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Vincennes Deanery U.S. Census, parish profiles, diocesan census, tell the Census data for six of the 10 parishes in the Vincennes Deanery was available at the time of publication. Information about the other four parishes, and appropriate comparisons, will be incorporated in a future issue of the Message. The Vincennes Deanery includes the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier (the Old Cathedral), which ithe oldest parish in Indiana. Catholic schools in the deanery are Flaget Elementary and Rivet Junior and Senior High Schools, both in Vincennes. Of the six parishes for which census information is available, Old Cathedral has the oldest population, with a mean age of 43.3 years for the general population in the geographic area served by the parish. Sacred Heart Church has the youngest general population, with a mean age of 37.6. The widest difference in the male-female proportion is at Old Cathedral. Women make up 60 percent of the general population living in the parish ter- ritory; men, only 40 percent. St. John the Baptist also has a relatively high proportion of women. With more than 66 square miles to serve, Sacred Heart Church has the mosi:i territory among the six parishes. St. PhilipNeri is relatively large, with 58.6 square miles. Old Cathedral has the smallest territory -- less than one-third: i i i of a square mile. St. John the Baptist Church has the largest total t St. Thomas has the smallest. + Holy Name Holy Name Church was established in July 1959, to serve Catholics in eastern Greene County. Original parish facilities included the new church, built in 1959; a farmhouse-rectory for Father Eugene Heerdink, the first pastor; and a converted chicken house as the parish center. Later the farmhouse, the chicken house and some 35 acres of farmland were sold to help pay for parish improvements. A combination rectory and catechetical center was built in 1965. An addition to the church in 1982 provided a sacristy, cry room, more space, and an opportunity to re- model the facility. Benedictine Sister Mary Terence Knapp was named Pastoral Administrator (now Holy Name RR 5 700 Lincoln Drive Bloomfield, Indiana 47424 (812) 384-8415 Pastoral Life Coordinator, DRE: Sister Diane Fischer, O.S.B. Pastoral Moderator: Rev. Hilary F. Vieck, St. Peter, Linton Music Minister: Robert Holz Youth Minister: Sharon Vogler Financial Manager: Greg Lehman "Pastoral Life Coordinator") in 1983. She was the first woman to be appointed to such a position in the diocese. Benedictine Sister Diane Fischer was ap- pointed to head the parish in 1991. The parish covers a large geographical area, according to a description prepared by parish leadership. There are limited activities for young people in the area, and there is very little racial diversity. Areas that need development include youth programs, evangelization, services to the poor and interdenominational activity. Parish organizations include Youth, Women's Club, Knights of Columbus and Bereavement Group. Sacred Heart Sacred Heart Church is in a relatively new part of he historic old city of Vincennes. It was established in 1908, with Father John Becher as the first pastor. The church and school combination building was completed in 1909, as were a rectory and a convent. The convent currently is used for parish meetings and activities. The new church was dedicated in 1924; a new school, in 1961. The school was later sold to the public schools, as Sacred Heart and other parishes in the city sent students to the new Flaget Elementary School, and Rivet Junior and Senior High School. Father James Blessinger has served as pastor since 1987. The population of the area is growing older, according to a description prepared by parish leadership. Some family homes have been lost because of expansion of Vincennes University. Among areas that need development are youth ministry: developing lay minsitrv leadership, ministry to single parent homes and dysfnnctim]al families, and a welcomingprogram. Among parish organizations are the Newspaper, St. Vincent de Paul, Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus and Altar and Rosary Society. Sacred Heart 2004 North Second Street Vincennes, Indiana 47591 (812) 882-8382 Pastor: Rev. James C. Blessinger Pastoral Associate, DRE: Sister Carol Ann Mause, O.S.F. Parish Secretary: Marian L. Williams St. Francis Xavier "The Cradle of Catholicism in the old North- west Territory" was established in 1732 in Vin- cennes, the oldest permanent European settle- ment in Indiana. Jesuit missionary Father Francois Xavier de Guyenne arrived in 1734, and named the church for his patron saint. Parish record keeping began in 1749. In the first church, George Rogers Clark nego- tiated the surrender of the British-held fort at Vincennes, during the American Revolution. In 1795, Father John Francis Rivet of Vin- cennes became the first public school teacher in the United States. At the request of President George Washington, the U.S. Congress appropri- ated $200 a year to pay for his teaching services. Students from the parishes in Vincennes now attend Flaget Elementary and Rivet Junior and Senior High School. Basilica of St. Francis Xavier (Old Cathedral) 205 Church Street Vincennes, Indiana 47591 (812) 882-5638 Population and Holy Name Sacred Heart Family Summary Bloomfield Vincennes Total population (Census Pop. per square mile data :Land area, square mile unavailable i By sex: Male at time of Female publication) Age: Under 5 yrs 5 to 17 yrs 18 to 24 yrs 25 to 34 yrs 35 to 44 yrs 45 to 54 yrs 55 to 64 yrs 65 to 69 yrs 70 to 74 yrs 75 and over Mean age White Black Am. Indian, Eskimo, Aleut Asian or Pacific Islander Other Race Hispanic origin (any race) Persons in households In family households In non-family households Persons in group quarters Institutionalized persons Others in group quarters Total Families Catholic Households: Census Households registered Individuals registered 127 115 614 300 1,597 Infants baptized last year 8 20 Adults initiated last year 2 1 1 Persons confirmed 12 26 Funerals 2 25 Liturgical Min: Lectors 12 19 Eucharistic Ministers 17 31 Song Leaders 1 S Altar Servers 19 25 Hospitality 20 58 Sta salaried Volunteers Catechists 2 4 9 Rel Ed: Pre-School Elementary High Scho 9 37 11 St. Francis "Xavier St. joar Vincennes 2,712 1,523 41 4,383 66.2 .3 : 1,326 49% 606 40% 1,386 51% 917 60% 195 7% 93 6% 530 20% 104 7% i 160 6% 323 21% 388 14% 223 15% 401 15% 101 796 386 14% 98 6% 231 9% 130 9% 131 5% 71 5% 122 4% 119 8% 168 6% 261 179 37.6 43.3 2,662 98% 1,461 96% 3 .11% 56 4% 47 2% 6 .39% 0 0% 0 0% o 0% o 0% 32 1% 26 2% 2,657 98% 1,523 100% 2,341 86% 805 53% 316 12% 718 47% 55 2% o 0% 55 2% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 793 305 759 580 1,4SO 28 0 3 0 12 I 30 22 25 I 24 0 6 8 I 5 5 12 6 18 11 83 77 14 20 Pastor:. Rev. Robert S. Bultman DRE: Rose Marie Marsch Music Minister:. Robert Frisz Parish Secretary: Eddie Ravalette Jr. Continued on next page