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I I II I I I,I ,I, ii i i ii i i Rivet's enrollment is up 28% Catholic school roundup: 1994-95 enrollment is up By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer This fall, as Catholic school students returned to their classrooms, they found new teachers, new principals, even sn:Wo b.uilding projects at some ois -- and larger classes. At schools all across the Dio- cese of Evansville, enrollment is up, helped in part by the es- tablishment of pre-kinder- garten programs at many of the elementary schools. According to the Office of Catholic Education, there are 397 more students enrolled in Catholic schools this year, which is an increase in enroll- ment of nearly six percent. , Elementary school enroll- ment has jumped from Students in 1993-94 to 5,236 5,577 students in 1994-95, including 432 Students in nine pre- kindergarten programs. , Secondary school enrollment as also increased by 56 stu-  xrom 1993-94, with 1,637 Students currently enrolled at Memorial and Mater Dei high schools in Evansville, at Rivet High School in Vincennes, and Catholic High Washington. The two Vincennes Catholic schools have seen a healthy rise in enrollment during the past few years, including a 28 pe.rcent increase at the high school this year. Franciscan Sister Carol Ann Mause, principal at Rivet High School and Flaget Elementary, both in Vincennes, attributes the increased enrollment to her students. She says that when she interviews new stu- dents, she asks them why they are interested in the Vincennes Catholic school system. The re- sponse she receives is "because what the students are saying about the school." Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, noted that "as antici- pated, the enrollment in our schools looks great. I am ex- cited with the increases and feel hopeful that we will con- tinue to see the upward trend. "Research continues to point to the effectiveness of Catholic schools. This effectiveness, due in large part to the continued hard work and dedication of the staff of our schools, is rea- son to celebrate. "We are also very fortunate to have the leadership of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger who takes every opportunity to remind us of the importance of Catholic sqhools. As the 'Chief Teacher' he is committed to quality education. "This calls each of us to strive for improvement and ex- tinued personal spiritual growth and formation as cate- chists, and on-going academic learning as professionals." Here are the 1994-1995 first day enrollment figures: There are 569 students en- rolled at Mater Dei High School, Evansville. There is also a new assistant principal at Mater Dei. She is Mary Traylor, formerly a teacher at Rivet High School in Vin- cennes. Mater Dei has 144 freshmen this fall and 158 sophomores. There are 138 juniors and 129 seniors. Seven-hundred and seventy- four students are enrolled at Memorial High School, Evans- ville, which is an increase of 23 students. Two-hundred-and- eighteen students comprise Memorial's freshman class and there are 217 sophomores, 181 juniors and 158 seniors Rivet Middle School and Rivet High School in Vin- cennes have a combined enroll- ment of 200 students; last year's enrollment was 156.. Eighty-eight students are in grades six through eight and 112 students are in grades nine through 12 at Rivet. Flaget Elementary School in Vincennes has a student en- rollment of 296, an increase of 28 students. Ninety students are enrolled in the pre-kinder- garten program and 44 stu- dents are in kindergarten. Growing in love Students at Th 8(hool, Ev | ::: back to school wzth a hturgy using the the ii "Growing in Love and Kindness." As students car- tied empty flower pots up to the altar, they were reminded that Uas a seed needs sun, water and time to develop and become what it should hob so too, we need love and and to come the people God wants us to be. Above, Father Gene Schroeder, St. Theresa pastor, directs fourth grader Elizabeth Simon before the procession into Mass Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) __ As the In- ternational Conference on ulation and De---' .Pop .said World population growth Is a real challenge but must ;be approached by the "dan- us shortcut- of reducing at any cost. the World needs to more attention on the Contrast" between and poor populations globe, he said at his er villa outside Rome cellence in our programs, con- See CATHOLIC page 3 I I I Pope warns of dangerous shortcuts for controlling population By JOHN THAVIS passages, particularly on the nomic development for future conference represents a "his- issues of abortion, contracep- tion, family life and sexuality. The pope said it was cer- tainly true that the world's population was increasing at a notable rate, especially in poor countries, and that this poses a challenge to social and eco- generations. But he said other contribut- ing factors are not always suf- ficiently emphasized -- in par- ticular, that "the gap is growing between the society of well-being and the immense multitude of poor." The Cairo - by A.. . li'll IIIII IllUL toric occasion" to tackle this problem, he said. The accent should be on re- distributing resources to favor economic and social develop- ment among the disadvan- taged populations, he said. "It See POPE WARNS page 12 Pope cancels Sarajevo trip and he planned to visit the city "as soon as conditions permit," the Vatican statement said. The statement said the pope had always underlined the need for safety assurances for the people who were expected to attend Masses and other events during the Sept. 8 visit. "Unfprtunately, it has so far been impossible to have such guarantees, despite the numer- ous contacts undertaken with all interested parties,  the Vat- ican said. The pope deferred the visit so he would not ex- pose the local population to "serious risks," it said. Author- ities in Bosnia had warned that the papal events could be a target for attacks. Bosnian Serbs surrounding the city had refused to guaran- tee Pope John Paul's safety. nother factor in the decision to delay the trip was concern that a papal visit at this time might =be poorly understood and add to tensions," the statement said. The Vatican said it would See POPE CANCELS page 11 0 @ .qo e w .Q w L.. .= remarks summa- church's strongest against a draft docu- Under debate at the con- began Sept. 5 in pt. A 17-member was in at- pressing for changes of the document's key (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II canceled plans to visit Sarajevo in war-torn Bosnia-Herzegov- ina because security could not be guaranteed, the Vatican said. The Vatican's announcement Sept. 6 came less than 48 hours before the pontiff was to arrive in Sarajevo for a one- day visit. The decision followed a series of high-level contacts between Vatican, U.N. and Bosnian officials. The pope was "saddened" at being forced to call the trip off,