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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 'Willing to break a sweat in the name of By RICK L. JILLSON Special to the Message Major facilities improvements are in the works at St. John the Baptist Church in Newburgh, thanks in large part to parish- ioners who have sacrificed their time and donated their exper- tise. Changes to the church, locat- ed on the corner of Frame and Newburgh roads, include a lower level addition to the main facility, an upgraded storage building, landscaping around the priests' residence and a complete face-lift for the school. According to Father Joseph Zil- iak, pastor of St. John, this is a testament to parishioners who are willing to break a sweat in the name of stewardship. "It's wonderful and amazing, this response to parish need," said Father Ziliak. "The gifts of time and ability that parishioners donate on a daily basis enable us to accomplish enormous things at a manageable cost." Not the least of these success- es is the handicap-accessible lower leyel of the church, an area that was planned for dur- ing the original construction of the church in 1993, and has begun to take shape in the past few months. The 7,500-square- foot addition is already being used for youth gatherings, blood screenings, bereavement meals and a variety of other parish functions. This is essen- tial, Father Ziliak says, because the Parish Center (which includes the school cafeteria and gymnasium) is "jam- packed" with parish gatherings, and the lower level provides room to breathe. Another example of steward- Holy Cross Churchhires first full-time Director Religious Education SISTER BARBARA ANN OFFERMAN tion from St. Benedict College, Ferdinand, and a B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of Evansville. She has completed additional studies in gerontol- ogy, physical assessment skills, English, Spanish, psychology, general healthcare issues, per- Benediciine Sister Barbara Ann Offerman is the new Director of Religious Education at Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch. She began her ministry as the first full time Director of Religious Edu- cation at Holy Cross Parish on March 20. Her responsibilities include directing religious edu- cation and formation opportun$'- ties from birth to death. "I'm excited about working at H01y Cross Parish in direct min- istry in the church," said Sister Offerman. "Religious education is so basic and needed. It's good to be part of seeing that grow." Sister Offerman was born in Armstrong Township, Vander- burgh County. She attended St. Wendel School and Mater Dei High School. She entered the Monastery Immaculate Concep- tion, Ferdinand, in 1959. Her professional education includes a B.S. degree in Educa- sonal/spiritual development, scripture and theology. Her previous ministry experi- ences include teaching at the ele- mentary and secondary levels, missionary work in Appalachia and Guatemala, administrative tasks, psycho-social support, counseling, advocacy and coor- dination of care for patients and their caregivers. She has worked with to persons of a broad age and socioeconomic spectrum in rural and urban settings. Places of ministry include St. Theresa School and Mater Dei High School, both in Evansville; St. Anthony Public School, SL Antho- ny; the Monastery Immaculate Conception Infirmary; Visiting Nurse Association of Southwest- ern Indiana, Family Neighbor- hood Health Center, Santa Claus, .and University of Evansville Mobile Health Nurse, school nurse and health instructor. ship is' the landscaping around the priests' house, and an accompanying sprinkler sys- tem. Parishioners, specifically the members of Scout Troop #330, completed the work. And the parish storage build- ing, which houses everything from deep fryers to mowing equipment, was doubled in size to 36-feet by 80-feet. Again, donated labor and materials were essential in completing the project. The most ambitious and, in most people's minds, most important facility improvement for the future of the parish is the expansion of the school. Planned improvements include a second Parish Center to han- dle increasing needs, expanded classrooms (each grade will have two rooms) to address the growing number of students, a kitchen expansion designed to accommodate a growing stu- dent body, ing and "It's there are who want a for their ak explained.."T0! grow and as a strong we need 'to needs.' .......... Father emphasize mitted to this change. "We're ......... improvements take He also ..... of these desi ....... in mind. person or they're for everyone Following is a feature in the Message, together the People of God in southwe'. invited to submit information about people who nag some extra prayers and attention.  Benedictine Sister Mary Etta ber and secretary of the diocesan Office is recovering from major surgery, in Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 Ferdinand, IN 47532. Please send information for PEOPLE to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box ville, IN 47724. The e-mail address is Subject: PEOPLE WE CARE The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday cation. Catholic camp ministries put young people in touch with By SUSAN De MATTEO Catholic News Service The group, a part of the American Camping Associa- tion, met Feb. 23-25 prior to the association's annual meeting. Representatives from Catholic- run camps in the United States GLADEWATER, Texas (CNS) m Catholic outdoor ministry camp leaders in the United States and Canada should instill in young people a clearer vision of what God can do in their lives, a bishop told them. "You who work in camps have a marvelous opportunity for evangelization of our young peo- ple because they will come to the camp when they will not come to the altar," Bishop Edmond Car- mody of Tyler told the annual gathering of the Catholic Out- door Ministry group. II and Canada attended. "What a great ministry you have," Bishop Carmody told the Catholic group at a Mass on the first day of its meeting. "It is a difficult ministry, to be sure, but it is very important because you are focused on nothing less than introducing people to the Lord Jesus." Other Catholic ministry direc- tors from around the country also stressed the importance of I I I the role that Catholic camp counselors play in youths' for- mative years. "Our people come with a deep sense of ministry and deep commitment to the child," said Paula Pardini, director of out- door ministry for the Archdio- cese of San Francisco CYO. "When we're with these kids, it's impossible not to see the power of God," said Pardini. "I mean, these are kids that come from all areas, all backgrounds and ethnic groups, all with dif- ferent experiences and expecta- tions of God and each other." For Kevin Sullivan, director of CYO Camp Rancho Framasa in t Sister Pageant Sl,OOO College $cholarshipf Miss Teen Indiana - America Nashville, Ind., counselors can make or break a camp experi- ence. The camp is owned by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and located in an area where "there are tons of camps," said Sullivan. and we our camp. Catholic, Bonni director of Camp near moment at teachable aspect of If the "So when we're selling our camp to prospective campers, we have to identify what makes us special," he said. 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