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...... st 21, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana American "It ]ly ANN M. ENNIS Special to the Message !baron Hopf knows quilts. iknows pieced quilted -- g Cabin, Jacob's Ladder. She ws appliqued quilts -- den Plate, Ohio Rose. She 0ws candlewicking, embroi- and cross stitch. She knows ilts make money, lots of it for :Mary Church, Ireland. But : 25 years of organizing the t sale for St. Mary's annual dal, Sharon Hopf also knows Women of the parish. And ' k aov 7 each other. "Quilting is like bible study," said. 'Our various groups Come very close and help h other work through many 61eros and issues." With 65 ps of five to 10 women, t's a lot of quiet, contempla- ., even prayerful time. "Pret- nuch every woman in the sh is iavolved, she said. Pae number of persons olved is no wonder -- with "90 quilts sold annually on SOcial's quilt wheel. The %th steadily nets more than 0,000 in profit for the parish, aUse all the quilts, from the at thread to the last, are aated. Most of the profit is from ets sold 300 at a time for $1 I'" said parish secretary line Brescher. "The tickets for L quilt sell within minutes. ha, re 1: een told we could sell ra for more per ticket, but it's a parish project." The social, this year oll Sep- tember 13, attracts visitors from throughout the region. Despite the social's many other attrac- tions, many guests come just to try to win an heirloom quality quilt for a dollar. Brescher, who also belongs to St. Mary's, explained the work that goes into assembling more than 80 quilts every 12 months. "Some quilting groups make their own tops, but in other groups, members of the parish buy a quilt top from tal- ented local women. We then set it up in a frame and put on the coffee and cake. The ladies gathering at the parish activity center and in their homes actu- ally quilt the fabric and com- plete the quilt. It's a wonderful process." With families donating the money for 25-30 quilt tops, thread and refreshments, the quilters' busy fingers guide the fabric as they also gently guide themselves to some quiet time for discussion and community. Nevertheless the bulk of quilts are made entirely by the various groups, who decide as a unit what style and colors to use. And Brescher said a few quilts are made by individu- als in the parish. Parish families that cannot participate in a group donate money for fabric, quilt blocks, work blocks, do binding and furnish refreshments for the quilters to enjoy, Hopf said. Members of one of the several quilting groups from St. Mary Church, Ireland, gather for an "Each group or family selects its own design. I never know what I am going to have until they all come in," said Hopf. The pre-social quilt display in the parish cafeteria is a sight to see a sea of color and stitches. During this display, three quilts, designated Special Quilts, are selected by women outside St. Mary for a higher raffle price, Hopf said. In many areas quilting is a 3 evening of work and fellowship at the home of Allen and Aline Brescher. Photo courtesy Aline Breseher dying art  the rush of a work day and sporting evenings allows little time to Stop, sew  and pray. But not so in Ireland, Indiana, where new parishioners are graciously, if a little firmly, invited into a quilt- ing group; where lessons are given every so often in a specific tech- nique, and where other demands take a back seat to tradition. "These women are going to produce dozens and dozens of quilts for the parish no matter what," said HopL The money these quilts gen- erate is obviously good for the parish, but the real strength is in the pride of the community and the shared effort, Brescher said. She credits Hopf for keeping the tradition alive. "I have so many rewards from doing this, the quilts aside," Hopf said. "It has also meant meeting people and learning a lot about life through them. It's a community. It really is." :,00ur graves found on hillside near Mater Dei High School had been studied, all eight sites were again filled in with earth. Robert Wehde, president of Mater Dei and Memorial high schools, said that the entire process was done with care the activities and the discover- ies, and to thank them for con- tinuing with their studies despite the distractions of con- stuction and renovation in the building and the exploration on because of the Catholic Church's "consistent respect for the dead." Wehde and Father Nunning spoke to Mater Dei students and faculty at the end of the school da}; to inform them of the nearby hillside. Construction continued at the :hool without a hitch, and a dti- sion on what to do at the nearby hillside was expected to be made by the end of this week. we care about Williamson, left, assists Dr. Steven P. Nawrocki, a el" anthropologist from Indianapolis,. in examining one of ght sites examined near Mater Dei Hngh School. -._ -- Message photo by Mary ERa Kiefer, O.S.B. equipment, a forensic anthropol- ogist identified four graves con- taining human remains, Aug. 17. The sites are in an area where landscaping was planned, to beautify the area and to provide stormwater drainage. As of early this week, a com- mittee in charge of the con- struction and renovation project was awaiting advice from an ly PAl JL R. LEINGANG MeSsage editor e "obscure references in and written tradition" hi],a-Sphisticated study of : tde near Mater Dei High l . and the discovery of h a remains in a nineteenth , Y b arial ground. ,L modem excavation architechtural firm -- whether to re-design a series of retaining walls, or to relocate one or more of the graves. Father David Nunning, rep- resenting the Evansville West Members qf the People of Gtxl in southuestern Indiana are imfit- ed to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Prayers are requested for Ben Hopkins, 18, and Ryan Welp, 18, who were seriously inj ina car accident last week. Both are 1997 graduates of Washington Catholic High School, Washinston # Services were held Aug. 20 for Providence Sister Mary Watherb 82, who died Aug. 17 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Sister Wathen was born in 1915 in Washington to Roy and Lillian (Berry) Wathen. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1932, and made her final vows in 1939. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including St. Deanery on the board of the Evansville Catholic Inter- parochial High Schools, was at the site during the archeological exploration. , "An average person would never have known there were graves there," said Father Nun- ning. "It took a skilled archeol- ogist to identify the grave." Eight potential sites had been located earlier this year, through the use of ground-penetrating radar, Father Nunning said. With a map in hand of the sites where the ground had been dis- turbed, Dr. Steven P. Nawrocki watched as a backhoe operator carefully removed a small amount of soil. Dr. Nawrocki, a forensic anthropologist from the Uni- versity of Indianapolis was assisted by Dr. Matthew Williamson, in the examination of the soil. In four of the eight sites which were explored, the archeologists found signs which confirmed for them that human remains had been buried there. The locations of the four sites were recorded, and after all the sites John School, Vincennes, from 1966 to 1971, Please send information for PEOPLE WE E ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans* ville, IN 47724, or e-mail