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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 Mareno DRE Search Committee St. Mary Parish 313 N. Washington Street Hunlingburg, IN 47542 (812) 683-2372 JIM and ANN CAVERA ........  i iiiii!!ili!:i%i :Li !: th fltar boy in the mid-1950s. Since we e church, my brothers and I were often r the extra services like the Stations of the This is where I first became a large Italian man with a thick appeared old to us, he spoke in a Understood that he had difficulty things in life. He wore when he walked, as huge burden. I remember being a at first, until he quickly reassured and hearty laugh. made the extra services. He sat and sang in a booming voice organ at full pedal. Being a lit- never Stopped him from praising the Lord. My brothers and I did imitations of him, but not so that he or my parents could hear us. We never got too close to him because a persistent odor of sweat and alcohol hovered about him like an invisible cloud. The only direct problem Mareno caused in our young lives happened becanse we often drove past him on the street. Invariably, Morn slowed the car, rolled down the window, and waved as though he were a long-lost relative. "Hi, Mareno. Want a ride?" "No, Ma! Don't stop!" we begged. She stopped. He squeezed in, thanking her pro- fusely. Morn drove, all the while talking to him about the weather and asking about his health like he was the next door neighbor. I don't recall seeing him around much as I grew into adulthood. There was one time when I saw him at a local bar frequented by a college crowd. It seemed as though everybody knew him. As usual, his voice boomed above the crowd and he appeared to be enjoying himself. In March of 1975, I went back home to lay my mother to rest. For five years she had suffered with cancer. All through her illness, she contin- ued to think first of others. Small gifts often arrived at our house, such as a hat and mittens knitted for a grandchild and a favorite prayer she had embroidered and framed for us. At the funeral home, the outpouring of sentiment from so many who had come to know her comforted us in our grief. Face after face filed past in a blur, some familiar, some strange, some young, others old and wrinkled. At the packed funeral liturgy the next day, the old Monsignor spoke about her as his friend. I was impressed when I caught a glimpse of the bish- op among the congregation. At the end of the liturgy, as we solemnly followed the coffin out, the bishop waited at the door, and spoke to those who had come. Then, something caught my eye. In the pew; directly in front of the bishop, knelt an old man in a tattered suit, sobbing in loud, uncontrollable gasps. Mareno. My heart gave way. I believe that our Lord had sent Mareno back into our lives that dreary Lenten day to remind us that little acts of kindness often count for much. The real tribute to my mother wasn't that the bishop came to her funeral. The real tribute to my mother was the presence of Mareno. -- By JIM CAVERA Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. Their column is a regular feature of the Message. Catholic school lobbyists push for savings bill !'ZIMMERMANN In his March 2 speech Gin- should make people think, "Is said many people fear the bill Michelle Doyle, head of the Service (CNS)  In public school to go back to schools wt tholic that you tely 100 from state diocesan school par- in ce's cy Days 1-3. grich praise d Catholic schools for their "courage to stand up and say values are important." Referring to the "crisis in pub- lic education" in the United States, he said Catholic schools have been far more effective than public schools, especially in the inner cities, while educat- ing students at less than half the cost. He stressed that he was still an advocate of public schools, as a public school graduate him- self, but that reform was des- perately needed. Recent tests in which U.S. stu- dents ranked poorly compared to students from other countries RIDAYS OF LENT Fish Fry 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. CATFISH FILETS or baked, large, boneless, catfish filets, cornbread or our famous_ cheese biscuits & dessert $6.00 adults & youth over age 10 $2.00 Family Buster! 1 child, (under 10) with 1 adult nuggets or small fish & all the same fixins) NATIVITY 3635 Pollack Avenue (between S. Green River Road & Vmm Avenue 476-7186 'and Business Needs Fire and Theft Product Liability Commercial Auto Workers Comp ELFRICH Agency George Helfrich this bad enough? Shouldn't we do something?" he asked. Gingrich said he "believed deeply" in the Parent and Stu- dent Savings Account Plus Act, known as PASS A+, currently before Congress. The legislation would enable parents to con- tribute up to $2,000 a year in after-tax dollars to an account to be used for the child's education from kindergarten to grade 12 in public, private, religious or home schools. Kyle McSlarro; chief of staff for Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., one of the bill's chief sponsors, addressed the Catholic school representatives March 2. He would instigate a "run away from public schools to private schools." He disagreed, saying, "'This is about the children. The reality, the most likely scenario, is that parents will support the educa- tion of their children wherever they are, and they'll have the means to address their needs." During a March 3 press con- ference on Capitol Hill, Msgr. Thomas McDade, U.S Catholic Conference secretary for educa- tion, urged senators to support the bill. He said the bill would benefit parents of all children, not just those in private schools. Pre-school through high school (500+ students) Qualifications: Degree with experience in religious education/theology preferred. Certification/formal training/experience will also be accepted. Application/r4sum6 requested by April 4, 1998. Send to... or for more information... "A Family Serving Families" BRADLEY'S COLONIAL CHAPEL, INC. 1005 E. Main Street Boonville, Indiana 47601 812-897-1459 Wm. L. Bradley Ann M. Bradley-Holland Funeral Director Funeral Director 24-hour Funeral News number" 89%6805 U.S. Education Department's Office of Nonpublic Education, told participants of several edu- cation proposals that at face value might not seem to benefit private schools. For example, she said the proposed initiative from the Clinton: administration,, .... to decrease class sizes in grades one through three contained the stipulation that 10 percent of its funding provide teacher training. Private school teach' ers teaching in public school areas taking part in this pro- gram would qualify for this training. She urged the participants to know what their schools qual- ified for and to be sure they received those benefits. iii iiii i r Better Safe lhan dotty. Ho Ss ,Ts.& o iNC  v & Offe Sates  "- ", :Jr" Green River & Vogel Rd., Evansville, IN soo-m.-oso8 ...... 4o;,6o i eking Applicants for 1998-99 School Year PRINCIPAL Holy Rosary School Diocese Of Evansville, IN K-8 school with an enrollment of q20 students Must be a practic#( Roman C, alllic and boht or be eflgibte for an huliana School Administrator ldceme. Send inquiries to: Dr. Phyllb Bussing Directord Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Evansville P,( Box 4169 Eansville, IN 424-0169 (8121 4245536