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Happening in the Local Church

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“Trinity 500”
CARMEL — The Trinity Free Clinic will hold its annual fund-raiser, the “Trinity 500,” from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion, 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel. Proceeds will help benefit the clinic’s pediatric patients. The evening will include dancing, catered dining, silent auction and live music; celebrity guest will be race car driver and TV commentator Scott Goodyear. Cost is $85 per person. For more information, visit the Web site at

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will sponsor a dinner and an ultreya, a gathering of the Cursillo community, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the lower level of the parish hall at St. Lawrence Church. Soup will be provided by the Lafayette Cursillo coordinators; those attending are asked to bring a family-sized dish or beverage to share. The ultreya will begin at 7 p.m. All Cursillistas and friends are welcome to attend. For more information, call Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or e-mail

Concert celebration
WEST LAFAYETTE — St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Center at Purdue, will present its 10th annual concert celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the church, with special guests Greg Kostraba, Jinty McTavish, Kelly Balmaceda and Julie Males. The program will include works by Biebl, Mozart, Copland, Still and contemporary Christian composers. St. Thomas Aquinas’ composer in residence, Brad Bodine, also will sing his new song, “I Will Always Love You,” in public for the first time. All are welcome to attend. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry and schools in Baudin, Haiti.

Day of recollection and May crowning
DELPHI — All are invited to attend a Schoenstatt day of recollection and May crowning, “Crowning Mary in Victory for Our Times,” at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Canal Interpretive Center, 1030 N. Washington St., and the Outdoor Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine. The day will include presentations by Father Gerold Langsch and Sister Ann Astell, celebration of Mass, rosary procession, special activities for children and lunch. For more information, call Bill Strasburger at 765-491-6650.

“Smart Chicks and Old Bags”
CRAWFORDSVILLE — The Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring a fund-raiser at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at St. Bernard Church, 1306 E. Main St. Gently used purses, totes and scarves with a variety of designers, sizes and shapes will be for sale and priced no higher than $20. A new Dooney & Bourke purse and a new Vera Bradley purse also will be auctioned off. Admission is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. All proceeds will support the pro-life ministry at the Crawfordsville and Covington Pregnancy Centers that provide supplies and services for pregnant women. For more information, call Leslie Warren at 765-376-4603.

“Songs of Mary” concert
LAFAYETTE — The third and final concert of the cathedral concert series will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The “Songs of Mary” concert will include works by Purcell, Handel, Schubert, Bach, Franck and more. The concert will feature soprano Kelly Balmaceda and organist/pianist Jonathan Murphy. A free-will offering will benefit Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center. All are welcome to attend.

Summer Bible study
CARMEL — An information meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in the St. Thomas Aquinas Room of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church to learn more about “Jesus the Healer,” an upcoming summer Bible study at the parish. Day and evening groups will be forming for the Bible study and all are invited to participate. The self-guided study from the popular “Six Weeks with the Bible” series is ideal for individuals or small groups in an informal setting. For more information, call Eileen Champagne at 317-414-0315 or e-mail

St. Paul School auction
MARION — St. Paul School will hold its 30th annual auction, “Passport to Excellence,” on Friday evening, May 8, in McKeown Gymnasium at the school. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. While enjoying a selection of food, beverages and music, guests will be able to bid on a wide array of donated items in both silent and oral auctions. Reservations are $50 per person. A raffle also will be held with a chance to win $10,000; a maximum of 250 raffle tickets will be sold at a cost of $100 each. Raffle winner need not be present to win. Proceeds from the event will be used for educational scholarships available to students at St. Paul School. Reservations and raffle tickets are available by calling 765-662-2883 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Mary’s Way” evening
CARMEL — Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish invites all women to attend its sixth annual “Mary’s Way” event on Tuesday, May 12. The evening will begin with Mass at 6 p.m. in the church, followed by dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the parish hall. Guest speaker will be wife, mother and parishioner Amy Nichols on “Mary’s Yes, My Yes.” Cost is $18 per person. Reservations and payment are requested by Thursday, May 7. For more information, e-mail Karen Semler at or call 317-414-5531.

Spring luncheon
CARMEL — The St. Elizabeth Seton Women’s Club spring luncheon, “We Are Looking Good This Spring,” will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St., Carmel. The event will include beautiful basket raffles, door prizes, lunch, a fashion show by Anne White of AH Collection, Inc., and boutique shopping. Paid reservations of $25 are due by May 8. Reservations may be made in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish office. For more information, call 317-846-3850.

“Kidz Marathon”
ANDERSON — Registrations are being accepted for the 2015 St. Vincent-YMCA Kidz Marathon on Saturday, May 16, at Anderson University. The free children’s wellness event is being sponsored by St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the YMCA of Madison County and Anderson University. The marathon will feature a one-mile fun run/walk and wellness activities. It is designed for children between kindergarten and eighth grade. The marathon will begin at 10 a.m. at the Kardatzke Wellness Center on the Anderson University campus. After winding around campus, participants will cross the finish line near Macholtz Stadium, where they can enjoy games and activities. Each participant will receive a complimentary T-shirt and finisher’s medal. Registration forms are available at the St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital information desk and the Anderson, Elwood and Pendleton YMCA facilities. Registration forms should be returned by May 1 to the YMCA.

Father Thomas Haan, associate pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Carmel, will lead a pilgrimage on June 17-20 to the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Seton in Emmitsburg, Md., in celebration of the 40th anniversary of her canonization. Pilgrims will leave Carmel early on June 17 and return on the evening of June 20. The trip will include praying at the tomb of St. Elizabeth Seton, a tour of the “Catholic perspective of the Battle of Gettysburg,” and visits to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg and the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the St. John Paul II Center in Washington, D.C. Cost is $519 per person for triple occupancy, $553 for double occupancy or $775 for single occupancy. For more information or reservations, call Tom or Rosemary Speaker at 765-463-7510 or e-mail Registration deadline is May 1.

CRUX retreats
Online registration opens May 1 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, which will include canoeing, faith, hiking, fraternity, fishing, challenge, obstacle courses, competition and more. This will be the first girls camp, which will include canoeing, faith, hiking, sorority, challenge, obstacle courses, crafts, competition and more. Cost is $60 per camper. For more information or online registration, visit the Web site at

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