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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Catholic Schools Week Celebrations include Masses, open houses, appreciation CATHOLIC SCHO0 WEEK JANUARY 2 , 1998 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer The popular "What Would Jesus Do?" theme is being incorporated into Catholic Schools Week plans at Westside Cathohc Consolidated School, Evansville, accord- ing to Martha Render, principal. During the week, WCCS students will participate in liturgies and prayer ser- vices where their WWJD bracelets will be blessed. "As students are given the bracelets, they will be reminded that to act as Jesus would should be the distinguishing characteristic of our Catholic school," Render said. Students in schools across the Diocese of Evansville will be observing Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25 m 31 with a variety of events, including special all-schoo3 and even all-deanery Masses. This will be the fifth year that students in the four schools in the Princeton Dean- ery will attend Mass together duri[ng Catholic Schools Week. The scho61§'" include St. James, Haubstadt; Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt; Holy Cross, Fort Branch, and St. Joseph School, Princeton. Mass will be celebrated Jan. 30 at St. Joseph Church, Princeton. Jasper students at both Precious Blood and Holy Family schools will attend Mass together on Jan. 27. Holy Family students will also enjoy Hat Day, Spirit Day and Grandpar- ents' Day. A Holy Family quilt, con- taining a block from every school family, has been assembled. Parents will join their children for lunches during Catholic Schools Week at St. John the Bap- tist School, Newburgh. There will also be two all-school Masses. Students at Corpus Christi School, Evansville, will receive letters from the faculty during "Faith in Our Students" day. On "Faith in Our Teachers" day, the students will write letters to the teachers and staff. During the school year, each student at St. Theresa School, Evansville, is paired with a prayer partner. The prayer partners are older parishioners in the parish. Many of them are shut-ins or are in nursing homes. During Catholic Schools Week, the prayer partners are invited to attend Mass with the St. Theresa students. Stan Coy, principal at St. Bernard School, Rockport, reports that teachers will be preparing and serving a din- ner in appreciation of their school parents..During a teacher appreciation day, parents will prepare and serve a luncheon to the staff. A spaghetti dinner is planned for school families at Good Shepherd in Evans- ville, according to Benedic- tine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer, principal. A break- fast honoring "outstanding volunteers" is also sched- uled. Students at the three Washington Catholic schools will celebrate an all- school Mass on Jan. 30 at St. Simon Church. On Jan. 28, they will observe "Faith in our Parents/Grandparents Day" and they be will encouraged to "wear something belonging to a grand- parent," according to Richard Mathena, principal at Washington Catholic High School, Washington. Washington pastors, Father David Martin and Father Ronald Zgunda; will speak to WC Elementary School students about their faith and why Catholic Schools are important. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will cel- ebrate Mass Jan. 29 at Christ the King Catholic Schools Week:. Restoring Faith in Education School, Evansville. A dents and adults, will On Jan. 28, St. Wendel • "celebrate the ed people who possible our Friedman, principal. The students eighth graders to work on essays St. Wendel School." The entire student Redeemer School, skating on Jan. 26 as Catholic Schools Week op Gettelfinger will Holy Redeemer on Jan. Students School, collectin "Catholic Schools: Restoring Faith in Education" is the theme for the twenty-third annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 25 - 31. The event is a program sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the Unit- ed States Catholic Conference (USCC). "Our message clearly underscores the Catholic founda- tion of our schools, from which all else flows --a cur- riculum infused with values, high academic standards and discipline," said Leonard DeFiore, NCEA president. Msgr. Thomas McDade, USCC secretary for education, said that the "restoring faith" theme captures the spirit of our times. "Wn'tue and values are of increasing concern to parents in our technology-driven, fast-paced world," added Msgr. McDade. "A faith-filled academic environmen, t is a gift to children which will pay dividends all their lives." The purpose of Catholic Schools Week is to build sup- port and recognition for the over 8,200 Catholic schools nationwide. tion, Sister Christine pal. They Schools They may dress  60's celebrated in homes as at St. Joseph ily is being favorite bible asked to discuSS their Anna cipal at St. philip County, said her "focus on education they now will their career Archbishop speaks out against execution The following statement has been • violence leads only to more • It is financially more costly the day after the 25th anniver- issued by Archbishop Daniel M. 9iolence. to our society to impose the saryoftheU.S. Supreme Court's Buechlein of Indianapolis, con- cerning the scheduled execution of Robert Alien Smith. Archbistusp Buechlein is the Gen- eral Chairman of the Indiana Catholic Conference and a member of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. On January 29, in the name of its citizens, the state of Indi- ana will execute Robert Allen Smith. It must be very clear that, in taking this action, the state is acting against the will of its Catholic citizens, who follow Jesus Christ and his Gospel of Life. The Catholic Church holds that: • capital punishment cannot be justified when there are other means to keep someone from doing evil; • capital punishment cannot be justified when there are other means to exact appropriate ptm- ishment; • the imposition of the death penalty is beneath the inherent dignity of human beings who are called into life bearing the image and likeness of God; • the execution of a murderer in no way honors the murder- Even though Mr. Smith is himself a murderer and by waiving his right to appeal, has indicated his willingness to die, the state dishonors itself and its citizens by taking his life. Although many speak of cap- ital punishment in terms of jus- tice, it is really about revenge. As Catholics, we believe that the life and teaching of Jesus call all Christians to lives of forgive- ness. Our opposition to the death penalty doesn't stem entirely from theological concerns. Many thoughtful people have come to oppose capital punish- ment for a variety of reasons: • It does not effectively serve as a deterrent. • It does not restore the social order breached by the offender. • It is often imposed unfairly, falling disproportionately on the poor and on racial minorities. • It is final and offers no guar- antees that innocent persons would never be executed. i ii i iiiii CORRESSELL, INC. HEATING • AIR CONDITIONING REFRIGERATION Commer 4nd.s -Rek. Alan Correasell 426-1440 er's victim; death penalty than to sentence an offender to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. It is sadly ironic that this exe- cution will occur one week to decision to legalize abortion. It is clear that we find ourselves caught up in a society whose actions promote a culture of death. 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