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I 1 O The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana JanuanJ 31, 19 Magic of Words I I II By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher This past Sunday we celebrated the "Bless- ing of the Church Site" at St. John Church, New- burgh, as the expansion program moves more quickly into preparing the grounds for construct- ing a new church. Two issues come to mind. One is that we truly build on the faith and values of those who have preceded us in life. A second idea is that the Catholic Church in these counties contributes greatly to the general economic well being of our people. One of the readings for the ceremony was from Paul's first letter to the people at Corinth, Greece. "Thanks to the favor God showed me I laid a foundation as a wise master-builder might do, and now someone else is building upon it. "Everyone, hawever," continues Paul, "must be careful how he builds. No one can lay a foun- dation other than the one that has been laid, namely Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 3:10) One of the parishioners present, Emily Thompson, remarked that her grandfather was present for the first St. John Church, now the Country Store on Jennings Street in Newburgh. Her father was there for the second St. John Building on faith, values of those who preceded us Church, our current house of worship. Now she was present for the blessing and groundbreaking for this third St. John the Baptist Church. What will her children and grandchildren help to pass on to the next generations? I feel that Paul so very wisely noted that the only true and lasting foundation is Jesus Christ. In other words, whatever we do, whatever we construct must be deeply rooted in faith and love of Christ Jesus. If our lives and actions are not based on such faith, then our words and deeds are empty and without power. That same citation from Scripture goes on to remind us that we are the true temples of God and his Spirit dwells in us. Bricks and mortar have meaning and purpose when we use them for God's glory and honor. We always build on those who have gone be- fore us. We, by the will of God, happen to be here at this time when the need to expand is present. Without those who preceded us, we would not be able or willing to do this work. We are grateful for those who've been faithfully at work and prayer in each of our parishes. Second point. I think it would be a good idea for our civic leadership to recognize what the Catholic Diocese of Evansville contributes to the area economy. With this project at Newburgh, along with Holy Redeemer and Good Shepherd Churches in Evansville, some $6.6 million is being pumped into the construction business. Local money for goods and services keeps being respent. How many families have been able to feed, house, clothe and educate them- selves because of the faith commitment of peoplB in these parishes? Just a few years ago, Holy Rosary, Evansville, spent approximately $1.25 million on an educational/recreational structure' Other parishes and schools continue to feed money into the economy. This is Catholic Schools Week. These schools provide jobs and purchase services. The total the schools spend is in the millions of dol" lars annually. We boast of these works because they are works of a living faith. May we ever pass on th0 other generations our same strength of prayer and faith in God's ways! Patronize Messa Advertisers ,"------ ..... - -- ,20% PREPARATION Ii I Call 464-3633 for appointment I 1210 E. Columbia St. -- Evansville 4771' m m= mt Funeral Homes Four Convenient Locations [' " , ! ,..,,,. ZIEMER-SHEARS EAST CHAPEL 800 S. HEBRON AVE. Inaugural guests Second graders at Holy Family School, Jasper, were invited to the inauguration of Jasper Mayor Bill Schmitt. Above, the students are Zach Pfister, Katie Casper, Jason Ruhe, Tony Seng, Phillip Hopf, Cale Knies and Brian Rasche. FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. RT. 1 ST. ANTHONY lsiting Nurse Plus, Inc., offers companion I caregiving for comfort, care and peace of mind. A little help can make big difference. 425-0853 L i "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW "" .110 MAiN .STREI[T EVANSVILLE, INDIANA 47708-14B5 TIELIEPHONIE {Shl) 45-11101 ANNOUNCING Mark W. Rietman has become a partner i the law firm of Berger and Berger, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, effective January 1, . 1992. Mr. Rietman obtained both his undergrad" uate' and law degrees from Indiana University. He has practiced law in Evansville for fifteen 15 earsm e re s mlneraJ ( )y ' th a a of municipal law, " law and personal injuiry law. Mr. Andrew S. Ward has become associated with the law firm of Berger and Berber. Mr. Ward graduated from Indiana University schoW of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1988. Before joining Berger and Berger, he was law Clerk to The Honorable William J. Hussmann, Jr., Uniteu States Magistrate Judge for the Southern Dis- trice of Indiana. PAID ANNOUNCEMENT