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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i;i! Teens Encounter Cnrfst: Providing a community of su By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor them at Memorial High School, Evansville. The weekends are open to teens, juniors in high school through age 21. Adults mav also make a weekend as "ol3- servers." A waiting list of ap- plicants has built up, and the TEC board is considering adding an fourth weekend to next year's schedule. The focus of every TEC weekend is the paschal mys- tery -- and most participants go away with a sense of hav- ing experienced the saving presence of Jesus Christ in the Word of God, in the Eu- charist, and in the commu- nity. Participants in a TEC week- end are invited and encour- aged to keep in touch with the growing community of new friends, at reunions and follow-up events. The Southwestern Indiana TEC community is affiliated with the National TEC Con- ference, and is a recognized activity of the Diocese of Evansville. Father Joseph Kitsch, pastor of St. Agnes Church, Evansville, is the chaplain of the board. Rick "1 found mv faith through TEC," Karen ]3ebes wrote in an essay published in the March 5 issue of the Message. Dehes is a senior at Reitz High School in Evansville and a member of St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh Countv. "TEC" stands for Teens En- counter Christ. In the Diocese of Evansville, the movement is active under the direction of,a board of directors which includes teens and adults from various areas of the dio- cese. The main work of those in- volved is to put on TEC weekends, but the main em- phasis of the movement is to go beyond that initial week- end and provide a commu- nity of support. The next TEC weekend is scheduled at St. Benedict School, Evansville, July 31- to Aug. 2. Three such weekends have been conducted during each of the past two years, five of them at St. Mary School, Ireland, and one of Find out more about TEC Etienne, diocesan youth min- istry director, is an ex officio member of the board. Persons interested in estab- lishing TEC in the Diocese of Evansville began meeting in July 1990 -- with help from experienced TEC leaders in Western Kentucky and South- ern Illinois. After meeting monthlv as a steering committee, the board of directors was formed in April 1991. Ed Zoglman of Jasper was the first board president. He has now com- pleted his term of service on the board, but remains active in the TEC community. Diane Hildenbrand of Jasper is the current president. The TEC community pub- lishes a newsletter, "Energy Check," six times a year. Bev Mendel of Jasper is the editor. Diane Hildenbrand of Jasper, president of the board, signs a set of policies adopted by the board of directors of Soutwestern Indiana Teens Encounter Christ, at a meet- ing March 18. Holly Schnapf a senior at School, Evansville, nizing volunteer TECites who gether on a basis. For more injbrmation or to register, call Rick Etienne at {812} 424-5536 or (800) 637-1731, or Diane Hildenbrand at (812) 634-1447. III I I I d ! Generation after generation, the best 'protection your family can have Protect your future with insurance plans that pay you dividends now and guarantee you a source of income when you retire. The future starts tomorrow. Contact me today: JAMES FRANCE FIELD AGENT 517 Plaza Evansville, IN 47715 (812) 479-5119 0000Knights Of Columbus LtF00 INsu.,NcE "/ Setting Knights and their families for otr a century TEC #6 participants include, from left, first row, seated, Marc Scheessele, Becky Peters, Carrie Henke, Joe Dickinson, Jared Hobgood, Courtney Wagner cholz; standing, Barb Byers and Donna Halverson; second row, Jane land, Scott Vaill, Courtney Schwenk, Ana Isabel Trevino, Gigi Katt, Alisa Banks, Angle Northenor and Pat Ziemer; third row, Phyllis Keller, Mike Halter, Beth Knowles, Kimberly Schuler, Shannon Schwenk, Keri Yarbrough, Brian Courtney Kuczynski, Andie Herr, and Linda Schwinghammer; fourth row, Sister Hedinger, O.S.B., Nonie Danna, Shannon Walsh, Mimi Scheessele, Sandy Denu, Kevin Gillum and Emily Berg; fifth row, Jennifer Keller, Rick Etienne, Charlotte Ernst, Shirley Jeffers, Judy Bennett, John Alvey, Kevin Anslinger, Joe and Andy Linette; sixth row, Chris Brown, Missy Dilger, Eileen Pastora, Lynnae celia Berger, Diana Wilderman and Brett Ruxer; seventh row, Paul Halter, ther John Boeglin, Father Henry Kuykendall, Don Butler, Mark Schmitt, Bill Brian Hubers. A TEC testimonial: proud to be a Cath A few weeks ago I experi- enced, again, how wonderful it is to be a part of the Catholic Christian tradition. I and Fr. John Boeglin were Spiritual Directors at a TEC -- "Teens Encounter Christ" -- weekend. 50 teens from all over the diocese, ages 16-21, spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday, praying, laughing, singing, eating, bonding with one another, and experienc- ing what it is like to live in a Christian community of love. They were "turned on" to "Jesus" and experienced how powerful our Catholic Sacra- ments can be. I returned exhausted but thanking God for the many ways we celebrate Jesus' pres- ence in our church and lives. l watched as eact was washed and empowered by the renewal of their sacra- mental promises. Benedic- tion, Eucharist, Scripture and community allowed us to ex- perience the presence of Jesus m many different ways. Reconciliation became a time of identifying the secrets in our lives, carrying them symbolically as stones, as we walked the Way of the Cross in the dark, stopping at bon- fires to share our own reflec- tions of each station, finally ending our journey in the cemetery. We were then ready to unburden our secrets which had become too heavy to carry alone, to God through our priests. I recommend to priests, parents and young men or women, that every teen in the Diocese make a TEC week- end. It will be a weekend never to be parish watches young adults scratch our "what is or "What we can do turn them on?" I TEC can be one .... important answers. Applications for the next July 31-Aug. 2 18. Parents, cially CursillistaS to be observerS' cooks, pray-ers of the team. Father