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Parish anniversary
TIPTON — St. John the Baptist Parish is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. All are invited to join the celebration, beginning with Mass at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at the parish, 323 Mill St. A dinner will be served immediately after the Mass. Those planning to attend the dinner are asked to RSVP to the business office at 765-675-2422 or e-mail

Comedy night
KOKOMO — Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School will host its second annual comedy night, featuring Dave Dugan, on Friday, June 24, at Rhum Academy. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and include a silent auction and a “clean comedy” show with the nationally known performer. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at St. Joan of Arc Church, 3155 S. 200 W. For more information, call Therese Bath at 765-626-7006. All are welcome to attend.

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will sponsor an ultreya, a coming together of the Cursillo community, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in the lower level of the parish hall at St. Lawrence Parish. The ultreya will be a Cursillo come-and-see format. Several people who have experienced a Cursillo weekend will share how the Cursillo movement has made a change in their lives. Those attending are encouraged to bring friends who are interested in learning about Cursillo. For more information, call Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or e-mail

Ordination anniversary
All are invited to attend a celebration of the 25th ordination anniversary of Father Robert Klemme, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Oxford and St. Charles Parish in Otterbein, on Sunday, June 26. The two parishes will join in celebrating their annual Community Mass at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at Benton Central Junior-Senior High School. A lunch will follow the Mass. A reception also will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Benton Central cafeteria. For more information, call Chris Sheetz at 765-714-1750.

Groundbreaking ceremony
LAFAYETTE — Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health officials will host a community groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, June 27, at the St. Elizabeth East campus, 1701 S. Creasy Ln. The groundbreaking will celebrate the beginning of construction on a new patient tower that will be built in front of the current hospital. The West Tower will have 106,000 square feet of space and will include approximately 52 new patient beds. The new tower will be connected via walkway to the North and South Towers. Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health also will be live-streaming the groundbreaking ceremony on its Facebook page at

“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. The sessions will be 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. Topics, speakers, dates and times include: “The Journey of Faith,” (Stages of Faith), by Denise McGonigal, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28; “Christ Connection,” (Catechetical Process), by Leighton Drake, 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, and 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14; “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), 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. For more information, call Leighton Drake at 317-846-3878, ext. 3117, or e-mail

“Mindfulness through Photography”
HARTFORD CITY — John XXIII Retreat Center will offer a retreat on “Mindfulness through Photography” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Participants may use a camera or camera-phone during the retreat. Cost is $12 per person. Registration is requested by Tuesday, July 5. For more information, call 888-882-1391, e-mail or visit

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.

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

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.

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

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 and Sharing Circles. Those wishing to make a first-time (or another) weekend may register at; upcoming weekends include Nov. 4-6, 2016, April 28-30, 2017, and Nov. 3-5, 2017. Couples who already have attended weekends are invited to join monthly Sharing Circles. For more information, e-mail

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