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B, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 abling our youth ::  Following is one of an occa- L0n: i ! :*iOaal series of columns by : |li/i::i ilth Nord, a former parish d the most important tasks of of youth ministry, who the components of for sea shells can g venture. High recedes, leaving a beach with various colors, sizes and styles of has its impor- has its uniqueness. creative thinking, the be used for a wide of things. In low tide, continue to pound and each new wave away and then de- e whole new array  , :!o8 Iii! * "e lives of young people d  I  ,:J are much like the tides. ey have their high and low tides in life, full of many gifts, talents, and abilities. One of our society today is to assist our youth in developing and utilizing those talents and gifts. In the U.S. bishops' pas- toral, ."A Vision of Youth Min- istry," this task constitutes one of the seven components of youth ministry, called Enable- ment. Enabling another is the ac- tion by which we walk with an- other and encourage, support, and affirm their gifts. This builds their self-confidence, al- lowing them to mature into re- sponsible adults whose lives witness to a life of faith in Jesus Christ. Like the tides that pound the seashore, young people today are fre- quently revealing the gifts they have inside. At times our youth A timely venture are going unnoticed and their gifts remain untalped. Reap- ing the gifts is a harvest our society can ill-afford to miss. Just as it requires creative thinking in order that one might find practical use for sea shells, so, too, do the gifts of youth sometimes requires cre- ative thinking for successful implementation. One impor- tant fact to bear in mind is that gifts are God-given oppor- tunities for the manifestation of his graces working among us. We therefore must accept others for who they are and what they have to offer, and then tap the energies and allow them to develop. This task of enabling eventually be- comes a life-giving activity, for as one experiences the beauty of sharing their talents and abilities, their character and maturity develop accordingly, they are then better equipped to help others come to know God. In the analogy of the sea shells, there is one factor which should not be over- looked. One must collect sea shells shortly after high tide, or face the realization that the best has been picked over by others. With our youth, we cannot afford to put off enable- ment, lest the gifts, talents, and abilities of today's youth be lost to other interests. With the enablement of our youth, we build a stronger society based on Christ-like values. So one must ask, "What am I doing to enable our young peo- ple? What are we doing in our parish, deanery and diocesan communities? Religious rights groups await Supreme Court ruling PATRICIA ZAPOR News Service (CNS) York Legislature's create a school dis- r a strict Orthodox Jew- Was constitutionally because it accom- ultural needs, the was told March I ament was made in the case of Kiryas Joel Village School District vs. Louis Grumet. The potentially signif- icant religious rights case weighs the separation of church and state against the rights of a community to edu- cate children in a way that does not conflict with religious beliefs. Dozens of religiously affili- ated institutions including the U.S. Catholic Conference have MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pre-Planning -Since 1940" 424-9274 & KLUESNER HOME 214 E. 7th ,33rd Newton KREMPP LUMBER CO. WHOLESALE BUILDING MATERIAL DIS- TRIBUTION & GENERAL CONTRACTING YARD CONSTRUCTION 482-1901 482-6939 JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER m TtlANK YOU s Riverside SGovomor s Pharmacy PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. 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Kiryas Joel parents petitioned for a locally controlled district after their children were traumatized when they attended classes at Monroe-Woodbury public schools. Arguing in defense of the special school district, attorney Nathan Lewin said that while it serves to insulate Kiryas Joel children from the non-Ha- sidic world, it was not created to serve a strictly religious purpose. He noted thatthe district was created out of cultural de- mand and followed the political boundaries of the village, Thanks to St. Jude for favors granted T.T. which is legally required to admit anyone who wants to live there. Even the Monroe- Woodbury district administra- tors found it preferable to break off a Kiryas Joel district rather than try to meet the special needs of Yiddish-speak- ing children from a culture so different from that of the rest of the public school students, Lewin added. Arguing for the school board association members that sued the state, Jay Worona said the district is segregated along re- ligious lines and therefore vie- Responding to a series questions based on hypotheti- cal situations proposed by the justices, Worona said a school district created to serve the in- terests of a nonreligious group likely would be constitutional, while another district estab- lished to suit identical inter- ests based on religious ideals would be unconstitutional. Among the issues raised by Kiryas Joel and Grumet and by the dozens of groups that have filed friend-of-the-court briefs are challenges to current precedents in church-state sep- aration law. Two Supreme Court rulings in particular have been ques- tioned -- the 1971 Lemon vs. Kurtzman case, which estab- lished a three-part test for church-state involvement; and the 1985 Aguilar vs. Feldman case, which said public school teachers may not work at pri- vate religious schools. The Supreme Court is ex- pected to rule before July. ST. ROCH SCHOOL ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL OPENING Together learning, lead- ing and serving. Making a Difference Through The Parish Family adds traditional Catholic values to the well-established resi- dential area. Catholic Education Send resume to: Miekey Lent= 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN its moral: e! :  , :i !II ,,