Our Town: Celestine

By KATHY BACHMAN
Herald Correspondent

Good Shepherd of the Hills K of C Council 13623 will hold its 15th annual fundraising fish fry and shooting match on Friday, April 12.

Drive-thru catfish dinners will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. The $10 fish dinner includes a generous portion of fried catfish, homemade German fries, slaw and bread. Dine-in and carryout service begins at 6 p.m. and will feature fish dinners, chicken dinners and hamburgers.

The event will feature a closed shooting match at 8 p.m. First choice is a one-half beef; beef and pork choices will be offered thereafter. 

The Good Shepherd Council serves the St. Isidore Parish, St. Celestine and St. Raphael churches and the local communities through numerous charitable projects and programs. All proceeds fund its charitable works.

Way of the Cross

The Knights of Columbus will be leading the Way of the Cross for children at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming St. Isidore events

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.

Spring shoots

The Celestine Community Club has spring shoots scheduled. Knights of Columbus will hold a shoot tonight and the Celestine Fire Department’s shoot is Friday, April 26.

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.

Post-prom

The Northeast Dubois High School prom and post prom will be held Saturday, April 13.

Adopt-a-Highway

The Celestine Park would like to invite everyone to their Adopt-A-Hwy cleanup this Sunday, April 14.  If you can help, please meet at the park at 10:30 a.m. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. This is a great community service project and the more volunteers we have, the more roads we can clean!  Hope to see you there!

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.

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 your location on the map.

St. Isidore yard sale

The St. Isidore Youth Ministry is sponsoring a yard sale in conjunction with the Celestine town-wide yard sales on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and April 27. Donations can be dropped off at the Celestine Rectory garage from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25. We will not accept any clothing. Youth help is needed for set up between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, and between 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27.

Celestine Community Club

The Celestine Community Club invites the public to come see their progress as they put forth effort and finances to update and remodel their building. 

The officers — Allen Luebbehusen, president; Wade Lueken, vice president; Ryan Hasenour, treasurer; Donnie Lueken, secretary; and Adam Brosmer, director-at-large — presented a plan to the members to update and enlarge the club entrance, brighten up the interior and restrooms and, if possible, reconfigure the kitchen. The members voted to begin the construction in January and by the middle of March the entrance update was complete with a new, larger foyer providing an area for people to gather and greet each other and to offer an area out of the elements.

Work has moved to the interior. The cool gray tones used in the outside stone masonry continues into the building’s interior. Work will continue on the floor, refreshment area and restrooms. Photographs showing the updates and continued construction can be viewed on the Celestine Community Club’s Facebook page.

The most important factor in the success of the club continues to be the involvement of its members. Members step forward and take leadership roles as officers, conduct annual 14-week shooting matches in the fall, shoots in the spring benefiting civic groups and operate a venue for weddings, dances and community functions. Head cook Holly Epple and her kitchen helpers continue to offer foods from the club’s kitchen.

Materials and labor are costly. An appeal for financial support was sent out in January to all 435 members, associate members and lifetime members. A number of members and businesses responded. The officers have investigated in obtaining money from the Dubois County Community Foundation. A Community Improvement Grant is available and would be a significant asset to the project. In order to secure the grant, an involvement of 75 percent of club members making a donation, large or small, must be seen for the project.

April is Appeal Month. Members can mail donations to the Celestine Community Club at P.O. Box 321, Celestine IN 47521. The deadline is May 1.

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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