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PILGRIMAGE TO MEXICO July 21-27, 1993 10 The Message  for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Magic of Words .- Bond of teacher and student is very special Do vou ever have the oppor- tunitv of meeting some of your former teachers? What do you re- member about them? Do vou real- ize that they often pray for their students? My father shared the meeting he had with a former student of his. The meeting took place at a funeral. Dad was thrilled with what he was told, for his former student confided that Dad was the best te,(:her he had ever expe- rienced. That >tmorv and story spanned a!'m'uxi'mately 65.vears. It was thzit' (ong ago that tht;two fhced each other in the classroom. In ttlose days it was a o,!-room school house. How often had tim two th:mght of each other over the years? Only the iv, o of them know. The one remembered the little boy who pro- vided a challenge - a common teacher;s challenge to see the eves light up as information is under- stood and new horizons are opened. The other remembered the sensitive teacher who spent extra time encouraging the young charge to know By FATHER IOST.PH ZIIJAK COLUMNIST and feel success. Last week I had the privilege of presiding at a Mass honoring four sisters celebrating 60-years of vowed religious life. One of the group was a cousin, Sister Mary Rawnond Obert, and one was my seventh grade teacher, Sister Ernestine Brenner. They are mem- bers of Our Lady of (;race Monastery. Beech Grove, Indiana. a daughter foundation from Ferdi- nand. It was a joy to be able to say thanks for the emwgies expendt)d in helpin'g me ex'plore the explod- ing world of knowh,dge. It was also an opportunity to speak for others of their students who were unable to be present. There were other sisters there who influ- enced us in those early years of elementary school. There was a qtfick flood of memories of the old wooden-floored St. Benedict School, Evansville. There were 1100 students in grades 1-8 the year I was in the seventh grade. Christ the King, School opened the next year and re- lieved the pressure of space. Washington Continued from page 4 "The problem is the INS as- sumes Latinos to be illegal," Becerra said. "And I'm not sure that happens to others." Under Becerra's proposal, an independent commission would process complaints about the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Border Patrol and the Cus- toms Service, all of which en- fbrce federal border laws. Americas Watch said illegal immigrants, aliens with legal residency in the United States and citizens have all [men victimized and had their complaints ignored. Trying to change attitudes that bread an "anti-immigrant environment" is part of what Ieff Bonino-Britsch does as program coordinator for the Campaigfi for Human Devel- opment and Catholic Relief Services in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Efforts range from a legisla- tive network that encourages newcomers to the United States to participate in the electoral process to retreats that pair poor, immigrant congregations with wealthier, better established parishes for a weekend of learning about each other. "People really dive into that, especially when they see the Catholic social teaching perspective." Bonino-Britsch said. But such grass-roots efforts are fairly recent and are up against well-organized cam- paigns to discourage immi- grants from settling in. Kepferle said racism, preju- dice and xenophobia are gaining a foothold among Cal- ifornians who want to blame someone for their woes. "Politicians see which way the wave is going and want to capitalize on it," he said. The result is proposals like cur- rent bills to require local au- thorities to report suspected violations of immigration law, Kepferle said. California's Catholic bish- ops are rallying against a slew IP Buehlers I.G.A. 'ffHE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS me MEATS AJso Huntrg and Oaknd C BECBER'&'KLUESNB1 FUNERAL HOME ,vn Chapel, 214 E. 7th Nodh Chap,  Newton i i I i 2 ii  :i  We not only remember our teachers and pride but sometimes with humility as we : recognize that we were not ahvavs perfect. If you've had tim opportunity of Is]king with for- mer teachers, you nmv (list:over that they not : only remembir us, bt{t they pray for us. Thin k :. about that! " The bond of teacher and student is cial. Many hours are spent together. Many competiti\\;,c  challenges are offcq'ed and acre Values, attitudes, ways of expression, of study an(t research, styles of spee(:h or hat writing - all are passe, d on. As we conw. to the. last wec'k:; of this year for our elementary an(t secondary leve might well think a little of those who:re significant roles in forming us. Let us give thanks to God for placing them in our way. Let us also pray for them. Some liave likeh' been (:ailed by God to their eternal Some are still with us, perhaps on in years still full of the gift of life and love. May God's blessing be with them. 1Ma, know ttiat they have been very important for many, many men and women, blay God them for their years of dedicated service for and you. of bills they say target new immigrants as scapegoats for the state's economic proble Among them are proposals to allow only legal residents to use public services or to at- tend state colleges and uni- versities; require anyone seeking emergency medical treatment paid for by the state to prove legal residency; and make it a state crime to be in California illegally, thereby enabling state and local law enforcement agencies to en- force immigration law. The bills represent what a May 12 statement by the Cali- fornia Conference said is "a growing anti-immigrant senti- ment in a state beset by major . V'Nt the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe ! 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Father Harpenau and administrator Joseph-St. Leon Ch: West Harrison, In. served as associate Christ the anapolis, and as Chatard High Survivors include ters, Alberta Shelby iorie Ann Scherzer, Evansville, and nau of Haubstadt...