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St. Theresa II I Ill III III IIII I I I I I I I I III II for a new 11-room .school, which in Ume; talent and treasure," he said. used as a church; the first Mass in it was celebrated May 7, 1950. "It's ave the administrative assistant. "The sisters caring. They have a lot ot until t "It's a champagne parish,' to Sister Jennifer Miller, the convent was constructed. The building now serves as a residence for O.S,B., a member of the pastoral team, "It',s bubbly, it's warm going four sisters, and also provides office space for the parish. down, and everybody's part of the toast.' The first parish social was held in the summer of 1950, beginning a St. Theresa Church is a relatively new parish, founded during the tradition of festivals which contribute significantly toward parish growing years following World War II. finances. (As much as $60,000 is raised during the three-day summer "In May 1946, the people in the North Side of Evansville, Ind., were exceptionally blessed when his excellency, our beloved bishop, Henry J. Grimmelsman, had the foresight to purchase the beautiful site for St. Theresa Parish," wrote Gns E.L. Hesse in a parish history published in 1950. "To meet the ever growing demands of the North Side... and the adjacent suburbs, St. Theresa Parish was established in April 1947 and had its humble beginning in two government buildings that were standing on the property." One building, remodeled as the first parish church, was blessed by Bishop Grim melsman Aug. 3, 1947. The other building was remodeled as a two-room school, and opened Sept. 3 that same year, with 79 students. The first pastor was Father Cornelius Sahm, appointed April 18, social .) ,_ A five-room school addition was blessed Oct. 20, 1957. Among facilities added were a music room, a band room and a first aid room. After Father Sahm's retirement, Father Michael Wolf was named pastor. He served St. Theresa Church from October 1968 to November 1970, when Father Eugene Schwenk was appointed administrator. Father Eugene Dewig was appointed pastor, April 15, 1971; he was followed by Father Paul Roos, who was appointed July 20, 1974. Fire damaged the church roof and ceiling, June 22, 1978; daily Mass c continued during the time of repair. Father Ted Temple, current pastor, was appointed OcL 16, 1979. The church was renovated in 1981; kindergarten classes were begun that same year. In 1983, Marian Day School moved to St. Theresa School. Planning for a multi-purpose building was begun in June 1984; 1947. Father Car] Shetler was the first assistant pastor, appointed four the building now provides storage space for summer social equipment, months later. Also serving as assistants in the early years were Fathers facilities for basketball and other athletic events, and is used for Roman Heerdink, Clement Cohen, and Leo Conti. receptions and other social gatherings. The first rectory was an old farmhouse; the present rectory now Benedictine Sisters Mary Henry Schiff, Maurice Wagner and stands on its site. See ST. TIF, RESA page 11 A lie, or has The j The, :: :; St. Theresa Catholic .Church ii!iiiii::!i:i ! :/i :: :: i! ..... " :" 7Z5 Wedeking Avenue Evansville, Indiana 47711.3897 (8!2] 422-8211 Pastor. ........................................... ; Father Pastoral Associate..... ...... ,.....,, ........; .;Sister Administrative Assistant. i .............. ..................... In residence ......................... . .... :, ::, .............. .... Principal ........................................... :: :::":  Mass Schedule * " Saturday. ..... ............ . ............. ............ ,..:...5 t Sunday.....:... ...... " ......... ": .... ":'" :"iiiiiiiii.8i930, 11:,