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The Message -- for Catholics of southwestern Indiana 3: ' 1997 Holy Name parish hall dedicated The new parish hall ai Holy Name Church, Bloom- also held in the hall. "We field, was dedicated Nov 23, with Bishop Gerald A. already wonder how we Gettelfinger presiding. The dedication followed Mass, and included the per- fce of Several songs by the Bloomfield Elemen- School Joyful Noise group, and a carr m droner f Thanksgiving. Y-" ' /e are so delighted with our new parish hall and ready using it a lot," said Benedictine Sister Diane er, pastoral life coordinator. e first event in the hall was the farewell dinner for a.,,T an, Paul Ferguson, Au 10 Bereavement rs for two parishioners wereheld in September. now even have a group of ladies from the parish who have started an exercise class a couple .desaw k -'- SOmething we couldn't do before, oter Fischer. An adult education rou m Sunday m---" - g p eets m the hall every grOUpal mmet g. tor Scripture discussion The RCIA eats Such as s hihd e hall. Meetings and social ren.s Halloween party were did without it," said Sister Fischer. A large room in the basement of the rectory was converted into five more classrooms for reli- gious education, provid- ing a new total of eight rooms in time for the new CCD year. The need for the larger space and for classrooms had been talked about for years, said Sister Fischer. The new parish hall at Holy Name, t0 Money for the project by 80 feet, houses a large social rooa, came from a $35,000 estate, parish savings, and a pledge from every family for a minimum of $278. The Knights of Columbus donated $2500, one of the a large kitchen, two supply rooms, a small office and bathrooms. major contractors donated all the labor, and "our build- 1 ing committee kept theft eyes out for bargains, getting cabinets, refrigerators, stoves, etc. from various places who Were going out of business or renovating, and fumished the whole kitchen for a very small price/' said Sister Fischer. Ken Gremore chaired the building committee. Roger Doane, a parishioner, is an electrical engi- neer and he and helpers did all the wiring. Parish- ioners did allthe insulation, drywall, painting, lay- ing of tile floor, staining, and other work. "It was a real community effort," said Sis- ter Fischer. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, accompanied by Benedictine Sister Diane Fischer and Father Hilary Vieck, blesses the new parish center. Sis- ter Fischer is the pastoral life coordinator. Father Vieck is the pastoral moderator and pastor of nearby St. Peter Church, Linton. 'St;Mary, Barr Township, celebrates closing liturgy By PAUL R. LEINGANG MeSSage editor Shed as members Town- Nov. 23, hat one parish- funeral" raark the closing remain the Blessed reserved COmmunion at the closing Mass, the master of ceremonies, Scott Whitehouse, removed the sanctuary lamp from its mounting and carded it to the sacristy. Later, after the last sacred host had been consumed, the light was extinguished. St. Mary is now a chapel It is a place where occasional wed- dings and funerals may be cele- brated. The building is no longer the center of parish life, of regu- lar Sunday liturgy. Concluding the ceremonial closing, candles at the altar were extinguished and the cloth which had covered the altar was removed and folded. "This is the hard part," said Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, who presided at the Mass. Following the blessing, Bish- op Gettelfinger and the other liturgical ministers processed from the altar, down the aisle, and away from the church building. Among the members of the somber procession were Father Frank Renner, a recent pastor, the altar servers, and Alice Mat- tingly, who carried the book which contains the parish sacra- mental records. The records are now maintained at St. Joseph Church, Bramble. Following the Mass, parish- ioners, along with some former parishioners and friends, gath- ered for a meal, a kind of bereavement meal, at the parish building across the road. St. Mary is now one of three chapels in the Washington Deanery. Parishioners at St. Michael and St. Patrick, both in Daviess County, chose not to have a closing liturgy. a feature in the Message, designed the People of Godin south- na. Readers are invited to submit !people who may benefit by some attention Services for Bene- dictine Sister Engelber- ta Fuchs, 96, who died Nov. 21, were held Nov. 24 at Monastery Immac- ulate Conception, Ferdi- nand. Sister Fuchs was born in Naabeck, Germany, in 1901, and entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1923 from Wiefelsdorf, her final Vows in 1928, and cele- profession in 1995. work for 54 years, serv- and at St. Joseph Church, ago, she was mentioned in a about the LST157, the first of the landing ship tanks built in Evansville dur- ing World War II. She had given a rosary, blessed by Pope Pius XII, to Roman Ritzert, an inspector at the ship- yard. He hid the rosary in the ship's keel; though involved in nearly all the major land- ings of the war, the ship survived. Services for Providence Sister Agnes Miriam Leissler, 91, who died Nov. 21, were held Nov. 26 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Sister Leissler entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1922, and made her final vows in 1930. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including Assumption in Evans- ville, and St. Joseph in Jasper. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. The e-mail address is mes- Subject: PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication. The procession from St. Mary, Ban" Township, includes Father Frank Rennet, a former pastor;, Laura Matting]y, who carried the cross, Alice Matting]y, holding the book of sacramental records from the parish, Bishop Gettelfinget; and Andrew Hopkins, who carded the folded altar cloth. .............................. -: Message photo by Paul R. koing.