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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 tholic School' dedicated in Vincennes school board members, civic and students and friends gath- the old and the new, at the "Old Vincennes April 5. pastor of St. John the Bap- gave the invocation. The ceremonies began and concluded with a bless- , house. at the dedication of the newly renovated members of the Indiana general John Hostettler, a repre- Vincennes mayor's office, and lead- and the school board. campaign chairman, and other School Committee raised the nec- to renovate the 1884 two-story brick members included Thomas i 7 ?: ; ? :: ......  t, 1 ".,> Brouillette, Robert Bierhaus, Jane McCarthy, Sally Conrad Snyder and Father Donald Ackerman. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger blessed the school, processing from room to room to sprinkle it with holy water. The building has been in use for students since January 5, the beginning of the second semes- ter. The first floor of the structure holds a computer lab and a for- eign language lab. The language lab is known as the Daniel J. Duesterberg Memorial, in honor of a former student. An office for the Christian Education Founda- tion is also located on the first floor. The second floor houses a music class- room which is con- nected to an auditori- um. The auditorium is available for school and community use; for dramatic presen- 1884 school building is the decoration on at the Open house. -- Message photo by David Kollar Principal of Rivet Middle School and High the civic and religious leaders gathered at the -- Message photo by David Kollar Bishop Gettelfinger blesses the Old Catholic School, which was recently renovated. -- Message photo by David Kollar tations, for receptions and other gather- ings. Bishop Gettelfinger noted that the build- ing in the past has represented the Catholic faith alive in the community, and now in its renewal it is a sign of the renewed growth of Catholic schools. He also spoke about the need for Catholic schools to pay just wages to teachers and staff. Bishop Gettelfinger noted that the "Old Catholic School" had been blessed in 1884 by Bishop Chatard, then Bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes. As a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Bishop Gettelfinger had served as principal of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. The blessing April 5 complet- ed a kind of historic circle. Dr. Louie O. Dayson, chairman of the Old Catholic School committee, addresses the crowd gathered for the blessing and open house April 5. Message photo by David Kollar violence risk must be addressed, educators say DAMIANo Service (CNS) -- Mary for an Violence to could not critical the become of a teacher Which two " charged, need for 'engaged nonvio- on by IOUS of the Immaculate Heart of Mary community. "These kids are getting mes- sages of violence from the media every day," she said, "so we're coming right back at them every single day with prayers for peace. We'll keep praying and hopefully, they'll all hear it." A prayer recited every day at Sister Spae.tti's school Immaculate Conception in Somerville, in the Metuchen Diocese  and many other schools run by her order reads: "Immaculate Mary, gentle mother, teach us to be kind and compassionate. Protect us from the violence of this world, and guide all our actions that we may live in your peace. Amen."' In an w.l00. Catholic Spirit, diocesan news- paper, Sister Spaetti said, "This first became a focus when we began to notice that some of our children were being very rough with one another. They didn't seem to understand the conse- quences of their actions. "We thankfully had only minor incidents to deal with. But it was the lack of respect for their classmates' dignity that troubled me a great deal," she added. "I decided that it was necessary to take any act of vio- lence seriously." So, in a letter to the school community during Advent, she announced the No Tolerance for Violence Campaign. "Violence" is described as any act of viola- tion. . :,.we. hay.e few months an escalation in the number of incidents of "vio- lence' among our children," Sis- ter Spaetti said in the letter. "Although we have had no weapons or serious injuries in our school, there has been a growing spirit of disrespect of others" property, person and emotions that is at the root of violence." She had a retired educator from the Atlantic City School District speak to parents about the violent messages given to children by the media, and, looking ahead to the next school year, she is considering having students sign a pledge of non- violence. instituted several years ago called Stop the Violence. The pledge called for students to stand against violence and to create a school environment free of racism, sexual harassment, alcohol and drugs. Lorraine P. Amendolara, diocesan school superintendent, said the fundamental message of Catholic school education is one of mutual respect and preservation of all human life, but students in Catholic schools are not immune to society's influence. "It is important that we adopt in our schools a proactive cam- paign of addressing all types of violence," she said, adding that At. St. Mary Regional High "words can pierce the soul of a School in South Amboy, such a child as easily as a weapon can