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2 Ell The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 27, 1989 Bishop kicks off Washington schools fund drive By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger spoke at all Masses at the two Washington parishes last weekend as part of the kickoff of the bi-annual fund drive for the three Washington Catholic Schools. The bishop is the honorary chairman of the fund drive which has a goal of $595,000. The fund drive enables students to attend Washington Elemen- tary, Washington Middle and Washington High schools tuition-free. During the Saturday sermon at St. Simon Church, Washington, Bishop Gettel- finger told parishioners, "Tonight, I come here as chief teacher, not just to teach, but to encourage you to continue Catholic education" in Washington. He reminded them that "Catholic education has always been expensive." In the past, "we endowed them (Catholic schools), not with money but with sisters, and they didn't cost a lot of money at all. The cast was their lives. "Today, we don't have priests and sisters to put in our schools, so now we must pay to put teachers in our schools." Bishop Gettetfinger told the parishioners that the respon- sibility of educating students "is not just the responsibility of the parents. It involves all of us. "I as chief teacher will do all I can to assist Catholic parishes with Catholic schools -- not in dollars and cents -- but with leadership." He added, "I want you to do all you can in this community to maintain and enrich this Catholic school system," reminding parishioners that a Catholic school education "lasts a lifetime." Major fund drives have been conducted in Washington since 1974-75. The money raised this year is expected to sustain the three Catholic schools for the next two years. The Washington Catholic school budget for the next two years is projected to be $1,440,000. The fund drive is expected to raise $595,000 and $795,000 is expected to come from St. Mary's and St. Simon's parishes in Washington. This fund drive goal is 20 percent higher than the last fund drive goal. This year, 71 percent of the budget was used for salaries, 17 percent was used for maintenance and related opera- tion costs, 10 percent was spent on fixed costs, such as FICA, property insurance, unemploy- ment compensation and two percent went for sports salaries. Parishioners at both Washington parishes are asked for an annual commitment of two to three percent of family income. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger is introduced to parishioners at St. Simon Church, Washington, by Father Michael Fritsch; Mel Clinkenbeard is serving as eucharistic minister. Bishop Gettelfinger spoke at all Masses in Washington about the $595,000 fund drive. -- Message Photo by Mary Ann Hughes le ever and would only have to write one ever. word "everything," Delana Overton Billy Nolley Those who can see should I will give thanks toyou 0 use the sight to read the hi- Lord,with all my heart, In the ble. Those Who can't should presence of the angels I will use God as their sight. sing your praise. Those who can ]]ear l will worship at your holy should listen to the word of temple and give thanks to God, Those who can't your name forever! Rachel Bradley He created the birds, the flowers and the trees for us to enjoy. He expects us to take care of those things. May the Lord our God be the Ruler of the sun, the skies, and the earth for ever and ever. He will also take care of us too. David Barnett clap your out to God with gladness, for the Lord the most high, the awesome is the great king over] the earth! Charlie Wichman how long