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.

Communications Office

Catholic Diocese of Evansville – (812) 424-5536

The Message on Facebook:

The Message on Twitter: @messageonline

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

USCCB Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Special Update from the U.S. Bishops Conference for Leaders in Youth and Young Adult Minstries

Pope Francis wants to hear from young people!

To prepare for the upcoming international Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment,” the Holy Father wants online feedback from all youth and young adults, ages 16 to 29, from around the world, regardless of how active they are in the practice of the faith.


Youth and young adults, ages 16 to 29, are invited to go online and fill out the Vatican survey:

The online survey is open until November 30, 2017.

The results of the online survey will be part of the international listening process that will help Pope Francis and the world’s
bishops better understand the realities, hopes, and concerns of youth and young adults in preparation for the 2018 Synod.

More details about the Synod process, including links to the preparatory document and the pope’s messages to youth and young adults, can be found on the official Synod website.

Indiana Catholic Conference New Website

The Indiana Catholic Conference launched a new/updated website recently. You can check it out at

We hope you like the new look; find the web pages useful and easy to use as well. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. If you aren’t signed up to receive their I-CAN Updates, please sign up now!

Help Catholic Students Stay Connected

Many Catholic colleges offer secular and religious degree programs, encouraging Catholic students of all backgrounds to stay connected with their faith. However, with over 250 Catholic colleges in the country, it can be difficult for Catholic students to narrow down their decision.

Our team at is here to help with our 2017 guide to choosing a Catholic college. In addition to connecting students with accredited Catholic colleges, this resource provides tips on what questions students should ask to find a school that fits their needs.

As a trusted voice in Evansville’s Catholic community, we know you work hard to keep individuals engaged in Catholicism throughout life. Catholic colleges are making their own contribution in providing a wide selection of academic programs in a religious environment.

Help your student members to stay connected!

Together we can help your students find a Catholic college that fits their needs.

Thanks for reading! We appreciate your time and consideration.

Rachel Wagner
Outreach Team –

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday Masses: Sat. April 8, 4:30 PM, Sun. April 9, 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

Chrism Mass: Tues. April 11, 5:30 PM at St. Benedict Cathedral

Tenebrae Service: Wed. April 12, 5:30 PM

Holy Thursday: Thursday, April 13, 7:00 PM

Good Friday: Friday, April 14, Stations 3:00 PM, Friday Passion of the Lord 7:00 PM

Holy Saturday: Sat. April 15, Blessing of foods 11:00 AM, Easter Vigil 8:00 PM

Easter Sunday: Sun. April 16, 8:00 AM Mass & 10:30 AM Mass