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!!: i, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 0uched by_grace r and son share same struggles, same hopes HUGHES camper that first summer, but writer as the years went by he began to "really love going up grace, there." By the time he was a the sound.., sophomore in high Kathy Allen and her to meet two by grace. is strong and clear cheerful. His hand- solid and sure, and he is finding the correct his thoughts. is filled with the Yams of home-made and the vivid colors of private worlds are by a disease that has gally blind. visual impair- are both optimistic confident about rairacles to come, and about his future and put the pieces of her sons, Matt and from an eye dis- as aniridia. "It's a she explains. "I and my eyes the time." ' inher- and one that on to her two sons. does not Kathy lived School for the Indianapolis. She the early morn- woke her up, in the tunnels the buildings attend- camp when he eight. He remem- Was a reluctant school, he decided to spend his school year there as well. Both of his maternal grandparents graduated from ISB and he talked to them a lot about going to their alma mater. The son was ready, but the mother was not. "I struggled at first letting him go," Kathy remembers. "I took it much harder than he did. Every time he'd go, I'd cry. But after his first full year there by his junior year -- I was fine. I felt this was where he should be because he has succeeded so well." Success has come to Mark in the areas of forensics and music. He says he's always had a tal- ent for music, and can play instruments by ear. Just a year ago, he began to studying music at ISB and he has already won awards for his compositions. He also became involved in forensics at IBS and has the awards to prove his talent. His first year of competition he won the "Most Inspiring" award. Mark says his collection of medals, trophies and ribbons is just a "little demonstration of what people can do." KATHY AND MARK ALLEN had to tell where you went all the time, and you had to follow specific rules." Life at ISB also meant meeting students "just as capable" of doing exactly what every other high school student could do. "I found their attitudes the same. Just their eyes were affected." were born. ley checked Michelle and she was fine. With Matt, I knew immediately. I was told to get an ophthalmologist." The news was the same with Mark. She believes that emotionally "I wouldn't have handled it as well if I didn't have the same problem. But I knew I would be able to take care of He says he has that saved a wretch like me, these children. I found "most people knew I would be was lost, but now I'm found; .u, to them all right. It was Because mother and sons have shared the same visual impairments, Kathy believes it's been easier to raise her sons. "As a parent, I can totally under- stand their feelings." She first learned that her sons don't understand I once what they can offer in the world and what they can give." He's trying to "put all the pieces together" to determine what he can accomplish despite his impairment. When he first went to live at ISB, Mark says he had to adjust to dorm life. "You had to Poor Clares observe anniversary July 4 Sister Catherine Kiske Janeway, a member of the Poor Clare com- munity, transcribed the annals. She provided the following infor- mation and the direct quotation describing the scene exactly 100 years ago, at the old monastery building on Kentucky Avenue. According to the annals, Father Joseph Dickmann was pastor of nearby St. Mary Church in Evansville. He was the first chaplain for the Poor Clares, and presided at the first Mass at the site on an altar made of rough boards set up on two trestles. harder on my husband because he didn't have the problem." Of course, it hasn't been an easy life, she admits, noting "I could not have gotten through this without my faith. Raising three children, two being visual. , VouR FAMILY PHAPdv00CV Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 I -Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Weinbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. , .425-4422 , ....... - . |, I I III I had the disease right after they ly impaired, I couldn't have got* ten through it without the Lord." "It was not until the follow- ing July 4th that the first Mass was said in the Chapel and con- tinued daily after that time. There being absolutely nothing besides the Altar and the four bare walls in both Chapel and Sacristy, good Father Dickmann brought a trunk from St. Mary's Church which contained every- thing requisite for the celebra- tion of Holy Mass. This precious trunk remained there for sever- al months until we gradually got what was necessary for the Divine Services." I II Please Support Message She's lived in Evansville for the past 11 years, where she's a mem- , Advertisers PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2345 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Celebrated for the first Monastery ,in of 1897, according to notations in the Evansville Poor came into use Years ago this week. ber at Holy Redeemer parish. "It's been a struggle," she said. "At first, I thought I couldn't do it, but because I had Jesus I've made it, He's the most important thing in my life." She said she has learned to rely on her faith when parent- ing her children. "I first go to the Lord, and I ask Him to give me parental guidance. Then I'm able to pass it on to them." Along the way, she says she's been blessed. "So many things in my life are miracles. They may not look like miracles, but to my close friends and to me, we know they are miracles." She has undergone nine eye surgeries, and has great confi- dence in the medical profession. She says she'd willingly go through "that many surgeries and more because sight is so precious." "It's kept me going. And when one door closes, another opens. I have to get on my knees and praise Him because so many times He has answered prayers and opened a door. "I'm so happy to have the vision I have, because so many times, I almost lost it, but the doctors brought it back. It's like having 20/20 vision to us." She also remains optimistic about medical miracles to come, especially for her sons. She is currently being treat- ed by a doctor in Minnesota, who is talking about a new med- ical procedure involving cornea and lens transplant. "I feel real blessed because a year ago, the doctor said there was nothing they could do for us." Although this new procedure will not improve her vision, it hopefully will replace "just what we have lost. I hope they can give it back. To have this surgery and see again will be just like being able to go to heaven." was blind, but now I see. People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may ben- efit by some extra prayers and attention. Services for Carolyn "Carrie" Scheessele, 79, who died June 26, were held June 30 at St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh. She is the mother of Liz Efflnger, a former employee at the Catholic Center and currently parish secre- tary at Resurrection Church, Evansville. Survivors also include her husband of 54 years, Edward L.; two sons, Damien of Newburgh and Richard of Evansville; three sisters, Pauline Glotzbach of New Albany, and Cather- ine Kaufman and Dorothy Patten, both of Tell City; a broth- er, Charles Darning of Rockport; six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Martha Halterman has returned home following an eight-hour surgery at Vanderbilt University on June 23. She is director of family and counseling services at Catholic Char- ities. The surgery removed a growth that was touching her pitu- itary glady and her ocular nerve. Jim Collins, Catholic Charities director, said the doctors were able to remove 90 percent of the growth. "She went through the surgery without any complications, and they don't expect any complications." Collins said "her spirits are good. She's very positive and upbeat." Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughe=, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47754k