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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana What prize do we seek? By PAUL R. LEINGANG Editor It was a moment not to be forgotten, a school room triumph. One of the really smart ones had just confidently raised her hand to tell the class that the plural of mouse was mouses. She may have known a lot about grammar but I knew more about mice, and my experience allowed me to earn the school room honor of a teacher's praise for being correct. A year later, though, I proudly stepped forward into the thick of things with my confident approach to what I was sure was a tricky spelling. P-o-l-i-g-h-t, I said, politely but incorrectly. Laughter followed and I felt ashamed. The childhood memory came back while I was watching the Academy Awards the other night. Actors and actresses, producers and directors and a vast 'array of people who make movies happen -- all of them were hopeful. Not all of their hopes would be fulfilled, though: And no amount of confidence, large or small, consuming or tentative, could guaran- tee that the award would be given them. Many of those who received the Oscars gave their thanks to others who had helped them--their peers and their parents among them, and spouses, mentors, role models, producers, directors, cast members and others who inspired them. It was fun to watch. What prize do we seek? Do we seek to store up treasures on earth, as described in Matthew, chapter six? Or as Jesus says in that same chapter, do we "look gloomy" when we are fasting so that everyone will know how good we are. Honor and acclaim, the respect and appreciation of others, money and power--all seem to be of little or no value in the Gospel. What is to be of value is good done in secret, or the work of a servant, or the one who does the will of the master. These are hard sayings, to my way of thinking, and certainly worthy of some serious reflection. Take the time to reflect on the honors and trea- sures you have received. Have your values changed over the years? Talk with family members or friends about the awards and honors they have received in their lives. And about the ones they did not receive. Read chapters five, six and seven in the Gospel of Matthew. Talk about the treasures in heaven and the earthly reward already given to those who make a show of their good works. If you received an Academy championship, or first place in an whom would you thank? , If your family -- the people or the people you live with now sion of the Academy Awards, gories be? Would there be a categor3 contribution to cleaning up portive sibling? Or for tive meal? Take the time today to be things you have received -- from friends or from God. Help members of hold to do a kindness for someone usually receive your attention. Help a child to receive the attention. Show your interest in a child's ic or athletic or in faith formation. Help a neighbor to have the time Take the time today to give a Allow someone to serve you. Comments about this column are or the Christi Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. All-girl schools: Do they make the. teachers, textbooks and male students, sparked an interest in all-girl school settings and led some public school districts to set up girls-only math and sci- ence classes and even their own all-girl schools. Now the association's researchers claim they never meant to endorse single-sex education and they're not sure it's the panacea to solve gender inequality. But the report does not come down hard on single-sex schools throughout its 95 pages. At one point it even says that "single-sex schooling seemed to make a dif- ference only in Catholic schools," based on the fact that Catholic schools tend to serve largely mid- dle or working class students and have a clear sense of history based on their founding religious orders. But those sentences from the report didn't make headlines. Instead, Catholic girls' schools seemed to get lumped with the gamut of all-girl schools as not Giving up meat 'no sacrifice' To the editor: On March 5 my wife and I received a letter from The Amer- ican Life League asking us to encourage Catholics to abstain from eating meat on Fridays. TheLeague writes that our coun- try has fallen into the culture of death. By abstaining form meat on Fridays, Catholics, according to the League, would drive the abortion evil out of our society. It is quite a stretch of the mind to equate giving up meat on Fri- days with the abortion issue. At the annual bishops' meet- ing in Washington, D.C., some of the bishops were proposing that we return to the practice of meatless Fridays. The bishops Troop 312 proud of national award To the editor:. Boy Scout Troop 312, char- tered by Nativity Church in Evansville, is the recipient of the 1997 National Gold Medallion Award. - The Gold Medallion' Award program is established to iden- tify and recognize the outstand- ing Catholic cub scout pack, boy scout troop and explorer post in each of the 14 episcopal regions of the United States. It is also intended to promote the Nation- al Catholic Committee on Scout- ing initiative to increase scout- ing units, youth members and adult leaders. National Gold MedaIlion winners epitomize those units that excel at provid- ing youth with quality programs including religious activities, religious emblems participation, outdoor activities and special events that encompass the reli- gious, vocational and educa- tional aspects of scouting under Catholic auspices. Although Troop 312 is char-' tered by Nativity, the majority of our scouts are from Christ the King and Holy Rosary parishes. We have a very large group of scouts and adult leaders and we all are very proud of this award. It shows the dedication to scouting of our scoutmaster, Keith Gehlhausen, a member of Nativity. It also reflects on our adult leadership who give of their time, talent and treasure to maintain the youth ministry known as the scouting move- ment. Warren Evrard Secretary, Troop 312 would do well to discuss real problems of the Church, such as trying to solve the decline of priestly vocations and to find ways to help the poor. Accord- ing to one report the bishops cut their meeting short by one day. Could it be that nothing signifi- cant was being discussed? Giving up meat in the United States is no real sacrifice. Some of us already have several days without meat. We certainly will not be send- ing money to support such a foolish cause as the one pro- posed by the American Life League. E.A. Sullivan Evansville NCCB Commission on being a problem of president ington, are "barking and making by on a porting the ! effective." Had group's last year, was would pants not focusing tunities" "need every by the ened by it will have "ParentS And National Detroit, Thursday Confirmation at St. Martin Church, March 29, 10 a.m. EST.  Confirmation at Sts. Peter and paul Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m. CST. Priests Personnel Board M Wednc-day, April 1, 1:30 p.m. Priests Retirement Board, Catholic 2,3-30 p.m. By CAROL ZIMMERMANN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A recent report saying girls don't do any better in aU-girl, schools than in coed institutions does not hold water with those in the trenches -- principals at all-gift Catholic schools. They know their schools work well for girls and no study is going to convince them oth- erwise. "Separated by Sex," the report released in mid-March by the American Association of Uni- versity Women, comes on the heels of, and seems to contra- dict, the association's report six years ago on how girls were receiving an I inferior education in public schools. The 1992 report, "How Schools Shortchange Girls," with its details of how girls were rou- tinely discriminated against by 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Evansville /a t$/n Oeernber by the C.8,olic Press of Evwme SfWr ............................ I/ t-luSH Address al commu to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-016g Subscription rate: $18.50 per year Single Copy Price: $50 Err, eed as x,a matter at the post office in Evaie, tN 47701. on  843800. R; n PO rns 35 to Otfee of C, oRr 189  Press of Ea i