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ber 18,1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 St. Wendel students turn off the TV By MARy ANN HUGHES Message staff writer PTO at St. Wendel el, St, Wendel, recently students to turn oil" tr elevision sets for five -sea the students com- the "no TV" week, they bPOrted back-with stories family games and con- and about finding for hobbies and Will&apos;s entire fhmily, parents Brenda and his three and his sister, turned -TV for five days. saYS the first no TV day , most difficult, but soon it. outside and played we played , and we cleaned up said. "We talked and we did the qual- improved we didn't so they Io noticed that meal as family more about was "just a lot eas- with. When you IrV, you talk in a s easier without the TV, because you talk slower." Adam said he discovered that "I can get better gt'ades if I don't watch TV as much." lie also ibund time to "talk to my mum more, to see what she did that day and tell her what I did." Kindergarten student Ash- Icy Adler said she fbund more time to "play with my brother, and clean up my room" but she did miss watching her favorite TV program, Bugs Bunny. Kim Pritchett, an eighth grader at St. Wende], said her brother Matt put a sign on the Ashley Adler talks about the week she spent without TV. family TV reminding everyone "don't push this button." Instead, the entire Pritchett family spent time playing games together. "It was good because we watch TV too ninth, and we enjoyed playing games." She said she learned'that "1 don't always have to war:oh TV when I'm bored or when I'm done with my homework That's nornmlly what I do." Fifth grader Ann Bittner spent the week painting Christmas ornaments and playing checkers with her morn. "I learned you can do other things besides watch TV." Ann Friedman, principal at St, Wendel, also participated in the "no TV" campaign. She found it "kind of difficult, be- cause I turn the TV on out of habit. "I had to get used to the quiet, and I naissed the news. Also, about 9 in the evening, when I finished my day's work and wanted to relax, I missed it then." She added, "TV is in our lives so often, that we often ne- glect what is of real value in our lives, such as communica- tion and just recognizing the other person's presence," When she was approached by the PTO about the program, she thought the idea was as, communities must nurture s of vocations, pope says N CITy (CNS) -- !ants the seed of LS up to Catholic COmmunities to have the fertile grow, Pope ual message for of Prayer for the pope said COnquer every to that weaken and contribute to 6 World day of marked April 28 0Ceses, The papal i Dec. 7 at k that because m to call and Vincennes ,,,, Bicknell Sandborn Frinceton. Patoka F.D.I.C. when to call, there is nothing more tbr us to do than to wait," the pope said. But a call from God requires a human response that is very difficult to make without sup- port from one's family, parish and faith community, Pope John Paul said. While Catholics have become increasingly aware of the dig- nity of all vocations in the church, he said, they should not forget that vocations to the priesthood and religious life are "necessary for the church's identity as instrument and image of the Itingdom of God in the world." Individual Cath01ic and their parishes must welcome and support vocation to the priesthood and religiou lif. acting "as mothers attenUve to the growth and huppiue of their offspring," he said To be a fertile gcmJd lb, o cations, Pope Jdm Paui said, a Catholic community mast: Know hv m listen to i:,: Word of God '://iron die Bibi becomes the 0:ok of the com- munity, then it is easier to hear and comprehend the voice of God who calls." h Sheet Metal Inc. al & Commercial Heating & C.ooling Sales & Service ,. 422-9242 [ Potrlclo Koch 15 S. Third Aenue, Evansville ' MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pro.Planning Shce 1940" 424-9274 Know how to pray'in- tensely. "Prayer offers precious energies toward giving a posi- tive welcome to the Lord's invi- tation to put oneself at the ser- vice of the spiritual, moral and material good of hunmnity." Be sensitive to the mis- sionary dimension of the faith. If the community takes seri- ously the need to bring people to Christ, "there will not be lacking .within it generous young persons who will oflbr to take upon themselves ... the proclamation of the Gospel which is old and yet every IIW?' .... Be open to erving the poor, "In presenting the most a.thentic lhce of the Chritia. community committed in all lt membcr to helping brothers and sisterswho are tried b) ,wed a.d by SUffA'iibg, :i atle" ol hulnlllLy, or seif-de,lai, prober to a choice in favc, c of hd tJ,aoi, .;otJ lbit, c i.,.& dtftt i;e cre?.xti,')n <f a, (IIVIF,. ;].;?3tJ.t, cming the gift ofa vocati,at." The papal message included a special appeal to young peo- ple: "Be generous in giving your life to the Lord. Do not be afraid! You have nothing to fear because God is the Lord of history and of the universe," the pope wrote. ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCIIER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 "great, because the idea was to have more family time. "Their big thing was that we don't spend enough time to- gether, and this would give families time to do this, espe- cially considering the hectic schedules they lbllow." l)uring the "'no TV" week, she noticed that the students were coming to school "'more relaxed, with the assurance that their homewm'k was well done rather than just put down so they could watch TV." She also heard more conver- sations aboutTamilies, and brothers and sisters, as stu- dents talked about what they were doing with their 'rv view- ing time. "It created more of a family atmosphere." Adam Will's entire family turned off their TV for five days. Adam says the first day was the toughest. Memorial plans block scheduling for 1997-98 school year By MARY ANN HUGHES for college and work." Message staff writer This fall, Mater Dei High School, Evansville, will begin Faculty merfibers at Memo- an 80-minute class schedule, rial High School, Evansville, according to Mater Dei prifici- have voted to begin block pal HerbNeighbors. scheduling during the 1997-98 The Mater Dei students will school year, according to Gerry take classes which will last 80 Adams, principal, minutes, instead of the 50 rain- The new schedule will have utes they now last. Students 90-minute classes. Students will attend four classes each will take seven classes, with day, a total of eight different one period every other day for classes every two days. study and all other activities. The longer class periods will This fall, every faculty mere- allow teachers to incorporate ber had the opportunity to visit lectures, videos, guest speakers a school using block schedul- along with cooperative learning ing, and to talk with teachers projects, Neighbors said. and students in the schools. For example, an 80-minute Adams said that Memorial science class might contain a will begin a series of in-service lab, a lecture, a video and com- sessions fbr faculty members pater work. "There could be because the longer class peri- four to five things to help stu- ods will require different teach- dents learn more about their ing-learning methods, subject matter." "We want to be well prepared Marian Height Academy, as we take on the challenge of Ferdinand, began block better preparing our students scheduling this year. Father Jean Vogler resigns as pastor By PAUL R. LEINC, ANG Msgr. Maurilius Bil,kie, " Message edito  pastor emeritus, resides at the parish and regularly presides Father Jean Vogler ha re- at weekend Masses. Father Mg,cd ftum hts potion as Kenneth Herr, chaplain at pastor of 11ol 3' }l,,v..y Church, Memorial High School, also Evansville, according to a presides at weekend Masses. statemenl hem Bishop Gerald Bishop Gettelfinger said other A Gettclfinger. lCathm' Vogler, priests wilt assist Father Herr pastor of that g,trizh since and Msgr. Bi/skie unt.il sucl a li0, ires ntl eened fcom ttme as a new pastor is sp- rite priesthood, pointed. Bisimp Geltci6nger pi'esided "H,tv Rosary is a strong and ..i ilc -,,.:'.'L:.td iarkJ Masses ibrant parish eommumty," ';2C 11 .d i2 ;,,,a ,i',,-:t e bishop said. You have tt2e 15arlshl,)lar ,at.ms; |a, , - ignauun, In part, the bishop here aa xperietced staff at.,l said "very painful personal cir- most generous and active lay eumstances and developments leadershipf in Father Vogler's private life Staff members include Dea- led him to take this action." con Robert Thurgood; Steve Bishop Gettelfinger asked Schlachter. facilities manager; parishioners to pray for Father Mary. Kaye Falcony, director of Vogler, and said the resigna- religious education, and Bar- tion was not because of physi- bara Klein, secretary. Mark cal illness. The pastor's resig- McDonald is the principal of nation was effective Dec. 8, Holy Rosary School, which has The building program at the an enrollment of 443 students parih will continue, and ofler in the K-8 program. projucts undewvay will be un- The parish has 1,493 fatal- affected, the bishop aia De ties .... ur 1.026 indi,iduals con Richard Preske has been accord.g to mlurmation vr- appointed to serve temporarily pared for the 1996 diocesan as administrator of the parish, yearbook and directory.