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Happening in the Local Church

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Caregiver Companion volunteer training
LAFAYETTE — New volunteers are invited to come help the elderly and homebound community members throughout Tippecanoe County through the non-medical service ministry of Caregiver Companion. Ways to help include: assisting with grocery shopping, providing companionship, light housekeeping, providing short breaks for caregivers or transportation to medical appointments, and more. The next training session for new volunteers will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Joseph Behler Center at St. Ann Parish. For more information, call 765-423-1879 or e-mail

“Faith, Science and Reason: Reuniting Old Friends”
CARMEL — Science and faith are not enemies and never have been. As Catholics, there is no need to bracket our faith in God from our understanding of science. Joseph Tumasian, a professor of theology and psychology and a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, will present the second of a two-part discussion on the compatibility of faith with responsible scientific inquiry from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in the social hall at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The topic will be “Catholic Biology: Understanding Genesis and Evolution.” Tumasian also will present his two-part series at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, March 4, in the parish hall at All Saints Church in Logansport. All are welcome to attend.

Christian unity prayer service
WEST LAFAYETTE — The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated worldwide every year from Jan. 18-25. All are encouraged to attend a prayer service for Christian unity at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N. 50 W., West Lafayette. The fourth annual Lafayette/West Lafayette area prayer service will gather faith leaders to celebrate our common witness to Jesus Christ. Refreshments will be served after the service. For more information, contact Deacon Jim Rush at or 765-586-3922.

Prayer service to mark Roe vs. Wade anniversary
MARION — St. Paul Parish will hold a prayer service at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, to mark the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision. The service will be held in the church, located at 1031 W. Kem Road. All are welcome to attend.

“Encountering the Young Church”
MUNCIE — The next meeting of SEED (Seeking Evangelization through Eucharistic Devotion) will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at St. Mary Church, 2300 W. Jackson St. FOCUS missionaries Ben Kranda and Clara Lucca will speak on “Encountering the Young Church.” The evening will conclude with Benediction and then a reception in the Facilities Building. All are invited to attend.

The story behind “The Cross and the Light”
CARMEL — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish will host a free event on Thursday morning, Jan. 26, featuring Kelly Nieto, the creator of the internationally known production “The Cross and the Light.” The event will be held in the parish social hall. Doors will open at 9 a.m., with Nieto’s presentation from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nieto will share “the story behind the show” and her journey to finding peace and purpose in life. All are welcome to attend. Those attending are asked to RSVP to “The Cross and the Light” is a musical, multisensory experience of the Passion, Resurrection and Pentecost. The production will be coming to Carmel in March.

Rummage sale
ZIONSVILLE — St. Alphonsus Parish will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, in the parish hall. The church is located at 1870 W. Oak St. All are welcome to attend.

Trivia Night
MARION — St. Paul School will host a Trivia Night on Saturday, Jan. 28, in McCarthy Hall, located behind the school on Kem Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with trivia starting at 7 p.m. Teams of up to eight participants will compete to see who can answer the most questions correctly in a variety of categories. Cost is $10 per person. Bring yourself or a team of up to eight, snacks for yourself or your table, and your beverage of choice. Early reservations are encouraged; only 16 tables are available. Reservations are requested by Jan. 24 and may be made by calling 765-662-2883, ext. 110, or e-mailing

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will host a Cursillo ultreya — a coming together of the Cursillo community — at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the lower level of the parish hall at St. Lawrence Church. All Cursillistas and friends are welcome to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a snack or a beverage to share. For more information, contact Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or

Car seat clinic
LAFAYETTE — The Kathryn Weil Center for Education will host a car seat clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Bill Long Building, 1415 Salem St. Participants should report to Suite 102. To participate in the clinic, families must make an appointment by calling the center at 765-449-5133. Appointments also will be available for car seat installation checks from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. The Kathryn Weil Center for Education is the community education department of Franciscan Health.

Spaghetti dinner
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Proceeds will benefit the Knights’ annual college scholarship fund for high school seniors of the Catholic faith. Advance tickets will be sold after weekend Masses at a cost of $8 for adults, $6 for children and $20 for families. Tickets sold at the door at the time of the event will be $10 for adults, $7 for children and $25 for families. Meals will include spaghetti, salad, bread and beverages. Raffle tickets also will be available for a 55-inch LG UHD 4K Smart TV; raffle tickets are $5 each. For more information, call Glenn Blahnik at 765-479-4383. All are welcome to attend.

Free throw contest
LAFAYETTE — The Knights of Columbus councils of the Lafayette area will hold their annual free throw contest on Sunday, Jan. 29, in the St. Lawrence School gymnasium. The contest is open to all boys and girls, ages 9 to 14 as of Jan. 1, 2017. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the contest start at 1 p.m. Participants’ birth certificates will be required at registration to verify age. Basketballs will be provided for the competition. For more information, call Brian Yankauskas at 765-463-0657 (home) or 765-714-9150 (cell) or e-mail

Financial Peace University
WEST LAFAYETTE — St. Thomas Aquinas Parish will offer Financial Peace University classes from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 29 through April 2, in upstairs Room 22. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small-group activities, Financial Peace University presents biblical, practical steps to get rid of debt, manage money, spend and save wisely, and much more. To register for classes, visit the Web site at

“Living as Elder, Not Older”
LAFAYETTE — All parishioners age 55 and older are invited to join in a morning of reflection from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at St. Lawrence Parish. The morning will begin with Mass in the church, followed by recitation of the rosary, breakfast and a time for reflection on what it means to be elder. The breakfast and reflection time will be held in the lower level of the parish social hall. Cost is a free-will donation for breakfast. For more information or to register by Monday, Jan. 23, call the parish office at 765-742-2107.

Community education luncheon
CRAWFORDSVILLE — A community education luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Bonzel Hall, located inside the main entrance to Franciscan Health Crawfordsville. The topic will be “Caring for Your Heart: Exercise, Healthy Eating and More.” 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.

“Loving for a Lifetime”
LAFAYETTE — Couples who are 50 years old or older or who have been married 20-plus years are invited to attend the video series “Loving for a Lifetime: Six Secrets of a Happy, Healthy and Holy Mature Marriage” beginning in February at St. Lawrence Parish. The marriage enrichment series is designed by Dr. Richard P. Johnson, who explores how couples in maturing marriages face and address issues including health maintenance, financial concerns, loss of loved ones, denial or fear of aging, adult children issues and more. The video series will be presented from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, and April 6 and 20, in the St. Lawrence Social Hall. Cost is $10 per couple for printed materials and supplies. For more information or to register, call the St. Lawrence Parish Office at 765-742-2107. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 25.

“The Mousetrap”
RENSSELAER — The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College will present Agatha Christie’s classic mystery thriller “The Mousetrap” at 7:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, Feb. 2, Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, in the College Theatre located in the Evans Arts and Science Building. Admission is $5 per person and free for children under age 12 and Saint Joseph’s students, faculty and staff. All are welcome to attend.

Spaghetti dinner
OXFORD — Knights of Columbus Council 9400 will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the St. Patrick parish hall, located next to the church. Meals will include all-you-care-to-eat spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12, free for children ages 3 and younger, and $25 for families. For more information, call Jim May at 765-583-2148 or Glen Hardebeck at 765-491-1226. Proceeds will benefit Benton County Special Olympics and Life Teen. All are welcome to attend.

“Song of Hope” concert and dinner
LAFAYETTE — The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception will host a dinner and concert, featuring the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, on Saturday evening, Feb. 4. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in Bishops Memorial Hall. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the cathedral church. Proceeds will benefit the people of Haiti through the St. Mary Cathedral Haiti Ministry. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $35 per person. Tickets for the concert only are $20 per person. Dinner reservations must be made by Jan. 30. “Concert only” tickets will be available at the door. Requests for tickets may be sent to St. Mary Haiti Fund, 1212 South St., Lafayette, IN 47904 or contact Jeff Newell at 765-430-0642 or All are welcome to attend.

“Diabetes: Doing Better Together”
LAFAYETTE — The Franciscan Healthy Living Center will launch “Diabetes: Doing Better Together” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the center. The meeting topic will be “Exercise for Healthy Hearts.” The group will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Other upcoming topics include: March 14, “Simple Meal Planning”; April 11, “What’s the Latest?” and May 9, “Recipe Makeover.” The free meetings are open to all patients, community members who have diabetes, family members and friends. The center is located in the lower level of the Lafayette Heart Institute, 1116 N. 16th St. Registration is requested by calling the center at 765-428-5850.

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 April 28-30 and Nov. 3-5.

Annual Day of Renewal for Parish Staffs
ZIONSVILLE — The diocesan Office of Catechesis will offer its Annual Day of Renewal for Parish Staffs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 1870 W. Oak St. All priests and their parish staffs are invited to attend the day where they can reflect on Jesus’ words from the cross — “I thirst” — and how their mission as agents of the Church flows from uniting their thirst with the thirst of Jesus. The day will include Mass celebrated by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty. Guest speaker will be Matt Faley, director of young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Cost is $25 per person. Registration is requested by March 7. For more information, including flyers with registration details, visit

Alumni updates
FOWLER — Sacred Heart School is seeking to update its alumni information. All those who attended the school are asked to send their contact information to Sacred Heart - Alumni, c/o Kim, 110 N. James St., Goodland, IN 47948 or e-mail to Alumni who would like to help with the outreach to approximately 2,500 former fellow students are welcome to join the effort. A weekend of fun and festivities is being planned for May.

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