May 24, 2022 – Family & Life eNews June

 

DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE
OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE eNEWS 
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DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE CURRENTLY 305 CHILDREN IN NEED OF FOSTER CARE IN VANDERBURGH COUNTY ALONE AND THERE ARE ONLY 89 LICENSED HOMES?  THIS LEAVES 216 CHILDREN WHO HAVE TO BE PLACED OUTSIDE OF THE AREA OR IN INSTITUTIONAL SETTINGS.
WAYS A PARISH CAN BECOME FOSTER FRIENDLY…

  • ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO PRAY ABOUT BECOMING FOSTER FAMILIES
  • RAISE AWARENESS
  • PROVIDED WRAP AROUND SERVICES OR SUPPORT FOR FOSTER FAMILIES

Why Become a Foster Friendly Faith Community?

  • Justice, mercy and grace are themes throughout scripture and most faith traditions.
  • People of faith already care deeply about these issues. Statistics show practicing Christians are three times more likely to foster and twice as likely to adopt compared to the general population.
  • Foster care is a non-partisan, unifying issue.
  • Foster care is an upstream issue. It is at the root of a number of current-day social wounds, including homelessness, sex trafficking, suicide and more.

Are you ready to learn how your faith community can take the next steps to become Foster Friendly?

Get started.

Grace Marriage is a parish based married couples program where couples meet quarterly to take some time out of their busy lives to focus just on themselves.  For more information, contact egirten@evdio.org

Red Bird Ministries is a Catholic, pro-life/pro-family grief support ministry that focuses on bereaved families who have experienced child loss of any age and circumstance, including pregnancy loss through miscarriage and stillbirth, and after birth as an infant, child, adolescent, or adult. While we operate as Catholics our ministry serves anyone who has experienced the loss of a child.

We are starting a Red Bird Ministries program in the diocese.  If you are interested in participating, please contact me.
Surviving Divorce is a 12-Session workshop for those who have experienced divorce.  If you are interested in participating in this workshop or as a ministry leader, please contact me at egirten@evdio.org.
World Meeting of Families
June 22-26
Event Ideas

  • Mass (on the Grass):  Celebrate Mass at a special time during the week (either indoor or out) and invite families to come together.  Offer a special blessing.  Plan a meal afterward.
  • Family Rosary:  Same as #1
  • Recognize the uniqueness of each family in the parish:
    •   Young married couples just beginning their families
    •   Families who have been a part of the parish for years
    •   Generations of families in the parish
    •   Families who have adopted for fostered
    •   Families with disabilities
    •   Families with members, young and old, who have passed
    •   Recognize the family as the domestic church
  • Invite a speaker on the topic of marriage and family
  • Provide a special evening of prayer, Reconciliation, and food
  • Recognize the realities of keeping a family Catholic in today’s society
  • Post family pictures (of present and past parish families) in the vestibule
  • Provide a reflection on the Holy Family
Called to the Joy of Love:  National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry
Interested in any of the Below Ministries?
  • Life Giving Wounds (Support for Adult Children of Divorce)
    • One weekend per year
    • Follow up support meetings
  • Surviving Divorce
    • 12 Session Divorce Recovery
  • Unveiled Marriage Preparation
    • One weekend per year
  • Parish Sponsor Couples
    • Marriage Prep for Engaged Couples
  • Natural Family Planning
    • Awareness
  • Respect Life Coordinators
    • Parish Representative for Life issues
  • Peace in the Mourning (Retreat for Widows)
    • One retreat per year
  • Redbird Ministries (Healing for Parents who have lost children)
    • Ongoing
  • Grace Marriage
    • Parish level Marriage Enrichment
  • Project Rachel Abortion Healing
    • A variety of ways to engage
If you are interested in any of the above, please contact Eric at egirten@evdio.org.
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PO BOX 4169
Evansville, IN 47724OFFICE OF FAMILY/LIFE
http://www.evdio.org/family-life.html
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Diocesan Eucharistic Renewal beginning soon!

Eucharistic Renewal beginning on Corpus Christi, June 19! All of the parishes and Catholic schools throughout our diocese—together with all of the dioceses in the U.S.—will be participating in an extraordinary initiative to foster renewed devotion to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and greater appreciation for the awesome gift of the Mass.
To learn more about the Eucharistic Renewal and to see your parish’s or school’s plans for the Renewal, please visit: evdio.org/eucharistic-renewal
One of the Diocese of Evansville’s initiatives for the Eucharist Renewal is to have traveling Eucharistic Miracle Exhibits (based on the work of Blessed Carlo Acutis), from Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022, until Corpus Christi, June 11, 2023, that will periodically be present at every parish, Catholic school, the Catholic Center and Catholic Charities.
You may also view the samples by clicking the following link:

2022 Seven Week Summer Seminarian Internship at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish – Tyler Underhill

Article from The Message – November 7, 2019 – https://evdiomessage.org/seminarian-profile-tyler-underhill/

Name: Tyler Underhill

What are your parents’ names? Clint and Sarah Underhill

Current Parish: Our Lady of Hope, Washington

What kinds of ministries were you involved in at your parish? What kinds of Diocesan retreats/events have you attended that have been helpful?

Around the seventh grade I began serving Mass on the weekends at my parish. I continued this, as well as serving weddings and funerals, all the way through high school. On Sundays I helped teach religious education and became involved over the summer in the Our Lady of Hope youth group, Ancora. I also ministered in the St. Vincent de Paul Youth Society for a while which would take one day a month at our local food pantry. On a diocesan level, the March for Life pilgrimage was very helpful in my own discernment. Being able to see so many Catholics and people of faith united for life made a big impact on my own faith life and vocation.

When did you start thinking of priesthood? What made you think of it?

As a young first or second grader attending Mass with my parents or grandparents, the thought of priesthood entered my mind. Watching my pastor celebrate the Mass really made an impression on me. Some years went by before I seriously considered priesthood again and it was towards the end of junior high going into high school that I really began to dwell on it. Serving Mass regularly and talking with my pastor helped me in this process.

What aspect of priestly ministry is most attractive to you? Why?

The celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and Confession, is the most attractive aspect of priestly ministry to me. Through these sacraments, Christ is made present to people. Bringing Christ to others for the work of salvation is the duty and responsibility a priest is called to do.

What gives you hope for the Catholic Church today?

In today’s world, as the Church continues to struggle with vocations and other such crises, I first and foremost trust in the words Christ uttered to St. Peter when He said, “thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (MT.16:18). Faith in Jesus Christ is the only hope necessary.

What Scripture passage hits home with you the most these days? Why?

In the Gospel of Mark chapter 8:36, Jesus says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

I have been dwelling on this passage recently and I am reminded of it due to a priest who once told me, “Jesus is our only necessity.”

What things do you find life-giving? (Reading? If so, what have you read? Movies? If so, what movies have you enjoyed? Music? If so, what music moves you? Hiking, exercising? Explain why.)

I love to watch movies, especially historical-fiction. I also enjoy landscaping and working in the yard. Besides listening to classic rock most days, I frequent the classical channel in my car and on my computer.

What is the hardest part of going to seminary? What are you most excited about this year for seminary?

The hardest part about going to seminary is being away from parish life. I am most excited this year because it is my senior year at Bishop Brute Seminary and there are many events and programs going on such as NCYC and the March for Life trip.

May 5, 2022 – DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE eNEWS

 

DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE
OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE eNEWS 
Rachel’s Vineyard of Western Kentucky will be having a retreat for the healing of the wounds of abortion on the weekend of May 20-22, 2022, at the Passionist Retreat Center outside of Owensboro.  This retreat is a powerful way to encounter Jesus Christ as the Healer of our deepest and most painful wounds.  Our team of trained volunteers (all of whom have made this retreat in the past) are looking forward to walking with you on the journey to healing and wholeness!  Come and join us!
REGISTER NOW

Red Bird Ministries is a Catholic, pro-life/pro-family grief support ministry that focuses on bereaved families who have experienced child loss of any age and circumstance, including pregnancy loss through miscarriage and stillbirth, and after birth as an infant, child, adolescent, or adult. While we operate as Catholics our ministry serves anyone who has experienced the loss of a child.

We are starting a Red Bird Ministries program in the diocese.  If you are interested in participating, please contact me.
Surviving Divorce is a 12-Session workshop for those who have experienced divorce.  If you are interested in participating in this workshop or as a ministry leader, please contact me at egirten@evdio.org.
Interested in any of the Below Ministries?
  • Life Giving Wounds (Support for Adult Children of Divorce)
    • One weekend per year
    • Follow up support meetings
  • Surviving Divorce
    • 12 Session Divorce Recovery
  • Unveiled Marriage Preparation
    • One weekend per year
  • Parish Sponsor Couples
    • Marriage Prep for Engaged Couples
  • Natural Family Planning
    • Awareness
  • Respect Life Coordinators
    • Parish Representative for Life issues
  • Peace in the Mourning (Retreat for Widows)
    • One retreat per year
  • Redbird Ministries (Healing for Parents who have lost children)
    • Ongoing
  • Grace Marriage
    • Parish level Marriage Enrichment
  • Project Rachel Abortion Healing
    • A variety of ways to engage
If you are interested in any of the above, please contact Eric at egirten@evdio.org.
World Meeting of Families
June 22-26
Event Ideas

  • Mass (on the Grass):  Celebrate Mass at a special time during the week (either indoor or out) and invite families to come together.  Offer a special blessing.  Plan a meal afterward.
  • Family Rosary:  Same as #1
  • Recognize the uniqueness of each family in the parish:
    •   Young married couples just beginning their families
    •   Families who have been a part of the parish for years
    •   Generations of families in the parish
    •   Families who have adopted for fostered
    •   Families with disabilities
    •   Families with members, young and old, who have passed
    •   Recognize the family as the domestic church
  • Invite a speaker on the topic of marriage and family
  • Provide a special evening of prayer, Reconciliation, and food
  • Recognize the realities of keeping a family Catholic in today’s society
  • Post family pictures (of present and past parish families) in the vestibule
  • Provide a reflection on the Holy Family
Called to the Joy of Love:  National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry
Copyright © *|2022|* *|office of family & life|*, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
PO BOX 4169
Evansville, IN 47724OFFICE OF FAMILY/LIFE
http://www.evdio.org/family-life.html
CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE
http://www.evdio.org/
THE MESSAGE
http://www.themessageonline.org/

 

 

May 6, 2022 – Constant Contact Update

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SUMMER SOCIAL TICKET PACKETS
PICK UP YOUR SUMMER SOCIAL TICKET PACKET. THIS YEAR WE DID NOT PUT NAMES ON THE FRONT. FILL OUT AND RETURN YOUR CHANCES TO WIN OUR CASH RAFFLE AND QUILTS. FOR THOSE RETURNING THEIR PACKETS BY JULY 1, THERE WILL BE AN EARLY BIRD DRAWING.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
WE NEED EVERYONE TO VOLUNTEER AT THE SUMMER SOCIAL, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH DINNERS, GAMES OR THE BIG BINGO.
812-477-5405
Good Shepherd hosting ARISE Holy Hours May 15 & June 19!
An uplifting & spiritual hour of
Music, Prayer, & Reconciliation
May 15 – The Power of the Holy Spirit
June 19 – Miracles of the Eucharist
Music begins at 6:45,
and the Holy Hour begins at 7:00 PM

April 12, 2022 – Constant Contact Update

Weekly Bulletins are available on our website.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
HOLY THURSDAY: 7:00 PM MASS
GOOD FRIDAY: 1:30 PM Stations of the Cross
reenactment by 8th grade
7:00 pm Service
HOLY SATURDAY: 11:00 AM Blessing of First Easter Foods
8:00 PM Vigil Mass
EASTER SUNDAY: 7:30 AM & 10:30 AM MASS
PLEASE WELCOME OUR RCIA CANDIDATES…..
My name is Christopher (Chris) Clodfelter. I am married to Kimberly Clodfelter. We have two children, Zane Clodfelter and Rae Marissa Zirkelbach, son in law Warren Zirkelbach, and our grandson Barrett Zirkelbach. We are excited to meet our second grandbaby the first week of May. I made the decision to join the Catholic Churchon Easter of 2021. Our family attended an Easter Vigil the night before and I felt at peace and felt the Holy Spirit in the church. I have been blessed to know great people that live their lives as with the Catholic faith and many continue to support and encourage me. I would like to honor my in laws, Richard and Bette Zeller that raised Kimberly in the Catholic faith. I am also thankful for my late parents and the conversations I had with my father weeks before his death. We discussed my wish to become Catholic. He fully supported my decision because he knew it would make me happy. We both had concerns with the messages we were hearing from our denomination. I have learned so much in RCIA classes that have strengthened my faith. I was looking for a deeper understanding of God and found it in the Catholic Church.
My name is Holly Tharp Fehn. I am married to Josh Fehn and we have one son, Pike. I moved to Evansville in 2010 to attend the University of Southern Indiana and never left. I have chosen to join the Catholic faith so that our home is unified in faith to raise our family. My husband Josh was raised Catholic and attended Good Shepherd School himself. Our son Pike was baptized by Father Zach this past fall and will be attending Little Rams Preschool for the 2022-2023 school year. We are so excited to be a part of the Good Shepherd community.
My name is Jason Lyons, and I work at SS&C as a Software Quality Analyst. I initially chose the Catholic faith because I wanted a closer connection to my girlfriend, Kelly Wolfe, and her daughter, Ellison Wolfe, as they are both active Parishioners. During RCIA, I discovered that I was learning more about myself as I was learning about the Catholic faith. Meeting and connecting with like-minded people has been an amazing experience.
My name is Sharon Dwanyen Mhango. I am married to Solomon Dwanyen Mhango. We have four children: Madelyn (16), Solomon (10), Nehemiah (6), and Dehlu (3). I am primarily a stay-at-home mom, but also work as an Academic Coordinator for a cultural exchange program for high school students. I enjoy reading, cross-stitching, figure skating, and spending quality time with my family. I am becoming Catholic because I want to receive Jesus in the Eucharist and experience communion with Christ more deeply.
We pray for our new members and congratulate them. God bless you all.
ARISE HOLY HOUR
Our next Arise Holy Hour has been rescheduled for April 24 at 7:00 PM. Come join us for this wonderful experience.
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The Good Shepherd Staff wishes you a Happy and Holy Easter.
The office will be closed on Good Friday
and Easter Monday.
Please check our website daily for updates.
To sign up for online giving please visit our website…..
Thank you in advance for your donations.
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Good Shepherd Catholic Church
2301 N Stockwell Rd
Evansville, IN 47715
(812) 477-5405

April 05, 2022 – Family & Life eNews

DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE
OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE eNEWS 
CLICK ON THE PAGE ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PARISH RESOURCES
ATTENTION PASTORS, DEACONS, PARISH LEADERS:

WE WILL BE REORDERING THE 20-PAGE RESOURCE FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED MISCARRIAGE.  RESPONSE TO THIS RESOURCE HAS BEEN POSITIVE. I WILL ORDER UP TO 10 OF THESE PER PARISH BUT NEED SOMEONE FROM YOUR PARISH TO CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.  THANK YOU.

COMING AUGUST 19-21 AT SARTO RETREAT CENTER

LIFE GIVING WOUNDS IS A THREE DAY OFFERING FOR ADULT CHILDREN OF DIVORCED OR SEPARATED PARENTS.  IF YOU FEEL YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM SOMETHING LIKE THIS, YOU MAY INQUIRE BELOW. REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 1

THIS RETREAT IS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DIOCESE OF OWENSBORO.

egirten@evdio.org
https://www.lifegivingwounds.org/

We have several people in the diocese trained to facilitate this program.  If you are interested in in bringing this program to your neck of the woods, have someone contact the OFL.
Rachel’s Vineyard of Western Kentucky will be having a retreat for the healing of the wounds of abortion on the weekend of May 20-22, 2022, at the Passionist Retreat Center outside of Owensboro.  This retreat is a powerful way to encounter Jesus Christ as the Healer of our deepest and most painful wounds.  Our team of trained volunteers (all of whom have made this retreat in the past) are looking forward to walking with you on the journey to healing and wholeness!  Come and join us!
2022 Retreats
  • FEBRUARY 18-19, 2022 (TWO DAY RETREAT)
  • CANCELLED:  APRIL 22-23, 2022 (TWO DAY RETREAT)  CONTACT ME FOR ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING IF NEEDED
  • SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 (ONE DAY RETREAT)
Walking with Moms in Need is a resource for our parishes, and is supported by the Diocese of Evansville and the USCCB.
This interactive map provides information regarding resources for pregnant moms, children, and families.
We are called to the Gospel of Life and in this calling we support those in need spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

https://www.walkingwithmoms.com/parish-resources

INTERESTED IN STARTING A SPONSOR COUPLE MARRIAGE PREP PROGRAM IN YOUR PARISH?  The two programs we currently support are Joy Filled Marriage and For Better and For EverCONTACT the O.F.L. FOR DETAILS.
The HOLY FAMILY CENTER FOR LIFE provides Natural Family Planning Education in the Diocese of Evansville.
Called to the Joy of Love:  National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry
Volunteers always Welcome(and needed)
  • (NEW) Facilitators for Life Giving Wounds (Support for Adult Children of Divorce)  This program is beginning in 2022.  A group of 5 persons, who are themselves adult children of divorce, and a chaplain is needed to help bring other adult children of divorce the healing peace of Christ in their lives.
  • Unveiled Marriage Preparation Retreat Facilitator Couples
    • 2 Facilitator Couples needed
    • There are always 2 Facilitator Couples per retreat
    • Weekend food and lodging expenses are covered
    • The UNVEILED marriage preparation program is a clearly defined step by step process agenda.
  • Parish Sponsor Couples
    • Parish level sponsor couple programs are opportunities for parishes to wrap around and celebrate their young adults as they prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.
  • Natural Family Planning Presenter Couples  Married couples who are trained or are using Natural Family Planning are needed to tell their stories and impart the NFP message to High School students and engaged couples.
  • Respect Life Coordinators are needed in several parishes.
  • Peace in the Mourning
    • This is a healing retreat for widows
    • A Planning Committee is forming now
    • Contact me if you would be interested in attending or planning
Contact me at egirten@evdio.org if you have questions about any of the above or are interested in volunteering for any of these ministries
Copyright © *|2022|* *|office of family & life|*, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
PO BOX 4169
Evansville, IN 47724

OFFICE OF FAMILY/LIFE
http://www.evdio.org/family-life.html
CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE
http://www.evdio.org/
THE MESSAGE
http://www.themessageonline.org/

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