Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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June 17, 2014

Batesville Deanery churches experience changes

On June 6, 2013, Archbishop Joseph Tobin held a press conference in Batesville to announce how the Batesville Deanery churches would be restructured.

Many changes have taken place over the past year.

“All of our Batesville Deanery parishes have actively welcomed Catholics from the parishes that merged,” reports Greg Otolski, Archdiocese of Indianapolis communications director. “Some Catholics have chosen to register in their new parish, some have chosen to register in other parishes and some are still deciding which parish is the best for their families.

“Each of our remaining parishes have been studying planning, and implementing goals .... While each parish has particular goals and common goals, some of their accomplishments have been celebrating beautiful ending Masses in those parishes that merged, continuing to offer private devotions in churches that are no longer parish churches, changing Mass times to accommodate parishioners’ and priests’ schedules, enacting school improvement plans and outreach, consolidating parish offices, bolstering evangelization and faith formation programs and presenting to the Archdiocesan Implementation Commission reports on their accomplishments and identified ministries that need to be addressed.”

Even though St. John the Evangelist Church, Enochsburg; and St. Maurice Church, St. Maurice, merged into St. Catherine of Siena Parish and St. Joseph Church, St. Leon; St. John the Baptist Church, Dover; St. Paul Church, New Alsace; and St. Martin Church, Yorkville, merged into All Saints Parish, Masses are still being held at all of these sites.

He points out, “Our two new parishes (St. Catherine of Siena and All Saints) have been asked to review the use of their church buildings every few years and to make a report to the archdiocese regarding their use. Discussions within each ... will be important to determine if and when the reduction of using all these churches is best for the parish.”

In addition, “it is still a possibility for a new church and/or new school to be constructed. St. Mary Parish, Greensburg, just a few years ago built a new school building and is in the process of looking to build a new and larger church. St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross Parish, Bright, has been asked to look at the feasibility of building a permanent church building to replace its temporary structure. All Saints Parish has also been asked to look at the feasibility of building a new church for the parish. St. Nicholas Parish, Sunman, is exploring the possibility of building a new school building.

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