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eMES SAGE 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 36 May 10, 1996 00tos Activist Addresses i Attorneys and Judges | Bishop Baptizes / .=ndet" ill I=ri 'Offender' in Prison II '"ll 0E.t/W r otsc(v o OU Student helps Bishop Gettelfinger present Teacher of the Year award By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger present Year award to Holy Family teacher Stella a first grade teacher at the Jasper school. that she filled out for the Teacher of the said Phil Rotter was her most memorable at a very young age and had a difficult Coming to school was a big adjustment. all those smiles there were many tears. He did his best. see him he still has that smile and friendliness ; forget. (From him) I have learned that persever- - Year award was announced, an audio at the banquet. Holy Family School principal of Bennett's and Rottet shared their ar for me to talk about my first grade the 1996 Teacher of the Year. Right now, as to record this message, we feel her love and see photographs of her students she's (She just won't throw them away.) We children are proud of, and smileys on the See STUDENT page 8 Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and Phil Rottet present the 1996 Teacher of the Year award to Stella Bennett, a teacher at, Holy,Fami!ySch0ol , Jasper. Rottet is a for- mer student of Bennett's ..... -- Message photo b appointed for St. Clement, Boonville will tot of St. ac- tacenaents s this April 24 tor, St. been adrninis- Sister Sister Hedinger, and the parish mod- erator, Father Joseph Ziliak, will continue in their responsi- bilities until Father Koressel arrives, July 10. Father James Sauer, who served as pastor of St. Clement Church from 1990 until earlier this year, is now pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Evansville. Father Koressel has been pastor of St. Joseph Church, Pri]ceton, since 1990. No 41q,P- pointment has been announced for his successor. Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettlefinger Rev. James Koressel, Pastor of St. ernent Church, Boonville. Effective ednesday, ,July 10, 1996. You agree or disagree with the' foliow- children are young it is better if the and the wife takes care of the ten. Diocese Statewide 33c 389: 32% 32f 06% 06% 16G 14f 13% 11q The news came as a surprise at St. Joseph, according to Fa- ther Koressel, and it had a "settling" effect at St. Clement, according to Sister Hedinger. "People here (at Princeton) are very much appreciative of my time," said Father Kores- sel. "It seems like every time I move to a new assignment, the moving process becomes more difficult." Among thg most notable changes in the past few years at the parish in Princeton are "the many people who have be- come active in parish min- istry," said Father Koressel. "It has been dramatic." A "sad note," he said, is "the. continuing struggle with en- rollment at our small parish school." After he moves to Boonville, he said he will continue to be very interested in seeing how Toyota will affect the parish. The new plant is being con- structed south of Princeton. While he leaves with contin- uing attachments, Father Ko- ressel is very eager to begin his work in Boonville, where much of what is going on "has really been well done." He referred to the parish leadership, the in- volvement of the parishioners, and the planning activity to- ward a new church. "I'm look- ing forward to beginning my ministry at Boonville," he said. Sister ttedinger agrees with Father Koressel's assessment of St. Clement:. It is "very alive, "very supportive" and "super helpful," Sister Hedinger said. Father Koressel, the son of Leo and Mathilda Koressel of Evansville, was born Sept. 2, 1943. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Church, Evansville. After studies at St. Meinrad Seminary, Father Koressel was ordained by Bishop Paul F. Leibold, May 17, 1969. His first assignment was to St. Joseph Ch'(xrch, ,Jasper, as as- See St. Clement page 3 vibrant, and there isa4otofac- :: :: :::: ..... tivity," she said. Sister Hedinger is the parish administrator during the tran- sition period. She is also direc- tor of religious education, and with the help of three coordi- nators, she will continue through the current term with that responsibility. Visiting priests preside at weekend liturgies; parish team members are leading daily Communion services. And during the transition, "Our basic plan is to continue what has been started," said Sister Hedinger. The parish council, commissions and com- mittees will continue to meet during the summer. A raffle, monthly dinners and other fund-raising activitie will also go on as planned. St. Clement parishioners are