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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 11 NOVEMBER 13, 1987 IIIIIIIII o St. Mary's Church plans $795,000 restoration By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Parishioners at St. Mary Church, Evansville, have issued a mandate to their parish council and in turn, they have been given a challenge. Rosie Greeson, chairperson of the building committee, said the parishioners have requested "better lighting, a better sound system, better access" to their church. The restoration process will focus on "making the space liturgically viable while retaining the gothic tradition of the church," she said. "This is the oldest Catholic church in Evansville and we have a rich tradition here we don't' want to lose." The restoration will start "from the ground up," she explained. The first priority calls for the total rewiring of the church building to bring it "up to code." "We also have problems with our sound system. A rock station comes in on it -- usually during a quiet time in the liturgy." The heating and air condi- tioning units are also at the end of their life spans. Another priority includes adding handicapped access, both into the church building and to the daily Mass chapel. Liturgical changes include bringing The mandate calls for an $795,000 .cotal renovatLon of the 121-year old hutch buitding. The challenge to the parishioners is to raise the funds for the renovation which is expected to begin this spring. Bishop Francis R. Shea studies a picture of the planned restoration of St. Mary Church, Evansville. Here, he is with parishioners Marjorie Olsen and Rosie Greeson. -- Message Photo by Mary Ann Hughes the altar "out to the people," moving the communion rail back to separate the hospitality area from the pews and building a baptistry. All of the original high altars, statuary, stained glass windows, pews, lights and stations of the cross will be preserved. The original marouflages and fresco secco paintings on the church ceiling will also be preservecl. The 170-foot steeple will also be repaired. The parish fund raising efforts will include a winter dance and a celebrity dinner in the spring. Note cards and Christmas cards will also be sold, with funds going to the restoration project. The finance committee is also looking into the possibility of obtaining match- ing funds. "It's a tremendous amount of money," Gmeson said, "but we feel this is a place that needs to be preserved. "It is our heritage and people from all over have come to worship here. This church has touched so many people's lives." Some of the cost projections for the restoration project include: -- Tabernacle: $2000. -- Altar: $3000. -- New Baptistry: $40,000. -- Building a platform at front of sanctuary: $4000. -- Relocating and weatherproofing Fatima Shrine: $600. -- Moving Communion rail and building foundation: $3000. -- Repairing plaster, repainting, cleaning and restoring fresco work, scaffolding, marbleizing: $120,000. -- Remodeling Reconciliation Room: $10,oo0. -- Remodeling Daily Mass Chapel: $18,000. -- Relocating kitchen: $8,000. -- New acoustical treatment: $10,500. -- Stabilizing steeple: $18,000. -- Mechanical system (heating and air conditioning): $145,000. -- Electrical power, lighting, sound system: $75,000. Live coverage .... Bishops' conference will be covered by CTNA and EWTN networks By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Live television coverage is available next week, of a four day conference for American bishops in Washington, D.C., from two network sources, the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America (CTNA) and Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). A viewing area will be available at the Catholic Center, 4200 North Kentucky Ave., Evansville, Monday through Thursday Nov. 16-19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST'(9-5 EST). Viewers will watch the CTNA presentation, using the On the insid00 St. James Church, Gibson County -- Feature parish on pages 8 & 9. Interdeanery Council -- Turn to page 14 for a report on long-range planning for the Diocese of Evansville. Benefit auction -- St. Henry parishioners rally to help a friend. See page 16. , "1 diocesan satellite reception equipment of the communications office. Father Bernard R. Bonnet will moderate CTNA coverage, with assistance from Father Art Smith, CTNA Director of Program Development and Ann Burke, Director of Telecommunications for the Diocese of Oklahoma City. Cable television viewers with access to EWTN will also be able to view the conference. EWTN coverage will be an- chored by Father Robert Faricy, S.J., and Father Michael McDonagh, with assistance from a panel of experts in theology, education and family life. Home satellite viewers will find CTNA coverage Monday and Tuesday on Westar V, transponder 6D; CTNA coverage Wednesday and Thursday will be on Westar V, transponder 11D. EWTN coverage is transmitted on Galaxy III, transponder 10. Bishop Francis R. Shea of Evansville plans to attend the semi-annual con- ference of the National Confer,'':e of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Conference {NCCB/USCC ). Among the items bishops will vote on is an updated statement on Central America policy, a national pastoral plan for church ministry to Hispanics, and a proposal that Dec. 12 be raised to the rank of a feast day honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe in the United States. The bishops may also vote on a pro- posed new annual nationwide collec- tion to help ease the retirement crisis in many U.S. religious orders; another agenda item outlines responsibilities of dioceses in dealing with the retirement of their priests. Other items on the agenda include a statement critical of school-based health clinics which provide students with contraceptives and abortion ser- vices, a proposed new rite for mixed faith marriages, and guidelines for rela- tions between bishops and theologians and for resolving doctrinal disputes.