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September 24, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana II IIIII II I 3 Masterson family travels to Denver to see Pope By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Rita Masterson remembers the first time someone in her family mentioned the idea of going to see Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day in Denver. It was when her 10-year-old son, Nick announced that he was planning to earn money detassling corn. "He said, 'I'm going to use the money to go see the Holy Father,' and then my husband Dan said, 'We'll all go.'" At first, Rita didn't take ei- ther one of them seriously. But her husband was insis- tent. The Mastersons, includ- ing morn, dad and their 10 chil- dren ages five to 24, were going to go to Denver to see the pope during his World Youth Day visit. "I'm the money man- ager," she said. "When he says, 'We're doing it' then I figure out how to do it." Rita put an envelope on her desk labeled "Colorado Trip" and asked for donations. Everybody began saving. Two of her sons detassled corn, and her husband restored and sold a car. "We had extra money taken out of payroll. We just squeezed. There's not a lot you can cut back on, but we did it." Last April, they began call- ing the Denver area for hotel rooms. With a family of 12, they needed two rooms, a boys' room and a girls' room. The first place they called quoted a price of $400 a day. Undaunted they continued their search until they found accommoda- tions in Colorado Springs. And they kept saving. The day they left their home in St. Philip, they were in a rented 15-seat stretch van "packed to the ceiling with drinks, snacks and sand- wiches." Dinner the first night cost $101. The family pooled their money, with the children adding what they had earned from their extra jobs. "We didn't have any money to spare, but when we counted our money we had more than we started with. Somebody in the group had money. It was a miracle." It took two days to get to Denver, with one stop at the Cathedral of the Plains in Kansas. When they arrived, they headed straight for Mile High Stadium to register, and on to their hotel for check-in. They had five minutes to spare. Once in Denver, they were overwhelmed by the number of Catholics. "My children would ask, 'Do you think they are all Catholics?' And I said, 'Yes, that's why we brought you here." On Saturday, the older chil- dren and their dad headed to Cherry Creek State Park to at- tend the prayer vigil with the pope. Rita stayed back in the hotel room with her three youngest children. Her mobil- ity has been restricted all her life: doctors suspect she had polio around birth and she uses crutches or a wheelchair to get around. Despite being so far away from the pope at the vigil, "from where they were, through the binoculars the Members of the Masterson family who traveled to Denver for World Youth Day included, front row, left, Rita, Hilary, Luke, Stephen, Nick, second row, second from left, Rob, Dan, Jodie, Dana, Dan and Walt. During their visit to Denver they met their cousins, Father Jim Baird and Josetta Baird, second row. The oldest Masterson daughter was unable to attend. pope was about an inch-and-a- half tall," the Mastersons were excited to be surrounded by so many other Catholics. "We always go to confession and we say the family Rosary every night. There, they saw thousands who were not afraid to say the Rosary. They saw people who were saying the Rosary and wearing the Rosary around their necks. They saw the things we've been pushing, other people were doing the same thing." She said when her children have questions about the Church, she has always en- couraged them, "to listen to what the Holy Father says. My kids do have respect for him and they discovered we are not the only ones." During his World Youth Day message, the pope reminded those attending that "we have to be of one mind and one heart. No conservative Catholics, no liberal Catholics, no American Catholics. We are all Catholics." After the vigil, the Master- sons hiked back to their car and headed back to Colorado Springs. That night, two of her sons stayed up all night and woke their father up about 4 a.m. asking to return to the state park for the papal Mass on Sunday morning. "They wanted to go that bad. They were overwhelmed. But the TV was saying if you are not here now and if you are not in per- fect physical condition, don't come." Although Rita wasn't able to attend the vigil or the Mass herself, she says the trip was worth the sacrifice. "Just to be in his shadow was exciting for me. He is the vicar of Christ, he is Christ's representative on earth. We will treasure this the rest of our lives." Rug bazaar nets $19,000 for Evansville Catholic high schools :ili Dan MeGovern, Glenda Ossenberg and David Abramowitz show off one of the thousands of rugs which were on display and available at the Catholic Center, Evansville. SENIOR CITIZENS SAVE ON AUTO INSURANCE Call us today for discounts New Low Ratesl Special Discountsl Call us today for a quote. JAMES A. NIEMEIER Mater Dei Class of '69 INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer The Oriental Rug Bazaar was a success, netting over $19,000 for the two Evansville Catholic high schools, accord- ing to Glenda Ossenberg, di- rector of development for the Evansville Catholic Inter- parochial High Schools. Over 4,000 Oriental rugs, valued at $2,500,000, were on display at the Catholic Center in Evansville the week of Sept. 11 through the 19. Buyers came from as far away as Rockport, Vincennes and Hen- derson, Ky., and purchases varied from $19 for small Dhruri Indian rugs to $10,000 for a large antique Oriental rug. "We had a good response and more than anticipated for the more expensive rugs, like the ,ll . i ,i i ii ii i ........ " ....... " :-r.:'.;C::.i,.,, Four ZIEMER'SHEARS Convenient Locations sooE.SHTECNPELvE. antique rugs and the Persian rugs," Ossenberg said. "They were especially in demand from people who came in and knew Oriental rugs." Ossenberg said about 150 to 200 people came to shop and about 130 rugs were pur- chased. Because of the success of the sale, the company has been invited to return to Evansville in May, 1994. "We are looking at this as one of our biggest fund-rais- ers." She said she owes a spe- cial thanks to the "priests, parishes and schools. They re- ally did make an effort to get the news out for us? She also thanked the "Dan MeGovern and David Abramowitz with Oriental Rug Bazaar, Inc., the volunteers, and the customers who patronized the bazaar." p" Administrator | 8812-2544516 i ralrle Village ! ,vlng CenterJ Main Street] Pha.rmacy | 217 E. Main St ,Do=own'asi41 / Phone. 254-5141 /