Our Town: Celestine


Herald Correspondent

The public is invited to view Christmas decorations and special Christmas trees at the Dubois County Museum now until Jan. 5. New this year, 15 Dubois County communities were asked to decorate a special Christmas tree for their community. These trees are on display in Room 3.

The Celestine tree was decorated by the Art Kempf family and is a Giving Tree adorned with a large collection of stuffed animals. These animals will be given to the Pediatric Unit of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

The tree from Dubois was decorated by the Kim Butler family and Glenda Reckelhoff. This tree pays tribute to the Jeeps and is aglow with bright lights and blue, white and silvery gray ornaments.

The Schnellville tree features a tree topper that reminds you of the famous Schnellville hangout, the Brown Derby. Come see the glimpses of life in Schnellville by the ornaments used and check out the unusual tree skirt. This tree was coordinated by Larry and Connie Betz, Mary Jane Fischer, Mary Verkamp and Mary Knust.

Other communities are Birdseye, Ferdinand, Duff, Portersville, Jasper, Zoar, Holland, Huntingburg, Ireland, Haysville (coordinated by Vicky and Marvin Eisenhut), St. Anthony/St. Marks, St. Henry/Johnsburg — all communities that have a town mural at the museum.

Ladies night out

Ladies 21 and older are welcome to join the Dubois Ruritan Club for a Ladies Night Out fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Dubois Community Park Building. Admission is free. Participants will be able to shop from 25 different makers and vendors for all of their gift-giving and personal needs. Wine and appetizers will be available at reasonable prices, and there will be plenty of laughter and cheer to kick off the Holiday Season!

Quilt sweepstakes

Tickets for the quilt sweepstakes are available at the church’s main entrances. The sweepstakes benefits the religious education program. The first drawing will be held on Sunday, Nov. 24. Tickets will be for all four drawings: November, December, January and February.

Ecumenical service

The public is invited to an ecumenical service to celebrate Thanksgiving at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Dubois Crossroads.

No school, education classes

There will be no school in the Northeast Dubois School Corp. from Nov. 27 through 29 or religious education classes from Nov. 27 through 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

St. Isidore schedule

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28: 8 a.m., St. Raphael Catholic Church.

Sunday, Dec. 8: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is transferred to Monday, Dec. 9, and is not a holy day of obligation in 2019.

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24: 4 p.m., St. Celestine Catholic Church (children’s play begins at 3:30 p.m.); 5:30 p.m. at St. Raphael Church (children’s music and play begins at 5 p.m.; and 10 p.m., St. Celestine Church.

Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25: 9 a.m., St. Raphael Church.

Saturday, Dec. 28: 8 a.m., Mass of Holy Innocents, St, Raphael Church.

Tuesday, Dec. 31: 5:30 p.m., Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation), St. Celestine Church.

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020: 8 a.m., Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation), St. Raphael Church.   

End of shooting matches

The Celestine Community Club is reaching the end of its 14-week fall shooting match season with the biggest match of the year on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 27. As always, the kitchen will serve dinners and sandwiches beginning at 6 p.m. The closed match will begin at 8 p.m.

Offices closed for holiday

The St. Isidore Parish Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29.

Cookie walk, tree lighting

The public is invited to the cookie walk and Christmas tree lighting in Celestine on Sunday, Dec. 1. The cookie walk will take place from 8 a.m. to noon in the St. Isidore Parish Center. Christmas caroling will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in Celestine followed by tractor/wagon rides around town in conjunction with the Christmas tree lighting and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for the live Christmas music performances in downtown Celestine. Attendees are to meet by the Christmas tree.

A new event — Candy Cane Chase with the Grinch — will take place at 4:45 p.m. in downtown Celestine. Organizers say that the Grinch has discovered that Santa’s elves have hidden candy canes for the Christmas tree lighting and plans to swipe them all! Children up to age 10 may help the elves find all the candy canes before the Grinch takes them. Meet the Grinch and take a photo. Candy canes will be given as prizes.

Immediately following the tree lighting, refreshments will be served and a drawing will be held for a $100 gift card in the St. Isidore Parish Center.

Celebration Singers

The Celebration Singers will present a free, one-hour Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in St. Celestine Church following the town’s annual Christmas tree lighting. The public is invited to attend this heartwarming Christmas performance. Free-will offerings will be collected to help defray the non-profit choir’s expenses. The all-volunteer community choir includes singers and musicians from Dubois, Spencer, Pike and Martin counties. More information about the choir can be found at www.celebrationsingers.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ TheCelebrationSingers.

St. Anne’s Christmas dinner

St. Anne’s Sodality invites all St. Isidore ladies ages 13 and older to join in its annual Christmas Party.  This year, the party will be held on Monday, Dec. 2, at the Celestine Community Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. Please consider joining your fellow lady parishioners for a nice dinner. The cost for the meal is $5. There will also be a $5 gift exchange for those who would like to participate. Look for your letter in the mail.  RSVPs will needed by Monday, Nov. 25.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 8, in St. Celestine Fellowship Hall.

Dubois Branch Library

Library closed: Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.

End of the Month Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. Discussing, “A Peoples History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. 

D of I Christmas dinner

The Jasper Circle 140 Daughters of Isabella will host their Christmas dinner on Monday, Dec. 9, at St. Joseph Parish Center in Jasper.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with a dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the meal is $8 per member, $10 per guest. Reservations should be made by Nov. 25 to Vice Regent Kathy Schneider at 812-630-2616 or Financial Secretary Betty Mehringer at 812-482-3661. Dues for 2020 also may be paid at the dinner.

If interested in the Daughters of Isabella Jasper 140, contact Scribe Kathy Bachman.

Dine and dance

The Celestine Community Club will again welcome live music by the Studebaker Classic Rock Band for a year-ending dine and dance at the club on Saturday, Dec. 28. The club kitchen will open at 6 p.m. selling and serving chicken and tenderloin dinners. Music will begin at 8 p.m. and the band will play until midnight. Cost of the dance is a $5 cover charge.

Nativity displays

The inspiring Feast of the Holy Family celebration of Nativity displays returns after the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec, 29, in the St. Celestine Dining Hall. Everyone is invited for doughnuts, coffee and fellowship while allowing the public to view different Nativity scenes. If you have a Nativity scene to share in the display, please contact Connie Matheis or have scene to her by Friday, Dec. 20.

Homecoming court

Northeast Dubois High School has announced their homecoming court:

Freshmen: Aubrey Hostetter, Sara Livingston, Ty Kalb and Gaige Schepers.

Sophomores: Atalie Atkins, Riley Beckman, Ethan Danhafer and Evan Smith.

Juniors: Frida Hansson, Olivia Rasche, Davide Menghini and Matthew Qualkenbush.

Seniors: Adrienne Betz, Shelby Livingston, Haley Reckelhoff, Tanner Beckman, Colby Stafford and Ethan Ziegler.

Homecoming will be held Friday, Jan. 24.

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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