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Happening in the Local Church

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Alumni updates
FOWLER — Sacred Heart School is seeking to update its alumni information. All those who attended the school are asked to send their contact information to Sacred Heart - Alumni, c/o Kim, 110 N. James St., Goodland, IN 47948 or e-mail to Alumni who would like to help with the outreach to approximately 2,500 former fellow students are welcome to join the effort. A weekend of fun and festivities is being planned for May 2017.

Barn Mass
KOKOMO — St. Joan of Arc Parish will host its annual Barn Mass at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Hartman farm, 3224 N. County Road 500 W. (three miles north of Indiana 22). The parish will provide hot dogs, soups and hot beverages following the Mass. Those attending are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. “St. Nicholas” also is expected to visit with children after the Mass. All are invited.

Family Advent concert
FISHERS — All are welcome to attend a family Advent concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Louis de Montfort Parish. The concert will feature internationally known recording artist Amanda Vernon. She will share her original music and give the faith-filled stories behind the songs. For more information, visit A reception will be held in the lower level of the church prior to the concert (after the 5 p.m. Mass).

“Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message”
FISHERS — The film “Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message” will be shown on Monday evening, Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in the Youth Ministry Center at St. Louis de Montfort Parish, 11441 Hague Road. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and all are invited to attend. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 6923, the evening will include the movie, pizza, popcorn, lemonade, cookies and more. The film was produced by the Knights of Columbus and features interviews with leading theologians, historians and experts about the message and miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe and explores the continued relevance of the apparition to the modern world. For more information, call 317-223-4892.

Advent presentation
ZIONSVILLE — All who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, what the Church believes and how the faith is lived are invited to attend an upcoming presentation at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church about the season of Advent. At 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, Deacon Michael Bower will speak on “The Three Comings of Christ: Bethlehem, Zionsville and the Apocalypse.” He will discuss the Book of Revelation and the key to understanding it. The free talk is open to the community; people of all faiths and beliefs are welcome. There also will be time for questions and answers and open discussion. The presentation will be held in the sanctuary of the church, which is located at 1870 W. Oak St. For more information, call 317-873-2885 or visit

“Cassock Classic”
WESTFIELD — The second annual “Cassock Classic” basketball game, featuring priests and seminarians of the Lafayette diocese, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at Westfield High School. Warm-ups will begin at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds will benefit the Frassati Society of Young Adult Catholics. To purchase tickets, visit the Web site at All are welcome to attend.

Community education luncheon
CRAWFORDSVILLE — A community education luncheon will be held on Thursday, Jan. 5, at Bonzel Hall, located inside the main entrance to Franciscan Health Crawfordsville. The topic will be “Managing Chronic Diseases in 2017.” Lunch will be provided; those attending are asked to mention any dietary restrictions when registering. The program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, call 765-364-3105. All are welcome.

“Catholics Returning Home”
FISHERS — Masses at Christmas often include many inactive Catholics returning home. Are you or is someone you know an inactive Catholic? St. John Vianney Parish welcomes all inactive Catholics to attend its “Catholics Returning Home” program. The six-week program will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 5. For more information or to register, call the parish office at 317-485-0150.

St. Helena Ministry
LOGANSPORT — All Saints Parish is planning another 12-week program for individuals who have been through or who are currently going through divorce. The “St. Helena’s Ministry” is based on “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide” by Rose Sweet. The sessions will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Sunday, beginning Jan. 8, on the first floor of the parish’s Catholic Education Center. An informational event also will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Amelio’s Restaurant in Logansport. For more information and online registration, visit the Web site at

Trivia Night
MARION — St. Paul School will host a Trivia Night on Saturday, Jan. 28, in McCarthy Hall, located behind the school on Kem Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with trivia starting at 7 p.m. Teams of up to eight participants will compete to see who can answer the most questions correctly in a variety of categories. Cost is $10 per person. Bring yourself or a team of up to eight, snacks for yourself or your table, and your beverage of choice. Early reservations are encouraged; only 16 tables are available. Reservations are requested by Jan. 24 and may be made by calling 765-662-2883, ext. 110, or e-mailing

WorldWide Marriage Encounter
Married couples in the Lafayette diocese and Indianapolis area are invited to restore, renew and rekindle their marriages through Marriage Encounter Weekends. Those wishing to make a first-time (or another) weekend may apply at Upcoming weekends include April 28-30, 2017, and Nov. 3-5, 2017.

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