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12,1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Mark Schmitt "has a lively atthz'" said Father Kenneth r ' .pastor of St. Mary st0uiao urch' Ireland. The reli'- co.:S .education program was S.[ta!niY enhanced when aratt beca .... me a volunteer tecttist three years ago, ac- 00000dggto rather Setz aratt s "a man who has enl.e vision and he wants paaare it," continued the Lor, His enthusiasm and s touch anyone who a U.S. Navy vet- and a graduate of the of Southern Indi- employed at :., in Hunt- rg, He is 3uter Project 1973 he married Stenftenagel. The two children -- at USI in and Jennifer, a re at Pike Central ool. The Schmitts and have been of St. Mary Church always be indebted !,Qr agreeing to be a commented Mart- parish Director of ion. "It was Year as DRE and at raiaute a catechist ,tably resign right  D'O'W,N-T.O.W.N mpf's DONUT BANK Coffee Shop Mark Schmitt Ireland's catechist shares enthusiasm, goodness before classes were scheduled to begin." Recruiting Schmitt was easy. "All it took was God's in- sight and me making a phone call to Mark and he most gra- ciously agreed to fill the opening," said the DRE. "Mark has a sincere desire to share his personal insights and experiences on his con- tinuing journey of faith. His honesty in telling of his per- sonal relationship with God is quite apparent every Wednesday evening when he arrives at CCD classes." Schmitt is currently prepar- ing 18 seventh graders for Confirmation in April, and the DRE is pleased with his work. He has a way of getting even the most challenging student to realize the impor- tance and responsibility that come with the sacrament of Confirmation, she said. Mundy is also pleased with the way Schmitt relates to his class. If a student must miss a class, Schmitt always makes sure to find the time to help the student make up what was missed. The students like his positive attitude and his outstanding sense of humor. He makes his class presenta- tion interesting, said Mundy, and his students have learned to respect his knowledge and his expanding faith in God. Schmitt in turn has praise for his pastor and DRE, and for Sister Mary Emma Iochum, O.S.B., who orga- nized the Brescia College off- campus Faith Development classes held at Huntingburg. "Without the extra effort by Sister Mary Emma, I would never have had the opportu- nity to attend such enlighten- ing and enjoyable classes," Schmitt said. He has attended classes on Basic Catholic Be- liefs and the Old Testament Revisited. He is currently en- rolled in the New Testament classes this spring. "Father Betz and Marilyn Mundy should be credited for the spiritual support and on- going suggestions to get their catechist teachers more in- volved in faith development," Schmitt said. "The CCD classes at Ireland and the whole Catholic community benefit from having Catholic educators who utilize the Word of God," Schmitt added. "We all strive for aca- demic excellence and this same thought process must occur for the teaching of God's laws." K of C 565 2901 West Maryland Full Menu Wed., Fri., Sat. 5-- 9 p.m. Catering Call 423-2734 Give your sweetheart something fresh and delicious from the Donut Bank Bakery, where everything is made from scratch with only the finest ingredients. Heart-Shaped Cakes professionally decorated Gift-Boxed Cookies chocolate chip, cherry, macaroon, pink divinity, mexican wedding cake Valentine Cupcakes plain---6 for $1.80. with heart-shaped ring-- 6 for $2.70 Heart-Shaped Butter Cookies plain--20 each, with wdting--29 each Even as Schmitt received attention as a featured cate- chist, he made an effort to focus the attention not on himself but on his students. "I would really like to rec- ognize a 13-year old girl in my Confirmation class who has attended CCD classes for some time and has the most sincere desire to become a Catholic," he wrote. "She has not been baptized or received first eucharist, but through RCIA she will be receiving these sacraments soon and will be confirmed in April. MARK ScnMrrr "This has been a spiritual uplifting for me, to see some- one so intent on wanting to join God's family. Welcome to the Catholic faith and the family of God, Nicole Butler!" Turning the attention to a student instead of to himself is a typical thing for Schmitt. according to his DIRE. "Mrk has , genuiae, inter- est in each of his students," said Mundy. He "is the clas- sic example of a dedicated catechist when he remarks he has learned more from preparing for weekly classes and talking with the youth, than he feels they hax,, learned from him." Holy Childhood Association marks 150th anniversary WASHINGTON tCNS) The Holy Childhood Associa- tion, an international mission organization for children, will celebrate its 150th an- niversary in 1993. The Holy Childhood Asso- ciation, which has its U.S. headquarters in Washington, provides year-round global education programs for all parochial schools and CCD religious education classes of elementary school level. The programs, designed to develop a sense of the world church in the young, are op- erated in conjunction with opportunities for children to raise money by selling Christ- mas seals and other items. The money goes to help pro- vide meals, dean water, and medical assistance for less fortunate children. Bishop Charles de Forbin- Jansen of Nancy, France, or- ganized the association in 1843, after a wealthy French woman named Pauline Jaricot founded the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Bishop de Forbin-Janson de- cided to create a separate mission, dedicated to the concept of children helping children, to involve the young people of France. Three years after its foun- dation, the Holy Childhood Association created its first U.S. location in New Orleans. 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