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2 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Enrollment time brings school ch differing thoughts and reasons for choosing a parochial school education and a Catholic upbringing for their children, they agree on one important thing -- they want the best for their kids. Julie Hall, 28, is a pre-school teacher at Cedar Hall Elemen- ta D ' who sees first-hand the dif- ferences between public and private education. For her, it's a matter of faith, and a chance to give her daughter something she didn't have as a child. "Believe me, there are good public schools in this area," she said. "There are excellent teach- ers doing creative and energetic things. But I'm a Catholic who attended a public grade school (Cynthia Heights), and I want Chynna to experience the prayers and lessons that I missed out on. I didn't learn the Hail Mary until I got to Mater Dei (High School)." Adam Hall, a 35-year-old human resources representative By RICK JILLSON Special to the Message As we move toward a new millenium, more parents than ever are electing to raise their children in the Catholic faith and educate them in the Catholic school system. Many young couples, themselves brought up in the faith, are mak- ing a concerted effort to pass their Catholic morals and val- ues along to the next generation. Two such couples are Adam and Julie Hall of Evansville, and Andy and Donna Hurm of New- burgh. The Halls are parish- ioners of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, and their six-year-old daughter, Chynna, attends kindergarten at Corpus Christi. The Hurms are parishioners at St. John the Baptist Church in Newburgh where they plan to send their four-year-old daugh- ter, Erin, and one-year-old son, Adam to school. Although the couples have Adam, Julie and Chynna Hall gather on the living room couch, to talk about the family decision to choose Catholic schooling. Message photo by Rick Jillson Clinton Continued from page 1 the Code of Canon Law, the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" and the Vatican's "Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecu- menism." "Pastorally," he said, "the church recognizes that in very limited and exceptional circum- stances, Christians of other denominations may be permit- ted to receive the Eucharist" at a Catholic service. For this to be permitted, he said, each of five conditions must be met. The person, he said: "Must be in a situation of grave necessity. "Must be unable to request the Eucharist from a minister of his or her own church or eccle- sial community. "Must ask for the sacrament by his or her own initiative. "Must be spiritually and morally prepared. "Must give evidence of holding the Catholic teaching on the Eucharist." The priest who celebrated the Mass at Regina Mundi Church in Soweto said he "took it for granted" that Clinton would be allowed to receive in light of a new ecumenical directory pub- lished in January by the South- ern African Catholic Bishops' Conference. He said he gave a copy of the directory to organizers of Clin- ton's visit when discussing the possibility of the president's wanting to receive Communion. The bishops' directory said abstinence from ecumenical sharing of the Eucharist is the normal state of affairs, but a spe- cilil need for it "can be said to exist on occasions when Chris- tians from other churches attend a eucharistic celebration for a special feast or event." On such occasions, it said, "eucharistic sharing may be both meaningful and desirable." Archbishop Geraldo M. Agne- lo of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said March 31 that "no bishops' conference can advance a different rule" from the Vatican norms on the matter. For nlore reaction and commen- tary on the Clinton Communion controversey, please see page 5. for The Evansville Courier Co., attended St. Anthony grade school and Mater Dei. He feels it's his responsibility as a parent to give his daughter a similar upbringing. "(Julie and I) owe it to our child to raise her Catholic, and that means sending her to Catholic schools," he explained. "If we don't, we're not fulfilling our role as parents." Andy Hurm, 31, and his wife Donna, 30, also feel strongly about the merits of the parochial school system. Andy, a shift manager at the new AK Steel plant in Rockport, attended St. Theresa grade school and North High School. He said education and parental values are the rea- sons Erin and Adam will attend St. John. "Personally, I believe my pri- vate school foundation gave me an edge going into high school, especially in the areas of math and science," he said. "And though you can't hand-pick your children's friends, you can choose a stable environment where you know for sure other parents also care about their kids' upbringing. It's not the Christian education as much as the Christian influence." Donna Hurm, a 30-year-old stay-at-home morn, echoes her husband's sentiments. She says she's most concerned that her son and daughter inherit the values and morals of the. Catholic faith. "First and foremost, I want them to be good people," she said. Another topic the two couples agree on is the importance of spending plenty .of time shar- ing, talking, praying and just plain having fun as a family. Julie Hall's teaching schedule affords her the opportunity to spend time with Chynna in the afternoons, and Adam devotes : i:: i I Adam; just learfling to walk, reacts to a members of the family look on. They are Andy a his parents, and his sister Erin. -- MesSage as much time as possible to fam- ily activities, especially those involving Catholicism. For instance, Chynna has a chil- dren's Bible and selects stories for the family to read and talk about before bed. "Everything's so busy, so stressful, and it's easy to get stretched thinner and thinner," Julie said. "Before you know it, you're not talking, not doing, things together. That's why we believe it's important to stress the little things like praying before meals, and to spend time talking about the Bible and about religion." Adam says fears about the drugs and violence pervasive in today's society provide him with parental motivation. "There's a lot of bad stuff out there, and l want Chynna to understand what's dangerous and wrong and why," he said. "I really think a strong belief system helps you deal with all the stresses and problems in the Triduum Continued from page 1 again. " We dine at the Resur- rected Lord's table rejoicing that we in Jesus have put on the new life. We recommit ourselves to living out this life with our "Amen! 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