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St. Joseph Chur Past traditions, shared herit; spirit prepare parishioners f( The immigrant pioneers who established St. Joseph Church, Jasper, wc push into an uncertain future. Early families faced the uncertainties of ocean into the interior, to Southwest Indiana. They came for the-romise of god la tion; they came to a land of hardwood forests not unlike the Black Forest. "Pioneers" today face the uncertainties of the changing church landsc demands a greater lay participation in the ministry of the church, according to Father John Davidson, pastor of the church. There is, he says, "respond to these challenges, accept the responsibility, dig in, and take on r/ alive church." The Jasper area literally burst into life in the 1830's. A visiting priest f ding to a parish anniversary publication. It was then quite a surprise when tJ area two years later, and found a dozen Catholic families who had recentl) Today, more than 150 years later, the number of Catholic families ir The first priest to offer Mass in Jasper was Father Maurice de St. Palais 1834. It was Bishop Simon Brute who assigned Father de St. Palais to make i Andreas Schitter, who had come to Jasper in 1835, woul'lrive his hor,n( priest's transportation. The 1836 immigrants are listed as the families of Joseph Birk, Bartholo tisch Baudendistel), Michael Burchart, Joseph Gramelspacher, Fidelis Hoffi The building marked as "St. Joseph School," above left, has been leased to the public schools, along with a second building used by the school system. Students have released time for religious education. Above, three statues are pro- minently displayed near the church. They honor the first resi- dent pastor, Father Joseph Kundek, fourth pastor Father Fidelis Maute, O.S.B., and fifth pastor Father Basil Heusler, O.S.B. The impressive sandstone church, center, was listed on the Indiana State Register of Historic Sites and Structures in 1979, and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. JASPER 0 JOstt | VINCENNES DEANERY D.Oowtt.o SULLIVAN GREENE MARTIN GIBSON B JASPER 'RINCETON D.IIRY T  IT, JAUp NEWBURGH SPENCER I oo.,o.. Jasper, Indiana 4756 , (812), I Pastoral Team: ............. Fatheo&. Tent n Msgr. I lt cqule Kissel I Director of Religious Education:..,...' iSister Mm I coo d, ,ator o o Minis:.. ......... L I Ne, Mass Schedule: Saturday.., .... ":i ........ ' Sunday ......... ;i' ...... '