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Happening in the Local Church

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“Theology on Tap”/West Lafayette
WEST LAFAYETTE — All young adults are invited to attend “Theology on Tap — Introducing the Fantasy Summer” on each Tuesday evening in July. All meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Harry’s Chocolate Shop. Presenters will explore the crossroads between imaginative fiction and the Catholic faith. Topics and presenters will include: July 22, Father Kevin Stephens, OP, will discuss “The Lord of the Rings”; and July 29, Sean McPhearson will discuss Disney’s “Tangled.”

“Be a Better Babysitter”
LAFAYETTE — The Kathryn Weil Center for Education will host a “Be a Better Babysitter” class from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26. The course is designed for youth ages 10 to 14 and will cover topics including how to start babysitting, age-appropriate play, basic child care skills, guidance and safety. Cost is $15 per person. For more information or to register, call 765-449-5133. The center is located in the Bill Long Building, 1415 Salem St.

“Late Nite Catechism”
KOKOMO — The Serra Club of Kokomo will host the show “Late Nite Catechism” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Indiana University Kokomo Havens Auditorium, 2300 S. Washington St. The evening of interactive comedy is a fund-raiser to support the Serra Club’s mission of fostering religious vocations. General admission tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. VIP tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door; VIP tickets provide seating up front for possible interaction with the show’s “Sister.” For tickets, send payment, made payable to Serra Club, by mail to St. Patrick Church, 1204 N. Armstrong St., Kokomo, IN 46901. Purchases by credit card may be made online at For more information, call 765-432-1001. All are welcome to attend.

ELM information nights
The diocesan Pastoral Office for Catechesis will sponsor three Ecclesial Lay Ministry (ELM) information nights across the diocese in July. Participants will explore how they can learn more about the Catholic faith by becoming involved with the ELM Program. The information nights will be held at the following locations: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the St. Augustine Room at St. Maria Goretti Church, 17102 Spring Mill Road, Westfield; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in the Frassati Room of St. Joan of Arc Church, 3155 S. 200 W., Kokomo; and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Conference Room of the Catholic Pastoral Center, 2300 S. Ninth St., Lafayette. For more information, call Anne Roat, director of the Pastoral Office for Catechesis, at 765-269-4653 or e-mail

“Theology o’ Tap”/Carmel
CARMEL — The Carmel Deanery young adult ministries will sponsor a “Theology o’ Tap” speaker series this summer for all young adults (ages 18 to 35) in the diocese. Hosted by the Claddagh Irish Pub, 3835 E. 96th St., Indianapolis, each evening will begin with food and drinks at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. The topic on Thursday, July 31, will be “How to Date ... Even When You’re Married,” with presenters Louis and Rebecca Paiz exploring tips for singles who are dating and for married young adults. The topic on Thursday, Aug. 7, will be “Priestly Questions,” a question-and-answer time with Father Matthew Arbuckle and Father Thomas Haan.

Golf outing
FISHERS — The ninth annual St. John Vianney golf outing will be held on Monday, Aug. 4, at Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel. All are invited to attend for a day of fun, fellowship and golf. Check-in and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start of the scramble format at 12:30 p.m. Dinner and awards will conclude the day. Sponsors are still being accepted. Register as a single player, a foursome or a sponsor at For more information, call 317-485-0150.

Vocations dinner
FISHERS — Knights of Columbus Council 6923 will host a vocations dinner on Sunday, Aug. 10, at St. Louis de Montfort Parish to benefit seminarian, parishioner and fellow Knight Coady Owens and other diocesan seminarians. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in St. Louis de Montfort’s Craig Willy Hall, 11441 Hague Road, Fishers. The dinner will be picnic-style, with hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, desserts and beverages. Free-will donations will be accepted, with all proceeds benefiting the seminarians. Suggested donation is $10 per person or $30 per family. Coady and other seminarians will be at the dinner to visit with those attending. Those who are unable to attend the dinner are invited to support the seminarians with donations, made payable to the Knights of Columbus, mailed to P.O. Box 691, Fishers, IN 46038 or dropped off at the parish office.

Diabetes education
LAFAYETTE — The Franciscan Healthy Living Center will continue its free diabetes education series, “The Diabetes Roadmap to Success,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Kathryn Weil Center for Education. This month’s topic will be “Finding Your Keys,” with a focus on medications. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged; for more information or to register, call the Kathryn Weil Center at 765-449-5133. The Kathryn Weil Center, located in the Bill Long Building, 1415 Salem St., is the community education department of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health.

Rummage sale
DEMOTTE — St. Cecilia Parish’s Ladies Sodality will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 15, in the parish hall, 334 15th St. SW. On Friday, items will be $3 per bag; larger items will be half price. All are welcome to attend.

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, Aug. 14, at the center, located in the Bill Long Building, 1415 Salem St. The program will explain the science and methods of modern NFP models, and includes an introductory session of the Creighton Model Fertility Care System. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the center at 765-449-5133.

Smoking cessation program
LAFAYETTE — The Kathryn Weil Center for Education will present a smoking cessation program utilizing the Cooper Clayton Method beginning from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. The program consists of 13 one-hour sessions; the introductory session is free. Course fee is $60 and includes a take-home handbook. The Cooper Clayton Method is a comprehensive behavioral smoking cessation program, which includes education, skills training and social support. 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.

The Symposium
LAFAYETTE — The Pastoral Office for Catechesis will sponsor a symposium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, for directors of religious education, adult faith formation directors and pastoral associates. The event will be held at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The purpose of the symposium is to provide parish professionals with an opportunity to learn from leaders in catechetical ministry and to network and support each other. Guest speaker will be Father Sean Pogue, associate pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Muncie, on collaboration with the clergy and parish engagement. Registration deadline is July 22. For more information, call 765-269-4650, e-mail or visit the Web site at

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