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Pre-K bill would expand school choice access

INDIANAPOLIS—A proposal to enhance state-funded prekindergarten for at-risk children also expands school-choice access. The Indiana Catholic Conference supports the legislation.     The preschool expansion bill, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, builds upon the sta...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Goretti Awards deadline is February 10

The St. Maria Goretti Youth Distinction website has been updated for 2017, and the nomination forms are available.  Parishes should send all applicable paperwork to the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry by Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, to ensure that a plaque, letters and...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bishop hosting fall 2017 pilgrimage to Italy

Bishop hosting fall 2017 pilgrimage to Italy Bishop Charles C. Thompson will lead a 12-day pilgrimage to Italy next fall. Co-hosted by Father Joseph Ziliak, retired priest of the Diocese of Evansville and the first editor of The Message, the group will depart the U.S. on Oct. 23 and return Nov. 3.   Pilgrims will begin and end their Ital...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

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