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Happening in the Local Church

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Indian dinner
MUNCIE — An authentic homemade Indian dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3600 W. Purdue Ave. Proceeds will benefit Father Andre’s orphanage in Haiti. The menu will include butter chicken, fried rice, garbanzo bean dish, potato/cauliflower dish, Indian fried bread and dessert. A non-Indian meal option also will be available. Cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 12. Carry-outs will be available. For more information, call Lalasa Reddy at 765-716-5149, Carol Scanameo at 765-730-8625 or Ditas Rousseau at 765-744-6570. All are invited.

Caregiver Companion volunteer training
LAFAYETTE — New volunteers are invited to come help 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, April 29. For more information, call Lauren Weldy at 765-423-1879 or e-mail

Blessing of Hands Prayer Service
DELPHI — St. Joseph Parish and Delphi United Methodist Church will sponsor a Blessing of Hands Prayer Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Joseph Church, 207 N. Washington St. All are welcome to attend this prayer service for caregivers, which will include an anointing of hands. Light refreshments and resources for caregivers will be available following the service.

“Under the Stars”
FISHERS — St. John Vianney Parish will hold its 11-year anniversary spring gala, “Under the Stars,” from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Blu Falls Arts and Event Center, 8820 S. State Road 9, Pendleton. The evening will include dining, dancing and socializing, live and silent auctions, raffles and more. Tickets are $60 each or $425 for a table of eight. Register online at

Poor Clares fund-raiser
KOKOMO — St. Patrick Parish will host a fund-raiser to benefit the Poor Clares from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the parish hall. The evening will include dinner, live music and fellowship. The dinner menu will include pulled pork (provided by Rozzis), rice and beans (provided by Dos Molinos), coleslaw, cheese potatoes, hot dogs, chips and dessert. Free-will offerings will be taken; all proceeds will be donated to the Poor Clares. For more information or to help with the event, call Marilyn Santos at 765-883-5634.

Study of “Laudato Si’”
LAFAYETTE — All are invited to participate in an upcoming seven-week study of “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on “care for our common home,” sponsored by the Social Justice Team of St. Lawrence Parish. The study sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and June 6 and 13, in the St. Lawrence Social Hall.

Community education luncheon
CRAWFORDSVILLE — A community education luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 4, at Bonzel Hall, located inside the main entrance to Franciscan Health Crawfordsville. The topic will be “Act Fast — How to Identify Signs and Symptoms of Stroke.” Lunch will be provided. The program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, call 765-364-3105. All are welcome.

Grief support groups
LAFAYETTE — St. Elizabeth Hospice will offer two 10-week grief support groups beginning in May. The groups are open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. The sessions will be facilitated by Anne Pigman, hospice bereavement coordinator. A morning group will meet weekly from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays, beginning May 5 and continuing through July 7. An evening group will meet weekly from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning May 9 and continuing through July 11. Some aspects of participating in a grief support group include: receiving information about the grieving process to understand the changes that are happening; providing a safe place to share struggles and learn from others; and sharing ideas on how to handle daily concerns and challenges that come with loss. Materials will include the book “Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart” by Alan D. Wolfelt. Cost for the book is $10; participants may return the book at the end of the final session for a full refund. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Pigman at 765-423-6911.

Eucharistic adoration
DEMOTTE — All are invited to join in Eucharistic adoration from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, at St. Cecilia Church, 334 15th St. SW. Refreshments and the opportunity for conversation will follow. The evening is sponsored by St. Cecilia’s Young Adults.

Legion of Mary
LAFAYETTE — All are invited to join the Legion of Mary for the celebration of Mass at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month in the chapel at Franciscan Health Lafayette Central. The Mass will be followed by Legion of Mary prayers and recitation of the rosary. All are invited to also join in a holy hour for America at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the chapel. The holy hour includes Legion of Mary prayers, Benediction and Communion.

“Diabetes: Doing Better Together”
LAFAYETTE — The Franciscan Healthy Living Center will continue its series on “Diabetes: Doing Better Together” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the center. The meeting topic will be “Recipe Makeover”; those attending are invited to bring their favorite recipes and learn healthy recipe substitutions. The group will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Other upcoming topics include: June 13, “Stretching Your Dollars,” and July 11, “Virtual Grocery Tour.” 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.

Luncheon/style show
CARMEL — The Seton Women’s Club will host its spring luncheon, style show and raffle at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Bridgewater Country Club in Carmel. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by April 28 to the office of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (phone 317-846-3850) or by mailing name, phone number and e-mail address with a check for $25 payable to the Seton Women’s Club. Please note “Spring Luncheon” in the check’s notation field. Mail to: Seton Women’s Club, 10655 Haverstick Road, Carmel, IN 46033.

MARION — St. Paul School will hold its 32nd annual auction beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12, in McKeown Gymnasium at the school. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for scholarships, to further friendships and to celebrate the excellence of the school. Friends, alumni and community supporters are invited to attend. This year’s theme is “Evidence of Excellence” — a James Bond theme for the evening. Guests may bid on a wide variety of donated items in both silent and oral auctions, while enjoying a selection of food, beverages and music. Reservations are $50 per person, which includes $25 in Scrip funds that may be used toward an oral auction purchase. Raffle tickets also will be available for a chance to win $10,000. A maximum of 250 raffle tickets will be sold; tickets cost $100 each. Raffle ticket holders need not be present to win. Reservations and raffle tickets are available by calling 765-662-2883 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

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., 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.

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.

Save the date/Serra Series
KOKOMO — The second game in the Serra Series will be held on June 10. 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 Serra Club also is looking for businesses within the diocese to help sponsor the event; e-mail or call 765-432-1001.

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.

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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