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Happening in the Local Church

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On “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens”
FRANKFORT — The Social Justice Committee of St. Mary Parish invites all to participate in its continuing faith-sharing program examining themes from “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens.” Program sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and 27, and Oct. 11 and 25, in the parish’s St. John Paul II Center. The sessions will provide an opportunity to pray together, reflect on Scripture and identify how faith forms participation in American community life.

Rummage sale
MUNCIE — The fifth annual rummage sale to benefit Father Andre’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in Haiti will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20, in Noll Hall on the campus of St. Mary Parish. Items will include kitchenware, tools, furniture, home furnishings, toys, sports equipment and more. Children’s clothes will be sold by the bag. Cash payments only. For more information, call Becky Hazen at 765-749-3390. All are welcome.

Presentation by Abby Johnson
WESTFIELD — Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who is now a pro-life advocate and speaker, will speak on Wednesday evening, Aug. 24, at St. Maria Goretti Church about her experience in the abortion industry and her life in the pro-life movement. For eight years, Johnson was director of the Texas Planned Parenthood abortion center where the first 40 Days for Life campaign was held. After leaving the abortion industry, she began to speak about her experiences and founded “And Then There Were None” to help other workers to leave the abortion industry. The Aug. 24 event will begin with an hors d’oeuvres reception at 6 p.m. in the parish hall, with the presentation at 7 p.m. in the church. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit The Great Lakes Gabriel Project. For more information about Johnson, visit For event information, visit or call Dave Bangs at 765-860-6006. All are invited to attend.

SEED gathering
MUNCIE — Father Jeff Martin, pastor of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Lafayette, will be the guest speaker at the next gathering of SEED (Seeking Evangelization through Eucharistic Devotion) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at St. Mary Church in Muncie. A reception will be held in the Facilities Building immediately following Benediction. All are welcome to attend.

KOKOMO — St. Joan of Arc Parish will host its annual FunFest on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27, on the grounds of the church, 3155 S. 200 W. (Dixon Road).  All are welcome to attend.  Friday evening will kick off with a meal by Dan’s Fish & Tenderloin Fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and younger. The band Higher Ground will provide musical entertainment on the Terrace from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Children’s inflatables will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. New this year, a “Mock Rock Lip Sync Battle” will begin at 7 p.m. on the Terrace. St. Joan of Arc pastor Father Matthew Arbuckle will host and perform as parishioners compete in head-to-head lip sync battles, with the best performer to be declared a winner at the end of the evening. Saturday’s activities will start at 5 p.m., immediately following the 4 p.m. Mass. Gary Rhum and his band Visual Signals will be the musical entertainment on the Terrace from 5:30 p.m. to  9 p.m. Children’s games with lots of fun prizes will again be a highlight for the youth, as well as the children’s inflatables from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The Beer Garden will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Black Jack will be available for adults from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the lower level of the Terrace.  The FunFest will close with a grand fireworks display over Emerald Lake at approximately 9:15 p.m. In addition to the activities each evening, there will be lots of food options to purchase at the Snack Shack, including pulled pork sandwiches with sides, hot dogs, tacos in a bag, nachos, popcorn, snow cones, Coke products, water and more. FunFest is St. Joan of Arc’s primary fund-raiser to support the parish’s general fund and the more than 80 ministries that provide much needed services and programs to parishioners, as well as the community at large, and as far away as Haiti. For more information about the FunFest, call the parish office at 765-865-9964 or visit the Web site at

‘Runnin’ the Shores’ 5K
KOKOMO — The St. Vincent Kokomo Foundation will hold its seventh annual “Runnin’ the Shores” 5K run/walk on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Champagne Shores to raise funds for St. Vincent Kokomo hospital. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m., with the run and walk beginning at 8 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top finishers from each age group. The event will feature chip timing to make it faster and easier for participants to get their results. Runners and walkers can sign up for the event now through Aug. 27 by going to The entry fee is $20 on or before Aug. 19. After Aug. 19 and at the event, the fee is $25. Additional family members are $15 per person. Those who wish to provide additional financial support can become a trail sponsor or provide a tax deductible donation at  Champagne Shores is located at County Road 440 West and Lakeshore Drive.

Chicken dinner and salad smorgasbord
DUNNINGTON — St. Mary Parish will hold a chicken dinner and salad smorgasbord, featuring homemade pies and salads, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the parish, located at 2961 South State Road 71. The dining room is air-conditioned; carry-outs also will be available at no extra charge. Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for preschool-age children and younger. All are welcome to attend.

Car seat clinic and safety class
LAFAYETTE — The Kathryn Weil Center for Education will host a free car seat clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Bill Long Building, 1415 Salem St. To participate, families must make an appointment by calling 765-449-5133. The center also will host a car seat safety class taught by a seat technician from 5:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. The technician will answer questions and explain elements of car seat safety. The program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 765-449-5133. The Kathryn Weil Center for Education is the community education department of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health.

Mobile food pantry
RENSSELAER — Franciscan Health Rensselaer and Fountain Stone Theater will host a mobile food pantry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 26, at the theater, located at 1376 St. Gaspar Dr. The mobile food pantry is provided by Food Finders as part of the Feeding America Initiative. It is meant to supplement local food pantries, not replace them. Jasper County has been identified as an area in need of additional food for low- and no-income individuals and families. Monthly income guidelines for recipients are as follows according to household size: one person, $1,832; two household members, $2,470; three, $3,108; four, $3,747; five, $4,385; and six, $5,023. For each additional household member, add $620 per month. Possible items to be distributed at the mobile food pantry include frozen meat, baked goods, beverages, vegetables, snacks and cereal. Please bring a laundry basket or box to carry items home. Items will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Alex Buckles at, or Food Finders at 765-471-0062.

Prayers for 40 Days for Life campaign
LAFAYETTE — The rosary and other prayers will be offered after the 9 a.m. Mass on Saturdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, in the chapel at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Central, for the success of the next 40 Days for Life campaign. The next campaign will begin Sept. 28 at the Planned Parenthood office in Lafayette.

Eucharistic adoration
DEMOTTE — All are invited to join in Eucharistic adoration at St. Cecilia Church, 334 15th St. SW, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Sponsored by St. Cecilia’s Young Adults, adoration will be held on the First Friday of each month, followed by refreshments and conversation. Those attending will have an opportunity to light a candle for their intentions and write their intentions and place them before the Lord. The evening also will include praise and worship music and quiet time for silent prayer.

“Reboot! Live!”
MUNCIE — St. Mary Parish will host “Reboot! Live!” with Chris Stefanick from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. Tickets are on sale now for the evening, which is for all ages, 12 to 100. Cost is $19 per person, which includes all event materials and take-away items. Limited seating is available. For more information or to get tickets, call Tammy Laudicina at 765-288-5308 or visit the Web site at

In celebration of the Blessed Mother’s birthday
DELPHI — All are invited to attend a celebration and outdoor Mass on Saturday, Sept. 10, in honor of the Blessed Mother’s birthday. The celebration will be held at the outdoor Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine in Delphi. Recitation of the rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Father Jeff Martin will be principal celebrant of the Mass, and speak about the Blessed Mother and the Schoenstatt movement in this Year of Mercy. Refreshments will be served after Mass. Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs, umbrellas, water and insect repellent for their comfort. For more information, visit the Web site at

“Nine Irish Brothers Fish Fry”
WEST LAFAYETTE — The Church of the Blessed Sacrament will host a “Nine Irish Brothers Fish Fry” from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Cost is $10 per person, which includes traditional fish, chips and slaw from Nine Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub and dessert courtesy of Dairy Queen. The day also will include live entertainment by the band Trad Sessions. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Advance tickets may be purchased for $8 each from the Nine Irish Brothers restaurants in Lafayette and West Lafayette or after Masses at the church on Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 4-5. All are welcome to attend.

Cursillo family picnic and Mass
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community coordinators will sponsor a Cursillo family picnic and Mass on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the home of Terry and Von Keech, located at 3541 U.S. Highway 52 S. An outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m., followed by the picnic from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. All Cursillistas, friends and family members are welcome. The coordinators will provide roasted chicken, iced tea and water, and plastic table service, cups and plates. Those attending are asked to bring a family-sized dish and/or dessert to share. Free-will donations will be accepted, but are not required. For more information, contact Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or or Von Keech at 765-479-2745 or

“Year of Mercy” presentation
MARION — The Adult Education Committee of St. Paul Parish will host a “Year of Mercy” presentation by Father Patrick Baikauskas, OP, on Wednesday evening, Sept. 14. The evening will begin with a potluck supper at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation. Activities will take place in McCarthy Hall, located behind St. Paul School, 1009 Kem Rd. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish to share. Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in West Lafayette, Father Baikauskas is among the “missionaries of mercy” who received a special mandate from Pope Francis. Reservations are requested for the Sept. 14 event by calling the St. Paul Parish office at 765-664-6345.

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 register at; upcoming weekends include Nov. 4-6, 2016, April 28-30, 2017, and Nov. 3-5, 2017.

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