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Happening in the Local Church

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Mass of Hope
LAFAYETTE — A Mass of Hope will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The intention of the Mass is to pray for strong faith before the upcoming election and to thank God for his mercy. Music will be provided by Kayser Swidan beginning at 6:30 p.m. The evening is sponsored by the Faithful City Prayer Group. All are welcome to attend.

“Lend Me a Tenor”
RENSSELAER — The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College will present Ken Ludwig’s Tony-award-winning comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” on Oct. 20, 21 and 22 in the College Theater located in the Evans Arts and Science Building on campus. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. CDT and admission is $5 for all seats. (Audience members should be aware that some material in the play may not be suitable for younger audiences.)

Women’s day of reflection
LEBANON — St. Joseph Parish invites all women over the age of 18 to attend a women’s day of reflection from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the parish hall. Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m., followed by registration and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The theme will be “4-G: Placing God at the Center of Our Day,” with reflections on God, gratitude, glee and grace. The day will include guest speakers, lunch, snacks, crafts and fellowship. Cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 765-482-5558 or e-mail

“Catch the Spirit”
HARTFORD CITY — John XXIII Retreat Center will celebrate 50 years of Christian ministry during its “Catch the Spirit” event from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie. The fifth annual event will include a buffet dinner, a brief summary of the ministries of the retreat center, a raffle and a presentation by playwright and actor Ted Swartz titled “Laughter Is Sacred Space.” John XXIII Retreat Center will be closing at the end of this year. The Oct. 22 celebration will offer an opportunity for those attending to express appreciation for the 50 years that the retreat center has been part of the community and for the many lives that have been touched by its ministries. Cost for the evening is $25 per person. For more information or to register, e-mail or call 765-348-4008 or 888-882-1391. All are welcome to attend.

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will host a Cursillo ultreya — a coming together of the Cursillo community — at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the lower level of the parish hall at St. Lawrence Parish. All Cursillistas and friends are welcome to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a snack or beverage to share. For more information, call Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or e-mail

On “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”
FRANKFORT — The Social Justice Committee of St. Mary Parish invites all to participate in its final faith-sharing program examining themes from “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” The program session will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the parish’s St. John Paul II Center. The session will provide an opportunity to pray together, reflect on Scripture and identify how faith forms participation in American community life.

DCCW fall meeting
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Deanery Council of Catholic Women will hold its fall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Lawrence Parish. The day will begin with Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by recitation of the rosary. Registration and hospitality then will be held in the parish social hall. Registration cost is $5 per person. The day will continue with a business session, a presentation by guest speaker Suzanne Gardiner about her trip to Rome to witness the canonization of St. Teresa of Kolkata, a light luncheon, door prizes and dismissal. Those attending are asked to bring travel-size bottles of shampoo, deodorant, tooth brushes and toothpaste, facial tissues and other items to make personal hygiene kits to be donated to a local women’s shelter or shelter for the homeless. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail or call/text 765-404-5770.

“Dying with Dignity and Building a Culture of Life”
FISHERS — St. John Vianney Parish will host a presentation on end-of-life issues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. The evening will begin with evening prayer in the church. Presenters will be Kathy Kindt, a registered nurse from St. Vincent Anderson Regional, and Susan Hoefer, from the diocesan Office of Family Life and Hispanic Ministry. Topics to be discussed will include: what options are morally licit for alleviating suffering during the end of life; what should be considered when planning a living will; what myths surround end-of-life issues and physician-assisted suicide; and how information can be shared to help build a culture of life. St. John Vianney Church is located at 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd., at the corner of Southeastern Parkway and 126th Street. For more information, visit or call the parish office at 317-485-0150. All are welcome to attend.

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 Nov. 4-6, 2016, April 28-30, 2017, and Nov. 3-5, 2017.

Fall women’s retreat
LAFAYETTE — The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception will host a fall women’s retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The day will feature accomplished worship leader, pianist, songwriter and writer Robert Rogers, author of 7 Steps to No Regrets and Rise Above. He will share his story about rising above adversity, through trust in God, after losing his wife and four children in a flash flood. The retreat will begin with Mass at 9:30 a.m., followed by a light breakfast. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call Kim Granlund at 765-491-0468. RSVPs are requested by Oct. 30 to Granlund at or Mary Diener at

“Morning of Mercy”
CARMEL — All are invited to attend the first “Morning of Mercy” at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The event is an opportunity to refresh and offer a prayerful respite for participants. The morning will feature Msgr. Robert L. Sell III, who will speak on God’s mercy, as well as four other speakers presenting their own personal witnesses. The morning also will include the Golden Voice choir from St. Theodore Guerin High School. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call Shelly Thieme at 317-525-0193 or e-mail Diane Conover at

“Baby-on-theWay 5K”
NOBLESVILLE — The fourth annual “Baby-on-the-Way 5K” will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, to benefit The O’Connor House. Open to the public, the event welcomes walkers, runners, individuals and families to join the fun. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. at St. Theodore Guerin High School, 15300 Gray Road in Noblesville. The event will take place on the high school’s cross country course. Registrations before Nov. 3 will include a long-sleeve T-shirt. Bagels and water bottles will be offered to all participants. Online registration is available at For more information, e-mail Sarah Soukup at or call her at 574-274-4330. The O’Connor House is a home in Carmel that provides shelter, food, clothing, counseling and other support services to single, homeless, pregnant women and their children. For more information, visit

St. Josephine Bakhita’s Mercy Market
CARMEL — Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish is planning its first St. Josephine Bakhita’s Mercy Market on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, in the parish hall. All are invited to come explore unique gifts and one-of-a-kind finds; all products are hand-crafted by non-exploited laborers. The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, with a fashion show at 3 p.m. A preview of the market will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Born in Sudan in 1869, St. Josephine Bakhita was bought and sold five times in the slave markets. Despite her hardships, she found hope in God, knowing he loved her. She was canonized in 2000 by St. John Paul II.

Turkey dinner
DELPHI — St. Joseph Parish will hold its annual turkey dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in Honan Hall. Dinners will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce or applesauce, roll, pie and a beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under age 6. Carry-outs will be available for an extra 50 cents per meal. All are invited to attend.

Fall bazaar
TIPTON — St. John the Baptist Parish will hold its annual fall bazaar from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the school building, 323 Mill St. A turkey dinner will be served, offering turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, choice of salad, dessert and beverages of milk, water and coffee. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for children ages 3 and younger. Carry-outs will be available. The bazaar also will feature a $1,000 gas card raffle, money raffle, 50/50 drawings and pull tabs. The school is handicap accessible. All are invited to attend.

Women invited to WORD
LAFAYETTE — All women in the Lafayette and West Lafayette area are invited to join WORD (Women of Renewed Devotion) to learn more about Scripture. The group’s next study series will be 18 weeks focused on “Luke: The Gospel of Mercy.” Meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School from Nov. 10 to May 4 (with some weeks not scheduled). Cost of the study guide is $38. For more information, e-mail Christine Hardenburg at Registration is requested by Nov. 1. To register, call the St. Lawrence Church office at 765-742-2107 and submit payment to the parish office.

Thanksgiving Day meal
FISHERS — St. Louis de Montfort Parish will host a free Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, in Craig Willy Hall on the parish campus, 11441 Hague Road. All are invited to attend. The menu will include turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, rolls and desserts. For more information, call 317-517-4256.

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