Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Sweepstakes tickets are available at the church main entrances. Proceeds go to the religious education program. Tickets remain for the drawings in December, January and February. Clyde Melton of Celestine was the winner for November.

St. Isidore schedule

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.

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.   

Cookie walk, tree lighting

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

A new event — Candy Cane Chase — will take place at 4:45 p.m. in downtown Celestine. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. and tree lighting will occur. 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.

The Grinch will be a part of Candy Cane Chase. 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. Help them find all the candy canes before he takes them. Ages 10 and younger are invited to participate and to meet the Grinch and take a photo. Special prizes of candy, in the form of candy canes, will be handed out.

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.

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.

Feast of the Holy Family

Nativity displays will be arranged around the St. Celestine Dining Hall on Sunday, Dec. 29, after the 8 a.m. Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family.

Everyone is invited for doughnuts, coffee and fellowship while viewing different nativity scenes. If you have a nativity scene to share for the display, contact Connie Matheis or have the scene to her by Dec. 20.

Christmas programs

All programs are held at the Dubois Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.

Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Dubois Elementary School; doors open at 6 p.m. Rehearsal is at 9 a.m.

Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.: Celestine Elementary School; doors open at 6 p.m. Reheasal is at 9 a.m.

Dec. 10: Preschool, 3-year-old class at 6:30 p.m., 4-year-old class at 7:15 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.; students arrive by 6:15 p.m.

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