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+hoM F__.' S S +AGE i i i i i CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 21 NUMBER 33 MAY3, 1991 . i i Praying together at the ',Red Mass" are the Rev. Joseph Peacock, executive director +of the Evansville Area Council of Churches, the Rev.Conrad Grossenick president of the board of "directors of the council and Rabbi Arthur Abrams, Adath B'Nai Israel Temple. Across the aisle at St. Mary Catholic Church are members of the judiciary and public officials. ii i i i "ll il i tl lil il lli imli illli li i I i i St. Thomas More Society sponsored Red Mass Lawyers, judges, puhlic officials and clergy of several faiths gathered at St. Mary Church. Evansville, on April 25 for the celebration of Ih+; "Red Mass." Bishop Gerald A. Geltel- fingcq" presi (ted. The Red Mass -- nanmd for the color of the vestments use, d. -- will be an annual event, ac(:ortling to Stephen Thomas, an attorney with the law firm of Stalham, Johnson and M(:Cray in Evansville. 'rh(.nas and members of an organizing Cmnlnittee planned the t.went, which was spon- sored by the fledgling St, Thomas More Society of Evansville. Chapters of the St. Thomas More Society are located in many cities in the United States. A chapter was See ST. THOMAS page 9 Vincennes teacher named Teact ter of the Year By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Sarah "Sally" Snyder, a second grrade teacher at Flaget Elementary ..chool in Vincennes, has been given e 1991 Teacher of the Year Award onl the Diocese of Evansville. Bish- oP Gerald A. t.Gettelfinger presented the award at ;,e Teacher of the Year Banquet May at the Catholic Center in Evansville. Sriyder receive, d the 1991 Teacher f the 'ear Award because of "her traordinary commitment to chil- ran, Flaget School, Old Cathedral Parish and the community of Vin- el]nes. ,, , s.Phyllis Beshears, director of hools for the Diocese of Evansville, recalled watching Synder with her students at a recent celebration din- er in Vincennes. i '"That evening, Mrs. Snyder's sec- plld gra(lers were a |)art of the enter- t" i ajnrnent' l was sitting at tilt: head able very (:lost; to where her stu(lents stood to sing for the crowd. I was impressed with the students, but more than that I was impressed with their teacher, Sally, who sat directly in front of them. She was so excited, perhaps nervous. I watched her as she mouthed each word to the songs they sang, smiled and winked at them, and reassured those children standing there before a crowd of nearly 300 that all was fine. "1 noticed in her face that evening the look of a gentle, loving teacher. I could tell that her heart was racing with excitement, She swallowed hard and took a deep breath as her chil- dren began to sing. There was a joy in her face - a pride that a teacher feels when her students perform well. There was a look of tenderness and confidence in her students as they sang about Jesus and 'New Hope.' "Sally was honored that night as one of the teachers from Vincennes nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award. Looking into her face that evening, there was no dot|bt that Precious Blood parish opts for K-5 school in 1991-92 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Precious Blood School in Jasper Vill conlaln grades kindergarten rough five beginninu in Septemher. e decision to elimimte grades six hlrough eight was made bv Precious ood parishioners during a Day of iScernment last Sunday; April 28. The parishioners also agreed to Continue to worship "where they are, pffth no decision to change the +wor- ip space," said Father Joseph Kane, recious Blood pastor. The Day of Discernment began "With a Mass at 12:30 p.m. and ended about 6 p.m., Father Kane said. .About 200 Precious Blood parish- toners attended. "It was a day to decide about questions in the parish, gen(:ra} parish matters of worship and education. The school turned out to be a major coml)onent." Father Kane noted that the parish currently celebrates Mass in a build- ing that was originally designed to be remodeled into a gym. Although on many weekends the current church is "overcrowded, there was no decision to change the worship space." The pastor noted that the day took "so long because there was a lot of sharing of ideas, sharing of wisdom. About every aspect that (could be) considered was. In the end, they agreed that there would not be over- whelming agreement." The parish- ioners agreed to abide with the majority vote, Sister Mary Benet McKinney, O.S.B., led the Day of Discernment. SARAH 'SALLY' SNYDER she was deserving of that honor." Along with her duties as a second grade teacher at Flagel, Snyder tt|tors learning disabled students. She "sees that they learn the deco(ting Skills lhat they neet] for everytlay lift; and the future, The LI) students learn st|ccess and independence in Sally's class. She prepares them to eventual- ly grow away from her intense con- centration on phonics and self- esteem to regular classroom instruction." Snyder's classroom is also a retie(:- tion of her desire to do "what is best for the child rather than what is con- venient or quick." This year, she has switched her second graders from ability-grouping to whole group instruction in reading. As a second grade teacher, Sny- der's responsiblilities inch|de prepar- ing her students to make their First Communions. "She organizes met;t- ings for parents, works with teachers from Flaget and religious education, and models the attitudes and actions suggested for those students who will receive First Con|reunion for the firsl time." Snyder was one of 29 teachers nonfinah.'(t for the, annnal Tt;ac:her td the Year Award which is sp(ms)rt',l by the Message and the ()ffit:e t' Catholi(: Educ:ation. Page 4 -- What's in a name? iii II i Page 5 St. John's 50th jl i ii Page 9 The month of May II II I II II