Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

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

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.

Saturday, Dec. 28: 8 a.m., Mass of the 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.

K of C Christmas party

Knights of Columbus is planning a Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill basement. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

Shoot results

The Celestine Community Club released results from the Thanksgiving Eve shoot on Nov. 27. They always say the Thanksgiving Eve shoot is big. How big, you ask?

The Celestine Community Club had 118 full rounds, plus 11 spots filled and two more rounds not completely filled. The club handed out 49 choices of beef and 70 choices of pork for a total of 119 choices. Shooting began at 8 p.m. and the results were announced at 7:41 a.m. Winner of the all-terrain vehicle giveaway was Jeff Moore.

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. and offer 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.

Dubois Branch Library

Library closed: Dec. 24-25 for Christmas and Dec. 31-Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

Keurig’s Korner: After school until 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For middle and high school students. No Keurig’s Korner on Dec. 24 or 31.

Tech help: 10 a.m.-noon Fridays. No help on Dec. 20.   

Little Explorers: 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. For infants through age 6 and their caregivers. Preregistration required.

First Saturday book sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Books, audio books and DVDs available.

Adult Craft: Festive Wine Bottles, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. Repurpose old wine bottles into lighted holiday decor. Reserved for adults only. Preregistration required.

Genealogy Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Genealogy Room.

Elementary and Family Creativity Time: Fingerprint Keepsake Plate, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, and 2:45-3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. All ages welcome. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required; sign up for one class only.

K of C Family of the Month

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus has selected the Tom and Bernadette Heeke Family as Family of the Month for December to thank them for their service to the parish and the local community.

Trivia Night

Trivia Night is planned for Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Celestine Community Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Contact Connie Matheis at 812-634-1875 to register a team of eight. Cost is $15 per person or $120 per table. All proceeds benefit the youth of the parish. A cash bar and snacks will be available. Come out for a fun night of trivia and fellowship.

Distinguished Service Award

The Celestine Park Inc. will host the 28th annual Distinguished Service Award at a brunch at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, in the Celestine Dining Hall following Mass. The Celestine Park Inc. would like to recognize individuals who are nominated by the community who have shown great commitment, pride and dedication.

To nominate a Celestine resident, please fill out a form and mail to Celestine Park, Inc., Attn: DSA Chairman, P.O. Box 211, Celestine IN 47521. Forms are available at church entrances.  All nomination forms must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 14.

Past winners include Leonard Heeke, Loretta Humbert, Don Sander, Ottie Betz, Ron Sander, Barney Heldman, Ed Senninger, Mike Klem, Margaret Buechler, Art Kempf, Glenda Reckelhoff, Melvin Betz, Ed Betz, Martha Goepfritch, Pat Hasenour, Clarence Buechler, Jim Sander, Jim Steffe, Joel Johnson, Emil Schroering, Jim Hohler Family, Kenneth Schnell, Bob Schepers, Mary Ann Rasche, Allen Thewes, Clarence Reckelhoff, Joan Steffe and Tom Heeke.

St. Isidore Parish mission

Ken Yasinski has been speaking full time for 20 years within the Catholic Church. He is the founder of Face to Face Ministries, a Lighthouse Catholic Media Speaker, author and songwriter. At the core of every message, he challenges people to realize their full potential in life — to be a saint.

Yasinski grew up in a strong Catholic home in St. Walburg, Saskatchewan, Canada, then moved to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan. It was there, at the age of 19, that he had a renewal of his Catholic faith and his desire to share Christ grew. After obtaining a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a three-year certificate in religious studies, he was hired as a youth minister for six different parishes in the diocese of Prince Albert. After two years of starting up these programs, calls began to flood in requesting him to speak and lead various events. By 2002 he was on the road every second weekend speaking and leading people in worship before the blessed sacrament through musical Eucharistic adoration.

The mission is planned for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at St. Raphael and at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Celestine Catholic Church.

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