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i CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME20 NUMBER9 OCTOBER27,1989 ml Good Shepherd's building project looks to future By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor - A pledge drive is underway at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, for a new church building and other parish im- provements totalling $2 million. "I feel this project has great vision for the future and will make a statement of faith for generations to come," said Father Kenneth Herr, the pastor, in a  letter to all'parishioners. He said the parish is "about to begin a new and ex- citing chapter in our history." Dick Schuler, head of the funding committee, made a presentation at each of the Masses last weekend. Packets of information were available for all parishioners; each packet contained the letter from the pastor, a plan brochure, information about the plans for a "tree of life" to honor contributors, pledge information and a pledge card. The brochure traces parish history to 1955, when the first families stood before a tract of farm land "and looked beyond the soybeans to see the promise of a prospering Catholic community in the northeast corner of Evansville. "We must act now to insure the vitality of Good Shepherd's future," ac- cording to the brochure. "Our building project guarantees that we will have the facilities to continue living our mission statement through worship and celebra- tion, education, spiritual growth and community outreach." In order to reach the goal of the pledge drive, which is 80 percent of the total cost of the new church and school addition, parishioners are being ' asked to give an average gift of $1450. The suggested plan for giving involves payments spread out over 40 months, beginning January 1, 1990. A "Tree of Life" will be permanently mounted on .the wall of the greeting area of the new church as a way of , recognizing and thanking contributors, according to information in the parishioners', packets. As designed, the tree's leaves will be miniature in- dividually inscribed placques. "Foun- dation stones at the base of the tree will recognize and thank contributors of $25,000 or more. " Building plans call for a new church with seating for 850 people; an addition to the school to provide rooms for kindergarten, computer laboratory and Storage; renovation of the current gym- nasium style church into a multi- + PoUceSeo 3 tmh ttct faCai It  p'2 t ch aa ?idt? n f renovation of the kitchen. Father Herr cited the work of the t xanperience living through last week's Francisco earthquake made her realize "how much people care." Sister Reynolds worked in the Tribunal Office in the Diocese of Evansville from 1978 to 1987. She is now the associate director of the Tribunal in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. , She said she was taking , nap in her aome when the earthquake hit the San rancisco area. "It jolted me right out of ed. I was bouncing on the floor A model of the proposed parish building project is on display in the lobby area of Good Shepherd Church, Evansville. The model shows the new church building and school addition proposed for the northeast Evansville parish. -- Message Photo by Paul Leingang The building proposal will allow the parish to continue with the "master plan" and allow the structure to be used as it was intended. Father Herr said a significant deci- sion in the development of the master plan was the choice to build a new church, and not to try to renovate the existing building. The current church has enough seating capacity for current needs, he said, but remodeling in ac- See GOOD page 4 Time changes in diocese By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in five counties which are part of the Diocese of Evansville. Eastern Standard Time continues in the rest of the diocese -- seven counties generally north and east of Evansville. The change -- falling back one hour -- affects people and parishes in P6sey, Vanderburgh, Gibson, Warrick and Spencer Counties. Remaining constant are Sullivan, Greene, Knox, Daviess, Martin, Pike and Dubois County. The change also affects people who travel from one of the areas to the other. "It takes two hours now to get to Jasper from Evansville," Bishop Francis R. Shea used to say, "and no time at all to get back home." Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger said he is accustomed to calculating time dif- ferences. His home is in an area of In- diana near Louisville, Ky., where time changes from Eastern Standard to Eastern Daylight Time. Father Leo Kiesel who is pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Petersburg -- where the time Sunday will remain as Eastern Standard Time, is also pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Oakland City -- where the time Sunday will change to Central Standard Time. Good Shepherd Building Steering Com- mittee, headed by John Hamilton, which presented the building proposal in May 1988. After evaluating the work done by the previous committee, studying popula- tion projections for the area, surveying the needs of clubs and organizations and consulting with other parishes with recent building projects, the steering committee came to the conclusion that the new church building and school ad- dition would best serve the immediate and long term needs of the parish. Parish membership, which was 1600 persons in 1987, is projected to reach 2400 in 2000. Growth in neighboring ,areas of Warrick County may also lead to greater school enrollment, according to the committee. Father Herr said the approval of the building proposal "will allow for the 'coming of age' of this parish." He noted that the original structure now used for worship services was designed as a gymnasium, according to the direc- tives of Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman. Earthquake experience makes her + i Sixth grade psalmists realize 'how much people care' ,, ':i -- Washington Catholic composers, on page 2. By MARYgANN HUGHES -- it was shaking the house that b.adly+. Washington Deanery Messa e Staff Writer While the earthquake did little per- " "  -- St. John, Loogootee hosts convention, manent damage to her residence, "it sister Nancy Reynolds S.P. said her was pretty clear what was happening  on page 3. Good Shepherd, Evansville -- Feature parish, on pages 8 and 9. Housing Now -- Local participant recounts experience, on page 13. Positive discipline because the pictures were falling off the walls." "This one lasted so long. They said it lasted 15 seconds but it seemed like 35 or 40 seconds." She said the aftermath of the earth- quake "showed her how much people care. I've been getting phone calls con- stantly -- from people as far away as the Netherlands. "What it did for me was tell me I real- ly am loved." Final installment of series, on page 1