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23, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 A series of features about individuals serve the Church f southwestern "People of the religious and of the [e. ne Sis- 1 from late Con- to Holy Bloomfield to the adult edu- She was asked to the history of the Ferdinand. is well quali- according to Fischer, of the and also a Same religious St. Carla has lived years of the corn- and has cele- Jubilee of Vows," Sister t/tlk, she used the which she the history of from 1867 to many little Stories and tid- the group inter- believes in times, even give up some loved in the as the Latin for Sister Carla Mitchell Staying useful, staying youthful ativity Churcl, You tithe, you things, the of you." Was in debt Now it is s to be working Schmitt corn- two years -- with at the start -- has tried to :tice steward- of our to the places," said prayers. That was because she was a Latin teacher and loved the Latin, she said, but she real- izes that it makes more sense to pray in English since very few people today know the Latin. Besides having her degree in Latin, she also has other degrees and taught English, math, and then later in life she even got a degree in French and taught that subject as well. Now she is studying Greek on her own and is fascinated with the language. The Holy Name people mar- veled at Sister Mitchell's alert- ness to issues in the Church and in society, and asked her how she keeps so youthful at her age. Immediately she responded: "To stay youthful -- stay use- ful!" And indeed Sr. Carla does that! Besides being a guest speaker for groups, she still teaches and tutors individuals, even though she said they made her stop teaching in the class- room "since they want us to retire from teaching at age 70." Of course, she managed to con- tinue teaching much longer than that, until they discovered her age. On the day she came to Bloomfield, she had to postpone a class with one of her students until the next day. At the monastery, Sister Mitchell still lectors at the litur- gies and at prayer. She occa- Benedictine Sister Carla Mitchell, center, shows a copy of her book, Chronicles, to Benedictine sionally fills in at switchboard. At the New Year's Eve party at the monastery this year, she played a couple tunes on her harmonica for "Name That Tune." Sister Mitchell is always busy and loves to learn new things. She is the one other sisters at the monastery often contact when preaches what it practices Y' PL 1" LEINGANG The pastor and the steward-they reach 10 percent. "eSage editor ship chairman are getting ready Father Kuykendall attributes for their third yearly drive for the increase in weekly giving, goes along with stewardship. Bulletin inserts not to mole people, but to "more " said Jim and individual mailings will committed people." He notes emphasize time, talent and trea- that "People saw that we as a sure. And a ministry fair is in the parish were committed to the works, where parishioners can poor." make commitments to any of People also want to know the parish ministries, commis- what the parish does with the sions, and other forms of service, money they contribute, so "We're striving for every Nativity publishes a quarterly family in the parish to become report which includes "every tithers, using the process of dollar given, accounted for." sacrificial giving," Schmitt And inhis preaching, "I never said. He encourages families exactly mention money," Father to increase the percentage of Kuykendall said. "We preach their giving each year until stewardship." tember .r 1997 to the enry Kuyk- p.rn Diocesan Youth Day scheduled Feb. 15 at Rivet High School 91.5 lle SOUrl Youth Day 36 will be celebrat- Parish Youth Awarcks, a keynote ed Sunday, Feb. 15, at Rivet High speaker, dinner, dance, Karaoke, School, Vincennes, according to basketball and clay sculpture. Michael Eppler, diocesan direc- The day will be hosted by the tor of youth and young adult youth of Old Cathedral, Sacred ministry. The celebration will Heart and St. John churches in begin at noon and continue to Vincennes. Paula Stone is the 9:30 p.m, EST. coordinator. The theme of the day is taken The cost to attend the day's from a song, "What if God was events will be $12 at the door, or oneofus?" Events of the day will $10 if registration is completed include Mass, the Maria Goretti by Feb. 9. i ii i \\; TRUCK AND TRAILER SALES 10000 STATE HWY 57 EVANSVILLE, IN 47732 Sister Diane Fischer, left, and Mary Alice Turn- er, at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. they need something translated from the French. "Sister Carla is a role model for me, of what I could be in my later years," said Sister Fischer, "although I can't imagine living that long or having all the ener- gy she has at 94 years of age." Information was provided by Golden Jubilarlans Benedictine Sister Diane Fischer, pastoral life coordinator at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. "'People of God" a re lay persons, priests and religious who live and work in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. Suggestions for feature articles are welcome at the Mes- .,;age, P.O. Box 41269, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Russell and Doris (Birk) Kendall of Huntingbur 8 will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. Jan. 24 at SL Mary Church, Huntingbur& A reception for family, friends and invited guests will be held at the YMI Club in Huntingburg. They were married Jan. 27, 1948, at t. Joseph Church, Jasper. Msgr. Leonard Wernsing officiated. They are the parents of five children: Pat Seger of Jasper, Gregory Kendall of Jasper, Becky Bowling of Elizabethtown, Ky., and John Kendall of Holland. Their daughter, Mary Beth Seifort, is deceased. They have 118randchildRn, and th greatra-dch!ldm ..........