Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Streetfest 2019 is slated as a fundraising celebration of the small community of Celestine on Saturday, June 29.

The one-day event will be held on the grounds of St. Celestine Catholic Church, with the gorgeous scenery of the rolling hills of Celestine on full display. Streetfest 2019 is free to attend; parking and beer garden access also are free. It is an all-ages friendly event with fun for the whole family.

Saturday’s activities begin with a Super 5K race (4 miles), a tractor show and a car show in Celestine Park. Bungee trampoline rides along with kids’ games, races, tractor pull and inflatables get started at 10 a.m. Midday activities include the inaugural free scavenger hunt, a sheephead card game tourney and a performance by the Dubois County Country Cloggers.

The sandwich stand will open at 10 a.m. and the German beer garden opens at noon. The midafternoon features the WBDC Cornhole Tournament of Champions. Catholic Mass will be held in St. Celestine Church at 4 p.m. with St. Isidore Parish’s new pastor, Father Jeff Read, presiding.

Based on the popularity of the homemade foods available at the previous years’ Streetfests, fried chicken, barbecued ribs, pork chops, hamburgers, bratwursts and turkey tenders will continue to draw large crowds to the food stands. To make the meal complete, all types of fresh made sweets and desserts will be sold by local community organizations. The area’s strong German heritage always shows itself through packed attendance at a beloved beer garden through the 1 a.m. closing time.

The “rain or shine” fest is set to be staged on paved parking lots at St. Celestine Church along with other events located at the Celestine Park, and the grounds around the church. Huge tents and many tables and chairs will accommodate several thousand guests. Plentiful parking is available in the fields and streets around Celestine with the parking at the top of the west side of St. Celestine designated for handicapped parking. There is also a drop-off spot at the top of the west side of the church hill.

The fun continues in the evening with the inaugural Good Time Games competition at 5 p.m. A mechanical bull begins at 6 p.m. and the bungee trampoline jumper rides continue into the evening. 

Streetfest 2019’s music entertainment is the nationally touring John Mellencamp tribute act MellenCougar who are based outside of Chicago. The shared experiences described in John Mellencamp’s lyrics bring the audience and band together while singing songs about youthful lust in songs like “Hurt So Good”, “Ain’t Even Done With The Night” and “I Need A Lover.”  In songs such as “Check It Out”, “Small Town” and “Jack and Diane,” you are reminded of what is truly important in life and how to recognize it. As the fiddle cries and the bass drum hits, patriotic songs like “Rock in the U.S.A.,” “Rain on The Scarecrow” and “Pink Houses” drive you to dance as you raise your glass to toast the greatest country on earth, the United States of America. Beyond their set of Mellencamp hits, MellenCougar also will play a set of 70’s and 80’s rock classics. MellenCougar has shared the stage with Eddie Money, Blake Shelton, the Spin Doctors, Styx, Night Ranger, Jamey Johnson, and many other national acts.

MellenCougar will perform from 7 to 10:30 p.m. They will be followed by dancing fun with music provided by Boogie Tunes.

St. Isidore Parish

The schedule from June 29 to July 7 is:

Saturday June 29: all day, Celestine Streetfest, St. Celestine church grounds; 3:30 p.m., Reconciliation, St. Celestine; and 4 p.m., Mass, St. Celestine.

Sunday, June 30: 7 a.m., Reconciliation, St. Celestine; 8 a.m., Mass, St. Celestine; and 10 a.m., Mass, St. Raphael.

Monday, July 1: Religious education and vacation Bible school registrations due.

Tuesday, July 2: 6 p.m., Reconciliation, St. Celestine; 6:30 p.m., Mass, St. Celestine; and 7 p.m.,  Knights of Columbus officer meeting, St. Celestine.

Wednesday, July 3:  6:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Adoration, St. Raphael; 7:30 a.m., Reconciliation, St. Raphael; 8 a.m., Mass, St. Raphael; 6 p.m., rosary, Rosary Train, St. Raphael; 7 p.m., Bible study, St. Michael Room, St. Celestine; and 7 p.m., youth choir, St. Celestine.

Thursday, July 4: Parish office closed; and 8 a.m., Mass, St. Raphael.

Friday, July 5: 7:30 a.m., Reconciliation, St. Celestine; 8 a.m., Mass, St. Celestine; 8:30 a.m., fellowship breakfast, Happy Hour Bar and Grill; and 9:30 a.m., game day, St. Celestine.

Saturday, July 6: 3:30 p.m., Reconciliation, St. Celestine; and 4:30 p.m., Mass, St. Celestine.

Sunday, July 7: 7 a.m., Reconciliation, St. Celestine; 8 a.m., Mass, St. Celestine; 8:30 a.m., fellowship breakfast, St. Celestine Dining Hall; and 10 a.m., Mass, St. Raphael.

Bus trip sign-up

The Celestine Group presents a Nashville show trip for three days and two nights via Diamond Tours Motor Coach for a girls only trip on Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 2 to 4. Cost of the trip is $390, based on double occupancy. Contact Denise Hohler at 812-630-0752 by Friday, July 5, for additional information or to make reservations.

The video- and restroom-equipped motorcoach will depart St. Celestine Church at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, for Nashville, Tennessee. The trip includes motorcoach transportation with two nights lodging, four meals, two breakfasts and two dinners; guided tour of Nashville including the Parthenon; admission to the Grand Ole Opry behind the scenes tour; a visit to Opry Mills for a “shoppertainment”; two shows (the Grand Ole Opry) Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater); ride on the Delta Flatboats inside the Opryland Hotel and much more. The amount of $75 is due upon signing. Final payment is due Sept. 25.

Family of the month

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council has nominated the Keith and Kathy Freyberger as the family of the month for July. They thank them for their service to the parish and the local community.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be held between 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 22 to 25, at the St. Celestine Campus. The theme is “Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.”

All registration forms are due to the parish office by Monday, July 1. Any forms turned in after this date are to add the $20 late fee.

Religious education

Registration forms for the 2019-20 school year have been mailed. Extra copies can be found at the main church entrances, as well as, on the website.

Some times and locations have changed:

Sept. 29-April 5: Preschool for children ages 3-5 — Sunday mornings during 8 a.m. Mass at St. Celestine and Sunday mornings during 10 a.m. Mass at St. Raphael.

Aug. 20-May 5: Celestine Elementary School students grades kindergarten through four, Tuesday release time, St. Celestine campus.

Aug. 21-May 6: Dubois Elementary School students grades kindergarten through four, Wednesday release time, St. Raphael Campus.

Aug. 23-May 9: Dubois Middle School, grades five and six, Wednesday evening classes, St. Celestine Campus.

Aug. 28-March 18: 7-8:15 p.m. for St. Isidore students in grades seven through 12, Wednesday evening classes, St. Celestine Campus.

K of C notices

The Knights of Columbus officers’ meeting will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in the St. Celestine Catholic Church Dining Hall.

The regular business meeting will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the Happy Hour lower level.

Any Catholic gentleman interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming a K of C member is welcome to come at 7 p.m. prior to the meeting or contact Ted Schnackertz at 812-389-2529 or email council13623@indianakofc.org.

First Friday

Everyone is welcome to join together for some fellowship and food after the First Friday Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Celestine. The buffet breakfast will be served at Happy Hour Bar and Grill followed by game day at St. Celestine Dining Hall.

Fellowship breakfast

All are invited to attend a fellowship breakfast on Sunday, July 7, after the 8 a.m. Mass at the St. Celestine Dining Hall. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, German potatoes, biscuits with gravy and fruit salad will be served. The breakfast is sponsored by the Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus. A freewill offering will be taken to help purchase sonogram machines to deter abortions.

Pastor installed

Bishop Joseph Siegel will preside at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Celestine Catholic Church. Father Jeff Read will be installed as pastor of St. Celestine Parish. A welcome reception will follow Mass in the Celestine Dining Hall.

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