Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Celestine’s 175th Celebration is now a part of history. What a grand time it was. The heat may have slowed down some of the visitors, but large crowds visited the venues each days. Kudos to all involved in organizing, coordinating and volunteering.

History books 

“Celestine, Indiana A History: 1993-2018” is 363 pages of information on Celestine, acting as a sequel to the 1993 published book “Celestine, Indiana: A Sesquicentennial History.” This 2018 book continues where Father John Boeglin left off when he wrote the 1993 book.

The history book committee for 2018 tried to cover stories that happened in the past 25 years and more. The table of contents lists 18 parts to the book, from Our Community with Township Trustees; current land owners; Celestine Community Club and Celestine Park history information; significant events, such as local fires, Celestine damaged by tornado and the Avian flu outbreak; to our humbled dead; to histories of farms 100 years and older; to special interviews with the community’s elders age 80 and older; to faith journey and the forming of St. Isidore Church.

Members of the history book committee are Clara (Rasche) Fromme, editor; Denise (Vollmer) Buechler; Margaret (Goebel) Buechler; Jenny (Etienne) Betz; Betty (Fetter) Kleinhelter; Kathy (Schnell) Knust; Carol (Oeding) Dekemper; Julia (Jochem) Hurst; Ruth (Schnell) Gehlhausen; Dorothy Rasche; Sharon (Turich) Johnson; Mary (Beckman) Lampert; Kathy (Brosmer) Bachman; Anna (Breitweiser) Knebel; Emily Fromme; Jill (Hoffman) Kelly; and Joel Johnson.

Youth minister position

St. Isidore Catholic Parish, Celestine, is seeking a faithful and highly motivated individual for the position of parish director of youth ministry. This can be a part- or full-time salaried position.

The candidate must be a faithful and highly motivated individual, and can develop and coordinate comprehensive youth ministry in a parish environment. He/she must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the church. They must have a degree in religious education or campus ministry beneficial or knowledge within a Catholic parish environment with religious education and youth ministry. They must be able to multitask and be a highly organized person.

They must be available from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 22 through March 20. They must be able to communicate and work with youth and adults in a parish consisting of 900 families. The position will begin Aug. 1 and applications will be accepted until July 20.

Resumes may be submitted by mailing to St. Isidore Parish, P.O. Box 1, Celestine IN 47521 or emailing Father Eugene Schmitt at eschmitt@evdio.org.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 9 to 12, at St. Celestine Campus.

VBS registration forms are available at the main entrances of church and on the website.

VBS registrations are due to the parish office by June 18. Must be postmarked by June 15.

Landscaping, rosary trail

A group of two to four people is needed to organize the maintenance and upkeep of the landscaping and rosary trail at the St. Raphael Campus. This group would coordinate two work sessions per year (one in the spring and one in the fall). Call the parish office at 812-634-1875 if interested in helping out with this.

Library news

Technology help: 10 a.m.-noon Friday

First Saturday book sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,

Family Gamers Day: 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays, July 10 and 24.

School/High School Gamer’s Day: 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.

Family crafts: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. Fridays. Preregistration required.

Rock’n Summer Reading Programs: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Preregistration required.

Genealogy workshop: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, July 9.

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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