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g S S ACj E CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 51 August27,1993 St. Thomas parish to observe 150 years p Gettelfinger will Mass Sept. 5 Knox County church By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Father John Shaughnessy probably up there smiling us," said Mary Kay Broth- remembering how much former pastor wanted to celebrate the one-hun- anniversary of t. Thomas Church, Knox Father Shaughnessy died in 1990, but he is still "in spirit," Brothers "He keeps us going." Books, clippings and pic- from the late priest's provided much for a parish history. Shaughnessy served as from 1955 until his re- in 1978, and as pas- until his death. Father Francis Allega, the pastor of the pic- parish south of Vin- said he hopes people have present or past con- :ions with the parish will to the celebration, and 1at any division within the may be healed. Father Allega said it was rtant to acknowledge much of a blessing it to have a church in the where Mass could be ed and God's bless- could be received. Acknowledging the limits his own health, Father A1- praised the organizers of anniversary celebration. ;ommittee members have over all of the work, he A picture of the church has imprinted on mugs, or- and refrigerator mag- -- all available as sou- of the anniversary. A repared history of the is also available. An "Old Fashioned Barn next Saturday night a noon Mass on Sunday the main events of the celebration. The Barn Dance will be from 7 to 11 p.m., Satur- Lay, Sept. 4, at the parish bavilion on the picnic :rounds near the church. ,awrence Hock, from IOonville, will be the caller. ap Gerald A. Gettelfin- be the main celebrant Mass, at noon, Sunday, )t. 5, in the church. Elsie the oldest parish- at age 98 -- will take Part in the presentation of at the offertory, if she is With her will be a Dennis Williams, a lreat grandson, Jon Planning to concelebrate Mass are Father Allega parish native Father Hi- lary Vieck, pastor of St. Peter Church, Linton, and pastoral moderator of Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. Lunch in the pavilion will follow the Mass, for parish members, families and friends. Games are planned for the children, "so the grown-ups can visit," said Marilyn Vieck, one of the or- ganizers of festivities. She and Adaline Carie began working toward the anniver- sary celebration almost two years ago. Among the other parishioners involved in the planning are Mary Kay Broth- ers, Anna Marie Yochum, Karen Laue, and Mary Mar- garet Rusch. "Everyone's related here," said Mrs. Brothers, a niece of both Marilyn Vieck and Ada- line Carie. There are direct and indirect connections among the organizers and their spouses and families, and some current members of the parish trace their connec- tions to the early part of the nineteenth century and the establishment of the parish. Mrs. Brothers is a member of the Carie family. That name is a derivative of the original, "Queret" -- as in Queret's Prairie, where a log church under the patronage of St. Thomas the Apostle was built in 1844. Even earlier, as far back as 1833, Mass was celebrated in the home of Antoine Queret. Today, members of St. Thomas Church include eighth-generation family members, 26-year old James Brothers and 16-year old Melissa Brothers. They are the son and daughter of Mary Kay and Kenneth Brothers, and the grandchildren of Francis "Bud" Carlo and Pauline Vieck Carlo. The original church has been re-constructed and re- modeled and modernized. The tower was added in 1917. A rectory, built in 1896, was replaced in 1992. Benedictine Sisters from Ferdinand came to teach at the combination school-con- vent building in 1900. A new school, built in 1918, served the parish -- at times as a public school -- until 1973. It now provides religious edu- cation classrooms and a base- ment social hall. Organizers of the anniver- sary celebration are encourag- ing parishioners to hold class reunions (luring the weekend anniversary celebration. ST. THOMAS CHURCH, ST. THOMAS Historic faith and order gathering included Roman Catholic delegation SANTIAGO DE COM- POSTELA, Spain (CNS) The most diverse and com- prehensive gathering in the history of Christianity's Faith and Order movement ended Aug. 14 with a renewed com- mitment to moving toward Christian unity at all levels. "'We say to the churches: There is no turning back," said the concluding message of the Fifth World Conference of Faith and Order. The churches cannot turn back, it added, "'either from the goal of visible unity or from the single ecumenical movement that unites con- cern for the unity of the church and concern for en- gagement in the struggles of the world." The conference was the first of its kind in 30 veers and the first ever to include  an official Roman Catholic delegation. It was held Aug. 3-14 at the ancient Catholic pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where St. James the Apostle is believed to be buried. The theme of the meeting, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, was "'Toward Koinonia in Faith, Life and Witness." "'Koinonia," a Greek word found frequently in the New Testament. is usually trans- lated as "'communion," but also in some contexts as fel- lowship, community or unity. Since Faith and Order;s fourth world conference in Montreal in 1963, the final statement said. "'far more of us come from Asia. Africa. Latin America. the Caribbean and the Pacific region. There are more women participants than ever before .... There is a significant presence of Pente- costal Christians." Roman Catholics, whose participation in Faith and Order conferences was pro- hibited by Rome during; the first half of the century and who were represented only by a group of observers in 1963, formed the fourth- largest delegation at Santiago de Compostela with a group of 26 members appointed by the Vatican. Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Pro- moting Christian Unity, ad- dressed the conference Aug, 10. He delivered a supportive message from Pope tohn Paul II and declared the Catholic See. HISTORIC page 12