Our Town: Celestine

By KATHY BACHMAN
Herald Correspondent

St. Isidore Parish will host a fish fry from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at St. Celestine Campus. The fish fry will be held until all 600 plates are gone. Dine-in or drive-thru will be available. Cost of the dinner is $10 per plate and includes a catfish fillet, German fries, slaw and bread. Dessert is included for the inside meal only. Volunteers may contact Sherry Schnell at csschnell@live.com or 812-630-4140.

Percussion competition

Northeast Dubois High School’s winter concert percussion ensemble placed second at Zionsville on March 9. They will compete at Decatur Central on March 16 for preliminaries to determine if they go to state on March 30.
Members of the ensemble are Gabby Sander, Addison Kurtz, Kasey Verkamp, Josh Barnett, Lisette Moya, Trenton Harrison, Jackson Harrison, Dillon Cummins, Dyson Nichols, Nova Nichols, Kate Gore, Jordan Baker and Austin Palmer.

Special release time

Father Eugene Schmitt will celebrate Mass at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at St. Celestine Catholic Church. Due to the Celestine Elementary School schedule, they are blessed to have release students (grades kindergarten through four) from the school available at the same time on this day. Because of this, Father has scheduled to have Mass with them. Everyone is welcome to attend Mass with the children.

Spring shoots

The Celestine Community Club has several spring shoots:

Friday, March 22: Community club.

Friday, March 29: Celestine Park.

Friday, April 5: Community club.

Friday, April 12: Knights of Columbus.

Friday, April 26: Celestine Fire Dept.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the shoots, and the kitchen will open at 6 p.m. Closed matches begin at 8 p.m. All are invited to come out and support these wonderful organizations that do so much for the parish and community.

Northeast Dubois Corp.

March 12: End of third quarter.

March 25-29: No school, spring break.

Dubois Elementary and Celestine Elementary schools will hold their spring recitals in the DMS Multi-Purpose Room. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dubois Elementary will hold a book fair on Thursday, April 4. Celestine Elementary’s book fair is Tuesday, April 9.

Dubois Elementary Book Fair Family Night will held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School next Sunday, March 24.

Rice bags, food drive

St. Isidore Parish will again be passing around rice bags at all Masses. Any spare change that you have can add up to make a huge difference.

There are baskets at the altar of St. Celestine Church for the St. Vincent DePaul food drive. Any donation of nonperishable food items is appreciated.

Plastic Easter eggs

There are boxes at the main entrances of both churches, if anyone has an extra plastic eggs they would like to donate.

Easter egg hunts will be held after the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday, April 7, at St. Celestine Catholic Church and after the 10 a.m. Mass Sunday, April 14, at St. Raphael Catholic Church.

Youth information

Shantytown, open to grades seven through 12, is planned Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29, at St. Celestine Campus. Participants will learn about homelessness and how they can help those who are less fortunate in our world and our community. Permission slips are available at the church entrances. Contact Deacon Mike or Connie Matheis with any questions.

The National Catholic Youth Conference will be held Nov. 21 through 23 at Indianapolis. High school students should look for more information coming out soon. The registration deadline is Saturday, June 1. Contact Connie Matheis or Glenda Reckelhoff if interested in attending.

Source & Summit, “Behold Your Mother!,” is Friday through Sunday, April 5-7. Youth ages 13 through high school are invited to attend the event. Featured will be Fr. Agustino, Nic Davidson and the Sisters of Life, along with many other dynamic speakers. Friends, fellowship, prayer, faith and fun will be a part of the event. Empower your youth with a strengthened relationship with God. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 13. Contact Connie Matheis with further information.

The Catholic Heart Work Camp (CHWC) will take place June 16-22 in Louisville. The cost is $410 (participant pays $165 and Youth Appeal pays the remaining $250) The registration deadline is Friday, March 15. A few spots are still available. We are also in need of adult chaperones. Please contact Connie Matheis ASAP to reserve your spot! You don’t want to miss out! Your spot is not reserved until we have your deposit.

The Rock Your Faith date have been change to July 7 through 10 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jasper. Sunday, July 7, will be a family event in the evening for those entering grades six through eight. More information will be coming soon.

Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. July 22 to 25 on the St. Celestine Campus. The theme is “Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.”

Rabies clinic

The Celestine Park will host its annual rabies and distemper vaccinations clinic from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 8. The cost is $12 each for the rabies and distemper shots. These shots will be administered by Dr. Dan Hasenour, DVM.

Holy Week and Triduum

Here are some of the guidelines from the Diocese for the preparation of the Triduum liturgies and how these are to be applied to merged parishes with more than one church (like St. Isidore).

Typically, there is only one celebration per parish for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. The permission of the bishop is required to celebrate more than one Mass on Holy Thursday or to repeat the Good Friday service in a parish, and these are done only in extraordinary circumstances.

There should only be one celebration of the Easter Vigil. Merged parishes should strive to celebrate the Triduum liturgies together. This not only allows for the sharing of liturgical resources to enhance the Triduum celebrations, but also keeps the priest and many of the other ministers from having to pull “double duty,” running to fit multiple celebrations into these already busy days.

It would be preferable to celebrate all of the Triduum liturgies from Holy Thursday through the Easter Vigil in the same church building. If one looks at the Triduum liturgies of Thursday through Saturday as three parts of one celebration, it makes sense that they would all be held in the same place.

Holy Week schedule

St. Isidore Holy Week schedule:

Holy Thursday, April 18: 6:30 p.m., St. Celestine Church.

Good Friday, April 19: 6 p.m., St. Celestine Church.

Holy Saturday, April 20: 9 p.m., St. Celestine Church.

Easter Sunday, April 21: 8 a.m., St. Celestine Catholic Church, and 10 a.m., St. Raphael Church.

Upcoming St. Isidore events

Saturday, April 6: Saturday Mass switch to St. Celestine until October.

Sunday, April 7: Breakfast and egg hunt at St. Celestine.

Friday, April 12: Knights of Columbus fish fry at Celestine Community Club.

Sunday, April 14: Breakfast & Egg Hunt at St. Raphael.

Saturday, May 4: First Communion Mass at St. Celestine.

Sunday, May 5: First Communion Mass at St. Raphael.

Sunday, May 19: Graduation breakfast at St. Celestine.

Community yard sales

The Celestine community spring yard sales will be held April 26 and 27. Call Kristy Buechler at 812-481-2251 no later than Monday, April 22, to get location on the map.

Paint like Bob Ross

The Dubois Branch Library is offering an painting class for adults 18 and older led by certified Bob Ross Instructor Brian Sutton from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The painting is “A Trace of Spring” from the Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting” series. All materials are included. Beginning painters are welcome. All supplies are included. Participants will paint on an 11-by-14-inch canvas. The cost of the class is $50 or $30 using the code “DUBOIS.” You must register and pay online to reserve your spot. Go to www.bendintheroadstudio.com and scroll down to find the April 13 Dubois announcement in order to sign up. The library cannot sign anyone up or take payments. The class is located at the library, 5506 E Main St. There is a limit of 20 participants.

Dubois Branch Library

Free Seed Month: Choose up to 10 packets of free garden and/or flower seeds.

Spring Reading Challenge: Until March 31. Sign up for our new online reading app.

Gardening 1, 2, 3: Rescheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, March 29. Presented by the Purdue Extension office.

Operation Ozobot Evo: Evo Story Generator, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Preregistration required.

Tea Tasting with Erin Doyle: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Preregistration required.

End-of-the-Month Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 25. Stop by the front desk to pick up a copy.

Harry Potter Escape Room: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, March 28. High school age and adults; 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.

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