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Them E S sAGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 1 September 6, 1991 tion to Jasper church window: 'Unto Us a Child is Born' By PAUL R. LEINGANG - Message Editor When Magdalena and Joseph Friedman donated money for stained glass windows in their church, they could have had no idea that a grand- nephew of theirs would 5ring nationwide attention to one of the windows almost a hundred years later. Kenny Krempp is the Jasper native and St. Joseph parishioner who at- tracted the attention of the United States Historical Society to the Nativity window in the church. Krempp is the grand-nephew who only recently realized that the Nativity window had been donated by members of his family in 1898. The historical society, a private, non-governmental organization, has r ' " ' eproduced the scene m a stained-glass and pewter collector s plate. Ten thousand of the plates have been produced. The plates are available for $160 from the society, or for $150 through the church. A portion of the price will be returned to the parish, according to Krempp. The original window itself cost $300 in 1898 when it was made and installed by the Artistic Glass Painting Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Parish records show that a total of $6000 was collected for all of the church windows, starting with the first donation in December 1897. The Friedman family donated both the nativity scene and the window depict- ing Christ's resurrection. Krempp discovered the connection in one of the newspaper articles which have reported the story of the window's selection by the historical society. The article quoted parishhistory, listing the Joseph Friedman family as the window's donor. Magdalena Friedman was the daughter of Louisa Krempp, Kenny Krempp's great-grandmother. There is extensive church involvement on the other side of the fami- ly, too. Krempp's grandfather, Anthony Michael Hochgesang, a stone mason, cut his intials into a stone block in the church tower he helped build in the early part of this century. And his father before him worked as a stone mason for the church foundation and walls. The Krempp family continues to make its mark. Kenneth Krempp and ibis three sons own and operate Krempp Lumber Company, building mate- rials suppliers and general construction contractors. Company projects have included Precious Blood and Holy Family churches in Jasper, assis- tance at St. Celestine Churchin Celestine, and some recent work at St. Meinrad Archabbey. not consider himself a collector of any sort, but a dozen year since 1979, Kenneth and Jane Krempp display a collectors' plate which they broug as a gift to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. The plate is a limited edition, It depicts a nativity scene from a stained glass window at St. Jose Church, Jasper. ': ,--Photo by Paul Leinga In September 1990 he took a snapshot of the nativity windc N at .! Joseph Church and sent it in to the society. He thought it was at least a beautiful as the other windows depicted on the p!ates hehad purchase Robert H, Kline, chairman of the society,s bod of direct msp0i ed quickly when he saw the photo Krempp sent, Hecame to see the wi! dow for himself and selected it as one of four windows to be consider for the 1991, United States Historical Society be- Pictures of the four were sent to look nice at Christmas. He has purchased plates for their favorite --the nativity scene from St. See, ST., Response is 'extraordinary' to school affinity card By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor "'Extraordinary' is a weak Word,, to describe the re- Sponse to the new Catholic SChOols affinity card in the bioce , se of Evansville, said mStin Clements, diocesan de- v.elopn)ent director. 'Extraor- Umary does not begin to de- Scribe the success of the effort which combined mail order offers and a direct appeal from parish pastors. '!The key to the success has been the cooperation and support of the pastors," said Clements. About 1600 appli- cations for the credit card had been received at Citizens Na- tional Bank in Evansville by Friday, Aug. 30, he said. Letters written by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger were mailed by the bank Aug. 15. Pastors received their cards in advance of the general public so that they could tell their parishioners about them. The reception of 1600 ap- plications represents about a five percent return, which is quite a success by mail order standards, according to the development director. He an- ticipates an even higher rate of return in the next few Soviet political upheaval gives church leaders reason for hope By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) --A week of C.ontinuing political convul- Sions in the Soviet Union left church leaders optimistic about the prospects for reli- geio us and political freedom, pecially in three breakaway Baltic republics. . _ The Vatican joined several Western nations in officially rgnizing Lithuania, Latvia Stonia Aug, 29 -- a move that would have been COnsidered risky and Provocative two weeks earli- er, but which made sense as the Soviet Union appeared headed toward break-up after a failed military coup. On Sept. 2, President Bush an- nounced the United States was recognizing the indepen- dence of the Baltic nations and establishing diplomatic relations. Meanwhile, with the Com- munist Party virtually swept aside and reform appoint- ments being made by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the bishop of Moscow and others predicted even brighter days ahead for the church and its pastoral life. The Vatican hadwaited pa- tiently for some 50 years to recognize the Baltic states, home of an estimated 3.2 mil- lion Catholics. A telegram sent by Secre- tary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano said the Vatican "re- joices" to see the indepen- dence of the Baltics and an end to the forced annexation by the Soviet Union in 1940. The telegram said a "nor- mal exchange of diplomatic representatives" would fol- See SOVlET page 9 weeks. "Based on the current re- turns, we could realize a total of about 3000 applications," Clements said. Such a return rate would represent about a 10 percent return, and that would be considered "mirac- ulous" by mail order stan- dards. Consumers who use their "Tradition" affinity cards Visa and Mastercard are both available  pay no member- ship or annual fee. Con- sumers will pay 19.4 percent interest on their unpaid bal- ance. Half of one percent of every purchase  50 cents of every 100-dollar purchase  will go to Catholic schools. The ZIP code of the purchaser de- termines which deanery will receive the school money. Within a deanery, the money will be divided up according to the number of students in each school.