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II ME S sAGE .. 2S years of serving C atho,ics of southwestern ,ndiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 50 August 16. 1996 '-----/,t, II I I III I i i New church construction to begin at Precious Blood j By SHARON BECKMAN . Special to the Message A plan envisioned almost 40 years ago, and now five years in the making, officially began Aug. 11 as Precious Blood Church, Jasper, broke ground for construction of a new church and parish bull, "The original idea of Precious Blood parish 40 construct the building (church) into a gymnasium,., Vogler, building and planning committee chairman. "We're finally going to do what the founders of th sioned," Vogler said. The existing church that was built in 1957 will be converted into a gymnasium and cafeteria, and a new church will be built. - "We will have one of the nicest libraries availabh dents and parishioners for a smaller school in.this added. Construction costs will total about $4.1 million Pfau, a member of the fund raising committee. "We began the whole thought process The actual fund drive kicked off in January, pledge drive and went to parishioners first, the! and areas businesses, he said. The parish had s open with new buildings, new programs, new faces By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Students are finding more than new textbooks as they re- to schools throughout the of Evansville this fall. They are also meeting new mls, using new classroom and discovering new as enrollment figures in schools throughout the Perhaps one of the biggest this fall will be for stu- nts who attend Westside idated School in This summer, vol- have been moving desks other furniture to allow for g at the three when school opens. primary building and the at Sacred Heart will now house pre- kindergarten and kindergarten students. Students in grades one through four will find their classrooms in the St. Agnes School building, and grades five through eight will be housed in the St. Boniface School building. There will be 400 students en- rolled in the three locations, ac- cording to Martha Render, WCCS principal. Ground-breaking ceremonies were held Aug. 11 at Precious Blood parish in Jasper. Con- struction on a new school wing and a new church building will begin Aug. 28, according to Ron Pittman, principal. Pittman said the school en- rollment should hit 192 students, an increase of 10 students over last year's enrollment figures. Three-hundred students are enrolled this fall at Holy Family Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Rev. Francis d. Bauer, retirement, effective Sept. 1. Question asked of active Catholics participating in the SUrvey: Which of the following groups do you belong to? Was born in the U.S.; at least one of my parents was not. Diocese 03% Statewide 12% ky parents and I were born in the U.S.; at least one of my grandparents was not. Diocese 17% Statewide 29% grandparents, parents and I were born in the U,S. Diocese 80% Statewide 59% School, Jasper, according to Pam Bell, principal. This is an in- crease of 10 students over the 1995-96 enrollment. Bell said that recent renovation work at the school includes a "new office and a renovated bathroom." Students at both Memorial and Mater Dei high schools in Evansville returned to find that a pledge drive designed to raise $8 million for additions and ren- ovations has been rescheduled for 1997. A comprehensive study will be commissioned this fall for curriculum, governance, tuition, staff and teacher pay, and per- sonnel as well as facilities at both schools. The original plans called for air-conditioning both high school buildings. Mater Dei was slated to receive interior renovation, new classrooms and science rooms, administrative offices and an auditorium. Plans called for Memorial High School to receive additional classrooms, as well as renovation of science rooms and a second gym. Gerry Adams, principal at Memorial High School, predicts that approximately 865 students will start Memorial this year, an increase of 32 students. Herb Neighbors, principal at Mater Dei High School, said 630 students are enrolled at his Evansville school, an increase of 20 students. When Christ the King stu- dents return to school, they will be greeted by a new principal and new buildings. Joyce Riet- man has been named principal of the Evansville school. The parish is currently in the process of a building project which in- cludes a new gym, science lab and computer lab. Student enrollment at Christ the King is expected to be 295 students. Corpus Christi will have a student enrollment of 175, ac- cording to Larry Luig, principal. This is an increase of 10 stu- dents. There will be 288 students en- rolled at Good Shepherd School, Evansville, according to Sister Mary Celes'tin Maurer, principal. This is an increase of 34 students, Sister Maurer said. The parish building committee is currently in the process of "making decisions" concerning additional classrooms. There will be "several rooms and/or class- rooms by the fall of 1997. We know we are going to add on, but we don't have the specifics yet." Holy Redeemer School in Evansville has a new leader this fall. She is Kathleen Sergesket- ter, formerly the science and re- ligion teacher there. She projects that 290 students will be enrolled this fall, an increase of five stu- dents. Mark McDonald, principal at Holy Rosary School, believes that 440 students will be attend- ing the first day at his Evansville school. Donna Halverson is the new principal at Holy Spirit School, Evansville. She expects a pre- school program to open in August of 1997. Applications for enroll- ment will be taken in January. She anticipates a student en- rollment of 185 students this year. Resurmct Sch, EX is in the process of a major build- ing expansion, which includes new offices, a conference room, seven classrooms, a l, speech room, pre-school area and a first aid room, The school is planning to open according to Judy Blanken- berger, principal. This year's enrollment should hit 285 students, an increase of 12 students. St. Benedict School students will find a new roof as part of the renovating there, according to JeffYando, principal. The enrollment, including the pre-kindergarten students, should be 275 on the first day of school. Benedictine Sister Marilyn Schroering predicts that 158 students will be in attendance on the first day of school at St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County. The parish is currently con- structing a new gym and class- rooms as well as adding air con- ditioning. The building project is See SCHOOLS page 10 a pre-school in the fall of 1997,