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Happening in the Local Church

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40 Days for Life outreach director to speak
MUNCIE — Steve Karlen, the North American outreach director for 40 Days for Life, will speak at a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, near the Planned Parenthood office on Fox Ridge Lane. Muncie is one of nearly 300 communities around the world conducting simultaneous 40 Days for Life campaigns from Sept. 24 through Nov. 2. The 40 Days for Life campaigns focus on 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, peaceful vigils at abortion facilities, and grassroots educational outreach. As North American outreach director, Karlen travels to communities across the United States and Canada to support local 40 Days for Life efforts. The right-of-way grass area along Fox Ridge Lane will be the location for the Oct. 23 prayer vigil in Muncie; parking is permitted along Briarwood Lane and in lots south of Fox Ridge Lane. To learn more about 40 Days for Life, visit For more information about the Muncie campaign, visit All are welcome to attend.

Mammogram event
LAFAYETTE — The Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Breast Center will offer extended hours on Friday, Oct. 24, as a way to encourage women to get mammograms. The event from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. will include a limited number of openings for mammograms, as well as a variety of fun and educational activities for women, including mini massages, mini facials and skin analysis, fall fashions, specialty scarves, candles, purses, informational displays and more. Door prizes will be awarded every hour. Cost for mammograms is based on insurance or self-pay; all other activities are free. The event will be held at the St. Elizabeth Breast Center at Unity Healthcare, 1345 Unity Place, Suite 220. All are welcome to attend. Registration for mammograms is required; call 765-449-5133.

“Arsenic and Old Lace”
RENSSELAER — “Arsenic and Old Lace,” by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre at Saint Joseph’s College. Admission is $5 per person. For the Oct. 25 show, any person who brings an item to donate to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Rensselaer will receive a dollar off the admission price.

MUNCIE — St. Mary Parish Women’s Association will hold its annual bazaar from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25. An Italian dinner by Ann and Tony Catanzarite will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in Noll Hall. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children over age 5. Brunches for girls and their dolls will be held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Cost of $10 per girl includes a craft project, games, brunch and special gifts. Reservations are required for the brunches. For more information, call 765-216-6535.

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will host an ultreya, a gathering of the Cursillo community, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the lower level of the parish hall at St. Lawrence Church. All Cursillistas and friends are welcome to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a beverage or snack to share. For more information, call Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or e-mail

Lafayette Deanery Council of Catholic Women
LAFAYETTE — The fall meeting of the Lafayette Deanery Council of Catholic Women will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, in Bishops Memorial Hall at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Fee is $5 per person. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the business session at 9:30 a.m. Guest speaker for the day will be Dora Tobar, director of the diocesan Pastoral Office for Family Life, on “Vatican II and Its Urgent Call for All Women.” Her presentation will be followed by recitation of the rosary, Mass and a luncheon. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to or 765-404-5770. Items including clothing for infants and toddlers and diapers also are being collected at the meeting for Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center.

Holiday bazaar
ELWOOD — The annual holiday bazaar at St. Joseph Parish will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The bazaar will feature 50 vendors with items including jewelry, holiday decor items, books, baked goods, floral items, antiques and collectibles, St. Clair and Joe Rice glass items, Christmas ornaments, religious items, wood crafts, soap and body care, candles, wreaths and gift baskets, pet items and more. Hot dogs, coney dogs and nachos will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as a bake sale. Raffle tickets will be sold for a Joe Rice glass paperweight lamp. Parking is encouraged in the Main Street parking lot behind the church. All are invited to attend.

“Living the Culture of Life in the Modern World”
LAFAYETTE — St. Boniface Parish will host two conferences on “Living the Culture of Life in the Modern World” on Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2. The Nov. 1 conference (English) will be held in the parish’s St. Michael Center. The morning will begin with Mass at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast, presentations, and time for questions and answers. The conference will close with a question-and-answer session at 11:30 a.m. The Nov. 2 conference (Spanish) will be held in the St. Boniface School gym. The afternoon will begin with lunch at 1:30 p.m., followed by presentations and time for questions and answers. The conference will close with a question-and-answer session at 3:45 p.m. Guest speakers for the conferences will be Father Matthew Habiger, OSB, and Dr. Martha Garza. Father Habiger, a past president of Human Life International, has appeared on several EWTN shows and lectured extensively on life issues. Dr. Garza will speak on the practical aspects of Natural Family Planning and will be available to answer personal questions on issues including fertility and infertility. There is no cost to attend either conference, but those who plan to attend are asked to register to help determine the amount of food needed. Registrations are requested by Oct. 28. For more information or to register, e-mail

Turkey dinner/Otterbein
OTTERBEIN — St. Charles Parish will host its annual turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the church hall. Meals will include turkey with all the fixings, including salads and desserts. Cost is $8 for adults (ages 12 and older), $5 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for children age 5 and younger. Carry-outs will be available at no additional charge. The church is located at 108 N. Meadow St., with the hall directly west of the church. All are invited to attend.

Turkey dinner/Delphi
DELPHI — St. Joseph Parish will hold its annual turkey dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the parish’s Honan Hall. Meals will include turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce/applesauce, rolls, desserts and beverages. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages and younger. Carry-outs will be available for an additional 50 cents per meal. All are welcome to attend.

Ecumenical candlelight remembrance service
LAFAYETTE — An ecumenical candlelight remembrance service with Taize music will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at St. Ann Church and Shrine, 612 Wabash Ave. The service will include Scripture, silence and song. Those attending may light candles as the names of their loved ones are called.

Academic open house
RENSSELAER — Saint Joseph’s College will host an academic open house from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST Thursday, Nov. 6, to enhance college planning and open opportunities for academic discovery. Tour start times will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST. The evening will include an overview of admissions, financial aid/scholarships, career development and student life, as well as opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty, current students and athletics representatives. RSVPs are requested by Nov. 3. To RSVP, e-mail or visit the Web site at

“The Call” retreat
KOKOMO — All high-school age teens of the Lafayette diocese are invited to register for and participate in “The Call” on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, at St. Joan of Arc Parish. The 12th annual high school retreat will feature presentations by nationally known Catholic speaker John Beaulieu, as well as games, music, skits, adoration, Mass and more. Paul Sifuentes of St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, Zionsville, will be the emcee. For more information, teens may contact their parish youth leaders, call Ann Campbell at 765-457-9757 or visit the Web site at

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