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00IES SAGE WASHIHGTO  DEANERY I oAv$s Malar C Coaches / [ Ha rni n g Fhmii00 ..... for Life . i I Cn'inuesTraditin I ington Catholic Schools moving fcDrward his eye, the small he has not before. have grad- Catholic of them out any tdad -- has con- the school That's how they have has so well, I'd other families ," said nber of the Only the of the get any one year's ng pro- members met and plans dollar plari. a new mid- multi- ning at the nentary school. "It will carry the school for the next 25 years," said Bob Gra- ham, another committee mem- ber. "At least 25 years," he added. If the work is completed on schedule, students will have no interruption -- except perhaps the distraction of watching some of the work progress. Elemen- tary school improvements are to be completed by the time school starts in the fall. The new mid- dle school is to be built next to the high school, and the high school improvements are sched- uled to take place in the sum- mer of 1998. "My fourth child will gradu- ate right when we finish this project," said John Dayton. He and other committee members have been working to help raise the needed funds for the past two-and-a-half years. Committee members include Bob and Bonnie Graham, Mike and Cindy Davis, Father David Martin, John Graham, Michael Mitchell, Dennis Bradley, Don- ald LaGrange, John Dayton, Father Ronald Zgunda, John Buckley, Joseph Titzer, Ronald M. Beckman, Mary Jo Sellers and Charlotte Bowling. Committee members are emphatic about why they have been working on the project. Bruce Smith said his three chil- dren -- two who have graduated and one still in school -- have had a very positive experience "academically, morally and socially." He concluded, "When you receive those kind of bene- fits, you have a responsibility to pay the system back." Principal Dennis Bradley gives a lot of credit to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger for a cru- cial remark which helped launch the ambitious cam- paign. Bradley was involved in presenting the bishop with a proposal for a much smaller set of improvements, but "the bish- op" said our vision wasn't big enough." The revised proposal seems to meet everyone's approval, judging from the community response, the committee mem- bers say. Bradley described the "work, sacrifice, the large dona- tions and the serious sacrifice from peo as a "most gratifying vote of confidence in the faculty and administration." Groundbreaking ceremonies for the project are scheduled June 4 at 1 p.m. The public is invited. F 00i!i Washington Catholic School Building Committee Membe display a special award given to them by the Key Club. Mem- bers, from left, are John Dayton, Bruce Smith, Bob Graham, Dennis Bradley and Don LaGrange. Other committee mem- bers were unavailable at the time of the photograph. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang ic college graduates encouraged to serve others (CNS) -- In cere- Untry, grad- Use their tal- chance to world, to 01 to S ' " ocmty, R-N.J., told the Fran- Steubenville will ark on a Vayriad of vex- Said. graduates to work for solutions, even though it may require "all the talent, courage and wisdom you have to muster:" Smith, who has served on the House Subcommittee on Interna- tional Operations and Human Rights for the past 17 years, told of the many people he had met who had risked their lives for their faith. "It is our responsibility to speak out on their behalf," he said. "For you and me, this means being absolutely serious about human rights and the protection of all who are weak, disenfran- to Know rules about Holy Days? of obligation are on the 1997 calendar, celebrated -- the feast of Mary, Moth- 1, and the Ascension of the Lord on Thura- are the Assumption of Mary, Aug. 15; the Dec. 8, and Christmas, Dec. 25. Nov. 1, is one of three holy days affected made for Catholics in the United States, William Deering, diocesan director of 15 or Nov. 1 fall on a Saturday or a to attend Mass is suspended. All this year on a Saturday, and is a a "holy day of obligation." chised or vulnerable." He acknowledged that such work is not always easy, that there will always be "snags along the way." "Too often we acquiesce to the beat of another's drum rather than heeding that small still voice from within," he said. But the congressman urged students not to sell themselves short. "My hope and earnest prayer for you today is that you will know more fully the joy and serenity of standing tall for that which is right and honorable and true." Charles Kuralt, retired CBS correspondent, told graduates of Belmont Abbey College in Bel' mont, S.C., May 10 to try to live with a purpose and with the grace that comes from serving others. "Your companions on this earth need you," he said, "and you must put your talent and aptitude at their service if your own life is to have meaning." Kuralt, whose television, radio and print media work has taken him to the most distant reaches of the globe, says he owes a =debt to the older generation." He received an honorary doctor of laws degree during the ceremony. At St. Bonaventure University in Bonaventure, N.Y., the presi- dent of Covenant House, a shelter for tramway mad homeless youth, told graduates that "not to use God's greatest gift is the saddest of human tragedies." "I assure you that continuing to be a giving, sharing person will add richness and joy to your life," Sister Mary Rose McGeady, a Daughter of Charit). told gradu- ates May 11. Other graduation ceremonies that took place during the week- end of May 10-11 included those at Spring Hill College in Mobile. Ala., where Harper Lee, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of "To Kill A Mockingbird," accept- ed an honorary degree. Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb of Mobile and former syndicated columnist Colman McCarthy, who gave the school's commence- ment address, also received hon- orary degrees. Lee, who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, rarely makes per- sonal appeamnce She called the school's recognition of her work "a great honor." John Sandner, chairman of Chicago Mercantile Excha, was the commencement speaker at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind. Comedian Bob Newhart, speaking May 17 at The Catholic University of America's com- mencement in Washington, said humor is our way of dealing ith the inexplicableY One of those, inexplicable moments for him occurred when he was preparing for his first Communion and had to learn the Ten Commandments. "The one that threw me was 'thou shalt not covet thy neigh- bor's wife.' Now I was 7 and I always thought the priest was sa3ing thou shalt not 'cover' thy neighbor's wife, and I didn't want to do that anyway."