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Happening in the Local Church

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“Wait and Watch with Mary”
KOKOMO — St. Patrick Parish will offer an Advent evening of reflection for women from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Guest speaker will be Christine Moss, author and co-founder of “Awaken to the B.E.S.T,” a women’s spirituality program. The evening will include the presentation, prayer, dessert, coffee and fellowship. There is no cost to attend and all women are invited. RSVP is requested by calling 765-454-7179.

40 Hours Devotion
FISHERS — St. John Vianney Parish will begin the Advent season by offering 40 Hours Devotion from 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. In addition to Eucharistic adoration from Sunday evening to Tuesday evening, vespers (evening prayer), Benediction and a reflection will be offered at 7 p.m. each day. The priests offering reflections will be: Father Brian Dudzinski, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, on Nov. 29; Msgr. Robert Sell, pastor of St. Mary and St. Ambrose parishes, Anderson, on Nov. 30; and Father Kevin Haines, pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish, Westfield, on Dec. 1. St. John Vianney Church is located at 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd., near the intersection of Southeastern Parkway and 126th Street. For more information, call the parish office at 317-485-0150 or visit All are welcome.

Advent parish mission/40 Hours Devotion
MUNCIE — St. Mary Parish will hold its Advent parish mission and 40 Hours Devotion on Monday, Nov. 30, through Thursday, Dec. 3. The theme for the mission, presented by Father Simeon Gallagher, OFM Cap, will be “Losing and Rediscovering God.” Mission presentations will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening. Topics will include: “Faith: Trusting One’s Own Light”; “Journeying Together: Community as the Birthplace for Faith”; “A Faith That Works: The Way of Prayer and Justice”; and “What We Receive, We Share: Service as the Heart of Faith.” All-day Eucharistic adoration will begin after the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 29, and continue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The opportunity for confession will be available at noon and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and at noon Thursday. Shorter mission presentations also will be offered after morning Mass at 9 a.m. Monday, 7 a.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday. All are welcome.

“Embracing Your New Normal” after divorce or separation
KOKOMO — St. Patrick Parish will offer an evening on Wednesday, Dec. 2, for those who are building a “new normal” after divorce or separation. The evening will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the parish office, located at 1204 N. Armstrong St. The event will include a chili supper, a speaker presentation, prayer and fellowship. There is no cost to attend. RSVP is requested by calling 765-452-6021 by Monday, Nov. 30. For more information, call Kelli Conlon at 765-454-7179.

Book fair
LAFAYETTE — St. Lawrence School will host a book fair from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Barnes & Noble. The school will receive a percentage of sales of everything in the store during the event. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of new books for the school library. Family activities also are planned for the evening. All are welcome to attend.

Advent morning of reflection
CARMEL — Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will kick off the Holy Year of Mercy with an Advent morning of reflection from 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Author, speaker and biblical scholar Stephen J. Binz will present “The Door of Mercy: Crossing the Threshold.” The event will be held in the parish hall (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School); the parish is located at 14598 Oak Ridge Road. Schedule for the morning includes Mass in the church, followed by a light breakfast, two presentations and closing prayer. Cost is a free-will offering. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register for the morning of reflection, e-mail Denise McGonigal at or call 317-663-4010. For more information about Binz’s work, visit the Web site at All are welcome.

“Family Advent Day”
WEST LAFAYETTE — All are invited to attend the annual Schoenstatt “Family Advent Day” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in Hardebeck Hall at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. The day will include activities for children, celebration of Mass at 11 a.m. and a presentation by Sister Ann Astell. “St. Nicholas” also will pay a special visit after lunch. For more information, call Bill Strasburger at 765-491-6650.

Holiday bazaar/Fowler
FOWLER — Sacred Heart School will hold its annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the school, 607 N. Washington St. The bazaar will feature more than 50 vendors of new, vintage and hand-crafted items, including jewelry, holiday decor items, clothing, baked goods, body care items, clothing, candles and more. Raffles will be available throughout the day. A lunch of taco salads, homemade soups, salads and desserts will be served. There will be free parking and free admission. For more information, call the school at 765-884-0710. All are invited to attend.

“Gaudium et Spes: In the Year of Mercy”
FRANKFORT — The Pastoral Office for Catechesis will offer “Gaudium et Spes: In the Year of Mercy,” a 50th anniversary celebration of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Mary Parish. The event will be held in the John Paul II Center at the parish, located at 600 St. Mary’s Ave. Topics will include: “The Christian Humanism of Gaudium et Spes”; “Social Justice: Life Lessons Learned in Mission”; “Rewriting the Urgent Problems Identified for Today” and “Reconciliation for the Kingdom of God.” Cost of $25 includes lunch. For more information, visit the Web site at et Spes Flyer.pdf.

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, Dec. 8. The event will include a Christmas luncheon and ornament exchange. 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. Each meeting is free. For more information, call 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.

“Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message”
FISHERS — The film “Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message” will be shown on Wednesday, Dec. 9, the feast day of St. Juan Diego, in the Youth Ministry Center at St. Louis de Montfort Parish, 11441 Hague Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and all are invited to attend. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 6923, the evening will include the movie, pizza, popcorn, lemonade, cookies and more. The film, narrated by Jim Caveziel, was produced by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 317-223-4892.

Save the date: “Cassock Classic” basketball game
NOBLESVILLE — The Frassati Society of Young Adult Catholics will sponsor the “Cassock Classic,” a basketball game featuring priests vs. seminarians, on Sunday, Jan. 3, at St. Theodore Guerin High School. Warm-ups will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the game will start at 3 p.m. Cost will be $5 per person or $20 per family.

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