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January 11, 1991 I The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 St. Joe, Vanderburgh Coun Parish celebrates 150 years with history book and festive events St. Joseph Church, Vender- burgh County, began in Advent "a year-long journey to com- memorate its 150th anniver- sary." Father 'rancis Schroer- ing is the pastor. The parish operates a K-8 school. A family picnic, a history play and the publication of a parish history book are among the anniversary events and ac- tivities, according to Ann En- his, a parishioner. A parish day of recollection was held Dec. 3. Events planned during 1991 include an organ recital and "Festival • of Choirs" on April 6, an old- fashioned May Crowning in May, a parish history play in August and a family picnic in September. "From its humble roots as a mission parish of 15 German immigrant families, to its cur- rent population of more than 400 families and 12 acres of property, St. Joseph has re- ' mained solidly a congregation of craftsmen and farmers who take pride in their community and parish," said Ennis. "The first log church, which also housed visiting missionary , priests, was located about a mile from the current St. Joseph site, she said. "Not surpris- ingly, the parish is on its third church building, having Outgrown a log structure and having one brick church burn to the ground in 1886. In anticipation of the 150th anniversary, the current 102-year-old church structure Was completely renovated dur- ing the winter of 1989-90. At that time a new altar and cross ...-_ CONTRACTORS PAYING TOO MUCH FOR INSURANCE? GIVE US A CALL We spoe&lize & Property * Liability • Workers' Comp. INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993 were crafted, a 102-year old tabernacle arch was rescued from a parishioner's barn and placed on a newly carved mahogany base, and the 102 year old Station of the Cross paintings were restored by Evansville art expert Fred Eilers. The parish history book helps to set the tone for the entire year, said Ennis. The book, "History of Our Journey," was compiled by parishioners Cyril and Wilma Ubelhor, written by Ennis and Sister Bridget Ar- nold, O.S.B. The Ubelhors were motivated as much by curiosity as be a desire to contribute to the an- niversary celebration and devoted countless hours to their research over four years, said Ennis. "Through all of the dusty ar- chives -- and there were many of them -- and interviews with older parish members, the Ubelhors used only supportable facts, and have produced a remarkably detailed and geneology-oriented record," she said. "We know how hard it is to trace a family's history," said Wilma Ubelhor, "and so we've set this book up to help anyone who may be doing research in years to come." The 120-page book contains a complete index of all names in the book, as well as an index of photographs. Readers will find more than 1500 names -- in- cluding a listing of all current parish families -- and 150 photographs, some more than 100 years old. DENNIS K. FELDHAUS Mater Dei Class of '70 MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE MARCH 7 - 16, 1991 St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Indiana Led by Fr. Ron Ashmore $1,385.00 Roundtrip from Indianapolis Rome Extension -- March 16 - 21, $610 per person Contact: Lane Hershmann Diamond Travel Bloomington, Indiana 812-333-3360 Father Bernard Riedford, the son of John and Frances (Rexing) Riedford, above poses with children who helped celebrate his first Mass at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County, on June 18, 1911. Below, First communicants gather with their pastor, Father Anthony Schenk, on May 21, 1893. School "ctuJice" advocate to speak By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor "Choice" has become ari educational buzzword nation- wide, and educators in the Evansville area wi]] have an op- portunity to hear directly from an advocate of educational I Your RED WING HEADQUARTERS SH000 ff000 320 E. Main- Washington i I • Peoples Trusl Company 59 SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 choice, Jan. 23. John E. Chubb, a senior fellow at the Bookings Institu- tion, a Washington-based think tank is scheduled to speak to Catholic school representatives and invited guests, including members of area Chambers of Commerce, public school of- ficials, local University presidents, members of Leader- ship Evansville and others. Chubbs, along with Terry M. Moe,, a political scientist at Stanford University in Califor- nia, authored the book, "Politics, Markets and America's Schools," calling for creating a new education system based on parental choice, competition among schools and a reduction of i tt ,o'..,-Ed L. Lee Mortuary" 101 North Meridian Street i Washington, IN 254-3612' I bureaucratic influence• Chubb's appearance in Evansville has been arranged by Bob Koch, said Phyllis Beshears, diocesan director of schools. She termed Chubb "one of the most popular authors and speakers in the country today." Chubb is no stranger to au- diences interested in Catholic education. He told U.S. bishops in Washington last November that "the knowledge and skills of students today is simply ap- palling." He added, "These problems are not going to be resolved until we do something radically different•" Establishing "choice" in public and private education is his proposed solution. Following Chubb's presenta- tion, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelf- inger will meet with Catholic school representatives in order to "more clearly define the roles of (school) boards, prin- cipals and the Diocesan Office of Education." • 104| LUIWIBSwROOO%TOR'Wt ANYI Gven 'B,