Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

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, call Katherine Frick at the Dubois Branch Library at 812-678-2548 or email kfrick@jdcpl.us to set up a filming session of your ghostly or unexplained experience. All stories are welcome. The video/audio/story deadline is Friday, July 17.


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.

Online Mass

The 4:30 p.m. Saturday night Mass is being live streamed on Facebook. It will also be posted to the Parish website, Facebook, and YouTube pages for viewing on demand on Sunday morning.

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.

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, VBS

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.

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 up. Contact Connie Matheis by Monday, July 13, if able to attend. Youth may attend any part of the week; participants 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 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.

Family of the Month

The Good Shepherd of the Hill Knights of Columbus Council has selected the Doug and Renee Merkel family as Family of the Month for July to thank them for their service to the parish and local community.

Knights of Columbus

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus has several events scheduled.

The officers meeting will start at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, in the St. Celestine Dining Hall.

The monthly business meeting will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, in the Happy Hour lower level. Any Catholic gentleman interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming a K of C member is welcome to come to Happy Hour at 7 p.m. prior to the business meeting or send an email to council13623@indianakofc.org.

Parish Council nominations

It is time to nominate people for the St. Isidore Parish Council. Members are elected to a three-year term. Qualifications are:

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Must be an active member of the parish. (Registered member for at least one year.)

Practicing Catholic visible at Sunday worship with the community and faithful to teaching and living the doctrine and practice of the Catholic church.

Must be able to attend Parish Council meetings.

Meetings are held once a month on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The location rotates from St. Celestine Campus to the St. Raphael Campus.

All nominations are due to the parish office by Monday, July 13. Voting will take place the weekend of Aug. 22 and 23.

Current members are Joyce Hulsman, Whitley Kluesner, Kurt Hassfurther, Clarence Reckelhoff, Kathy Hopf, Stacy Brosmer, Ian Denu, Jeff Betz, Leah Beckman, Kelly Friedman, Randy Stemle and Wade Friedman.

Religious Education

The Religious Education Commission is looking for nominations. Members are elected to a three-year term. Qualifications are:

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Practicing Catholic visible at Sunday worship with the community and faithful to teaching and living the doctrine and practice of the Catholic church.

Is familiar with or willing to learn about the religious education program.

Cares about the religious education for our youth and our future.

Can help with creating insights and ideas for the best interest of our youth.

Is willing to create a dream for our program and establish goals to get there.

Can attend commission meeting every other month (six per year.)

Is willing to assist with religious education fundraisers for the benefit of the budget.

All nominations are due to the parish office by Monday, July 13. Voting will take place the weekend of Aug. 22-23.

Current members are Kevin Knies, Audrey Denu, Cassie Beyke, Ben Gessner, Jami Betz and Kirby Knies.

Past members were Ellen Senninger, Connie Matheis, Sherry Schnell, Margaret Buechler, Maurice Pund, Jack Hasenour, Angie Sander, Clara Fromme, Connie Betz, Paula Wehr, Eddie Reckelhoff, Patty Englert, Karen Eisenhut, Laura Betz, Tammy Mehringer, Sharon Johnson, Tami Knies, Mallory Hall and Laine Busick.

Baked items needed

Anyone who loves to bake cookies and breads, the parish is always needing items for youth events, vacation Bible school, delivery meals to the elderly and the Dubois Community Meals. Meals can be frozen and used when needed. Include a note if they contain nuts. Baked goods can be brought to the parish office or left in the counselor room at St. Celestine Church (room to the left at carport entrance).

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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