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,tist Church, Vincennes I Ill I I I were 'full of dedication, and arish d and tern he Loice he the. ,f s at- Vein- The p- Is on 1 for 140 m Father Schneidsr ans and the next four priests who suc- ceeded him -- Fa er Nicholas Stauber, Peter Brandt, WiP'm Engeln and Aegidius Merz- were born in Germany; the sbCch pastor, Father Meinrad Fleischmann, came from Switzerland. Father C.O. Bosler, seventh pastor, was the first born in America; the Rockport, Ind., native served St. John Church from 1923-1938. Since 1938, the parish has been served by Fathers Frank . Scheper, Earl Schmitt, Firmus Dick, Joseph Erbacher, and ,, -Father Ackerman. Father Ackerman says it has been a "pleasant ex- perience" coming to St. John, where he found "strong faith, strong families -- some with roots to the beginning of the parish." He says he also found good leadership in the parish and interest in the church. Three qualities describe the parish, in the careful analysis of the pastor: strength, determination and togetherness. There is strength, he says, in the pride the people have in their church and in their faith. ,rather Ackerman sees a parish with the determination to carry on necessary improvements and programs. And he says, they won't run away from a challenge, but rather they will work together -- at a turkey shoot or a parish picnic, at a school project or a church project. Through it all, the pastor says there is a family spirit, See ST. lOHN page 11 DOttle Lane, right, isparish secretary. Mary Margaret Evans, below, is housekeeper at the rectory, The church building, center, was begun in 1851, with the cornerstone blessed July 17 by Bishop St. Palais. Father Ncholas Stauber was pastor at the time. Total cost for the church without the belfry was $5080; among the itemized expenses in the parish archives are $222.50 for 52,000 bricks, $81.75 for 5420 feet of flooring, and $1 for a barrel of beer for the workers. The transept and sacristies which make the shape of the church cruciform were added by Father Aegtdins Merz, in 1866, for about $13,000. In 1890, Father Merz tore down the old steeple and. added the new front; a 5000 pound bell was donated for the church by John Ebner, Jr. The church interior, below, in the words of Father Ackerman, shows "the splendid Gothic altar." The altar was a $4000 gift of Mrs. Rosalie Froelke, and is "one of the finest wood altars in the U.S.A." There are 14 art glass windows installed in the church, with the cost donated by several families of the parish. The church lighting system was changed by Father Frank Scheper, in time for the 100th anniversary celebration in 1951. ..Church remodeling and re-painting, along with steeple repair, were acompished by Father Firmus Dick, pastor from 1977-1983. I I I I I i iiiiii iiiii i i ii St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 803 Main Street Vincennes, Indiana 47591 (812) 882-1762 and 882-1807 Pastor .......................................... Father Donald K, Ackerman Associate Pastor .................................. Father John V. Breidenbach Mass Schedule Saturdays ...................................................... 5:30 p.m. Sundays ............................................. 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 a.m. Benedict Joseph Flaget School (Operated by the Vincennes Area Catholic School Board) 800 Vigo Street Principal ............................ Sister Jolinda Naas, O.S.B. (812} 882-5460 Convent, 828 Vigo street .......................................... 882-3256