Decree of Relegation to Profane but Not Sordid Use for Saint Theresa Church – July 20, 2018

General Intercession – Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – 07/14 – 07/15/2018

In thanksgiving for Father Cornelius Sahm (founding pastor) and all pastors, parishioners and visitors who gathered together in prayer and fellowship at Saint Theresa Catholic Church after its establishment in 1947: may we go forth today continuing their mission of making God present through our acts of hospitality, care and compassion towards all we meet, we pray to the Lord. (R).


The Indiana Catholic Conference

In the Catholic tradition responsible citizenship is more than voting; everyone has an obligation to take an active role in public life and to promote the common good.  The Indiana Catholic Conference is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana on state and national issues. As part of its mission, ICC provides information and opportunity for Catholics and all persons of good will to engage in policy development and legislative action through I-CAN (the Indiana Catholic Action Network).
An easy way to stay up to date and engaged is through the Indiana Catholic Conference. Information about the Conference and the Action Network and to sign up can be found at the website, .

The Catholic School Difference

The Catholic School Difference

A new study shows the benefit of demanding student self-discipline.


The Editorial Board

For the thousands of nuns who have served as principals at Catholic schools, their emphasis on self-discipline must seem like common sense. But a new academic study confirms the sisters are on to something: You can instill self-discipline in students, a virtue that will help them in their studies and later in life.

The study was conducted for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute by University of California-Santa Barbara associate professor Michael Gottfried and doctoral student Jacob Kirksey. The authors analyzed two waves of…

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Christian-Based Adult Mentoring Program – Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is well into the beginning stages of implementing its mentoring program (April 2018) and final stages of planning for the opening of the social enterprise (September 2018).

Of course, all of the co-workers in the social enterprise will automatically be mentees in the mentoring program.

We are in need of 40 folks who may be interested in an intense volunteer activity to lift individuals out of poverty. The program promises to benefit the personal spiritual development of the mentors as well as the economic stability of mentee/co-workers. Mentoring matches will begin in early April and be made on a quarterly (or so) basis in July, October, etc. through 2020. We will also offer mentoring opportunities to married couples!

Key dates include:

  • Discussions with individuals interested in mentoring (At your convenience)
  • Day-long training (March 10th)
  • Weekly mentoring (Begins in April, July, October as fits the mentor’s schedule)

 If you are hopeful, empathetic, hardworking and desiring personal growth, this program is for you.

Interested parties may contact Tracy Gander at or call her at 812-423-5456.

2018 Flu Precautions

There have been several questions regarding influenza season and any actions that need to be taken regarding the potential for spreading the disease at Mass. After consultation with the Vanderburgh County Health Department, we would like to share the following recommendations. Please share these with your people through your bulletins, social, media, etc.

What are the symptoms of influenza? Symptoms usually include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Diarrhea and nausea occasionally in children

Symptoms usually start about 1-4 days after being exposed and can last 2-7 days.

Please do not come to church or public places if you have symptoms of the flu. If you are concerned about contracting the flu because of chronic illness, elderly or very young, please do not drink from the chalice or participate in the sign of peace to help prevent the spread of influenza.

At your parish, please continue to remember all of the sick in prayer. One suggestion would be to celebrate a Mass for the Sick (Roman Missal, Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions, III. For Various Occasions, 45. For the Sick) on an appropriate weekday. Thank you for your attention and concern in these matters.

For More Information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Indiana State Department of Health

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Alena Coleman and Maria Sermersheim

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Winners

We are happy to announce that Good Shepherd Catholic Parish and Reitz Memorial Catholic High School have two Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship winners!

A big congratulations to Alena Coleman and Maria Sermersheim! Both were surprised by the big news Tuesday afternoon – December 12, 2017.

First Philosophy Seminarian Visits at Good Shepherd

Pictured Front Row (Left to Right): Evan Stone – Archdiocese of Louisville, KY, John Francis Marconi – Diocese of Little Rock, AR; Nick Zummo – Diocese of Springfield Cape, MO; Back Row (Left to Right): Father Zach Etienne – Diocese of Evansville, IN; Christopher Grief – Diocese of Owensboro, KY; Andrew Williams – Diocese of Mobile, AL; Tyler Huber – Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN

Once again, we are blessed to host this year’s First-Year Pre-Theology students from Saint Meinrad School of Theology for three consecutive Wednesdays for their field education experience and introduction to parish life. Six class members visited Good Shepherd Catholic Church and School on Wednesday, November 11th.

Bishop Siegel Installation

Pope Names Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Siegel as New Bishop of Evansville

Bishop Joseph SiegelPope Francis has named Bishop Joseph Siegel, up until now Auxiliary Bishop of Joliet, as the new bishop of Evansville, Indiana.

The announcement was publicized in Washington on October 18 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Siegel was named Auxiliary Bishop of Joliet, Illinois, by Pope Benedict XVI on October 28, 2009, and was ordained a bishop on January 19, 2010, by Bishop Peter Sartain.

He was born in Lockport Township on July 18, 1963, and is the youngest of nine children. He attended St. Meinrad Seminary, Indiana, where he completed his college education. He was then sent to the North American College in Rome (1984-1988), attending the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities.

Bishop Siegel was ordained a priest for the Joliet Diocese in 1988 and then completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois.

Assignments after ordination include: associate pastor, St. Isidore Parish, Bloomingdale, Illinois, 1988-1994; associate pastor, St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Plainfield, Illinois, 1994-1998; parochial vicar, St. Mary Nativity Church, Joliet, Illinois, 1998-2000; parochial vicar, Cathedral of St. Raymond, Joliet, Illinois, 2000-2004; pastor, Visitation Parish, Elmhurst, Illinois, 2004-2009.
In July 2011, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon appointed Bishop Siegel as his Vicar General.

Bishop Siegel has served as a member and chairman of the Presbyteral Council and was appointed to the Diocesan Board of Consultors. He also served as director of Continuing Formation for Priests, a member of the Diocesan Vocation Board, the Priest Personnel Board and Dean of Eastern Will County.

At the Catholic Conference of Illinois, he served on the Executive Committee and was chairman of the Catholics for Life Department. He chaired the Steering Committee for the Joliet Diocesan Year of the Eucharist and Eucharistic Congress and has been a member of the Bishops’ Respect Life Advisory Board. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Knights of
the Holy Sepulchre.

The Diocese of Evansville, Indiana, comprises 5,010 square miles. It has a total population of 512,870 people of which 76,218, or 15 percent, are Catholic.

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Catholic Diocese of Evansville – (812) 424-5536

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Please use this link to access a high-quality audio-only version of the introductory press conference for Bishop-designate Joseph M. Siegel.