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1994 The Message Monthly --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 lie Schneider nist has served St. Joseph parish for 50 years HUGHES writer Joseph Church in Vander- burgh County, she lowers her head with modesty. She'd rather talk about the talents of her four children. Schneider is her service to St. practices in her home before meeting seph's choir members for their weekly practice. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes While bragging about her talents doesn't come easily, faithfulness must, because she has faithfully served her church as its organist for the past 50 years. She was just a seventh grader at St. Joseph School, when Sister Clementine spot- ted her. Sister Clementine wanted someone to serve as the parish organist during the summer months when the Franciscans were at their motherhouse in Oldenburg. Estelle's first performance was during Communion at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in 1943. She played "An- gels We Have Heard on High" from the St. Basil Hymnal. "How hard I practiced for that. It must have been passable, because after that I gradually learned the Benediction songs, and helped during Sunday af- ternoon and Lenten services, and played for Sunday Mass during the summer months." She attended Immaculate Conception Academy in Olden- burg in high school and contin- ued to study piano and organ.   "On special feast days, the new feature in the Message, designed to help girls of the academy attended People of God in southwestern Indiana. to submit information about people who extra prayers and attention. iutt, the Wife of Dr. Steve Elliott, a Mater Dei recuperating in Colorado, following hit a patch of ice while skiing; she flipped hit a tree. "It peeled her scalp back and of the fourth, fifth and sixth cervical said. "She was an immediate quadri- Point.- and underwent spent a week in intensive care and Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. "It s a and the premiere facility in the his wife "now has some movement and "we are extremely hopeful. She and her spirits are just remarkable." or third day after her accident she re- Was "so thankful this was purely accidental, B uo one to blame, and no emotion of anger to is a strong lady and she has never feels there is a purpose and she feels it is ." Overall attitude is remarkable." son, Kevin, have rented an efficiency Craig Hospital; he has taken a leave s medical practice in Evansville. He said he "until she's ready to come home, in 'optimistic about her recovery, they are know. She had a terrible, terrible in- her hands back, that is the most impor- are what we really need the most." is Craig Hospital, 3425 Clarkson, En- Mass with the sisters of the convent and the beauty of their music made a lasting impres- sion on me." After high school, she mar- ried Jerry Schneider and be- came the mother of four chil- dren, Ann, Julie, Joe and Karen. She also continued as the organist at St. Joseph's. "My husband, Jerry, was very supportive and helpful in tak- ing care of our four children when they were small. My daughter, Ann, still reminds me of the time one of her friends thought she didn't have a mommy because I was never in the bench with my family during Sunday Mass." From 1943 to 1994, Estelle has watched the changes in Church music, primarily be- cause of Vatican II. "Before Vatican II, we used the term 'High Mass' when the Glory to God, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei and re- sponses were all sung in Latin. Gregorian Chant was common. Low Mass meant that the priest recited the Latin prayers quietly with only the servers answering the prayers. "During Low Masses, we could sing English hymns, or even recite the rosary, until the bells rung by the servers for PEOPLE WE CARE Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box CHICKEN * S..AKS SEAFOOD, SANDWICHES INN STYLE PIZZA, COCh'TMLS SERVING FROM 10:30 AM to 10:30 PM CALL FOR RESERVATIONS 103 Gibson, Haubstadt 768-6131 brought our attention to an im- portant part of the Mass. "Evening Mass was unheard of, so Lenten services almost always included Benediction, with either the Rosary or the Way of the Cross. Today nmch more emphasis is placed on hearing the word of God through the Scripture read- ings." Because there was a hurry to develop an English liturgy fol- lowing Vatican II, "the first settings of English Masses were often poor and trite," she said, "but many competent composers have emerged, giv- ing us a wide variety of rich musical settings to choose from." Still, the favorites from 50 years ago are still popular today, she says. Songs such as "Holy God We Praise Thy Name," "Come Holy Ghost," and "Immaculate Mary." She has watched as the Re- quiem High Mass of 50 years ago was "somber and mourn- ful. Today the music used at funerals reflects a celebration of life and our thankfulness for the joy of eternal life. Songs such as 'Humbly Lord We Wor- ship You' based on the Grego- rian chant melody of Adoro te Devote, help us keep in touch with our ancient traditions, and are still used today." Today, Estelle continues her work at St. Joseph Church; she also helps out at St. Boniface Church on Evansville's west side. Her daughter, Karen, is continuing the musical tradi- tion in the family by studying Roman Catholic church music at the Hochschule Fur Musik in Vienna, Austria. She holds a master's degree of music in organ performance from Yale University. , , I ii i i i DUBOIS COUNTY BANK OLD NJt.T'[ONLL ]BAiUP Meml FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK H i i i i i i !: ]roY.row W6'vo BECHER & KLUESNER FUNERAL HOME Downtown Chapel, 214 E. 7th" North Chapel, 33rd Newton I II II II KREMPP LUMBER CO. 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