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10,1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Memorial teacher Jim Redman dies Jan. 5 Evans- the day last allow faculty attend the- I. m. 5 after a i illness. He "We to love accept them, that's what Jim was. "As a role model for that, you couldn't ask for anyone to carry out that more than he did." Life issues, particularly the abortion issue/were important to Redman, Adams said, noting his involvement in the Right to Life organization, and his involvement in setting up the Teens for Lif program at Memo- rial. He also served as the Teens for Life moderator. Every January, he served as a chaperone for Memorial stu- dents attending the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. "That's his legacy here at school," Adams said. Redman was honored at, the Right to Life banquet last spring for his work. "I don't know anyone who didn't respect his integrity and sense of fairness and his hon- esty," Adams said. Memorial High School was closed on Wednesday, allowing students and faculty members to attend the funeral. "It's the most appropriate thing," explained Adams. Redman earned a bachelor's degree from St. Meinrad College, and a master's degree from the University of Evansville. He also studied at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He was a member of Holy Spirit Church, Evansville, where he was on the finance and edu- cation committees. From 1965 to 1971, he taught at Holy Redeemer School, Evansville, and from 1971 to 1972, he taught at Christ the King School, Evansville. He began teaching at Memor- ial in 1971; he taught world his- tory and theology. Survivors include his wife, Ramona; three sons, Sean and Nathan, both of Evansville, and Jesse, at the University of Tole- do; a sister, Linda Dimter of Seminole, Fla., and a brother, Robert of Pinellas, Fla. Services were held Jan. 8 at Holy Spirit Church, Evansville, with burial in St. Joseph Ceme- tery. Memorial contributions may be made to Birthright, Right to Life of Vanderburgh County or the Life Choice Home. Cursillo, TEC leader Mary Burke dies Dec. 23 Mary M. Burke, an active member in the diocesan Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) and Cursillo movements, died Dec. 23 in Jasper from a viral infec- tion following a long battle with cancer. She was 36. She was born in Ireland to Jerome and Regena (Murry) Wagner, and married Daniel Burke in 1994. She was a member of St. Mary Church, Ireland, and Holy Fam- ily Church, Jasper. In a 1995 Message article, Burke discussed her battle with cancer. She said that the expe- rience helped her develop a love of Bible scripture, and that she learned first-hand that "of faith, hope and love, love is the great- est. Love is what kept me going: the love of my husband, the love of my family, and the love of my friends." Marilyn Mundy, director of religious education in Ireland, said Burke "suffered a lot" dur- ing the last stages of her illness, and when doctors determined that she was terminally ill, Mary went to the I.U. School of Medicine in Indianapolis for "experimental surgeries. They were grasping at straws, trying to help the next guy. Mary was like that." Mundy said Mary "offered up all of her suffering for the souls in purgatory. The strength that girl had, she never faltered." Mundy said the funeral Mass in Ireland was "one of the largest" ever held in Ireland, and was concelebrated by eight priests. During the homily, Father Kenneth Betz said of Mary: "If she met an atheist, in 15 minutes she'd have him pray- ing the rosary." Mundy added, "She loved kids, and she wanted them to have a relationship with Jesus the way that she did. She was so positive in her faith. She was a cheerleader. "There were something about that little girl. She touched hun- dreds and hundreds of lives." Survivors include her hus- band, Dan; her mother, four brothers, Greg Wagner of St. Philip, Matt Wagner and Gene Wagner, both of Celestine, and Nell Wagner of Los Angeles, Calif.; and three sisters, Jenny Hayes of Ireland, Courtney Beard of Jasper and Barbara Wagner of Vincennes. to do youth ministry: 'It takes a whole church' SMITH srvice U.S. moment Is Challeng. of said address on held "It the 1,500 Under the a.Vision., too Strug. lives Said. situs- Cannot Roberto, Paradigm as a ' establishes boundaries and tells one how to behave inside tlose boundaries to have a successful program. "Sooner or later, every para- digm begins to develop, a very special set of problems that everyone in the field wants to be able to solve and no one has a clue as to how to do it. How are these problems going to be solved? By changing the para- digm," Roberto said. "Every paradigm will, in the process of finding new problems, uncover problems it cannot solve. And those unsolvable problems provide that catalyst for triggering the next paradigm shift." Roberto said a landmark doc- ument that reaffirmed the goals and scope of the Catholic youth ministry in the United States was "A Vision of Youth and Min- istry," approved by the U.S. bishops in 1985. "If the paradigm initiated by 'A Vision of Youth Ministry' focused our attention on youth and new ways to minister with them, the new paradigm f .ocuses our attention on the power of the church, families, and wider community in promoting healthy adolescent and faith growth," Roberto said. TQo many commumhes do not pivide the economic, social Renewal lrive for the Message begins on on the last weekend of the month, remain the .same, $17.50 fords for parishes.with full circula- will be available in the Message nning Jan. 24. service, and human develop- ment infrastructure necessary for positive adolescent develop- ment." He said many young people grow up in families whose lives 'are in tfirmoil. "Their parents are too stressed and too drained to provide the nurturing, struc- ture and security that protect adolescents and prepare them for adulthood," he said. "Almost one-fifth of our chil- dren and adolescents are poor and many are homeless and hungry," and far too many are touched by violence at home and in their communities, Roberto said. "Almost always, they lack hope and dreams, a vision of what their lives can become, and support and guidance to make it a reality." Roberto said that at church ministry workshops, he asks parish leaders who represent a variety of ministries to identify the major challenges they face. The list is "almost always identical from group to group," he said. Each cites lack of time for youths and family to be together; increasing complexity of family members' lives; lack of interest in church ministry pro- grams; lack of ministry money, volunteers and facilities; and lack .of support from Imrents. :. Roberto .urged church mln- istty groups to take a more pos- itive attitude by allowing "new perspectives and information into our wew -- in a sense to look out of more windows." He said the ministorial win- dow i not big enough if: -- "We only see young people and not their' families, culture, schools, and community con- texts." ,-- "We only see scarcity and deficits  a laok of money... 'a lack of:suppl{, a lack of sup= porL" , -- "We are ocked into One way to reach our goals, one pro- gram model or one leadership style." -- "We see 'unsolvable' as a taken-for-granted part of min- istry that we must live with or struggle against." He said the new paradigm for youth ministry is calling those irivolved in it "to see thepower of the community of faith" and to see that the church "does not have an educational program" but is the educational program." Youth ministers need to use the events of church life as opportu- nities for the "faith formation of adolescents," Roberto said. Parish youths ministers also need to help create healthier communities by being advocates for youths when public policy affects them; getting congrega- tions of different faiths to work together and to pool resources, training and advocacy on behalf of youths; and creating mean- ingful roles for youths and let- ting get them involved as "pro- ducers" not just "consumers," Roberto said. People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern hMiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who ,day ben- efit by some extra prayers and attention. Services were held Dec. 28 for Gertrude C. Koch, 79, who died Dec. 25. She is the mother of Msgr. Charles Koch, Judicial Vicar in the Diocese of Evansville. Survivors also include four daughters: Benedictine Sisters Carlita Koch and Rosa Lee Koch, both of the Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, and Martha Render and Karen Waller, both of Evansville. Services were held at Sacred Heart Church, Evansville, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Services were held Dec. 31 for Providence 8iBter Marie Stephalale Graf, 90, who died Dec. 26. Sister Graf entered the Congregationof the Sisters of 'ov- idence in 1929. and made her final vows in 1937. , She taught in schools staff edby the Siatersof Providence, ,including St. JoluchooL Eyansville. _ .. . Services were held Jan. 8 for Leo J. Hug, 80, of Whea land: who died Jan. 4 in Vincennes. His ,te:fathe, of h con Donald Haag,  .. He was a member of St. Simon  :( Survivors include his wife::  fDu, two dhughters, Connie Robbin# Newten ef Monroe Cit, two sons, Joseph of Waiddngton, and Donald of Wheatlahd; two sisters, Helen Allen oflndianalmlis, and Aknes Seal of Washington; seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grand- children. . So,ices Were held at:St., Simon Uhureh, with bun'al in ,Whetlnd Cemetery. , Pleame end information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O, Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724.