Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

St. Isidore Parish calendar includes recent events.

Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.:  Kirby Stailey Concert, St. Celestine.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.: Ecumenical Service, St. Raphael.

Monday, Dec. 3: St. Anne’s Christmas Party, Celestine Community Club.

Friday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.: Holy Day Mass, St. Raphael.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.: Holy Day Mass, St. Celestine.

Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m.: Deanery Reconciliation, St. Ferdinand

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m.: Deanery Reconciliation, St. Joseph, Jasper.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, noon: Deanery Reconciliation, St. Joseph, Jasper.

Monday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m.: Christmas Eve Mass, St. Raphael.

Monday, Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Mass, St. Celestine.

Monday, Dec. 24, 10 p.m.: Christmas Eve Mass, St. Celestine.

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 9 a.m.: Christmas Day Mass, St. Raphael.

Religious education

A First Communion parent meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at St. Celestine Dining Hall. This is a mandatory meeting. One parent, guardian or grandparent must attend. First Communion will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at St. Celestine Church and at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at St. Raphael Church.


A parent meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the basement of St. Raphael Church. A parent or grandparent must attend to receive the parent Confirmation folder with everything you need to know for Confirmation. If your child was baptized at a church other than St. Celestine or St. Raphael, a baptism certificate will be needed for them.

Student stewardship envelopes

The stewardship envelopes were sent home with students in preschool through 12th grade. The purpose of the stewardship program is to be grateful for our gifts from God, knowing that it is not how much we have in time, talent and treasure, but what we do with what we have that is important. Just as Jesus gave sacrificially of Himself, we should share our time, talent and treasure for the love of God and neighbor. By using the envelopes, it helps us to do this prayerfully and reflectively in a planned way. It helps us to place God first in our lives. Our objective is not strictly financial but educational as we prepare ourselves for a life of responsible stewardship.

Thanksgiving service

A Thanksgiving service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at St. Raphael Church.

There will be a reception after the service in the church basement. Everyone is asked to bring a finger food to share. The collection for the evening will go to Crisis Connection.

Thanksgiving Mass

On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, Mass will be at 8 a.m. at St. Celestine Church.

St. Anne’s Christmas dinner

St. Anne’s Sodality would like to invite all St. Isidore ladies age 13 years and older to join them at their annual Christmas Party. This year, their party will be held on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Celestine Community Club. Doors open at 6 p.m., with a meal being served at 6:30 p.m.

Please consider joining your fellow lady parishioners for a nice dinner. The cost for the meal is $5. There will also be a $5 gift exchange for those who would like to participate.

Look for your letter in the mail. RSVP’s will need to be in by Friday, Nov. 23.

Quilt drawing

Tickets must be returned to the Parish Office by Monday, Nov. 19, to be included in the first drawing for the Christmas quilt. The quilt was on display at St. Raphael Church last weekend and is on display at St. Celestine Church this weekend. Extra tickets can be found at the church entrances. Tickets purchased will be eligible for all four drawings.

They thank all of you who have purchased tickets to help fund their religious education program.

Holiday food collection

The St. Raphael St. Vincent DePaul Society is holding its holiday food drive. Boxes for donations are located at the doors of St. Raphael’s Church. Monetary donations will be accepted and placed in the collection basket marked “St. Vincent DePaul-St. Raphael Food Drive.” Donations will be delivered to the Food Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Your generosity is appreciated.

Cookie walk, tree lighting

The cookie walk and Christmas tree lighting will take place Sunday, Dec. 2. 

The cookie walk will be from 8 a.m. to noon in the St. Celestine Dining Hall. You are invited to purchase cookies and treats by the pound.

Beginning at 3 p.m. there will be live Christmas music performances in downtown Celestine.  From 3 to 5 p.m. Linus Hagedorn will be back to give horse and wagon rides. At 5:30 p.m. Santa arrives to light the decorated Christmas tree in the center of town. Refreshments will be served in the St. Celestine Dining Hall. Immediately following the tree lighting there will be a drawing for a $100 gift card. You must be present to win.

Northeast Dubois Corp.

Nov. 21 to 23: Thanksgiving break, no school.

Dec. 22 to Jan. 1: Winter break, no school.

Jan. 2: No school or snow make-up day.

Weather information for cancellations and delays: WITZ, WBDC, WQKZ and WFLQ French Lick Channels 7, 14 and 25, and TV18. Information also is posted on their websites: WBDC-www.wbdc.us, WFIE-www.wfie.com; Northeast Dubois Corporation website and Facebook page.

Northeast Dubois High School

The Northeast High School Senior Spell Bowl team competed at the Indiana State Spell Bowl competition on Saturday, November 10.  They finished in fourth place in Class 4.

Congratulations to the Beta Club Convention winners. They quality for Nationals in Oklahoma City in June. Convention winners were Camryn Stemle, third, digital art; Olivia Schroering, second, drawing; Adi Prok, second, woodworking, and third, creative writing; Evan Dunning, second, Grade 12 math; Kaylie Bonifer, second, Grade 11 science; Jared Young, second, Grade 11 social studies; and Brenda Dubon, first, Grade 12 Spanish.

The Holiday Ball will be Friday, Nov. 16.

Dubois Middle School

The Washington, D.C., trip informational meeting for parents with students in grades six and seven will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Multi-Purpose Room. Those interested and unable to attend should contact the office.

Elementary schools

The Celestine Elementary School Christmas program for grades kindergarten through two will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Multi-Purpose Room. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Dubois Elementary School Christmas program for grades kindergarten through two will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Multi-Purpose Room. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Library news

Keurig’s Korner (middle and high schoolers): after school-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Technology help: 10 a.m.-noon Fridays.

Young Adulting 101 (middle and high schoolers): after school-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Reindeer Meet and Greet: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

Friends of the Dubois Library meeting: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

End-of-the-Month Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

Adult Craft: Wine Bottle Craft, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

Dine and dance

The Celestine Community Club will hold a Year-End Dine and Dance at the club on Saturday, Dec. 29. The Studebaker band will play classic rock with a touch of country from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost of the dance is a $5 cover charge.  The kitchen will open at 6 p.m. and will sell chicken and pork tenderloin dinners from the window. No reservations are needed.

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