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181996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 amily Life Center ng a world of services in downtown Evansville By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Those who shed tears of sad- ess when St. Anthony School its doors, couldn't have the transformation that Evansville build- has undergone. n 1988, the closing was to urban development population shifts which student enrollment. Today, the brick building has a jewel of family resources, a shelter for homeless a SOup kitchen and a of health services, all the auspices of the St. for Family Life. year after the school efore the building was Ozanam Family opened, it occupied the nor of the former school Ls purpose was to families in emer- ," according to ', Family Life Center Shelter provides room for many as 10 families, each of may Stay as long as 45 first floor of the building : manag: j now houses the United Caring Day Shelter. Working in a room 25 by 30 feet, Volunteers serve 2,000 meals a month, both breakfast and lunch. The Echo Health Center offers a professionally-equipped and staffed clinic which serves the medical needs of shelter families and others who do not have the finances for medical care. Kirwer said the center, which is now staffed by volunteer physi- cians, is hoping to hire a full-time physician. "It offers all kinds of health services for those who can't afford to pay. Some are appointments, some are walk- ins." The Soup Kitchen operates out of the basement of the build- ing. Lunch is served every Wednesday to 150 to 200 people, "a lot of neighborhood people," Kirwer said. Four Evansville churches pro- vide volunteers for the Soup Kitchen, including St. Anthony and Holy Redeemer Catholic churches, Central Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church. On the fifth Wednes- days of the month, the Soup Kitchen is staffed by volunteers from New Harmony churches. Kirwer said the building is also used for parenting programs and AA meetings. St. Anthony parishioners volunteer their time tutoring elementary stu- dents in the neighborhood. "It's all one-to-one, and it's all volun- teer." The newest program on the horizon, according to Kirwer, is Weekend Child Care Ministry. It's still in the planning stages, but Kirwer would like to see the Family Life Center offer week- end child care. "I feel there is a big need on Bonnie Schnautz and June Wydau are volunteer cooks ,it the United Caring Day Shelter. Over 3,000 meals are served every month at the shelter which is located in the St. Antho- ny Center for Family Life. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes the weekend. A fast food worker may be making $4.75 an hour, and it's hard to pay someone to sit for the kids. A lot of people could get more work." He is hoping that the pro- gram, which would be staffed by volunteers, would offer child care based on income or crisis situa- tions. He hopes that child care would be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. "It's something that's really needed." Kirwer said the Family Life Center provides services in a time when the "income gap between poor and rich seems to be getting worse." Shop is open, for heaven's sake of a new gift shop d tells a lot about ultimate purpose according The shop is Sake," and the of Concep- ters of St. Benedict hop, according to serves as direc- nications at the woven tablecloths, placemats, vests, rosaries and a custom- designed afghan throw depicting features of the monastery church. Benedictine Sister Rosa Lee Koch is manager of the shop. She said the proceeds will be used for the continuing care of the senior sisters. The shop, on the lower level of Benet Hall, is regularly open, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. A Grand Opening is sched- uled, Sunday, Oct. 27, with a blessing ceremony at 1 p.m. A concert will begin at 2 p.m., by "Stillpoint," the ll-member group of Ferdinand Bene- dictines who will perform reli- gious and inspirational music from their soon-to-be released second recording, "Open My Life to Your Song." The Grand Opening will fea- ture bread-and-cookie tasting and demonstrations by a num- ber of sisters of their artistry in egg decorating, embossing, weaving and quilting. monastery. The shop features a unique assortment of hand- crafted items from the sisters at Ferdinand and from local arti- sans in Peru and Guatemala, where the sisters have missions. Items include freshly baked bread and cookies, gifts and reli- gious articles, inspirational books and cards. Also featured are wreaths, pottery, paintings, angel-related items, souvenir t- shirts and sweatshirts, hand- we care about... '@eher ,L  a feature in the Message, designed to held draw ae iavit; e People of God in southwestern Indiana. teaders It by so,,,_ t s.UOmit information about people who may ben- "" extra prayers and attention.- I) rs ols:stewart, regent of the Assumption Circle Daugh- "oora 52ella, has suffered a stroke. She is hositalized in ' ueaconess Hospital, Evansville, Indiana. died ervices for Pro . : e, Oct, 7 ..... vldenee starer Ellen Mulhern, 90, who iISr NIut ere held Oct. 9 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. "Vidence :ern entered the Congregation of the Sisters of . Vrora I... uz8, and made her final vows in 1936 s -ool to taupPtion Sch1935and from 1936 to 1937, she taught at got at L Ore, Evansville, and from 1945 to 1947, she "eraorial High School, Evansville. information for PEOPLE WE CARE Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box ille, IN 47724. He says he talks with clients who tell him, "I can either pay my rent or buy food. If I come here, I can pay my rent." Despite the heartbreaking sto- ries that he hears on a daily basis, Kirwer says he is encour- aged by the successes, "You'd be surprised at the suc- cesses, and it's these successes that make you feel like it's all worthwhile." Sharing good news By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Last winter, as Evansville native Debbie Dockery contin- ued a fight against breast can- cer, her mother, Gayla Dockery, began fund raising efforts to gather enough money to pay for a bone marrow transplant. This fall, Debbie received good news. After undergoing seven weeks of radiation treat- ment, "the tumor has been killed," said Gayla. "As far as they can tell from the tests, they can't find any- thing. We don't know if this is a miracle, but we are really going to enjoy it." Gayla said that all of the money that was donated last winter is still in the bank. "We are, perhaps, waiting for a bone marrow transplant, down the read, and it will be used for her future medical expenses. The rest will go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research." She said she was eager to "share the good news with every- one. It's the miracle we've been praying for." She added, "Every- body helped us through the rough times and we wanted to share the good news. We are so thankful for everybody's prayers." Youth ministry workshops scheduled Mike Moseley, from the Cen- will cover "methods in which to ter for Ministry Development, minister with 100 percent of the Naugatuck, Conn., will present youth ofthe parish, but in gath- workshops at the Catholic Cen- ered, non-gathered and non-tra- ter in Evansville, Friday and ditional ways." Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26. The first workshop will be The workshops are intended held from 9 a.m. to 4 p,m. on Fri- for parish pastoral leaders, vol- day, Oct. 25, Following that unteer youth ministers, and all workshop, a reception will be who are interested and involved held for anyone interested in in the life of Catholic orioles-- youth ministry, also at the cents, according to Mike Eppler, Catholic Center, from 4:30 to diocesan director of youth and 5:30 p.m. young adult ministry. The workshop will be repeated Moseley uses a systemic on Saturday, Oct. 26. approach to working with ado- The fee for the workshop is lescents, according to Eppler. He $10 ler day if the parish is using the Youthworks system. To reserve space or obtain more information, contact Marcella Meredith, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Diocese of Evans-ille, (812) 424-5536, or toll-free in Indiana, (800) 637- 1.73L .........  ,