Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Come enjoy a concert by the talented group SwallowTale from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Dubois Branch Library.

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. Meet in the Celestine Dining Hall for the Dec. 16 and 23 retreats. The Dec. 23 retreat will feature breakfast and a movie.

St. Isidore Parish
School cancellations

If school is delayed or canceled due to weather, morning Mass and  Wednesday adoration will be canceled. The Tuesday evening Mass will be held unless a cancellation is announced that day.

Deanery Reconciliations

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

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

Parish Reconciliations

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.

Religious education

There will be no Sunday school on Dec. 23 and 30.

Christmas play

Here are some important dates and times for the Christmas Story play:

Sunday, Dec. 16: Practice after 8 a.m. Mass; meet in the church.

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: Students must be in Celestine Dining Hall by 4:30 p.m. At 5 p.m. all will process to church. Parents are asked to pick their children up in the Adoration Chapel after the play.

Evening classes

Wednesday Evening Classes will meet on Dec. 19  for the last class before Christmas break.  The classes will resume on Jan. 9.

Grace Co-op volunteers

If anyone is interested in signing up as a Grace Co-op volunteer, please pick up a registration form at the back entrances of both churches. You can also find the volunteer form on the St. Isidore Parish webpage.

Simply drop the completed form into the collection box, and they will add your name to the volunteer list.

There are many ways that you can be a volunteer.

The Grace Co-op appreciates all those who have volunteered in the past and all those who have already signed up to volunteer in the future.

They look forward to working together, connecting folks in need of help with folks able and willing to offer help in many different ways.

Youth information

The Middle School Youth Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the St. Celestine Campus. Food will be served. The van will leave St. Raphael at 5:10 p.m.

Because more students need a ride to St. Celestine and back to St. Raphael, we are asking that anyone who needs this service please contact Connie Matheis at 812-634-1875 before youth group to reserve a spot. Please be reminded that we only have 11 spots available. If possible, please try to carpool with other parents. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Catholic Heart Work Camp

Catholic Heart Work Camp is planned for June 16-22, 2019, at Louisville. The cost is $410. Each participant pays $165 Youth Appeal pays remaining $250. The registration deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019

We have 20 student spots, with eight spots currently available. These go on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Connie to get your form and turn your money in to reserve a spot. CHWC provides service opportunities to restore homes and hearts, feed the hungry, lift the spirits of children, bring joy to the elderly and disabled, and offer assistance while partnering with social agencies.

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 their classic rock style with a touch of country from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost 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.

Feast of the Holy Family

Nativity displays will be set up after the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 30 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.

Unique Nativity scenes are needed for the displays. Contact Connie or the parish office if you have one you would like to share yours.

Books and merchandise

Are you shopping local this Christmas season? It’s easier than ever! We’ll bring the gifts to you. Don’t know what to get that hard-to-buy-for parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend or neighbor? Pick up a copy of the outstanding 2018 edition of the Celestine History book! Anyone with any connection — great or small — to Celestine will appreciate having this book. It contains not only history, but also human interest features in an easy-to read style. This is a stand-alone book, but it can be coupled with the 1993 history book to have the complete story of Celestine. What a great gift idea!

The Girl Scouts have put together a perpetual calendar and photo book. The book contains wonderful pictures of the area and some locally treasured recipes. This spiral-bound book is a very useful gift as it can be used as your primary calendar for birthday and anniversaries every year. Days of the month are listed, but not in a particular year’s calendar — thus it’s perpetual.

Both of these books are for sale at the parish office or by contacting Clara Fromme or Denise Buechler.

Streetfest 2019 meeting

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. The fest is set for Saturday, June 29.  Starting in January, monthly meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.

The January meeting will include reports from all chairpersons and areas of the fest. They 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!

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

They welcome anyone to attend to contribute ideas! Additionally, they are looking for people to help in the following ways:

Logistics Committee: This committee already exists informally. They would like to officially create a committee of hands on people to take the lead on organizing and tackling things like setup, tear down and rental items.

Fun and Games Committee: They have 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 TV show Minute to Win It. We need a team 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.

Free throw competition

Any boy or girl between the ages of 9 and 14 as of January 1, 2019, is eligible to compete in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition. The contest will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 in the gym at Dubois Middle School. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with the competition starting at 1 p.m.

Dubois Branch Library

The library will be closed Monday-Tuesday, Dec.24-25, and Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2019.

Keurig’s Korner, after school-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays.

My Big Person & Me, 11-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays; not  Dec. 25.

Young Adults 101, after school-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays; not Dec. 25.

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

First Saturday Book Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., monthly.

Free Blood Pressure Checks, 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20.

Play-Day at the Library, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Adult Craft: Wooden Candlesticks, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27.

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

Geri-Fit Classes (ages 65 and older), 9:15-10 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Jan. 16, 2019. Preregistration required; class size limited.

To register for programs online, go to www.jdcpl.us and click on the Event Keeper Calendar. Find the program and click on register.  Keep up to date by “liking” the library on Facebook at Dubois Branch Library.

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