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1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana se of Evansville celebrates its golden anniversary HUGHES Message staff writer the Diocese of Evansville, 1995 was marked by a celebration, ordina- Le: sthood and dia- e, and ground-breaking 18. Gerald A. Gettelfin- .in Father Jack z 0n March 18, and was ordained June lh Steckler, a semi- 'the diocese, was or- on Dec. 8. nag ceremonies rn on church facil- Claus were held in COnstruction plans forward at other ;m the diocese. i 5( )eople gathered L t _ University of [nq lana tor the clos- at of the fiftieth Y' he diocese. bop Daniel Buech- ., of Indianapolis, hops, Benedictine ; t'ambert Reilly of ad and representa_ Let religious co ,,,., _ . mmu- ,u, ea wth Bishon °f. 300. Voices, under : ................ .... celebration Oct, 22 at the:University of Shern Indiana,  archbishop and seven bishops, a Benedictine archabbot and representatives of other religious communities, assembled with Bishop Gerald A Gettelfinger for the celebration. On June 3, Bishop Gettelfin- ger ordained Brian Holtz at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. Holtz, a native of Evansville, is the youngest son of the nine children of the late Charles and Ruth Holtz. He studied for the priesthood at St. Mary of the Lake Semi- nary in Mundelein, Ill. " ! :i iii//? :.•/)(i: ..... -. i ¸ ) on June 3 at St, William PAC area at rausic. Kenneth Steckler, a semi- narian for the diocese, was or- dained a deacon on Dec. 8. The ceremony was held at the !I :i'3rls University of Louvain, Bel- American College, Catholic° 'Year old Jack gium. (He will be ordained to Wt )rdained to the NI, h 18 the priesthood on July 13 r  :" by Bishop 1996.) -rood Shepherd I at ille. te II of ', - n ' It , 'mldred Grou d- l I " late Martin la studied for th break,ng  1 Sacred Heart Aground.breakingceremony c. logy in Hales was held May 24 for a $1.1 mil- lion church facility at St, Nicholas Church, Santa Claus. The facility will include wor- ship space and a social room. Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 1996. Building pj0ns, ' renovations Holy Rosary parish in Evansville began extensive renovation, which involved re- furbishing the church interior, turning the rectory into a fel- lowship hall/parish activity center, and constructing a new priests' residence. Plans were unveiled in Octo- ber for a new Washington Catholic Middle School, which would be built adjoining the present Washington Catholic High School. Plans also involve major ren- ovation in the elementary school and in the high school at Washington. The proposed new middle school would cover 22,969 square feet and cost an estimated $1.386 million. The total costs of building and ren- ovation are projected at $2.25 million. The Vincennes community was involved in a fund-raising project, designed to benefit an 1884 school building, to be used for school purposes. The building sits on the same city block as Rivet High School. The needs of Mater Dei and Memorial high schools in Evansville were evaluated, and an exploration• of fund-raising possibilities began in 1995. Parishioners at Christ the King Church, Evansville, began fund-raising with plans to build a multi-purpose build- ing, new classrooms and com- puter lab. Total construction costs were expected to be $1,340,000. At St. John, Newburgh, work continued toward building classrooms and a music room in the old church building. At St. James, work contin- ued in the new school addition. Construction was substantially completed in July 1995. Fin- ishing work is underway in the four new classrooms. The completion of renovation of St. Mary Church, Washing- ton, was celebrated in January 1'9,95. " " Resurrection  :. Ct{urch, Evansville, began a $1.7 mil- lion fund drive to construction additional parish facilities. The proposed project will provide seven new classrooms, addi- tional office space, and a multi- purpose facility. Holy Spirit Church, Evansville, began master plan- ning for a multi-purpose build- ing. St. Mary Church, Ireland, re- modeled an old school building to provide updated space for retreats and parish activities. Extensive renovation at St. Simon Church, Washington was completed in 1995. A new roof, interior and exte- rior painting, and other im- provements were made at St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville. Renovations, repairs and landscaping were completed at St. John Church, Loogootee. A new organ, using portions of the old instrument was in- stalled at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. The choir loft was re- furbished. Design work was completed in 1995 for a new parish center at St. Joseph Church, Dale. The rectory was remodeled at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville, has a newly-paved parking lot and cemeteLv road. The parking lot has been paved and expanded at St. Mary Church, Sullivan. St. Joseph Church, Evansville, has a new roof, and the build- ing was tuckpointed. A building at St. Mary Church, Evansville, is being remodeled as a parish life cen- ter. In 1995, members of St. Philip Church, St. Philip, began exploratory study of ffl- ture building needs for the parish, which is experiencing a dramatic growth in population. A study of future building needs was also underway at St. Clement Church, Boonville. At Precious Blood, Jasper, some preliminary investigation began, concerning the possibil- ities of building a new church and classroom building. Corpus Christi Church, Evansville, conducted a feasi- bility study on church renova- tion. Members of St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand, decided in December 1995 to demolish an old school structure and build a new parish center for reli- gious education and other parish purposes. Other Catholic institutions were also active, most signifi- cantly at Monastery Immacu- late Conception in Ferdinand, where a two-year, $6.8 million renovation of St. Benedict Hall was completed.