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Women’s Liturgical Choir concert
CARMEL — The Women’s Liturgical Choir from the University of Notre Dame will cap off its winter tour with a concert of sacred music from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. The concert is free. There will be an opportunity to purchase CDs and/or make donations. The church is located at 14598 Oakridge Road. All are welcome to attend.

“40 Days for Life”
FISHERS — The spring campaign of “40 Days for Life” will begin Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, and continue through March 20 in Fishers. The campaign will feature a peaceful 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 8937 Technology Dr. All prayer vigil participants are asked to sign a statement of peace, pledging to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner at all times. “40 Days for Life” is a non-denominational initiative that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and grassroots educational outreach. A campaign kickoff event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, with an opening prayer and blessing of the campaign by Father Dan Gartland, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish. All are invited to attend. For more information about “40 Days for Life” in Fishers or to register, visit or call Rosie Zatkulak at 317-294-5553 or e-mail

Parish fish fry
PERU — St. Charles Borromeo Parish will hold its parish fish fry — prepared by Dan’s Fish Fry Service — from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the school gym. Meals will include all-you-care-to-eat fish, with choice of sides and desserts. Cost is $9.50 for adults and $5.50 for children. Carry-outs will be available. All are invited to attend.

Citywide ultreya
LEBANON — The Indianapolis and Lafayette Cursillo community will sponsor a citywide ultreya (a gathering of the Cursillo community) on Saturday evening, Feb. 13, at St. Joseph Parish, 319 E. South St. Mass will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m. and the ultreya at 7 p.m. The main speaker for the evening will be John Ameis of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Noblesville, who will speak about his recent pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje. Music will be provided by David Leclere of St. Boniface Parish, Lafayette. For more information, call Mark Scheller at 317-733-4184. All are invited to attend and share an evening of fun and fellowship and find out more about Cursillo.

Relic of St. Jude
WEST LAFAYETTE — On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Father Michail Ford, OP, director of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago, will visit St. Thomas Aquinas Parish to speak about Catholic devotions and present a collection of relics for veneration. The relics will include the forearm bone of St. Jude, reported to be the largest relic of an apostle outside of Rome. Other relics include those of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Dominic and St. Maria Goretti. Father Ford’s presentation at 7 p.m. also will explore the way St. Jude’s apostolate of hope fits in with God’s plan of Divine Mercy. The evening will conclude with a prayer service, and an opportunity to receive a blessing with oil blessed with the relic of St. Jude. For more information, visit the Web site at All are welcome to attend.

Lenten family event
WEST LAFAYETTE — All are invited to attend a special Lenten family event on Friday, Feb. 19, at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. The evening will begin with family-led Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m., followed by a community potluck soup supper at 6:30 p.m. and then a music and speaking event featuring Tajci Cameron. She is an award-winning singer, TV show host, author and creator of “I Thirst,” an acclaimed musical adaptation of the crucifixion story. The evening is free and open to the public.

Parish mission/Lafayette
LAFAYETTE — All are invited to attend a parish mission on Sunday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, Feb. 25, at St. Boniface Church. Priests from parishes in Lafayette and West Lafayette will present a message each evening emphasizing the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The schedule includes: 7 p.m. Sunday, vespers and exposition, with presenter Father Ted Dudzinski; Monday, 7 p.m. exposition followed by confessions at 8 p.m., presenter Father Jeff Martin; Tuesday, 7 p.m. exposition followed by confessions at 8 p.m., presenter Father Dominic Young; Wednesday, 7 p.m. exposition followed by confessions at 8 p.m., presenter Father Samuel Kalu; and Thursday, 7 p.m. closing Mass, with Father Eric Underwood.

Parish mission/Kokomo
KOKOMO — All are invited to attend a Lenten parish mission on “Divine Mercy in the Gospels” on Sunday, Feb. 21, through Wednesday, Feb. 24, at St. Patrick Church. The mission will feature Father Ben Cameron, CPM, a Kokomo native who is now with the Fathers of Mercy. The mission will be held at 7 p.m. each day. Topics will be: Sunday, “Ask for Mercy — The Prodigal Son”; Monday, “Be Merciful to Others — The Good Samaritan”; Tuesday, “Confidence in Mercy — The Sinful Woman”; and Wednesday, “The Cross — Wellspring of Infinite Divine Mercy.” Confessions will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day and after the presentations on Sunday through Tuesday. A morning option also will be available Monday through Wednesday. For more information, call 765-452-6021, ext. 324, or e-mail

Catholic Scout retreat
NOBLESVILLE — The “Close Encounters with God” Scout retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Our Lady of Grace Parish. All Scouts in grades K-12 are invited to attend. The day will include games, stories, prayers, songs and Mass. The theme will be “The Luminous Mysteries.” Cost is $5 for each Scout; there is no fee for adults who are attending. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch; beverages will be provided. To register, call Steve Chatot at 765-286-5093 or e-mail Registration deadline is March 7.

Lenten pilgrimage/retreat
CARMEL — Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor a Lenten pilgrimage/retreat on Friday, March 11, to the Holy Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Lafayette. The pilgrimage will depart from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish at 8 a.m. The day will include a ritual crossing of the threshold of the Holy Door of Mercy, Stations of the Cross for Mercy, confessions and private prayer, Mass, lunch and presentations by mercy witnesses. Pilgrims will arrive back at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at 2:45 p.m. For more information or to join the pilgrimage, call Denise McGonigal at 317-663-4010 or e-mail All are invited.

Adult Scouter awards
Nominations are now being accepted by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for Girl Scout and Boy Scout Adult Scouter awards. The awards are presented to adults working with youth on their Scout religious awards for two or more years. Nomination forms may be obtained from Trudy Wanchow at or Steve Chatot at All nominations and required letters should be received by Wanchow by March 15.

Reflection day for music ministers
NOBLESVILLE — The diocesan Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate will sponsor a reflection day for music ministers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, at Our Lady of Grace Parish. The theme for the day will be “The Power of Music in Proclaiming the Joy of the Gospel.” Facilitator will be Charles Gardner, retired director of liturgical music for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

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