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6,1998 Q The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 1 the Diocese of Along with Pike tholic parish Martin and COunties make up the is named for one of a diocese is its "see city." Not sees eye to eye names. from the "seat" -- the place of local ' Clinton Hirsch, about birth- 5, was the first the Diocese in 1945. Msgr. remembers that the new who firm- should have been of Jasper. not changed days. ii, i at Precious nery, at Deanery, St. Monday, Jasper, in the early days of the diocese, had the largest church building -- St. Joseph. Today, St. Joseph has 1,912 families, according to the 1998 diocesan yearbook, allowing the parish to claim that it is the largest parish in the diocese. St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh, lists membership as 4,792, according to the year- book. That figure allows the parish to claim that it is the largest parish in the diocese. The Jasper Deanery today includes all of the parishes in Dubois County. Deanery bound- aries were recently re-drawn, sending several parishes south of 1-64 out of the Jasper Deanery into the Newburgh Deanery The Newburgh Deanery takes in Warrick and Spencer counties -- with a bit of an exception. When the bound- aries were drawn for the new dioceses in Indiana, the line drawn around the Archdiocese Princeton Deanery, Holy Cross Church, Thursday, April 30. Newburgh Deanery, at St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus, Monday, May 4. Evansville East Deanery, at the Catholic Center, Wednesday, May 6. of Indianapolis looped around Harrison Township. As a result of that departure from the straight and narrow Spencer County line, St. Meinrad Archabbey remained in the archdiocese. Politicians call that kind of boundary engineering "gerry- mandering," but there does not seem to be a word for the same practice in ecclesiastical circles. The fact is, that it was Bishop Joseph E. Ritter of Indianapolis who requested of the Holy See that St. Meinrad Abbey and Seminary remain in his diocese. The Evansville East Deanery includes the eastern half of Vanderburgh County. The Evansville West Deanery includes the western half of Vanderburgh County and all of Posey County. The Princeton Deanery includes parishes in Gibson County (and the new Toyota Plant). The Vincennes Deanery includes Knox, Sullivan and Green counties -- and Vincennes itself, which is the former "see city" of a diocese so vast it once included all of Indiana and a part of Illinois. Chicago was once an outpost in the territory covered by the Diocese of Vincennes. So was South Bend, where the Holy Cross fathers built the school they had contemplated starting at Black Oak Ridge near Montgomery. Times have changed since those days. In those days, a few priests served the Catholic families of southwestern Indiana. Some communities -- St. Joseph Church in Vanderburgh Count), was one of them -- relied on a lay person to teach school and to help keep the parish together for the priest who could visit once or twice a month. That's a scene returning to the thoughts of some of the plan- ners who look at the future of parish staffing, and try to decide what can be done to continue the ministry and mission of the Catholic Church. Lay leadership, pastors serv- ing several parishes, communi- ties cooperating with each other these are some of the solu- tions the Church will once again embrace in the parish future, parish present. School construction moving forward at Washington Catholic By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "This is a dream come true," said Dennis Bradle), principal at Washington Catholic Middle School. Progress on the "dream" continues, with construction and remodeling work continu- ing towards completion before the start of school in the fall. Ground was broken June 4 for Phase I construction of a new air- conditioned middle school with four classrooms and a combina- tion library and media center. Phase I construction is now about half-way mmpleted. Bradley said that the outside of the building is closed in and work is proceeding in the interior. Following a meeting of the Diocesan Building Commission, authorization was given Feb. 13 for Phase II of the project. Ph,e II includes drsing rxm% a weight room, a ience lab and lecture hall. Work will begin as -nm as the high .school building's boilers c,'m be shut down, Bradley id. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.5 million, with about $500,000 earmarked for Phase II. All school buildings in the svstem will be improved before the project is complete. Air-con- ditioning for the elementary and high school buildings is part of the package. 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