Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Copies of 2019 calendars are being sold to benefit the Mark Gessner family to assist with future medical expenses. The calendars are being sold for $10. They will be available after all the Masses this weekend at both Dubois and Celestine churches.

Area students in the Northeast Dubois School District designed artwork for all the months.

The student art winners are the cover, Eva Neukam, kindergarten; January, Marcie Denu, first grade; February, Katelyn Keusch, second grade; March, Addison Elliott, third grade; April, Katlyn Johnson, fourth grade; May, Karsen Bieker, fifth grade; June, Shelby Kline, sixth grade; July, Landon Reuber, seventh grade; August, Paige Wildman, eighth grade; September, Emma Tretter, ninth grade; October, Madison Mickler, 10th grade; November, Lance Hanshaw, ninth grade; and December, Ayane Mundy, 11th grade.

Holy Day Mass

The Feast of Immaculate Mary will be on Saturday, Dec. 8. Mass times for the Holy Day of Obligation will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Raphael Catholic Church and at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Deanery Reconciliations

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

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

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

All deanery parishioners are welcome to attend.

Parish Reconciliations

Tuesday, Dec. 11: 5-6 p.m., St. Celestine.

Wednesday, Dec. 12: 6:30-7 p.m., St. Raphael.

Sunday, Dec. 16: 9-9:30 a.m., St. Celestine.

Sunday, Dec. 16: 11-11:30 a.m., St. Raphael.

Wednesday, Dec. 19: 6:30-7 p.m., St. Celestine.

Sunday, Dec. 23: 9-9:30 a.m., St. Celestine.

Sunday, Dec. 23: 11-11:30 a.m., St. Raphael.

Christmas Masses

The Christmas Mass schedule for St. Isidore Parish is:

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

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

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

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

Flower memorials

St. Isidore Christmas flower memorials are due to the parish office by Monday, Dec. 17.

Blood drive

A blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 9, in the St. Celestine dining hall. Fifteen-plus years of history has shown that shorter wait times are later in the drive (after 10).

Advent retreat

High school juniors and seniors, along with those to approximately age 22, are invited to attend the Young Adult Advent Retreat following the 8 a.m. Mass each Sunday during Advent. Contact Connie at 812-639-9552 to learn the location for the Dec. 9 activity and meet in the Celestine Dining Hall for the Dec. 16 retreat.

K of C Christmas party

The Good Shepherd of the Hills will hold their Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Happy Hour basement.  The Doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

This party is the annual family Christmas dinner and social event for members, wives and their children. A free meal will be provided; please bring a dessert or snack. A jolly visitor will arrive at 7:15 p.m. and social time will follow. Feel free to bring a game or activity. RSVPs are requested to Tony Buechler by Friday, Dec. 7, by calling 812-389-2667 or emailing tony@tonybuechler.com. When responding, please note the ages and gender the children that will be attending.

Feast of the Holy Family

Nativity displays will be set up on Sunday, Dec. 30, after the 8 a.m. Mass in the St. Celestine Dining Hall.

Everyone is invited for doughnuts, coffee and fellowship while viewing different Nativity scenes. There will also be a short talk on the meaning of the Holy Family.

We are in need of unique Nativity scenes for our displays. Contact Connie or the parish office if you have one you would like to share.

Streetfest 2019

Join the community of Celestine at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, in the basement of The Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill for the next public planning meeting for Streetfest 2019 that is taking place on Saturday June 29. Starting in January, monthly meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

The meeting will include reports from all chairpersons and areas of the fest. Participants will review the current version of the schedule so they can finalize it at the February meeting.

There will be attendance prizes from the remaining inventory of Celestine 175 merchandise.

Each of the main organizations that play major roles (and will receive future distributions from the profits) are asked to have one or two members on hand to take notes and report back to their organizations. These include the Celestine Community Club, Celestine Park, Knights of Columbus, Celestine PTO, Celestine Volunteer Fire Departmentand St. Isidore Parish.

The committee is always look for anyone who wants to contribute ideas. Additionally, the committee is looking for people to help in the following ways.

The logistics committee already exists informally. The committee would like to officially create a committee of hands-on people to take the lead on organizing and tackling things like setup, tear down, rental items, and so forth.

In reference to the fun and games committee, there is an idea for a series of on stage games and competitions between young and old in the community. Games would be like those that you would see at family reunions, post proms, field days and on the television show, Minute to Win It. A team is needed to help pull it together.

If you are interested in joining these committees or have other ideas. please contact Tony Buechler at 812-827-8430 or Dawn Schaefer at 812-639-1048.

Celestine Distinguished Service Award

The Celestine Park Inc. will host the 27th annual Distinguished Service Award at a brunch on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in the St. Celestine Dining Hall at 9 a.m., following Mass.

The Celestine Park Inc. would like to recognize individuals nominated by the community who have shown great commitment, pride and dedication. To nominate a Celestine resident, fill out a form and mail to: Celestine Park, Inc., Attention: DSA Chairman, P.O. Box 211, Celestine, IN 47521. Forms are available at St. Celestine Church entrances.

All nomination forms must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Past winners include Leonard Heeke, Loretta Humbert, Don Sander, Ottie Betz, Ron Sander, Barney Heldman, Ed Senninger, Mike Klem, Margaret Buechler, Art Kempf, Glenda Reckelhoff, Melvin Betz, Edwin Betz, Martha Goepfrich, Pat Hasenour, Clarence Buechler, Jim Sander, Jim Steffe, Joel Johnson, Emil Schroering, the Jim Hohler Family, Kenneth Schnell, Bob Schepers, Mary Ann Rasche and Allen Thewes.

Library news

Library closed: Mondays and Tuesdays, Dec. 24-25, and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

My Big Person and Me: 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Preregistration required. Not meeting on Dec. 25.

Keurig’s Korner (middle and high schoolers): after school-5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Not meeting on Dec. 25.

Young Adulting 101 (middle and high schoolers): after school-5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Not meeting on Dec. 25.

Technology help: 10 a.m.-noon Fridays. No help on Dec. 14.

Family Creativity Time: I Spy Christmas Jar, 2:45-3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 7. Preregistration required.

Dubois Ruritan Santa—Saturday, Dec. 8th from 10:30 to noon;

Genealogy Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Genealogy Room.

Geri-Fit Information Session: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Operation Ozobot: Snow Plows, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Preregistration required.

SwallowTale Concert: 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

End-of-the-Month Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

Free blood pressure checks: 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, community room.

Play Day: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Adult Craft: Wooden Candlesticks, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Reserved for adults; preregistration required.

Movie, Cookies and Cocoa: “The House With a Clock in its Walls,” 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28.

Geri-Fit classes: 9:15-10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, starting Jan. 16. Preregistration required.

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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