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September 26, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 7 e d ne ete St. James Church to celebrate anniversary Mass ST. JAMES CHURCH, HAUBSTADT By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "The Germans distinguish between a chroni- cle, which merely narrates a series of events, and Geschichte, a history that has meaning," wrote Father Michael Madden in an introductory page of the sesquicentennial book published for St. James Church, Haubstadt. Father Madden was pastor of the parish from 1984 until mid-year. Father Joseph Erbacher is the new pastor. Priests and people, past and present, plan to celebrate the faith that gives meaning to their history, Sunday, Sept. 28. School children observed special events Fri- day, Sept. 26, as the parish and school observed various events in honor of their "history with meaning." Events have included a traditional church pic- nic (Aug. 3), publication of a history book, pub- lication of a cook book, parish tours, a Mass and reception on the feast of St. James (July 25) and the fiftieth anniversary celebration of a mis- sionary native of the parish, Divine Word Father Jerome Ziliak (Aug. 24). Was it a lot of work? "It was great!" said Margie Jo Warner, a member of the sesquicen- tennial committee. Events planned for Sunday include Mass (in Latin) at 10 a.m. with Bishop Gerald A. Get- tel finger and priests who have served the parish. About 450 people have made the necessary reservations for a pork chop dinner, which fol- lows the Mass. Horse shoes, washers and other games will fill the afternoon. The cafeteria will be filled with memorabil- ia from the past 150 vears ot parish life. hool children will present a play-- the Wizard of Oz  and the day's activities will conclude with Benediction at 5 p.m. Parishioners, former parishioners, family members and friends are all invited to the event -- "It's really a homecoming" -- said Warner. The recently published parish history txxk traces the roots of St. James Church to 1836 That is when Father E ( zackert, a Redemptorist priest from St. Mary's in Illinois, came to visit the area and minister to the Catholic families there. St. James is described as the oldest parish in Gibson Coun and one of the oldest in Indiana and the entire midwest. Early German settlers in the area welcomed Father Anthony Deydier, who came from Evansville to cele- brate the sacraments from 1837 to 1840. Father Roman Weinzapfel served the area from 1840 to 1842, until his imprisonment on trumped up charges. of assault of a woman who came to him for confession. The first church building, a log cabin, was started in 1844, under the guidance of Father ConradSchneider- jans from nearby St. Wendel. The church was solemn- ly consecrated on July 25, 1847. Ten years later, the original log church was convert- ed into the first parish school. Lay persons took charge of the school in early years. They were followed by Ursuline Sisters from Kentucky, and then Benedictine Sisters from Ferdinand. The new parish history book, in 208 pages, traces the history of the faith community through 150 years. Recent notations included are the renovation of the church in 1992 and the new parish addition blessed in 1905. !0 Despite a very, very wet spring and dry summer, which combined for less than ideal growing conditions, the Garden Patch OUtreach Project did well Garden Patch program produces 3,364 bags of food IB FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association --Washington & Loogootee  Black Buggal Amish Restaurant & Baker), 812-254-8cj66 ...Hwy 57 S. Washington again this year, according to Wayne Bochert, the coordinator at Catholic Charities in the Dio- cese of Evansville. He said "the participation of parishes, other u SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St,, Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and serv=ce in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 Buon9 iorno! I Yo, i;v00t00,d to ] the second annual St. JoN#'s Italian Su00r 600 East Virginia (in the cafeteria) October 4, 1997, 4:30 p.m. Adults $6.50, Children (12 & under) $4.50 Dinner includes Main entree, salad, garlic bread, and your chioce of coffee, tea, or lemonade. Carry outs are also available. Call 812-425-2730 (drink not included) churches, and an excellent -group of volunteers help make this a worthwhile and success- ful endeavor." The proceeds generated from this project will be allocated to parish-based programs or com- mtinity services for low-income famflms and the elderly. In a prepared statement, Bochert said, "I want to sincere- ly thank all the volunteers who worked at the distribution sites; the church azoordmators; the gardeners who donated over nine tons of produce; the deliv- ery people who brought pro- duce to us; St. MaD"s Catholic Church and Asbury United Methodist Church for the use of their property and facilities; the two grocery stores (Schnucks and Royal Foods); and to eyeD'- one else invoh, ed who helped make this project successful." The total, number.of hoe- holds served this ye was: A household typically received produce about two times {2.! times according to the statistics). : The number of unduplicated households served was 290. A total of 643 household mem- bers (unduplicated) received 3,364 bags of produce. Total sales added up to $841.10. Representation Since 1946 Robert J. Pigman Sheila M. Corcoran Mark W. Rietman Charles L. Berger Andrew S. 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