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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Diocesan schools celebrate Catholic Schools By MARY ANN HUGHES " Message staff writer A banner was stretched across the entrance to Good Shepherd School, Evansville, last week. The words "Catholic Schools: Schools You Can Be- lieve In" reflected the theme of this year's Catholic Schools Week. Students and teachers in schools all across the Diocese of Evansville joined in the an- nual celebration Jan. 29 and Feb. 4 which focused on the strengths and accomplish- ments of Catholic schools. As Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer explains, "There's probably never been a tougher time to be a parent; which is why there's never been a better time to choose a Catholic school for your child's education. Sister Maurer, principal at Good Shepherd School, noted that Catholic-school teachers "share your beliefs and values and they reinforce the morals that you instill in your child at home." During Catholic Schools Week, Father Robert Deig took the students at Christ the King School, Evansville, on a trip back in time. On Thursday, an- swering to a request from the parent-teacher association, he celebrated a Latin Mass. During his homily, Father Deig told the students that "your parents wanted you to hear something of Mass they heard when they were chil- dren." He explained that until Vati- can II, every Mass was said in Latin "no matter where you went in the world." The use of this one language "brought out the universality of the Church." Students at Resurrection School, Evansville, heard for- mer Resurrection students, Dan Niemeier and Angie Kirsch Strehl, share their be- liefs that Catholic education is important. Student Day, Teacher Day and Parent Day were cele- brated at Precious Blood School, Jasper. On Teacher Day, students concentrated on performing acts of kindness for their teachers, and on Student Day, students were treated to a breakfast. Friday was blue-and-white day at St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon, as students at- tended a pep assembly. The students assembled a time cap- sule, containing letters and photographs, which will be opened during Catholic Schools Week in the year 2000. Benedictine Sister Christine Kempf, St. Matthew's princi- pal, said the theme of this year's celebration --"Schools We Can Believe In" -- is 100 percent true of St. Matthew School. "We have a qualified, dedi- cated staff, dedicated and giv- ing parents and parish, and super great students," Sister Kempf said. "All of these peo- ple working together make a great school." Students at Flaget Elemen- tary School in Vincennes en- joyed "Flop, drop and read" day on Monday. The students came to school dressed in pajamas or P sweatshirts. brought a had time during leisure reading. The 50-year Diocese of focus of St. dents during Week. pal at St. Wendel each class about the diocesel diocesan Catholic ents were to view the finished Two Maryknoll visited with stu three Washingt0 schools. They their missionary and the Samuel the 1995 ate Award at St. School, Rockpor 1979 graduate is also a versity of Notre State University. At left, students at Rivet High School, Vincennes, celebrated Catholic a balloon-li Above, Tracie Snider carries a bunch of balloons before the -- Photos by .... ,, i # \\; i. Catholic Schools Week at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt, was a week of celebration and gratitude. On Tuesday, the students and teachers thanked their pastor, Father Francis Schroering, by giving him a life-size "por- trait  of himself. As part of their Catholic Schools Week celebration, students at Good Evansville, took time to make valentines together. Instead of working in students were randomly divided into "families" which contain grade levels. Seventh and eighth grade students head each family, Sister Mary Celestin Maurer, principal. Above, Daniel Mosbey, Sean Riley, Jackie Hodges and Ashley Fortner work together. Sister groupings are used all year and the families sit together during '-- Message photo by l