Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

St. Isidore Parish office is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Public Mass resumes

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.

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).

Wearing a mask is encouraged. If you will be wearing one, bring your own or there will be some available at the entrances.

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.

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. Bulletins will be available at the entrances by the baskets when exiting and also can be found on the website.

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.

Mass broadcasts

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.

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

Path to Priesthood

St. Isidore Parish has two young men from the parish on the path to priesthood — Caleb Scherzinger and Chase Riecker. Parishioners are encouraged to send them a card of well wishes. Caleb’s summer assignment is at St. John’s in Daylight. His address is 5301 Daylight Drive, Evansville IN 47725-7636. Chase is currently living at the Evansville Diocese House of Discernment. His address is 2701 W. Franklin St., Evansville IN 47712.

Father’s Day barbecue

Celestine Park will host a drive-thru Father’s Day barbecue on Sunday, June 21, at the park. There will be 500 plates to be sold from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until sold out.

Meals will include one-half barbecued chicken or barbecued pork loin, German fries and green beans. Price is $10 per plate. 

Celestine Park thanks all who patronized the Mother’s Day barbecue. There was an overwhelming response. Due to the large turnout, the park has increased the number of plates for the Father’s Day dinner. The meal again will be prepared by the Celestine Park Grilling Crew, and proceeds from this event will benefit the Celestine Park.

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.

Basketball Shooting Club

Northeast Dubois Lady Jeeps Basketball Coach Andy Chinn created a novel way for the Lady Jeep Basketball Program participants to stay sharp during this time when sport camps cannot meet due to the cororavirus. He has created the Lady Jeeps Basketball Shooting Club. The club will run through Aug. 1.
The Lady Jeep Basketball Shooting Club is a program designed to improve shooting skills and challenge players during the off season. The shooting club is open to all girls in grades one through 12 in the Northeast School District during the 2020-21 school year.

If interested in signing up, send an email to Coach Chinn at jchinn@nedubois.k12.in.us, and you will be sent a spreadsheet to track your shooting progress. Parents/guardians do not have to watch, but can help verify that their athlete did the work. Attempt shots in your driveway, in the park, anywhere you can find a basket.

All participants will receive a free T-shirt. The categories are grades one-four (1,000 shots); grades five-eight, (2,000 shots); and grades nine-12 (5,000 shots). Those in the 10K Shot Club will receive 10,000 Shot Club long-sleeved T-shirt and have their name on a plaque that hangs in the varsity locker room.

For more information, contact Coach Chinn. The program sponsored by Uebelhor & Sons.


Patoka Lake Area Year-round (PLAY) will sponsor, along with several members of their organization, the fireworks over Patoka Lake on Saturday, July 4, at dusk. The fireworks will again be set off across from the beach area.

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