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August Youth of the Month Makes Everybody Feel

August Youth of the Month Makes Everybody Feel Whether she is mentoring teammates on the lacrosse field, encouraging campers at TEENPOWER or guiding the creation of the yearbook at Reitz Memorial High School, 17-year-old Grace Martin has a way of making those around her feel important and valued. She makes a conscious effort to do the little th...
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Three traits young people crave from the church

Three traits young people crave from the church This fall, bishops from every corner of the globe will gather in Rome to discuss the church's ministry to youth and young adults. Pope Francis has called on the leadership of the church not simply to talk about young people but to listen directly to them. From my own ministerial experience, I would...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Weeding with perseverance

I was watering my wildflower/weed garden. As always happens when I am out in nature, random thoughts flitted through my mind. While the water nourished the weeds and the flowers, the Bible verse, “The rain falls on the just and the unjust” came to mind. It was not possible to soak one w...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aug. 10, 2018 edition of The Message

Aug. 10, 2018 edition of The Message Click here to read the Aug. 10, 2018 edition of The Message. Due to production issues, the print edition Aug. 10 issue of The Message will be mailed one day late (Aug. 10 instead of Aug. 9). Anyone interested may download the digital edition of the Aug. 10 issue any time using this link....
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

A salad from Chili's leads to holy desserts

Editor’s note: Editor Tim Lilley yields his “Journey of Faith” space in this issue to international speaker and author Katie Prejean McGrady. What follows appeared on McGrady’s Twitter feed less than two weeks ago. We all need to hear this message. While flying home Sunday,...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

October focuses on sanctity of life

October will soon be upon us, and it is in October that we focus our gaze upon the sanctity of life.  It is so broad a topic.  Where should we look?  Initially, we admit to ourselves that we are each created as worthy of love and respect.  From whom, you ask?  Well, from ev...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Catholic Foundation sets seminar on impact of new tax law

How do the changes in the tax law impact my estate plan and charitable-giving plan? Most people give out of a desire to help a particular charity or cause. Tax incentives, then, are not the primary motivation for philanthropy, particularly when it comes to supporting religious organizations. You ma...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Stewards of God's Grace now at $34 million

Pledges to the Stewards of God’s Grace combined campaign stand above $34 million as of July 31. The Message is publishing an updated list of pledges received with this report. Stewards of God’s Grace is the first-ever diocesan-wide fundraising campaign; its design enabled parishes and t...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

The moral dilemma of vaccination

Recently a grandmother asked me if her granddaughter should have the usual childhood vaccinations.  The question was not asked out of fear of side effects or complications of the vaccines, rather, for clarification of the Church’s position on vaccination.  She understood many of the...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Evansville native marks 60th anniversary of First Profession

Holy Cross Brother Donald Schapker, a native of Evansville, celebrates the 60th anniversary of his First Profession to the order on Aug. 16.   Brother Donald was born on Feb. 20, 1939, the youngest of seven children, to Henry and Mary (Seibert) Schapker of Evansville. His family still calls Ev...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018