Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Beginning Tuesday, May 5, the St. Isidore Parish Office, 6860 State Road 164, Celestine, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 


Many of you know Governor Eric Holcomb announced last week that churches can begin worship services this weekend, however, that’s not quite the case for the Diocese of Evansville. The bishop and others are devising a plan on how to reopen and what it will look like. You can find his letter on the St. Isidore website. St. Isidore will keep you updated with new information.

Until that plan is in place, 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 at https://www.facebook.com/saintisidoreparish/. Videos of past Masses can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/saintisidoreparish/videos/?ref=page_internal. The YouTube version of weekend Mass will be posted on our website at http://www.saintisidoreparish.com. 

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

Please watch the website for any further information.

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

Father will be in church on the weekend during the time when we would normally be having Mass. He will be available for conversation or individual prayer and will practice distancing.

Monte Cassino Pilgrimage

St. Meinrad Archabbey’s pilgrimages to honor the Blessed Mother at Monte Cassino Shrine, typically held each Sunday in May, have been canceled. Instead, each week during May, a different monk will post a video of his Marian talk. Videos can be found at www.saintmeinrad.org/live.

Eucharistic Adoration

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

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

St. Celestine: 4-11 p.m. Fridays.

Parish handbook

St. Isidore is preparing to update the parish handbook.  If your telephone number, address or marital status has changed since the 2018 handbook, please submit your new information — if you have not already — by Monday, June 1 by:

Texting: 812-639-3736.

Emailing: agessner@evdio.org.

Calling: Parish office at 812-634-1875.

Anyone texting or emailing is asked to include their first and last name as well as the information that needs to be updated.

Rosary Trail

The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28 on the Rosary Trail at the St. Raphael Campus. All are welcome to join. Remember to keep distancing regulations. Anyone feeling ill is asked to stay home.

Parish award recipients

Maria Goretti Youth Distinction Award recipients from St. Isidore Parish are Emily Merkley and Adrienne Betz.

Mother’s Day barbecue

The Celestine Park welcomes back its ever-popular Mother’s Day barbecue with a new chefs and menu. We all know mom has done her fair share of cooking the past several weeks. Let’s thank and treat her with barbecued or fried chicken dinners.

Dinners will be sold from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until sold out) Sunday, May 10, at the Celestine Park.  Dinners are take out only. All dinners are $10 and includes choice of one half barbecued or fried chicken with German fries and green beans. The Celestine Park grilling crew and Happy Hour Sports Bar and Grill are preparing the meals. Proceeds will benefit the Celestine Park. 

Jeep Run

Celestine Park is having a Jeep Run on Sunday, May 31, beginning with registration at 10:30 a.m. at the park. Vehicles will head out at noon. There will be several stops to draw chips for prizes. The event is not limited to Jeeps; every type of vehicle is welcome.

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