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26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana ut !?i  ESSAGE a Contributors, caseworkers Good Shepherd fronds behind r in contrast with , DUt ivs ' by Mary Ann Hughes help flood victims return By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "We learned to make a lot of sandwiches in a short time peri- od," said Pam Crasher, at the Chrisney Baptist Church. Mem- bers of various prayer teams and women from throughout the community came to help in the flood relief effort -- when the estimate of meals needed one day jumped from 50 to 400 with only one hour's notice. Crasher is in charge of the service center, which was set up to help flood victims. After the high water receded came what Crasher called the family ser- vices stage. That's the process of actually doing the case work, determining the emergency nees of a family and helping them "to get back into some sort of normalcy." About 75 cases, all fi'om Spencer County, have bee'nhan' dled at the Chrisney Baptist Church, where Red Cross work- ers are available. A few more families are still expected: Helping with the relief effort have been groups and individu- als from throughout the commu- nity and area. Members of St. Martin Catholic Church helped prepare meals for sand-baggers. A large youth group from St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jasper, came March 15 to help sort items contributed for flood victims. Some assistance for families from Spencer County and other flooded areas will be available th abortion forum to air April 7 from 8 to 9 p.m. The forum will explore the ethical and moral implications of the late term abortion procedure. The program is timely, as leg- islative efforts are actively underway in the U.S. Congress on will be' 52, April 7, ' Week schedule this year? and in the Indiana General Assembly to ban the procedure. The forum was videotaped before a live audience in Evans- ville, Jan. 29. Panelists include an Indiana University Medical Center professor, Dr. Hans Geisler; Jeannie French, repre- senting the National Women's Coalition for Life; the editor of the Evansville Courier, Vince Vawter, and Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. The moderator of the panel discussion is the head of a St. Louis-based production compa- ny, Chuck Neff. Neff recently produced a documentary enti- tled "Curtain of Silence,  which is incorporated into the pro- gram. The forum was a joint produc- tion of Right to Life of Vander- burgh County, Catholic Chari- ties and the diocesan Office of Communications, with the sup- port of numerous churches and pro-life organizations. See Bishop's Forum, p. 5, for more on the topic. 23, Bishop Gettelfinger will col-, at St. Agnes Church, Evansville. ---- a celebration of diocesan unity, with Parishioners from throughout the dio- at St. John the Baptist Church March 25, at 5:30 p.m. A catered for participants who made reser- will on Holy Thursday, at 7 St. Wendel; on Good Friday, at Oakland City; on 30 p.m., at St. Mary Church, Evans- e at 9 a.m., at St. Joseph Church from Catholic Charities, in the Diocese of Evansville. Catholic Charities has received $10,000 from Catholic Charities USA to help in relief efforts. Another $10,000 was contributed by the W. Oeil Foundation, Inc., of Chevy Chase, Md. The money from the O'Neil Foundation is "for the direct and immediate relief of the basic needs ofthe poor.., particular- ly those who may have been affected by the recent flooding in the Ohio River valley," accord- ing to a letter signed by Helene O'Neil Cobb, vice president of the foundation. Catholic Charities received a total of $25,455, as of March 18, according to Kathy Zirkelbach at the Evansville office. That's counting the two $10,000 dona- tions and large local donations from St. Mary Church, Nativity Church, and the Daughters of from donors far from south- western Indiana. The St. Vin- cent de Paul Society of St. Mary Church in Massillon, Ohio, sent $1,500. The St. Anthony Chapel, U.S. Marine Corps, Beaufort, S.C., sent $1,000 for flood relief. Impressive, too, said Zirkel- bach, were the contributions from individuals. Twelve indi- vidual gifts added up to $455. A woman from Oakland City sent in her contribution with a note saying she wished she could send in more. A contribution of $15 from Washington, Ind., came with a note saying that $9 of that amount came from a non- Catholic friend. According to the note, the contributors would have given more, but they had already given some (hod items locally before they saw the report in the Message that Catholic Charities was collecting money for tlood Charity, Mater Dei Provin-. relief.. The cialate, all in Evansville. "Thank you for Large contributions also came to help others in need. : Director of Schools pleased with 1996 ISTEP scores By MARYANN HUGHES Message staff writer The test scores are in from the new ISTEP-Plus, which includ- ed essay questions for the first time this year, and the results look good. "Overall, we are pleased with the number of students doing wellon the tests," said Phyllis Beshears, diocesan director of schools. "It is very difficult to make exact comparisons with tests from the past because the tests given this year were different and were given in the fall rather than the spring.  This year's test included multiple choice questions, as well as essay questions The ISTEP test was given to .third, sixth, eighth and tenth graders in Catholic schools throughout the diocese. Of the 613 third graders who took the test, 78 percent met or exceeded the proficiency levels which have been set for both math and language arts. Eighty-six per- cent met or exceeded the stan- dards for math, and 86 percent met or exceeded the standards for language arts. Statewide, 62 per- cent met or exceeded the stan- dards for math, and 67 percent met or exceeded the standards for language art Five-hundred-thirty-six sixth graders took the ISTEP test this fall, and 74 percent met or exceed- ed the standards which have been set for both math and language arts. Eighty-two percent met or exceeded the standards for math, and 82 percent met or exceeded the standards for language arts. Statewide, 62 percent met or exceeded the sndards for math, and 62 percent met or exceeded the standards for language arts. Four-hundred-seventy-six eighth graders took the test, with 81 percent at or above proficiency levels. Eighty-four percent met or exceeded the standards for math, and 92 percent met or exceeded See ISTEP page 10