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Gary's last Catholic school shuts
The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 7, 2003 | Staff

Posted on 06/07/2003 7:27:19 AM PDT by 7 x 77

The last Roman Catholic school in Gary has closed for good because of declining enrollment. "I'm about to cry," said Alicia McClarin, a seventh-grader at Blessed Sacrament School, where Thursday was the final day of classes. "I've been here for seven years. I didn't think it would ever close." Along with the church it's a part of, the school was once home to northwestern Indiana's thriving Polish population. The parish built the school in 1960. "It is a nationwide trend, not having enough students," said Gary Bishop Dale Melczek.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholicschool; catholicschools; gary

1 posted on 06/07/2003 7:27:19 AM PDT by 7 x 77
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To: 7 x 77
I bet at one time there were over 50.
2 posted on 06/07/2003 7:28:07 AM PDT by 7 x 77
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To: 7 x 77
All this because the NEA and politicians have been dragging and slowing progress on the voucher issue.

As long as they can delay vouchers the more cities and states that will go this way.

The parents cannot support both the public school system through ever increasing taxes and continue to have $$$ left over for the private ones they want their kids to go to.

3 posted on 06/07/2003 7:47:23 AM PDT by George from New England
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To: 7 x 77
Steel made that school and as United States steel was unmade so was the Catholic school system.
4 posted on 06/07/2003 7:50:32 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: 7 x 77
This is funny. I looked at the article and thought it said "Gary's last Catholic school sluts." My first thought was that it was about Gary Condit. I went to the website to see why in the world they would put the word "sluts" in it. Of course, Catholic girls sometimes tend to be sluts because they can go to confession and can be forgiven. I guess for me it must have just been some Freudian thing.
5 posted on 06/07/2003 7:52:47 AM PDT by doug from upland (Martha is indicted and the Clintons still walk free.........what a country)
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To: 7 x 77
I find this amazing. My home town of Wheeling WV (hardly a bustling metropolis) has at least 5 Catholic grade schools. Maybe the poverty level has to do with it. Every time I drove through Gary on the way to Chi, I thought "what a hell hole".
6 posted on 06/07/2003 7:56:10 AM PDT by Hacksaw
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To: 7 x 77
It is a nationwide trend, not having enough students," said Gary Bishop Dale Melczek.

Not here, bishop. A second Catholic grade school is being considered for the DFW mid-cities, the first one (Holy Trinity) having opened just six years ago and it's already turning away students in large numbers.

There's also a Catholic High School being talked about, but that's further down the road.

7 posted on 06/07/2003 8:01:18 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: doug from upland
Of course, Catholic girls sometimes tend to be sluts because they can go to confession and can be forgiven.

You need to educate yourself on Catholicism if your going to speak about it:

1) A tiny number of people go to confession.

2) These days most "Catholic" girls are loose, as are most American girls, though serious young Catholics are more chaste than the general population.

3) Prior to the 60's, when the large majority of young Catholics were chaste, they also went to confession.

8 posted on 06/07/2003 8:02:05 AM PDT by 7 x 77
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To: doug from upland
Of course, Catholic girls sometimes tend to be sluts because they can go to confession and can be forgiven. It must have been a Freudian thing.

More likely, it was a gratuitous Catholic-bashing thing, for which you, of all people, should be ashamed.

9 posted on 06/07/2003 8:06:04 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Hacksaw
Maybe the poverty level has to do with it. Every time I drove through Gary on the way to Chi, I thought "what a hell hole".

It must have something to do with the fact that the overwhelming percentage of Gary citizens are now black and the diocese doesn't have many rich parishes. The Chicago Catholic schools in black neighborhoods serving the children of non-Catholics are heavily subsidized by the wealthy parishes.

10 posted on 06/07/2003 8:07:07 AM PDT by 7 x 77
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To: doug from upland
Any particular reason you feel inclined to insult Catholics today?
12 posted on 06/07/2003 8:07:46 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Bush/Cheney in '04 and Tommy Daschole out the door)
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To: doug from upland
Catholic girls sometimes tend to be sluts because they can go to confession and can be forgiven. I guess for me it must have just been some Freudian thing.

Freudian thing? No, just your typical anti-Catholic "jerk" type of thing.

13 posted on 06/07/2003 8:08:21 AM PDT by willowpar
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To: sinkspur
Not here, bishop. A second Catholic grade school is being considered for the DFW mid-cities, the first one (Holy Trinity) having opened just six years ago and it's already turning away students in large numbers.

To be fair, you guys down in Dallas-Fort Worth didn't use to have many Catholics, so now that you've had a large influx of them you need some schools. If its more than that and the Spirit is uncommonly manifest down there, I'd be happy to hear it.

14 posted on 06/07/2003 8:10:32 AM PDT by 7 x 77
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To: George from New England
The parents cannot support both

True enough.

Ironic, isn't it, that the schools that CAN'T do the job (public) are forcing those that CAN (private) out of business.

We need vouchers more than ever before.

15 posted on 06/07/2003 8:13:55 AM PDT by Republic If You Can Keep It
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To: George from New England
All this because the NEA and politicians have been dragging and slowing progress on the voucher issue. As long as they can delay vouchers the more cities and states that will go this way.

The once great Catholic school system is slipping through our country's fingers. No where in the world have Catholics ever built such a widespead and fine system.

16 posted on 06/07/2003 8:24:53 AM PDT by 7 x 77
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To: 7 x 77
No where in the world have Catholics ever built such a widespead and fine system.

Yes they have. In India. Catholic run (Jesuit) schools in large cities in India are on par with the best private schools here.

17 posted on 06/07/2003 8:38:53 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep
Nowhere in the world have Catholics ever built such a widespead and fine system.

Yes they have. In India. Catholic run (Jesuit) schools in large cities in India are on par with the best private schools here.

From the 1920's through the mid-1960's, the breadth and depth of the Catholic schools system in the United States dwarfed any Catholic system that ever existed, including India's.

18 posted on 06/07/2003 8:57:35 AM PDT by 7 x 77
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To: 7 x 77
From the 1920's through the mid-1960's, the breadth and depth of the Catholic schools system in the United States dwarfed any Catholic system that ever existed, including India's.

Thanks for the info. It is a tragedy that they have been allowed to deteriorate over the last few decades. I think the establishment of the Dept. of Education by Carter was the single biggest blow to American education.

19 posted on 06/07/2003 9:01:02 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: doug from upland
Wow, five posts in and the Catholic bashing has already started.
20 posted on 06/07/2003 10:39:47 AM PDT by jlogajan
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To: Bigg Red
Gee, don't my fellow Catholics have a sense of humor?
21 posted on 06/07/2003 11:49:46 AM PDT by doug from upland (Martha is indicted and the Clintons still walk free.........what a country)
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To: KBtry4-11
Sluts was a harsh word, but I used it because that is what I saw at first glance in the headline. Five extra Our Fathers and Hail Marys for me. It won't be the first time.
22 posted on 06/07/2003 11:51:45 AM PDT by doug from upland (Martha is indicted and the Clintons still walk free.........what a country)
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To: 7 x 77
Charter schools are also taking students from the Catholic schools. The non-Catholics who sent their kids to Catholic schools did so because they wanted their kids to have a decent education, not because they wanted them instructed in the Catholic religion. Many inner-city Catholic schools have a large non-Catholic population.

Charter schools are "free." Catholic schools usually aren't.
23 posted on 06/07/2003 12:02:49 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: willowpar
Am I not going to be able to receive Communion tomorrow?
24 posted on 06/07/2003 12:05:44 PM PDT by doug from upland (Martha is indicted and the Clintons still walk free.........what a country)
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To: doug from upland
Communion? An exorcism would be more appropiate. ;-)
26 posted on 06/07/2003 12:38:38 PM PDT by willowpar
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To: 7 x 77
You don say? Well, I be dammed.
27 posted on 06/07/2003 12:54:39 PM PDT by Old Professer
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To: willowpar
Another exorcism for me? No way. I've been through that before. My neck still hurts from turning my head all the way around. :)
28 posted on 06/07/2003 12:55:38 PM PDT by doug from upland (Martha is indicted and the Clintons still walk free.........what a country)
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To: Rebel Coach
I'm not Catholic and only know a handful. Catholicism is not big in North Mississippi.

Hey are you near the gambling mecca south of Memphis, what's it's name? I have relatives involved in a new Catholic elemetary school around there.

29 posted on 06/07/2003 1:06:16 PM PDT by 7 x 77
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To: George from New England
I agree with you there. We would like to "straight out" homeschool, but with so much going to the local schools so we can live in a good neighborhood ASIDE from the schools, we are thinking of going the charter school at home route instead where we would be utilizing the resources we put in. In fact, if the next school levy passes which would pull about another 500.00 more out of our pocket, we most certainly will have to go that route since our curriculum budget will be depleted. School levies are making it difficult for anyone to fund anything other than public schools thereby taking away any other choice. If we decide we are going to fund schooling(and I don't think it will be dismantled anytime soon) than vouchers(or tax rebates) can't come soon enough.
30 posted on 06/07/2003 1:11:33 PM PDT by glory
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To: Rebel Coach
I went to a wedding in Tunica a few years before the gambling. Everybody couldn't fit in the tiny church, and we walked a couple of blocks across roads without curbs, under big oaks with hanging moss, to the bride's house where they had the reception.

Next day we went to the closest grocery, which was a little bigger than the church, sat across from a cotton field, and was completely manned by an old black guy.

I've a relative that's an adminstrator near Tunica, she grew up in New Orleans and went to LSU.
32 posted on 06/07/2003 1:36:45 PM PDT by 7 x 77
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