Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Public Mass has resumed at 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 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 and outer doors. 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.

Online Mass

The Saturday Mass at 4:30 p.m. will be recorded. The Mass will be posted to the parish website, Facebook and YouTube pages for viewing on demand on Sunday morning.

Seminarian Scherzinger

Caleb Scherzinger’s summer assignment is at St. John’s in Daylight. If you would like to send him a card of well wishes, his address is 5301 Daylight Drive, Evansville IN 47725-7636.

Religious education

Religious education and vacation Bible school registration forms have been mailed. Monday, July 6, will be the deadline for registration. Meeting the deadline will help tremendously to begin a new year filled with changes. Registration is for grades kindergarten through 12. If payment cannot be made at this time, just mail the form. Reminders will be sent in August of fees due. Forms will be available on the website and at the main entrances of the churches for someone not receiving a form.

Release-time open house

The release-time open house will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5, at St. Isidore Parish-St. Raphael Catholic Church campus. Students in grades kindergarten through six will be able to visit where religious education classes will be held during the 2020-21 school year. Hopefully, the displays of drawings of a new building can be viewed at that time. This will also be the same day as the school system’s open houses and registrations.

Catechists needed

For the upcoming religious education school year, we are needing catechists and assistants for some classes. Would you want to make a difference in the lives of our youth? Would you want to grow and learn more about your faith? If you have any questions or interest in being a catechist, we would love to talk to you.

Help is needed from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, and Tuesday mornings and afternoons for release-time classes. Wednesday evening classes are slated to start on Thursday, Aug. 27. Release-time classes are slated to start on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Catechists are compensated for teaching.

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 and should take less than an hour. Parishioners will have time to make it to the 10 a.m. Mass if they wish to attend both. 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.

Parishioners may help with decorating the altar. Four groups are forming to set up and decorate each of the four altars. Contact Tammy Mehringer or Deacon Mike for more information.

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 Monday, July 6. Due to the possible need to cancel for COVID-19, payment will not be accepted.

Family of the Month

The Good Shepherd of the Hill Knights of Columbus Council has selected the Doug and Renee Merkel family as Family of the Month for June to thank them for their service to our parish and our local community.

D of I Jasper Circle 140

Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle 140 are canceling meetings for June and July and hope to return meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.

Baked items needed

Anyone who loves to bake cookies and breads, the parish is always needing items for youth events, vacation Bible school, delivery meals to the elderly and the Dubois Community Meals. Meals can be frozen and used when needed.

Chocolate chips, flour or sugar or other ingredients that are needed will be delivered if you let the parish office know. Baked goods can be brought to the parish office or left in the counselor room at St. Celestine Church (room to the left at carport entrance).

Masks available

Over the past three months, the parish has had ladies who have sewn over 1,500 masks. They have used a talent they love to keep themselves occupied while also helping us through this tough time by suppling us with masks. Masks are now available at the church entrances. If you need more than five masks, contact the parish office and we can help in getting more to you. There are women, men and now children’s masks. Shirley Buechler, Phyllis Schepers, Pat Hopf and Bernice Knies are the ladies sewing the masks.

Knights of Columbus

The next public meeting of Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus will be a phone meeting and will take place at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. All members and officers are requested to call in to hear updates and participate.

Dial in information: 617-691-8322 (this is a toll call, no access code needed for that number).

Toll-free: 844-844-0014 with access code 336635.

If you have trouble connecting, if you text the words Call Me to 617-691-8322 the system will call you back and put you into the conference call.

Submitted items

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