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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana A model church St. James in Haubstadt celebrates 150 years By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Parishioners at St. James Church, St. James, have built an exact replica of their church building as part of the parish's 150th celebration. Under the direction of Kenny Alvey, a plastic model of the church was constructed. "It even includes the back sacristy with its rounded roof, and it has stained glass windows," said Cathy Spindler, St. James parishioner. To duplicate the exact propor- tions of the existing church, pho- tos were taken and measure- ments were entered into a computer. Once the main ingredients of the model were designed, "it took a week of all of us work- ing the evening hours" to assemble the model, Spindler said. The model made its debut during a parade in Haubstadt which saluted the 150-year-old parish. The theme of the church's float was "A Tradition of Strong Val- ues." The mode] then was taken to Evansville for the Freedom Fes- tival Parade on June 28. It won the Grand Marshal] Award in the community division. Spindler said the church bells were taped and played during the parades. "The Angelus bells chimed," she said, noting that several of the parishioners had tears in their eyes during the Haubstadt parade. The model is nine feet long, six feet wide, and 11 feet tall. It will be used for all parish cele- brations this year. Chris Steckler was a passenger on the St. James float during the Evansville Freedom Festival Parade June 28. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Brenda Marx puts the finishing touches on the church steeple. The church replica, built entirely of plastic, is nine: six feet wide, and 11 feet tall. -- Message photo by St. Wendel Knights of St. John, tops in nation the Holy Land was under attack by the followers of Islam. They built a church in honor of St. John the Baptist and became known as the Knights of St. John's Hospi- tallers. In the nineteenth century, a new generation of the Knights of St. John was organized in the United. States. Devoted to the Catholic Church, they worked to foster fraternity, sympathy and charity among its members. The St. Wendel commandery met for many years in what is now the storage building owned by the St. Wendel Garage. In 1964, the property for the cur- students that had swallowed up hundreds of milli6ns of dollars of funding that could have been used to include more needy chil- dren in the program. Supporters of voucher pro- grams to provide state funds that may be used for tuition at parochial schools also were hop- ing that the court left them a legal door open in the wording of the majority opinion.. More immediately though, school administrators, teachers and parents are looking at how to take advantage of Title I remedial courses for the first time; where to put teachers for the program now that they no longer are consigned to build- ings off campus; and how to comply with new regulations about keeping the role of Title I teachers entirely secular while The St. Wendel Commandery 282 of the Knights of St. John is now the largest commandery in the United States, according to the Knights' newsletter, St. Wen- del Crossroads. Charles Seibert is the current president. The commandery, founded in. 1924 by Dr. William Wilhelmus, now has 351 members, according to Ray Andrews, publicity chair- man for the thirtieth annual Bierstube, which is scheduled for July 17, 18 and 19. The Knights trace their origin to the Knights Hospitallers, found- ed in the eleventh century when rent hall was purchased and the hall was built with mainly vol- unteer labor. The hall is rented for various activities. The Ladies Auxiliary cater all the activities when large meals are served at the hall. A Knights Home Board with rep- resentatives from the Knights and the Auxiliary is responsible for running the home. The annual Bierstube in July is the major source of income for the upkeep of the hall and also for the charitable work of the group. The Knights have selected special education as the focus of their charitable efforts, con- tributing money each year to Marian Day School, Evansville. They also provide assistance to their parish and school, and to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Knights will celebrate their seventy-fifth anniversary in 1999, and will host the Indiana State Convention that year. BUILDING SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg Court schools. The USCC also followed the Internet decency case, in which the Supreme Court said a feder- al law designed to protect chil- dren from sexually explicit material on the Internet is unconstitutional. The unanimous opinion in Reno vs. ACLU said the law's prohibitions against "indecent" and "patently offensive" materi- als were too vague and swept too broadly over adult's rights in an effort to protec t children. It left opponents of pornogra- phy wondering what the next step will be in trying to keep the Internet safe for minors. What is needed is "legislation that effectively and constitu- tionally protects children from unsuitable and dangerous mate- Hear it from the source/ Vatican Radio World News Men. - Fri. at 5:30 p.m. Only on WUEV-FM 91.5 University of Evansville On the air or on your computer at Hea for the convenien: close to Fire & Equi OvO' ServiCe 870 E, LinCo Total i Continued from page 1 "Without such anamend- ment, there looms the ominous threat of governmental intru- sion into the spiritual affairs of individuals and religious bodies .... "he said. The USCC has stayed out of discussions about a constitu- tional amendment on religious freedom. Principals of Catholic schools were likely to be closely follow- ing a third case, Agostini vs. Fel- ton. In it, the court ruled 5-4 that teachers on the public payroll no longer have to stay off the grounds of religious schools when they teach in the Title I remedial education program. 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