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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern indiana "Poor Clares reflect and report October was a prayerful month, full of memories, for the Poor Clares, according to Sister Anna Scheessele. "It was on Oct. 12, 1875, when our beloved Mary Mag- dalen and her sister landed in New York. "What was it like for her, to be homeless in a strange land, where she didn't even know the language? It seemed everywhere she went, she was rejected. The American bisl- ops just weren't ready for contemplatives. "Several years passed befbre she ibuad a home in Omaha. That was in 1878. Then, she tbmlded a monastery in New Orleans in 1885, and at last came to Evansville. In the midst of all the rejection and homelessncss she clung to the thought that the pope wanted Poor Clares established in America. Therefore, to her, it was God's Will, whatever the cost to herself. "She came to Evansville in 1897, and lived out the rest of her life here. Some think these were the happiest years of her life. She died Aug. 18, 1905. Just three days before she. died, her last letter was written to Boston, to arrange a new foundation there. "Amid all these reminiscences, we heard that the Chris- tian Life Center, now housed in our old monastery, needs: repairs. We decided we would like to donate enough to fix up Mother Magdalen's old room, where she died. That would be a nice memorial , we think, and very appropriate. for our Centennial observance. Radio Rosary of lndiana offers statues Dale resident Walter Thompson, who helps produce mil- lions of scapulars and rosaries, has added "Catholic In Home Statuary" t'o the list if items available at his home. Radio Rosary, "Christ in the Home Apostolate, Inc.," is a tax exempt corporation dedicated to the manufacture of scapulars and rosaries, which are made by volunteers a'nd distributed to missionary organizations and to the public. Volunteers in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Indiana can produce over 350,000 scapulars each month. Explanatory leaflets are available in English, Spanish, and -- most re- cently, Russian and Ukrainian. Thompso n has 35 to 40 vol- southwestern Indiana, who cut out the scapu- lars, add the brochures, and prepare them for shipment. Thompson recently set up a display of statues in his home at402 North Washington, Dale. The display is open. eyeD, Saturday,: end the sale of the statues helps buy mate-' rials for the scapulars and the rosaries. St. Boniface Christmas Mass schedule listed The liturgical schedule for St. Boniface, Evansville, was omitted from a diocesan-wide schedule, published Dec. 8. The Message regrets the omission. The Christmas Eve schedule includes a Children's Mass at 4 p.m. and Midnight Mass. Christmas Day Masses are scheduled at 8 and l0 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Dec. 31, are at 8 and 10 a.m. Mass on Jan. 1 will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Hanukkah program available on Cable TV Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, begins Dec. !8. It is a celebration of the Jews' victory over their oppres- sors in 165 BCE. Customs include lighting an eight- branched candelabrum. Benjami n and the Miracle of Hanakkah is scheduled on the Faith and Values Cimnnel, Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. Central time. The half-hour animated story tbr the whole family celebrates the traditional value of the Festival of Lights, the quest fiJr freedom and the mum ph of faith. .First Night Evansville planned for New Year' Eve First Night Evansville i an alcuhold're community New Year' Eve.celbration. It bgms with a "People's Proces- sion" at 5:30 p.m., includes entertainment, art displays and various activities, and concludes with fireworks at 11:30 p.m. Admission for indoor events is a buttol, costing $5, avai'able at Citizens Bank, G.D. Ritzy's, Schmick, und the' Art Coup:d of Southwestern Indiana. For more inibrmation, call the Arts Council a :12) 422- 21i i. Company offers new Catholic game product Divinity Religious Products, Inc., of Carlsbad, California, has introduced: two more games related to religion and learning. The company's premier product was "Divinity, the" Catholic Catechism Learning System," which takes a kind of "Trivial Pursuit" approach to learning, with 672 ques- tions and answers based on the new Catholic Catechism of Catholic .Church. ,New this year is the Catholic Family Bible Game, de- signed for interactive play for ages eight and up. Also new is the Catholic Quiz Game, using questions and answers se- lected by Catholic educators to reinforce knowledge of the faith, for children in Kindergarten and Grade One through Grade Nine. The new games are available at religious gift and book stores, or by calling (619) 929.1090. Poor Continued from page 1 ence that her organization would meet the challenge. In her symposium presenta- tion, however, Sister Cairns said that "most human service organizations are straining to meet current needs." Without the continuing sup- port of' government, she added, Catholic Charities would be "tbrced to make choices to cur- tail or eliminate necessary so- cial services in some areas in order to preserve the quality of service in others." Another threat to religious charities -- in the form of a proposed amendment that would have restricted the right of nonprofit groups which re- ceive federal funds to lobby with privately raised funds -- appears to be dead, but could be revived. The amendment proposed by Rep. Ernest Jim istook, R- Okla., and two other freshmen Republicans had been strongly opposed by Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Health Associa, Bosnia Continued from page 1 umenical officer of the Ortho- dox Church in America and chairman of the Europe Com- mittee of the National Council of Churches of Christ. Bishop Reilly, in a separate message, also urged members of Congress to back imple- menting the agreement, "in- cluding with the use of U.S. troops." "While not without signifi- cant risk, the use of U.S. forces seems indispensable to ending the agony" that the Balkans have suffered for more than four years, he said. Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant and other organiza- tions joined on the same day in a show of support for the peace accords at a U.S. Capitol press conference. Father Drew Christiansen, director of the USCC Office of International Justice and Peace, said in remarks pre- pared for the press conference that the peace agreement signed in Dayton "offers hope for a permanent and poten- tially just peace." Iic .aid the U.S. biJhop be- lime sacha peace "will depend un f, ll enforcement o[" all tim elements which will make peace on the ground." Father Christiaaen ideati- lied those elements as: the right of people t retm'z safely home; co,operation ith the [n- ter,ational War Crimes Tri- banal; democratic govenmeat; precrvatioa of a multieth:ic sa.:; und fni|fiime :faii pledge ef intebnatioaal aid. :" "Fulfilling all these provi- sions with equal seriousness will make the difference be- tween peace with a consider- able measure of justice and a peace which is but a prolonged cease-fire," he said. The American Muslim Coun- i i i i i LinCo Coffee Services Total Bevenge Distributor Indiana-lllinob-Kentucky 46 Varifies of Coffees and Teas N WiIATEVER YOUR FATE, WE CAN MATCH IT Wa,hington 25444 Evansville 422-1833 i H I tion, U.S. Catholic Conference and a wide range of other non- profit organizations. Lisa Carr, legislative liaison in the social policy department of Catholic Charities USA, said the amendment could be at- tached to a continuing budget resolution which will come be- fore Congress around Dec. 15. But Congress is not likely to risk another government shut- down over the lstook amend- ment, she said. President Clinton vetoed the latest Republican-proposed budget plan Dec. 6, saying its cuts in health care for the poor were "unacceptable in a coun- try that cares about its chil- dren." He proposed a plan which would balance the bud- get within the seven years de- manded by the COP but with only about one-third of the Medicaid cuts in the Republi- can plan. In an interview with the Catholic Spirit, diocesan news- paper in Austin, Texas, Bishop John E. McCarthy linked the Pope John during his "The the House slashing a grams, been in century, whi grams that and said. "The that and is people Bishop Mcl budget a way that is that which is pursued" and must "step up the res are saying is the "We need up with for the hours a we{ need two everybody, to are in need added. cil said it supports the deploy- ment Of U.S. troops to Bosnia as part :of the NATQ force as- signed to help set the peace in place. "Not since World War II has Europe been host to mass exe- cutions, murder and rape," Muslim Council executive di- rector Abdurahman Alamoudi said. "We support the Ameri- can brokered-peace agreement that will put an end to this ethnic cleansing. "We applaud the administra- tion's decision to send Ameri- can troops to participate with NATO forces to implement the peace agreement," Alamoudi said. Air Force transport aircraft began a daily shuttle from Ger- many to the new NATO base in northern flights Were build Up from many as 30. A C.130 from the U.S. Ramstein, down at gray after the new in by the to Reuters, agency, The markings ered with a paint. 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