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Italian dinner
WEST LAFAYETTE — All are invited to attend an Italian dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Newman Hall (lower level) of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit spring break mission trips. The menu will include pasta, roasted chicken, Italian bread, salad and wine. Live music will be presented by Cool City Band.

Lenten fish fries/Noblesville
NOBLESVILLE — Knights of Columbus Council 9706 of Our Lady of Grace Parish will begin this year’s annual Lenten fish fries with a “Fat Fish Friday” from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Parish Community Room. The fish fries will continue at the same time on each Friday during Lent. A take-home, drive-through window will be available for those on the go. The menu includes fried and baked fish, French fries or baked potato, coleslaw or applesauce, dinner roll, desserts and beverages. A new children’s menu will feature fish sticks and macaroni and cheese. Meal sizes are large ($10), medium ($8), small ($6) or children’s ($4). The fish fries are the Knights’ biggest fund-raiser each year. Proceeds help support the parish, Birthright of Cicero, diocesan seminarians, St. Vincent de Paul, Special Olympics, Gibault Services and more. All are welcome to attend.

Holy Family Catholic Conference
KOKOMO — All are invited to attend the 2017 Indiana Holy Family Catholic Conference, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Kokomo High School, 2501 S. Berkley. The conference is hosted by St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick parishes and sponsored by the Lafayette diocese, St. Vincent Kokomo and the Knights of Columbus of Kokomo. This year’s theme will be “He Saved Me Because He Delighted in Me.” Guest speakers will include Father Leo Patalinghug, Dominick Albano, Dr. Chuck Dietzen, Father Rick Nagel and Caitie Beardmore. Special activities will be available for children of all ages. Cost includes lunch. For more information or to register online, visit More information also is available from the parishes by calling 765-865-9964 or 765-452-6021.

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will host a Cursillo ultreya — a coming together of the Cursillo community — at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 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 snack or a beverage to share. For more information, contact Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or

“Welcome Home Sunday”
DUNKIRK — St. Mary Parish will host “Welcome Home Sunday” on Sunday, Feb. 26. The day will begin with Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by a carry-in lunch. Meat, beverages and table service will be provided. All former parish members and their families are invited to attend, as well as anyone interested in learning about the Catholic faith. The day will provide an opportunity to meet Father David Newton, pastor, and the current parish community. For more information, call 765-744-1611.

Lunch and lecture: “Eucharist and Adoration”
LAFAYETTE — All are invited to attend the next lunch and lecture at St. Ann Parish, to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Memorial Center. Guest speaker will be Father Timothy Combs, OP, associate pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, West Lafayette, on “Eucharist and Adoration.” The event is sponsored by the St. Ann’s Action Community. RSVP is requested to 765-714-7692 or

Book discussion and fellowship
REYNOLDS — Do you want to do more during Lent than give up chocolate? All are invited to a book discussion and time for fellowship at St. Joseph Parish beginning this month. The book to be discussed is Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly, which explores why people sabotage their own happiness and what they can do about it. Morning and evening discussion sessions will be offered; all sessions will meet in St. Joseph’s Muller Hall, 601 Kenton St. Evening sessions will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 28, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 and April 3. Morning sessions will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and April 5. Books for participants cost $1 each. For more information or to register, call Sandy Koebcke at 219-207-0423 or e-mail

Community education luncheon
CRAWFORDSVILLE — A community education luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 2, at Bonzel Hall, located inside the main entrance to Franciscan Health Crawfordsville. The topic will be “Spring and Summer Health Check Up.” 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 to attend.

World Day of Prayer event
MONTICELLO — Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 3. In Monticello, a service will be held at 10:30 a.m. that day at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 543 S. Main St. The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration. Each year, a different country’s World Day of Prayer committee writes the worship service. All are welcome to attend.

Fish fry/Fowler
FOWLER — Sacred Heart Parish will hold a fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3. Menu will include fish, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce and desserts. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Carry-outs will be available. All are welcome to attend.

Eucharistic adoration
DEMOTTE — All are invited to join in Eucharistic adoration from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, at St. Cecilia Church, 334 15th St. SW. Refreshments and the opportunity for conversation will follow. The evening is sponsored by St. Cecilia’s Young Adults.

Lenten fish fries/Zionsville
ZIONSVILLE — The Knights of Columbus of St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish will hold their annual fish fry dinners from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, March 3 through April 7, in the parish hall, 1870 W. Oak St. Meals will include fish, shrimp or fish and shrimp, French fries, coleslaw or applesauce and a brownie. Spaghetti also will be available. All are welcome to attend.

Legion of Mary
LAFAYETTE — All are invited to join the Legion of Mary for the celebration of Mass at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month in the chapel at Franciscan Health Lafayette Central. The Mass will be followed by Legion of Mary prayers and recitation of the rosary. All are invited to also join in a holy hour for America at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the chapel. The holy hour will include Legion of Mary prayers, Benediction and Communion.

Lenten day of reflection
MUNCIE — St. Mary Parish will host a Lenten day of reflection with Father Denis Robinson, OSB, on Saturday, March 4. Theme for the day will be “Meeting Christ on the Road.” Father Robinson is president-rector of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. The day will begin with Mass at 8 a.m., followed by the program in Noll Hall. For more information, call Susan Kerrigan at 765-744-0475. All are invited to attend.

“Heroic Families”
PORTLAND — Immaculate Conception Parish will host speaker Peter Howard for a presentation on “Heroic Families” at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in the Jay County High School Auditorium, 2072 W. State Road 67. Married and the father of five children, Howard is an author, speaker and Marian scholar. His mission has been to travel the country and share with parents how to strengthen their families in troubling times and how to become a “heroic family” with the help of God. All those ages 16 and older are welcome to attend. For more information, call Alan Dirksen at 260-731-1487 (home) or 260-251-9200 (cell).

“The Pivotal Players”
LAFAYETTE — St. Lawrence Parish will offer a six-week study based on Bishop Robert Barron’s newest film series, “The Pivotal Players.” The study will focus on St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Catherine of Siena to explore how to live life more fully. The series will begin from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, March 6, in the parish social hall and continue weekly on Mondays through April 10. Study guides cost $25 each. Registration is requested by Tuesday, Feb. 28. For more information or to register, call the parish office at 765-742-2107. All are welcome to attend.

Kindergarten round up and open house
MARION — St. Paul School will host a kindergarten round up and open house on Thursday, March 9. The kindergarten round up will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The open house will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with guests able to tour the school, visit with individual teachers, explore academic and after-school offerings and enroll for the 2017-18 school year. Preschool through sixth grade enrollments are being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. St. Paul Preschool is Level 2 in the Paths to Quality program. The registration fee for kindergarten through sixth grade is waived for those enrolled by April 7; the preschool registration fee is reduced to $25 until April 7. For more information, including scholarship opportunities, call the school office at 765-662-2883 or visit the school Web site at

The O’Connor House Celebration of Life Event
CARMEL — The O’Connor House will host its 12th annual Celebration of Life Event at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, at The Ritz Charles. Open to the public, the fund-raiser will be a fun and casual evening with “tailgate” socializing, buffet, auction items and games. Dress is casual; those attending are welcome to wear their favorite team’s colors or jersey. Online registration is available at More information also is available from Nancy Imhoff at 317-385-0699 or The O’Connor House is a home in Carmel that provides shelter, food, clothing, counseling and other support to single, homeless, pregnant women and their children.

“The Cross and the Light”
CARMEL — The internationally known and critically acclaimed production “The Cross and the Light” will be presented in four shows on March 10-12 at the Dale E. Graham Auditorium at Carmel High School. Now in its sixth season, the production is a family-friendly, musical, multisensory experience of events from Christ’s passion through Pentecost. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the diocese and local parishes.

“You: Life, Love and the Theology of the Body”
MUNCIE — St. Mary Parish will host a day of training for adults on “You: Life, Love and the Theology of the Body” from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in the parish’s Noll Hall. The day is intended for parents, principals, teachers, priests, catechists, youth ministers, campus ministers and anyone who works with teens in ninth through 12th grades. The training specialist will be Colin MacIver from Ascension Press. Cost is $40 per person, which includes training handouts and a leader’s guide, continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is requested by Friday, March 3. Register online at For more information, contact Tammy Laudicina at or 765-288-5308.

Parish mission
KOKOMO — All are invited to attend a Lenten parish mission on “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit” on Sunday, March 12, through Wednesday, March 15, at St. Patrick Church. The mission will explore the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the role of the family in catechesis and spreading the faith in the context of those gifts. The mission will be given by Father Reginald Lynch, OP, from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. The mission will begin at 7 p.m. each day. Topics will be: Sunday, “Mercy and the Gifts of the Spirit”; Monday, “Encountering the Living God”; Tuesday, “The Task of Evangelization: the Church and the Family,” and Wednesday, “Closing Mass and What’s Next?” The opportunity for confession will be available Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. A morning option also will be available Monday through Wednesday. For more information, call 765-452-6021, ext. 324, or e-mail

Lenten mission
WINCHESTER — St. Joseph Parish will host a Lenten mission on March 13-15. Denise Bossert will be the guest speaker on the theme “Catholic by Grace.” Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. each day, followed by the speaker at 6:30 p.m. and the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation at 7:30 p.m. A light meal and time for fellowship also will be available. All are welcome to attend.

Annual Day of Renewal for Parish Staffs
ZIONSVILLE — The diocesan Office of Catechesis will offer its annual Day of Renewal for Parish Staffs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 1870 W. Oak St. All priests and their parish staffs are invited to attend the day where they can reflect on Jesus’ words from the cross — “I thirst” — and how their mission as agents of the Church flows from uniting their thirst with the thirst of Jesus. The day will include Mass celebrated by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty. Guest speaker will be Matt Faley, director of young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Cost is $25 per person. Registration is requested by March 7. For more information, including flyers with registration details, visit

Adult Scouter Awards
Nominations are now being accepted by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for Girl Scout and Boy Scout Adult Scouter Awards. The awards are presented to adults working with youth on their Scout religious awards for two or more years. Nomination forms may be obtained from Trudie Wanchow, DCCS Awards Chair, at or Steve Chatot at Nominations and required letters should be submitted by March 15. Those selected by the committee will receive their awards from Bishop Timothy L. Doherty on May 6 at the annual Bishop’s Dinner.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
CARMEL — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the social hall (Room B102) at the church, 10655 Haverstick Road. The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, freshly made scones and cake. Hot dogs and chips (champs and bangers) will be available for children. A dispensation has been granted to eat meat on this Friday of Lent. Cost is $11 per person, with a maximum of $30 for immediate family; there is no cost for children ages 5 and younger. Tickets may be purchased in the Commons after Masses, in the parish office or at the door. For more information, call 317-846-3850. All are welcome to attend.

“The Call” retreat for teens
KOKOMO — “The Call,” an annual two-day high-school retreat open to all teens of the diocese, will be held Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, at St. Joan of Arc Church. All high-schoolers in grades 9-12 are invited and encouraged to attend. Joe Farris, a nationally known speaker and missionary, will use stories, humor and personal witness to challenge and encourage participants to embrace their Catholic faith. Paul Sifuentes will be emcee for the retreat. The weekend also will include breakout sessions, games, skits, music, opportunities for fellowship, Eucharistic adoration, the celebration of Mass and an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation. Cost is $50 per teen or adult chaperone and includes meals, retreat materials and a T-shirt. For more information or to receive registration forms, call Brian Campbell at 765-865-9967 or e-mail

Presentation on human trafficking in Indianapolis
FISHERS — Holy Spirit Parish will host a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, about human trafficking in Indianapolis. The parish is located at 10350 Glaser Way in Fishers. Children of junior high age are welcome to attend with a parent. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to the parish office at 317-849-9245 by Monday, March 20.

Catholic Scout retreat
ZIONSVILLE — The next “Close Encounters with God” Scout retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish. All Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in grades kindergarten through 12 are invited to attend. The day will include games, stories, prayers, songs and Mass. Cost is $5 per person for Scouts; there is no admission cost for adults who attend. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch; beverages will be provided. To register, contact Steve Chatot at or 765-286-5093. Registration deadline is April 3.

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.

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 and Nov. 3-5.

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