Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

The doors of the Dubois Branch Library reopened Monday.

The library has new hours and limited services. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Note that face coverings will be required for all of those ages 2 and up to enter the buildings at this time. Visit the library’s website — https://jdcpl.us/covid19/ — for a complete list of guidelines.

To-go services are still available for those not comfortable or unable to enter buildings. Check out their Facebook page (Dubois Branch Library) for programs, crafts, stories and up-to-date information.

Father’s Day barbecue

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

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 to 500. The meal again will be prepared by the Celestine Park Grilling Crew, and proceeds from this event will benefit the Celestine Park.

Maria Goretti Award

Maria Goretti Youth Distinction Award recipients for 2020 were Adrienne Betz, daughter of Mike and Christine Betz, and Emily Merkley, daughter of Jim and Crystal Merkley. The parish will recognize the girls during the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, June 27.

Anyone unable to attend Mass may view it on the parish’s Facebook livestream or parish website.


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

Outdoor Freedom Mass

An outdoor Mass will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 5, at the St. Celestine Catholic Church Grotto. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. There will be limited handicap parking at the cemetery. When parking, be sure to leave room for cars to drive through. If driving down to drop someone off, enter from the entrance by the fire station and exit by the elementary school. In case of inclement weather, Mass will be held inside church.

Patriotic Rosary

Holy Family Catholic Church will pray a patriotic rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 5. Join the parish of Holy Family as they pray a beautiful rosary for our country with prayers from our founding fathers and patriotic songs sung between decades of the rosary.

Youth Ministry

St. Izzy Week of Work and Worship: Due to Catholic Heart Work Camp being canceled, St. Isidore is putting together their own program. See St. Isidore’s bulletin insert for more exciting information.

Youth Appeal: Collection will take place Aug. 15 and 16. Anyone who can speak or help in any way may contact Connie Matheis.

Northeast Dubois schools

Northeast Dubois High School will host its prom on Friday, July 10, for Northeast Dubois High School juniors and seniors.

Commencement ceremonies for 2020 Northeast Dubois High School seniors will be held Saturday, July 25, in the high school gym.

As approved earlier in the year, Northeast Dubois High School will be known as Northeast Dubois Junior-Senior High School. Dubois Middle School will become Northeast Dubois Intermediate School and the grade school will be known as Northeast Dubois Elementary School.

The Celestine Elementary School building will revert to the St. Celestine Catholic Church on July 1.

Northeast Dubois School Corp. hired Jessica Reinbold as an English teacher at the Junior-Senior High School; Kim Hustedde, computer science teacher for grades three through eight at the Intermediate School, and Erica Voegerl, grade three at the Intermediate School.

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.

Voices of Democracy

Dubois County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 673 congratulates the winners of the Voices of Democracy audio-essay. This year’s essay theme was “What Makes America Great.”

First place was awarded to Maggie Stephenson, a graduating senior from Northeast Dubois High School. She will receive $500 scholarships from both VFW Post 673 and its auxiliary. Second-place recipient was Kimbra Burke and third-place recipient was Ethan Fritch. Both are from Jasper High School. All three will receive a Certificate of Merit, a Voices of Democracy medal and a $25 gift certificate from the Post Canteen.

Post 673 would like to send their appreciation to all of the participants. The theme for 2020-21 is “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?” They look forward to another great turn out in applicants from both Jasper and Northeast Dubois high schools.

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