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10, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Brenda Lueken The followin is one o a series o g "'" " f c. f features on cate- "'v'o ts in the Diocese of theSVille" Information for re, ,_tory was prepared by Sis- " 'orita Hoffman, O.S.B. husband and I felt with all God has to us and we wanted to ling back to God," a Lueken, a cote- Sacred Heart Church, "My teaching is to do this. I realize 's been there for lope I can help the m my class under- God is always tOO." the theme of a les- to the lives of her ats seems to be priority. She 10 sophomores in " sh program. This is as the Catechist Sophomore class. broad interest in nd youth is demon- following her a week of regular ac- Three mornings each Schnellville c00tLechist felt call to organize youth group week she tea(:hes the pre- school children ill her home. On Wednesday evenings she tea(:hes the sophomores. After (:lass, there are usually youth meetings or some de- tails that have to be arranged concerning a coming (;vent. On Sunday mornings Lueken sometimes substitutes for the kindergarten Religion teacher. For two years, Lueken taught in the Vacation Bible School Program -- once at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdi- nand, and another time at Sa- cred Heart Church, Schnel- lville. Lueken said each of these endeavors enriches her life and they continue to be excit- ing and fulfilling. Lueken is recognized pri- marily for her perseverance in organizing the Sacred Heart Youth Group which she felt she had a calling to begin. Due to her dedication along with help from oth- ers -- the Youth Group takes part in parish, community and fun activities. The youth are learning to take leader- ship roles and to own respon- sibility for their group. Lueken is taking part in the training program for adults involved in Youth Ministry in the Evansville Diocese. "I like working with teenagers because they never accept something just be- patronize advertisers FIAUB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS - SEAFOOD - CHICKEN Haubstadt, Ind. 8-6462 LARGE PARTY ROOMS . ' "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 Oowr, towr, Cole  3RD & MAIN-VINCENNES ECOOKED MEALS - AFFORDABLE PRICES " Ge. d'-(..',,r toyota OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 (:ause I sav it," said l_,ueken. "They qmistion and look for reasons. I like trying to help them see I)oth sides of a situa- tion/problem. "I've also learned much from them. I think we should all questio, issues and not just accept them. Teenagers are the future and they are also wonderful people now. Sacred Heart Parish has ener- getic youth and when you capture their imagination they put everything they have into a project. They are an easy group to guide and en- courage." "Brenda is a very versatile teacher," said Sister Corita Hoffman, O.S.B., DRE at Sa- cred Heart. "She has a man- ner of teaching that students find easy to relate to concern- ing their own life's journey." Her students compliment her with the ability to permit them to express themselves, even though she may lead them to an unexpected out- come. Ryan Rohl, one of her stu- dents, expresses it in this way: "We are permitted to role play situations. This helps us to face the reality of the positive and negative events in our life." Tonya Leisman, another of her sophomore students com- ments, "We work on prob- lems that are existing at the present time. In a practical way sbe shares her problems of the past and that assists us to come to the correct deci- sion." A comment that the teenagers have made over and over again is that her hus- band, Ronald, helps in chap- eroning the youth and joins in the games even more vigor- ously than Brenda does. Sister Hoffman said the ex- ample of Ronald's support to Brenda is a message that can- not be taught, it has to be 'caught'. All youth need to see the husband supporting the work of the spouse and becoming involved in it. Brenda Werne and Ronald Lueken were married in 1982. Their oldest child, Matthew BRENDA is six years old and attends the Celestine elementary school. Their second child, Nathan, died from a rare form of muscular dystrophy at the age of seven months.Their youngest child, Tract, is three years old. "Brenda is a dedicated mother and gifted teacher," said Father Firmus Dick, pas- tor. "She possesses a rare tal- ent, a magnetic-like quality that draws children and young people to her personal- ity and her style. Kids like her ways. She seems to un- derstand and to get through to the young. Her students want to go to class. Thank God for her special ability." Lueken is also a member of the Schnellville Home Eco- nomics Club. She also partici- pates in the Parent to Parent Club, an organization formed by SIRS, that matches parents of children who have experi- enced handicapped children with parents who have chil- LUEKEN dren that have just been diag- nosed as having handicaps. This is a 'support' organiza- tion formed to help 'new' par- ents of handicapped children so that they don't feel so alone. Because of her experi- ence of having had a handi- capped child she continues to be invited to speak to the Fer- dinand Church Senior class about death -- her personal experience as well as some practical advice about what to do to help someone facing the death of a loved one. Lueken said that although she has struggled through some very difficult times in her life the end result is that they have served to deepen her relationship with her God. She acknowledged that she has been blessed with a loving family that has always encouraged her when the 'going was tough.' She feels that her friends and fellow- teachers have shown much care and support. staff writer Mary Ann Hughes in our own area and many anonymity, Hughes cashed Dec. 20. others in your Diocese of the check and presented the money to the shelter director, '" .- " CHICK'N'S'fIAK' wh ! n turn gave it t |  SEAFOOD " SANDWr, CC:) Kenny s mother. I  PIZZA" COCKTAILS The family received the n "UlllaQ ,. , SERVINGFROM anonymous gift shortly b-fore |{":t.,.,';t, 0:30AMtolO:3OPM i mving ut f the sllelter t I CALL FOR  try to make it on their own. The, y had received th(, sup- | RESERVATION'; " port of friends and strangers, IA'I amali u trILl 103 Gibson * Haubstat.i ! COnvenient Co " CENTRAL CHAPEL INN 7fig-filR1 i knowu and unknowu, who make'O ..... ,(m Family She, lter cations 62o First ,VE. 11 FAMILY RESTAURANT ....... I r Kenny and his I PARTIES SERVED FAMILY STYLE Z   av," :  l , ",w other families a place to stay. A story in the Message about a homeless child's Christmas has brought a gen- erous response. The story about 11-year-old Kenny and his mother, who would be spending Christmas at the Ozanam Family Shelter in Evansville, was reported by "I have been a long-time subscriber of your Diocesan Weekly 'the Message' and read it from Cover to cover," wrote a retired priest from a city outside of the Diocese of Evansville. "Your article about Kenny and his mother.., interested me very much," the writer continued. "Although I know there are many needy persons Evansville, I would like to make this time in the Holy Season of Christmas at least a little better for Kenney and/or his mother. I know the en- closed check will not arrive in time for Christmas but the joy of Christmas extends and includes the New Year." The writer asked that his name not be mentioned Hon- oring that wish for By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor Homeless child receives donation