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1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 estoration Anthony's fund drive hits $365,154 mark By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor In the dim light of an ordi- afternoon, it's hard to get good look at some of the decorations on the ceil- and other high spots inside Anthony Church, Evans- With all of the lights irned on, you begin to see some of the paintings are )t paintings at all. They are places where the paint has away. More than half of the goal Is been reached, in a fund for restoration of St. An- Church, Evansville. Fa- er John Davidson, pastor, that a total of $365,154 pledged or received by ,t. 14. The goal is $688,000. Replacing the roof is the immediate need, accord- to Father Davidson. The roof and underlying felt deteriorated to the point Lat the roof is leaking in places. Water seeping in Is caused paint to peel and me cracks to appear in the The exterior damage threat- Ls the priceless and unique according to the pas- Inside are priceless paint- Tyrolean wood carvings, a restored organ which is only unaltered instrument its kind in the Tri-State. Plans for restoration include roof replacement, tinting and repair of the exterior, cleaning of glass windows, air con- and interior restora- All artwork and mural restoration will be completed by specialists, according to the plan. Plans include extensive work to restore the mural above the sanctuary. The mural, with a central figure of the resurrected Jesus Christ, has been damaged by moisture in the bricks and plaster behind the canvas painting. If the fund drive is com- pleted at the projected level needed, $213,000 will be spent for the roof, another $153,000 will go toward exterior mainte- nance, $94,000 for interior restoration, $100,000 for air conditioning, $75,000 for other interior work, $35,000 for lighting and $18,000 for a sound system. The renovation project was planned by Edmund L. Hafer, an Evansville architect, and submitted to the parish Capi- tal Improvement Committee late last year. The parish is "home to a family of over 1,000 members," according to publicity prepared for the fund drive. The goal is to save the church and to keep the parish family intact. The church building was begun in 1894, in the parish which was established for Ger- man immigrants in 1888. Today, it is a melting pot. The parish serves people of Asian, African and European her- itage, of all ages and educa- tional backgrounds. The church continues to pro- vide a stable anchor for the neighborhood, according to parish leaders and supporters. COpper cross will replace the corroded, galvanized above, on the church roof above the sanctu- At right, a closer look at the church exterior shows need for care. T ? Suicidal? Feeling Hopeless? HE HELP LINE 1-800-852-7279 . offer FREE, confidential assessments and hdpl :ORAL HEALTH CENTER MEDIORIAL ., HOSPITAL ra  A|II I leil|l|l (:t|'t" g::=|3tlcyl" Membership declined when many area families moved to the suburbs, but now member- ship is on the rise. Since 1989, the former St. Anthony School has been the location of the Center for Fam- ily Life. The center provides a shelter for homeless families, tutoring for neighborhood kids, high school equivalency classes, a health clinic, a soup kitchen and a safe refuge for street people. Paint is peeling from the image of the resurrected Jesus Christ in the center of a mural above the altar. The paint- ing, on canvas, is damaged by moisture in the bricks and plaster behind it. I I] I II We're Here To Helan00! Serving all families with dignity personal attention for over one-half century. Wade Funeral Home 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, IN 768-6151 Call about pre-need counseling. Robert J. Wade Alan J. Wade I Ill I I