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'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

'Table Dwelling' - a Sacred experience

'Table Dwelling' - a Sacred experience Several months ago, as I began to make preparations for my Aunts and Uncle who were coming in from Ohio, I started the hunt for a place that would reflect the hospitality I wanted to extend and the comfort I wanted them to enjoy.  In the back of my mind I kept thinking that the accommodations...
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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Full and Fair Parental Educational Choice: A Path to Justice

Parents know what is best for their children! And that includes the right of parents to choose the school or educational environment that is best for their children. This right, however, should not depend on their ability to pay tuition to a private school or to live in a neighborhood where the pub...
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Catholic Principles of Migration

Editor’s note: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Migration Week is Jan 8-14. The Message offers this essay on Catholic principles of migration from the U.S.C.C.B. The U.S. bishops’approach to migration is rooted in the Gospel and in centuries of Catholic social te...
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Navidad 2016

Navidad 2016 Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,     El evento navideño, la Natividad del Señor Jesucristo, experimentamos la esencia de la bondad, la belleza y la verdad. En nombre del Bishop-emeritus Gerald A. Gettelfinger y yo les deseamos a todos una temporada de navidad llena d...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016 Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,     In the Christmas event, the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ, we experience the essence of goodness, beauty and truth.  On behalf of Bishop-emeritus Gerald A. Gettelfinger and myself, I wish all a Christmas Season filled with joy, grac...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tradition of the Nativity scene dates to St. Francis of Assisi

Tradition of the Nativity scene dates to St. Francis of Assisi Have you wondered how the custom of setting up a Nativity scene in our Churches and homes started and became a part of our Christmas celebration each year?   This tradition goes back to the year 1223 when Francis of Assisi realized that the spirituality prevalent in the Church at that tim...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Catholic Charities Giving provides Christmas blessings

Catholic Charities Giving provides Christmas blessings The cold wind couldn’t keep the smiles off the faces of the students helping unload packages from the vehicles at the Catholic Center.  Students from St. Benedict School in Evansville volunteered on Dec. 13 and 14, helping to unload, sort, label and deliver gifts for the Catholic Chariti...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Resident and his family build Nativity stable for University Nursing and Rehab

Resident and his family build Nativity stable for University Nursing and Rehab After more than 125 years of service to Evansville, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced in 2012 that they would be leaving the area and the ministry to the sick and elderly they had maintained in their nursing and rehabilitation home, which is located just across South Harlan Ave. from St. Ben...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016