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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Decemberi St. Wendel School newsletter helps people get acquai By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer School newsletters are usu- ally chock-full of lots of infor- mation; there are announce- ments and school calendars and menus for the parents to read. But, svmetimes, it's fun to read something light along with all the information. That's exactly what Ann Friedman is providing this year as she puts together her school newsletter at St. Wen- del School, St. Wendel. In each issue of her newslet- ter, the St. Wendel principal is including biographical infor- mation about her faculty and staff. She said the idea to intro- duce the faculty and staff in this way grew out of a School Improvement Plan. There was discussion about encouraging the St. Wendel parishioners to become better acquainted with faculty and staff members, and Friedman thought a good way to do this would be to write about each teacher in the 'school newsletter. In her very first newsletter this fall, Friedman introduced herself. She explained that she hails from a small farming community of Glennonville, Missouri, named after Cardi- nal Glennon of St. Louis. "We were one of those good Catholic families of nine chil- dren. I was the third oldest. That should give you a clue as to how I spent my spare time as I was growing up. "It wasn't until I left my home town that I realized that people went to school during the month of October. We never did. We attended school during .the month of Septem- ber, but took off the month of October to pick cotton. "Since everyone in the com- munity grew cotton and that needed to be picked by hand (at that time), school was closed until all the cotton was picked. Then we continued again where we left off. "We picked from sunrise to dusk each day excluding Sun- day receiving 3.5 cents per pound (on good days). Do you know how much cotton it takes to make a pound? "I always competed to exceed my previous amount and that of a neighbor boy. I don't know if I ever beat him or not, but my highest amount was 214 pounds in one day." In the newsletter, Friedman wrote that she attended Do- minican College in Racine, Wisc., and then received her master's degree in from St. Mary's San Antonio, Texas. years, she wrote were "probably rewarding years the sense that I study just for ing." Friedman says the ical information has been well-received St. Wendel really are enjoying said, noting that she is such comments as so little about one and "How alike we Panel looks at ways to curb Saying thanks Students at Christ the King School, Evansville, take time November 17 to say "thank you" to their principal, Helene Hunter. Following an all-school Mass, students sang and read poems written in Mrs. Hunter's honor. Father Robert Deig, pastor, then presented MrL Hunter with a school bell -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Robert and Margie Frank, grandparents of Roxie Frank, a fifth grader at St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County, pose with the fifth grade social studies class. The Franks have traveled to 50 states, and they shared their experiences of their travels. MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. Evansville, IN FIRST FEDERAL (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Wastington 500 Main St., Petersburg violence in homes, By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Guns, gangs and government were three targets of a Dec. 3 teleconference on violence fea- turing a blue-ribbon panel of politicians, clergy and experts. Playing the parts of con- cerned citizens, the dozen pan- eHsts were asked how they would counter the violence in fictional accounts of a hus- band's increasing abuse of his wife and the gang slaying of a 10-year-old boy for unknow- ingly wearing a rival gang's colors. Panelists included former congressman Jesuit Father Robert Drinan, presi- dential adviser George Stephanopolous, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and Dolores Leckey, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth. Father Drinan drew ap- plause from the audience at the Washington National Epis- copal Cathedral when he said, "The churches have to do something to get rid of the 70 million guns in this country." Such levels of gun posses- sion are found only in the United States, he said, and "not in any civilized country -- not England, not Canada or Japan. The churches have to crusade against guns." Addressing the gang sce- nario, Isaac Fulwood, Wash- ington's retired police chief, said it was not unusual for po- lice to round up gang leaders for a summit to cool down the violence. But that is only a temporary measure, he said. "We have got to reinvent the community," Fulwood added. Because there is no structure in gang mem- be.rs' own families, he said, "gangs are their families." Stephanopolous, assigned the role of City Councilman "Newt Stephanopolous" in one role-playing exercise, said he would say to citizens, "I'm going to tell you something you're not going to believe: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." But he warned that govern- ment would not be able to do as much as citizens want it to do because of budget cuts. "The churches are going to have to pick up the slack," Stephanopolous said. if they don't do it Fulwood criticized of "three strikes and out" proposals a third-time prison for life. ! Noting that his was violently said violent consider the their actions. "We to the front end of prevent these pening," he said. But Mrs. ( that judges ability to "carry tence that the signed." She added that the should find it in theft ened self-interest" to poor in their Mrs. "should re themselves women and men in spouse-abuse She said the U.S. pamphlet on domestic "When I Preach ... Me," is par "Never un power of the Leckey said. Father Drinan bishops' new on violence, Culture of Violence: ', Framework for And United Bishop Felton MaY burg, Pa., lauded 1986 pastoral letter, Justice for All." Crediting the "proactive, not on issues, Bishop these ideas were there'd not only be lence in the less violence in Moderator Tim known as host of the Press," said "why a nice CathO would spend his ternoon here, at a cathedral." His answer: "I my son. I hope of the inspiratiori panel, some other boy will have the love that my that they hear sounds of than gunfire."