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10 I I I II III The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I II I I January 8, 1988 IIII I E B k d f II II = ms :L / Continued from page 3 displays and games. Elmer Nurrenbern, one of the organizers of the reunion, wrote a brief history of the two families, who came to America together from Hanover, Germany. "Most of the Steinkamps and Nurrenberns were Catholics and helped build the churches and Catholic schools in Evansville. Our families are still two of the largest Catholic families in the Evansville area," he wrote. Also on Aug. 16, Bishop Shea celebrated Mass at St. Henry Church, Dubois County, during the 125th birthday celebration of St. Henry, Ind. All members of the parish were encouraged to attend the Mass wearing centennial clothes. In a pictorial history book of the parish, Father Marcellus Fischer, O.S.B., pastor, wrote, "Quasquicentennial means much more than a mere passing of 125 years of time. It means remembering a way of life, celebrating the successes and failures of the past and looking forward to progress, joy and successes of the future." 1987 also marked the 100th anniversary of St. Francis 1987 Continued from page 15 power in the Archdiocese of Seattle, where Archbishop Ray- mond G. Hunthausen, the sub- ject of a 1983 Vatican investiga- tion, was given an auxiliary bishop with special powers. In February, responding to an offer by the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops to help resolve the Seattle con- troversy, the Vatican appointed a commission of three leading U.S. bishops to study the situa- tion and make recommenda- tions. In May, in response to the recommendations, the Vatican restored Archbishop Hunt- hausen's powers, moved Aux- iliary Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, and appointed Coadjutor Arch- bishop Thomas J. Murphy to assist Archbishop Hunthausen and eventually succeed him in Seattle. The epidemic of AIDS, ac- quired immune deficiency syn- drome, prompted the U.S. bishops' Administrative Board to issue a national statement on the moral, medical, pastoral and public policy dimensions of the issue. The statement, released Dec. 11, capped a year of growing church involvement in the issues surrounding AIDS. When Pope John Paul visited San Francisco, he met with peo- ple suffering from AIDS. Earlier in his U.S. trip he urged com- passionate health care and pastoral care for them. Individual bishops and groups of bishops developed pastoral plans and policies for helping those with AIDS and protecting their rights. Religious orders and Catholic health care institutions devoted personnel and facilities to care for those with AIDS. When President Reagan form- ed a 13-member national com- mission in July to evaluate the AIDS epidemic and recommend government policies to deal with it, Cardinal John J. O'Con- nor of New York was named one of its members. Xavier Church, Poseyville. The original structure was enlarged in 1921 and renovated in 1973. The Sisters of St. Benedict held a 120th anniversary sum- mer social on June 28. Throngs of people flocked to Ferdinand for the 100 handrnade quilts, baked goods, turtle soup and cash prizes. The Evansville Area Council of Churches celebrated its 50 year history with a worship ser- vice June 14 at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. Around 65 churches are members of the council, including St. Benedict, St. Theresa and St. Anthony. Council of Churches pro- grams include the Emergency Food Pantry System, jail ministry, Weekday Christian Education and emergency housing for the homeless. St. Benedict beganits 75th jubilee celebration on Nov. 15. Activities at the parish will con- tinue through March, 1988. THE TOP SCHOOL story for 1987 was the opening of Ascen- sion School -- a consolidation of St. Joseph and St. Anthony Schools which is housed in the old St. Anthony School. Ascen- sion has 116 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The name "Ascension" came from an awareness of the mis- sion Christ gave to his apostles to teach all nations, according to Father Earl Rohleder, pastor of St. Anthony Church, There is also the concept of "new life of the school," he said. The Evansville Catholic High School Board approved a seven percent increase in high school tuition at its April meeting. During the 1987-88 school year, tution was set at $1125 for the first child, $805 for a second child and $1800 for a non- Catholic student. The Evansville Catholic High School Board also approved recommendations to engage the North Central Schools Associa- tion accreditation program. This recommendation came out of a five-year plan developed by the ECHS board to improve school facilities, marketing and recruitment, funding and development and curriculum and staffing. In 1987, Father Raymond Kuper, new director of Catholic education, announced that Catholic schools throughout the diocese will be using the In- diana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP). This decision was made to allow schools to continue to receive accreditation from the state of Indiana. The testing is part of Governor Robert Orr's A- plus Education Program. St. Bernard School, Rockport, made the headlines when it was announced that the ten students in Julie Benton's sixth grade science class were selected to participate in the "National Geographic Kids' Network." The program will link 200 schools across the country by computer in a special project studying acid rain. The purpose of the project is to show students "how much we rely on computers for science research," said Benton. Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education as one of the top secondary schools in the country. It was the only secondary school in Indiana to receive such an honor. U.S. Se:retary of EducatkL:n William Bennett presented a banner of excellence to prin- cipal Sister Mary Dominic Frederick in a ceremony honor- ing "outstanding" private and public schools. Secretary Bennett cited "strong leadership and stead- fast dedication to achieving ex- cellence" in an announcement to the academy last spring. Other Marian Heigts representatives invited to the White House were Sister Paulette Seng, English depart- ment chairperson and dean of student affairs and Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Walker, whose five daughters are alumnae of the academy. Walker has also serv- ed as president, of the board for the past four years. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN WHAT ABORTION IS? Fourteen years and 20 million dead babies later... Some people are tired of hear- ing about abortion. They wish the "problem" of abortion would just go away. But, it won't go away. Until we make it go away. We must pray and work and give of our time and money today, tomorrow and every day until we have restored the paramount right to life for each and every one of God's children. Because each abortion means one more dead baby. An innocent human being scraped, burned or sucked to shreds in a horribly brutal and painful death. You have a choice: You can join the American Life League today and work with others dedicated to the Life Principles, the Paramount Human Life Amendment and the total protection of ALL of God's children. Or: You can turn the page and TRYto forget the haunting picture of an innocent child - after all; he is just one more dead baby. AMERICAN LIFE LEAGUE, P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22554 (703) 659-4171 WATCH FOR OUR INSERT IN YOUR PAPER IN TWO WEEKS