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M: E,S SAGE ImLUvJJq  corv couyv DAVlf IRT I 26 years of serving Catholics LUME 27 A Gift of Life PeCial to the Message Nicholas Church dedicated Dec. 8 been the Warmth and Nicholas of the St. Nicholas n dedica- .new church on Dec. of a 30-year in Santa Where parish- together as a Separately in quiet It is for the mem- COmmunity where we artic- aaission to be a of Christian committed to values. It we proclaim and restore a B.With God,". lessing and Catholic citizens Lamar have as a services called St. a former toy and the Litur- a succes- churches. became used and fold-out 'e Importantly, to belong- g:m.munity Wing lam- a Permanent families in, ebrate and St. Nicholas established as a Jasper Dean- A. Get- large step goal. It to be estab- of Evans- and times to be at a resident the parish- ag to discuss uilding, On June 30, 1992, after the 8:30 a.m. Liturgy, parishioners drove to a 6.4 acre plot of land on High- way 245 North, that was donat- ed to the diocese by William and Patricia Koch. This plot of land was to be the future site of St. Nicholas Church. The land was blessed, a sign erected, and the project was placed under the patronage of St. Nicholas. Now the parishioners were really on their way. The planning committee was formed, and it wasn't long until Edmund L. Hafer Architect, Inc., of Evansville, was awarded the architectural contract. In May of 1993, the "St. Nicholas BUILDS" fund drive began. Jeff Blackwe]l, finance com- mission chair, commented at the dedication ceremony, "whatever is dreamed for, and planned for, must eventually be paid for." He praised the parishioners for their tenacity in sticking to and reaching the fund raising goal. He reminded everyone of the countless chickens, bowls of chili, roast beef, cakes and hun- dreds of cookies that had been consumed. He asked them not to forget the numerous crafts that had been sold, all the boards that had been shot at for sides of beer, ham and sausage, the dances, and the half pot tickets. The financial goal had been met just three short years later. The parishioners raised $750,000, enough, with other donations of labor and materials, to complete their new church. Blackwell stressed the fact that it took the dedication of every parishioner to achieve their goal. During the dedication, Bishop Gettelfinger called to the altar a man, a woman, two children from each grade level and a babe in arms. This group was asked to name different parts of the new building. He explained if any one of these parts was miss- ing, the new St. Nicholas Church would not be complete. The Bishop paralleled this with the people of St. Nicholas and explained how the Church, the community of people called St. Nicholas, would not be com- plete without all the men, the ke to Know an autobiography? Catholic News Service, Pope John Paul and Mystery: On the 50th Anniver- nation," was made available nation- Doubleday in New York, is promoting item. Doutileday is a division Dell Publishing Group, Inc. line drawings of significant places in the are included in the 144-page hard- printing of the U.S. edition will be SUggested retail cover price is $19.95. New St. Nicholas, Santa Claus S . . t. Nmholas Church, the newest church building la te D comes parishioners and visitors alike .]til the the newest i -- Message photo by Donna Mundy i women and the children who make up the St. Nicholas parish family. The bishop also applauded the efforts of Benedictine Sister Mary Terence Knapp for serving so well not only as a Pastoral Life Coordinator, but as a con- struction fm'eman as well. The 30-year-old dream is now realit and the St. Nicholas parish family can now raise their families, grow old and celebrate. and worship in their new Church home. Pope, Anglican archbishop end visit, pledge to continue dialogue By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The heads of the Catholic and Angli- can churches have agreed to "consult further" about their churches' relationship in view of some Anglican provinces' ordina- tion of women. Pope John Paul II and Arch- bishop George L. Carey of Can- terbury, spiritual head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, also called for respect and under- standing of their respective posi- tions. They called for the additional consultation Dec. 5, at the end of Archbishop Carey's three-day visit to the Vatican, the first meeting since the Church of Eng- land, which he heads, began ordaining women in 1994. It was also the first meeting since Pope John Paul formally declared in 1994 that the church has no authority to ordain women because such a practice would go against the example of Jesus and the unbroken tradition of the church. At a press conference earlier Dec. 5, Archbishop Carey said, "We have agreed to convene a meeting to review our past progress and future agendas." The meeting, he said, would take place after the Second Anglican-Roman Catholic Inter- national Commission, the offi- cial theological dialogue body, completes work on a statement about authority in light of Scrip- ture and tradition. The docu- ment is expected to be complet- ed in 1997. Neither the pope nor the arch- bishop specifically mentioned women priests in their formal speeches Dec. 5, referring instead to "new obstacles" to Anglican- Roman Catholic unity. Pope John Paul, however, did point to disagreements over women's ordination when he and Archbishop Carey gave homilies that evening at a prayer service at Rome's St. Gregory Church. "Sadly, we are faced with dis- agreements which have arisen since we entered into dialogue, including disagreements about conferring priestly ordination on women," the pope said in his homily. "This question puts into clear relief the need to reach an under- standing of how the church authoritatively discerns the teaching and practice which con- stitute the apostolic faith entrusted to us," he said. While positions on both sides seem firm, Pope John Paul and. Archbishop Carey pledged to continue the ecumenical journey and to support the official Angli- See VISIT page 2