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Happening in the Local Church

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Free concert
FISHERS — St. John Vianney Parish invites all to attend its 10th anniversary free concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the parish. Music by two teen bands from St. Theodore Guerin High School will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the featured act of Dave n’ Rae. The evening also will include food trucks and fireworks. Those attending are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to the event. St. John Vianney Parish is located at 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd. (the northwest corner of 126th Street and Southeastern Parkway). For more information, visit or call 317-485-0150.

“Feed Your Faith” Summer Series
CARMEL — Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish invites all who want to grow in their faith to attend its “Feed Your Faith” Summer Series of informative and interactive sessions. Sessions are held in the St. Thomas Aquinas Room in the lower level of the church, located at 14598 Oakridge Rd. Participants may choose morning or evening sessions; no registration is necessary. The series also meets FIRE certification course requirements for catechists. Upcoming topics, speakers, dates and times include: “You Can Believe It,” (The Creed), by Deacon John Nguyen, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19; “Living the Mass,” (Overview of the Liturgy), by Deacon John Nguyen, 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, and 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28; “Grace Unleashed,” (Overview of the Sacraments), by Leighton Drake, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2; “God’s Happiness Plan,” (Call to Discipleship), by Leighton Drake, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9; and “Awakening a Child’s Faith,” (Lesson Planning), by Leighton Drake, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. For more information, call 317-846-3878, ext. 3117, or e-mail

Private College Week
RENSSELAER — All are invited to visit the campus of Saint Joseph’s College during Private College Week, July 18-22. The week is intended to offer an opportunity for visitors to check out what Indiana’s 31 non-profit, independent private colleges have to offer. Visits to Saint Joseph’s College will include a 50-minute interactive walking tour of campus and informational admissions and financial aid sessions. Visits may be scheduled online at Visitors are encouraged to ask for the Private College Week survey when they visit; those submitting surveys will be eligible to win a Microsoft Surface or iPad mini. For more information, call the Saint Joseph’s Office of Admissions at 800-447-8781 or 219-866-6170 or e-mail Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Saint Joseph’s College offers 27 majors, four group majors, 35 minors and nine pre-professional programs.

“Concussion Education Lunch and Learn”
LAFAYETTE — Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health will host a “Concussion Education Lunch and Learn” presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Kathryn Weil Center for Education. Topics will include concussion syndrome and its impact on individuals of various ages, concussion assessment and treatment protocols, and physical therapy management of concussion symptoms. A light lunch will be provided. Registration for the free presentation is required. For more information or to register, call the center at 765-449-5133. The center is located in the Bill Long Building, 1415 Salem St.

Saint Joseph’s College Summer Chorus to present concert at cathedral
LAFAYETTE — The Saint Joseph’s College Summer Chorus, with conductor Dr. Michael Oriatti, will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 1207 Columbia St. “Sing Me to Heaven” will include: Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré, Geistliches Lied by Brahms, and other choral music from Hildegard of Bingen, Lili Boulanger and Ralph Verdi, CPPS. Donations in support of the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy are welcome. All are invited to attend the concert.

Information night for Ecclesial Lay Ministry Program
NOBLESVILLE — The diocesan Pastoral Office for Catechesis will hold an information night about the Ecclesial Lay Ministry Program from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in the Community Room at Our Lady of Grace Church. The ELM Program engages discerning Catholic adults through participation in a formation experience comprised of human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral elements designed to respond to their call to holiness and Church leadership in ministry. For more information, call Anne D. Roat at 765-269-4653 or e-mail

“Mother Olga: From Baghdad to Boston”
CARMEL — Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish invites all to come hear the story of “Mother Olga: From Baghdad to Boston” at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the church. Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart is founder and mother servant of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. Born and raised in Iraq, she started a lay movement called “Love Your Neighbor” as a young woman, inviting young men and women from Christian and Muslim communities to serve the needs of the poor in Iraq. In 1995, she established the order of Marth Maryam Sisters - Missionaries of the Virgin Mary, the first order for women religious in the Assyrian Church of the East in 700 years. She was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 2005 and founded the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth three years later. All are invited to attend the July 30 presentation to hear more about Mother Olga’s story and about Christian life and religious freedom in Iraq.

Sacred Heart School alumni
FOWLER — Sacred Heart School in Fowler will celebrate its 125th anniversary in August 2016 and would like to keep alumni informed of anniversary activities and celebrations, along with other Sacred Heart School happenings, via mail or e-mail. Organizers also would like to update alumni names and addresses; information provided by alumni will not be distributed to any other organization. All alumni are asked to send their name (including maiden name), address, e-mail and phone number to or to Kim (Balensiefer) Datzman, 110 N. James St., Goodland, IN 47948. Also coming soon: a new alumni Facebook page: Sacred Heart Catholic School Alumni - Fowler IN.

Novena in honor of St. Clare
KOKOMO — The Poor Clare nuns of Kokomo will host “St. Clare and the Works of Mercy,” a novena in honor of St. Clare during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, from Aug. 2-10 at their monastery, located at 1175 N. 300 W. Novena prayers and homily will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. Father Frank Sherry, CPM, will be the homilist each evening. Topics include: Aug. 2, “St. Clare and the Mother of Mercies”; Aug. 3, “Feeding the Hungry and Instructing the Ignorant”; Aug. 4, “Giving Drink to the Thirsty and Counseling the Doubtful”; Aug. 5, “Clothing the Naked and Admonishing Sinners”; Aug. 6, “Giving Shelter to the Shelterless and Bearing Wrongs Patiently”; Aug. 7, “Visiting the Sick and Forgiving Offenses”; Aug. 8,”Ransoming the Captive and Comforting the Afflicted”; Aug. 9, “Burying the Dead and Praying for the Living and the Dead”; and Aug. 10, “St. Clare Gives Thanks to the Father of Mercies.” Benediction will be offered each night of the novena, and veneration of a relic of St. Clare will take place on Aug. 10. Mass for the feast of St. Clare will be celebrated at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. All are welcome to attend any or all evenings of the novena and the Aug. 11 Mass.

Senior trip to Holy Relics Shrine
LAFAYETTE — St. Lawrence Parish will sponsor a two-day senior trip to the Shrine of the Holy Relics in Maria Stein, Ohio, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4. Those age 55 and older are invited to join. Cost of $180 per person includes bus transportation, lodging (single occupancy private bath), all meals and programming fee. The tentative itinerary begins with Mass at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 3 at St. Lawrence Church, with departure at 9:15 a.m. The tour is expected to return to St. Lawrence by 7 p.m. Aug. 4. Space is limited; registration is requested as soon as possible. Deposit of $90 is due at registration; final payment is due by July 30. For more information or to register, call the St. Lawrence Parish office at 765-742-2107.

Rummage sale
DELPHI — St. Joseph Parish will hold its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, and Friday, Aug. 12, in Honan Hall. Friday afternoon will be the $1 bag sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Birthright of Delphi. All are welcome to attend.

Cathedral anniversary celebration
LAFAYETTE — The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception is planning two special events in August to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church building on South Street. The “St. Mary 150 Gala” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6. Following Mass at 4:30 p.m. celebrated by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty, the gala will begin at 6 p.m. The adult-only, black tie optional event will open with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres and feature music by the Dave Lowe Trio from Indianapolis. A buffet dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by messages from Bishop Doherty and pastor Father Jeff Martin, a sneak peek at a documentary about the cathedral, and dancing until 10 p.m. Cost is $25 per person; seating is limited. On Sunday, Aug. 14, Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Bishop Emeritus William L. Higi. After Mass, the new documentary will be shown and a brunch will be served. Children’s activities also will be featured. The Aug. 14 event is free, but reservations are required for brunch planning. More information and reservations for both events can be found online at, Twitter at, and Facebook at, or call the St. Mary’s office at 765-742-4440. All are welcome to attend the events.

Feast day celebration and parish picnic
FISHERS — St. John Vianney Parish will hold its 10-year anniversary feast day celebration and parish family pitch-in picnic on Sunday, Aug. 7. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. and the event will conclude with Benediction at 3 p.m. Activities during the day will include a cake walk, bounce houses, balloon artists, face painting, inflatable race tracks for older children and adults, and plenty of food. The celebration will be held on the grounds of the St. John Vianney campus, located at 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd. For more information, visit or call the parish office at 317-485-0150. All are welcome to attend.

Fish fry
KEWANNA — St. Ann Parish will hold its 52nd annual fish and hand-breaded tenderloin fry from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Cost is $9 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 5 to 13. All are welcome to attend.

50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes
FRANKFORT — To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s document Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, the diocesan Pastoral Office for Catechesis will host a special presentation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Mary Church here. The guest speakers will be John Nichols and Jeff Newell. Nichols, a retired professor from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, will speak about how Gaudium et Spes grew out of the whole work of the council, Christian anthropology, the Church’s mission and the laity’s vocation. Newell, who is active in Haiti ministry, will speak on learning social justice in the field. Cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. Registration is requested by Aug. 15. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the Web site at

“Reboot! Live!”
MUNCIE — St. Mary Parish will host “Reboot! Live!” with Chris Stefanick from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. Tickets are on sale now for the evening, which is for all ages, 12 to 100. Cost is $19 per person, which includes all event materials and take-away items. Limited seating is available. For more information or to get tickets, call Tammy Laudicina at 765-288-5308 or visit the Web site at

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