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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Magic of Words May 3, 1991 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Religious education: long-range effect of what we do and say Things art: winding down for leligious instruction tor our young people for another school year. The days are fulfilled, and yet tile task is stil; to be (:ompleted. This coming Monday and Tuesday, Catechist Recognition Nights will be celebrated in Jasper and Evansville for all those involved in the extraordinary effort to bring the tradition of our faith to another generation. The hundreds involved in this weekly effort deserve our rich gratitude and admiration. At our parish we closed out the regular weekly sessions this past week. Our pre-school formation program for 3-5 year-olds closed with spet:ial Fanlily Masses this past Sunday. The theme was "I Am Special." Indeed, after the Masses were concluded the (:hildren had to know and feel that they were very spe(:ial. There were balloons, banners, programs, special readings for the little ones, cookies saying in sign language "I love yon" and roses for the teachers. Tears and applause were part of the story also. Each parish puts a great deal of time and effort into such religious training and passing on of tile faith. Adults and teens come forward to help in this delicate task. Sometimes we know that it is not the words we say or the depth of theology we may know. We recognize that it is in the very doing and sharing of our lives, time and love that we transfer matters of the heart. The love of our Lord Jesus is a matter of tile heart. We pass that on from person to person, from witness to witness. We know that the work of the (:lassroom is effe('tive and deep-rooted when it is re-inforced by and builds on what goes on at home. Church, school and home must go together. When they all espouse similar values and encourage similar goals, there is no stopping the potential of our little ones. Thus, although the formal classroom training is at or near the end for this school year, the process of prayer and practice of our life with Jesus continues unabated. Parents, your children deserve to have your full support and encouragement in faith life. This dimension of their lives will be with them long after their ability to play team soccer, baseball and the like, begins to wane. We, like you, are interested in the long range effects of what we do and sav. May God bless parents and those entrusted with young life. Golden Jubliarians Hugo and Rita Marie (Schwindel) Wessel of Jasper will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Holy Family Church, Jasper, followed by a dinner and reception at the K of C. They were married May 10, 1941, at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. They have seven sons, John, William, Paul, Charles and Robert, all of Jasper, Patrick of Shoreview, Golden Jubliarians Clarence and Marjorie (Miller) Merkley of Huntingburg will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a family dinner Saturday, May 11. An Open House will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Huntingburg VFW Post on Geiger Street. The couple requests no gifts. They were married May 10, 1941 at St. Mary's rectory in Huntingburg. Merkley retired from VFW Post 2366 after 25 years and he is currently semi- retired from Marian Heights Academ in Ferdinand. Minn., and Michael of Fulton, Missouri; five daughters, I g Teresa Hopf, Irma Flynn and Mary Rose Schepers, all of | Please Datoniz I Jasper, Sister Martha Joseph S.P., of Evansville and Margaret |  : : | Schmid of Aurora, Colo., and 19 grandchildren. One Ita  ,, :tl daughter, Phyllis, is deceased. Wessel retired from working | 'lSa aavemsets! I on Alvin C. 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