Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Father Read has announced that public liturgies will begin Tuesday, May 19, for the Diocese. Weekend in-person Masses for St. Isidore Parish will begin Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24. The parish’s in-person weekday Masses will begin on May 19. The weekday Mass schedule is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at St. Celestine Church,  8 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21, at St. Raphael Church and 8 a.m. Friday, May 22, at St. Celestine Church.

Those age 65 and older, and those of any age with underlying medical issues, are strongly encouraged to stay at home and participate in the livestream of the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days will continue until at least Saturday, Aug. 15.

Lay ministers 65 years of age and older will not serve until further notice.

Guidelines for in-person Masses include:

Pews will be marked with tape showing where not to sit for social distancing (every other pew). Seating will be very limited; less than 50% occupancy.

Immediate family members who live in the same home may sit together.

Keep 6 feet of distance between individuals and family groups in the pews.

Use hand sanitizer.

Avoid contact with those outside of your immediate families.

Those not receiving communion should not come forward for a blessing.

Masks may be worn in church. Parishioners are asked to their own masks, but some masks will available at the entrance.

Directions will be given for protocols for liturgical ministers for the new procedures, particularly the distribution of Holy Communion.

There will be no liturgy of the Word for children during the Sunday Masses, no Holy Blood from the chalice, no Missalettes within the pews, no Sign of Peace and no procession at the Preparation of the Gifts.

Baskets will be at the entrances of the churches for collection and any other envelopes for the parish office. Ushers will monitor the collection baskets.

Bulletins for distribution will be available at the entrances by the offertory baskets when exiting church.

After Mass, parishioners will be dismissed from the back to the front. The same practice will be followed for a wedding dismissal.

Ushers will be in charge of the opening and closing of the inner and outer doors.

Father Read adds: “God bless you all for your cooperation in reopening our church. In case of any changes we will update you at Mass, on the website and in the bulletin. Bulletins will be available for pick up at the main entrance to the churches each week and can also be found on the website.”

Youth Ministry Information

Catholic Heart Work Camp has been canceled for 2020. The parish is hoping to have a local program for all high school youth. More details will be released soon.

Rock Your Faith for grades six through eight has been postponed. The event will possibly be planned for July 13 through 15, but is that also is subject to change. Stayed tuned for further details.

Between three to six high school youth are needed to help serve community meals that will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Contact Connie Matheis as soon as possible if interested in helping.

Father’s Day

Remembrances are due to the St. Isidore parish office no later than Monday, June 15. Parishioners can find these envelopes in their regular collection envelopes.

Knights of Columbus

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

Members are to check their email or contact one of the following council officers for directions on how to participate — Grand Knight Robert Rasche, Deputy Grand Knight Jeremy Mundy or Treasurer Tony Buechler.

Rosary Trail

The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through October 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.

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.

Class of 2020 parade

The Northeast Dubois High School Class of 2020 will be honored will be honored during a parade sponsored by the parents at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23. The community is invited to line the parade route to support our 2020 senior class while social distancing. The caravan will begin at Dubois Community Park, travel north on North Fourth Street, pass Dubois Middle School, continue north on N. Dubois Road NE, turn around at Northeast Dubois High School, go back to Fourth Street, then west on East Main Street, south on State Road 545 and return to the park. Seniors will need to arrive at the park by 5:30 p.m. and are encouraged to decorate their vehicles. Prizes will be presented in three decoration categories: best school spirit, COVID-19 and future plans.  Only one student and their family is allowed per vehicle.  Students cannot ride together unless they live in the same house.

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