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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Magic of Words November 15, . By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Louie was up to visit me again today. They had to come looking for him so he could go home with his Dad. I don't know how long before all that comes to an end. We have an after-school care program here. Students may stay after school until they are picked up by their parents. It's a handy service for those who wish to use it. Parents don't have to worry about their children going home to an empty house. To provide a space more homelike from the school classrooms, we offer the meeting room in the rectory basement for the after school head- quarters. There they have a television and VCR, tables to do homework and other studies, snacks to still the hunger pangs after a hard day at school. David and Jennifer just stopped by to say hello, also. I took the occasion to talk about the terra cotta figures first discovered in 1974 at Xi- An, a former imperial city of China. We looked at and felt a miniature soldier in battle dress. He was a bowman. Another minia- ture statue shows a general in his uniform. We Our children: Be patient, loving with them looked also at a photo book on China that shows the phalanxes of soldiers, horses and chariots that are still being uncovered in Xi-An. Historians estimate that some 6,500 figures are in the complete area. The figures are all life size and in full dress uniform for a complete army. Each face is individual. Each figure was in- dividually molded part by part, colorfully painted and then fired. The purpose of the terra cotta army was to guard the tomb of King Zheng, the first emperor of the Qin dynasty. Zheng died in 210 B.C. For over 2000 years the emperor and defending army rested at peace. It was covered with 15-feet of dirt. In 1974 a farmer was digging a well when he came upon some clay shards. He gave them to local historians. The rest is history as the mar- velous and wondrous discovery was made. It is an active archeological dig today. We were not allowed to photograph inside the dig area in 1986. I don't know if that rule has been changed. It was a strange and exhilarating experience to be there and see first hand this eighth wonder of the world. It is fun to share things like that with my young visitors. We are not far from doing some building around here and one of the things that will change will be thisrectory and the basement. Our after school program will probably go back into the school and a classroom. I will miss my little friends stopping by as they make visits to the nearby bathroom. Some" times they get into trouble by staying away long from downstairs, or if their caretakers know where they are. I know they will not be that far away from wherever I end up, but it may not be as eas '( over for a visit. Besides, part of the allure for them is an office filled with pictures, books, star" ues, plants, magazines and papers that can be a : delight for young and alert eyes and minds. Parents, I realize that you sometimes can be worn out dealing with your little ones, but, please, remember how powerful you are in eyes. They look to you for love and wisdom. They want to learn the right things and do the right things. Please, be patient and loving with them. They will be a source of great joy for yoU, Educators, , Continued from page 3 selves to supporting Catholic schools, especially those serving the poor communities across the country, and for- mer Delaware Gov. Pierre "Pete" du Pont called on Catholics to lobby for choice. "Education ... the tradi- tional ladder out'of this coun- try's growing poverty and de- spair ... eludes too many, particularly those minorities among us who struggle every day to claim their place in so: ciety," Archbishop Lyke said. On Nov. 9, Lynne Cheney, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humani- ties also called on Catholics to lobby for choice. Later that day, Diane Rav- itch, assistant secretary for educational research and im- provement at the U.S. Depart- ment of Education, said how- ever that Catholic schools must consider the conse- quences and restrictions they could face if parents were given government funds to send their children to private and religious schools. "I'm concerned about what the implications may be down the line," Ms, Ravitch sai.d. "This could turn Catholic schools into secular schools." Golden Jubilarians William and Dorothy {Spahn) Martin of Cynthiana will cele- brate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel. A dinner for the family and invited guests will fol- low at the Knights of St. John Hall, St. Wendel. An open house and dance for relatives and friends will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. The couple was married Nov. 26, 1941, at St. Wen- del Church by Father Herman Gadlage. They are the parents of seven children, Stephen and Harry, both of Haubstadt, Roger, Mark and Jane Ann Kiefer of Cynthiana, Father David Martin, pastor at St. Simon Church, Washington, and Mary Ruth lmshvr of Evansville. They have 17 grandchildren. He is Golden Jubilarians Wilfred and Frances (Hasenour} Tieken will celebrate. fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of 2 p.m. Nov. 29 at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel. A for the immediate family will follow at Haub's Steak An open house will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Knights Home. The couple was married Nov. 20, 1941, James Church. Hosting the celebration are their seve dren, David, Dennis and Gregory, all of Evansville, Baton Rouge, La., Ronald of Washington, and Becky and Janice Herr, both of Evansville. They have 17 dren. Tieken is retired from Tieken Construction; tired from the Ramada Inn and is a volunteer at Hospital. Family Indoor Mini Golf Family Billiards Table Tennis Air Video And More a rir,,farmer. 333H N. Plaza East Blvd. Off Green River Road Near Sears Service Center Special prices for church groups soclal groups, and birthday parties 479-9693