Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

A children’s Christmas Eve Mass will start at 4 p.m. at St. Celestine Church. A children’s play begins at 3:30 p.m. Another Mass will be celebrated at 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve Mass will be at 5:30 p.m.

A children’s Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. at St. Raphael Church. Children will be singing and putting on a play at 5 p.m. Christmas Mass Day will start at 9 a.m. Mass of Holy Innocents will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.New Year’s Mass is at 9 a.m.

Advent Confessions

Deanery: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. 

St. Joseph Catholic Church (Jasper): Noon, Wednesday, Dec. 18.

St. Isidore Parish (in addition to our usual confession times before weekend Masses): St. Raphael — 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19; St. Celestine — 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

St. Isidore (student opportunities): St. Celestine (grades 7 through 12), 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

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. Chicken and tenderloin dinners will be available. 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.

Free Play Days: 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26; 1-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27; and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30.

Puzzle Palooza I: 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. Call the library or visit our Facebook page to learn more about this. Preregister by Dec. 26.

End of the Month Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30.

Celestine Park reminders

Celestine Park Clubhouse rental: The Celestine Park is available to the public to rent (you do not need to be a member). The rental fee is $60 for reservations made after Jan. 1. Rental includes the use of the clubhouse, shelterhouse and playground for the day. If you have already made a reservation or make a reservation prior to Jan. 1, the $50 rental fee will be honored. Reservations may be made by calling Chris or Kelly at 812-482-2282.

Recycle aluminum cans: The Celestine Park would like to remind everyone that we continue to accept and recycle aluminum cans. Cans may be dropped off 24/7 in the can trailer behind the storage shed. Can pick up is available by contacting any park member. Money collected from recycling the cans is used to fund scholarships for four local students each year.

Priest addresses

It is that time of year where lots of Christmas cheer is in the air and cards are being sent. If you would like to send a card to any of our former pastors, native son or retired priests, their addresses are:

Fr. Eugene Schmitt, 1029 Kundek St., Jasper IN 47546.

Fr. Ron Kreilein, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 547 Elm St., Rockport IN 47635.

Fr. John Brosmer, St. Boniface Parish, 1626 Glendale Ave., Evansville IN 47712.

Fr. Mike Allen, 4030 Manor Drive, Apt. 810, Jasper IN 47546.

Fr. John Boeglin, 950 E. Church Ave., Jasper IN  47546.

Fr. Donald Ackerman, 310 W. Fourth St., Jasper IN  47546.

Fr. Tim Tenbarge, 4113 E. State Road 164, Jasper IN 47546.

Fr. Tom Kessler, 625 Frame Road, Newburgh IN 47630.

Fr. Tony Ernst, St. Francis Xavier, 100 S. Third St., Vincennes IN 47591.

Streetfest meeting

A Streetfest 2020 planning meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, in the Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill basement. Streetfest 2020 will be held Saturday, June 27.

Someone from all areas of the fest should attend to give a brief report on their plans and needs for the 2020 event. If you want to get involved with helping plan the fest for 2020, this would be a great meeting to attend and step up to help keep this amazing fest going.

This will be the last meeting of 2019, with monthly meetings to resume in January.

Items on the agenda include event goal setting and brainstorming, schedule review and brainstorming, entertainment discussion, new event ideas and brainstorming, chairperson and committee reports, openings for new committees and open call for new ideas and suggestions.

Youth Ministry

Grades seven and eight: Youth group meetings for junior high students will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at St. Celestine.

Grades nine through 12: Youth group Meetings for high school students will be held the second Wednesday of the month at the St. Celestine Campus, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Catholic Heart Work Camp will be June 21 through 26 in Nashville, Tennessee. The first 20 to sign up and pay will have a spot held. They will then start a waiting list. Scholarships are available.

Catholic Basketball League

A Catholic Basketball League is looking for additional teams of interested players to play five-on-five. Games are played on Thursday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph in Jasper. Games will run January through April. Players must be age 18 or older to play. If interested, email Francis at jasperchristianevents@gmail.com or call 765-507-9194 .

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.

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.

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.

Northeast Dubois Corp.

Dec. 22-Jan. 2: Winter break, no school.

Jan. 3: School in session for Nov. 12 snow day.

Submitted items

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