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September 13, 1991 Each month, the Message publishes a feature, article about a catechist in the Dio- Cese of Evansville. lnforma- !on for the following feature Was prepared by Deacon Ed Wilkerson, pastoral associate at Good Shepher d Church, Vansville. h"l enjoy young people. I ave the time, and it's a good ay to serve the parish," said iathy McGrath, a catechist at ,ood Shepherd Church, :Vansville. McGrath has, taught in ood. Shepherd s Religious Education Program for the past five years. She has been ae Youth Group sponsor for Seven years. She has served on the Diocesan Youth Board !0r the last six years and has JUst recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of "rEc (Teens Encounter Christ). McGrath, 33, is an Evans- Villa native with deep roots in her parish and in her com- aunity.. Her father and 'step-mother ra Ceorge and Margaret Mc- ath. Her mother, the late atricia McGrath, worked as he school at Good secretary .hepherd for a number of years before her death. McGrath is a graduate of Ood Shepherd School, ernorial High School, and e University of Evansville. . After receiving her degree In physical therapy, she ROVed to Southern Illinois to The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Kathy McGrath Good Shepherd catechist is someone teens can 'lean on' work in the home health care industry. A career move took her to Louisville, Ky., to work at the Rehabilitation Hospital. Since her return to Evansville, she has worked for Deaconess Service Corpo- ration. McGrath became involved in teaching religious educa- tion at the invitation of Fa- ther Kenneth Herr. When he first arrived at Good Shep- herd and began to flrm a reli- gion program for those stu- denis not attending Good Shepherd School, Father Herr asked her to teach the rift grade class. At that time, there were only two girls in the class. McGrath was to teach them the basic Catholic prayers. Because of job commit- ments, McGrath had to drop out of the program for one year. She returned to teach the fourth and fifth grade. For the past several years she has taught the seventh and eighth graders. Her responsibilities now include preparing students for the Sacrament of Confir- mation. It is a task she truly enjoys As,sponsor for Good Shep- herd s Youth Group, Kathy has organized many worth- while projects. She loves to take the group on outings to places such as Kings Island and to the ski slopes at French Lick. In order to go on these trips, the youth group members had to raise the needed money. McGrath also organized and encouraged many service projects at the parish. The youth group is responsible for clean-up after receptions in the Parish Activity Center. Youth group members have conducted many paper drives over the years, in an effort to Official from Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Rev. Ralph H. Schipp, chaplain of St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville. Effective Monday, Sept. 30. Msgr. Kenneth R. 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Two days are planned each year. Included in the days' activities are sports, swimming, dancing, lunch, and always the cele- bration of the Eucharist. As a member of the TIC Board of Directors, McGrath is involved in planning and working with the teams who organize TEC weekends. TEC is a weekend experience for youth, an opportunity for young people to take the time away from their busy schedules and concentrate on their relationship with Christ and how that relation- ship affects their daily lives. McGrath said she is very ex- cited about this very worth- while ministry. McGrath said that she en- joyssharing her faith with the youth because they have many of the same questions that she has. She loves the challenge of discovering God's creation, and she ftdly realizes that religion is a life- long process. She speaks very fondly about the youth. "Their energy level is high; they share themselves with KATHY McGRATH me; and they make me feel good." In return, the youth of Good Shepherd feel very strongly about McGrath, too. "Kathy went out of her way to make me feel comfortable, wanted, and needed in the church youth group when I was the new kid on the block," said one member. "Whenever I see her, even if it's in a big crowd, she makes a point to come over and talk to me. She always seems in- terested in my achievements and activities. If there's ever a time when I need someone to lean on, I know she will be there for me." "Given Kathy McGrath's dedication to the parish and the diocese, you can easily see that she "was an easy choice for me to make," said Deacon Ed Wilkerson, pas- toral associate at Good Shep- herd Church. "As the person responsible for catechesis at Good Shepherd, I constantly look for people that I can point to and say, 'There is an example of what It means to be Christian.' "Kathy has been an inspi- ration to me and to her fellow catechists. She challenges ev- eryone that she meets to be all that they can be. We love you, Kathy, and we cherish the opportunity to work with you! May God continue tO bless you in all that you do." 15% Senior Discount Every Tuesday! Groups, Please Call 812-486-3977 For Reservations Guided Tours Available Montgomery, Indiana Post and a Catholic, said part of the reason why religion may seem to be reported inac- curately is that the definition of truth can vary depending upon the subject and the in- terpreter. For example, he said, from a Catholic perspective, the sentence "Jesus Christ is the son Of God" represents a truth. But a journalist would HWY. 231 SOUTH JASPER, INDIANA 47546 PHONE: 812-482-3800 "THE ONLY BANK YOU'LL EVER NEED" ii be obliged to phrase the state- ment as "Jesus Christ, who is revered by Christians as the son of God" in order to fit a different standard of truth for a broader audience. The Sept. 5 teleconference See PANELISTS page 13 Correction Due to an editor's error, a graph published Sept. 6 was incorrectly described. The graph correctly de- picted the 1991 ISTEP Total Battery scores. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville were compared with all schools in the state. I Homemade Amish Cooking Flea Market Every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9200- Square Feet Under Roof Open Monday Thru Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. III I I WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Unsympathetic depictions of the Catholic Church by the media are probably less the product of hostility than of a lack of understanding, ac- cording to participants in a national teleconference on the public perception of the church. Panelist E.J. Dionne, staff writer for The Washington Panelists say media image of church not a product of hostility