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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January 11, 1990 I III II 00tured[ catechist enjoys teenagers Information for the following article was prepared and sub- mitred by Martha Spaetti, DRE, St. Rupert Church, Red Brush. "We as adults cannot expect our children to be good Catholics if we do not do everything we can to lead the way," said Doris Carter, the featured catechist this month in the Message. Doris became a member of the staff of St Rupert Church, Red Brush, two years ago, but her experience and expertise have been built up through many years of involvement, accor- ding to Martha Spaetti, DRE at St. Rupert. Doris served 10 years as a catechist for St. Clem- ent Church, Baonville, where she was also responsible for preparing students for confir- mation. She taught religious education classes at Nativity Church, Evansville, far three years. Doris attended St. Boniface and St. Benedict Catholic schools in Evansville and graduated from Memorial High School. She has a degree in in- terior design from ITT. Doris and her husband Charles, a retired Whirlpool general supervisor, live on Bullocktown Road, Boonville. They have four married daughters, and eight grand- children who take up much of Doris' spare time. Doris began teaching when her children started CCD classes. She has been teaching ninth and tenth grade classes for the past two years. Doris feels that the Catechist Formation classes she attended at the Catholic Center in the 1970s -- going through all four levels -- were most helpful. "I teach because I feel an obligation to God, my church, and the children," she said. "I really enjoy working with teenagers," she added. "I love to follow their activities long after they have left my classes." She said she reads through her week's lesson during her lunch hour on Tuesday and again on Thursday when she volunteers her time at the public library. She then makes her final lesson plans on Satur- day, so she has plenty of time to think about how she plans to present the material. Appointments Continued [zom page 1 "is assigned to assist you" in providing liturgical services. Her family considered that phrase as an indicator of the new responsibility she as a woman would have in a Catholic parish. Father Vieck has' recently served as pastor of St. Matthew Church, Mt.Vernon, and Sister Fischer said she is very happy that she will be able to work with him again, now that he is pastor of nearby St. Peter Church in Linton and pastoral moderator of Holy Name Church in Bloomfield. Sister Fischer was born in French Lick, Oct. 20, 1936. She is the youngest of three sisters. Her parents and one sister now live in Louisville, Ky. One sister lives in Los Angeles, Calif. Sister Fischer credits the Jesuit priests in West Baden, Ind., for the conversion of her family to Catholicism. She said her father had been babtized / Doris feels that teenagers are fairly familiar with Catholic doctrine and she wants to help them make this a part of their daily lives. "We do this by having round- table discussions which can become so involved that many times we do not get the planned lesson completed," she said. "This is when I feel we have had a good class." "Doris has great empathy," said Father Sylvester Loehrlein, pastor of St. Rupert's. "She is able to perceive people where they are," he continued. "This is an asset in her work with high school students." "Doris is very good at getting the teenagers involved in parish activities," said Spaetti. "She is always available to accom- pany students to retreats or class trips and even invites them to her home to work on special projects." St. Rupert's is very fortunate to have a religious education program that involves grades 1-12 and meets on a weekly basis throughout the school year, said Spaetti. 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