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Happening in the Local Church

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Send items in writing to: P.O. Box 1603, Lafayette, IN 47902 or e-mail us.

Please send information as far in advance as possible, but at least two weeks before the event to ensure timely notice. The listing is free.

DCCW spring meeting
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Deanery Council of Catholic Women will hold its spring meeting on Thursday, May 28, at St. Ann Church, 612 Wabash Ave., Lafayette. Guest speaker will be Theresa Chamblee, director of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Catholic Campaign for Human Development, on “Poverty in Indiana.” Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a business session at 9 a.m. The day also will include recitation of the rosary, celebration of Mass and a luncheon. All Catholic women are invited to attend. Cost is $5 per person. Those attending are asked to e-mail or call 765-404-5770.

“Third Option” marriage enrichment program
NOBLESVILLE — Would you like to learn how to communicate better with your spouse, to really listen and say what you mean without making your spouse defensive, to find out why your childhood “baggage” may be making your marriage work harder than it should? Join the “Third Option,” a 14-week marriage enrichment program that will begin from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at St. Theodore Guerin High School. The program is sponsored by area parishes; there is a recommended donation of $5 per person per night. Professional child care will be available. For more information or to sign up, visit or call 317-324-8445.

“Eucharistic Reflections”
MUNCIE — Father David Newton will be the guest speaker at the next gathering of SEED (Seeking Evangelization through Eucharistic Devotion) at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at St. Mary Church. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will precede Father Newton’s presentation of “Eucharistic Reflections,” based on almost 30 years of priesthood. Ordained in June 1988, Father Newton is pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hartford City, and St. Mary Parish, Dunkirk. A reception will be held in the Facilities Building after the presentation. All are welcome to attend.

Vacation Bible School
FISHERS — St. John Vianney Parish invites all children ages 3 to 10 (entering preschool through fourth grade) to join its Vacation Bible School on June 15-19. This year’s theme, from Cat Chat productions, is “Cathletics! Training to be Champions for Christ.” Cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child in a family, with a $50 family maximum. A “Drama Team” also will be offered for children ages 11 to 13. Cost is $10 per child for the “Drama Team.” School times are 8:50 a.m. to noon each day, with an 8:15 a.m. start time on Friday to celebrate Mass. Registration forms can be found online at and can be printed off and mailed to St. John Vianney Parish, 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd., Fishers, IN 46037. Registration is requested by June 8. For more information, e-mail Beth Sondgeroth at

Faithful City Prayer Group
LAFAYETTE — The Faithful City Prayer Group, a charismatic prayer group, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in the Bishop Carberry Room at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The group meets in a Catholic environment to praise God, share his Word, and exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To celebrate Pentecost, the group will pray especially for gifts of the Spirit. For more information, call Chuck Bunnell at 765-296-6955.

Estate planning seminar
LAFAYETTE — The Kathryn Weil Center for Education and the Franciscan Alliance Foundation will host an estate planning seminar from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the center. Approximately 55 percent of Americans do not have a will or proper estate planning documents in place. The May 28 seminar will offer education regarding what estate documents are needed, how to transfer wealth and assets to family members, how to include charitable giving in an estate plan, and more. A light dinner will be provided at the event. For more information or to register, call the Kathryn Weil Center at 765-449-5133. Located in the Bill Long Building at 1415 Salem St., the center is the community education department of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health.

Better Breathers Club
LAFAYETTE — The Franciscan Healthy Living Center will host the next meeting of the Better Breathers Club from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. The topic will be “Cooking Time,” with a presentation by a registered dietitian. Light refreshments also will be served. The Better Breathers Club is a program of the American Lung Association. Designed for patients and community members to learn ways to better cope with COPD and other respiratory issues, it provides support and education to those who participate. Each meeting is free. For more information, call the Franciscan Healthy Living Center at 765-428-5850. The center is located in the Lafayette Heart Institute Building, 1116 N. 16th St., on the campus of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette Central.

Barbecue rib dinner to support seminarians
CARMEL — The Knights of Columbus will hold a barbecue rib dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in the social hall at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 10655 Haverstick Road. Meals will include ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, French fries and ice cream. Hot dogs also will be available for children. Suggested contribution is $10 for adults and $3 for kids’ meals. Proceeds will benefit seminarians. For more information, call Jim Spitznogle at 317-445-4340 or e-mail RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. All are welcome to attend.

Bible study
LAFAYETTE — A summer Bible study of the Book of Genesis will be offered at St. Lawrence Parish beginning Monday, June 22, and continuing through Monday, Aug. 31. The sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $15 for study materials. Registration is requested by June 10. For more information or to register, call the parish office at 765-742-2107, ext. 236.

CRUX retreats
Online registration continues for this summer’s CRUX retreats for boys and girls entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The retreat for boys — “Self-Giving ... How Bold Men Love!” — will be held July 13-16. The retreat for girls — “Wonderfully and Fearfully Made!” — will be held July 9-12. Both retreats will be held at Oakbrook Valley Camp near Russiaville. This will be the sixth year for the boys camp, and the first for the girls camp. Cost is $60 per camper. For more information or online registration, visit the Web site at

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