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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 JIM and ANN CAVERA j J i!i: freezers in the house; one above the and a second one in the ir0ora in the basement. As usual, both are full intentions. Once or twice a year we remove the our frozen assets. Today was such the bounty we found two turkeys Christmas, cranberries left over from cherries from the backyard tree from last of exotic vegetables. Exotic in our of something other than peas, Frozen assets corn or beans. Also, there were a few containers with unidentifiable contents and a package of something labeled hopefully as "soup fixings." Each of these things had a noble purpose when we saved them. As we sorted through the contents we remem- bered all of the other good intentions we've frozen over time. We have many letters we still intend to write, photo albums to make for the kids, a bird bath and flower beds we'd like to see in the backyard, exercise programs to start (again) and friends we intend to visit. The basic problem is that the river of time runs faster than the stream of our intentions. Every now and then we take inventory of our mental stockpile. Like the contents of our freezer, some ideas seem worthy of keeping while we discard others that are no longer useful. Even where faith is concerned, we still have plenty of frozen good inten- tions. At some point in life we plan to pray harder, study scripture more faithfully, devote more time to more good works, and speak out more forcefully for that which is right. No matter how hard we try, we find good inten- tions stored in every area of our lives. Fortunately, it is easier to focus on the positive and take comfort in the intentions that we've made into realities. As we get older we worry less about food as well as inten- tions that have to be discarded when we sort things out. Tomorrow; a package of freezer-burned "soup fixings" will be in the garbage can by the curb and we'll forget about flower beds for this summer. Meanwhile, we'll add "photo albums" to the shop- ping list for this week. Having a stockpile of frozen assets gives us plenty to choose from when we want to cook up something new for our lives. By Jim and Ann Cavera Jim and Ann Cavera live amt work in Evansville. Their column is a regular feature of the Message. Two Louisville area churches to be one parish J. HORNER The Record Louisville, Ky. owing is anoth- on "Parish !," examining in parish ministry in today. The following in the newspa- ',Ky., i , in the planning years, the St. parish merger in Jefferson County )rise. of bitterness SOme of the mem- as a parish as a chapel -- Way to acceptance the 28 St. Basil live in the St. for the elderly will still be weekday and in the church, Canonical decree will have its status changed to a chapel when the merger goes into effect June 17. St. Basil member Bill Nelli- gan, 75, who lives across the street from the church, is one of the parish's original members. In 1960, Nelligan was a 37-year- old postal worker searching for a new home for his wife and their children. The Nelligans eventually set- tled 6n the brick house at 3112 Wayside Drive, with the selling point being that the large tract of land across the street from their new residence was marked on the plat as being set aside for the Archdiocese of Louisville. Nelli- gan is now retired, and each morning as he walks out in his front yard, he has a clear view of the church that has been a major part of his life. St. Basil has 133 households on its parish registry. Nelligan's children went to the former St. Basil School, which was closed in 1983. Two years later the building was renovated for use as the St. Basil apart- ments for the elderly. Nelligan said the church and OLY SPIRIT MMER SOCIAL Friday, and Saturday June 11,12, and 13 Entertalnmentl t: Talent Show starts at 7 p.m. from 6 to 10 p.m. Talent Show finals start at 7 p.m. Cruise $1,ooo ' $500 Vacation Certificate (good for cruise or any travel) Booth Porcelain doll Wooden shelf $25 in lottery tickets (:kets: $1 each, 6 for $5 apartment building will stand as monuments to past and present parishioners. Among all the hard work and sacrifices they made for the church, members worked on the apartment renovation, saving the parish thousands of dollars in construction costs. "It's sad for me, yeah, sure, and for the people in the apart- ments, but it will still be here," Nelligan said one day last week. "It'll still be across the street but now it's going to be St. Basil Chapel." being kept as a chapel. In archdiocesan documents, Archbishop Kelly noted it would be best to preserve the St. Denis name since it has become a well- known neighborhood and busi- ness title and also since it appears on maps and bus routes. St. Denis will be responsible for St. Basil apartments and the St. Basil census will be included in the St. Denis parish census. Both properties will be used by the newly merged St. Denis parish. two years have been working on this," Jamison said. "We've had meetings almost every month. And we had a lot of dis- agreements and everything, but I think they worked them out and everything is going to come out good." St. Denis parish manager Jean Shoemaker said the merger will put St. Denis parish back in its onginal boundaries before the creation of St. Basil parish. St. Denis was established in 1916 at the urging of 37 families St. Basil parish was carved In addition, the two parish who wanted a church closer to out of the St. Denis parish councils which worked  lhomes  utl]fefe.,.: ....... boundaries 37 years ago. The St. Denis-St. Basil merger will end a more-than-two-year process that followed approval of the 1995 Louisville archdioce- san parish reorganization plan. Under the plan, two other parishes, St. Ann and St. George, merged last year to form the new St. Andrew parish. With Louisville Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly's approval, the St. Denis-St. Basil merger result- ed in the St. Denis lOcation at 4205 Cane Run Road being cho- sen as the worship site, the St. Denis name being retained and St. Basil, at 3901 Wayside Drive, Hear it from the source! 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"Of course, our goal was to car D ' out the mandate which we were given.., to merge the two parishes." George Jamison, 72, a St. Basil member for 12-and-a-half years, and a member of the St. Basil parish council that worked on the merger, said he is glad Father Hendricks will remain with St. Denis as the pastor. Although he understands the emotional stress of losing a parish to a .merger, Jamison said he is pleased that the details were worked out. Disagreements during the merger process centered on closing St. Basil. But in the end, the sting was lessened by decid- ing to keep St. Basil as a chapel and to keep the adjoining apart- ments for the elderly. "The two councils for the last son County and the Shively area. Shoemaker said two important "compromises" were made with the St. Basil-St. Denis merger. "No. 1 to St. Denis was that we kept our name St. Denis because we have been around for so many years," she said. "No. 2, St. Basil got to keep the Masses at St. Basil." As far as St. Denis is .con- cemed, the merger should not have much of an impact on cur- rent parish members. They ready have a tradition of sup- port for Catholic education through St. Denis School. The merger for St. Denis will also result in additional out- reach opportunities to the elder- ly through the St. Basil apart- ments, Shoemaker said "As far as the merger goes, I don't think that it's a bad thing at all for St. Denis," she said. "Basically it's a rejoining of the community that was our origi- nal parish boundary. So there- fore, I think it's nice." "However, there's another side to it," Shoemaker added. "l feel rry for the people who have been at Basil all the years that Basil has been there. I just hope basically they understand that nothing's going to really be that different for them and that they will feel welcome in our community. .... i ii ft i i III COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home. = Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent lames L. Will Ins. 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