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15, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Scouts participate in Day of Joy at St. Mary, Ireland Five-hundred daisy, brownie and junior girl scouts and 130 adults en- joyed a Day of Joy at St. Mary Church, Ireland on Oct. 12. The day was hosted by Girl Scout leaders from Ireland and Cadette Girl Scouts from Jasper and Huntingburg. Scouts from Schnellville, Birdseye, Dubois, Loogootee, eden, Winslow, St, Anthony, Holland, Huntingburg, Ferdi- nand, Jasper and Ireland at- tended the Day of Joy, which began with Mass celebrated by Father Paul RooS. aul Roos participates in the obstacle course race. Scouts play games with an earth ball during the Day of Joy Oct. 12. Educators develop goals to direct future of Catholic schools By INESPINTOALICEA serve as delegates for the One specific aspect of this Engineering Corp. in Texas responsibility was the family, C3atholic News Service !tlINGTON (CNS) -- ational Congress on Schools developed the Catholic com- te pursue to improve schools in the 21st most of the work be done at the local the sponsors of the ter Catherine T. Mc- sident of the Na- Educational on and a Sister of St. of Carondelet, said munities should be the goals and g en- established at and develop tes that fit their tom- needs to achieve realireally pleased because set," aalr directions were 8e le said. %ss'll e 250 educators, busi- Ps, e,a.d. ors, parents, bish- ' vulltlcians and commu- alty leaders Were asked to Nov. 6-10 congress, which was planned as a process to develop guidelines and goals based on five major themes. -- Catholic identity. -- Leadership. -- The school and society. -- Finance and governance. -- Public policy and politi- cal action. "There was a lot of give and take among the partici- pants, but there was a sense of collaboration," said dele- gate Bishop John J. Gerry of Portland, Maine. In the end, the delegates came up with their 25 direc- tional statements, all of which were to be made pub- lic in a week, and they chose the ones they thought were the three most important to pursue immediately. Robert Kealey, executive director of the NCEA's ele- mentary schools department, said the top three were: -- Urging Catholics to give more financial and moral support to Catholic schools. Four 00nvenient Locations ZIEMER-SHEARS EAST CHAPEL 800 S. HEBRON AVE. INSURANCE INC. BILL GREENE JIM GREENE ALAN ABEL goal was to increase financial support to all Catholic schools by 20 percent by 1997. The other aspect was getting Catholics to lobby for educational choice, said Sis- ter McNamee. "We need to focus on pro- meting parental choice and on forming coalitions with other groups on the issue," Sister McNamee said. -- Providing ongoing for- mation of Catholic school personnel to make them more knowledgeable on the sub- jects they teach and to help them preserve the Catholic identity of schools. "Working with the bish- ops to ensure they realize the goals of their 1990 statement on education." The "Statement of the United States Bishops in Sup- port of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools," passed at the bishops' November 1990 general meet- ing in Washington, called for more support from the bish- ops through fund raising and creating offices to help schools budget wisely and in- crease parental involvement. Thomas Mackey, president of Key Metals and Minerals City, Texas, said all of the bishops have to be committed to the statement for an im- provement in Catholic educa- tion. "The bishops are where it all starts," he said. Mackey said the clergy must take the risk of giving more responsibility to the laity for their statement to be- come a reality. "Traditionally the pastor has carried much of the re- sponsibility and they have been reluctant to delegate the responsibility, reluctant to change the traditions," Mackey said. "But, the pastor must realize that he's not the owner of the sheep, but the shepherd." Archbishop John R. Roach of Minneapolis-St. Paul, a delegate and a former NCEA board chairman, in an inter- view with Catholic News Ser- vice about>_ some of the major goals that were set, said church's leaders are to blame for the low amounts Catholics. give to the church and its schools. The Catholic Church was mainly an immigrant church until World War II and fami- lies were encouraged to give little because their primary Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service f422-9242[ Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville I "Where customers send their friends!" Open nightly til 9 p.m. her Sl;00ns, Inc. OLD US 2:31 SOUTH - ,JASPER, IN - 482-2222 1-800-937-USA1 explained the archbishop. He added that the level of giving has not kept pace with infla- tion. "It's our fault we have not given them a sense of stew- ardship," he said. "Also, what was worth 25 cents 25 years ago is going to cost more money today." He said delegates were very concerned about maintaining the Catholic identity of schools. "We are getting a great number of teachers who are trained in their discipline but have not had much taith for- mation," Archbishop Roach said "There is a shallower pool of teachers who have gone to Catholic schools." Sister McNamee said other areas important to the dele- gates were ensuring that Catholic schools are prepar- ing students to function in a "technological and global so- ciety" by having the most modern equipment and the most up to date curricula. "We want to ensure we are doing our part to eliminate racism and sexism," she said. During breaks between working sessions at the congress a number of speak- ers addressed the delegates. On Nov. 7, the first full day of the congress, the delegates heard from Father Andrew Greeley, a well-known sociol- ogist and author, and U.S. Secretary of Energy James Watkins. Father Greeley said the laity should be given com- plete control over the schools to ensure their future. Watkins urged the educator., to apply for federal fund under the "America 2000' programs, President Bush's plan to improve education across the country. Atlanta Archbishop James P. Lyke Nov. 8 urged Catholics to redadicate them- See EDUCATORS Page 10