Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

The St. Isidore Parish Office at Celestine will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The Religious Ed Center at St. Raphael will be closed until Monday, Jan. 7.

Sheephead tourneys

The public is invited to the Celestine Community Club’s annual First Friday Night Sheephead tourneys. The tourneys will take place Fridays, Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and March 1. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and play will begin at 7 p.m.  Food and refreshments will be served. Another tourney is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the tourney beginning at noon.

Dubois Branch Library

The Dubois Branch Library will be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan.1, for New Year’s and Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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

My Big Person & Me: 11-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays; not Dec. 25. Preregistration required. No class on Jan. 1.

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

Young Adulting 101: cancelled until further notice.

Tech Help: 10 a.m.-noon, Fridays.

4-H Night at the Dubois Library: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, Community Room.

Saturday Book Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 5.

Family Creativity Time: Red Yarn Cardinals, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, and 2:45-3:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11. Preregistration required.

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.

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

Want to remember the Celestine 175th Celebration? 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.

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.

First Friday fellowship

Everyone is welcome to join together for some great fellowship and food after First Friday Mass at St. Celestine on Jan. 4. Enjoy a buffet breakfast at The Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill, followed by game day at St. Celestine Dining Hall.

K of C meeting

The next regular meeting of the Good Shepard of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at in the basement of The Happy Hour. Any Catholic gentleman interested in learning more about the benefits of being a K of C member is welcome to come to Happy Hour at 7 p.m. prior to the meeting.

Trivia Night

Come support St. Isidore Parish Youth by participating in Trivia Night on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Celestine Community Club. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will start at 7 p.m.

Call the parish office at 812-634-1875 to preregister teams of six or eight. Cost is $15 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Youth Appeal. Cash Bar and snacks will be available.

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.

Daughters of Isabella

Jasper Circle 140 Daughters of Isabella will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in Room 301 of the St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Jasper. Membership dues for 2019 are now payable. Members A-K are asked to send their $15 check, with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Betty Mehringer, 1744 W. Ackerman Road, Jasper IN 47546, and members L-Z are asked to send their check and envelope to Chris Schuetter, 2452 N. Mill St., Jasper IN 47546. All Catholic women are invited to join the Daughters of Isabella. Please contact Regent Marge Beckman, Vice Regent Kathy Schneider, Scribe Kathy Bachman or any member for information.

Free-throw competition

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus council is hosting a free-throw competition on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Dubois Middle School gymnasium. Doors open for registration at 12:30 p.m., with the competition set to start at 1 p.m.

There is no cost to participate and the competition is open to any boy or girl in the local area between the ages of 9 and 14 as of Jan. 1, 2018. A random drawing will be held for attendance prizes.

There will be divisions for each age group, with separate groups for boys and girls. The winner will be presented with a trophy and advance to district K of C competition in February. We have had past winners advance and win the state competition!

Any questions can be directed to Jarrod Beck at 812-481-1999.

School registration

Preschool registration will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. This is an informational meeting for parents only.

Northeast Dubois Kindergarten Round-up, an informational meeting for parents only, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Celestine Elementary and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Dubois Elementary.

K of C Family of the Month

The Good Shepherd of the Hills K of C Council has nominated the Larry and Norma Hall Family as the Family of the Month for January to thank them for their service to the parish and local community.

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