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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Tern Is ryville family named Indiana Farm Family of the Year BY "MARYANNHUGHES 1970s, Angie and her husband Terri, Julie, Valerie and Kevin, message staff writer Bill's agricultural roots lie even grew up on the farm, and Angle This Thanksgiving week, with traveling to family erings in Chrisney and e, the Tempel family will a Private meal in home and offer tradition that Bill and started with their any years ago. and we each are thankful for," things that they although they Won't, is the state d this year. nominated by the ty Farm Bureau, amily was named arm Family of the Tempel took a ,usy work as a about life in Was dressed in rang a smile as farmhouse cornfields, its tie to the Gen- back to the mid- deeper. Both were raised on farms; he was raised north of Dale, and she was raised on a poultry farm near Chrisney. As a child, Angle vowed she would never marry a farmer because in farming "there are a lot of unknowns. The weather, the prices. You work seven days a week. I knew what it was like to be committed to a farm." That childhood vow was for- gotten when Bill got a job in her hometown and they met. They married at St. Martin Church, Chrisney, and soon purchased land and a house in Gentryville. Today, their farm business includes 400 acres filled with corn, soybeans and wheat, and they raise 400 hogs "from farrow to finish." It's a busy life, Angle explains, because farming technology is so complicated. "Fifty or 75 years ago, you fed the hogs and then you were done for the day. Today, with technology, it's a busier life. We have an ultra- sound machine for all our breed- ing stock so we can check for the leanness of the animals." The four Tempel children, says she wouldn't want to raise them anywhere else. "On a farm, they learn a lot of character values. They learn the value of hard work, they learn the value of a dollar, and they learn to do a job right, or to do it again. They don't spend a lot of time in front of the TV, or run- ning around." The Tempel children do enjoy many activities, such as 4-H, and sports, as well as the hav- ing the enjoyment of being so close to nature. Angie says her faith has been invaluable during her. life on the farm because she has learned "you have to have a big, huge trust in the Lord, that he will look out for you. "When I got married, someone told me that there have to be three partners in a marriage: you, your husband and the Lord. Without the Lord, it just won't work. I think that is so true. As farmers, we are closer to nature. We don't know what the future will bring in terms of the weath- er, diseases and prices. "We just have to trust in the Lord and then go on." Bill and Angie Tempel are joined by their four children, son Kevin, and daughters Terri, Julie and Valerie. preparation helps pro- the work of cangelization, the Chris- formation pro- and religious m the Rite of Adults, for and Sacrament of also acknowl- and movements that flourish in the diocese, such as the Legion of Mary, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Cur$il- lo, the Charismatic Renewal, Christ Renews His Parish, Teens Encounter Christ, and the Chris- tian Family Movement. There is the long-standing effort of the Legion of Mary to evangelize by example. For young people, there is Teens Encounter Christ. "Concern for marriage and family life has long been central to the work of Catholic Charities in our diocese," Bishop Get- telfinger said, adding that "Pro- we care about... o feature in the Message, &'signed to help draw )le of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers in/brmotion about peaple who may ben- extra prayers a n d a t tell tion. .p ::Y:s:e requested for John E. Walker of rural Men t - [s, on N2SUrgery at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vin- 1' " -. ae is a member at St. John Church, Loo- s the father of Father Kenneth Walker. information for PEOPLE WE CARE Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 47724. MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5000 CHOICE INSURANCE ent Agent to choose from of experience =NCY JAMES A. NIEMEIER Mater Dei Class of '69 life activities have been intensi- fied and we, through Catholic Charities, are very much a part of right-to-life activities in our local communities. Not only do we celebrate Respect Life Sun- day, but we are also making spe- cial efforts to stem violence, an act against life, at home, at school, in the marketplace, and, yes, in church." He noted that Catholic Char- ities staffmembers were provid- ing greater services in Jasper, Vincennes and Washington, and had extended counseling ser- vices in Catholic schools. He said the annual celebra- tion of Golden Wedding Jubilees, which is coordinated by Catholic Charities, "has proven to be one of the strongest witnesses to marriage fidelity in our time and place." Bishop Gettelfinger praised the work of those who help young persons to discern their vocations, and added, "It is most appropriate for us to acknowl- edge the presence of members of numerous religious communi- ties of men and women serving in our diocese." He named the religious com- munities serving the diocese and commented, "The presence of dedicated religious in our dio- cese is a most powerful one for which we must be grateful." i i L_ HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commerdal and Residential RO. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 Main Street [ Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 He also acknowledged the priests and parish life coordina- tors -- "with great gratitude, the pastoral leaders of our 73 parish- es, who witness to holiness of life." Bishop Gettelfinger focused attention, too, on relgious edu- cation. "This address would not be complete without acknowl- edging the massive efforts throughout our diocese to assist parents, the primary teachers of their children, in the religious formation of children and young people." He praised the work of those who are involved in parish reli- gious education and Catholic school programs. "It is good to remind ourselves that we, the Church of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville, embrace 73 distinct parish com- munities. Each one ... provides parents with assistance in the religious formation of their chil- dren and young people. Parish leaders and volunteer catechists make it possible." He reported on the progress of efforts to provide adequate and appropriate compensation and retirement benefits for cler- gy and lay persons. He concluded with comments on marriage and holy orders. "Marriage is, in my estima- tion, the greatest of the two social sacraments," he said. "It is through marriage that life is transmitted, the very life that God has created. It is through I Vincennes SargOn Monroe C AmBank P,i00to. Member F.D.I.C. i i the loving cooperation of our parents that God chose to give life to you and to me. It is through the natural institution of marriage that families come into being. Jlatwdtt, md made it sacred through the Sacrament of Matrimony. It is from the family that all other vocations flow  including the second social sacrament, that of Holy Orders." He said, "The need for priests in our diocese belongs to us. We must not allow ourselves to 'look beyond our boundaries' for help." He pointed out, too, that "We are blessed with the presence of vowed religious men and women in our diocese," and made spe- cial mention of those who choose the single life. "There is a renewed emer- gence of single men and women who are willing to commit them- selves to lives of service in the community, in the marketplace. Often their presence is unno- ticed and their ministry is quite invisible. It is nonetheless sacred before God and our com- munity is blessed for it." Bishop Gettelfinger closed with a challenge to care for chil- dren and young people, "for they are no less sisters and brothers to Jesus the Child whose star is ever shining. We must provide them with living examples of witness and nurture them with the teachings that Jesus has transmitted to us. We must do no less.  I I I Dr. Jane A. Hormuth Chiropractic Physician 474-0704 txmu Cmxac= t 1111 S Green River Rd., Suite 104 ii I