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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Loretta Humbert retires from St. Peter Celestine after 39 LORETTA HUMBERT By DONNA MUNDY Special to the Message Loretta Humbert retired December 31, 1996 after 39 years of service to St. Celestine Catholic Church. A reception was held in her honor from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Celestine Community Club on Sunday, January 12, 1997. "She started here as a young woman," said p E:&apos;[E ...................................................................................................................................................................... able to talk to anyone. But God OF GOD r l '111 II I I IIII IIIIIInl rll IIII II Rev. Bob Bultman, pastor of St. Peter Celestine. "With black hair," added Mrs. Humbert, "now it is silver." "She has a great devotion to the people of this parish and they to her," continued Rev. Bultman. "She has been a cook, cleaner, carpenter, snow shoveler, any- thing that needed doing -- Loret- ta did. She is the most humble person. She was so surprised that anyone would give her a reception for just doing her job." But Mrs. Humbert did more than her job, that was evidenced by the steady stream of well- wishers that braved the low temperatures and icy roads to wish her well. Literally hun- dreds of people -- family and friends and long-time acquain- A series of features about individuals who serw, the Church of southwestern Indiana, "People of God" profiles the clerg3; religious and lay members of the Diocese of Evansville. IIIII!'1 tances -- came to thank her for being so special. She was pre- sented with a rocking chair from the staff at St. Peter Celestine. A special chalice is being made in her honor, it will be engraved with her name, and will be used at St. Peter Celestine Church. Her years of service are also being commemorated by a bronze plaque that will hang in the parish chapel. Mrs. Humbert wanted to "thank everyone for the recep- tion, the cake, the gifts, the cards, for coming, for being so wonderful." She said she has always had help and people have always been kind to her. "Without this job, I would have just been a shy little thing. I probably wouldn't have been blessed me with so many good people in my life. He allowed me to meet all these wonderful peo- ple and get to know them." In her 39 years, she said things haven't changed too much because the people have always been good to her. "The priests I have served have all been so good to-me." She worked with Father Bob Bultman for three years, Father John Boeglin for seven years, Father John Finis for 27 years, and Father August Busch for four years. She want- ed also to thank all the parish- ioners. "Whenever I needed something, help or anything, they would always come. Mary Lou Tretter, parish secretary, has been so great, too." Mrs. Humbert's official title was housekeeper, but she cooked, cleaned, took care of the church and the parish center, washed the linens, whatever needed doing. "Loretta would just do anything," said Father Bultman. "She will be missed but she will continue to help us and be avail- able to the Mrs. Humbert  completely in-law, "Loretta still. She has to sta will remain as Celestine time she can. Loretta and will o[ anniversary in Humbert and Ann) Sander are she has five 301 MAIN ST. 5O0 Worth men,z!ioning. . . Sacraments presen- tation scheduled Franciscan Father Tom Richstatter, pro- fessor of liturgy and sacramental theology at St. Meinrad School of Theology, will pre- sent "Sacraments: How the Church celebrates and prays," at the FATHER CathoDic Center, Satur- RICHSTATTER day, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Father Richstatter is the author of a popularly written introduc- tion to the sacraments for catechumens, entitled, "The Sacraments: How Catholics Pray." He has received advanced degrees in theology from the University of Notre Dame and in liturgy from the Institut Supdrieur de Liturgie in Paris, France. His doctorate in theological sciences was grant- ed by the Institut Catholique de Paris. The presentation is sponsored by the diocesan Office of Worship and the dioce- san RCIA Commission. The public is invit- ed. The fee is $5 per person, with lunch included. Advance registration is requested. Nativity seeks Nativity Window If any parish has a available stained glass window of the Nativity, Nativity Church is interested, according to Francis- can Sister Jane McConnell, pastoral asso- ciate at the parish in Evansville. She hopes that such a window might be in storage somewhere, perhaps after a church reno- vation. Contact Sister McConnell at (812) 476-0702. ICC tells how to make a difference The Board of Directors of the Indiana CathoDic Conference selected five issues for special attention during the 1997 General Assembl), according to a recent newsletter. The areas are fairness in education, wel- fare reform, opposing legalization of surro- gate parenting contracts, a partial birth abortion ban, and extending the farm coun- seling program for low income farmers. To "make your voices heard this ses- sion," the ICC suggests writing, phoning or making a personal visit to your state legislators. Letters should be brief, clear and courteous; phones are often busy, so early morning is the best time still avail- able. More tips on making an effective con- tact are available from the ICC. Use e- mail, MDES3@AOL.COM, or phone (317) 236-1455. Rice Bowl program starts Ash Wednesday Catholic Relief Services will unveil its twenty-second annual Lenten program, Operation Rice Bowl, on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 12. Operation Rice Bowl encourages Catholics to take part in its four compo- nents of prayer, fasting, education and almsgiving. In 1966, Operation Rice Bowl raised $.3 million for Catholic Relief Services devel- opment projects, with 25 percent of the funds raised supporting local or diocesan activities. CFCA ad leads Indiana native to over- seas service Robert Schoettle, a 41-year old engineer from Indianapolis, is in the middle of a year of service with the Ephpheta Foundation for the Blind, near Manila. The foundation provides housing, schooling and work for the blind of all ages. Schoettle is assessing with construction of a chapel. He has worked as an engineer and building contractor and has traveled extensively. After seeing an ad in his dioce- san paper for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, he decided to sponsor a little girl in Guatemala. Later, a priest spoke about CFCA at his parish, and he became interested in serving the poor over- seas. 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