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May 13, 1988 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Question Corner 13 St. Mary Continued from page 11 resident pastor. Father Quinlan purchased land north of town for a cemetery; money for that purchase came from selling some of the land originally donated for the church. With the coming of a resident pastor came a change in status. he pastor at St. Mary Church served other churches as mis- sions, both at Salem and Mit- chell -- communities which themselves had once been pro- viders of priestly care for Shoals. After Father Quinlan's term as pastor, the parish at Shoals was attended by Fathers Fitz- patrick in 1882 and J. P. Byrne in 1887. Father Byrne, according to early accounts, had the church painted and wallpapered, and the cemetery "put in good order." While he was pastor, the Salem church was closed and the property sold, in 1887. Father L. Fichter took charge in 1894, but in 1895 the rectory at Shoals was destroyed by fire. Following Father Fichter in attending Shoals were Fathers F. W. Wolf in 1897, and August Sprigler in 1903. In 1906, Father Sprigler opened a church at Willow Valley, to accomodate several families who had settled there during railroad construction. The families later moved to other localities, and in 1944, the mission was closed. (The pews, confessional, Conunu- nion rail and alter from the Willow Valley church were donated to Father Howard Mur- phy to help establish the new parish of Holy Cross Church at Fort Branch, in 1947.) In 1907, the residence of the priest was changed to Mitchell and once again Shoals became a mission, and remained a mis- sion until the Diocese of Evansville was established. In the new diocese, Father Anthony Roach was appointed in 1945 as pastor of St. Martin, Whiffield, with the care of Im- maculate Conception Church, Shoals, as a mission. In 1958, Father Richard Heft- man was appointed pastor at Richard Continued from page 1 witness to the community." In announcing his decision to leave the Catholic Charites Bureau, Rust said he intended to enter private business as the Shoals, until 1963. He was followed by Father James Han- nigan, until 1969, when Father Albertus Lutterbach was ap- pointed pastor. Father Kenneth Betz followed in 1975. From 1982-83, Father Paul Stone, pastor at St. Martin Church, Whitfield, was ad- ministrator of St. Mary Church, Shoals. In 1983, Msgr. Carl Shetler was appointed pastor of St. Martin Church, Whitfield, and administrator of St. Mary Church, Shoals. Msgr. Shetler describes the Christian community at Shoals as "very small, hut sturdy." He operator of an automotive ser- vice station in Evansville. Search committee members charged with finding a replace- ment are Randy Miller, Roberta Mattingly, Ken Krasavage and [iiii!00iii00iiii!i!iiiii!k.00iil RUXER i I Funeral Homes Four -- "" ........ "  Convenient Locations CENTRAL CHAPEL 626 FIRST AVE. i says people are "ready to pitch in and do the work," and they are "firm in their faith." Construction of a new parish hall is expected to be complete by this Fall, on the site of the rectory, currently being demolished. According to the parish council, the parish hall will be a two story building, with a steep gable roof, giving the appearance of an A-frame structure. Classrooms and of- rice space are planned for the upper level; the lower level will have kitchen facilities and rest rooms and a large area available for receptions, showers and meetings. Liz Flfftner, all members of the advisory and governing board of the Catholic Charities Bureau. Miller is the current president of the board; Matting- ly is the immediate past president. Search committee members are expected to make a recom- mendation for a new executive director, to the full board for concurrence, with a final deci- sion from Bishop Francis R. Shea. Catholic Charities Bureau serves the people of southwestern Indiana "both in a remedial and a developmental way," according to Msgr. Knapp. Among the remedial programs are emergency relief services, adoption and foster care placement, pregnancy counselling for single parents and counselling services for in- dividuals, couples and families. Among the growth and development activities areas are preparation for the sacrament of marriage and other areas of family life.