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3 The Message -:-, for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana oice offers a home to homeless, pregnant teens HUGHES staff writer year, when Latkeya she says she Very headstrong." life was try- give her advice -- school, about sex -- but she t listen to anyone. a wake-up discovered she was SUggested an her the preg- be the "end of her his advice but finally "it wasn't the told her about Life for homeless, Westside. It's house up to 15 and nine their babies. myself by Latkeya said. There were There was the to six to be in your room doing your homework. There is the 10-minute rule for the phone, and movies have to be PG-13." She spent five months at Life Choice and developed a "better outlook on life. It focuses every- thing on where it needs to be. I know I can't run the streets any- him when I was 25 and married. more. I realize I can't do as much as I used to. "It calms you down because you can't just get up and go," She was told that Life Choice is "not a hotel, it's not a place where you just put your head and sleep." She believes the shelter was a "change for the best." While at Life Choice, she attended Lamaze classes to pre- pare her for the birth of her baby. Then, on the weekend of Palm Sunday, she went into labor. "It was not as bad as I thought it would be. I only had one hour of hard labor." She smiles when she remem- bers the birth of her son, James. "I was so happy. I felt like I have turned over a completely new leaf. It's the best thing that ever happened t 9 me. "He was screaming his ] ],, head off, and then they put him in my arms and he was so quiet. I thought, 'He knows his mommy.' "I not only gave birth to a baby, but I gave birth to a new identity as a mommy." Latkeya said her main priority now is to finish high school. She may eventual- ly join the Air Force, perhaps working as a secretary. "Some- thing simple," she says, "some- thing that I can make a living, something for a teenage mom." A year ago, she admits she wasn't "responsible for myself. Now, I'm responsible for a child. Everyone tried to tell me. "But now that James is here, there is no turning back. If I had to do it over, I would not choose this. You have all of your life to have one of these. If I had to do of Spirituality Inn Retreat & Conference Center is seeking a Director for Direction Internship Program. responsibilities for this position (three-day week) include: planning, teaching, mar- ;arid administrating an accredited, two-year internship. Quali- include: Masters Degree, formal training in spiritual direc- 3-5 years experience as a spiritual director. send r6sum6, three letters of reference and salary requirements Falkner, O.S.B., Administrator, benedict Inn Retreat Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107, by ,1998. For more information call Laurel Simon, Assistant of at 317-788-7581. 1 ' 8 Se rch It! S on To Enter: You must be 18, currently married and o U.S. citizen. Send a recent photo, yam name, address and telephone number Sister Pageant S00,000 College Scholarship! Miss Teen Early! FLEA MARKET EVERY TUES. & WED. Browse The Village Shops Every Monday Seniors receive 15% offi by FAX or mail to' Indiana - America Women HaT Productions, Ic You must be 13-16 and a U.5. citizen+ P.O. Box S1446 ' Competition categories: tr+dianapolis, IN 462S1 pmonal interview 317-290-0274  spomweor O tOf All You Care To Eat Buffet Dining FAMILY STYLE DINING AND A LA CARTE BANQUET ROOMS AVAILABLE PRE-ARRANGED AMISH TOURS 486-3977 off Hwy. 50 tgomery, IN Ten-day-old James is the newest resident of Life Choice. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes it over, I would take him when I was 25 and married." When asked where she expects to get her strength as a young mother, she replied, "From the Good Lord. "I don't worry about it. My daddy always said if you worry, why pray. If you pray, why worry. So I pray." For additional information about Life Choice, Inc., call (812) 423- 5133 or write Life Choice; 2225 W. Indiana Street; Evansville IN 47712. [ St. Vincent religious ed | I students are journaling Seventh and eighth graders I I I I I I I I 1 McKenzie Skipper spends time journaling during a religious education class at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vincennes. in the religious education pro- gram at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vincennes, have been journaling. "To journal successfully, you must go off by yourself, and get into a relaxed position where your thoughts and mind can not be distracted, and where you can write in your journal your prayers and thoughts between you and your God in heaven," explained Bonnie Ready, parish DRE. During the journaling time, soft music is played, and the students are encouraged to not talk. ii ii I I i I I iiiii iiiiiii Wade Funeral Home 119 S. 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