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Event in support of migrants and refugees
WEST LAFAYETTE — St. Thomas Aquinas Parish will host “Who Is Our Neighbor?” — an event in support of migrants and refugees — beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the parish, 535 W. State St. The evening will include prayer, food, live music, portraits, silent auction, fair trade goods and a speaker. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities in Indianapolis and Catholic Relief Services. All are welcome to attend.

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

Friends of the Poor Walk/Run
ANDERSON — The 2016 Friends of the Poor Walk/Run will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at Highland Middle School, 2108 E. County Road 200 N. The event, now in its eighth year, is sponsored by the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. All are invited.

Fall festival and 5K
FISHERS — All are invited to attend this year’s St. Louis de Montfort Fall Festival and Shannon Smiles 5K on Saturday, Sept. 24 The Shannon Smiles 5K honors the late Shannon O’Malia Hall and benefits her surviving children and the St. Nicholas Fund. Beginning at 8 a.m., the 5K starts and ends in front of St. Louis de Montfort Church, 11441 Hague Rd., and works its way through the neighborhoods around the church. Registration is $25 per person; family registrations are offered at a reduced price. Registration fee includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers and age group winners. Online registration is available by searching for the Shannon Smiles 5K at The parish’s fall festival will be held later in the day, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the church. The festival includes food, drinks, kids’ games, activities, face painting, bounce zones, movie night in the Ministry Center for the young children, Battle of the Bands, and more. Food items will include hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian beef, pizza, snow cones and the beer/wine garden with college football on the big screen. Soul Street, a soul, funk and Motown band, will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The race and festival are open to all. For more information, e-mail or call 317-696-5556.

“Pathways to Healing from Divorce”
NOBLESVILLE — “Pathways to Healing from Divorce” is a nine-week program for men and women who have suffered divorce, separation or abandonment to come together to let God begin the healing process. An upcoming program will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, from Sept. 28 through Nov. 30, at St. Theodore Guerin High School, 15300 N. Gray Road. The program will use “The Catholic Divorce Survival Guide” video and journal series. At least eight and up to 12 participants are needed. For more information, e-mail Deacon Paul Lunsford at or call Jayne Slaton at 317-663-4039.

40 Days for Life/Lafayette
LAFAYETTE — All are invited to join the fall 40 Days for Life campaign in Lafayette, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28, and continuing daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Nov. 6. Volunteers are needed to pray outside the Planned Parenthood office located at 964 Mezzanine Dr. During the 40 days of fasting and prayer, participants ask the Holy Spirit to help women find the strength to choose life for their unborn babies. The campaign will open with prayer and Scripture readings at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, led by Father Ambrose Ziegler. For more information or to register for prayer vigil hours, visit the Web site at, e-mail or call 765-413-8761.

Respect Life Leadership Encounter
KOKOMO — What is ethical and moral in regard to medical treatment at the end of life? Where can I learn more? These topics and more will be discussed at a Respect Life Leadership Encounter hosted by the diocesan Office of Family Life and Hispanic Ministry from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Joan of Arc Parish. Speakers will include Bishop Timothy L. Doherty and registered nurse Arlene Bowyer. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to register, call Susan Hoefer at 765-421-1998 or e-mail

NOBLESVILLE — Knights of Columbus Council 9706 will sponsor its sixth annual Oktoberfest from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, near the Oktoberfest Pavilion. The evening will feature German food, craft beer, wine, desserts, soft pretzels, live music, fun and games for the entire family. All are welcome to join this annual Our Lady of Grace Parish celebration. Meal cost is $7 per person. Net proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Grace Parish, Birthright of Cicero, St. Vincent de Paul and local seminarian needs.

Westfield Life Chain
WESTFIELD — The eighth annual Life Chain in Westfield will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, rain or shine, at the intersection of Union Street and State Road 32. Signs will be distributed from Hadley Park in downtown Westfield beginning at 2:15 p.m. Participants are invited to bring consumable baby items (diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, etc.) to be donated to moms and babies in need in Hamilton County. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Susan Morris at 317-896-5164 or e-mail

Pro-life flag display/Noblesville Life Chain
NOBLESVILLE — For two weeks, beginning Sunday, Oct. 2, Our Lady of Grace Parish — located at 9900 E. 191st St. in Noblesville — will display 4,000 flags planted on its campus to represent the 4,000 babies aborted each day in the United States. The purpose of the display is to both show the impact of abortion on a daily basis and to let those who have experienced the pain of abortion know that there is hope in Jesus. For more information, call Joan Waldron at 317-770-7040. The 16th annual Noblesville Life Chain also will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the corner of 10th and Conner streets. Community residents will line up in silent prayer to witness for those who have no voice and who are being threatened by abortion daily. For more information, call 317-997-3480 or visit

Fishers Life Chain
FISHERS — The third annual Fishers Life Chain will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at 116th Street and Allisonville Road. Participants will meet in the Farmers State Bank parking lot at 2:15 p.m. to pick up signs. Life Chain is an international hour of silent prayer for our nation and a peaceful and compassionate public witness on behalf of the unborn at risk of abortion. For more information, visit or call Fishers Life Chain coordinator Mike Sheek at 317-509-1450. All are welcome.

The Transitus of St. Francis
LAFAYETTE — The Order of Franciscan Seculars will celebrate the Transitus of St. Francis (his passing from earthly to everlasting life at his death) at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at St. Boniface Church. Music will be provided by a choir directed by Linda Schafer. A reception will follow in the St. Michael Center across the street from the church. All are invited to attend.

Parish mission: “Be Lifted Up”
FISHERS — All are invited to attend a parish mission on Monday, Oct. 3, through Wednesday, Oct. 5, at St. Louis de Montfort Church, 11441 Hague Rd. The mission will be presented daily at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Father Ron Hoye, a Vincentian missionary priest, will lead the mission. Each talk will last 50 minutes. People of all ages are welcome to attend.

Discussion series: “The Joy of the Gospel”
DELPHI — St. Joseph Parish will host a six-week discussion series on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”). The series will begin from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Honan Hall and continue on successive Tuesday nights. Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. in the hall preceding the discussions. Books are available at a cost of $10 by contacting Jim Knoth at 765-564-4786 or the St. Joseph Rectory at 765-564-2407. All are invited.

Rummage sale
NOBLESVILLE — The Altar Rosary Society of Our Lady of Grace Parish will hold its annual rummage sale from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 7, in the Community Room of the parish. Friday will be $3 bag day. All are welcome to attend.

Community education luncheon
CRAWFORDSVILLE — A community education luncheon will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Bonzel Hall, located inside the main entrance to Franciscan  Health Crawfordsville. The topic will be “Supporting Patients and Families Through Cancer Treatments.” Lunch will be provided; those attending are asked to mention any dietary restrictions when registering. The program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, call 765-364-3105. All are welcome.

Chicken dinner
WHEATFIELD — A carry-out chicken dinner will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Sorrowful Mother Church, 165 S. Grace St. Proceeds will benefit the building fund. Meals prepared by Remington Poultry will include chicken, potato wedges, green beans, coleslaw, beverages and homemade cookies. Cost for adults is $8 in advance or $9 at the door; cost for children is $5. Advance tickets will be sold only during the month of September; a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available from members of the parish’s Helping Hands Ministry or by calling 219-956-3605.

Women’s retreat
LAFAYETTE — St. Boniface Parish will offer a women’s retreat with Kelly Wahlquist from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Wahlquist is a wife, mother of three, Catholic author and speaker from Minnesota. She is the assistant director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, founder of “WINE: Women in the New Evangelization,” a contributing writer for and author of Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy. Suggested donation is $15 per person. Registration is requested by Oct. 3. For more information or to RSVP, call Elizabeth Bonner at 765-413-9458 or e-mail All are welcome to attend. To learn more about Wahlquist, visit or

150th parish anniversary
REYNOLDS — St. Joseph Parish invites all — especially parishioners and past parishioners — to celebrate the parish’s 150th jubilee anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the church, 601 S. Kenton St. The day will begin with Mass at 10:15 a.m. concelebrated by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty and pastor Father John Cummings. A lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m. in Muller Hall. Cost for lunch is $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 5 to 12, free for children under age 5, and $50 for a family household of four or more. Tickets for the lunch will be available during September after Masses and from Mike Diener at 219-207-0109, Anne Wagner at 765-563-6272 and Sandy Koebcke at 219-207-0423. All are welcome to attend.

On “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”
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 Citizenship.” Program sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

“Living a life of no regret”
MUNCIE — The Women’s Association of St. Mary Parish invites all to attend a presentation on “Living a life of no regret” by Robert Rogers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. He will share his story about rising above adversity through trust in God after losing his family in a flash flood. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 765-288-5308.

Cemetery cleanup
LAFAYETTE — This fall will bring another opportunity to help tidy up St. Boniface Cemetery, located at 2581 Schuyler Ave. The cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Volunteers are welcome to come when they can and stay as long as they are able. The day will include section cleanup, leaf pickup and blowing, setting headstones, tree and bush trimming and general maintenance. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, hedge clippers, trimmers, leaf blowers, gloves, safety glasses and other general fall outdoor cleaning items.

Schoenstatt celebration
WEST LAFAYETTE — Schoenstatt invites all to begin closing the Year of Mercy with a crowning event of the Blessed Mother at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The evening will include adoration, recitation of the rosary, Benediction and the crowning. Father Cassian Sama, OP, also will speak. Those who have pilgrim Mother Thrice Admirable shrines are invited to bring them for a procession. Those with shrines also will receive a crown and a copy of the booklet “Three Days of Mercy with our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt.”

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 $25 per person before Oct. 9 and $30 per person after Oct. 9. For more information, call 765-482-5558 or e-mail

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.

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