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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 ilding boom underwayin diocese former rectory, and construc- tion of a new priest's residence, with a total estimate of $615,000. * Vincennes parishes -- re- furbish an 1884 school build- ing, on the same city block as Rivet High School. The project is estimated at $384,000. Old Cathedral -- church restoration, at an estimated cost of $235,400. Evansville area parishes -- a capital fund drive for pro- jects totaling $8 to $10 million is expected to begin soon for Mater Dei and Memorial high schools. Christ the King Church, Evansville -- a multi-purp0se building, new classrooms and computer lab, for a total esti- mated cost of $1.2 million. Resurrection Church, Evansville -- additional class- rooms, office space and a multi-purpose facility, are esti- mated at $1.7 million. St. Joseph Church, Dale -- a new parish center, with the project total estimated at $650,000. Holy Name Church, Bloomfield, is conducting a fea- sibility study for more class- room space. St. Peter Celestine Church, Celestine, is perform- ing a feasibility study for a parish center. editor and the future boom in of Evansville is the COmmitment are making. many mil- are being the next several and schools projects in the COnsideration us Blood Church, w church and estimated 7 million. inand Church, "-- a new building parish Other parish pur- d total of Nicholas Church, a new church with a pro- 2 million. Catholic High middle school the present and renovation of and high school a total estimate ROSary Church, b "Omplet]on of e Church and CUstomers send their friends!" Open nightly til 9 p.m. a Ge TOYOTA US 231 SOUTH, JASPER, IN 2 1-800-937-USA1 "Brescia College planted the seed of achievement and cultivated a belief that through hard work and Sci. '76 ludge personal we can succeed at we choose to do." an provide you with a high-quality education. and taught by outstanding faculty. Brescia jors and 1 7 minors in its bachelor's degree heritage can help you develop as a d thoughtful leader, ready for the challenges of 717 Frederica Owensboro, KY 42301 Holy Spirit Church, Evansville, is in the early stages of establishing a master planning effort for a new multi-purpose building. Stl Philip Church, St. Philip, is exploring ways to serve the dramatically increas- ing population of the area. New church construction is a possible solution. Corpus Christi Church, Evansville, has conducted a feasibility study for church ren- ovation and a school addition. St. Clement Church, Boonville, has begun planning toward serving a growing pop- ulation. Construction news on such a massive scale is exciting, said Robert Cox, diocesan trea- surer. He noted that many con- struction projects are made possible because of the way that parishes help other parishes, but he suggested that many parishioners may not be aware of how it happens. "How it happens" in many cases is through the diocesan Deposit and Loan Fund. That fund was set up so that parishes with building projects would be able to find a low-cost source to borrow money, if nec- essary. The source of the money is a pool of funds from other parishes in the diocese. When people say a parish "sent its money into the dio- cese," what they usually mean is that the parish put its extra money into the Deposit and Loan Fund, Cox said. And when parish building planners talk about "getting money from the diocese," it is the same fund that is the source of that money. Parishes are encouraged to keep on hand enough money to operate for 90 days. Any sur- plus beyond that short-term need should be put into the De- posit and Loan Fund for the benefit of the larger church, Cox said Money in the fund belongs to the parishes which deposited it, Cox emphasized. It in theirs to withdraw when they need it. While it is on deposit "at the diocese," the money earns ibur percent interest. Parishes with l)uilding pro- ject or other needs may borrow money from the fund at five percent. The money in the Deposit and loan Fund in invested, and when a large amount of money in in the fund. "the diocese" earns income, too. In the fiscal year which ended August 31, total earnings from money de- posited by the parishes was i Ul Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 i i RUSTIQUE STAINED GLASS Windows, Entryways, Inserts Religious, Residential, Commercial TOM & BErn' COLVIN 4033 Hwy. 62 W Boonvllle, IN 47601 897-8732 $474,000. Of that amount, $285,000 was paid to the parishes with deposits, while $189,000 was used to reduce the impact of the Catholic Parishes Campaign on all of the parishes of the diocese. While the construction boom in the diocese is a strong sign of growth in the Catholic Church, Cox said, it may also mean that there is a smaller amount of money to invest, and therefore a smaller amount of interest to be earned. Cox and Kenneth W. Krasav- age, executive director of dioce- san services, have been trying to determine the impact of the building boom on the interest- earning ability of the Deposit and Loan Fund. Krasavage said there will be no negative impact directly on the parishes with deposits in the fund; they will continue to earn interest as they have in the past. But the portion ofthe interest earnings which has been used to reduce the import of the CPC will be affected. Krasavage said the budget for the coming fiscal year is being planned without counting on $80,000 --= the amount he esti- mates interest earnings will be lower. Even though parishes have most or all of the money needed for a project in dona- tions or firm pledges, Cox said, the pledges are usually col- lected over several years. In such a case, a parish typically needs money for construction -expenses, and the pledges are then used to pay back what was needed from the Deposit and Loan Fund.  Sauer00 Continued from page 1 In September 1987, Father Sauer was named to a full-time position as Director of Contin- uing Education for Clergy, and Director of the RCIA in the diocese; he was assigned to provide parish weekend assis- tance where needed, and he continued in residence at St. Theresa. Father Sauer was appointed temporary administrator of Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch, March 1, 1988. He was appointed to his first pas- torate, the position he cur- rently holds, at St. Clement Church, in 1990. Holy Rosary Church is among the largest of the 73 parishes in the diocese. The 1996 Diocesan Yearbook and Directory lists 1,493 families, or 4,026 individuals, at Holy Rosary. By comparison. St,. Joseph, Jasper, has a larger number of families listed (1,908) but fewer individuals (4,476). St. John, Newburgh, has fewer families (1,427) but more indi4duals (4,645). Holy Rosary parish staff in- clude Deacon Preske, tempo- rary administrator; Msgr. Maurilius Bilskie, pastor emer- itus, and Deacon Robert Thur- good. Mary Kaye Falcony is the director of religious educa- tion; Steve Schlachter is facili- ties manager, and Mark Mc- Donald is the school principal. Holy Rosary School has an en- rollment of 443 students in grades K-8, with 21 teachers. Since December, weekend assistance for Masses and sacraments has been provided by Father Kenneth Herr, chap- lain at Memorial High School, Evansville, and by Father William Deering, diocesan di- rector of Worship and the RCIA. Mount Vernon church Vandalized A police investigation is un- derway at St. Matthew Church, Mount }grnon, follow- ing a weekend break-in.' When Father Joseph Swartz, pastor, walked into the church early last Sunday morning to prepare for Mass, he discov- ered broken glass and over- turned furniture. "I went in the door and found furnishings knocked over. The inside door's clear glass windows were broken and a mirror was broken. The keyboard was knocked over, but it seems to be ok7 Upon closer look, he discov- ered that the amplifier, pur- chased in 1994 for $675, had been stolen. He believes that the break- in occurred between 7 p,m. Saturday night and 7 a.m. Sunday morning. By Tuesday morning, parish volunteers were putting the finishing touches on the clean- up. "I feet ff, rtunate that no one was hurt," Father Swartz said, adding, "and that the damage wasn't an worse than it, was." The church'.-, altar, statues and stained glass windows were unharmed. ,c200/Ze Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are, invited to submit inibrmation about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Services for Jaynie Harpole, 13, who died Feb. 14 from injuries sustained in an auto accident, were held Feb. 18. She was an eighth grader at ttoly Spirit School Evansville. Survivors include her parents, Donna Harpole-Joiner and Danny tiarpole of Evansville, and her sister, Amy Harpole. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724'