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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.

Cemetery revitalization
LAFAYETTE — All are invited to participate in the first cleanup and revitalization day for St. Joseph Cemetery, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20. The cemetery is located on Greenbush Street, between 16th and 17th streets.

Misang Pilipino (Mass in Pilipino)
NOBLESVILLE — All are invited to attend a Misang Pilipino — a Mass in Pilipino, the official language of the Philippines — at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Our Lady of Grace Church, 9900 E. 191st St. The Mass will be celebrated by Msgr. George Ignacio. English text will be available. The rosary will be prayed before the Mass. The Mass will be followed by time for fellowship and a Philippine Merienda (Filipino fare of light refreshments) in the parish’s Grace Hall. The day is being sponsored by the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Indiana Chapter, and the Jesus and Mary Prayer Group. For more information, call or text Tina Ricafort at 317-627-3658 or Ethel Urbi at 219-218-4222.

Cursillo ultreya
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Cursillo community will host a Cursillo ultreya, a coming together of the Cursillo community, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 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 beverage to share. For more information, call Jeff and Marlene Jarboe at 765-567-2216 or e-mail

“Walk for Birthright”
KOKOMO — Birthright of Kokomo, Inc. will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Kokomo with a “Walk for Birthright” event on Saturday, May 20. The walk will be held in Foster Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the Walk of Excellence. Cost is $10 per person for walkers over the age of 10; there is no cost for walkers ages 10 and younger. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 walkers. Free water bottles and balloons have been donated for attendees. Raffle tickets also will be on sale during the walk until noon, when the drawing will be held. Many prizes have been donated to the raffle. All are invited to come out and support Birthright of Kokomo’s free services to girls and women who are facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy. Birthright is run by volunteers and supported solely by donations.

Ordination anniversary open house
CICERO — All are invited to attend an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church to celebrate Father W. Michael Kettron’s 60th anniversary of ordination. Refreshments will be offered. No gifts, please. The church is located at 410 S. Pearl St. in Cicero.

Garage and plant sale
WHEATFIELD — Sorrowful Mother Parish will hold its annual plant sale from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 25, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 26, at the parish, 165 Grace St. There will be a wide variety of garage sale-type items, as well as plants and flowers, bird houses, flower pots, garden art, hanging flower baskets and more. A retired horticulturist from the Chicago Park District will be available to answer questions about the care of plants and gardening ideas. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the parish’s Helping Hands Ministry. All are welcome to attend.

“Marriage and the Eucharist”
MUNCIE — The next gathering of SEED (Seeking Evangelization through Eucharistic Devotion) will be held on Thursday evening, May 25, at St. Mary Church, 2300 W. Jackson St. Adoration will begin after the 5 p.m. Mass. At 7 p.m., Father Andrew DeKeyser, JCL, will speak on “Marriage and the Eucharist.” Father DeKeyser serves on the Ecclesiastical Tribunal (Marriage Tribunal) as Defender of the Bond. His presentation will be followed by Benediction. A light reception then will be held in the parish’s Facilities Building. All are welcome to attend.

60th jubilee celebration
MONTICELLO — All are invited to attend a June 4 celebration of the 60th jubilee of Father James R. Goodrum. The celebration is being hosted by the Altar and Rosary Sodality of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, 543 S. Main. The day will begin with Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a reception/brunch in the parish’s Fosselman Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Kim Bunting at 574-583-9370.

Presentations on saints of the Church
ZIONSVILLE — All those wanting to learn more about some key saints of the Church, old and new, and what it takes to be a saint are invited to attend an upcoming series of three presentations at St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish. The presentations will be offered from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 14, 21 and 28 in the St. Robert Room. The programs will be offered by Father Dennis O’Keeffe, pastor, and seven parishioners. Topics will include: June 14, introduction to the program and St. Joseph and St. Matthew; June 21, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Therese of Lisieux and St. John Bosco; June 28, the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, St. Padre Pio and St. Gianna Mollo. All are welcome to attend the series.

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

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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