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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Parishes of the Diocese: What's in a nam By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Everybody calls it "Christ the King," but the name in the official book is "Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King." That is just one of the names of parishes in the Diocese of Evansville, with a name in common usage somewhat different than the name given the parish when it was canonically established. Most of the parishes now called by the name, "St. Mary," were established with a more specific title for Mary, Mother of God. The parish in Shoals, for example, was established as "St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception." How did parishes get their names? In earlier years, parishes were often named in honor of the patron saint of an influential person. St. Simon Church was estab- lished in Washington in 1837, during the early years of Bishop Simon Brute, the first Bishop of Vincennes. St. Celestine was estab- lished in 1844, while Bishop Celestine de la Hailandiere had responsibility for the dio- cese. The bishop's patron saint, however, was Pope Peter Ce- lestine, according to Father John Boeglin, former pastor of the parish and author of the book, "Celestine, Indiana: A Sesquicentennial History." St. Joseph Church, Jasper, is named in honor of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, who had provided some financial help to Father Joseph Kundek. Father Kundek, pastor of the parish in 1838, was a Croatian priest who had come to Amer- ica to work with German immi- grants. Ethnic origins influenced name selection. Among the names favored by German set- tlers are St. Boniface and St. Wendel. Irish immigrants have churches in Daviess County named for St. Patrick and St. Michael. In the early years of the Dio- cese of Evansville, under Bishop Henry J. Grimmels- man, some new parishes were named to honor Jesus Christ under various titles, such as Deacon Mel Curry dies October 26 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Deacon James Melvin Curry, retired, died at his home in Vincennes Oct. 26. He was 70 years of age. Funeral services were held at his home parish, the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier (Old Cathe- dral), Oct. 29, with burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Deacon "Mel" Curry was survived by his wife of 49 years, the former M. June Preusz. In a Message article, Oct. 1, 1993, Deacon Curry said he and his wife "have lived up to what I have for- mal|y defined a marriage to be: marriage is the sacramen- tal union of a man and a women, to help each other be- come the best person each can possibly be in any way you can possibly think of." That newspaper feature se- ries also asked each deacon of the diocese to relate what each on would most want people to know about his ministry. Dea- con Curry's response was di- rect: "They need to know that he has made a lifetime corn- Deacon Curry was born in Breckinridge County, Ky., Nov. 25, 1923. He was ordained a deacon Oct. 4, 1986. He served as a deacon in his home parish. Before his retire- ment, he assisted at daily Mass, preached occasionally and taught high school reli- gious education classes. He vis- ited nursing homes, Good Samaritan Hospital, and homebound parishioners. He occasionally conducted Liturgy of the Word and Communion services, and assisted at funer- als and wake services. He also recruited and trained servers and readers -- a responsibility which he said brought him some of the most rewarding moments of his ministry. Deacon Curry also penned the following poem: When I'm gone, ring the bell! Do not toll the funeral knell. Do not speak of grief; but sing Words of praise to God, our king. Let the "Alleluia" ring! What I'll get is what I've earned and this above all else I've learned; Weeping never solved a thing And life is better when we sing. Let the "Alleluia" ring! So dear ones, I suggest Just go on and do your best To please God in every way. Remember me in what I say, "Let the 'Alleluia' ring!" Kimball International Corpus Christi, Good Shep- herd, Holy Redeemer, Resur- rection and Nativity, all in Evansville; Precious Blood, Jasper, and Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. There is also Holy Cross Church in Fort Branch. Three churches in the dio- cese honor Jesus under the same title -- Sacred Heart in Evansville, and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Schnellville and Vincennes. In Oakland City the church honors the Blessed Sacrament. Churches honoring God in- clude Holy Trinity and Holy Spirit in Evansville. St. Anthony Church in Evansville was formally named St. Anthony of Padua. The parish in Dubois County was established as St. Anthony on the books, but is named for the same saint. The church in Bicknell is named in honor of St. Philip Neri; the parish in Posey County is named for St. Philip. The church in Daylight hon- ors St. John the Evangelist. Parishes in Newburgh and Vincennes honor St. John the Baptist. In New Boston, the name of the parish is St. John Chrysostom; it is St. John the Apostle in Evansville; and in Loogootee, it is simply St. John Church. Other parishes in the dio- cese are named in honor of St. Matthew, St. Rupert, St. Henry, St. James, St. Thomas, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Agnes, St. Benedict, St. Theresa, St. Clement, St. Ferdinand, St. Joan of Arc, and most recently, St. Nicholas. Churches honor the angels -- Holy Angels in New Har- mony, St. Raphael in Dubois County, and St. Michael in Daviess County. Cannelburg's church is named in honor of All Saints. Churches in Petersburg and Haubstadt are named in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul. In Jasper a church honors the Holy Family. Some individual multiple parishes their honor. With two apiece are St. in Vincennes and St. Martin, in Ch Whitfield; St. Peter,! and Montgomery Bernard, in "Snake Run" in (Snake Run refers to! stream, or "run" church, which like path through side.) St. Joseph has -- in Bramble, Jasper, Evansville derburgh County. Mary, Mother ever, has the most.t named in her hone Mother of God is tron saint of the honored in Latin at i High School. The Evansville known today as was established as Lady of the Holy historic downtown known as St. Mary's. St. Mary Church, burg, was tation of the Blessed Mary. St. Mary land, was first knoW nunciation of the gin Mary. In parishioners worshi Church of St. Mary sumption. And in and Washington, it is of the Immaculate In Sullivan, the the parish is St. In Mariah Hill with a name derived German, "Maria, church is named in Mary, Help Information above ered from diocesan and in some instance f variance with piled at indi HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND EUGENE WELP, T Fs Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana Donald J. 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