Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

A message from Father Jeff Read: Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter! I hope you are doing well. I miss all of you.

One thing that is difficult about all this is you can’t plan anything; everything is up in the air. So of course at this time there is no knowledge of when we might be able to return to having public Mass. Although I am limited in what I can do to administer the sacraments, it is however exciting to imagine what good the Lord could bring out of all this.

In terms of living the Catholic Faith, you might have a feeling of sink or swim. I know that I have felt a call to be renewed and strengthened in my own priesthood: preaching to a camera and no one else is taking a bit to get used to. Yeah, the first time was especially awkward.

I know that families are being tested and formed in new ways. Most families have time to eat dinner together now; no meetings or sports. Of course, we can’t forget about the time we have on Sunday morning. Are you able to pray together as a family? Maybe you’ve been reading scripture together; perhaps the Sunday readings? Praying a rosary together as a family is incredibly powerful. And let’s not forget we are live streaming Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. on Sundays and regular times through the week. It is also uploaded to the website afterwards, too, on Sundays.

What else could the Lord bring out of this? More than we can imagine. When we return to Mass I believe there will be great joy and a new love and appreciation for the Eucharist. Let us continue to pray and form our children and families in the Faith while being grateful for our Lord’s presence among us. In Christ, Fr. Jeff Read

St. Isidore Parish 

Everything you need to know (as of Monday, April 3).

For the Holy Week Services, please keep in mind the time of the Mass listed will be live on Facebook. The Mass will be on the parish website one hour later. If you do not have internet, keep in mind EWTN Masses are also on television — channel 370 on Direct TV and channel 261 on Dish Network.

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.

The church is still open, just please spread out within and use sanitizers when arriving and leaving.

Weekday Mass: Fr. Jeff 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.

Daily readings: Daily readings are available at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/ and https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/dailyreadings.

Eucharistic Adoration: Canceled for the time being. The parish will continue to have bulletins at both church entrances with Holy Water bottles available to parishioners.

Weekly giving: Fr. Jeff has had a lot of questions from people asking what they might do for Sunday giving. “To be honest I haven’t thought about it much; I’ve seen your generosity and the parish is in a good position. I also realize that you might not be in a good position because of this. But of course if you want to continue your weekly giving we would be most grateful,” he says.

To continue giving, parishioners can:

Mail an offering to P.O. Box 1, Celestine, IN 47521

Visit a link created on the diocese website (evdio.org) and click the tab “Sunday Collection Giving.” Follow the instructions to make a donation to St. Isidore Parish. Remember this isn’t CPC or capital campaign. It is something new the diocese created to allow parishioners to make a weekly donation.

Parishioners make masks

St. Isidore parishioners have stepped up and sewed face masks for those needing them.

Glenda Reckelhoff, parish resource manager/PCL, had this to say: “I am very humbled by the amazing people that have given us material, elastic, cut material, and those that used their wisdom to find elastic and picked it up. Thank you to these caring souls that helped us in protecting our health care workers, nursing home residents and people needing mask to keep safe to serve our communities in our time of need.” 

A special thanks to Vaal’s Department Store, Debra Wickman and those cleaning out their closets for all that elastic — at least 250 yards!

A heart felt thank you to Fisher Home Appliance Repair. Three sewing machines went down and he fixed them in record time and at no charge. 

“To all those who supplied us with cut material and material in the box at church, we used every block cut,” Glenda said, adding that 14 amazing people who sewed and sewed and sewed. “You all are just awesome people who have used your God-given talents the past few weeks!” 

After the needs of those who asked for masks is satisfied, excess masks will be put at the main entrances to church and a procedure put in place so others needing masks have access to them. If you need a mask now, please call Glenda Reckelhoff. 

Many of the masks went to Memorial Hospital Rehab Department and American Senior Communities/The Timbers. Thank you expressions were received informing the parish that these facilities feels very appreciative and much protected because of them. 

Campground closed

The Celestine Community Club has issued a statement that the campgrounds at the club will temporarily close in accordance with executive order 20-18 issued by Governor Eric Holcomb directing all camping facilities to close April 7.

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