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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October St. Mary Shoals parish established in 1853, first church built in 1869 for a church, in June 1853. He donated the lots, hoping to be able to sell land nearby at an "advanced price" to Catholic families who wanted to live near the church. "In this hope : he was not disappointed," ac- cording to the account. Railroad construction brought workers to the area. Families of workers on the CI Di eSe Ohio and Mississippi Railroad ........ :::. came to Shoals, and Father : . Patrick Murphy, from St. Mary ......... ille Church, Daviess County, came to serve their needs. Father Murphy began to col- lect donations to build a church. ' In 1869, the brick church was built, 30 by 60 feet, under the guidance of Father Louis Gueguen of Loogootee. He named the church in honor of his own patron, St. Louis, ac- | By PAUL tL LEINGANG known as Memphis, according to cording to the History of I Message editor the book, A History of Catholic- Catholicity, but that name ity in the State of Indiana. does not appear in the earliest St. Mary Church was built According to the history available documentation, ac- in Shoals in 1869, but the book, Clement J. Horsey cording to Msgr. Carl Shetler, parish considers 1853 to be the deeded lots 59, 60, 61, 101, current pastor. real beginning. 102, 103, 104, 47 and 48 to The parish was established At that time, the area was Bishop de St. Palais as a site as the Church of St. Mary of ST. MARY CHURCH, SHOALS .... the Immaculate Conception, __., according to diocesan archives. Doctrine of Immaculate Conception During its history, the communities in Salem and kitchen and a large The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception affirms that church at Shoals has at times Mitchell. area was built. the Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved, in the first instant of been a mission of other Msgr. Shetler, pastor since begun in 1988, and her conception, free from all stain of original sin. parishes -- among them, St. 1983, resides in Whitfield and it will be completed by The dogma was declared by Pope Plus IX, Dec. 8, 1854. John, Loogootee; St. Mary, serves both St. Mary Church, mas of this year, However, a feast commemorating the conception of Our Daviess County; St. Simon, Shoals and St. Martin Church, Msgr. Shetler. Lady was known as early as the seventh century in the East, Washington; the Catholic com- Whitfield. The new parish and the ninth century in the West. munity in Mitchell, and St. Religious education classes at built on the site of the The Immaculate Conception has been common church Martin Church, Whitfield. St. Mary's were held in various rectory. In addition to teaching since the sixteenth century and the Council of At times, other missions locations in the church and rec- religious education, the Trent. According to this doctrine, Mary was conceived in the have been served from Shoals tory -- until a parish hall with is available for reunionS, state of perfect justice, free from original sin, and all its con- -- among them were Catholic three class rooms, an office, a ers and other parish Christ on the cross.Sequences and penalties, in virtue of the redemption won by Diocesan The feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed on Continued from page I into a special fund which was some years will be Dec. 8. Employees attending the established to stabilize the .special fund will meetings received a booklet de- diocesan insurance program, cese to pay claims in Information above is from Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic scribing the basic details of the Committee members expect years without dipping Encyclopedia, published in 1991 by Our Sunday Visitor Pub- two plans, a list of costs in- that insurance claims in some sets, according to the lishingDivision, Huntington, Ind., 46750 volved, a list of member- years will be higher than tee members who deV( providers in the Physicians the fees collected; claims in the program . .ealth Network and applica- Diocese celebrates almost MUENSTERMAN'S tion forms. FIRST FEDERAL FIRESTONE Starting in September 1995, Savings and Loan Association Washington&Loogootee SERVICE, INC. all eligible employees will be years of Catholicism in Kentu provided with insurance cover- By JEAN BACH It culminated in Evansville, IN age, but details and the choices Catholic News Service representing parisheS, that will be available have not zations and yet been determined. COVINGTON, Ky. (CNS)- diocese, as well as a Msgr. Knapp said that the Catholics in the Diocese of service and picnic, S(XJ'I'HWEb recent national health care dis- Covington turned out Oct. 16 with children's gameS, Landscaping ]BANI cussions had demonstrated to celebrate their faith, each and food on the Christmas Trees & Decorations ..-..-..o that there were a wide range of other and the past, present Thomas More Wasrington, lndiana WASHINGTON-SHOALS-LOOGOOTEE views held in the United and future of their church. The motorcade fe; States. He said it is the view of The Catholics Celebrate more than 100 the diocese that it is a matter Church! observance marked floats and stretching o1 " of justice for employers to pro- several anniversaries in the miles,began at the caJl,tl vide health benefits for eligible diocese -- almost 200 years of in do ntown Coving THE NEWS PUBLISHING CO. employees. Catholicism in Kentucky, the traveled to Covington 1 Tell City, IN Since September, diocesan 140th year since the diocese High School. !1 employers have been paying was formed and the 100th an- A prayer service, Wl'| Proud to be the printer for The Message niversary of the laying of the ington wll' I HAMM'S MUSIC cornerstone at the Cathedral :r;:h p The best in musical instruments and accessories Basilica of the Assumption in Hughes g , I Church Supplies and Christian Literature Covington. the Connor Convocati SHETLER MOVING SERMING SCHOOLS IN The celebration involved ter following the mtl SOUTHERN INDIANA more than a year of planning Over 77 banners of 00'ml & STO RAG E Washington. IN.254-0643 by committees of the Diocesan and institutions in the Evansville's First Family of Movers Pastoral Council and members ringed the inside of thelntB, Evansville, Indiana  BILLGREENE of the diocese's Office of Pas- and an estimated 3,00 JIM GREENE toral Planning and Research. attended. , _ (812) 2t-2641J ' __ . Kimball International ,,c. P'.m BUILDING SAVINGS BANK. FSB, , 0, NMo Mrtd?alliL. Jasper, Indiana ,s. $.E. 2151" ,11ELrlr ($1:) ,J47, ....... 200 E..5:) Mai.".St"Pet.ersburg  :Van Trees St., Washington J:'. --.Washington. IN " ....... :