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.2 heMES S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 26 MARCH 4, 1988 Catholic Education Foundation to launch fund drive March 8 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor "Twenty Years of Sharing" is the theme of a fund drive, to be launched March 8, for the Catholic Education Foundation, Inc., of the Diocese of Evansville. In addition to the yearly campaign to raise funds for grants-in-aid and the Marian Day School programs, the ".a'tholic Education Foundation is ad- dressing its efforts to soliciting special gifts, such as bequests, memorial gifts, estates, foundation grants and money from the annual campaign designated for the endowment fund. In its "twenty years of sharing," the foundation has generated more than $1.6 million. Of that amount, more than $865,000, or 64 percent, has been used to help pay students' tuition costs. Tui- tion grants-in-aid have been awarded to 3,124 students attending Memorial or Mater Dei High Schools. In addition to the tuition assistance, almost $94,000, seven percent of the total, has been used for "school- related" programs such as bussing and religious education programs. An endowment fund contains more than $113,000, or eight percent of the total. Only accrued interest from the en- dowment fund may be used for grants. Marian Day School programs for the handicapped have received 13 percent of the foundation funds, $172,500. A solicitation letter from Charles Reising, the foundation president, and Cathy Drake, the campaign chairper- son, states that the mission of the See CA TttOLlC page 3 Vatican's financial report shows ecord $56.7 million deficit By JERRY FILTEAU NC News Service WASHINGTON (NC) -- The Vatican's first officially released annual financial report showed that its 1986 deficit was a record $56.7 million -- nearly 50 percent higher than its deficit in 1985. O To cover the new deficit the Vatican had to use all $32 million contributed to the pope by the world's Catholics in 1986 plus $24.7 million in reserves from contributions given in previous years. It said those reserves "are by now nearly exhausted." The report, just recently sent to the world's bishops, was released in the United States Feb. 25 by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Accompanying the report was an ap- peal to bishops and bishops' con- ferences to let Catholics know about the situation and urge them to increase their contributions to the Holy See. "The supreme pontiffs have always preferred to count more upon the volun- tary offerings of the faithful than on in- come from investments and property," said a covering letter sent to the bishops by the special council of cardinals ad- vising the Holy See on finances. "Such offerings," the letter added, "express the active and constant shar- ing of the faithful in the church's life and evangelizing activity." See VATICAN'S 1986 DEFICIT page 2 A special time Justin Martin, left, and Cary Maurer were candidates for Confirmation during a ceremony last Sunday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt. -- Message Photo by Barbara Paul 'Vincennes Catholic Schools Informational meeting on future of Rivet High School is March 17 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor An informational meeting is sched- uled March 17, for parents and others interested in the future of the Vincennes Catholic Schools; a decision on the future is expected within a month. "The school board is looking at the options," according to superintendent David Ulrich. He is also principal of Rivet Junior High and High School, which currently has an enrollment of 125 students in grades 7-12. Flaget Elementary School has 210 students in grades K-6. School board options include main- raining the K-12 system as it is, operating a K-8 or a K-5 system, or .eliminating the entire system, accord- mg to Ulrich. A school board meeting is scheduled March 24, tentatively at the Rivet Library, but the expectation of a larger than usual crowd may lead to a change !the meeting location. Board members ant to settle on an option by the end of March, according to Ulrich. Father Raymond L. Kuper, Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Evansville, says he has been meeting with board members and others con- cerned about the future of the school system, since last September. Father Kuper says the main function of his of- fice has been "to be available, to pro- vide information, to help gather data, so that the board may make a well-thought out, rational decision." The public informational meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., March 17, in the Ralph Holscher auditorium, at Rivet. School board president Jim Campbell and the head of the finance committee, Robert Bezy, will make presentations. Ulrich says he will be available to answer questions. Ulrich said he expecte d the meeting to provide part of the information need- ed for. the board to make a decision. Other matters to consider are state cer- tification, the condition of the economy in Vincennes, the impact of the new Lincoln public school under construc- tion, and the projections for enrollment at Rivet. Ulrich said a telephone survey had been conducted among families in Vincennes about plans to send students to Rivet, but he declined to reveal the results of the survey. Enrollment is only one of the factors to be considered, he said. The Vincennes economy is a factor to consider, he says, with relatively high unemployment and a low per capita in- come. In the past, some families have cited tuition costs as a reaon for taking students out of the Catholic school system. Tuition currently for grades K-12 is $725 for one student from a family registered at a Vincennes parish, $1,025 for two students and $50 for each additional child. The .system "has operated in the black," says Ulrich; "this is the fourth year in the black, but projections for the years to come will have to play a part in the board's decision." New state standards for certification must also play a part in reaching a deci- sion on the future, according to Ulrich; state requirements may have an impact See VINCENNES page 2 Vincennes appreciation -- Photos on page 2. ' Rockport Recycle Center -- It's not for aluminum. Story on page 3. St. John Chrysostom, New Boston -- Feature parish on pages 8 & 9. Parental leave -- Bill debated at state assembly. Turn to page 11. Hoosier hysteria /. _ More grade school basketball tourney winners on page 13.