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1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 ret Remke / i    Z : ..... i! i? ' " teacl00er breaths new life into WCCS library [ES writer Margaret note in the St asking to work in the month. labor of the note, lie " rself, I could idea that her volunteer reds of 5 retired teacher. years teaching Daniel Wertz Evansville. she was 58, ' parts of agreed to atholic thought she of hours ; checking Students But view of Was dismayed librari- Soon, she was sorting through the stacks and tossing out books which were "too old, from the '30s, '40s and '50s." There were several old ency- clopedia sets that no one was using She put a note in the church bulletin offering them to parishioners. "Every time a Catholic school closed, the books came here. We might have three or four copies of something that no one was taking. I got rid of the triplicates and the duplicates." She began putting the shelves in order and making repairs on damaged books Soon, she was teaching five classes of library science a week, explaining the Dewey Decimal system to the students. She also assumed responsibility for ordering new books for the library, after con- sulting with teachers and the students. Then, she started a "Read Me Five" club for fourth graders. When the students read five books, at least 75 pages each, and give oral reports, they become members of the club. Margaret scours nearby stores for giveaways, and then throws .: "7  Margaret Remke reads to children at Westside Catholic Consolidated Intermediate School, a party for club members every spring. When she was a teacher, read- ing was her "first love." She was named Evansville Read- ing Council Teacher of the Year. "I love chil- dren's books, and I love kids." Now that she is the volunteer librarian at WCCS, she says, I Ire playground duty. I don't have uty. I can just do the fun things. Evansville. The volunteer spends one day a week working in the school library. don't have playground duty. I don't have lunch duty. I can just do the fun things. "I love books, and it doesn't seem like a job to me. My favorite part is being with the kids and getting them to read." She recently received a note from a fourth grader's mother who wrote that her son Wd me you talked him into reading Squanto, and now he reads one book after another! We are thrilled!"- Margaret says she is always encouraging the students to "stretch, to read something harder." As for herself, she says that in this volunteer job "I'm getting more out of it than I,m 8ivy,, It gives me somingtO took: ' forward to." r Page 1 been linked and hos- an said. But the of the it ori- Was also anti- the work of odern neo- tism editor on "Parish were take place in Six and dioce- ordained Currently were into the were )* 68 diocesan dio- The answer would need to be given case by case, it said. But it concluded that "the spiritual resistance and concrete action" of some Christians was "not that which might have been expect- ed from Christ's followers." Did Christians give every possible assistance to those being persecuted, and in partic- ular to persecuted Jews? it asked "Many did, but others had its roots outside of Chris- tianity and, in pursuing its aims, it did not hesitate to oppose the church and persecute her mem- bers also," it said. The document asked whether anti-Jewish sentiment among Christians made them less sen- sitive, or even indifferent, to the persecutions launched against the Jews by National Socialism when it reached power. in the Diocese: The 1960s Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, May 7, 1961. Of priests who are currently active in the diocese m not counting priests in good stand- ing who are on leave or on sab- batical -- 16 were ordained in the 1970s; five in the 1980s, and six so far in the 1990s. When a task force was assem- bled in the diocese to look at future parish staffing, the mem- bers of that task force analyzed statistics and came up with the projection that a total of 44 priests would be available to serve the parishes of the diocese in the year 2004. I II I MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5OOO iii i cese, and of that 68, 28 (41 per- cent) were ordained in the 1960s. Many leadership positions are also filled by priests ordained in the 1960s. Of the seven deans in the diocese, five of them were ordained in the 1960s: Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp, Evansville East; and Fathers Donald Acker- man, Vincennes; Joseph Ziliak, Newburgh; Leo Kiesel, Wash- ington; and David Nunning, Evansville West. (Father Patrick Foster, dean of the Jasper Deanery, was ordained in 1956; Father Francis Schroering, Dean of the Princeton Deanery was ordained in 1959.) III I lh.ur Sail  $#mfl 497. did not," it said. Those who did help Jews should not be forgot- ten, the document said, and here it offered the example of Pope Pius. The document cited a series of testimonials and thanks from Jewish leaders immediately after the war, acknowledging what it described as the "wis- dom" of Pope Pius" diplomacy. In reflecting on the Holocaust, the document briefly examined several centuries of what it called "tormented" relations between Jews and Christians. "In effect, the balance of these relations over 2,000 years has been quite nega.tive," it said. The early centuries of Chris- tianity, it said, witnessed dis- putes between the church and Jewish leaders. Christian mobs that attacked synagogues and anti-Jewish interpretations of the New Tes- tament, In later times, the document cited a generalized discrimina- tion against Jews in Christian quarters, which led to expul- sions and attempts at forced conversions. "Despite the Christian preach- ing of love for all, even for one's enemies, the prevailing mental- ity do the centuries penalized minorities &,d those who were , : in any way 'different,"' it said. The document said that by the 19th centu D, dL, K-rimination against Jews in Europe was "more sociolcal and political than religious." Sullivan church collections stolen By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Someone walked into the sac- risty at St. Mary Church, Sulli- van, last Sunday, and walked out with two weekend collections. Father Kenneth Graehler warned churches in Sullivan and sur- rounding areas about the inci- dent, to put them on the alert. The theft happened durin 8 the 10 o'clock Mass. Several hun- dred dollars in cash was taken, along with a larger amount in checks, the pastor said. Father Graehkn"  the incident to Sullivan police. Sev- eral parishioners told the pastor that they had seen a suspicious- looking man in the back of churcn and an altar server d she had seen the man in the sac. risty. Neighbors said the man : had also entered the parish reii: gious education building. The collecti from the t- urday ev Mass:and the early Sunday morning Mass were in the sacristy, which was unlocked dung the Mass, Father Graehler said. New secu- ri measures are being taken this weekend, he said.