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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference-- Family: Strong and holy By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR "When my parents celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary last year, they didn't want a party or gifts. What they asked for w and got m was a family reunion." That's the beginning of an article by H. Richard McCord, Jr., in the January 1996 magazine, Liguorian.. McCord goes on to say that his parents, all six of their children, their spouses and the five grandchil- dren gathered at a house they had rented in the mountains. "We did nothing special except relax with one another, reconnect ' and tell stories, and share a lot of meals," McCord wrote in his article which is entitled "A Strong and Holy Family." He goes on to say that he realized that "we had given to Morn and Dad, and to ourselves, the one thing that every family seeks." He said, "Our week in the mountains was all about togetherness. For a short time and in a somewhat intense way, we strengthened our bends of unity and love. We experi- enced ourselves, up close, as one family again." What McCord described in his article recently hap- poned to me. It was wonderful. Some weeks ago, one of my sisters called on the telephone to talk about possible plans for visiting us. We settled on the first weekend in February and in- vited her and her husband to come stay at our house My sister declined the invitation to our home, insisting that she and her husband would stay at a nearby motel. So, on Saturday night of that weekend, my wife and I went to the motel to meet my sister and her hus- band. They were waiting for us. So were the rest of my family w two more sisters and a brother and their spouses. They had all come to help my wife and me celebrate our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Our parents are no longer with us, but my sisters and my brother were able to give us all a great gift, the gift that McCord describes as the gift that every family seeks. Our Saturday evening and Sunday morning we spent time together -- at dinner, at Mass, and at our home. My family, even without our parents' living presence, continued to make real what Pope John Paul II called the identity and mission of the family: "a community of life and love." What a gift! I can't help but recall how pleased my mother was that my wife and I had Scripture readings at our wedding Mass which emphasized the covenant na- ture of a marriage. Morn was happy we didn't have so much of that "love stuff' at )ur wedding. My mom and dad were not sentimental. Our ram- ily was not caught up in the trite and the times. Our family was a strong and my brother and sisters just they surprised my wife and me at the tim1 niversary. Not in sentimental "love life. How does your family celebrate your neighbors or your niversaries and what they've Who is the organizer in your friends? Who makes sure that you together? : ;:: $ : Take the time today to pay attention tant events of your family's life. Send an card. Telephone a relative on the day birthday. Help your church community on the significant days of their lives. Spend time with some one who has nursing home resident, an unwed mother; patient, a prisoner. Give the gift make the human family more of it to be: a strong and holy family, a and love. Questions and comments are welcome tian Family Movement, P.O. Box 272, 50010. Washington Letter School uniforms: Can a jumper and tie really make the s ByCAROL ZIMMERMANN suburb of College Park, Md., his school bus, when two In defense of the school's sults of an Catholic News Service was more than amiliar with youths tried to rob another stu- green blazers, herringbone that 85 per Clinton's suggestion, dent of a jacket, skirts and grey pants, she said: schools WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "Oh yes, I have the speech After the incident, a "You are who you are here he suspects t The school uniform, long the right here," she said in a phone spokesman for the school sys- based on who you are, not on cent imp bane of Catholic school stu- interview with Catholic News tem said there had been ase- (ifyouwear) Calvin Klein." dress dents, is suddenly vogue, or at Service. ries of recent robberies in local Robert Kealey, executive di- Uni ]east popular. Although Mrs. Heyison schools by young people de- rector of the department ofele- school Those clip-on ties, white hasn't seen a surge in orders mandingarticles of clothing, mentary schools for National the schools shirts, pleated skirts and plaid since the president's pitch in Apparently that's not the Catholic Educational Associa- ous [ jumpers are coming out of the January, she certainly won't be case in Long Beach, Calif., tion, said the whole point of teaching private school closets and up- surprised if more public where uniforms have been re- uniforms in Catholic schools ity, he said. pearing in more and more pub- schools sign up next year, since quired in public elementary "goes back to the basic tenet of If a school lic schools each year. that's been the recent trend, and middle schools since 1994. faith that all of us are equal." to these th ingsi. And they're also getting en- "There's been a' tremendous During the first year alone, at- "When students come to simply n dorsements from unexpected change" in the uniform clien- tendance and test scores im- school in Uniform, there is no Kealey supporters, such as President tele, she said. Her family busi- proved, student fights de- competition of children from external. Clinton. ness began 30 years ago with creased by 50 percent, student affluent families or poor fami- won't bring a In his State of the Union ad- two Catholhc schools and now crimes decreased by 36 percent lies based on how students are behawor. dress, the president basically serves about 200 public and and student suspensions de- dressed," he said "All are equal In other called school uniforms a poten- private schools in the Wash- creased by 32 percent, as brothers and sisters in khaki tial cure to teen-age violence, ington area. Since they began "We have no other way to ex- Christ." look good, In a comment that took selling uniforms to public plain the pretty dramatic im- Kealey said preliminary re- part of many by surprise, the presi- schools eight years ago, she provement" other than the uni- dent said, "If it means that said, they've seen "one (public) form, a school spokesman said. St d hip by th teen-agers will stop killing school after another" join the But some of the uniformed ewar s e each other over designer jack- bandwagon, students at Archbishop Carroll eta, then our public schools But she's careful not to use High School in Washington, should be able to require the the dreaded "uniform" word told CNS they weren't fully W h a t t e m p t a t i o n s students to wear school uni- with those students who have convinced an imposed dress forms." recently made the switch from code could radically curb teen from the path of d Gloria Heyison, president baggy jeans and designer la- violence. and owner of Top Uniform bels to what she more eu- For one thing, "you still have Possessions? Pride? Company in the Washington phemistically calls, the coats," the coveted object of re- Oh T' 3 create for "wardrobe look." cent shootings, pointed out Lora, S Call them what you will, Bethany Savoy, a senior. "Plus, ( TheMESSAGE they're still uniforms. But people fight over a lot of heart and renew a 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. they're definitely new and im- things, not just clothes." pi Evansville, IN 47711 proved, with such additions as But many in the group gave S rit within us ! Weekly newspaper of the walking shorts, golf shirts and uniforms pretty high marks, Diocese of Evansville pullover sweaters, saying they were proud to DecemberPuULedweek/yxcept'astweekinbytheCathoiPresso, Even if they're a little more wear them and that the cloth- Bishop's sc Evansville trendy than the jumpers and ing made them feel part of a Publisher .............. 8ishopGeraldA. Gettelfinger blazers of old, they'll probably faniily, saved them money and Editor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang never be as enviable as the de- time, and cut down on discrim- 4roducrTechflioan ................ JosephOietrch signer outfits students have ination and distractions from The following activities and events are: Adveng .................................... Paul Newtand schedule of Bishop Gerald A. sw.: ........................... un Hughes been shooting each other over studies. - in schools throughout the The school's principal, Addressa, communications to P.O. country. Wilma Durham, n'odded in BOx4169, Evansville, IN47724-0169 As comedian Bill Maher, agreement, but said what's Subscription rate: host of Comedy Central's, "Po- more important for students' $17.50 per year SingleCopy Price: $.50 litically Incorrect," has pointed learning environment than Entered as 2nd class matter at the post out, "Nobody ever got mugged uniforms is values, parental in- offce in Evansville, IN 47701. Publvca- for a clip- on bow tie." volvement and adults with tionn'umber843800. In December, a 17-year-old high expectations. : Postmaster:. Return POD forms 3579 to high school student from a "what you wear helps, but it 9 aim; to 3:30 Office of Publication CopPressoEv=' Maryland suburb was killed by could be crazy here, uniforms a stray bullet as he waited for or not, if we let it," she added.