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Happening in the Local Church

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Send items in writing to: P.O. Box 1603, Lafayette, IN 47902 or e-mail us.

Please send information as far in advance as possible, but at least two weeks before the event to ensure timely notice. The listing is free.

Order of Secular Franciscans carry-in
LAFAYETTE — The Order of Secular Franciscans in Lafayette will have a meeting and carry-in dinner at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, June 11, in the St. Michael Center at St. Boniface Parish. All are welcome to attend.

Ordination anniversary celebration
WINCHESTER — An outdoor Mass and picnic dinner are being planned for Friday evening, June 16, to celebrate the 10th ordination anniversary of Father Christopher Roberts, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Union City and St. Joseph Parish in Winchester. All are welcome to attend, especially parishioners, past parishioners, students and friends. The outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. at the Farmland Conservation Club, 1464 N. 500 W., Winchester, followed by the picnic dinner. In lieu of personal gifts, donations to the St. Joseph and St. Mary Rectory Renovation Fund are welcomed. RSVPs are requested to Sheryl Thurston at 765-967-0759 or or Jeremy Edger at

New program at The O’Connor House
CARMEL — Women who feel called to serve as mentors in the new “Training, Education Academy and Mentoring” program at The O’Connor House are invited to attend an information session at 7 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the house. The O’Connor House provides housing, clothing, transportation, life skills classes, counseling and other resources to help single, pregnant, homeless women and their children. Those interested in attending the June 19 information program are asked to call Vicki Yamasaki at 317-313-0255 or e-mail

Vacation Bible School
ATTICA — St. Francis Xavier Parish invites all children from 4 years old to sixth grade to attend its Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on June 19-23. There will be games, songs, snacks, Bible lessons and stories. Two Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia from Nashville, Tenn., will assist. The church is located at 407 S. Perry St. in Attica. For more information, contact Eileen Hays at, visit or, or call 765-762-3330.

Presentation by Kelly Schaefer
FISHERS — All are invited to attend a presentation by author and speaker Kelly Schaefer at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at St. John Vianney Church, 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd. Schaefer will share her story of faith and perseverance, which was the basis for her book “Fractured Not Broken.” There is no registration or cost to attend; all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Dodi Poynter at 317-833-2823 or

Cemetery cleanup and revitalization day
LAFAYETTE — The first cleanup and revitalization day for St. Joseph Cemetery has been rescheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24. (Rain date will be Sunday, June 25.) The effort was postponed from a scheduled date in May because of bad weather. The cemetery is located on Greenbush Street, between 16th and 17th streets. All are welcome to participate.

Retirement reception
MUNCIE — All are invited to attend a retirement reception for Father John Kiefer on Sunday, June 25, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Mass will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. in the church, followed by the reception in the parish hall. Those attending are encouraged to bring cards sharing their memories of Father Kiefer to gather and share with him.

Cursillo family picnic
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will sponsor a family picnic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the home of Chuck and Barbara Bunnell, 7941 Peshewa Dr., Lafayette. Meat, buns, iced tea, lemonade, condiments and table service will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring their lawn chairs and a family-size side dish or dessert to share. All Cursillistas and friends are invited to attend. For more information, contact Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or

2017 Summer Silo Series
KOKOMO — Healthy Homestead at R.C. Ripberger Farm will open its 2017 Summer Silo Series on Saturday, June 24. Alanna Boudreau, a writer, speaker, lyricist, pianist and guitar player, will be the featured artist of the evening, with an opening performance by singer/songwriter Kyrsten Van Wieren. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the farm, located at 5199 E. 50 N., Kokomo. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for students and free for children ages 5 and younger. More information can be found at the Healthy Homestead Facebook page. The Summer Silo Series began in 2016 as an outdoor, three-night concert series featuring regional and local musicians. The stage is the base of an old silo; guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

“Dying with Dignity and Building a Culture of Life”
KOKOMO — All are invited to attend a presentation on “Dying with Dignity and Building a Culture of Life” at 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, at St. Joan of Arc Parish. The evening will include a closer look at the facts and falsehoods about physician-assisted suicide and what can be done proactively to promote a culture of life. The evening will be led by registered nurse Kathy Kindt and Susan Hoefer, diocesan Respect Life coordinator.

Save the date/Serra Series
KOKOMO — The second game in the Serra Series has been moved to Aug. 5. The Serra Club of Kokomo organizes the event, which features a softball game between diocesan priests and seminarians. The game will be held in the Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Gates and concessions will open at 11 a.m., with the first pitch to be thrown at noon. The game will go on, rain or shine. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family, with all gate proceeds going to the seminarian fund. The event also will feature giveaways, a 50/50 drawing and a “meet-and-greet” on the field after the game. The Serra Club also is looking for businesses within the diocese to help sponsor the event; e-mail or call 765-432-1001.

Fall women’s retreat
LAFAYETTE — The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception will hold a fall women’s retreat with Donna Heckler, author of “Living Like a Lady,” on Saturday, Nov. 11. Heckler will share her story and her path with humor, faith and passion. The day will begin with Mass at 9:30 a.m., followed by a light breakfast. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend the retreat. RSVPs are requested by Oct. 30 to Kim Granlund at or Mary Diener at For more information, call Kim Granlund at 765-491-0468.

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 and Sharing Circles. Those wishing to make a first-time (or another) weekend may apply at Upcoming weekends for 2017 include Nov. 3-5. Couples who already have participated in a Marriage Encounter Weekend are invited to join monthly Sharing Circles in the Lafayette and Indianapolis areas. For more information, e-mail

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