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Happening in the Local Church

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Memorial service for perinatal loss
LAFAYETTE — Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health and the Kathryn Weil Center for Education will hold a graveside memorial service for the families and friends of those who have lost a baby due to miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the St. Boniface Cemetery on State Road 25 North. For more information, call the bereavement voicemail box at St. Elizabeth Women’s Center at 765-502-4626 or the Kathryn Weil Center at 765-449-5133.

Schoenstatt holy hour
WEST LAFAYETTE — All are invited to join in praying the rosary and Benediction at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of our Mother Thrice Admirable.

Catholic infertility seminar
LAFAYETTE — Have you had one or more unexplained miscarriages? Have you experienced difficulty in becoming pregnant? All those looking for answers to questions such as these are invited to attend a Catholic infertility seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 25, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Dr. Casey Reising, a family physician trained in NaPro Technology, will discuss the technology and treatments surrounding reproductive issues and infertility. Father Kevin Hurley, associate pastor of St. Mary Parish, Muncie, will speak about the moral concerns regarding some modern methods of treating infertility. The morning will include an opportunity to share questions. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Registration is recommended, but not required. For more information or to register, call Susan Hoefer at 765-421-1998 or e-mail The seminar is being sponsored by the diocesan Pastoral Office for Family Life.

“Joy and Hope Choral Concert”
LAFAYETTE — All are invited to attend the “Joy and Hope Choral Concert” — celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy — at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The one-hour sacred choral concert will be conducted by Steve Janco, composer of the Mass of Wisdom and director of the Rensselaer program. A reception will follow the concert.

“The RCIA: Forming Intentional Disciples”
CARMEL — The diocesan Pastoral Office for Worship and RCIA will sponsor a workshop for RCIA coordinators and catechists on “The RCIA: Forming Intentional Disciples” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 14598 Oakridge Road. The workshop will be presented by Jerry Galipeau, vice president and chief publishing officer at World Library Publications. He presents workshops throughout the United States and Canada on the RCIA, liturgical spirituality, ritual music, evangelization and adult spiritual formation. Cost is $40 per person or $150 for parish enrollment (for four or more); lunch will be provided. For more information, visit, e-mail Carolyn Bennett at or call 765-269-4660 or 888-544-1684. Online registration is available at

“Welcoming Our Brothers and Sisters Who Experience Same-Sex Attractions: Charity and Clarity”
CARMEL — The Gospel of Life Ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will host a presentation by Father Philip Bochanski on “Welcoming Our Brothers and Sisters Who Experience Same-Sex Attractions: Charity and Clarity” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 14598 Oakridge Road. Father Bochanski is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and associate director of Courage International. His presentation will review what Scripture and tradition have to teach us about Christian anthropology, and how being created in the image and likeness of God provides a context and plan for human relationships and human sexuality. It also will discuss what the Catholic Church teaches about homosexuality, and how the Church provides authentic pastoral care to those who experience same-sex attractions. All are welcome to attend.

Golf outing
FISHERS — The 10th annual St. John Vianney Golf Outing will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, at Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel. All are invited to gather for a day of fun, fellowship and golf. Check-in and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., and golf will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. (scramble format). Dinner and awards will follow. Sponsors are still being accepted. To register as a single player, a foursome or a sponsor, visit the Web site at For more information, call the parish at 317-485-0150.

Annual rummage sale
DELPHI — St. Joseph’s Altar and Rosary Society will hold its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, Thursday, Aug. 6, and Friday, Aug. 7, in air-conditioned Honan Hall, on East Monroe Street. Friday will be $1 bag day. All are welcome to attend.

Seminarian dinner
FISHERS — Knights of Columbus Council 6923 will host a dinner on Sunday, Aug. 9, at St. Louis de Montfort Parish, with proceeds going to Knights of Columbus and St. Louis de Montfort seminarian Coady Owens and other diocesan seminarians. Coady and some of the other seminarians will attend, giving those at the dinner an opportunity to meet them and hear about their journeys toward the priesthood. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be picnic style, with hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, desserts and beverages. Suggested free-will donations for dinner are $10 per person or $30 per family. The event will be held in the parish’s Youth Center, 11441 Hague Road, Fishers. Those who are unable to attend are invited to help support the seminarians by mailing donations (payable to the Knights of Columbus) to P.O. Box 691, Fishers, IN 46038 or dropping contributions off at the parish office.

Better Breathers Club
LAFAYETTE — The Franciscan Healthy Living Center will host the next meeting of the Better Breathers Club from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. The topic will be “Understanding the Respiratory System,” with Dr. Salim Abou Jaoude, a pulmonologist with the Franciscan Physician Network. The evening will include a picnic. The Better Breathers Club is a program of the American Lung Association. Designed for patients and community members to learn ways to better cope with COPD and other respiratory issues, it provides support and education to those who participate. Each meeting is free. For more information, call the Franciscan Healthy Living Center at 765-428-5850. The center is located in the Lafayette Heart Institute Building, 1116 N. 16th St., on the campus of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette Central.

Fish fry
KEWANNA — St. Ann Parish will hold its 51st annual fish and hand-breaded tenderloin fry from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Cost is $9 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 5 to 13. All are invited.

For high school youth ministers, catechists and teachers
WESTFIELD — All who minister to high-school students in the parish or public setting are invited to meet with Bishop Timothy Doherty to discuss the challenges they face today and his vision for our young Church. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in the parish hall at St. Maria Goretti, 17102 Spring Mill Road. For more information, call the diocesan Pastoral Office for Catechesis at 765-269-4652. More details also can be found online at

2015 Anniversary Mass
LAFAYETTE — All married couples of the diocese are invited to attend a special Mass at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate their years of Christian marriage. Bishop Timothy L. Doherty will offer a special anniversary blessing, and couples will renew their marriage vows during the liturgy. The Anniversary Mass will fulfill the Sunday obligation. Bishop Doherty also will greet couples at a “cookies and punch” reception after the Mass. Participants may access the registration form from the diocesan Web site — — or call Carolyn Bennett at 765-269-4660 or 888-544-1684 or e-mail

Fall rummage sale
MONTICELLO — The Altar and Rosary Sodality of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish will hold its annual fall rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, and Friday, Sept. 25, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 122 N. Illinois St. On Saturday, all items will be $2 a bag. All are welcome to attend.

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