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1 October 27, 1989 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ; III Housing Now march i00vans00lle participant recalls excitement of Washington, D.C. march Sam Wilson, is an intake counselor at the Salvation Army's Alcohol Recovery Center, Evansville. He recently participated in the "Housing Now" march in Washington, D.C. Here are his comments on the trip: We piled ourselves, along with luggage, coolers stuffed with sodas and sandwiches and two wheelchairs, onto three chartered buses. It was around 3 on Friday afternoon. Despite the rain, our-spirits were high. Following a stop in Ferdi- nand for Marian Heights Academy students, we were on the move. Conversation was lively throughout the afternoon and evening as we moved out of In- diana and into and through Kentucky. Somewhere near the Kentucky-West Virginia border, around 1 a.m., people started turning out lights and began semi-sleeping. I say "semi" because very few of us got any satisfying or restful sleep that first night. Near 4 a.m., my friend Ken ambled cautiously up the aisle and sat down beside me to chat. We talked in muted, near- whispers about how the group was developing cohesiveness and about how we were beginn- ing to develop a spirit of unity. A Ken and I shared thoughts and feelings and as I looked around me in the darkened in- terior of that bus at those sur- rounding me -- social workers, teachers, members of the clergy, students, a doctor, a newspaper reporter -- people from all areas of life, stretched- out, scrunched-up and other- wise contorted into all sorts of strange, uncomfortable-looking positions, I began to feel very close to them. That feeling which began then and there in the mountains of West Virginia, is still part of me. I suspect it will remain so for a very long time. We arrived at our designated area which was the Pentagon around 10 a.m. By now, the adrenalin was pumping. 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As I waited and watched, I could not help being impressed as thousands of people from all over the nation marched by chanting "What do we want?" "Housing! .... When do we want it? .... Now!" There were celebrities 'scat- tered here and there. Gregory Hines came past, dancing in the midst of a precision baton team from North Carolina. Jesse Jackson was there and Rite Coolidge. I was excited at see- ing celebrities. But what im- pressed me most was the mass of regular folks who had tra- velled hundreds and thousands of miles to stand up and be counted! The Indiana delegation came by and we joined hands, joined the march and joined the chant, "What do we want? .... Hous- ing .... When do we want it?" "Now!" To be part of such a sea of humanity, united in a common cause and intent on peacefully but forcefully making a point, was both exciting and calming. i Exciting because of feeling a part of something bigger than life. Calming because of the spiritual serenity that comes with the following-through on a commitment to something good and to something outside the self. We marched to the mall in front of the U.S. Capitol. We heard speeches by Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King and Governor Celeste of Ohio. But the most remarkable thing to me was the throng of people talked about our gratitude at having homes -- our sanc- tuaries -- awaiting us. We were grateful that, during our trip, we at least had buses in which to sleep and McWhatevers to eat. We knew that many per- sons in whose behalf we made this trip had spent the night, in cardboard boxes, in cramped dwellings intended for one family -- not two or three -- or in seedy, unsafe and unsanitary welfare hotels. and their demeanor. I saw We knew that the last meal friendliness, helpfulness and for many had come from dump- genuine dedication of the peo- sters. We knew that many could pie to their cause-- safe afford- not remember their last able housing for everyone, nutritious meal. And we knew and believed what we have Sometime about 4 p.m. our often been told -- that millions group started making its way of people nationwide are one back to the Pentagon to our paycheck away from buses. We rolled out of homelessness. Washington about 8 p.m. and headed home. After stopping So, our little group of 94 left for dinner, we reboarded and each other at our starting point very quickly began falling of just 48 hours earlier. But we asleep. Our bodies and minds departed enriched in many were exhausted. We arrived ways. Enriched by each other's back at our starting point at presence and companionship. around 2 p.m. Sunday. Enriched by having done Before leaving, I talked with something. And we departed some members of our little determined that our efforts travelling community. We would not end with this trip. Indiana Diocesan DREs Diocesan religious education directors and staff met recently at Kordes Enrichment Center, Ferdi- nand. They are, from left, front row, Sister Antoinette Purcell, O.S.B., provincial representative; Matt Hayes and Bob Meaney, Archdiocese of Indianapolis; Steve Starks and Carl Wagner, Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana; back row, Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O.S.B., and Rick Etienne, Diocese of Evansville; Frank Zolvinski and Sister Jeanne McGue, S.S.N.D., Diocese of Gary; and Father Robert Helmer, Charles Savitskas and William Odell, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Message Photo by Sister Sharon Hollander, O.S.B. ST. CELESTINE CHURCH SHOOTING MATCH Sunday, Oct. 29 At Celestine Community Club 9 Miles East of Jasper just off St. Hwy. 164 NEAR PATOKA LAKE 12 Gauge HAM SHOOT starts at Noon Closed Shoot for BEEF QTRS. at 3 P.M. 1st Choice - ONE-HALF DRESSED BEEF 2nd Choice - ONE HALF DRESSED BEEF OTHER CHOICES ALL BEEF QUARTERS GRAND GIVE-AWAY 19-inch General Electric Color TV w/Rremote Control FRIED CHICKEN OR SAUSAGE OR HAMBURGER DINNERS SERVED FROM 11:30 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M. YOUR FAVORITE GAMES QUILTS For Your Convenience, Last Mass at 10:00 A.M. Local Time E.S.T. (We DID NOT change time)