Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle 140 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in Room 301 of the St. Joseph Parish Center.

Membership dues for 2020 are now payable. The dues are $20. Members with last names A through K are asked to send their $20 check with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Betty Mehringer, 1744 W. Ackerman Road, Jasper, while members with last names L through Z are asked to send their check and envelope to Chris Schuetter, 2452 N. Mill St., Jasper.

All Catholic women are invited to join the Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle 140 in the parishes of St. Isidore, Divine Mercy, St. Mary’s Huntingburg, St. Mary Ireland, Precious Blood, Holy Family and St. Joseph. Contact Regent Marge Beckman, Vice Regent Kathy Schneider or any member for information.

K of C meetings

The next regular business meeting of the Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill lower level. Any Catholic gentleman interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming a K of C member is welcome to come at 7 p.m. prior to the meeting or send an email to council13623@indianakofc.org.

Celestine School Alumni

The next gathering of the Celestine School Alumni Group will be a lunch at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Kelley’s in Celestine.

Father Jeff Read will join the group for lunch and has invited the group to tour the rectory afterward. Mike Humbert helped arrange the tour and has historic details to share about the rectory.

Anyone planning to attend should contact Sharon Burger so they have the number for reservations. In addition, this is open to all and anyone who attended school at Celestine and their spouses. 

Dubois Branch Library

Library closed: Monday, Jan. 20.

Winter reading challenge: through Jan. 31.

Community engagement project: through Feb. 13. Collecting supplies for SIRS.

Genealogy Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 in the Genealogy Room.

End of the Month Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.

Movie screening of “Eva: A-7063” for Holocaust Remembrance Day: 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. Jan. 27 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the day Hoosier Eva Mozes Kor was freed from the Nazi camp. By age 10 she had survived experiments by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, at 80 she was traveling the world to promote hope, healing and humanity. Come watch this truly moving documentary of Eva’s life.  

Distinguished Service Award

The Celestine Park Inc. will host the 28th annual Distinguished Service Award at a brunch at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, in the Celestine Dining Hall following Mass. The Celestine Park Inc. would like to recognize individuals who are nominated by the community who have shown great commitment, pride and dedication.

To nominate a Celestine resident, please fill out a form and mail to Celestine Park, Inc., Attn: DSA Chairman, P.O. Box 211, Celestine IN 47521. Forms are available at church entrances. All nomination forms must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 14.

Youth ministry

Grades seven and eight: Youth group gatherings for junior high students have changed for the month of January due to the first Wednesday of the month being the holiday. Students will meet on Jan. 15.

Grades five and six: Youth group gatherings for grades five and six will be held on Jan. 29 right after school at St. Raphael’s. Connie will be at the Dubois Middle School at the end of the school day to meet them and walk to the church. A snack will be provided. They will be ready for pick up at 5 p.m. in the St Raphael Catholic Church basement.

4-H meeting

The Celestine Leaders of Tomorrow 4-H Club would like to remind everyone that the 4-H enrollment target date is Wednesday, Jan. 15. Enroll through the county website at www.extension.purdue.edu/dubois.

The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Celestine Community Club. There is not a meeting scheduled in January.

Trivia Night

St. Isidore Parish will host a trivia night on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Celestine Community Club. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 p.m.

There will be teams of eight for $15 a person or $120 a table. Participants also may be placed with a team the night of the event. Register early if possible; teams will be accepted until 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Proceeds for the event will benefit the youth ministry of the parish.

Snacks will be provided. A cash bar of beer and wine also will be available.

Contact Connie Matheis at 812-634-1875 to reserve a table for food and set-up purposes by Jan. 17.

Free throw competition

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council is hosting a free throw competition on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Dubois Middle School Gymnasium.

Doors open for registration at 12:30 p.m., with the competition set to start at 1 p.m. Any boy or girl between the ages of 9 through 14 is eligible to compete (age is as of Jan. 1, 2020).

There will be divisions for each age group, with separate groups for boys and girls. A trophy will be given for the winner and they will advance to district Knights of Columbus competition in February. A random drawing will be held for attendance prizes. Past winners will advance and win the state competition. There is no cost to participate and anyone in the local area may enter. Any questions can be directed to Jarrod Beck at 481-1999.

Preschool registration

Northeast Dubois preschool registration for the 2020-21 school year will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Dubois Elementary School cafeteria. Bring the child’s birth certificate from the Health Department and Social Security card. Any questions can be directed to the Dubois Elementary School office at 812-678-3011.

Three- and 4-year-old class options are available. Children must be age 3 on or before Aug. 1.

The registration fee is $45 and is due at registration.

Teachers are Melissa Fox and Jessica Leonard.

Classes for 3-year-olds are:

12:30-2:45 p.m., two sessions weekly at $65 monthly.

12:30-2:15 p.m., two sessions plus Friday at $95 monthly.

Classes for 4-year-olds are:

8-10:45 a.m., two sessions at $75 monthly.

8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., two full days at $160 monthly

8 a.m.-2:15 p.m., two full days plus Friday at $240 monthly.

Homecoming Court

Northeast Dubois High School has announced its homecoming court. Homecoming will be held on Friday, Jan. 24.

Freshman are Aubrey Hostetter, Sara Livingston, Ty Kalb and Gaige Schepers. Sophomores are Atalie Atkins, Riley Beckman, Ethan Danhafer and Evan Smith. Juniors are Frida Hansson, Olivia Rasche, Davide Menghini and Matthew Qualkenbush.

Seniors are Adrienne Betz, Shelby Livingston, Haley Reckelhoff, Tanner Beckman, Colby Stafford and Ethan Ziegler.

St. Isidore Parish mission

Ken Yasinski has been speaking full time for 20 years within the Catholic Church. He is the founder of Face to Face Ministries, a Lighthouse Catholic Media Speaker, author and songwriter. At the core of every message, he challenges people to realize their full potential in life — to be a saint.

Yasinski grew up in a strong Catholic home in St. Walburg, Saskatchewan, Canada, then moved to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan. It was there, at the age of 19, that he had a renewal of his Catholic faith and his desire to share Christ grew. After obtaining a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a three-year certificate in religious studies, he was hired as a youth minister for six different parishes in the diocese of Prince Albert. After two years of starting up these programs, calls began to flood in requesting him to speak and lead various events. By 2002 he was on the road every second weekend speaking and leading people in worship before the blessed sacrament through musical Eucharistic adoration.

The mission is planned for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at St. Raphael and at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Youth group breakfast

St. Isidore Youth Group will host a breakfast between 8 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. The menu includes bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and fruit. It will be held in the St. Raphael Catholic Church basement. Cost will be a freewill donation. They invite you to join them for breakfast and fellowship.

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