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The Message "for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 " JIM and ANN CAVERA furnace is turned down low. The gently from a gust of icy to be the first one to crawl and turn up the thermostat. We toasty under our winter trying to stretch out the peace between In a sudden burst of Why crawl out at all? Hiberna- answer to these cold grey days between Think of it. The frantic feasting of i., Hibernation the holidays is over" Like the great grizzly bears, all our extra pounds will gradually melt away while we sleep. No effort required!! The longer we think about hiberna- tion, the more sense it makes. No more driving through ice and snow for us. Since we won't be cooking or dri- ving, we'll save big bucks here. Finally, think of the reli- gious symbolism if we, as one, all arise from our beds refreshed and trim just in time for Holy Week. While hibernation will remain nothing more than a winter morning fantasy, the human need to with- draw and replenish is real. This is not an easy time of year for many of us. In the last few years numerous articles have been written about Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Attributed to a lack of sunlight, this is a mood disorder common during the winter months. One suggested remedy is to spend time in a sunnier climate during the short winter days up north. Another less costly remedy is to sit under spe- cial lamps designed to provide light rays that counter SAD. However these can be pricey. One expert stated that common grow lights used to grow plants indoors will do just as well. Isn't it interesting that a light designed to grow plants can lighten our mood? These long weeks of winter can be a perfect time to pull back and renew our spirit to do a little spiritu- al growing, as it were, under the light of Christ. It is a time in which we can gather determination to over- come obstacles, reflect on who we are and who God intends for us to become while we gather strength for our journey through the rest of the year. Trees get pruned in the winter. We can do the same with our lives by ridding ourselves of spiritual dead wood and weak branches. Come spring, the sturdy branches left in our lives will bear more fruit. This season is full of possibilities for renewal. Even so, this morning we still have a few minutes left to savor thoughts of hibernation. -- By JIM and ANN CAVERA Jim and Ann Cavera live amt work in Evansville. Their column is a regular feature of the Message. rots eighth graders get a realistic view of demands of parenting GHES staff writer :time Brittany Wil- in the mid- thought to can't stand time in the she real- be getting ded that from the other eighth St. Theresa y School, in the program, pr.ovide the stu- duStic view of the Twenty by Bobbe Stahl, 1 to the students 24 hours a dolls, .r $200, weigh each and are They are. each When they are hungry, when they need a diaper change, when they want attention, when they have been abused, or when they are posi- tioned incorrectly. To get the dolls to stop crying, the students must determine why the doll is crying. They have five plastic keys which can be inserted into the doll's back. The keys are tagged "attention," "diaper change," "feed," "burp," and "panic." Each doll has been pro- grammed differently so stu- dents aren't dealing with the "same problems at the same time," explained Beverly Williamson, Marian Day School director. Along with crying, the dolls are also programmed to coo and burp when the students provide proper care. If the doll is han- dled roughly or dropped, a light labeled "abuse" comes on on the control box. The students maintain a log about their dolls, noting when they provided care and what kind of care was provided. Along with their dolls, each student has been assigned a job, St. Theresa eighth grader Chad Bryant juggles the duties of parenthood with those of being a student during computer class. He is participat- ing in the "Ready-or-Not Tot" program. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes M a salary, bills, and marital status. Adrienne Mayer is designated a single parent with $25,000 in income. She says that means that "I have the baby with me all the time." The first night she had the doll in her home, she cared for it from 10 to 5, about every half hour. "It burped a lot, and I had to change diapers and feed it a few times too." She said by 4 a.m. she was ready to "come to school and yell at the person who gave these babies to us." Everyone in her class was "pretty grouch)'" that first morning. The younger students at St. Theresa found the dolls "so cute," Mayer said, "but I want- ed to sax, 'it's not cute at night when it cries."" She said she liked the doll the first da "but then my arms started to hurt because it's heavy, and it's hard to carry. other things, like lunch and books." Eighth grader Chad Bryant is a designated father of one of the dolls. He avoided parenting duty duringthe week, but was expected to take his turn on Fri- day night. "It probably won't be as hard on the weekend, but it will be hard O n weekdays." Brittany Wilson agreed. "I never knew a baby could wake up that many times in a night." in Stock" ......... $239.81 Span )uotes SALES North, South American youths to gather in Chile in October By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Young people from North and South America are being called to gather together to celebrate their faith, said Archbishop J. Francis Stafford. Tile U.S. awhbishop, president of the Pontifical Council for the lait); is encour,fging young peo- ple to attend a pan-American youth gathering (X't. 0-11 in San- tiago, Chile. "[he meeting is being organized by the Arch- diocese of Santiago with the support of the laity council. "The new millennium will call for increasing cooperation on all levels of life among the peoples of North, South and Central America," the archbish- op told Catholic News Service. The youth gathering is partly a sign of the church's support for better cooperation, he said. Archbishop Stafford said it is particularly important for youths from Latin American countries to meet one another, share with each other and grow together, "to experience their unitv m the faith." "Although the majority of Latin Americans are Catholic, there often have been tensions between Latin American coun- tries," he said. "This meeting is a hopeful sign for greater coop- eration among the peoples of Latin America." Archbishop Stafford said that whether a youth gathering is local, national, regional or worldwide. "they are important k)r the rest of us -- thos  of us who aren't so young," Youth meeting,, he said. "remind us that ours is an ever youthful church." Father Rodrigo Tupper, chief organizer of the meeting in San- tiago, told 'vatican Radio fan. 8 that the meeting b, as three objec- fives: to reinforce young Amer- ican Catholics" commitment to Christ; help them prepare for the year 2t%)0; and strengthen the movement toward greater cc)peration among all the peo- ples of the continent. qkpper said preparation for the meeting as wetl as orgam- zational materials are being dis- tributed through the youth min- istry offices of the comment-s national bishops conferences.