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January8,1988 View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 ByFATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher 1988 is time to reach flLose not in our pews It&apos;s the time of year that gets the mind and the blood moving in the direction of new starts, or renewed efforts in old starts. We have been singularly blessed thus far with a very mild wintertime. This, of course, could change before these words see the light of day in the newspaper. But we have not yet felt either bit- ter cold or snow and ice to cause a diminution or change in planned projects. Businesses set goals for the year. Individuals t goals. The Indiana General Assembly has begun its annual rush. Schools move immediately to distract students from the relative ease of vacation days. Many of us in parish life have packaged vir- tually the whole past several weeks for the Christmas liturgies. Families and individuals, too, often put plans or more long term issues on hold until everyone is safely back in school, or back at work after the new year. It is simply a very normal response to dealing effectively with special demands and schedules over the period we call Christmas. But that is now past. After this Sunday when we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, we will <-'revert to ordinary time of the year and pick up the Holy T " " Continued from page 9 The parish status as a na- tional church was soon removed and boundaries were assignad. A decree from Rome ited Holy Trinity with 9sumption -- the downtown church which had served as the diocesan cathedral. Assump- tion was sold to Evansville Future, Inc, for downtown redevelopment; Holy Trinity was named the Pro-Cathedral of color green until the new season of Lent comes along Everything points us in the direction of a return to normalcy if there is ever such a season. Elective surgeries now fill the calendars of surgeons and healthcare centers. Plans and issues that were touched on previously but in a cursory fashion now become very pointed and call for in- cisive and vigorous decisions. Money and budgets, ever present and ever necessary, will begin to call for study and planning. For parishes and offices that employ women religious, the process is a little different since sisters are to receive a salary equivalent to that paid to a lay person. The new policy will take ef- fect in September of this year. We have not yet seen any diocesan study of this issue from our local diocese, but the Archdiocese of Indianapolis estimates that there will be an increase of $800,000 needed to fulfill the new salary policy there. Indianapolis will introduce its new policy in September 1989. We will introduce ours in September 1988. Some of the increased salary for the sisters will be offset by the fact that the sisters will now have to pay for their own housing and transportation. That means each one will have to use a portion of the salary for rent, and a portion the diocese. The Chancery Office was moved to its present location -- the old Latin School, now called the Catholic Center -- in late 1976. InvOlvement in Catholic education is an outstanding feature of Holy Trinity's history. By 1860, separate schools for boys and girls had been built; increased enroll- ment prompted a new two-story Fr. William Traylor, liaison for the charismatic renewal, Diocese of Evansville, will be the celebrant/Homilist at a CHARISMATIC MASS SUNDAY EVENING JAN. 10 7:00 P.M. Christ The King Catholic Church 3109 Bayard Park Drive Evansville, Indiana Praise music by The Glory Band starting at 6:15 p.m. Bring your sick for powerful healing prayers. for purchase and operation of an automobile if such is deemed necessary. An area that cries out for our fullhearted effort and concern is that of the consistently lowering percentage of Catholics who attend Mass on a weekly basis. This trend has been with us for some 20 years, but we really have done very little to at- tempt a reversal of the figures. How do we reach those not in our pews every week, I predict; will gradually, albeit belatedly, become a very major issue for parishes and dioceses. It is first noticed when we give out informa- tion. If they are not present, they will not hear. Then we notice it in income. Figures are available that show we are not increasing our incomes in relation to the growth in the numbers of Catholics. If they are not present, they generally will not be faithful and proportional givers. How do we reach them? How do we capture their minds and continue to feed their faith? How do we get them back in the pews? There are some answers and ways to deal with the situation. Let 1988 be the year when each parish or institution begins a determined effort to plan strategies for touching and refreshening our own. building, replacing both old schools, in 1869. As new parishes were founded to serve a growing Evansville, enrollment declin- ed at Holy Trinity; soon after the turn of the century, half of the schoolrooms were unoc- cupied. The pastor, Msgr. Fran- cis X. Unterreitmeier, offered the use of the lower floor to the pastors of the city who were searching for a place to start a Catholic high school. The Brothers of' the Holy Cross at Notre Dame accepted the invita- tion to staff the school. The first class, with 43 boys in the ninth grade, was held on September 8, 1919. It was the beginning of a school which later became Reitz Memorial High School. From 146 to 1949, the building provided temporary classroom space for another school -- which was to become Mater Dei High School. Even after the old school building was razed, Catholic education remained a priority for the parish. In 1973, accor- ding to the parish history, "Ho- ly Trinity Pro-Cathedral gave $70,500 to Good Shepherd Parish which was deeply in debt and was struggling finan- cially to maintain its school. In 1975 Holy Trinity gave them another $50,000 .... " In almost 140 years, just nine priests have served as pastor of Holy Trinity: the founder, Father Kutassy, died in 1875. Father James J. Duddenhausen served until 1886. Father John Diestel, who was pastor until 1907, was succeeded by Msgr. Unterreitmeier. In 1933, Msgr. August Springier was ap- pointed; in 1957, the Chancellor of the Diocese, Msgr. Thomas J. Clarke, took up residence and remained as pastor at Ho|y Trinity until 1965. He was succeeded by the Vice-Chancellor, Msgr. Clinton Hirsch, who was followed by Msgr. Howard Murphy who died in a 1970 car-train acci- dent. The current rector, Msgr. Michael O.J. Wolf, was assigned on November 14, 1970. The early days of 1988 bring another change to the parish. Msgr. Clarke has moved from his residence at the rectory to St. John's Home for the Aged in Evansville. Lily to give new ministries grants written by Lilly Endowment. The new ministries will be aimed at a variety of needs like the spiritual development of parishioners, community ser- Fifteen Indiana churches will be selected this spring to par- ticipate in a year-long program to help them develop new ministries, in a project under- IMPORTANT! CALL: 424-9274 vice, training of leaders or a bet- ter understanding of the tradi- tion of the church. Carl R. Smith is the program director of the New Ministries Project, based in Indianapolis. He says the purpose of the endeavor "is to help congrega- tions who have had an itch to do something new to do it." He says a "new ministry" doesn't have to be something new under the sun, but rather "something that is new for a congregation." Pastors whose churches take part may request a grant of up to $1500 to enable them to be bet- ter equipped to be a leader in the new ministry. The money may be used for training, pur- chase of equipment or materials related to the new ministry. Churches of all denominations are eligible for the program.