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October 2, 1987

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October 2, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Around the Diocese 7 Award winners Helen Fifer, Georgia Kerswick and Rosie Greeson (from left) are the 1987 winners of the John C. Rager Award. All are members of St. Mary Church, Evansville. Ascension School Things are going "very well" for the newest school in the Diocese of Evansville, according to its principal, Sister Martha Wessel. Ascension School opened its doors this fall with students from both St. Anthony Church, Evansville, and St. Joseph Church, Evansville. The St. Joseph facility was closed in June due to declining enrollment. Sister Wessel reports she is busy "learning the names of the new people from St. Joseph School" and working with the new teachers on the staff. This is the first year the school has had bus transportation and that is going well, she reports.  The faculty is also working to "create a school spirit and to start setting up an identity for Ascen- sion School," she said. "We have an enthusiastic group of teachers," she said, "and we begin each day at 7:15 with a prayer." New teacher Norma Feldhaus has been hired as fourth grade teacher at Ascension School, Evansville. . First place The 42-member Mater Dei High School band, under the direction of Jerry Grannan, won first place in Class A of the Evansville Invitational Marching Band Contest. The Marching Wildcats also won awards for best percussion at the Heritage Hills Invitational. Patron's Club The Memorial High School Patron's Club raised over $4500 during the 1986-87 school year. Funds are used to provide the high school with computers, language laboratories, maps, film strips nd electronic typewriters. The primary purpose of the Patron's Club is to foster com- munication and serve as a liason between the parents and the school administration. The group sponsors the First Timers Reception, which helps to introduce new parents, and Meet the Teachers Night, which allows parents to meet the faculty. Martha and Kemper Lease are membership chairpersons this year for the Patron's Club. Music teacher Betty Emmert is the new music teacher at Resurrection School, Evansville. She will be teaching general classroom music to students in grades kindergarten through eight. New staff members religion teacher; Franci Gillas, art teacher; Dehbie Hebbeler and Beth Mitchell, after school care staff; and Angie Memmer. Board officers Officers of the School Board at Christ the King School, Evansville, are Steve Titzer, president; Hazel Nalley, vice- president and treasurer, and Mickey Flynn, secretary. Chairpersons Mary Jo Bacon, Carol Bone, Debbie Schapker and Jackie Fehrenbacher are the co- chairpersons for the St. Philip PTO Card Party which will be held October 13. Holy Cross School AI Tieken, principal of Holy Cross School, Fort Branch, will be teaching computer science to fifth graders and phsyical eduation. Sister Stephenie Seng will serve as school librarian. One-hundred-and-fifteen students are enrolled at Holy Cross School this year. This is an increase of five students over last year and the largest enrollment in ten years. St. Benedict School, Evansville, has new staff Honorable mention members this year. They include Lisa Provost, religious education Gary Burdette, Mark Donner coordinator and eighth grade and Mike Denner received Honorable Mention as National Merit Scholars. They are seniors at Mater Dei High School, Evansville. Please send information for SCHOOL NOTEBOOK to Mary Ann Hugbes, The Mesease, P.O. .... 00ra_ , fl(lOWashJrt n Arc'flue 479-4226 Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47711. The deadline for copy Is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication date. 8CHNELL V/LLE ] FOR COMPLETE l I ELECTRICAL-SERVICE / I H.G. FISCHER / .T. ST. ANTHONY ! Service awards The John C. Rager Award has been presented to three parishioners at St. Mary Chur:h, Evansville, according to Father Steve Lintzenich, pastor. The annual award is given for "outstanding and devoted ser- vice to parishioners of St. Mary's Church," Father Lintzenich said. The 200 ministers -- of educa- tion, liturgy, social ministry and outreach ministries of the parish -- vote annually to determine who will receive the award. This year's award was given to: -- Rosie Greeson, who has served as chairperson of the Restoration and Building com- mittee and has been on the parish council and the liturgy committee. -- Helen Fifer, who has been active in the St. Vincent de Paul ministry and has served as a church lector. -- Georgia Kerswick, who has served as chairperson of the spiritual life committee and was leader of the RENEW program at ' the parish. Stewardship Members of the Stewardship Committee at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County, are Bar- bara Bartholome, Butch Feulner, Paul Hillenbrand, Jalane Weber, Leo Wauiger, Roberta Waniger, Randy Appler, Terry Drone and Don Kiesel. Catechetical Sunday Parishioners at Christ the King Church, Evansville, who serve as catechists were commissioned by Father Robert Dei8 Sept. 27. Teachers and staff who were commissioned were Helene Hunter, Willie Speer, Joan Melchoirs, Carol Padgett, Candy Brownlee, Kathy Schapker, Peggy Vogt, Beverly Aranki, Susan Rogers, Patty O'Neill, Francis Riley, Jerry Kapper, David Steinkamp, Susan Jones and Donna Black. Also commissioned were Mary Ellen Vieth, Julitta Cambron, Kathy Meyer, Jim Christensen, Cindy Smith, John Simpson, Cor- rine O'Brien, Mary Lou Schmidt, Margaret Corcoran, Ed Becker, Stephen Titzer, Mary McCarthy, Ann Woodruff, Bob Gries, Ann Grias, Andy Gries, Sondra Wolf, Jude Wolf, Brenda Loschen, Gwen Barnett, Ted Grannan, Pat Ciolkowski, Nancy Flittner and Marty Homing. New officers Mark Freeman is the new president of the parish council at St. Theresa Church, Evansville. Sharon Ford is vice-president and Pat Nell is new agenda member. Barb Hargrove is secretary. The parish council has set goals for the parish. The. major goals are: -- Develop a parish mission statement. -- Keep present programs and maintain a balanced budget. -- Enhance faith sharing, possibly following up the Renew program. -- Set up a Youth Ministry Team. -- Prepare for pastoral change and increase lay leadership. -- Establish a welcoming committee. Youth officers New officers were elected for the Youth Group at St. Joseph Church, Dale and St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus. Kim Darby of Dale is the new president. Brett Merkel of Dale is vice-president. Kristi Schnuck of Santa Claus is secretary and Michelle Van Vinlde of Dale is treasurer. Congratulations Bill and Dorothy Sherwood of St. Theresa Church, Evansville, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. New members Ken Sicard, Monica Sicard and Linda Pund are new members of the Liturgy Commis- sion at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. Teachers Religious education teachers at St. Mary Church, Sullivan, this year will be Ann Retseck, Ann Barrish, Chris Shelton, Sandy Barrish, Beth Reed, Valerie Power, Pat Perkinson and Father Dick Wildeman. Happy birthday Father Thomas Clark of Holy Trinity Church, Evansville, celebrated his birthday September 29. Father Joseph Clauss of St. Peter Church, Montgomery, celebrated his birthday September 27. Father Philip Kreilein of St. Mary Church, Washington, celebrated his birthday September 28. Father Donald Spaulding of St. Raphael Church, Duhois, celebrated his birthday September 28. Father Lowell Will of Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes, celebrated his birthday September 29. Father James Blessinger of St. Joseph Church, Dale, celebrated his birthday October 1. Father Patrick Foster of Holy Spirit Church, Evansville, celebrates his birthday October 5. Father Roman Heordink of Vincennes celebrates his birthday October 3. Please send information for PEOPLE to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4189, Evansville, IN 47711. The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication date.