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Happening in the Local Church

Contributions to “Happening … in the Local Church” are most welcome.

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.

Benefit for World Youth Day pilgrims
MUNCIE — All are invited to attend a tenderloin dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Muncie. All proceeds will go to help seven Ball State University students in their pilgrimage to Poland for World Youth Day this summer. Tickets will be available at the door; cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, e-mail Sarah Hazen at or call Sarah Striebich at 765-288-6180.

Cemetery spruce-up day
LAFAYETTE — A “spruce-up” day will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery, 2581 Schuyler Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23. All are invited to come when they can and stay as long as they are able to help tidy up the cemetery grounds. Participants are encouraged to bring their rakes, weed trimmers, shovels and garden gloves. Rain date for the cleanup will be April 30.

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will host an ultreya, a coming together of the Cursillo community, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the upper level of the parish hall of St. Lawrence Church. 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

Salad bar luncheon
DEMOTTE — St. Cecilia’s Sodality will hold a salad bar luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the church hall, 334 15th St. S.W. Cost is $6 for adults, $1.50 for children, and free for children under age 5. The luncheon will include sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages. All are welcome to attend.

“Healing Hands Gala”
CARMEL — The Trinity Free Clinic “Healing Hands Gala” will be held the evening of Friday, April 29, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Proceeds from the event will help support the general operating fund of the Trinity Free Clinic, the largest free medical and dental clinic in Hamilton County. For more information or reservations, visit the Web site at

“The Call” high school retreat
KOKOMO — All high school teens of the Lafayette diocese are invited to attend the upcoming “The Call” retreat on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, at St. Joan of Arc Church. This year’s retreat, titled “Battle Ready,” will feature nationally known speaker and EWTN “Life on the Rock” host Doug Barry. The weekend also will include games, music, skits, adoration, Mass and more. Cost of $60 per person includes a T-shirt and all meals. For more information and registration forms, contact your parish youth leader, call event organizer Brian Campbell at 765-865-9967 or visit the Web site

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 for the April 29-May 1 or Nov. 4-6 weekends at Couples who already have attended weekends are invited to join monthly Sharing Circles. For more information, e-mail

CRUX 2016
Registration will open May 1 for CRUX 2016, with two outdoor retreats for middle-school students scheduled for this summer. The retreat for girls will be held July 7-10; the retreat for boys will be July 11-14. For more information, visit the Web site at

“Immigration 101”
LAFAYETTE — In celebration of the Year of Mercy, the Social Justice Team of St. Lawrence Parish will host a presentation on immigration at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the parish social hall, 1916 Meharry St. Susan Brouillette, program director for Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Immigration Clinic, will explain the basics of immigration. Those attending also will discuss how the Gospel can inform attitudes and responses to this important topic. All are welcome to attend.

Plant sale
WHEATFIELD — Sorrowful Mother Parish will hold its annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, at the church, 165 Grace St. The sale will feature a variety of plants and flowers, as well as bird houses, flower pots, garden art and more; hanging flower baskets will be a new item offered this year. A retired horticulturist from the Chicago Park District also will be available to answer questions about the care of plants and gardening ideas. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Helping Hands Ministry of the parish. All are welcome to attend.

“The Seminar”
FRANKFORT — The diocesan Pastoral Office for Catechesis will sponsor “The Seminar,” especially for Ecclesial Lay Ministry Program students and graduates and for parish leaders, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at St. Mary Parish. Father Christopher Roberts, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Winchester and St. Mary Parish in Union City, will be the guest presenter. This year’s theme will be “Jubilee Year of Mercy: The Faith Lived.” The day will include hospitality, opening and closing prayer, two presentations and lunch. Cost is $25 per person. Registration is requested by May 25. Send name, address, parish, daytime phone number and e-mail address, along with payment made payable to the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, to: Pastoral Office for Catechesis, 2300 S. Ninth St., Lafayette, IN 47909.

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

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