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September 2, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I I I Random Acts of Kindness | , i i i i i i u , , , ,, ,i i i i ii i Diocesan schools invited to join kindness revolution By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer were being encouraged to join together in a "kindness revolu- tion" based on that book, she got really excited. Lane, tile parish secretary at St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes, says the book im- pacted her so much that she began keeping aiournal. Every. When Dottle Lane read the hook, Random Acts of Kind- hess, she says slle was "over- whehned." Then, when she learned that Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville I I we , 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 benefit by some extra prayers and attention. " Msgr. Clarence Schlachter is recuperating from ear surgery. He is the director of the diocesan Propagation of the Faith and the Holy Childhood Association. "He is doing really well and he's in good spirits," said Cathy Crowdus, secretary. " Deacon Joseph Blankenberger is recuperating from minor surgery. He serves as deacon at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel. William Koch of Santa Claus is recuperating from surgery. His wife, Pat Koch, is a member of the Diocesan Pastora! Council. The father of Benedictine Sister Jean Marie Ballard was killed in a car accident on Aug. 27 in Bardstown, Ky. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. ,oo00 I Miller & Miller Deig. Colonial Chapel n oq Supports the 1 Knights of St. John MEMBERS Bernie Miller ;, Gerald Miller Jon Miller Greg Betz of" Ace fo 11 d II mother nd service from Wade Funeral Home: :ore In addition to our American Pre-Need Plans TM, for r of gri- :rarranging a funeral, we now haveLiving Will ce ms available to you at NO CHARGE. We are your friends and professionals caring about Your choices. The American Pre-Needs Plans TM :all us May about & Living COuonseling. )io" pt. ,ing Living Will I Wade Funeral Home 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt 768-6151 uDert j. Wade Alan J. Wade day at 4 p.m. she writes down "what I have done and what has been done for me. It forces me to look at the random acts of kindness that have been done fro' me and what I have done for others." Lane says that sometimes she questions "how effective I am." But when she goes back and re-reads her journal en- tries, she is reminded "what I am doing for others, and through that, you begin to see the love of God in your life." She says she has learned that performing random acts of kindness offers "a way of prac- ticing Christianity in your life." That's what Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, had in mind when she intro- duced the idea to school ad- ministrators at their August meeting. Besbears presented ech ad- ministrator with a c,py (d" the boek and invited them to join a "'kindness revolution." She told them that she would like to see each of the 7,000 students and 500 faculty members in dioce- san schools implementing the book's ideas. Although religion classes would be the perfect place to begin, Beshears is hoping that the "kindness revolution." will become a part of"each and every class that is being taught in our schools." When Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer received her copy of the book, she liked it so much she decided to buy a 3 copy fbr every" member of the staff" at Good Shepherd School, Evansville. She said a "Ran- dum Acts of Kindness" bulletin board will be established at her" school, listing "'what the students have done, and what's been done tbr ttwm." Benedictine Sister Chi'istine Kempf, principal at St. Matthew School, Mount Ver- non, also purchased books for each staff member at her school. She said the philosophy of.the book will "fit right into the goals we had set. It's not something we are going to do from 8 to 3 on Tuesdays. It's something we want to develop within us and we will be work- ing on it as a whol/ school." New Catholic Charities director says family services will be major concern By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The new director of Catholic Charities, Pittsburgh native James Collins, is getting to know his way around the Dio- cese of Evansville. But even as Collins frequently has to ask directions in order to find his way, it is clear that he also is giving the bureau some new di- rections of his own. Collins had been Director of Family Services at Catholic Charities in Pittsburgh. He ar- rived Aug. 16, to take the helm of the Catholic Charities Bu- reau of the Diocese of Evans- ville, where family services will be one of his major con- terns. More specifically, Collins wants Catholic Charities to work within parishes, to help families toward independence. "We will be working with ex- cellent organizations like the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Daughters of Charity," Collins said. "It is our hope that parish volunteers will work in partnership with them and amplify their efforts.  Ziba Graham of Washington, serving a new, full-time intern- ship at Catholic Charities, will coordinate the family indepen- dence outreach. He expects to begin soon with a pilot project involving about four parishes. As envisioned, the focus of Graham's work would be to or- ganize family and community outreach activities at the parish level. Cooperating with already established community service organizations, volun- teers in a parish would help families with a wide range of services. Independence does not al- ways involve financial assis- tance, Collins noted. An elderly person with a broken hip, for example, might be able to maintain independence if someone helps with the gro- cery shopping, he said. Collins said more details about the project would be available in about a month. Another family concern for Collins involves his own imme- diate family. Collins, now liv- ing in an Evansville apart- ment, said his wife, Diane, and two children -- 14-year old Patrick and 10-year old Clare will be moving from Penn- sylvania to join him at the new family home in Indiana later this fall. James Collins, the new director of the Catholic Charities Bureau,Diocese of Evansville, looks over a report with Kathy Zirkelbach, secretary. The new director arrived Aug. 16. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang MILLER & MILLER i . 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