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Deacons serve practical, charitable needs of the Church

The diaconate is one of the earliest expressions of the apostolic Church.  In Acts 6, we hear its establishment by the Apostles’ ordination of “seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom,” to serve the practical, charitable needs of the Christian community....
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Annual audit information released for Diocese of Evansville

The fiscal year of the Diocese of Evansville ended on June 30, 2016.  The operating results for the 12 months ended June 30, 2016, had many positive components during the course of the year.  In addition, there were some factors that continued to weigh on the operating results.  I wo...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Consider what happens 'at conception'

“I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion” (From the original Hippocratic Oath).   “I solemnly promise to defend and protect human life from conception to its natural end, believing that human life, transmitted by parents, is created by God and has an eternal de...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Evening Routines: Ending the Day Right

As 2017 begins, we as parents have the opportunity to re-set the stage for success for our kids and families. Routines provide a strong collective backdrop for everyone and a powerful stress-reduction tool as life activities can accumulate. Evening routines in particular can provide a buffer and a...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shop locally, celebrate simply

I am not sure where the idea began.  Maybe it was my dread of shopping, particularly in big box stores or crowded malls.  Or, possibly, it occurred because color, size and style had become too daunting. I know some credit must be attributed to my mother, who often repeated her mantra, ...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lawmakers to consider death penalty ban for those with serious mental illness

Lawmakers to consider death penalty ban for those with serious mental illness INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation to ban the death penalty for those with serious mental illness was introduced in the Indiana General Assembly Jan. 4. The Indiana Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic Church in Indiana, supports the legislation.     Senate Bill 155...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Indiana Catholic Conference prepares for state legislative session

Indiana Catholic Conference prepares for state legislative session Editor’s note – This is the first in a series of weekly reports on the Indiana Legislature that will appear in The Message through the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session.       INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Catholic Conference is gearing up for state legisl...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Archdiocesan college of consultors elects Indianapolis administrator

Archdiocesan college of consultors elects Indianapolis administrator INDIANAPOLIS – In accordance with the stipulations of the Church’s Code of Canon Law, Monsignor William F. Stumpf was elected administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Jan. 9 at the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center in Indianapolis. He was elected by the seven...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

'Shrinking the Monster' helps others, author heal from child abuse

'Shrinking the Monster' helps others, author heal from child abuse In the 1950’s, Norbert Krapf was sexually abused—along with scores of other boys—by a priest of the Diocese of Evansville who was loved and respected by the community. After five decades of silence, Krapf—a retired professor, author and award-winning former Indiana Poet Laur...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

LoveRocks: a kindness campaign

LoveRocks: a kindness campaign  If you happen to be walking throughout Boonville, keep an eye out for the "loverocks" hidden by children from St. Clement’s Parish.  These brightly colored stones, painted with a picture, inspirational word, quote or Bible verse, were hidden with the intent to bring love and happin...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017