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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Dockery's family thanks 'army of angels' marrow transplant scheduled for April underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy. She was fine for a year, but during an annual check-up a mass was discovered on her chest wall. It was under her arm, extending toward her lung. She began chemotherapy again, and became a candidate for a bone marrow transplant at Duke University. Unfortu- nately, the procedure carried a price tag of $75,000. "We thought it was insur- mountable," admits her mother, who began organizing fund raising events, including a breakfast and a card party at St. Theresa Church, Evansville. She also contacted every parish in the Diocese of Evansville asking for help. The response was great. The family heard from an "army of angels," including Debbie's first grade teacher, Benedictine Sis- ter Diane Fischer, now pastoral life coordinator at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. "She wrote a note and sent a check," said Gayla. "She was curious if this Debbie Dockery was the same Debbie Dockery that she had in first grade at Christ the King School back in 1961-62. It was." The family also discovered a fund sponsored by the An- heuser-Busch company, which offers matching funds up to $36,000. Because of the re- sponse from throughout the dio- cese, and with the help of the fund, Gayla said, "We have enough money!" Debbie was scheduled to have the bone marrow trans- plant on March 18 at Duke. "Our bags were packed, but we didn't get to go," said Gayla. "The tumor hadn't shrunk enough. It's not operable, three doctors said it's not operable, because there are too many blood vessels there." Debbie has begun chemother- apy again, in the hopes of 3 r her fam- on a "roller coaster get off," since her daughter to an "army of expected to trans- at Duke Univer- !, iSSue of the a story problems of 1994 a lump in immediately shrinking the tumor, and she plans to be at Duke sometime in April for the procedure. "We want everybody to be thanked, and to know they have helped so much. We thought we couldn't get this far financially, but we did," said Gayla. "Thanks to all the churches, companies, friends, neighbors, co-workers and even strangers who have donated their time, money, products and especially prayers to help the transplant become a reality. "God bless all of you. We couldn't have done it without you!" days: Make-up days decided by individual schools HUGHES writer plained Phyllis Beshears, diocesan director of schools. "We don't have a specific schedule for all schools, there- fore the built-in snow days are different for all schools." The state of Indiana re- quires 180 instructional days a year. However, the state's emergency adoption policy al- lows schools to apply for waivers. That means that if a school misses five to seven days, it would only be required to make up five days. Eight to ten days would require six make-up days. Students in Evansville area Catholic elementary schools missed four days last week. Their make-up schedule will be tied to the Evansville-Van- derburgh School Corporation's schedule, because of the use of buses. The EVSC school board is expected to make a decision on re-scheduling on April 8. Possibilities include schedul- ing in a extra day in June, or lengthening a number of sched- uled school days to make up for lost time. "That sounds like a school in the plans its calendar, and days, Lsing the local COrporation,s of busing. ch school in its own ule of make- last week's OVer the board," ex- reflects on own vocation in letter to priests ;WOODEN niversary of his Nov. 1, 1946, Service ordination. ITy (CNS) -- beginning of to his voca- be and m every out, reflec- Lly Vocation 50th an- OWn ordina- his meditate on gift their vo- cation to the ts an individual related to in the us," Pope letter to pope writes a for Holy cornmemo. Institution of L and of the signed "I am thinking of my semi- nary classmates who, like my- self, followed a path to the priesthood marked by the tragic period of the Second World War," he wrote. "At that time the seminaries were closed and seminarians were scattered here and there. Some of them lost their lives in the hostilities," he said. "For us, the priesthood attained in those circumstances took on a special value." The pope asked the world's priests to join him in offering thanksgiving to God for his priestly vocation. "Jubilees, as you know, are important moments in a priest's life," he said "The road does not end with ordination, Pope John Paul said. That is just the beginning "of a journey which continues until death." "Our priestly life, likeevery authentic form of Christian ex- istence, is a succession of re- sponses to God who calls," he said. In the Old Testament tradi- tion of jubilees, he said, an- niversaries are not just times of thanksgiving, they also are times for seeking pardon. "As we give thanks, we also I M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin, 424-3863 II Said that as letter, he mt the an- et ask pardon of God and of our brothers and sisters for our negligence and failures, the re- sults of human weakness," Pope John Paul said. By looking back on their lives as priests, he said, priests become aware of having trav- eled a road "which has seen our call confirmed, defined, and consolidated." At the same time, "we can- not forget our brothers in the priesthood who have not perse- vered on the journey under- taken. We entrust them to the Father's love and assure each one of them of our prayers," he said. LER & MILLER "Funeral Pro-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 wonderful alternative," Beshears said. Students at Mater Dei and Memorial high schools in Evansville also missed four days of school last week be- cause of snow. Gerry Adams, Memorial principal, said stu- dents at both Memorial and Mater Dei will be in class on Good Friday. "We will release at 12:30 p.m., which will allow students to go to their own churches for services," Adams said. Both schools will also be in session on Easter Monday. Memorial will be open on May 3, Adams said. Vincennes was blasted by nine inches of snow last week, and students enjoyed an early release on Tuesday. They were out of school on both Wednes- day and Thursday. Richard Kapiszka, principal at Rivet High School in Vin- cennes, said students will now be in school on Easter Mon- day. He noted that the original school calendar at Rivet called for the last day of school to be May 24. Because of the need for additional days, the calen- dar will now include May 28, 29 and 30. Rivet seniors will be taking finals on May 23 and 24. They will spend May 28 through 30 working on community service projects which are required for graduation. All of the other Rivet students will have their class reviews on May 28, and finals on May 29 and 30. Ten to 11 inches of snow fell in Jasper last week, according to Ruth Ann Guthery, secre- tary at Holy Family School, Jasper. "We were released at 10:30 on Tuesday, and then we were out of school on Wednesday, Thursday and Fri- day." Because the two Catholic schools in Jasper, Holy Family and Precious Blood, have a co- tperative arrangement for busing with the local public school corporation, they will be following that school corpora- tion's make-up day schedule. The scheduled make-up days include April 8, April 22 and May 3. The Washington area was hit by 12 to 13 inches of snow, according to Cindy Wichman, secretary at Washington Catholic High School, but stu- dents at the three Washington Catholic schools were on spring break when the bad weather hit. "It didn't affect us," Wichman said. "We were all gone." People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may bene- fit by some extra prayers and attention. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated March 28 for Providence Sister Helen Rose Newland, 84, who died March 25. She was the sister of Paul Newland, advertising represen- tative at the Message. Sister Newland was born in 1911 to Arthur and Mary Ann (Donahue) Newland. She at- tended St. Simon School, Washington, Washington Catholic High School and St. Mary-of-the- Woods Academy. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1927, and made her final vows in 1935. She received a B-A-. in Latin from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and an M.A. in classics from the University of Notre Dame. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence in Indiana, Illinois and California. Survivors also include two sisters, Margaret Williams and Agnes Bailey, both of Washing- ton, and brothers, Jim Newland of Indianapolis and John Newland of Washington. * A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated March 22 for Providence Sister Mary Chris- tine OqDonnell, 96, who died March 19 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Sister O'Donnell entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1920, and made her final vows in 1928. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including St. John, Loogootee; St. John, Vincennes, and St. Rose, Vincennes. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hghes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724.