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26, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 th graders in Catholic Club essays graders write essays about priesthood, sisterhood Priests are an important cation that we aren't all im- with universities of the have just recently learned of in the Evansville area Participated in the annual Serra Club essay contest. This etars topw was "How I View riesthood/Sisterhood in Oday's World." Stephanie tzer, a student at Christ the ng School, Evansville, and ffisha Wallace, a student at :t. Wendel School, St. Wen- del, Were the grand prize win- ners ' By STEPHANIE TITZER Christ the King Ly's world we are many difficult de- and hard times, and ts why it's important to Our faith to guide us. !Wever, we don't always what God wants us to and that's why we need and sisters to guide us of faith. are many priests and part in God's plan for the church. He has made priests the spiritual leaders of the church and given them the authority to consecrate the Eucharist so we can celebrate Its miracle. We need priests to help us celebrate all the Sacraments. They give spiri- tual guidance to people. They are also important because we need more people with courage from God who put themselves at risk for those in need. Sisters are important be- cause they comfort those suf- fering or in need, for in- stance: Mother Theresa goes around the world to help the poor and needy. Sisters are pastoral associates and help priests keep parish matters in order. They counsel people dealing with problems like abuse, addictions, and health problems. They give their portent. We need to keep our eyes, ears, and heart open to God's call. By TRISHA WALLACE St. Wendel To me, having a religious vocation involves special tal- ents from specially chosen people. I think a vocation means being active. This means to bring knowledge to people who aren't familiar with God, to further other people's knowledge, and at the same time, make this role appealing. When other pea- pie look at you, they should be filled with admiration and want to be just like you. I reserve a great deal of re- spect for those who dedicate their time and talents to serv- ing God. In the past two to three years, however, I have Catholic church. They are like the stem of a plant. Once it is nurtured, it grows. Priests and sisters are like the caretakers that maintain the growth. As in encouraging people to take on a vocation, I would encourage them to attend places like Outpost and to spend time with those who have already taken on a voca- tion, to see the importance. I the GIVE program and the PRESEM program. Many of our friends are involved in these. If people would visit us and discuss its points and goals, I think many would be interested, especially if our own friends explained and encouraged it. Priesthood/Sisterhood must look for a new tomorrow. Can we take this challenge? ers who touch people's with advice or love. One who touched my life Ster Jennifer Miller. was dealing with the my friend due to a she helped me it. She helped me re- even though my Would be missed she was in a better . She also reassured me w0 Would be together jSOmeday in heaven. ennifer not only helps when they're facing but everyday she lie and a hug for any- everyone. She can feel happy and her warm, sincere We need more in the world. e of the religious life because we all re role models who lives to shape lives after. We need to go to that we can feelings and ask about our faith. us to be as close to We can with their S. time to shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes. They also join in protests for their be- liefs, for example; protests against abortion. Priests and sisters are work- ing to give the knowledge about God's love to all peo- ple. Priests and sisters are in shortage in our world; there- fore, we need to encourage people to consider the reli- gious life as a vocation. In writing this paper I've real- ized how important religious life is. I can encourage this by deepening my knowledge by talking to my uncle, Father Lutz, and then sharing that knowledge with others. We can encourage people to be open to God talking to them about not making up their minds to get married or be single without listening to God. Most of all, they need our prayers. I too need to be open to God's call. In our world there are a lot of changes to be made and ev- eryone needs to work to- gether. We can't think if we are not called to a certain vo- Q Four CnVenlont Locations HIGHLAND CHAPEL 8300 FIRST AVE. YOUTH MINISTRY St. John the Baptist, Newburgh, Indiana is ek!ng a full-time youth minister. Responsibilities Edu.d.includ eu,,, 7th and 8th grade Religious cation Pro n re arat=on and gram, Confirmatio p p " a total YOuth ministry program for junior high to ilcig adult. Certification in youth ministry or elor's degree in related field preferred. s=tlon to start resume and summer 1993. Send s to Search Committee, C/O St. John's, Frame Rd., Newburgh, IN 47630 by March 15, gg3. developed a new outlook for the religious life. I have met and become close to many sisters as my mother has taken on a new job. She works around many faith- filled people, and I have got- ten to know many of them. I have learned that besides just teaching and praying, they carry on a normal life. Al- though many take the vow of poverty, they still manage to have fun and be fun. They go to company picnics, they at- tend plays, and I have even seen them at basketball games. Boy was I surprised! There's more! Last summer I attended the Outpost camp. After spending three action- packed adventurous days there, I realized that the moral was that you can have fun and lead a Christian life. Even after hikes, scavenger hunts, and Capture the Flag, God still fits in. I learned that God is in our actions and ev- erything we do. Some of these individuals who have taught me Christianity are: Sister Irma Arnold (our reli- gion teacher), Sister Susan Neces (my former piano teacher), Sister Brenda Fritz (a friend of mine), and many others. Priests and sisters have a lot of responsibilities. They have to teach us about our lives, but there has to be something different, some- thing to catch our attention. I admire those priests who can begin with a common life sto W , and end up with one of the concepts from the Bible. I believe this draws kids' atten- tion. Sisters seem to got around to the inside a little more. They are the ones that get people to give us a chance. Sisters are almost like recruiters, in my opinion. They "have the ability to work I | II II II II = Ed. L. Lee = Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 III I II II I I II Trisha Wallace, a student at St. Wendel School, St. Wendel, and Stephanie Titzer, a student at Christ the King School, Evansville, were the grand prize winners in the 1993 Serra Club essay contest. Individual school winners Students from 20 parishes in the Evansville area partici- pated in the 1993 Serra Club essay contest. Individual  school winners include: = Stephanie Titzer and Laura Compton, Christ the King parish, Evansville; Ann Weber and Brian Knapp, Resurrection parish, Evansville; * Alex Zenthoefer and Erin Witlem, Sacred Heart parish, Evansville; Staci Mueller and Tony McDonald, St. Philip parish. St. Philip; Bryan Hayden and Frances Adams, St. Benedict parish, Evansville; Katie Loehrlein and John Corressell, St. John the Baptist parish, Newburgh; Jessica Kiefer, St. James parish, St. James; Tessa Memmer and Rebecca Kramer, Holy Redeemer parish, Evansville; , Kenora Becher and Amy Weinzapfel, St. Matthew parish, Mount Vernon; Trisha Wallace and Monica Schneider, St. Wendel parish, St. Wendel; , Jennifer Otis and Linda Quach, Holy Spirit parish, Evansville; Erin Wilkerson and Sarah Hahn, Good Shepherd parish, Evansville; Doris Schulte and Jennifer Garrett, St. Bernard parish, Rockport; o Nichole Raben and Mike Bishop, St, Joseph parish, Van- derburgh County; Iocelyn Gubler and Toni Walther, St. Theresa parish, -.,Evansville; -, o Christina Lynn Zimmer| St. Joseph parish, Evansville; Amy Andrews and Krista Weinzapfel, St. Boniface parish, Evansville; Rachel Leigh Howard, St. Anthony parish, Evansville; Chrissy Wicks and Amanda Bailey, St. Agnes parish, Evansville; e Emlyn Olivia Stenger and Alena Stransky, Holy Rosary parish, Evansville. ,! l I I I Ill II IIIll Illl TF00, Box6a. Montgomery. Indiana 476sa Donald J, Traylor President Phone: 488-3285 1 I L I II I I IIIIU I III