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Called by name

Called by name “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants.” –Isaiah 44:3 The daily Mass readings before the Advent Season are somewhat somber as we head into this season of hope and...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bishop-designate Siegel creates Coat of Arms

Bishop-designate Siegel creates Coat of Arms Diocese of Evansville Bishop-designate Joseph M. Siegel has provided The Message with his Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms The bishop’s Coat of Arms is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design; a scroll with the bishop’s episcopal motto; and the ext...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Annual coloring contest open to children in grades k-5

Annual coloring contest open to children in grades k-5   Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in the annual Message Christmas coloring contest. Entries may be colored with markers, crayons, pencils or watercolors and will be judged on neatness and creativity.  You may enter as many times as you wish, but you...
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Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Advent Reconciliation Opportunities

2017 Advent Reconciliation Opportunities Parishes in the Diocese of Evansville were invited to provide The Message with dates and times of Advent Penance opportunities. Below is a listing of scheduled penance opportunities through December 24. Other parishes will continue their regular individual confession schedules.   PENANCE SERVI...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Collection helps aging sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders

Catholics in the Diocese of Evansville will have the opportunity to “give to those who have given a lifetime” as part of the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, to be held in parishes Dec. 9-10. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington,...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saints among us

I am having withdrawal symptoms. After 12 days of touring Italy with a group of 54 other pilgrims led by Father Joseph Ziliak and Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, I miss walking into breakfast to a chorus of “Bonjournos” and “Good mornings.” The trip was a pilgrimage filled w...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Six Benedictine Sisters celebrate jubilees

Six Benedictine Sisters celebrate jubilees Six Benedictine Sisters celebrated special anniversaries of their religious profession on Oct. 29 at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand:    Sister Sylvia Gehlhausen marked the 70th anniversary of her profession of monastic vows. She entered the monastery in 1940 and ma...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Diocese will welcome 'an effective and loving pastor'

Diocese will welcome 'an effective and loving pastor' Diocese of Joliet staff members tell The Message that Bishop-designate Joseph M. Siegel is a shepherd our Catholic community will enjoy and truly appreciate.“I am confident that he will prove to be an effective and loving pastor in Evansville,” said Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Community Leaders welcome new bishop

Community Leaders welcome new bishop News traveled quickly on Oct. 18 when Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., announced that Pope Francis had appointed Most Rev. Joseph M. Siegel, Auxiliary Bishop of Joliet, Ill., as the sixth Bishop of Evansville.   On a morning filled with celebrations and press confer...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Norcia: a year later, an eternity ahead

Norcia: a year later, an eternity ahead "I give no thought to what lies behind but push on to what lies ahead. My entire attention is on the finish line as I run toward the prize to which God calls me – life on high in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 3:13-14   In 1880, St. Benedict returned to his small, mountainside, home...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017