Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

We, the officers of the Celestine Community Club, would like to thank all of you for your patience with all of the crazy events going on in our world and how it relates to us at the club. As you know, we already canceled two of the spring shooting matches and now, in order to do our part to keep this from spreading, we will have to cancel the remaining two matches — Knights of Columbus on April 3 and fireman’s on April 17.

We know there are so many of you that just love to support the club and the Celestine community as a whole and we appreciate that very much!

But due to so many uncertainties, we cannot promise you that we will make these matches up. But we can promise you that we will absolutely give it our best shot.

Thanks to all of you supporters out there and please be safe and cautious and hope to see all of you very soon. Thanks again.

Spring raffle change

The spring shoot raffle drawing will be held at the first fall shoot on Aug. 26.  The Celestine Community Club appreciates everyone’s understanding of the delay and hopes to see everyone at the fall shoots.

Holy Week, Easter Sunday

All parishioners of St. Isidore will not yet be in the church for Holy Week and Easter. The services and Masses will be offered in private and available to view live through Facebook. Masses will be uploaded to the website to open and view after being held live on Facebook. 

Mass times are:

Holy Thursday, April 9: 6:30 p.m.

Good Friday, April 10: 6 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 11:  9 p.m. (No baptisms or entries into the church; both will be rescheduled.)

Easter Sunday, April 12: 9 a.m.

Mass change

Plans still need to be made during the coronavirus. Starting Saturday, April 18, Saturday evening Mass for St. Isidore Parish will take place at St. Celestine until Saturday, Oct. 10.

First Holy Communion

It is with a heavy heart that St. Isidore Parish feels it is best to cancel First Communion on May 2 and 3. Parents will be contacted by email with more details. First Reconciliation will be rescheduled to an August date. First Holy Communion will be rescheduled to September for our communicants.

Family of the Month

The Good Shephard of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council has selected the Terry and Patty Englert family as Family of the Month for March to thank them for their service to the Parish and local community.

Update from Father Jeff Read

Everything you need to know (as of Monday, March 30).

Parish office: St. Isidore Parish office will be closed under the state mandate and office personnel will be taking care of their own families. Please do not hesitate to call if your have a need. Parishioners can contact the parish office at 812-634-1875 or email jread@evdio.org. Father will checking for messages. You can also contact Glenda Reckelhoff at 812-639-0379  or greckelhoff@evdio.org; Connie Matheis at 812-639-9552 or csmatheis@evdio.org; Ashley Gessner at 812-639-3736 or agessner@evdio.org; or  Cheryl Seger at 812-639-2646 or cseger@evdio.org.

Weekday Mass: Fr. Jeff will say a private streaming Mass everyday day around the usual time. He will be in each of the churches during the normal Mass times: 4:30 p.m., St. Raphael; 8 a.m., St. Celestine; and 10 a.m., St. Raphael.

Fr. Jeff will be available for conversation or individual prayer and will practice distancing. 

Confession: Confession times will remain the same except for one change: Saturday confessions will be from 4:30 p.m. until at least 5 p.m.

Confession at St. Celestine will be in the northeast corner of the church. Confession at St. Raphael will be near the St. Raphael statue in the southwest corner of the church. At the beginning of each confession time, Fr. Jeff will do drive-thru  confessions in the parking lot for those wanting to stay in their vehicles. Other confession times are 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Celestine; 7:30-8 a.m. Wednesday at St. Raphael; 7:30-8 p.m. Friday at St. Celestine; 4:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Raphael; 7:30-8 a.m. Sunday at St. Celestine; 9:30-10 a.m. at St. Raphel; or anytime by appointment.

If you don’t feel comfortable coming into the church or leaving the house, Fr. Jeff will do whatever you are comfortable with, including talking or hearing a confession outside or standing on your front porch talking through the screen door.

Sunday Mass: All public Masses have been canceled. Please call any family members who could be out of the loop and let them know.

Fr. Jeff will be live streaming weekend Mass at 9 a.m. on Sunday via Facebook. He also will be live streaming daily Mass at the usual weekday Mass time. He is doing private Mass inside his rectory, praying for all and for the specific Mass intention of the day.

To find Masses on the Facebook app, search for St. Isidore Catholic Parish

Some Masses may also be posted to the parish’s YouTube page after the fact.

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