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26 years of servingCatholics of southwestern Indiana IE S SAGE VOL WE$1" DERY tST IY "ncent de Paul runs 'The Lord's Store' Message for guidance n2e the way .... of my Vincent de m one of quiet ' following. are of this very busy in to talk t registers were minutes. Cus- tn lines four and not familiar , store trto a : store. Ninety-five are are clothes have out- ap picture and more. It yard sale Week. The pro- tems Poor in the St. Vincent f the St. Vincent in 1833 by a 20-year-old Univer- Society of ts a world- | A sign outside identifies the store operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. A sign inside the building identifies the facility as "the Lord's Store." -- Message photo by Donna Mundy wide lay organization of Christ- ian men and women, young and old, numbering some 750,000. The members meet in parish and district groups in order to help, in a personal way, those in need. The St. Vincent de Paul store in Jasper is an outreach of the Jasper district of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. There are 13 parishes in the Jasper district. For the ,past five years, the Jasper store has been run by the Howards. This is where the story of faithfulness begins. The Howards had raised their 10 chil- from his job at Krempp Lumber Company in Jasper and begin relaxing and enjoying his well- earned reward. Martha was con-+ sidering retiring from her job also. Well, being a man who has always kept busy, Steve thought he would like to volunteer at the local hos- pital, taking Communion, visiting the sick-- serving God in whatev- er capacity he could. After a cou- ple ofdays of d0ing this, he confid- ed to his wife Martha that maybe this wasn't what God wanted him to be doing. He didn't like it as much as he thought he would. the people running the program that they were trying to figure out what God had wanted them to do with the rest of their lives. They were assured that before they leR there they would have an answer. The Hawards weren't too sure but they were there and they were going to make the best of it. As the week progressed, they participat- ed in the program+ But one day, Martha felt the need to get away from the people and all the noise. She found herselfheading for the quiet in the chapel at the school. She seated herself and began to pray and listen quietly. It wasn't long before her husband showed up beside her. He too was search. ing for a little place ofquieL They sat together in silence-- praying and listening. "I want you to serve my poor." Martha heard someone say. She looked around and looked at Steve. She asked ifhe heard any- will find peace and joy, not unrest, thing. He said, Yep, He said He Martha, being the optimist, wants us to serve His poor." They told her husband about an ad in a both knew right then, in the quiet, magazine for Charlie Osburne's impty chaL : School for Catholic Lay Evange- found their answer. ey didn lism in Pensacola, Fla. She said the ad intrigued her and she thought they should go. She thought they might be able to find out what God wanted them to do in their retirement. Steve agreed and they reserved their space. When they arrived at the school, they noted it was in a very poor area. The buildings were old and in need of repair but the Spir- know how Cod wanted them to do or with what; but they were absolutely sure that this is what God wanted them to do. All the way home from the retreat, they discussed renting buildings, where they would come up with money, what they thought they might need and how they might accomplish this. They arrived home on a Saturday. dren. It was time for Steve to retire When you are doing God's will, you it was there. The Howards told See ST. VINCENT page 10 00inrad College to close at end of 1997-98 school year 'editor fSaint 26 end of year. The by but the Indiana and may be felt to a official. was corn- Arch- ; April 28. The May of School of by this :gh on the students and on the administra- tion alike. And parishes in the area will be hit hard too, said Keith Fritz, who is completing his second year of college at St. Meinrad. He said area parishes would not have the help of col- lege students to teach religious education classes. College stu- dents will also be missing from the ranks of the vohmteers who have done a wide range of ser- vices, from chopping firewood for the elderly and the shut-ins to organizing the annual special olympics. FtStz, 20, is a native of Siberia, Ind., which is in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Fritz has been involved in the Teens Encounter Christ movement and in other youth and young adult activities have to say about manners at Mass? Published a Catholic News Service report a book entitled, "Even at Mass, Good Man- Some readers' comments are published in the Diocese of Evansville. St. Meinrad College has pro- grams for priesthood preparation and for lay leadership. Fritz is one of the college students who are preparing for the priesthood. He is one of five students at the college who are listed in the diocesan yearbook as seminary students for the Diocese of Eyansville. With St. Meinrad College clos- ing, Fritz said he is hoping and praying that he will be able to attend the Catholic University of America in Washington. D.C. He has been invited to visit the school, and hopes to receive a scholarship award. Decisions for other students are less clear. Father Bernard Etienne, diocesan vocations director, is working with semi- narians to help find other schools or make other plans. Students completing their third year now will be able to fin- ish college next year, and first year students now will have time to find another school and trans- fer to it. Students in the middle have the toughest job, according to Fritz, but he noted that the teachers were cutting back on tests and school work in order to give them more time to visit and apply to other colleges. Fritz had nothing but praise for the administration at St. Meinrad, and he urged everyone to pray for the students and for the monks and the monastery. "They have done so much for the Catholic Church in the past years, and maybe God is calling See ST. MEINRAD page 12 Media values conference open to the public A teleconference May 6 at the Catholic Center, on "Family, Community and Media Values," is open to the general public, according to Michael Eppler, diocesan director of youth and young adult minstries. The session will include a television presentation by media experts from a variety of faith traditions, delivered by satellite to locations throughout the United States, and a local dis- cussion period. Reservations are not required for the session, which is sched- uled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6.