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2 a For the fiftieth anniversary celebra- tion of Holy Family Church, Jasper, it was only appropriate that the day be full of family activities. It was a fam- ily celebration, June 27, which includ- ed music, basketball, softball, volley- ball, washers, children's games, cards and BINGO -- just to mention a few of the many activities. Central to it all was the 4 p.m. cel- ebration of Mass, with Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger presiding. Con- celebrants included the pastor, Father John Boeglin; Father Ralph Schipp, a former pastor; and Father Raymond Schroering, whose parents and family were among the new members of the parish when it was established in 1948. Deacons Charles Seifert and Thomas Holsworth were also among the ministers. A dinner followed the Mass, and then came more music, a teen dance, an adult dance, and an attendance prize. On display for the festivities was a quilt made by parish families. The quilt included a block commemorat- ing the establishment of the parish, along with other blocks representing various parish ministries, the old and new church and school buildings, and the priests who had served as pastors. According to parish history Bishop The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Jul Holy Family Church celebrates 50 years00! Henry J. Grimmelsman announced plans for the parish in 1947; the offi- cial decree of parish establishment Was dated Jan. 15, 1948. Father Othmar Schroeder was the founding pastor of the parish; he served as pastor until 1975. Providence Sister Rose Veronica was the first principal of the school, which opened in 1951. Several addi- tions to the school were constructed over the years. Fathers Donald Ackerman and Ralph Schipp were named co-pastors in 1975, and planning began for the current church building. The new church was dedicated by Bishop Francis R. Shea in 1979 on Dec. 30, the feast of the Holy Family. Father Schipp was appointed chaplain at St. Mary's Medical Cen- ter, Evansville, in 1982; Father Ack- erman continued as pastor until 1986, with a new assistant pastor, Father Dick Wildeman. Father John Schipp was pastor from 1986 to 1994. Father Wilfred Englert was associate pastor from 1987 to 1990. Father John Boeglin was named pastor in 1994. The parish which was established with 221 families now has over 1,000 families, according to the diocesan Yearbook. ill: Bishop Gettelfinger presides at the anniversary Mass. Concelebtating are Fathel I Boeglin, Raymond Schroering and Ralph Schipp. Deacon at the Mass was Charles, a parishioner. Master of Ceremonies, not pictured, was Deacon Thomas HolsWOt ,-4: ..,,,. Holy Family parish choir members under the direction of Ambrose Schmitt sing at the anniversary Mass. Clowns Itsy and Bitsy, Deb Cooper, left, and Rose join in the Holy Family anniversary celebration" -- Messa Worth Waiting For! TEC 0000treat Aug:009i n I re la n d Members of the TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) community and their friends are invited to attended a day retreat Aug. 9 at St. Mary's Community Center, Ireland. The theme for the retreat is "I'm Worth Waiting For!" The day will be based on the Promise to Keep sexual abstinence program by Eve Jackson from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. There will be teen mentors from Martin and Daviess Count, schools. "This retreat will provide an opportunity for teens to gather, support and share life's challenges as Christians in today's society," said Mike Eppler, dioce- san director of Youth and Young Adult Formation. The retreat begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Father Kenneth Steckler, asscKiate pastor at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, will celebrate Mass for the par- ticipants. For additional information, contact Eppler at (812)424-5536. Participants can pre-register at the Son Shop in Jasper, Blessings in Loo- gootee, the Cornerstone in Evansville, YMCA in Washington, or by e-mailing werfamly@admrtc.net. Sarah Arvin, Luke Biedsoe, Jennifer Hand, Rebecca Mattes and nider plan a day retreat which will be held Aug. 9 for the TEC their friends.