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._December 9, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 Please pray for these faithful departed Gilbert J. Adler, 87, St Evansville, Nov 8. 31. Cathedral, Vincennes, Oct. 26. Wendel, St. Wendel, Nov. 25. Larry W. Barthlow, Sr., 'vS4.Bniface, Evansville, Alberta E. Betz, 73, St. Peter, Celestine, Nov. 2. Earl "Woody" Ruechler, 67, St. Ferdinand, Ferdinand, Nov. 12. Max Butcher, 63, St. John, Loogootee, Nov. 4. Mary Helen Bunall, 67, Joseph Arnold Byrne, Sr. 78, St. Anthony, Evansville, Oct. 3. Sister Agnes Celeste (Mary) Clouser, 86, St. Mary- of-the-Woods, Ind. Nov. 17. Rose Biggs, 91, Holy Spirit, Sacred Heart, Vincennes, Oct. J. Melvin Curry, 71, Old ,_Luisville adopts guidelines to help marriages start, stay strong BYJOHNR'KARMANIII tion, to include scriptural be at the forefront of ensuring Catholic News Service LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNS) -- An ecumenical group of pas- l:s'}ayPersons and church , "_rs has produced a set of fled::! age guidelines they be- = Will strengthen marrl and redu,^ , . ages v Lae (hvorce rate in :aretrplitan Louisville are the result months, work by the Ken- Task Force "Recommended a es for Marriages in They were- an- Nov. 28 to 100 local gathered at a 1. 0 of the leaders, rep- 14 denominations in and southern Indi- a pledge support- Louisville Thomas C. Kelly attend the event but oa in SUpport. consists of six ons that encour- arriage.." Sexual abstinence outside minimum of four of marriage prepara- Safety Co. Inc. ld Tri-state n 424-3863 teachings on marriage, com- munication and conflict resolu- tion skills, finances, and sexu- ality -- Clergy and/or mentor cou- ples to follow up with newly married couples approximately six and 12 months after the wedding. -- All married couples to at- tend programs designed to en- rich and strengthen marriages. -- Married couples who are experiencing serious difficul- ties to seek help. -- Clergy to exercise leader- ship in helping couples bond for life by participating in and promoting programs to enrich marriage and family life; preaching on the theology of marriage; modeling healthy re- lationships; cooperating with clergy of other denominations to foster marriage preparation and follow-up for interfaith couples. Michael McManus, nation- ally syndicated columnist and author of the book "Marriage Savers," gave the keynote speech at the marriage guide- lines presentation. He said, "I think you could actually push the divorce rate in half in five years in Louisville if your churches sign on to these guidelines." McManus, who has been married 29 years and is the fa- ther of three sons, said the guidelines are based on proven principles. He cited Peoria, Ill., which adopted a community marriage policy in 1991, when the city recorded 1,210 di- vorces. A year later, he said, divorces dropped to 947. Churches and clergy should that the marriages of their parishioners start strong and stay strong, McManus said. He quoted a Gallup poll that said 80 percent of all Ameri- cans had no premarital coun- seling. Part of the reason, he said, is that pastors are over- worked, and he stressed the importance of mentor couples. "In every church, we've got couples whose marriages have been strong and have endured for two, three, four or five decades," he said. "They have learned something about how to love one another, how to for- give one another, how to argue. We are not passing that on to our children." Barbara MacDonald, direc- tor of the archdiocesan Center for Family Ministries and task force member, called the sign- ing a "historic event." But she reminded the group, "Our challenge today and for the future is converting these guidelines into a living docu- ment." In presenting the guidelines, Father Jude Weisenbeck, di- rector of the archdiocesan Of- fice of Ecumenism, said, "I sin- cerely believe that the strength of marriage is the best gauge that we have of the strength of the church and the strength of the nation." McManus noted that Louisville is the largest metropolitan area in the coun- try to have adopted such a pol- icy. "Too many of our churches have been blessing machines and wedding factories," the au- thor said. "You will be a beacon on a hill to other places." The document also lists the names of various support groups and programs that can help couples achieve their goals. Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delive Sister Maura (Emma Ann) Daily, St. Mary-of-the- Woods, Nov. 24. Clarence H. "Bud" De[g, 85, St. Philip, Mt. Vernon, Oct. 31. Otto Diers, 94, St. Mary, Huntingburg, Nov. 8. Catherine C. Doll, 77, Sa- cred Heart, Vincennes, Oct. 30. Karl Eckerle, 66, St. Joseph, Jasper, Nov. 4. Frank Garrett, 78, St. Theresa, Evansville, Nov. 7. Ernest Gibson, 67, Old Cathedral, Vincennes, Nov. 19. Joseph H. Gress, 90, St. Peter, Celestine, Oct. 31. Bernard Grewe, 84, Holy Spirit, Evansville, Nov. 30. Barbara M. Haase, 63, St. Mary, Ireland, Nov. 18. John M. Hasenour, 82, Holy Family, Jasper, Nov. 27. Kristi Ann Heard, 36, Na- tivity, Evansville, Oct. 27. Gertrude Heldman, 81, St. Joseph, Jasper, Nov. 21. Esther Holland, 90, St. John, Loogootee, Oct. 31. Katherine Kuykendall, 74, Nativity, Evansville, Oct. 27. Angela Jane Maurer, 59, St. Joseph, Evansville, Nov. 17. Vera McAllister, 77, Old Cathedral, Vincennes, Nov. 17 Richard "Dick" Milligan, 72, Holy Family, Jasper, Nov. 13. Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Richter, 72, St. Wendel, Evansville, Nov. 1. Rosa Rogers, 77, Nativity, Evansville, Nov. 4. Michael Sehroering, 47, St. Mary, Ireland, Nov 7. Mary Marearet Shoutz, 65, St. Mary, Shoals, Oct. 23. John Marion Tenbarge, 72, Holy Angels, New Har- mony, Nov. 9. Oscar J. Verkamp, 78, Sa- cred Heart, Schnellville, Nov. 24. Edwin Vogler, 84, Precious Blood, Jasper, Aug. 31. John Wagner, 73, St. John Daylight, Evansville, Nov. 9. Merrill Wolford, 69, St. Martin, Loogootee, Nov. 18. Doris Zinkan, 91, Old Cathedral, Vincennes, Oct. 21. These obituary notices were submitted from parishes throughout the diocese. YOUR ] i i FAMILY i i i ii iiii I ii i i PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 I I |ill. Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Bob and Norma Duncan Comer Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 I Stratman's Pharmacy Cib/-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 i IHHI ,, Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Precdption Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 I II [11 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Welnbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 Churc00orld ,ill I I II I II II ]L. Names Rwandan leaders Pope John Paul II has named apostolic administra' tors to three dioceses in Rwanda whose bishops were murdered during the African nation's saVage civil war. The pope also named apos- tolic administrators for an- other Rwandan diocese whose bishop has been miss- ing since June and is feared dead, and for a fifth diocese whose bishop is in exile. The appointments were an- nmmced Dec. 3 at the Vati- can. Before the fighting ig- nited in April 1994, about 3.3 million Catholics -- 44 percent of the Rwandan pop- ulation lived in nine dio- ceses. Up to a million people were slaughtered in the war. Despite dent C!!nton's surprise announcement deny- I ing federal funds for the Cm[ ation of human embryos for | reseawh pu, a: ti0n | representing pro,lifei pro-! ily, m and legal ups said DeC: 5 that nil ihumafi embryo research should:be banned, More than 70 scien- tists, scholars, attorneys and leaders of pro,life or other groups signed the statemenL  see00c, Rcy I ! The mother ofwoid.be l [:papal assassin Mehmet i [ [Agca met with Pope John[ [ Paul I[ and asked him to| | help convince Italian author, i iaes to mleaumheraonfrom detail Dec. 3 audience; atnd  Muzeyen a and another of her sons. It washer see end meeting with the pontiff, Wants W execution The Ohio Catho|i judgel he drew criticism from :the ! Vatican for pmng that the I execution ofa manhe semi tenced be televised says his ] decision was not intended as a[ deterrent to crime, Cuyahoga | County Common Pl Ju[ Anthony Calab Jr :aid | i "if we're going to have a death I !penalty to further the admin- istration of justice in an or- derly and swift manne L I Helen Alvare, who serves as Ilfllll I IF iiii I I I + .... : t , , : ; ,