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. ...., .... The Message * for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October J Why is Cindy Davis a di- rector of religious education at Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City? Because Dea- con Richard Preske asked her and God wanted her to do it, she believes. Davis, 34, is the daughter of James and Dorothy Marshall. She was born in Fort Branch and later moved to Oakland City. She is employed part- time as a nurse for Deaconess Hospital Home Health Care. She and her husband Glen E. Davis have two small chil- dren. Her involvement at Blessed Sacrament Church began last Davis i ii i i Catechist inspires others with her humility, enthusiasm responsibility of directing the religious education program. She spoke about her situation to Deacon Richard Preske, Parish Life Coordinator. After "much prayer and consultation," Deacon Preske asked the new catechist to consider being a DRE. Her re- sponse was, "Let me pray about this." A week later Deacon Preske had his answer "I think this is what God is wanting me to do," said Davis. Putting God first seems to be a priority with her. When asked why she became a cate- chist, she responded, "I want to enable others to touch God on a personal level." And that she does, according to Swails. "Cindy has a knack for transplanting her enthusiasm to the teachers and to the stu- dents," said Swails. "In years past one of the hardest tasks of the DRE was recruiting teachers," she added. "This year when DRE Pat Swails "noticed something special about Cindy" and asked her to consider becoming a cate- chist. Shortly after she started , teaching, Swails recognized that the new catechist had a way of taking the subject mat- ter to the students level of un- derstanding. The new catechist quickly established a bond with her students which was evi- denced by their alertness and ready smile. "It was apparent that the students were there because they wanted to be," said the DRE. It didn't take long for Davis to fall in love with teaching, according to Swails. "I was taken completely by sur- prise." In the spring of 1992, Swails said that because of the large time commitment demanded by her job, she could no longer bear the full year people came forward asking if they could teach." Davis has taken steps to prepare for the new chal- lenge. She attended the new DRE orientation held at the Catholic Center, the teacher formation workshop at Fort Branch and the Partners-in- Faith seminar at the Catholic Center. She plans to attend the DRE convention later this month in Indianapolis. Davis and Swails presented two teacher formation sessions for all teachers at Blessed Sacra- ment Church. Deacon Preske said he firmly believes that God an- swered his prayer. "Cindy in- spires others with her humil- ity and enthusiasm which is contagious. Students and teachers alike feel at ease with her." Nine classes are held on Sunday mornings at Blessed Sacrament, for 60 pupils ranging from Kindergarten CINDY DAVIS through Grade 12. teachers and seven teachers conduct the No one is paid, Deacon Preske. "It is 100 cent volunteer." _Quincentenary C]l,)ss K of C Cro0000,s will finish pilgrimage at Columbus Day Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- lam of Newburgh, co-chair- sembly will lead Tom Ludlam, left, and Ken Bristow set up the Quincentenary Cross during a planning meeting at the Catholic Center. -- Message file photo ger will preside at a special Columbus Day service at the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on Monday, Oct. 12. The "Quincentenary Cross" -- a Wooden replica of the cross planted at Santo Domingo in 1514 --will be presented to the bishop and the people of the Diocese of Evansville by the Knights qf Columbus. That cross began a journey to all the parishes of the dio- cese, starting with the Basil- ica of St. Francis Xavier (the Old Cathedral] on Jan. 22. The schedule of services was coordinated by Ken Bristow of Evansville, diocesan chair- man of the Quincentenary Cross pilgrimage, Tom Lud- Subscribe to the Message ,i iii ii i ii i iiiii i RA, Y'S FIRE & SAFETY Fire Extinguisher Sates & Service 117 Busseron Street Commercial and Residentia/ MIGK RAY: Home: 8824185 Shop: 886-4960, Pager: 885-7571 iii iii i I II I III I I IIII I I I I POSITION OPEN Holy Cross Church is actively seeking a person for the position of part-time i Director of Religious Education (DRE). This person is to coordinate and support :|iliiiligiOuS -edCation. programs. | :Applii:aots must be a"practicing. Catholic :veXed inreligiouseducation and open to odgg!ngltraining,:interested parties mayiCbact the Holy Cross Ft. Murphy : Palish Center at753-3548. I I I II IIII I I I II man, and Father William Deering, diocesan director of worship. For the conclusion of the pilgrimage at the Pro-Cathe- dral, all 4th Degree Knights of Columbus in the diocese are invited to attend in formal dress and to be in the proces- sion. The 4th Degree Color Guard of the Evansville As- procession. All members of the of Columbus and their lies are also invited ing to Bristow. He entire Catholic the diocese is welcome. Bristow said 4th De Knights should arrive p.m., to prepare for vice at 7 p.m., Oct. 12. Thinking of SELLING? We would be happy to,perform a Market Value Appraisal of your property and explain our marketing plan to you INSURANCE -- REAL ESTATE 464-5991 Cathy Helfrich 425-8029 Great Deals on All New 1992 In Stock Chevrolet, Olds, Cadillac, Geo and Toyotc, -- Trucks and Medium Duty Uebelhor & Jasper00 .Indiana 1-800-937-USA 1 Where Customers Send Their i/il