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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana P r Partners Parishioners and students link up at St. Theresa By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Because students seldom have their grandparents living with them, they may have little interaction with the elderly. For the past 10 years, stu- dents and seniors at St. Theresa Church, Evansville, have been involved in a special partner- ship which has helped to bridge their generations. The special partnership, called the Prayer Partner Pro- gram, was begun by Benedictine Sister Jennifer Miller, pastoral associate, DRE, and youth min- ister at St. Theresa. She said she began the parish program because she felt it would be a way to built up the parish community. Every fall, letters are sent to St. Theresa parishioners, asking them to be a part of the Prayer Partner program. As Marie Brandel, St. Theresa principal, explains, "Our hope is to build relationships through sharing of prayer, occasional notes, cards and sometimes phone calls." has seen the prayer partner pro- gram promote special bonds be- tween students and parish- ioners, and offer support "particularly to those students who might not get support in eldom do we have grandparents living in our homes, or even close in the neighborhood. In this program, we allow students to communicate with people who are 40 to 50 years older than they are. The emphasis is on "faith- sharing, not gift giving," she said. This year, during Catholic Schools Week, the prayer part- ners were invited to attend all of the special events with the stu- dents. Lucy Mitzdarffer answered the invitation to attend the school play. She said that she other ways. "We are supposed to pray for each other, and we just kind of support them," she said. "This week, they collected pennies, and so I brought in pennies." Sister Miller noted that many of the prayer partners have be- come surrogate grandparents to the students. "Seldom do we have grandparents living in our Recipes for a great Catholic school By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Students at Westside Catholic Consolidated School, Evansville, had a special assignment for Catholic Schools Week: write down a family recipe for a great Catholic school. Here are some of their suggestions: 1) Use a big bunch of dedi- cated and caring teachers. 2) Add students who want to learn. 3) Add parents who want the best for their children and who will give their time. 4) Mix in a staff that includes the principal, secretaries, cooks and janitors, who are willing to do whatever needs to be done to make things run smoothly. 5) Next, add priests that un- derstand and help guide our schools. 6) Mix all ingredients and sprinkle with faith and prayer. Then garnish with the most im- portant ingredient -- God. 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This is a fail-proof recipe! The Lappe Family Take a handful of good teach- ers and class of students and add the following: l cup of fairness 3 cups of understanding 3 cups of kindness A sprinkle of discipline Lgallon of laughter I gallon of fun Blend together slowly and lov- ingly until smooth and bake for nine months. Take out, sprinkle with hugs and praise. The Moll Family Start with a ton of love for one another. Add dedicated teachers. Mix with students who practice their family beliefs. Top with God's watchful eyes. Bake until all hearts are warm. Now share it with the world. The Ward Arnold Family "Where customers send their friends!"  Open nightIy til 9 p.m. hop & Son r.. GeO TOYOTA OLD US 231 SOUTH, JASPER, IN 482-2222 1-800-937-USA1 i i ( HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded nsured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P.O. 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