Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

In the Celestine 175th bake-off, the winners are:

Breads: first, Lea Ann Weathers; second, Elaine Betz; and third, Doris Schnell. 

Cakes: first, Ann Hassfurther; second, Eileen Schepers; and third, Annette Schuetter.

Cookies: first, Lindsey Schuetter; second, Joni Hopf; and third, Martha Goepfrich.

Pies: first, Cecilia Betz; second, Doris Schnell; and third, Linus Senninger.

Kids’ cakes: first, Hank Schroeder; second, Brice Cato; and third, Courtlyn Hellems.

Kids’ cookies: first, Cale Rohleder; second, Emma betz; and third, Madelyn Merkel.

Grandpa Jones performance

The Dubois Branch Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present a free performance of “Grandpa Jones: Country Musician and Comic” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the library.

Louis Marshall Jones, better known as Grandpa, was the son of Henderson County sharecroppers. Jones, who had a repertoire of songs learned from his parents and the radio, won a talent contest that led to regular work on an Akron radio station. That launched a career that lasted more than 60 years. It was during tours with country music star Bradley Kincaid in the 1930s that Jones developed the Grandpa persona he used the rest of his life.

Jones wrote many of his most popular songs. Like many old-time musicians, he struggled during the rock-and-roll craze of the 1950s — he toured Canada and tried his hand at early television. Beginning in 1969, television brought Jones fame as a member of the original cast of “Hee Haw,” which showcased his skills as a vaudeville comic. Grandpa Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978. He never retired, suffering a fatal stroke after a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1998.

David Hurt portrays Grandpa Jones for Kentucky Chautauqua. He is a retired farmer and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois. He has picked the guitar and banjo on front porches from Reelfoot to Red River and has acted on Stage One in Louisville, as well as in Lexington theaters. He received a grant from the Kentucky Historical Society to learn old Kentucky banjo styles in their master apprentice program.

For more information about this presentation, contact the Dubois Branch Library at 812-678-2548.

St. Anne’s Sodality

St. Isidore St. Anne’s Sodality members are invited to the annual St. Anne’s Mass at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 29, in St. Celestine Catholic Church. The Mass is for all members, living and deceased. Father will give a special blessing for those in attendance. After Mass, everyone is welcome to join in for doughnuts, juice and milk under the carport. Contact Teresa Betz at 812-827-3366 for more information.

Grapes needed

Grapes are needed for altar wine. As the crop starts coming in, keep the parish in mind. There are 30 to 50 gallons of cleaned and frozen grapes that are needed to make the wine. Anyone able to volunteer to help make wine is asked to contact Deacon Mike Seibert.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 12, at the St. Raphael Campus.

Social planning meeting

The social planning meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the Religious Education Center at the St. Raphael Campus.

All chairpersons and anyone who would like to get involved with the planning of the social is welcome to attend. Contact Brianne Knies at 812-630-6702 or Linda Kalb at 812-630-3668 with any questions or suggestions.

Anyone who would like to donate any beef or pork to the St. Isidore shoot may contact the parish office or Chris Sander at Sander Processing. Contact the parish office to donate cash toward any of the raffle or shoot prizes.

They would love to stock the country stores with garden fresh fruits and vegetables. When people are planting their garden, keep the country store in mind. Jams, jellies, salsa, relish, horseradish, breads, cakes, cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls and noodles also are great sellers. Crafts and plants also go very well. They are grateful for any items that are donated. Contributions are what makes the country store a success. Mark all items as the person who donates knows the cost and time put in them.

Celestine 175th/Streetfest

The next Celestine 175th/Celestine Streetfest meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill basement. Food will be provided in celebration of our excellent fest.

Chairpersons will be giving reports and notes on their portion of the 175th and a small portion of the meeting will be used to begin the planning of Celestine Streetfest 2019 to be held Saturday, June 29, on the grounds of St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Religious education

Anyone who has not returned their registration forms for this school year is asked to do as soon as possible, along with a $20 late fee. Thanks to everyone who has already turned in their forms.

Release time classes for grades kindergarten through four will begin the week of Aug. 20 at both campuses.

Wednesday classes begin Aug. 29, Sunday school classes begin Sept. 23 during the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses. Registration forms are on the website.

Pathway Catechist training

Diocese Pathway Catechist training on Prayer and Morality will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the St. Celestine Dining Hall. Catechists are asked to mark their calendars for the continuation training for catechists in the diocese.

Bonnie Meadows will be presenting on morality and Debbie Schmitt will present on prayer.

Sandwiches from Subway Restaurant will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. before training begins. They are counting on all catechists to attend. If unable to attend due to a prior obligation, inform Glenda Reckelhoff and she will give dates available to attend at other parishes.

St. Isidore Parish calendar

Calendar of events for St. Isidore parish:

July 28-29: Parish council and religious education commission voting.

Aug. 3: Mass, breakfast and games.

Aug. 4-5: Backpack blessing and treats at all Masses.

Aug. 6: St. Isidore quilt show at St. Celestine.

Aug. 11-12: Youth appeal collection.

Aug. 14: Holy Day Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Celestine.

Aug. 15: Holy Day Masses at 6:45 a.m. at St. Raphael and 7 p.m. at St. Celestine.

Sept. 29: Confirmation Mass at St. Celestine.

Oct. 3: Legacy Night “Our Faith Journey” at St. Celestine.

Oct. 7: St. Isidore social at St. Raphael Campus.

Oct. 12: Harvest Festival at St. Celestine Campus.

Oct. 28: St. Isidore shoot at Celestine Community Club.

Parish bus trip update

Plans have been made for the Pigeon Forge bus trip. The Dec. 4-6 trip includes spending two hotel nights with breakfast, seeing three Christmas shows (two of them with dinner), touring Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, having lunch at a local venue, and enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas along the way.

The cost of the trip will be $325 per person, based on double occupancy. Anyone wishing to have a single room should plan to add a $75 supplement. The number of interested travelers exceeds the capacity of the coach, so a process has been made to determine how to proceed. Anyone who has already contacted Dorothy Rasche or Clara Fromme to express interest is asked to pay a deposit of $150 per person by Tuesday, July 24, to secure their reservation. Checks should be made payable to Clara Fromme and mailed to her at 2977 E. Jasper-Dubois Road, Jasper IN 47546. Payment also may be brought to the parish office.

These deposits will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After July 24, if some seats remain, reservations will be opened to others. Of the $150 deposit, $100 will be non-refundable because a set amount for the coach has to be paid, regardless of how many go on the trip. The payment can be transferrable but is not refundable if someone pays then is not able to take the trip.

Book orders

Thanks to all who have ordered the Celestine history books and perpetual calendar/photo books. Thanks to everyone who was able to pick up pre-ordered/pre-paid books at the fest. Remaining orders, as well as additional copies, will be available in the office during regular office hours.

Costs: The “new” 2018 history book is $25. The “old” history book is $15. A “bundle” of the new and old is available for $35, a savings of $5. The perpetual calendar and photo book, published by the Girl Scouts, is $15.

School news

July 31: 9-11:30 a.m., grade five camp, middle school.

Aug. 1: 4-8 p.m., registration.

Aug. 1: 4:30-7 p.m., open house, high school and elementary schools.

Aug. 2: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., registration; 8 a.m.-3 p.m., registration.

Aug. 7: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., staff orientation; no students.

Aug. 9: First day for students.

Sept. 3: Labor Day, no school.

Library news

Adult craft: 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, and 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26.

Canvas painting — lilacs in a jar: Preregistration is required.

End-of-the-month book club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, July 30, community room.

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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