possible for you, we invite you to do what you can. CFCA will see to it from other donations and the tireless efforts of our dedicated Catholic missionar- ies that your child receives the children. To help build your personal rela- tionship, you will receive a picture of your sponsored child, informa- tion about your child's family and country, letters from your child and the CFCA quarterly newslet- ter. Please take this opportunity to make a difference in the life of one- poor child. Become a sponsor to- day[ CFCA atholiC Child Sponsorship - - i5 Father Eugene Dewig, Father Felix Preske, Father Robert Deig and Father Ray Schroering spend their day off chop- ping firewood. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Dinner with the bishop will serve an abundance of encouragement An invitation is a big part of linked together in Christ's ser- a person's response to a voca- vice." tion h and the Diocese of Sister Rexing concluded, Evansville is again offering an "Even though it is true that a opportunity for everyone to vocation to priesthood, reli- participate intheprocess, gious life, or lay ministry A Dinner with Bishop Ger- ............... aid A. Gettelfinger is sched- Even though it is true uled for Jan, 5, from 5:30 to ......... third consecutive year for the dinner, according to Senedie- priesthood, religious tine Sister Rose Mary Rexing, a member of the diocesan voca- lie, or lay ministf tions team. The purpose of the dinner is comes from God, it is "to promote vocations to the priesthood, lay ministry and through one another religious life," Sister Rexing said. that God most often "A diocesan seminarian, a sister in initial formation and issues the invitation, a lay minister will be sharing .... their stories of how and why comes from God, it is through they chose their particular )- one another that God most cation," Sister Rexing ex- often issues the indtation." plained. "No pressure will be The dinner is scheduled on a placed on the guests to re- day when many college stu- spond." dents are home for the Christ- Sister Rexing noted that "we mas break, and will be able to are all aware that young peo- attend. ple need encouragement and Priests, religious and lay support regarding their voca- tion in life, especially when it persons are encouraged to is a call to service in the bring a guest who is a high Church." school senior or older. Cost of the dinner is $7, and reserva- She also stated that every- one has the duty to be doing tions are required by Dec. 30. such inviting. "Encouraging vo- cations is the responsibility of Reservations at $7 per per- each one of us in the Church, son should be made by Dec. 30 whether we are a priest, reli- at the Vocations Office, P.O, gious, married or single." She Box 4169, Evansville, IN added, "We are all gathered by 47724. Telephone (812) 424- God to be members of the Body 5536. 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