Message to the faithful from Bishop Joseph M. Siegel following his celebration of Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville

March 23, 2020

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The World Apostolate of
Fatima brought the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima to the Diocese of Evansville for a tour of parishes and schools from March 13 through March 20. The tour was cut short as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The top photo shows a March 14 public procession in Vincennes during the statue’s visit to St. Francis Xavier Parish. The bottom
photo, from March 13,
shows the statue at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Daylight. The remainder of the tour was cancelled. The Message photo by Tim Lilley

Abbreviated tour of Pilgrim Virgin Statue

The World Apostolate of Fatima brought the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima to the Diocese of Evansville for a tour of parishes and schools from March 13 through March 20. The tour was cut short as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The top photo shows a March 14 public procession in Vincennes during the statue’s visit to St. Francis Xavier Parish. This March 13 photo shows the statue at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Daylight. The remainder of the tour was cancelled.

The Message photo by Tim Lilley

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On March 11, just before the COVID-19 precautions and diocesan cancellations took effect,
Holy Redeemer School seventh-graders visit Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Holy Redeemer pastor Father Jason Gries, front left, grabbed this selfie with Benedictine Sister Jill Marie Rueber, next to him, the students and the adults who accompanied them. Submitted photo by Father Jason Gries

Visiting Monastery Immaculate Conception

On March 11, just before the COVID-19 precautions and diocesan cancellations took effect, Holy Redeemer School seventh-graders visit Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Holy Redeemer pastor Father Jason Gries, front left, grabbed this selfie with Benedictine Sister Jill Marie Rueber, next to him, the students and the adults who accompanied them.

Submitted photo by Father Jason Gries

St. Meinrad Day of Service Deacon Rocky Mattingly, right, grabbed this selfie with others who worked at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Evansville as part of St. Meinrad’s March 14 Day of Service. With him are Father Joseph Ziliak, retired priest of the Diocese of Evansville, left, Bob Bindley, Matt Mounsour, Evansville Day of Service organizer Darrin Sroufe and
retired Deacon Cy Will.

St. Meinrad Day of Service

St. Meinrad Day of Service Deacon Rocky Mattingly, right, grabbed this selfie with others who worked at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Evansville as part of St. Meinrad’s March 14 Day of Service. With him are Father Joseph Ziliak, retired priest of the Diocese of Evansville, left, Bob Bindley, Matt Mounsour, Evansville Day of Service organizer Darrin Sroufe and
retired Deacon Cy Will.

Photo by Deacon Rocky Mattingly, special to The Message

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The Diocesan Catholic
Committee on Scouting
hosted its annual Lenten retreat for scouts and scout leaders from across the Diocese of
Evansville March 6-8 at
the Catholic Center in Evansville. Father Jim Koressel, retired priest of the diocese, celebrated the closing Mass on March 8. The Message photo by Tim Lilley

Scouts hold annual retreat

The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting hosted its annual Lenten retreat for scouts and scout leaders from across the Diocese of Evansville March 6-8 at the Catholic Center in Evansville. Father Jim Koressel, retired priest of the diocese, celebrated the closing Mass on March 8.

The Message photo by Tim Lilley