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eMESS taam tmr -- WE$'I liters/ El$'f IIEkIRY stands at the be worth a hut no pie- the enthusiasm }resses when tbout the new h ministry center to be dedicated at St. Mary school building. Woerz is proud of the hours he and many others spent paint- ing since mid-December. And he is pleased with the building's features, its charm, its turnmf- the-century style, its hardwood floors and high ceilings. After members of the parish gutted the old school building, a contractor took over. But volun- teers sanded stair railings and did a hundred other tasks, ac- cording to Weerz. "Different peo- ple with different talents" came to help. They took out dropped ceilings -- as many as three in some places, radiators, old wall tile and did everything else needed to refurbish the three story structure near the church and rectory buildings on Cherry Street. The building is carefully named. It is the center for parish ministry, not the parish center," Woerz explained. "The center of the parish is over there." he said. pointing to the CenteratSt. church.., .......  ........ . .... The new parish facility is the }ending gs and with Fa- the center of a lot of activity, only weeks after its first availability. There are oftices for the parish secretary, the pastor and other members of the staff; there is a Myers private counseling area, a li- an elevator, a second stairway to meet safety requirements, new windows, new electrical service throughout, heating and air conditioning, new plumbing, outside lighting and a new en- trance. Discussion about the building began in 1992 or 1993 during a parish retreat; Maury Hart chaired the first committee and a study showed that the project was feasible. Planning began in 1994, with Costs of the project are Woerz as the chair of the Parish estimated at around Center Restoration Committee. $650,000. That's a better Volunteers worked typically bargain than a new struc- on Tuesday, Wednesday and ture could ever have pro- Thursday evenings, and on Sat- vided, Woerz :is convinced. urday mornings. Painting was The restored building har: completed during the week be- monizes with other parish fore an Open House, April 28. buildings and provides the Painting touch-up and a myriad , spac that is needed.  : - of small details need attention, Deacon Jim Cavera, as the building's dedication preaching on a Sunday in nears July 7. See  MARY page 3 Df brary, meeting rooms, new . :: the old kitchen and bathroom facilities, gang- A new entryway provides covered access to the St, Mary Pa fish Evansville. Exterior painting is in progress on the restored st rac! -- Message photo Catholic Consolidated School may undergo restructuring ANN HUGHES tions from two )rofes- in restructuring at Westside Catholic Consoli- dated School, Evansville, accord- ing to Martha Render, WCCS principal. If approved by the WCCS School Board and by Sacred .... ...... i  i :: ii i II .now achter, a member of Holy Rosary Church asks a question at the beginning of her letter s it about weddings, funerals and other that Catholics seem to forget when and especially, kneel? !r, in its entirety, is found on page 4. Respond- question is Father William Deering, diocesan WOrship and the RCIA. ue Research Item you agree or disagree with the follow- ost men are better suited emotionally for are most women. agree Diocese Statewide 07% 08% 21% 21 eh: 15% 16% 24q 25% 32% 30q Heart parish, the pre-school pro- gram would be placed under the jurisdiction of WCCS. The pre- school program was begun by Sa- cred Heart, and is currently under parish direction. The existing pre-school pro- gram would remain at Sacred Heart, along with the WCCS kindergarten. First through fourth grades would be housed in the St. Agnes parish school build- ing, and grades five through eight would be in the St. Boni- face parish school building. Currently, the WCCS primary building, at Sacred Heart parish, has grades kindergarten through two. The intermediate building, at St. Agnes, has grades three, four and five, and the junior high building at St. Boniface has sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The recommendations, which were submitted by Dr. Robert Boyd and Dr. Greg Ulm, were the result of a study which was undertaken to look at restruc- turing administrative roles and because of declining student en- rollment. "We wanted to see what our needs and what our strengths are," Render said, "We wanted to do what we needed to do to stop the d(cline in enrollment, and we have three pastors who strongly support the value of Catholic ed- ucation." When the study was con- eluded, the recommendations suggested first "deciding what we can do and what we can't do. We may not be all things to all peo- ple, but that's ok. We need to de- cide what we want to do." There was also the recommen- dation that an expanded pre- school program be placed under the jurisdiction of WCCS. If ap- proved, the four- and five-year- old students would be housed in the Sacred Heart school facility, and the younger children would remain in the convent building. "The pre-school has been a Sa- cred Heart parish project," Ren- der explained, noting, "Sacred Heart had the foresight to see the need and Sacred Heart took the risk." The program now has a waiting list. Another recommendation sug- gested enhancing technology in the WCCS program, and Render said that a campaign has been launched to raise $150,000 for computer labs. Parishioners at the three parishes were invited to a meet- ing on April 30 to hear the re- sults of the study. Render said she is excited about the recom- mendations because "change forces us to grow, to think new thoughts.  If the WCCS School Board ap- proves, and if Sacred Heart Parish agonies to put iks pre-hool program under WCCS jurisdic- tion, Render believes changes will be complete by this fall.