Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

There are several Mass updates this week:

Public Mass resumed May 19  and weekend Masses on May 23 and 24 for St. Isidore Parish.

The parish will keep the normal Mass times (4:30 p.m. Mass is now at St. Celestine).

Those age 65 and older, and those of any age with underlying medical issues, are encouraged not to attend.

Parishioners may participate in online livestream of the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, which will continue to be provided.

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 your immediate family. Keep 6 feet of distance between individuals and family groups. Pews will be marked with tape showing where not to sit for distancing (every other pew). Ushers will escort families and individuals to their seats.

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.

When processing forward for Holy Communion when wearing a mask, you should lower the mask so 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.

Directions will be given for protocols for liturgical 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.

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 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 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.

When Mass is dismissed the faithful will be dismissed from the back to front. The 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.

Parish office hours

The parish office is open; however, hours have been adjusted. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Jeep Run

Celestine Park will host a Jeep Run on Sunday, May 31, beginning with registration at 10:30 a.m. at Celestine Park. The run will leave the park at noon. Vehicles do not need to be Jeeps. The day will start and end at Celestine Park. Several prizes will be given.

Haiti Sunday

The last Sunday of each month is Haiti Sunday at St. Isidore Parish. Members remember their brothers and sisters at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Dupity, Haiti. There are boxes at the doors to make donations to friends in Haiti.

Feast of Corpus Christi

Feast of Corpus Christi is a time for parishioners to celebrate their Catholic faith. A procession will take place after the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 14, at the St. Isidore Parish Celestine Campus. There will be liturgical music and prayer while participating in the procession with the Holy Sacrament. The procession is less than 1 mile. It begins at church, continues to the east parking lot, down to the cemetery to the school building, and back up to the west side of church.

Youth Ministry

The Catholic Heart Workcamp has been canceled for 2020. We are hoping to have a local program for all high school youth. More details will be released soon. Rock Your Faith also has been canceled.

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.

Senior parade winners

The Northeast Dubois High School Class of 2020 presented awards during the car parade. The winners were:

School spirit: Reece Bauer, first; Emily Merkley, second.

COVID-19 theme: Haley Reckelhoff, first; Dalton Lampert, second.

Future theme: Maggie Stephenson, first; Madison Cave, second.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. May your achievements be great.

D of I meetings canceled

Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle 140 has canceled the June and July meetings. Meetings will resume on Aug. 10.

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