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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana February 15, 1991 St. Joseph's catechist Ill Marti Peregoy's ties with Each month, the Message features an outstanding catechist in the Diocese of Evansville. Se]ection of catechists for the series is coor- dinated through the diocesan Office of Religious Education, by Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O.S.B. Information for the following article was prepared by Anne Simms, religious education coordinator at St, Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County. "Faith is very important to me," said Marti Peregoy. "I want the children to learn about our faith and its importance in their lives." Marti works for what she wants. She has demonstrated her dedication to helping with religious education programs in thernany parishes in which she has lived. 'Marti was in the ninth grade when she first became involved with religious education, at her home parish of St. Francis Cabrini Church, in Los Angeles, Calif. Sister Judith, director of the parish religious education program, asked her to help and assigned her to work in the office. It wasn't long before Marti began helping in the classroom. Eventually she became a catechist for filth grade. "I just liked being there," she recalled. "I felt I was wanted and needed in the program." During her college years in Denver Marti was involved in the Newman Center. It was in Denver, too, that she met her husband, Jim Peregoy. After college, Jim and Marti moved to Casper, Wyo., where their son, Jake, now 11, was born. Marti helped with the pre-school program at their parish. Their next move brought the Peregoys back to Denver, where Nicholas, now 8, was born. The family joined Our Lady of Fatima Church, and Marti once again became involved in the religious education program. She taught second grade. In 1985, the Peregoys moved to southwestern Indiana and joined St. Joseph Church in Vanderburgh County. Since their arrival the Peregoys have added to their family. Their daughter, Aurora, is now two and-a-half. At her new parish, Marti never hesitated to offer her ser- vice to Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O.S.B., who was direc- tor of religious education at the time. Marti impressed Sister Jochum with her concern for each individual child. "When a problem occured, Marti always showed concern and compassion and always ex- pressed that to me, her direc- tor," said Sister Jochum. Anne Simms, the current religious education coor- dinator, said she is impressed with Marti's organization and enthusiasm. Marti and her part- ner, Carolyn Lipper, work well together and their team work has an effect in the classroom. igious education go back to ninth grade "I am always impressed by her preparedness and her will- ingness to remain after class to talk with not only her students but the other catechists and with parents," added Simms. When Marti first began at St. Joseph, she taught first grade. She has taught fourth grade for the last four years. "She makes religion class fun and interesting," said Bridget Broerman, a fifth grader who remembers her teacher from last year. "I learned a lot from her," she said. "Mrs. Lipper and Mrs. Peregoy often planned 'special things to do on special days. This made going to class lots of fun." "Team teaching makes it so much easier to make the com- mitment to volunteer," said Marti. St. Joseph Church has been using team teaching for several years. "You share the responsibility and split the class sessions," said Marti. "You also know that you can call your partner when you can't make your scheduled class and feel certain that your class is in the hands of someone they know and who will carry out the material because she knows it as well as you do. "The students benefit from this also," continued Marti. "Carolyn and I are always talk- ing to each other about the students. When there is a pro- blem the other teacher helps with the solution. We also share ideas or projects and have fun planning special things for the .class. We have taught as a team long enough to know each other's material," Marti ex- plained. "We schedule ourselves by unit lessons. This works well for us because the flow of each session is not broken. Each year we trade units so that the material and ideas are always fresh. "I am sure that every parish in which Marti has worked has been grateful for her talents and generosity," said Simms. "She has a great understanding of church as community and she is not afraid to share her faith with each new parish family," Simms concluded. "Marti is a wonderful example for all of US!" MARTI PEREGOY Continued from page 1 Camp Pendleton, 70 of the 270 students have a family member serving in the Gulf. As their parents wage war faraway in the Gulf, the children have been waging their own battle at home with fears and feelings they don't fully understand. Most of their fears are about the safety of relatives in the war zone, but they also "wonder if the bad people can come here and hurt us," said the principal, Jac- quelifie White. South Catholic High School in Hartford, Conn., held a daylong institute on the war at the end of January. Muslim students from,the Middle East, an Islamic scholar, a Kuwaiti citizen, a peace advocate and members of the Connecticut Na- tional Guard cam in to discuss issues ranging from the political situation in the Gulf region to Muslim beliefs, from chemical weapons and military strategies to conscientious ob- jection. The Diocese of Greensburg, Pa., said that in the first two weeks of war daily Mass atten- dance went up 20 percent. "There is a marked increase" in people attending morning Mass before work and going to noon Mass during their lunch hour, said Alice Laurich, diocesan communications director. "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 Jxe eive the Message into your home!