Our Town: Celestine

By KATHY BACHMAN
|Herald Correspondent

St. Isidore Parish office continues to 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. The message will be checked regularly.

Fr. Jeff will say a live streaming Mass everyday day around the usual time. He is doing private Mass inside his rectory, praying for all and for the specific Mass intention of the day. The only exception will be Saturday’s Mass. He will be saying Saturday Mass in the morning for the Mass intention; it will not be live streamed. 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 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.

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 live stream weekend Mass at 9 a.m. on Sunday via Facebook at www.facebook.com/saintisidoreparish/. Videos of past Mases are available on the Facebook app by searching for St. Isidore Catholic Parish. Some Masses may also be posted to the parishes YouTube page after the fact at www.youtube.com/channel/UCfoKfvuITvhvS83XaZsK_KQ. All weekend Masses are posted on the parish website at http://www.saintisidoreparish.com.

For those with a poor internet connection, there is a phone dial-in option for the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass livestream. This will change weekly, but for May 3 dial 1-888-958-7272 to connect and then input the access code 486653216. You will be able to listen to the St. Isidore Mass.

The parish will continue to have bulletins at both church entrances with holy water bottles available to parishioners.      

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is resuming at St. Raphael and St. Celestine Catholic churches. Remember to keep distancing regulations.

• St. Raphael: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

• St. Celestine: 4-11 p.m. Fridays.

First Holy Communion

St. Isidore Parish has postponed First Holy Communion until 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. They First Reconciliation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The Church location will be announced later.

D of I Jasper Circle 140

Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle 140 have decided to cancel the  Mother’s Day dinner planned for May 11 because of the coronavirus situation. It will not be rescheduled.

The Circle would like to remember deceased members from the past year and offer its sympathy to the family and friends of these faithful members. Members remembered are Tillie Burger, Doris Gutzweiler, Margaret Steffen, Aline Brescher, Pat Braun, Dorothy Schnaus, Mary Catherine Mehringer, Bridget Dwyer, Liseta Buechler, Louise Schitter, Dolores Bauer, Diane S. Hasenour, Marie Denu and Beulah Gramelspacher. May they rest in peace.

The Circle is planning to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8, for its monthly meeting in Room 301 in the St. Joseph Parish Center.

Knights of Columbus

Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council has been conducting the officer and business meetings via phone conference calls at 7:15 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays.

Everyone is asked to check their mail or contact one of the council officers for directions on how to attend. Contact persons are Robert Rasche grand knight; Jeremy Mundy, deputy grand knight; and Tony Buechler, treasurer.

K of C Family of the Month

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus has selected the Ian and Audrey Denu family as Family of the Month for May to thank them for their service to the parish and local community.

Youth Ministry

•Catholic Heart Work Camp has been canceled for 2020.  The ministry office is working on a local program for all high school youth for June 21 through 26. More details will be given soon.

• Rock Your Faith for grades six through eight is planned for June 7 through 10. As of now it is still on, but the parish will keep everyone posted. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 7.

Vacation Bible school

St. Isidore Parish Vacation Bible school organizers have decided to postpone the  vacation Bible school scheduled for June 15 through 18.

A one-day VBS will be held before school starts. Plans are to give a two-week notice of the date. They will end the day with a family dinner and Mass. Further information will be included with the religious education registration packets that will be mailed in May. Join the religious education remind system to get updates — 81010 Message Line: @kc79 Cassie Beyke and Glenda Reckelhoff.

Nursing home residents

Many St. Isidore Parish residents living in nursing homes would enjoy getting a card or letter to let them know you are thinking about them and wonder how they are doing during the lockdown of their nursing home.

Residents living from the Celestine and Dubois areas are:

• Brookside Village, 1111 Church Avenue, Jasper, IN 47546: Leonard Heeke, Paul Striegel and Willie Stemle.

• Legacy Living, 1850 IN-56, Jasper, IN 47546: Art Kempf.

• Scenic Hills at the Monetary, 710 Sunrise Drive, Ferdinand, IN 47532: Ardella Pieper.

• Good Samaritan Nursing Home, 2515 Newton St., Jasper IN 47546: Vera Eckert and Jane Schroeder.

Remember those who are at home also could use a greeting card or letter.

Please contact Kathy Bachman at kabachman@twc.com to add a name to this list. Please include the nursing home in which the person is living.

Rectory improvements

Beginning last year there were a number of improvements made in the St. Celestine Catholic Church rectory. Improvements include kitchen remodeling, new flooring, plaster work in the living room with new paint in the dining room.

Thanks were extended to those who contributed to the work. They were and Clarence Reckelhoff, Robin Knies, Eddie and Glenda Reckelhoff and Kent and Kristy Buechler.

The parish also would like to thank the family of Bernadine and Lawrence Metz, whose generous donation was able to make this possible. Their family members mentioned that because of their closeness to many of the pastors here, Bernie and Lawrence Metz would have been much honored to help in this way.

Student Congress

The University of Evansville Department of Law, Politics and Society recently congratulated Hannah Wehr on being named Student Congress Member of the Year at the 2020 Leadership Awards. She is a senior sociology major and daughter of Paula and Leon Weh

Lady Jeep basketball

During this novel virus, Northeast Dubois Lady Jeeps Basketball Coach Andy Chinn created a novel way for the Lady Jeep Basketball Program participants to stay sharp during this isolation when sport camps cannot meet.

Coach Chinn has created the Lady Jeeps Basketball Shooting Club. The Lady Jeep Basketball Shooting Club is a program designed to improve shooting skills and challenge players during the offseason.  The Shooting Club is open to all girls in grades one through 12 in the Northeast School District during the 2020-21 school year. If interested in signing up, send an email to Coach Chinn at jchinn@nedubois.k12.in.us, and students will be sent a spreadsheet to track their shooting progress. Parents and guardians do not have to watch, but can help verify that their athlete did the work. Attempt shots in driveways, in the park, anywhere there is a basket.

There are rewards. Participants in grades one through four taking 1,000 shots will receive a T-shirt. Participants in grades five through eight, taking 2,000 shots, will receive a T-shirt. Grades nine through 12, taking 5,000 shots, receive a T-shirt.

Those in the 10K Shot Club will receive a 10,000 Shot Club long sleeve T-shirt and have their name on a plague that hangs in the varsity locker room.

The club, which started Tuesday, will run through Aug. 1. Contact Coach Chinn if there are any questions.

Uebelhor & Sons is the program sponsor.

Jeeps boys basketball

Northeast Dubois High School Jeeps Basketball Coach Terry Friedman recently announced via Facebook the 2020 season basketball awards during a virtual basketball banquet. To watch the broadcast and hear Coach Friedman’s complete awards show, go to Northeast Dubois Jeeps Boys Basketball Facebook page.

The 2019-20 team was the winner of the Springs Valley sectional before the tournament was cancelled.

Being named specific award winners were:

Nick Lueken, assist and free throw percentage awards; Reece Bauer, rebounding, leading scorer award and most valuable player awards; Nick Lueken and Ethan Ziegler, defensive co-award; Logan Mehringer, sixth-man award; Colby Pieper, field goal percentage and outstanding freshman/sophomore awards; Ty Riecker, Jeeps Play 32 award; Ethan Ziegler, Charlie Skaggs Mental Attitude Award; Peyton Betz, junior varsity free throw percentage award; Bryce Merkel, junior varsity defensive award; and Gaige Schepers, junior varisty rebounding award.

Coach Friedman spoke of the freshman team that had 10 players come out this year for the team and thus was able to schedule some freshman games this year and allow some players to play some on the junior varsity team.

The Mike Bair Outstanding Senior Athlete is typically given out at senior awards, so it was not announced at the virtual basketball banquet.

The seniors on the team were Eli Schott, Reece Bauer and Ethan Ziegler. Coach Friedman congratulated the 2020 Jeep team for their hard work and success.

Submitted items

Items for this column may be mailed to Kathy Bachman at 808 Eisenhower Ave., Jasper IN 47546; called to 812-482-2074; or emailed to kabachman@twc.com. Items need to be received by Wednesday night to be included in Friday’s column.                                                                                                                      




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