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RENSSELAER — Saint Joseph’s College will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on Sept. 19-21. Among the scheduled activities are: a campus tour departing at 2 p.m. Friday from the Welcome Center at Schwietermann Hall; a Homecoming pep rally at 8 p.m. Friday at the Halleck Student Center Patio; Drexel Hall open house from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday; Kids’ Art Tent from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Beer and Brat Tent Family Area; Puma football vs. Alderson Broadus University at noon Saturday; and a closing Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, featuring the Saint Joseph’s College Choir, in Saint Joseph’s Chapel. For more information, visit the Web site at

Car seat safety checks
LAFAYETTE — Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, the Kathryn Weil Center for Education and Safe Kids Tippecanoe Chapter will offer free car seat safety checks from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Kathryn Weil Center, 1415 Salem St. Car seat checks will be conducted by certified child passenger safety technicians. No appointments are needed.

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will host an ultreya — a gathering of the Cursillo community — at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 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

“40 Days for Life”/ Lafayette
LAFAYETTE — From Sept. 24 through Nov. 2, all are invited to join “40 Days for Life” in 40 days of prayer and fasting to end abortion. The Lafayette campaign will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in front of the local Planned Parenthood office. All those wishing to participate are asked to sign up for an hour at (Previous participants will need to re-register because of the new Web site.) A kickoff celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center. The event will include speakers, songs and prayers. For more information, call 765-637-6174 or visit the Web site.

NFP overview
LAFAYETTE — The Kathryn Weil Center for Education will offer a free presentation on Natural Family Planning from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the center, located in the Bill Long Building, 1415 Salem St. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 765-449-5133. The program will explain the science and methods of modern NFP models and include an introductory session of the Creighton Model Fertility Care System.

SEED presentation
MUNCIE — “The Madness of Eucharistic Love: St. Catherine of Siena and her Theology on the Eucharist” will be the topic of the next SEED (Seeking Evangelization through Eucharistic Devotion) presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at St. Mary Parish. Guest speaker will be Father Clayton Thompson, associate pastor of St. Boniface Parish, Lafayette. Benediction will begin immediately after the presentation, followed by a reception in the parish’s Facilities Building. All are welcome to attend.

“40 Days for Life”/Fishers
FISHERS — A rally will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8937 Technology Dr. to kick off the first “40 Days for Life” campaign in Fishers. Speakers at the kickoff event will include Audrey Radous of Carmel, who became pregnant in 2009 at the age of 15 and chose life for her baby. The Fishers campaign will include a prayer vigil outside the Planned Parenthood facility on Technology Drive. For more information, visit the Web site at
fishers, e-mail Rosie Zatkulak at or call her at 317-294-5553. All are welcome.

Pilgrimage information meeting
LAFAYETTE — Father Christopher Roberts, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Union City, and St. Joseph Parish, Winchester, will lead a pilgrimage in the summer of 2015 to Greece and Turkey, in the footsteps of St. Paul. An informational meeting about the pilgrimage will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the Bishop Higi Room of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. All are welcome to attend. Information about the pilgrimage also may be found on Father Roberts’ Web site at

“Beauty as a Road to God”
WEST LAFAYETTE — Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University, will deliver a public lecture titled “Beauty as a Road to God” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, in Newman Hall at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics and medieval philosophy. The lecture is sponsored by the Aquinas Educational Foundation, the St. Thomas Aquinas Center and the Religious Studies Program at Purdue University. All are invited to attend.

Birthright of Kokomo training class
KOKOMO — A class will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, for those interested in volunteering for the Birthright of Kokomo Pregnancy Help Center. The class will be held at the Birthright office, located at 3712 Southlea Dr. For more information, call Carrie Lupini at 765-453-4673 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Candlelight memorial service
LAFAYETTE — Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, the Kathryn Weil Center for Education, the Lafayette SHARE Support Group and Project Sweet Pea will host the annual perinatal SHARE and Project Sweet Pea candelight memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the center, located in the Bill Long Building, 1415 Salem St. Those who wish to attend and/or have a baby remembered at the service are asked to call the center at 765-449-5133.

Blessing of animals
CICERO — Deacon John Etter will offer a blessing of animals at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the parking area of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. All are welcome.

Life Chain/Westfield
WESTFIELD — The sixth annual Life Chain in Westfield will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the intersection of Union Street and State Road 32, rain or shine. Signs will be distributed from Redman Park in downtown Westfield starting at 2:15 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring consumable baby items (diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, etc.) to be donated to moms and babies in need in Hamilton County. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Susan Morris at 317-896-5164 or e-mail

Life Chain/Fishers
FISHERS — The first annual Life Chain in Fishers will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at 116th Street and Allisonville Road. Participants will meet at the Farmers State Bank parking lot at 2:15 p.m. to pick up signs. The international hour of silent prayer is intended to offer a peaceful, legal and compassionate public witness on behalf of the unborn who are at risk of abortion. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit or call Fishers Life Chain coordinator Mike Sheek at 317-509-1450.

Rummage sale/Noblesville
NOBLESVILLE — The Altar Rosary Society of Our Lady of Grace Parish will hold its annual rummage sale from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 10, at the church, located at 191st Street and State Road 37. Friday is “bag day” and all large items will be half price. Items will include household goods, toys, tools, clothing, furniture, books and more. Proceeds will help support the group’s mission of funeral dinners, a teen girl scholarship, gifts for the homebound and annual brunch after the healing Mass. All are invited to attend.

Rummage sale/Monticello
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. Thursday, Oct. 9, and Friday, Oct. 10, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 122 N. Illinois St. On Saturday, all items will be $2 a bag. All are invited.

Save the date/Right to Life banquet
WEST LAFAYETTE — Pam Stenzel will be the featured speaker at this year’s Tippecanoe County Right to Life Banquet, to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Purdue Memorial Union. Conceived in rape and placed for adoption, Stenzel draws from her own personal story, as well as her visits with teens around the world, to talk about the consequences — both physical and emotional — of sex outside of marriage. Cost for the banquet is $50 per person. For more information, e-mail or call 765-714-9554.

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