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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Moms in Touch: Praying in one acco B MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Every Tuesday afternoon, mothers with students at both Mater Dei and Memorial high schools, gather at their chil- dren's schools to pray. They are part of an international program called Moms in Touch which encourages women to draw together and pray for their children. Linda Feulner, who has been instrumental in starting many of the Moms in Touch pro- grams in the Evansville area, explains that the program is based on scripture, particu- larly Matthew 18: 19-20, which says, Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth con- cerning anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by my father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gatherel in my name, there I am in their midst. Each group follows a format suggested by Morns In Touch International, which begins with praise, using scripture. Then, there is a time for silent confession, and thanksgiving, as participants are encouraged to give thanks to God for an- swered prayers. The format concludes with intercession. Feulner said, "We pray each week for the safety and protection of our children, that each child will find an area of success in their lives, that they are protected spiritu- ally, mentally and physically, Needs assessment study underway for Evansville's Catholic high schools By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer A feasibility study, designed to examine current and future needs, is now underway at the two Evansville Catholic high schools. The Evansville Catholic Interparochial High School Board has contracted with three professors from In- diana State University to do a study on Mater Dei and Memo- rial high schools. Gerry Adams, principal at Memorial High School, said the study is designed to focus on five areas including School and community, in- cluding demographic informa- tion. Education programs. Educational facilities. Adams said the study will look at the current level of building occupancy. Technology. The study will focus on the media center, the computer lab and other areas to technology to "assess what we have and see what we need." Financial resources. The information gathering process is now underway and the final report is expected by May. Final recommendations will be made by the advise- ment committees for each high school. This is Marta. She lives in a mall village in the mountains of Guatemala. Her one-room house is made of cornstalks with a tin roof and a dirt floor. Her father struggles to support his family of six on the $30 a month he earns as a day laborer. Now you have the opportunity to help one very poor child like Marta through Christian Founda- tion for Children and Aging (CFCA), the only Catholic child sponsor- ship program working in the 23 desperately poor developing countries we serve. 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She said the moms "pray not only for the students and their teachers, but also for cafeteria workers, the board of educa- tion, maintenance, bus drivers, coaches and volunteers." During their prayer time to- gether, a "deep level of shar- ing" develops as the mothers experience the "powerfulness of prayer. We see prayers an- swered before our eyes." She emphasized that the hour the mothers spend to- gether is "not a social hour, it's an hour of concentrated prayer, which touches and changes the lives of anyone in- volved in it." Barb Engelland, a member of the Morns in Touch program at Memorial High School, says she has found "real strength to be with other moms who feel prayer is important: There is a soul-bonding that happens when you are praying to- gether." The Memorial group meets in the school chapel before the Blessed Sacrament and they begin by praying the rosary. They then follow the format suggested by the Moms in Touch program consisting of praise, confession, thanksgiv- ing and intercession. Engel- land believes the strength of the group is that "we are pray- ing in one accord." Both parents and grandpar- ents participate in the Moms in Touch program at Mater Dei, according to Mary K. Lay- man, who said the group has been active since April of 1994. When Marita Dieter heard about the Morns in Touch pro- gram, she thought it would be a good idea to also gather women togetier to: their "young adult Because our ways our children, our older children." The group meets day, from 1:30 to back of St. downtown .l said the idea is accord, Dei are praying." She says it derful prayer time in touch with God." Sharon Trout, a the Morns in Good Shepherd she believes it is introduce children to that "prayer is a thought process: have a need, you go t She says her own t has deepened perience with the J Touch program. Spirit has led us i ways to pray. It's been ing experience in our prayer life has ened. It's a deep time." She said the teachers at Good aware of the group and she has been requests "all across requests from all She added, "It heart that we are these children, them that prayer Trout said school have they have "such a on Monday they see our cars a] that someone is in the school The3 comforting feehng. Moms in Touch: Dates and Good Shepherd parents meet on Mondays at the school library. The Morns in Touch group at St. Joseph burgh County, meets on Tuesdays from 8 to 9 a.ra. church. Mater Dei parents meet in the school counseliag from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Memorial High School parents begin their rosary at 1:10 p.m. every Tuesday and p.m. They meet in the school chapel. A group of Moms in Touch who pra3 children meet every Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 St.Mary's Church in downtown Evansville. Rose Kennedy dies at HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (CNS) -- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, who died of pneumo- nia Jan. 22 at the age of 104, was an extraordinary spiritual force behind the Kennedy fam- ily that produced America's only Catholic president. In the tragedies that filled her life -- among them a son killed in war, two sons assassi- nated, a daughter killed in a plane crash and a daughter who was mentally retarded Mrs. Kennedy often referred to her Catholic faith as her source of strength. "I've learned to be brave and put my faith in the will of God," she said after President John F. Kennedy, her second son, was On her 1979 she wrote, my life, gone to Mass, deeply in the and the grace At a birthday in Sen. E called her ter of the stor, our the whict Kennedy, in nouncing her said: "She life her deeply. Kennedy lies, she wasthe ful rose of all" .... '"