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Rockets students help students with reading skills Y MARY ANN HUGHES a lot," she said. "I want to read a lot now." Message staff writer She said that her after-school work with her partner, Susanna Dewig, has encour- aged her to consider "what I want to be when I grow up. I've been thinking a lot, and I think I want to be a teacher." Susanna said the program has been "so much fun. It's the highlight of the month." After the initial welcome, the students enjoyed a snack, then settled down to play word games. They also paired up for one-on-one reading. The older and younger students have grown close during their monthly meet- ings, and even purchased Christmas gifts for one another. "The kids just love it," said Karen Stew- art, principal at Sts Peter and Paul. The Gibson Southern students recently wrote a grant and received $800 from the Cinergy Foundation. This paid for T-shirts for every Reading Rockets student. The money will also be used to take the group on a field trip to Barnes and Noble book- store in Evansville, where they will per- form a play and purchase books. feeling of a fami- r in the cafeteria lul School, Haubstadt, old students reconnected Reading Rockets pro- year for the program, reading assis- and Paul students from of the Gibson Southern High De F Wednesday, 23 Gibson arrived in Haubstadt jackets, jeans and big greeted with bear hugs ents. students) are so said Kirn Elpers, Sts. Peter and Reading Rockets spon- In so excited." giggles and hugs, fourth talked about the program "I've learned Paul student Amanda Maurer gets a hug from Gibson Southern stu- g before the beginning of the Reading Rockets program. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes our children looks at bishops' pastoral message to parents of homosexual children HUGHES confront their they by emo- guilt, shame to but it's o act upon all parents to say "You are nothing can a child called for a design.,, message, Our Chil- by the U.S. Catholic Bishops Com- mittee on Marriage and Family. Noted speakers Father Robert Nugent and Sister Jeannine Gramick were at the University of Evansville's Newman Center last Monday to discuss the bish- ops' pastoral message. Their seminar was attended by diocesan priests and pastoral associates, counselors and ther- apists, gay and lesbian Catholics and their parents. Father Nugent, who reviewed the bishops" original draft, said, "The statement is especially helpful to parents who need encouragement from Church leaders and pastors to love, understand and support their gay and lesbian children." While the statement does not to the Message? start March 6, but new subscribers time. To subscribe, send name and address with $1830, to the Message, )169. 51 issues a year, on Fridays; with r following Christmas. SUbscriptions may be addressed to Mary (812) 424-5536, or toll-free in Indiana, offer an endorsement of "what some call a homosexual lifestyle," it does offer an "outstretched hand" to parents and other fam- ily members, offering them a "fresh look at the grace present in family life and the unfailing mercy of Christ our Lord." The statement reminds par- ents that "you need not face this painful time alone, without human assistance or God's grace. The Church can be an instrument of both help and healing." The bishops take a look at the variety of emotions which may occur as parents deal with their children's homosexuality. There may be the emotion of relief. Sometimes, parents sus- pect their children may be gay or lesbian but they don't want to ask, Father Nugent said "Suddenly, a burden has been lifted." Often, the parents have feel- ings of anger -- toward their children, their spouses or them- See SEMINAR page 13 Rite of Election to be celebrated March 1 The Rite of Election will be celebrated in Loo- gootee and Newburgh on the First Sunday of Lent, March 1, for catechumens and candidates who will become full-fledged members of the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will preside at the ceremonies, scheduled at St. John Church in Loogootee at 2 p.m. EST, and at St. John the Bap- tist Church in Newburgh, at 5 p.m. CST. Earlier in the day,.most catechumens and can- didates will gather at their own parishes, to be formally sent to the diocesan celebration. A catechumen is one who has never been bap- tized, and will receive all the sacraments of inita- tion during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. A candidate for full commu- nion is one who has been valid- ly baptized. Some candidates will be receiving Confirmation and Holy Communion for the first time on Holy Saturday. Following are the names of cat- echumcs and candidates as pro- vided by the parishes of the Diocese of Evansville. S!Q.Qmf!eld .......................................................... Holy Name Catechumens:Jessica Padgett, Terri Messina, Joseph Padgett, William Padgett ce!e00!ne .............................................................. St. Peter Celestlne Catechumen: Mindy Hill Candidates: m Cravener, Penny Kersteh'Ls See RCIA page 16 , , . t , q i r ns00de Serra Essays ........................ . . Page 2 30th Anniversaries ..................... Page 3 Bishop's Forum ....................... Page 5