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err.t/Christmas : 26Years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 27 NUMBER 16 December 20, 1996 Joe Men's Club helps Christmas Store By PAUL R, LEINGANG Message editor The St. Joseph Men's Club "helped make Christmas for 364 families this year," accord- ing to Wayne Bochert. coordinator of the activ- ities at the Christmas Store, operated annu- ally by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Evansville. The men's organization presented Catholic Charities with a check for $5,000, Dec. 12. Rick Jackson, club president, said the goal of the club is to help people not only at Christmas time, but all year round. "That's our goal, to help people all year," Jackson said. The St. Joseph Men's Club donates money raised through weekly bingo to various causes. Among the recipients of the club's fund raising efforts are Habitat for Humanity and the Ozanam Family Shelter in Evansville, and Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdi. nand. The club has supported the Christmas Store since 1975, when the club president was Bernard Kurzendoerfer. Christmas Store vol- unteers collect and buy items for needy persons and families, who come to a central location where they can "shop" for the rights sizes and styles for their needs. Names of eligible participants are submitted by parishes in the area. "Every year, the need grows," said Bochert. "There are more people who are poor, and the families are larger," he commented. This year, the Christmas Store spent $2,000 more than anticipated, because of the extra people. The St. Joseph Men's Club, which was orga. nized in 1955, currently has about 85 members. Rick Jackson, president of the Men's Club at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, pre- sents a check for $5,000 to Catholic Charities for use in the annual Christmas Store. Accepting the check are Wayne Bochert, Christmas Store coordinator, and Jim Collins, Catholic Charities director. Not shown is Father Wilfred Englert, pastor, who also participated in the presentation. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Worth mentioning The di closing at the Cat  OCes n Am hohc Center 00002fcat00o00ic'00[es at the Catholic Center and the -'qt 'aarities in Ja   as, from - . Evansville will be closed v "' E-I nOnday, Dec. 23 through Thursday, tioa aa ,Oyees will use a combination of holida L"ne off Without pay. Y' .Published Friday after Christmas Is Published every Friday of the year of the Friday following Christmas. Dec. 27. The next issue will 1997. liturgy at St. Meinrad in progress at the Arch- Meinrad "regretfully cannot this year, according to communications. is open Dec 23, 27 and 30, 31, I to 5 p.m.; Dec. 28, 9 to 11a.m. and Dec. 29 from I to 5 p.m., all times Gettelfmger with Bishop Gettelfinger" will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CST. The dinner is an occasion for parish leaders to invite a young man or woman, a senior in high school or older, who exhibits the qualities needed for service in today's church. The evening will include a meal, prayer and a panel consisting of a newly ordained priest, a seminar- ian and a novice. Reservations may be made at the diocesan vocation office, and are required by Dec: 27. SL John's Gospel Choir recordings available Prayers of the Heart, Volume III, is available from St. John the Apostle Church, Evansville. The recording of St. John's Gospel Choir includes traditional songs and original music by Sister Jane Nesmith, pastoral life coordinator. Cassette tapes are available for $10, CDs for $12, plus $1 to cover postage and handling, from St. John the Apostle Church, 617 Bellemeade Ave., Evansville, IN 47713. Proceeds benefit the parish. ECHO Health Center receives grant ECHO Health Center, located at St. Anthony's Cen- ter for Family Life, Evansville, has received a $50,000 grant to provide health care for the uninsured .and underinsured, according to Michael Kough, executive director. The grant will enable the clinic to provide edu- cation and monitor progress in a special program called, "Living Healthy with Diabetes." Kough said the grant is possible through the local hospitals' Foundation for Community Health. Camp Ondessonk accredited The American CampingAssociation has voted to clas- sify Camp Ondessonk in southern Illinois as an accred- ited camp. The American Camping Association is a pri- vate, non-profit educational organization. Improvements added to meet ACA standards included better docu- mented stafftraining and camper supervision. Physical improvements included more emergency exits from some buildings, bed rails on all upper bunks and equipping all camp vehicles for emergencies. Camp Ondessonk is owned and operated by the Department of Outdoor Ministry of the Catholic Dio- cese of Belleville. New Year's Eve Dance at Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit Athletic Association is sponsoring a New Year's Eve Dance, from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, through 2 a.m. Jan. 1. Tickets are $15 per person. ia (CNs) Performed treat- Teresa's doctors perform second shock treatment said a said Moth- back ra ... this ly dur- ts per- 16, Et felt she the Was in a thought e Cannot lee, hos- involves some amount of risk .... It was a success." Mother Teresa had received a mild electric shock treatment Dec. 11 to correct her heart- beat. The hospital said she experi- enced breathing problems around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 17, the morning after the procedure. "It lasted for a few minutes and she was put on an oxygen mask," the hospital said in a medical bulletin. "She is all right now. She had her morn- ing tea around 7:45 a.m. and her prayer." Her bronchitis continued to concern her doctors. "Pneumonia seems to be clearing but some bronchitis persists," doctors said. Indian Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda visited Mother Teresa and presented her with a bouquet of roses on the after- noon of Dec. 17. "She is doing better," Gowda told reporters. "I gave her roses and she gave me love and affec- tion." The 86-year-old Nobel laure- ate threatened to stop taking food Dec. 16 if she were not allowed to go home. "Mother Teresa didn't have anything throughout the morn- ing, saying that she would not have anything to eat unless she was released," said Chatterjee. "But ultimately the doctors could convince her and in the afternoon she had a late lunch." That evening, doctors said, Mother Teresa called sisters of her Missionaries of Charity order and playfully asked them to send an ambulance to pick her up. Mother Teresa underwent angioplasty at the Birla center Nov. 29 to remove blockages in two of her major coronary arteries. Millennium ideas sent to parishes WASHINGTON (CNS)  A resource kit on the first year of preparations for the year 2000 has been sent to parishes throughout the United States to help parish staffs plan at the local level. The kit, called "Preparing for the Jubilee: Year One, 1997," was developed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Department of Edu- cation. It includes reflection pieces for catechists and religion teachers, family materials, small-group resources, and retreat sugges- tions for various groups, from elementary school students to families. "This kit is based on the premise that adults should be the primary audience addressed," said Bishop Robert J. Banks of Green Bay, W', who completed a term as chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Education in November, in a preface to the kit. Adults who are faith-filled will carry the message of the Gospel into every sphere of their lives and thus serve as evange- lizers as we approach the third millennium," he added.