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2 St Mary's The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Dfiviess County parish settled in Old Northwest Territory known as Sister Mary Alice. parish effort in building a new had [ 100 feet By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor Following is the second in a series of features during the month of October, on parishes named in honor of Mary, Mother of God. Looking at the size of the church building and the com- munity it serves, a traveler would never guess the historic role held by St. Mary Church in Daviess County. The parish now has a few more than 30 families, who worship in a building that was once in- tended to be a temporary structure. The parish, however, was es- tablished in the early days of the settlement of the Old Northwest Territory -- in 1834, three years before Assumption Church in Evansville. History by the numbers can never tell the personal story of faith and commitment made by the families at St. Mary Church, but some numbers provide a foundation for the deeper reality: Families in the parish in 1834 -- 150. Most came from Kentucky; some from Ireland. Number of missions estab- lished by Father Patrick Mur- phy (pastor, 1848-1858) -- 7, at Mt. Pleasant, Bloomfield, Scotland, Miles Settlement, Bedford, Bloomington and Shoals. Families who had a mem- ber serve the northern cause in the Civil War -- "practically every household" according to the published parish history. Individuals from the parish who were confirmed, Sept. 28, 1868- 63. Individuals confirmed on April 21, 1912 -- 49 boys and 47 girls. Parishioners in the armed forces in World War I -- 18 who returned, three who died: Clarence Brothers, Gustave H. Bullock, and Frank Lechner. Parishioners in World War II -- 29; in Korea -- 14; in the Vietnam era -- 16. Parishioners ordained as priests -- 5: Fathers Joseph P. Matthews, Ralph Doyle, Den- nis Patrick Spalding, Edwin "Ode" Spalding and Leo Doyle. Women religious from the parish -- at least 29, including all three daughters of Alphon- sus and Mary Matthews who joined the Sisters of Provi- dence: Anna, in 1917, who took the name Sister Marie Athana- sius; Ernestine, in 1922, who became Sister Aloysius Mary; and Clotilda, in 1917, who was 5acred Heart cfutrch FALL . FESTIVAL Saturday, October 15, 1994 at Sacred Heart church Grounds Vincennes, 00ndiana M_ASS at 4:30 PM Serving begins at 5:00 PM JONAH FISH FRY (all you can eat) with Homemade Bread & Pie HOt Dogs, Caramel Apples & More!! Raffle . Caribbean Cruise for Two, ..Entertainment Center, Set of Luggage ..and Door Prizes Fun games for Children & Adults ..plus Entertainment Everyone invited... Come join us!!! A few personal and human church to replace the original feet wide, with a details add to an appreciation log building, feet high. The of St. Mary's place in the past In 1839, Father de St. Palais known as St. Mary and present, was sent to work at the outer to be temporary, Father Simon P. Lalumiere, limits of the Diocese of Vin- ments over the the first priest ordained by cennes -- to the small village ing a bell tower Bishop Flaget in Bardstown, of Chicago. 1960s- have Ky., had first visited the area The next pastor, Father Le ing the permanent in 1828. He celebrated Mass a Franc (1839-1844), noted in a church regularly as possible during letter that he made 55,000 Fathel the next five years at the bricks and bought 10,000 more native of Indian Spalding home -- which was to finish a third building to be pastor from 1942 considered by many to be the used as the "Boggs Creek when the parish real beginning of the parish. Church." Ignatius and Julia Ann Succeeding pastors included of the newly esta (Montgomery) Spalding had Irish born Father Patrick Mur- cese of Evansville. come from Maryland to Ken- phy (1848-1858) and German Pastors and tucky, then purchased land in native Father John Mougin since then included Daviess Countyin 1822. (1858-1860). Finis (19 In 1834, Bishop Simon From 1860 to 1866, the Civil Clarence A. Brute, the new bishop of the War years, the parish was 1955), Father new Diocese of Vincennes, served as a mission of St. John ing (1955-1957); traveled with Father Lalu- Church, Loogootee. Lex (1958-1967); miere to visit St. Peter Church Foreign born pastors contin- Clauss ( on Black Oak Ridge (later ued to serve the parish: Cana- James Hannigan moved to Montgomery) and St. "dian born Father J. Le Blanc Father Joseph Mary Church. Bishop Brute is (1866-1873) and Alsatian na- 1983); Father F quoted in the parish history: tive Father Gustav M. Ginnsz (1983-1985); "The church [at the Boggs (1873-1875). (1985-1989); Creek Settlement] was not American born priests, with Lahay (1989-1992); quite completed and I was re- brief exception, have served Frank Renner quested to name it. It was a the parish since 1875. Among For many yea great happiness to me to put them were Madison, Ind., na- today, St. Mary the first church which I was tive Father John W. Doyle been served by called upon to bless in my new (1875-1879), and Father Timo- pastor of diocese under the blessed pa- thy O'Donaghue (1879-1890), Church tronage of the Mother of God, who was born in Daviess The church so I named it, 'St. Mary's,' and County, Ind. Father John Mc- the center promised to return again in Cabe, a native of Covington, large area is two weeks and bless it when it Ky., was pastor from 1890 to was finished." 1911. of an area In 1836, Father Maurice de Fire- blamed on a defective Amish families. St. Palais became the first resi- flue in the attic -- destroyed lies, few dent pastor of the new parish, the parish church three days bear witness to succeeding the missionary Fa- after Christmas in 1925. The deep as the ther Lalumiere. He led the building which was destroyed Territory itself. A letter from Bishop Gettelfinger The following letter about Mission Sunday was sent to parishes throughout the : Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Lord, Every year Monsignor Schlachter asks me to write in support of World Mission which is always the second to last Sunday in October. He really doesn't have vinced that each of us, as seriously as each apostle heard it, has a grave obligation teach all the things that I have commanded you." Because of my current commitments, I am not free to go nor do I wish to change ever, our responsibility to world mission, yours and mine is so important that if the should ask me, I would go instantly to the foreign missions. His discernment matter Iwould trust implicitly. I would go not because of talent or experience or but rather out of obedience trusting in his confidence in whatever I could bring to "teach" wherever he should choose. Ponder this fact. ': Just because peoples of other cultures have been baptized into the faith does not[ they are ready to embrace all of its precepts -- commandments. Mission work goes on the "natives" have been baptized. We as a privileged people must continue to do vide resources to assist in that effort. Let me explain. Recently Archbishop McCarrick of Newark, New Jersey returned from a fact the African nation of Rwanda. He came back with a stunning and depressing story. Many of you may have seen the front page color pictures of the children, men who had been slaughtered in a Catholic Church in Rwanda. It was not only a the horror of those who suffered it- you and I have no comprehension of such those who witnessed its results. The most terrifying and disillusioning fact is that Catholics of one tribe did this of another tribe because of long-standing oppression and resultant hatred injustice. Baptism did not wash away the remnants of either of evils. Is the work of World Missioners done? You and I must continue to help to make missionary presence possible. appropriate for us to impose Christianized western European culture on peoples eration of their own culture. The Rwandan experience demonstrates our own lack ing and own ineptitude at assisting other cultures to come to grips with sin in pressions so that the Gospel is transmitted in its fullness. .. No, our work, yours and mine is not done! Please, if you cannot  goy0urself, for others to stand in your place. . You can, and must, pray for the work of all missioners both away and at home. just as ours, is never done. Equally, let us continue to pray for one another. " Faithfull yours in Most Bi  of Evansville