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. ., - . • I I II II I I " ............ " CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME21 NUMBER 22 FEBRUARY 15, 1991 i I " 'i War comes home to Catholic schools and churches across the country By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a book displayed near the altar of Holy Spirit Church in St. Paul, Minn., U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joseph Yoswa is ninth in a list of 125 soldiers -- all relatives and close friends of parishioners -- who are caught in the Persian Gulf War. At St. Bartholomew School in the Twin Cities suburb of Wayzata, kindergarten to eighth-grade students have been writing to soldiers in the Gulf. They are doing special study pro- jects in Arab history and geography and the Muslim religion. A Saudi Arabian student from the University of Min- nesota came in to talk with them about cultural differences. :k St. Christ6pher Parish in Detroit has • lost its pastor, Father Timothy Hogan. A Navy Reserve chaplain, he got notice Jan. 24 that he was being recalled to ac- tive duty, possibly in the Gulf. The fifth-grade students at St. Joseph School in Pierz, Minn., had a goodbye party Jan. 29 for their teacher, Jeanne Loch. An Army reserve medic, she got a call two days earlier to report for active duty Feb. 1. "It's sad, scary and mad. She won't be around any more," said fifth-grader Stacy Brausen• With Catholics making up about one- :quarter of the half-million American 'soldlers in the Gulf, it may be impossi- hie to find a U.S. Catholic parish or ,school without some families directly affected by fears for a friend or relative deployed there• Schools are dealing with children's fears and questions about the war, and many are taking advantage of the heightened interest to teach students about Islam and Arab history, geography and culture. Churches are posting names of parishioners or loved ones stationed in the Gulf. They are forming support groups for families of soldiers. They are holding weekly prayer vigils for peace. And everywhere they are praying for eople like Joseph Yoswa, No. 9 on He- Y Spirit Parish's remembrance list. Yoswa, 26, grew up in the parish and his parents, Jim and Janet, still live there. Married and the father of an 18-month son with another child on the Way, he had been stationed in Germany for about a year when he was moved to the Gulf in December. "If we didn't have our religion, I don't know how we'd gurvive," said Janet. She and her husband said they've received incredible support from fellow arishioners. Even people they barely now stop and ask about Joe, they said. At Marian Catholic High School in San Diego, the war is personalized in the names "posted in a glass-covered display case -- A1 Hallor, Ken Whelan, Hank Kalakauskis, Kim Scott and others, all alumni or parents serving in the Gulf. Among the names is one with the notation "PEW" behind it. Guy Hunter, husband of 1967 alumna Mary Kincannon, was one of the first American prisoners of war taken by Iraq. Outside St. Michael School in Findlay, Ohio, stands a peace pole, decorated with yellow ribbons and top- ped with a peace flag imprinted with a picture of the earth• It was put up last fall when the student council adopted peace as a theme for the year -- not knowing the nation would soon be at war. Now students gather around the pole to pray for peace. Last fall the 38 eighth-grade students of Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity School in Winnetka, Ill., decided to put together a care package for troops in the Gulf. They ended up sending 700 pounds of canned food, toiletries, snacks and other items. Letters they've received from new pen pals in the Gulf have made the events there more real to them. At least two diocesan newspapers, the Lake Shore Visitor of Erie, Pa., and the Catholic Chronicle of Toledo, Ohio, have asked Catholics throughout the diocese to send in names of service per- sonnel in ,the Gulf so they can publish a "roll call" of those facing war's dangers• A third paper, The Compass of Green Bay, Wis., is publishing names of those serving in the Gulf and adding a yellow ribbon for each person to a wooden "Tree of Life" cross that stands in the main lobby of the diocesan office com- plex. At St. Mary, Star of the Sea School in Oceanside, Calif., just three miles from See WAR page 2 CEF annual fund drive is underway with a $110,000 goal By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor A drive to raise $110,000 is underway by members of the Catholic Education Foundation Diocese of Evansville, Inc. The annual drive was launched at a breakfast meeting of board members, Feb. 6• The Catholic Education Foundation solicits contributions from individuals and businesses. Money raised by the Organization is used to assist families who send their children to Mater Dei or Memorial high schools in Evansville. Marian Day School, Evansville, has also benefitted fTom CEF assistance. bin remarks at the conclusion of the oard meeting, Bishop Gerald A. Gettel- finger told a story about Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame fame. According to the story, Father Hesburgh was asked to speak at a parish he frequently visited in Colorado ski country. The visiting priest told the assembly they should not think about the vast sum needed to continue to ,Message subscription drive continues By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Parishes returning Message subscrip- tion information now include St. Celestine Church, St. Celestine; Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City; and Sacred Heart Church, St. Benedict Church and Holy Rosary Church, all in Evansville. The most recent reporting parishes join those previous]y reporting parishes: Pro-Cathedral of the Most Ho- ly Trinity, Evansville; St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vincennes; St. Mary Church, Shoals; St. Thomas ChUrch, Knox County, and St. Martin Church, Whitfield. Individual subscriptions from parishioners in many other parishes have also been received, and are being coordinated for a complete parish report. operate the parish, but rather they should consider giving an amount they all could relate to: the price of a one day ski lift ticket. Bishop Gettelfinger told CEF board members to keep always the human terms, not the institutional terms, in mind -- that the money is for a student in high school. Over the past 20 years, CEF has raised over $1 million, which has provided grants-in-aid to about 3500 students. Students or families interested .in ap- plying for grants should contact their pastor orthey may call Beulah Evans at the Catholic Center, Evansville.