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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestem Indiana Continuedfrom page 1 Celebrations The Sisters of the Second Order of St. Francis, also known as the Poor Clares, celebrated the centenary of their establishment in southwestern Indiana. Parishioners at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Peters- burg, celebrated the parish's one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary June 29. Former pastor, Father Ray Reis- ing, delivered the homily at a Mass celebrating the anniversary. d Employees at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, spent July 18 celebrating their center's one-hundred- twenty-fifth anniversary. There was a Mass and a Ger- man feast. Parishioners at St. James Church, St. James, celebrat- ed their parish's one-hundred-twenty-fifth anniversary with a Mass and reception on July 25, a picnic on Aug. 3, a parish dinner on Sept. 28, and the publication of a cookbook. In August, the Benedictine Sisters in Ferdinand marked the one-hundred-thirtieth anniversary of the birth of their monastery. Parishioners at Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch, cel- ebrated their golden jubilee with an anniversary Mass on Aug. 31. Former pastors and parishioners, teachers and students attended. A Founders' Dinner was held Sept. 13. In September, students and faculty at St. Theresa School, Evansville, celebrated their school's fiftieth anniversary with a Mass attended by former principals and teachers. An parish Open House was held Oct. 18 and 19. The parish sesquicentennial celebration at St. Philip Church, St. Philip, was held Sept. 14. The celebration included Mass and a parish dinner. St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes, noted its one- hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary with a Mass and ban- quet Oct. 26. The anniversary year also included a parish Mardi Gras party, a fish fry, an organ concert by Mark X. Hatfield, a Mother's Day breakfast, and the construction of a church replica for use in the Vincennes Fourth of July parade. In November, Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Venerable Mary Potter, foundress of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary. The Sisters own and operate the facility. Building plans, renovations ..................................... Groundbreaking ceremonies for a new parish hall were held April 26 at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. The dedication was held Nov. 23 with Bishop Get- telfinger presiding. The facility contains a social room, a kitchen, two sup- ply rooms, an office and bathrooms. Ground was broken June 4 for a new Washington Catholic Middle School. The $2.5 million project also includes major renovation at the existing Washington Catholic High School. The new Parish Center at St. Joseph Church, Dale, was dedicated by Bishop Gettelfinger in June. The new facility includes a large assembly room, 12 dassrooms for religious education, a senior citizens meeting room, an office, kitchen, storage area, restrooms. A new Spiritual Life Center was under construc- tion at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand, during 1997. When completed, it will provide space for religion classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, a medium size hall, and a Liturgy of the Word chapel. When classes began in the fall, students at Resur- rection School, Evansville, enjoyed the new addition to their school. The addition contains administrative offices, seven classrooms and a multi-purpose facility. In September, ground was broken at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County, for a $1.4 million build- ing project. The parish project will be completed in two stages. The first stage includes a multi-purpose build- ing, school administration offices and a parish meeting room. The second phase will feature new classrooms, windows and air-conditioning. On Oct. 5, the religious education building at Holy Angels Church, New Harmony, was dedicated. The building contains four classrooms. ., School supporters from both Memorial and Mater Dei high schools joined forces in 1997 for an $11 mil- lion capital campaign. The campaign, tiffed "Treasure the Tradition," will provide funds for major renovation :,a7 and building projects at both Evansville Catholic high schools. Among the gifts was a $500,000 contribution from the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville. A new chapel at Mater Dei will be named in honor of Msgr. Michael Wolf, pastor. On Nov. 2, parish- ioners at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, gath- ered for the dedication and blessing of their new addition, which includes six classrooms, a multi- media library, and a 15,988 square foot multi- purpose building. An open house was held in December for the old school building next to Rivet High School, Vincennes. Following extensive renovation, the building now houses CEF office/board room, computer and foreign language labs, music classrooms and an audi- torium. 9 In 1997, Msgr. Carl Shetler celebrated the fiftieth anniversary the priesthood. During 1997, work continued on the new church and school renovation at Precious Blood Church, Jasper. Diocesan Pastoral Council .... ........... .......... ......... : ....... ........... ................ : ...... ........... ....... ::..: Bishop Gettelfinger appointed seven new members to the Diocesan Pastoral Council. They are James Burch, St. John, Loogootee; Richard Coleman, St. Joseph, Princeton; Diane Fehrenbacher, St. Wendel, St. Wendel; Shirlie Holton, Sacred Heart, SchnellviUe; Daniel Miller, St. John, Daylight; Earl Ruppel, St. Thomas, Knox County, and Marlene Obert, St. Bernard, Fort Branch. In April, the Board of Trustees at St. Meinrad College voted to close the college at the end of the 1997-98 school year. Their decision was confirmed by the monastic community of St. Meinrad Archabbey. The School of Theology is not affected by this deci- sion. The college is in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, but was attended by many priests in this diocese. Youth Minist00 ........................................................ Thirty-one teenagers in the Diocese of Evansville received the St. Maria Goretti Youth Awards during Youth Day on Feb. 9, which was held at St. John Church, Loogootee. They are Steve Collison, Erik Gillum, St. Peter, Mont- gomery; Sally Gries, Jacob Peregoy, St. Joseph, Vander- burgh County; Anne Strathmann, Heather Spalding, MIchelle Dube, Dan Rice, Sarah Tretter, St. John the Baptist, Newburgh; Amy Schipp, Brad Kluesner, Curt Klein, Holy Family, Jasper; Teresa Donis, Sarah Booher, Angela Dickson, Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand; Regina Hildenbrand, St. Henry, St. Henry; Melissa Duf- fey, A. Breeze Schulte, Jennie Warren, Old Cathedral, Vincennes, and Audra Weisheit, Jennifer Kluesner, Jill Bridgewater, Sarah Arvin, Natalie Harbison, Stephanie Sutton, Jill Matthews, Jennifer Hand, St. John, Loo- gootee. Wendy Wigand and Andy Witmeier were honored for their work in scouting. When World Youth Day was held in Paris this year, there was a group in attendance from the diocese. Attending were Jean Zelenko, Erin Wichman, Rodney Crable, Edna Crable, Kelly Adams, Melanie Baker, Becky Bredhold, Hollie Newcomb, Bridget Richter, Blessed Sacrament Sister Jane Nesmith and Mike Eppler, diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry. Bishop Gettelfinger was joined by 400 youth from around the diocese for the thirty-fifth Youth Day, held Sept. 28 at the Catholic Center in Evansville. The theme for the day was "Upon this Rock." In November, 69 young adults and from the diocese traveled to Kansas City, National Catholic Youth Conference. Edm All-school Masses, a bail games, were on the schedule in the diocese during Catholic Schools through Feb. 1. This year's theme waSl Schools -- Schools You Can In." In May, Dei High School, Evansville, of the Year Award. Bishop award at the Teacher of the Year bane Twenty-three teachers were selected as for the annual diocesan award which is the Message and the Office of Catholic Four-hundred seniors received diplomas in the four Catholic high schools parishes in the diocese. Another ed from Marian Heights Academy, a high school operated by the Benedictine dinand. Valedictorians included Kathleen High School, Vincennes; Fernanda Heights Academy, Ferdinand; Ann Weber, High School, Evansville; Adam sky, Memorial High School, Evansville, Dumil, Washington Catholic New principals during the 1997-98 included: Benedictine Sister Karlene Sensmeier, School, Evansville. Stanley Coy, St. Bernard School, Jane Carnahan, Washington Catholic School, Washington. Richard Mathena, Washington School, Washington. Lisa Popham was named adminis Memorial High School, Evansville. In September, there were 7,804 , Catholic schools in the diocese. student enrollment of 7,467 during year. Rood.of1997 ............... During the early months of 1997, the flooded parts of southern Indiana, causing to the area. : Thanks to a $10,000 donation from ties USA, relief was offered to victims  second $10,000 was received from dation, Inc. ,: i