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ff attire Catholic Consolidated teachers opt for unified look HUGHES staff writer Ellie Naas used to in front of her closet and what to wear. her mornings are a grabs a knit shirt and )ants, she dresses, and she heads out the door. is a third grade teacher Catholic Consoli- Evansville. This WCCS staff has adopt- )tional staff attire. means they may choose navy, white, burgundy, shirts and navy slacks or skirts. idea of a dress code for began last spring Naas was talking with on a field trip. She said Would like to wear a uni- told them, "You wouldn't to worry about what to cheaper, and a lot of to be dry cleaned." r principal, Martha Render, her talking, and she if she would devel- dress code" staff. stressed that the dress be "optional." .r, Naas contacted End and asked for a its corporate catalog. Although many shirt colors are offered, she chose ones that are available with both long and short sleeves. Then, she contacted South- west Grafix about having the words "Westside Catholic" embroidered on the shirts. They quoted her a price of $5 per shirt. The WCCS teachers were informed about her progress, and reminded that the staff attire was optional. They were also assured that they could purchase their shirts, slacks and skirts anywhere. The reaction from the WCCS staff was "varied," Naas reports. "Some weren't going to do it. Some were sort of inter- ested but they had a lot of clothes." During the first week of school at Westside Catholic Consolidated Intermediate School, about half of the staff members were dressed in the staff attire. Naas is enjoying her new wardrobe, she admits. "I used to stand in front of the closet and wonder what I was going to wear. I don't have to worry about that anymore. "I am more comfortable in this. I feel more professional. "I feel comfortable and neat nd feel like I represent the school." Ellie Naas and Carol Neisen wear the knit shirts and dress slacks which are part of the new option- al staff attire at Westside Catholic Consolidated School, Evansville. . .. -- MessaOe photo by Mary Ann H uQ.hes 7 ic chaplain eulogizes Americans killed in Kenya AIR FORCE (CNS) -- A Catholic before of Americans killed g at the U.S. in Kenya, thanked blessing our nation L bright and brave indi- I ceremony held . a vast hangar at Father O'Keeffe prayed that chil- one that they are in the have the sympathy of a grateful nation." All 12 Americans who died Aug. 7 in the bombing of the embassy in Nairobi were hon- ored, although the remains of only 10 victims arrived at the Air Force base just outside Washington. The remains of one victim were flown to Florida two days before and the 12th American was to be buried in Kenya. More than 1,000 people stood in somber silence listening to hear Father O'Keeffe's opening words. The bodies of the Amer- icans had arrived earlier the is the parish social held at St. Bernard Church in Run? - -- Question from a telephone caller The parish social at the small church in Gison each year on the Sunday fogowing Labor Day on Sunday, Sept. 13, according to the pastor, Deering. He said the festivities will start at a.m and continue until 3 p.m. same day aboard an Air Force cargo jet, and they were received with full military hon- ors. "We are conscious of the tremendous loss of life by the citizens of Kenya and Tanza- nia," said Father O'Keeffe, who asked that "God's healing pres- ence" be with the families of those killed and injured. "Gracious Lord, as we ponder these cowardly bombings, help us to pray for the grace and wis- dom, not to be overcome with evil, but to overcome evil with good," said the chaphin. A priest of the Albany Dio- cese, Father O'Keeffe is a colonel in the Army and com- mand chaplain of tha US. Array Military District of Washington. He has served as an army chap- lain for more than20 years. The Kenya embassy bomb- ing and another bombing that occurred almost simultane- ously at the U.S. Embassy in Dares-Salaam, Tanzania, killed 257 persons and wounded almost 6,000. Following Father O'Keeffe's prayer, President Clinton, Sec- retary of State Madeline Albright, and Defense Secre- tary WiUiam S. Cohen offered words of comfort to the mourning families. The day following the mony, Father O'Keeffe spoke with Catholic News Service and recounted the feelings he brought back from the cere- mony. "The bombings were an act of cowardly terrorists. It was mur- der and was unconscionable and repugnant," he tom CNS. "All Americans who serve their country overseas know in the backof theh- minds that they are placing themselves in some- what of a risk situation, but they do so because they love their for," he said. He added, "We bear the torch of freedom. We are not perfect and we are stillvorking to pro- vide equality at home, but the ideals of what America stands for is what brings thousands of immigrants to our shores every year." In May, Father O'Keeffe was chosen to offer a brief prayer at the disinterment of the remains of the Vietnam Unknown at the Tomb of the Unknowns in DArrqton National Cemetery. A tests identified the . remains as those f Air Frce Lt" Michael J, Blassie, a Catholic, who was later laid to rest back home in MissourL The disinterment ceremony is the only one ever held, the Grave discovery near Mater Dei.., ...... Page 3 Back to School ............... .. Pages 8 to 13 Why sing at Mass? ................. .. Pagel5