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-&apos; Jy 28, 1989 The Message- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 Young missioners Two groups from diocese volunteer hard work and days of summer Two groups of young peo- ple from the Diocese of Evansville travelled to Ap- Palachia this summer to volunteer their time and ef- fort to the needy in that area. The parishes of St. Joseph Chch, Dale; St. Joseph Church, Jasper; and St. Nicholas Chapel, Santa Claus, sponsored a trip to Martin, Ky. Nineteen teenagers and five adults Spent July 12-15 working with the Christian Ap- By MICHELLE GIRTEN Message Staff Writer Saturday, July 15, dawned in- Cdibly bright and clean, con- 81de.ring the rainy days of the week before. The sunshine flected the mood of the peo- P!e gathered in the parking lot ot Holy Redeemer who were  PeCking a van and a U-haul iler for the long trip to Penn- ,SYlvania. Families stood in lse groups chatting and eUghing while they waited for ,rAther Bob Temme, the project eder, to finish morning Mass. ervading the lightheartedness, OWever, was a feeling of ner- us anticipation. It was ecially noticeable in the kids o had never been to Ap- achia before ,:"She's apprehensive," said anne Welte about her .UaUghter, Holly, "but she's go- lag, anyway." I have no idea What to ex- PAect, '' said Kristi Johnson of St. ,'2,nes Church, Evansville. L i  just going to jump in with Oth feet!" She heard about the P from John Hobgood of Holy Xedeemer who went last ear. "There were people Yfrom Uregon, New York, Ohio, in V" group," said Hobgood, e went and did everything m defrost refrigerators to fix v ter pumps to visit nursing U-es. And since we had vaf thor Bob and (other) priests .e Were able to have Mass there night." palachian Project. They stayed with the Sisters of St. Benedict who reside at Mt. Tabor, a dependent priory of the Benedictine monastery of Ferdinand: Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville, launched a trip to Appalachia as the other group was returning. Eleven youths and three adults left for Caritas Mission in Penn- sylvania early on Saturday, July 15. They returned Sun- day, July 23. John Czoer gave up his family vacation to participate in the Mission Week to Appalachia. "We're going to Minnesota for vacation," said Julie Czoer, John's mother, ."but he didn't want to miss this." This is John's first trip also. He had only a sketchy idea of what to expect. "I know we will be doing direct service like visiting nursing homes," he said, "and indirect, like help- ing around the mission." For the kids who had never been to Appalachia the motivating factor for participa- tion mentioned most often was the positive testimonials from the young people who went last year. Mary Freeman commented on her two children. "This is Paul's second year," she said, "And from what he said Mary Jo decided there was no doubt, 'I'm going!' the parish was very supportive. "It's a positive action our parish is taking for our youth," he said, "I think our church community was'impressed from last year." Many of these sentiments were echoed in the comments of the returning group from Jasper, Dale and Santa Claus. Beth Nord, youth minister for St. Joseph, Jasper, and organizer for the trip, mention- ed the parish support. "They were very supportive financial- ly and many promised to pray." "The kids were confused at first," she continued, describ- ing the trip, "but yet they were open to a different culture. They couldn't understand why a car would be more important than running water, for instance." "It was nothing we looked for and everything we had hoped for," said Father Joe Kirsch, pastor of St. Joseph, Dale, and St. Nicholas, Santa Claus. "Sometimes when entering another culture we make the mistake of trying to impose our ideas," he said, "The best thing we learned was a sense of. prioritizing." Bob Herzog of Jasper offered some comments on the trip: "I had gone to CYO functions before, and I knew we were go- ing to work with other people but I really had no idea." One of the biggest surprises that he and his peers received hap- pened when they were making a home visit. A woman whose water pipes had burst during a winter freeze chose a front porch over having the pipes fix- ed. "All she wanted was her front porch," he said, "For hospitality." According to Nord and Father Kirsch the anti- depressant qualities of a porch used for socializing outweighed the benefits of running water for this woman. Nord explained another in- sight the group had reached from their experience. "The people down there are happy," she said, "and they have nothing. It's not what you have. People choose to be happy." She described the region in which they worked, "They live in what they called the 'hollers.' There will be a com- munity on a mountainside of 10-15 houses. The median salary is $15,000 for a family but most are well under that. "Most of the people are employed by the coal mines, schools or stores. A social worker told us that it is great ground for evangelization because many of the people skip around from church to church, they have no denomination." Father Kirsch said that one of the young people who went on the trip told him that every time he uses water now he still thinks about the conservation of water. "By the end of the week the kids wished they could have stayed a few more days," said Nord, "It was a conversion ex- perience towards growth as adults." Freeman described the change she found in Paul upon his return last year. "He had a more mature sense of compas- sion," she said, "he had a real feeling for people and an ap- preciation of what he has." Ann Cavera's daughter went last year also. This year Cavera is going as a chaperon. She remembered her daughter's response to the trip, "Instead of being worn out, she was excited and said, 'I want to do this for the rest of my life.'" Gregg Freeman added that Father Bob Temme reads a Gospel passage to the group ot young missionaries preparing to depart for a week of volunteer work. Standing, from left, Dave Mayer, adult chaperon, Father Bob Temme, Kristi Johnson, Sara Cavera, adult chaperon, Mary Jo Freeman, Jennifer Whitmer, Holly Welter, Jeremy Mayer, Lisa McNeely, Steve Wicks. Sitting, from left, John Czoer, Run Cassidy, Jason Martin and Paul Freeman. -- Message Photo by Michelle Girten When good moms have bad days, kids can suffer. days. We all have them. The phone keeps ringing. The dishwasher won't 'ihr k, You've got a splitting headache And now the baby's crying her head off io,Le back bedroom. You drop a dish, you bump your elbow, the crying gets uuer...and suddenly you're headed for the baby determined to shut her up. ;:-Get hold of yourself before you take hold of your child and try one " fOllowing: Hug a pillow Phone , afriend. < wer i Do some sit-ups ! i Write for more parenting Information to: g, 310 N. Alabama #330 Indianapolis, IN 46204 lrlm Prevention of Child Abuse II1 Indiana Chapter of the National Committee ,00Take time out. Don't take it out on your kid. Gregg Freeman, Keith McNeely and Kirk Freeman ponder the best way to pack the sleeping bags and other belongings of the group h'om Holy Redeemer that went to Appalachia. -- Message Photo by MicheUe Girten