Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

The Dubois Branch Library reopened its doors on June 15.

The library has new hours and limited services. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Note that face coverings will be required for all of those ages 2 and up to enter the buildings at this time. Visit the library’s website — https://jdcpl.us/covid19/ — for a complete list of guidelines.

To-go services are still available for those not comfortable or unable to enter buildings. Check out their Facebook page (Dubois Branch Library) for programs, crafts, stories and up-to-date information.

Library video

The Dubois Branch Library opened its doors for the first time on June 1, 2011. Hard to believe that this library opened its doors nine years ago? Happy birthday and continue the good work.

The Dubois Branch Library invites all Dubois County residents (and their friends in surrounding counties) to participate in a video of collective experiences with the paranormal.

For those interested in making a video of their story, contact Katherine Frick at the Dubois Branch Library at 812-678-2548 or kfrick@jdcpl.us to set up a filming session of their ghostly or unexplained experience.  All stories are welcome. Video, audio and story deadline is Friday, July 17.

Benefit for Fallon family

A drive-thru dinner benefit for Bernie Fallon’s wife and six children is planned for Sunday, June 28. Serving begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Jasper Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 E. 30th St., Jasper. The Knights will be serving one-half barbecued chicken or pork chop, baked beans and potato salad.

Bernie died in April. He was a big part of the Celestine Jaycee organization and an active member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus.

Parish office closed

The St. Isidore Parish office will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the July 4 holiday.


Patoka Lake Area Year-round (PLAY) will sponsor, along with several members of their organization, the Thunder over Patoka Lake fireworks on Saturday, July 4, at dusk. The fireworks will be set off across from the beach area. Viewing areas are the Newton-Stewart Beach area, from your boat on Patoka Lake and various vantage points around the lake.

This is the 14th year for this annual event. Check out the PLAY website at www.patokalakeindiana.com for up-to-date information from the lake.

Outdoor Mass

An outdoor Mass will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 5, at the St. Celestine Catholic Church Grotto. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. There will be limited handicap parking at the cemetery. When parking, be sure to leave room for cars to drive through. If driving down to drop someone off, enter from the entrance by the fire station and exit by the elementary school. In case of inclement weather, Mass will be held inside church.

Patriotic Rosary

Holy Family Catholic Church will pray a patriotic rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 5. Join the parish of Holy Family as they pray a beautiful rosary for our country with prayers from our founding fathers and patriotic songs sung between decades of the rosary.

Youth ministry

St. Isidore’s Week of Work and Worship will be from July 28 through 30. This is for youth in grade nine and older. Contact Connie Matheis by Monday, July 13, if able to attend. Youth may attend any part of the week; pariticipants are not required to attend every day or even the full day.

Fall yard sale

The youth committee is planning a fall yard sale to benefit the area’s youth. Items will be collected after Wednesday, July 1. Items can be dropped off at the St. Celestine Dining Hall during normal from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. No clothing will be accepted.

Breaking Bread books

St. Isidore Parish will not be putting copies of the Breaking Bread books back in the pews. Feel free to take a book home for your family to use. You are welcome to bring it to Mass with you. Just be sure and take it back home with you. Any books left in the pews will be discarded. Books will be located in the cry room at St. Celestine Catholic Church and at the main entrance of St. Raphael Catholic Church.

Vacation Bible school

VBS will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the St. Celestine Campus. Mass will begin at 5 p.m. with a family dinner following at 6 p.m. Roar with us at a one-day spectacular event. Return registration by Monday, July 6. Due to the possible need to cancel for COVID-19, payment will not be accepted.

Religious education

Religious education and vacation Bible school registration forms have been mailed. Registrations are due Monday, July 6. By meeting the deadline, parishioners will help tremendously to begin a new year with the many changes in front of them. Registration is for grades kindergarten through 12. If payment cannot be made at this time, please still return the form. Reminders will be sent in August of fees due. Forms also are available on the website and the main entrances of the churches.

Submitted items

Items for this column may be mailed to Kathy Bachman at 808 Eisenhower Ave., Jasper IN 47546; called to 812-482-2074; or emailed to kabachman@twc.com. Items need to be received by Wednesday night to be included in Friday’s column.

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