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iii D97 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana alholic school enrollment up in diocese and nation qlt rGTON (CNS) _ The schools in Vincennes 01ic :hook_ Schools You }elieve In" is the theme of ,lo32nd annual Catholic 26 Week, to be observed "feb. 1 in t f82... .he United ,'y" athohc schools. - tins year is a national iation day for Catholic i teachers, scheduled for ]l. It will recognize the 0 teachers who educat iI10n Students in Catholi: ati0nal appreciation d thor scho-' - ay us, designed as fol reach to co ;0re arn,,, , mmumty ,l. " maclers, is ia )r Jan. 29. ':" ay, Catholic stud, e. . . -nt ,l Ies will journey to OSpeakwithm - 'Coz ess about the vume ( c school education. Eso deliver m t th .... forma- q ueWork of C s to Ve, .... athohc "J vagresslonal he] re 2 Tse of Evansville, -... a01ic elementa : Includi ry Ic Cons0" ng Westside lidated School, s l;ssroons located in 8 ,ree Evansville ear tour interparochi III:hc , including. Matea lgto orial in Evansville, ?atholic in Wash- an( :ivet in Vincennes. W ington Catholic ;are nique, serving two !s  h three buildin s d al lerae-, g h s( )ols -ary, middle serve the three city parishes and surrounding area with two buildings, one for pre-school through grade five and the other for grade six through 12. The Catholic schools in the diocese also include Marian Heights Academy, a private school operated by the Sisters of St. Benedict at Ferdinand. The 1997 diocesan yearbook reports total Catholic school enrollment at 5,639, an increase from 5,577 the year before.) While national 1996-97 fig- ures were not yet available, enrollment in Catholic schools has gone up over the past four years, including an increase of 16,000 students from 1994-95 to 1995-96. Preschool and kindergarten enrollment is up 450 percent since 1982-83, according to the NCEA. More than half of Catholic ele- mentary schools, 3,935 in all, offer extended care programs to meet the needs of working par- ents. And 84 percent of Catholic grade schools have school uni- forms. Most of the nonuniform schools have a dress code. The student-teacher ratio in Catholic schools overall is 16- te- l. In grade schools it is 17-to-l; in middle schools, 15-to-1; and in high schools, 13-to-1. Single-sex education is still an option in Catholic education, with 200 all-male and 272 all- female Catholic schools in the ,.. LES NORTH OF EVANSVILLE T OF US 41 ON OLD STATE ROAD I STAGE COACH . STOP )irle, that in the Original Log Room Abraham Lincoln was in November 1844 722 SERVED by Ala Carte Menu r, '-MILY STYLE for 4 or More u taught Beer - Wine - Cocktails UlNING ROOM E 'rvin- - SATING 500 g Dinner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. - Tuesday. Saturda .. :osed Sunday and Mnday . nSVilleTelephone 867-3216 nd RITA ELPERS, proprietors Of the nation's Catholic schools, 46 percent, or 3,752 of them, are located in urban areas. Of these, 1,020 are locat- ed in inner cities. The 20 largest dioceses serve nearly half of the total enrollment. The top five dioce- ses for enrollment are Chica- go, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Non-Catholic student popula- tions continue to rise, account- ing for 13.2 percent of all stu- dents last year. Middle schools have the highest percentage of non-Catholic enrollment at 18.4 percent. Catholic schools also serve growing numbers of ethnic minority students, now at 24.1 percent. By ethnic group, His- panics account for 10 percent, African-Americans 8 percent, Asians 4 percent, and all other minority groups about 1 percent of enrollment. The cost of tuition at Catholic schools still runs behind the per- pupil costs of education. The average grade school tuition for the first child in a family in the parish was $1,303. The average per-pupil cost was $2,145. About three-fourths of the difference is covered by parish subsidies. The rest is made up from fund-raising, endow.ments and other sources. As of last year, there were 4,616 Catholic schools receiving federal Chapter I services such as school lunches and reading programs, with nearly 1,000 more schools eligible for such services. SCRIPTURE SEARCH By Patricia Kasten BROTHERS Gospel for Sunday, January 26, 1997 Mark ! : ! 4.20 Following is a word search based on the Gospel reading for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, B Cycle, Mark's story of the call of the first follow- ers. The word clues are left to right in the order in which they appear in the reading. JESUS GALILEE THE TIME OF GOD IN THE ALONG SIMON BROTHER SAID TO THEM I WILL FISHERS NETS FARTHER JAMES ZEBEDEE IN THE BOAT S A I D T O m H R H T D F A R T E E T T A L ! T H S M A H Z D D S A W i O E E L i L N E T B S R F O J D N E E E S N S A R D H H U G T D M E O T S E E E O E W O E B N H O J S R J E V E I L E B GOOD NEWS AND BELIEVE THE SEA ANDREW MAKE A LITTLE JOHN HIRED MEN E M J O H E R X T L E O N H M F l L A G L K K O I I E D A W W S .T D I I D N I M G H I O D N A N (c} 1997 AIt Publishing Co. ii i iii i H| i "Where customers send their friends!"  Open nightly til 9 p.m. & $00ns .e-.E#c.Ge. TOYOTA OLD US 231 SOUTH JASPER, IN * 482-2222 1-800-937-USA1 iii iiii i i 11 Deciding school aid publicly funded education in their schools. A new decision is expected by the end of the court's term this summer. Catholics lead The IOSth Congress include a record number of Cathoiics 155 nators and representa- tives. Of the 435 representa- tives and 100 senators, 24 sen- ators and 131 representatives are Catholics, the largest sin- gle religious denomination in the Eongress. Protests for life : " A new campaign to abel,: ish the death penalty in the United States was launched Jan, 17 with a demonstration at the U.S. Supreme Court in which 18 protesters were arrested, One organizer said there are now 400 people on death row in California and 3,000 throughout the United States. Eleven Lambs of Christ abortion protesters were arraigned on federal charges Jar. 10 for blocking entrances to a Rochester. N.Y.. abortion clinic Dec. 7. Transition New q " The Canon W Society ,erca has es.s an electronic home page, http'J/www.clsa,o, on the World Wide Web. listing the services it offers to members and to e general public. : Capsule movie views produced by the U.S. Catholic Confamnce  now available