Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Northeast Dubois High School Class of 2020 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 Dubois Community Park by 5:30 p.m. They are encouraged to decorate their vehicles.

Prizes will be presented for 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. 

From Father Jeff Read

Public Mass: Resumes Tuesday, May 19, for St. Isidore Parish.

Weekend Masses: St. Isidore Mass will resume May 23 and 24 with the normal times. Mass at St. Celestine is now at 4:30 p.m. Those age 65 and older, and those of any age with underlying medical issues, are encouraged not to attend. You may participate in online livestream of the Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass, which will continue to be provided.

Dispensation from obligation to attend Mass: The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days will continue until at least to Aug. 15. Guidelines include social distancing with necessary seating limitations, the use of hand sanitizer and avoiding contact with those outside of immediate families. Keep six feet of distance between individuals and family groups. Pews will be marked with tape of where not to sit for distancing (every other pew). Ushers will be escorting families and individuals to their seats.

Masks: Wearing a mask is encouraged. If you will be wearing one, bring your own or there will be some available at the entrances. You are encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer, and we will have pump sanitizer at all the entrances as long as we are able to supply it.

Communion: When processing forward for Holy Communion if wearing a mask, you should lower it so that you can extend both hands for Communion when receiving on the hand. We should not receive Communion with one hand while holding the mask down with the other hand. We must maintain reverence and respect for the Eucharistic. Those not receiving Communion should not come forward for a blessing.

Liturgical ministers: Directions will be given for protocols for ministers for the new procedures, particularly additional procedures for the distribution of Holy Communion. There will be no Lay Liturgical ministers of 65 years or older.

Not allowed: There will be no Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the Sunday Masses, distribution of the Precious Blood, Missalettes within the pews, Sign of Peace, or Procession of the Gifts.

Collection and bulletin: Baskets will be at the entrances of the churches for collection to be placed there after Mass. Any other envelopes for the parish office can be placed there as well. Bulletins will be available at the entrances by the baskets when exiting and also can be found on the website.

Ushers: Ushers will be escorting families and individuals to their seats. Ushers will monitor the collection baskets. They also will be in charge of inner doors to remain open and outer doors kept open if possible and closed at Mass and open when exiting after Mass. They also will place bulletins on the table at the end of Mass for pick up and monitor dismissal.

Dismissal: When Mass is dismissed the faithful will be dismissed from the back to front. Same practice will be taken at a wedding dismissal.

Most importantly, we must be men and woman of community and prayer. 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.

Memorial Day services

St. Anthony American Legion Post 493 have canceled Memorial Day services at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Celestine, Schnellville, Mentor, Birdseye, Cox, and Bretzville cemeteries.

Streetfest 2020 canceled

Community of Celestine Inc. has decided to cancel the Celestine Streetfest 2020. The event will return on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

The community was still planning to have the event until the announcement of Indiana’s Back on Track plan on May 1. This prevents any festivals taking place before July 4 at the earliest.

They did consider postponing to a later date in 2020, but after consulting with a number of the chairpersons and leaders of the fest in meetings, the consensus was that there would be too many conflicts with potential rescheduling dates and too much uncertainty in the current situation.

They want to offer a sincere thank you to sponsors who have generously donated to funding what would have been our best Streetfest ever in 2020. They have elected to roll those donations forward to put on the 2021 event. The 2020 sponsors are now 2021 sponsors.

As always, they are very appreciative of the various organizations, groups, teams and chairpersons who power our event. They thank them for the diligent planning they have already put in for 2020, and we know they will step up to make Streetfest 2021 another big success.

There is a chance that some kind of fundraiser may take place in the Celestine community on the 2020 Streetfest weekend. Please watch local and social media for details. 

They encourage you to support the events and fundraising efforts of the main groups in the community that typically benefit from the profits of Streetfest: Celestine Community Club, Celestine Park, Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council, Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Northeast Dubois Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and St. Isidore Parish. They all do important work in our community and need your support.

Vacation Bible School

VBS will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the St. Celestine Campus.

Mass will begin at 5 p.m. with a family dinner following at 6 p.m. Roar with us at a one-day spectacular event. Return registration by July 6. Due to the possible need to cancel for COVID-19, payment will not be accepted until the first day of VBS.

Ministers of Mass

For the weekend of May 23-24 and May 30-31, ministers will be personally called for the first two weekends when Masses resume. For the month of June, scheduling will resume on your app while also being posted to the website. Copies are available at the churches. Parishioners over the age of 65 will not be scheduled unless told to do so. Anyone not wanting to be a minister for the month of June or after, call the parish office or place a request on the Ministry Pro app. Directions will be sent by email.

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.

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