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M F. "S SAGE continues among St. Philip churches works bn a portion of the wall;, as he and workers from church. i build a new house for Habitat a member of St. Philip Etta Kiefer, O.S.B. By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Members of eight St. Philip area churches continued build- ing cooperation among them- selves by building another house for one of God's families in need -- through Habitat for Humanity in Evansville. Members of the churches had begun to get to know each other when they came to pray and give thanks togeth- er at Thanksgiving, according to Father David Fleck, pastor of St. Philip Church. Volunteers from the church- es built their first house together during the 1995 "Building Blitz." Following that successful effort, the churches decided to continue their ministry together, and they raised the needed funds for the house now.constructed Cooperating churches are Catholic -- St. Philip; United Chumh of Christ -- Zion-Lippe, St. Peter's, Salem and Inmmnuel; and United Methodists -- St. Peter's, St. John's and St. Paul's. Alive! to be part of the 'new' Message LEINGANG editor Is a special series features for reli- tion and education, part of the 'new' lrting Sept. 19. is produced by Service, and about the sacra- home, doctrine, moral con- emphasis on health and medical news from a Catholic perspective will also be part of the 'new' Message. The current, popular features will also be continued. Among those cooperating to make the improvements are the diocesan Office of Communica- tion, the diocesan Office for Adult Formation, St. Mary's Medical Center and other health care providers in the diocese. The Message will be avail- able to all junior and senior high school age students in Catholic I get an item into the Message? for Bulletin Board may be submitted, by mail or Mary Etta Kiefer, O.S.B. Lo be considered for Around the Diocese, School People We Care About, along with photos and for a Golden Anniversary, may be submitted to suggestions, and photos of events may be Ann Hughes or Paul R. Leingang. notices are sent directly by parish staff mem- uests should be sent to Paul A. Newland. the editor and questions for I'd Like to Know aubraitted to Paul R. Leingang. all correspondence to the Message, P.O. Box IN 47724-0169. Call (812) 424-5536, or (800) 637-1731. Fax (812) 421-1334. schools and in religious educa- tion programs throughout the diocese. More details about the school and religious education plan will be announced at a later date. In order to make the 'new' Message available to more sub- scribers in homes throughout the diocese, a special six-month subscription plan is now avail- able. This mid-year addition to the circulation campaign will allow new subscribers to receive the 'new' Message starting in September. The new six-month subscrip- tion will continue through the end of February of 1998, which is the same length of time as most current full-year subscriptions. Envelopes for the six-month subscription, intended for new subscribers only, are inserted in this special issue of the Mes- sage, which is mailed to all households in the diocese. New subscribers may also use an ordinary envelope and mail in the necessary information name, address and parish along with the fee of $10, to the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Final report: CPC reaches 95 percent of goal By PAUL tL LEINGANG Message editor Parishes in the Diocese of Evansille have reached 95 per- cent of the goal for their 1997 Catholic Parishes Campaign, according to Justin Clements, diocesan director of the Office of Stewardship and Development. He said parishes also reached 95 percent of the goal in the 1996 campaign -- but the goal was higher this year and more contributions were pledged. The diocesan goal this year was $3,124,200. Pledges listed in the final report, dated July 14, amount to $2,925,750. The goal for the 1996 cam- paign was $2,925,750. Pledges in 1996 totaled $2,778,778. Of the 73 parishes in the dio- cese, 31 reached or exceeded their goal for 1997. They include the Evansville parishes of Good Shepherd, Holy Rosar),, Nativi- ty, St` Benedict, St. Boniface and St. Theresa. Also reaching or exceeding their goals are the following: St. Matthew, Mount Vernon; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County; St. Peter Celestine, Celestine; St. Raphael, Dubeis; Holy Family and St. Joseph, beth in Jasper; Mary. Help of Christians, Mariah Hill; St. John Chrysostom, New Boston; SL Nicholas, Santa Claus; St. John, Newburgh; St. James and Sts. Peter and Paul, both in Haubstadt; Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City; St. Joseph, Prince- ton; St. Philip Neri, Bicknell; St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville; St. Vin- cent, Vmcennes; St. Peter, Linton; St. Mary, Sullivan; St. Francis Xavier, Vincennes; All Saints, Cannelburg; St` Michael, Daviess County; St. Mary, Ban- Township; St. Peter, Montgomery;, and Sts. Peter and Paul, Petersburg. The following parishes report- ed pledges in.1997 which exceed- ed the pledges and contributions made in the previous year. The Evansville parishes of Christ the King, Holy Spirit, St. "Joseph, St. Mary, Holy Redeemer, Sacred Heart, St. Agnes, Good Shepherd, Holy Rosary, Nativity, SL Benedict, St. Boniface and St. Theresa. Also exceeding last year's pledges are the following: St. John, Daylight; Holy Angels, New Harmony; St. Wendel, St. Wendel; St. Joseph, Dale; St. Henry, St. Henr, St. Ferdinand, Ferdinand; St. Mary: Huiating- bur, St. Mary, Ireland; Pnecious Blood, Jasper; St. Anthony. SL Anthony; Sacred Heart, Schnel- lville; St. Clement. Boonville; St. Bernard, Rockport; St. Francis Xavier. Pose)wille; Sacred Heart, Vincennes; St. Thomas, Knox County; St. Simon. Washington; St. Matthew, Mount Vernon; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County; St. Peter Celestine, Celestine; St. "Raphael, Dubois; ttoly Family and St. Joseph, both in Jasper; Mary Help of Christians, Mari- ah Hill; St. John Chrysostom, New Boston; St. Nicholas, Santa Claus; St. John, Newburgh; St. James and Sts. Peter and Paul, both in Haubstadt; Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City; St. Joseph, Princeton; St. Philip Neri, Bicknell; St. Joan of Arc: Jasonville; St. Vincent, High- land: St. Peter, Linton; St. Mary., Sullivan; St. Francis Xavier. Y'm- cennes; All Saints, Cannelburg; St. Michael, Daviess County; St. Mary, Barr Township; St. Peter, Montgomery; and Sts. Peter and Paul, Petershurg, es which exceeded last year's goal. Other statistics released by the Office of Stewardship and Devel- opment include the following: Parishes with more donors than last year: 35. Parishes with a greater per- centage of participation this year compared to last year: 36. Diocesan percentage of par- ticipation: 63 percent. Average gift: $142. Clements said the Diocese of Evansville has one of the top three most productive annual appeals of all dioceses in the United States. Because of the low expenses -- less than two percent of the total raised the diocesan numbers may be "in the Number 1 spot," accord- ing to Clements. To the Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville: This edition is one of six issues of the Message to be mailed to every registered Cathotic househoid this year. Two dollars of each Catholic Church member's contrCtion pays for these diocesan-wide subscriptions.