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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana te of the Diocese O.S.B. of deacon candi- nmg of professional meeting of the Council, I received a issue of devel- deacons be re- prior to moving ultation, the St. Mary's in Evans- ville has renovated its old school building into a parish center; Holy Rosary has built a parish hall, renovated the rectory into parish offices and built a new rectory for its priests. Following the destruc- tive force of a tornado, St. Martin, Whitfield, "rebuilt a parish hall and religious education center. Saint Nicholas parish was established in 1991. Its first pastoral leader is not a priest but rather is Benedictine Sister Mary Terence Knapp, Pastoral Life Coordinator. She is not 0 St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus, is the newest church building in the Diocese of Evans- ville. The building was dedicated in December, 1996. only its first pastoral leader, but she is also presiding over the building of St. Nicholas Parish Church, which was ded- icated on December 8, 1996. Sacramental ministry to the Saint Nicholas communi- ty is provided by Father Gordon Mann, pastor of neighboring St. Martin in Chris- ney. At present there are several other parishes with construction underway, and some nearing completion. Christ the King Parish in Evansville has complet- ed construction of a multi-purpose build- ing, which includes a gymnasium, sci- ence classroom and computer lab. St. Joseph, Dale is completing a Parish and Religious Education Center. Resurrec- tion Parish in Evansville is constructing a large addition to its school. Precious Blood Parish in Jasper has just begun to build a new church and an addition to its school. St. Ferdinand has broken ground and has begun to bud a new parish and religious educatio center. Good Shepherd and St. John, Newburgh are adding to their schools while St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County, is antici- pating building a multipurpose center and classroom space. On the horizon is the building of a new diaconal aspi- presence of the rmed, then, appropriate prepara- needs for the y trained I have estab- led e Sister ' Geraldine of Religious to encom- to provide pro- for all aSSUmed the role of :e for Adult Forma- l996. She hopes to of train- 1997. Edu- for Directors of are already in place extensively. KS mgns that bode diocese. There development as tangible ways. bishop in April requests new churches, churches" of the to wait until the our dio- s to pre- parishes of our Shepherd, and Evansville, and to build new and Happily, and Loan may borrow kg projects. It is Our diocese has of its facilities to be an ever to build new the life of the Indiana. Good have ngs, they to their ailt a school has center and and Paul in Parish center and education. St. rues has built a Parishes experience growth, challenges By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "The good news is that the plans for our school addition and multi-purpose building have been approved," wrote Father Ted Tempel in the Jan. 19 issue of the Good Shepherd parish bulletin. Good Shepherd in Evansville is one of the many parishes in the diocese experi- encing the blessings and the challenges of increasing membership and activity. The parish plans, approved by the diocesan building commission, include six classrooms, a library and a multi-pur- pose center. The latest additions to the facilities follow by only a few years the construction of a new church building and the conversion of the former worship space to a gym. The "good news" at the parish includes a doubling of enrollment at the school in the last seven years. Demographic pro- jections show that it will continue to increase steadily though the year 2002, according to a brochure published by the parish. Good Shepherd School's library was sacrificed this year to create more class- room space. The new addition will allow the parish to provide space needed by August of this year for the children of current parish families. With the addi- tion, Good Shepherd will have two rooms for each grade, K through 8. The plans also call for an advanced multi-media center, which will include computerized library services. The multi-purpose facility, as described in the parish brochure, will provide a safe, controlled environment year-round" for school functions, physical education classes, athletic events and. adult activities. The new building will "also free our current gym to meet addi- tional needs for food service." It will be 100 percent smoke-free at all times. The projected costs for the Good Shep- herd addition is $2 million. The proposed construction at Good Shepherd is one ofmany projects in var- ious stages, moving from concept to com- pletion. St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus, recently completed a new parish build- ing, which includes a worship area, fel- lowship area, and education and office wings. The $1.2 million facility was ded- icated Dec. 8. Christ the King Church, Evansville, has completed a multi-purpose build- ing, new classrooms and a computer lab, constructed for a total of $1.2 million. Dedication was held Dec. 29. Seven classrooms, office space and a multi-purpose center, estimated at $1.8 million, are under constrtiction at Res- urrection Church, Evansville. Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, has completed renovation at the church and former rectory, and construction ol  a new priest's residence. Old Cathedral, Vincennes, has com- pleted a partial restoration of the his- toric church. This phase of the project was estimated at $235,400. St. Mary Church, Evansville, com- pleted a Parish Ministry Center in 1996. It was dedicated in July. Other projects currently underway in the diocese include the following: • Precious Blood Church, Jasper: A new church and classroom building, estimated at $4.1 million; • St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand: A new building for religious education, parish offices, estimated at $1.1 million; • St. Joseph Church, Dale: A new parish center, estimated at $550,000, with a parking lot, lighting, landscap- ing, walkways and stairs. Ground was broken on March 30 of last year. The 10,000 square foot building will include 12 classrooms for religious education, an office, a kitchen, and a large assem- bly room capable of seating 350 persons at tables. : : : . ..... Projects in the planning and fund- raising stages include the following:. • Washington Catholic Schools: A new middle school building adjoining the present high school, and renovation of the elementary and high school build- ings, estimated at $2.5 million. • Vincennes parishes: Refurbishing an 1884 school building, on the same city block as Rivet High School, esti- mated at $384,000. • Holy Name Church, Bloomfield: Design is underway for a community building and religious education space. • SL Peter Celestine, Celestine: A new parish center. • St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County: A combination gym and multi- purpose building, phase I; and minor school renovation, phase II. • St. Clement Church, Boonville: Looking at possible construction of new church. • Corpus Christi Church, Evansville: feasibility study for church renovation and a school addition. • Holy Spirit Church, Evansville: Master planning efforts looking at a new multi-purpose building. • St. Philip Church, SL Philip: Look- ing at possibility of new church build. ing. • St. John the Baptist Church, New- burgh: plans for a multi-purpose center, school addition and finishing the church basement. • Holy Angels, New Harmony: inves- tigating need for more religious educa- tion space. • Mater Dei and Memorial high schools, Evansville: studying recom- mendations for renovations and addi- tions. • Holy Redeemer:. considering school addition. • St. Mary, Huntingburg: studng re- opening of the parish school. • St. Joseph, Jasper: considering improvements in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and construction of a parish center ......