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bound for a group photograph, moments before Day in Paris, France, are, !left, in front, Sarah Strupp, Hollie Newcomb and Zelenko; back row, Mike Eppler, Becky Bred- , Kelly Adams and Melanie Baker. The group met Catholic Center, Evansville, for a prayer ser- -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Young adults from diocese attend World Youth Day in Paris By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Mike Zelenko knows that his daughter Jean has landed safely in Pariss for World Youth Day, and that she arrived at the hotel where she and other young adults from the Diocese of Evansville will be staying. He heard from his daughter briefly -- she called at 5 a.m. southwestern Indiana time, Thursday, August 14. Jean Zelenko was part of a group of 12 persons from southwestern Indiana earlier in the week on their way to see the pope and hundreds of thousands of youth and young adults from all over the world. Tony Wichman, in Washington, said he had heard from his daughter, Erin, Monday night. The sight-seeing is wonderful, she told her parents. Erin has been to the Smithsonian and to muse- ums in Chicago, but they can't compare to what she's seen in Paris, she said. And imagine -- when she looks out of the window of her hotel room, she can see the Eiffel Tower. Erin is a member of the Teens Encounter Christ community, her father said, and some of the TEC members from Washington contacted the family secretly, before she left for Paris. They had writ- ten letters of prayer and support to her, which her parents managed to hide in her luggage before she left. She found the letters last Sunday -- a great surprise of prayer and affection for her in Paris, from home in Indiana. In preparation for the trip, Erin took along 60 crosses she had made -- with her name and address on them. She planned t give them to some of the people she'll be meeting from all over the world. She'll bring back some photographs, too, her father said. After two-and-a-half days of sight-see- ing, she had already used up her eight rolls of film. She was really looking forward to the chance to meet other young adults, and to see the pope, her father said. "I told her to have him touch something I could touch," he told his daughter., hoping for a kind of remote blessing fr6m the pope. "I need it worse than she does," he said. Along with Zelenko, from St. Joseph Church, Evansville, and Wichman, from St, Simon Church, m Washington, the young adults from the Diocese of Evansville include Rodney Crable and Edna Crable, beth from St. John the Apostle Church, Evansville; Kelly Adams, Melanie Baker, Becky Bredhold and Hollie Newcomb, all from St. Joseph Church, Evansville, and Bridget Richter, from St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh. Traveling with the group are Blessed Sacra- ment Sister Jane Nesmith, pastoral life coordi- nator of St. John the Apostle Church, and Mike Eppler, diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry. :: Meanwhile, Catholic Pope John Paul II continued his Sunday Angelus talks about the Aug. 19-24 event, saying that par- ticipation in World Youth Day events in Paris should make young people return home as Tnes, sengers of hope and witnesses of the merciful love of the Lord." The pope asked Catholics of every age  sup- port that great occasion with your prayers." Addressing young peopleAug. 17 from a bal- cony over the courtyard at his summer residence, See YOUTH page 12 to School ts find new principals, new building projects HUGHES writer in Catholic schools the Diocese of Evans- to their classrooms they met new teachers found on-going ects and enjoyed the of air-conditioned class- Washington aillion building project for the three Wash- : schools. It will include a new air-conditioned middle school with four class- rooms and a library/media cen- ter, two new science laboratories in the high school, remodeling of the boys' and girls' locker rooms in the high school, fiber optics for computer technology, air condi- tioning for the elementary and high school, a 7,000 square-foot multi-purpose auditorium, and renovation of the existing high school gymnasium. Richard Mathena new prin- cipal at Washington Catholic High School, says 120 students Like to Know many deaneries are in the diocese, and who deans? seven deaneries, and the deans, are as follows: East Deanery, Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp. West Deanery, Father David Nunning. Deanery, Father Patrick Foster. Deanery, Father Joseph Ziliak. Deanery, Father Francis Schroering. Deanery, Father Donald Ackerman. Deanery, Father Leo Kiesel. will be enrolled this fall. WCHS students will "continue 'shared- time' classes with Washington High School." Jane Carnahan is the new principal at Washington Catholic Elementary School. She said that "Cardinal Chre" will be extended through grade five for studenLs at WCES. This day care semfice will be available until 5:30 p.m. It w"ill also be available on snow days, through the summer and on school holidays. Carnahan expects to have 200 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through five, and 80 children in the pre-school pro- gram. Washington Catholic Middle School, Washington, has 93 stu- dents enrolled, according to Den- nis Bradley, principal. Vincennes Richard Kapiszka, principal at Rivet High School, Vincennes, estimates an enrollment of 230 students this year. The curriculum will include advanced biology, video art and drama classes. The Old School Annex is .hed. uled to be completely renovated by second semester. It will fea- ture a computer lab, foreign lan- guage lab, music room, auditori- um and Christian Educational Foundation office. This year, the middle school will be located on the first floor of the existing school building, and the high school will be locat- ed on the second floor. Deidra Schleicher, principal at Flaget Elementary School, Vincennes, projects a student enrollment of 200 student& She reports that the school's play- ground area has been renovated. Jasper There will be a combined enrollment of over 525 students at the two Catholic schools in Jasper. *A school-business partner- ship ill be developed at Pre- cious Blood School, Jasper, according to Ron Pittman, prin- cipal. "We are going to get a commit- tee of people who work in the business community to advise us with our technical program," Pittman explained. Thia tom. mittee will also help the school devise a fund-raising strate,,. '. ' The parish's $4 million con- See STUDENTS page 12