The Catholic Parish of St. Isidore, encompassing the churches of St. Celestine (Celestine, IN) and St. Raphael (Dubois, IN) is located in the rolling hills of Northeast Dubois County in Southern Indiana, near Patoka Lake. Our two Churches are united in faith, family and community. Please join us in worship!

Mission Statement - We, the parish of St. Isidore, witness to the world the love of Christ we have received in the Sacraments, and we invite others to personally experience the Grace of God through prayer, acts of service, and spiritual formation.


Homily 2019/04/21 - Easter - Resurrecting Hope


Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday
Thursday, April 18, 2019
6:30pm at St. Celestine Church

Good Friday Service
Friday, April 19, 2019
6:00pm at St. Celestine Church

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 20, 2019
9:00pm at St. Celestine Church

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 21, 2019
8am at St. Celestine Church
10am at St. Raphael Church


Youth Making A Difference

Project challenges students to ‘Make a Difference’


By Leann Burke/The Herald
From left, Halle Blackgrave, 13, Madison Pfau, 7, and Aubre Blackgrave, 11, all of Celestine presented Trent Horall of Otwell a check Friday to help with Horall's medical expenses. Horall is fighting colorectal cancer, and the girls raised money to help him for their Lenten Make A Difference project through St. Isidore Catholic Parish. Halle and Aubre's mother, Jan Blackgrave, is also fighting cancer and met Trent at treatment. The families have since become friends.


JASPER — Trent Horall of Otwell got an Easter surprise Sunday afternoon when three girls from St. Isidore Catholic Parish presented him a check for $650 to help with medical expenses.

Horall is fighting colorectal cancer, so the girls — Aubre Blackgrave, 11, Halle Blackgrave, 13, and Madison Pfau, 7, all of Celestine — decided to raise money to help with his expenses during Lent.

The girls made faux leather earrings that they sold in Aubre and Halle’s mother, Jan Blackgrave’s shop, Illusions Nail-Hair Studio and Day Spa, in downtown Jasper. Jan is also how the girls got connected with Horall. Jan is also fighting cancer, and she met Horall and his wife, Melissa, on her first day of treatment at Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The families have since become friends.

“I feel blessed,” Horall said. “I’m having some good days. I’m just very blessed to feel well enough to come up and enjoy some time with the people who did something to help.”

The girls’ project was part of St. Isidore’s annual Make a Difference program. Every Lent, Deacon Mike Seibert gives every student in the parish $5 and challenges them to find a way to use it to make a difference during the Easter season.

The students come up with a lot of ideas. On Sunday alone, three Make a Difference events happened. After the 8 a.m. Mass, the sixth-graders teamed up on a bake sale for Life Pregnancy Help Center in Paoli, and after the 10 a.m. Mass, other students hosted a benefit breakfast for local people with medical needs. Then, in the afternoon, the Blackgraves and Pfau presented a check to Horall.

The goal of Make A Difference, Seibert said, is to get the kids thinking about others and to encourage them to get involved in the community. For the Blackgraves and Pfau, the lesson stuck.

“I learned to be nice to people and to give back what you can,” Aubre said.

The girls got the idea for their project from Renee Merkel, a St. Isidore parishioner. She helped the girls get the materials for the earrings and helped them cut the materials, most of which were donated by Hopf’s Upholstery, Boeckman’s Furniture and Floor Covering and Melissa Gogel. From there, the girls formed an assembly line, threading the pieces of fabric onto a metal ring and attaching the ring to earring backs to create the jewelry that they sold at Illusions for about $5 per pair. The earrings quickly gained popularity, and of the roughly 200 pairs the girls made, only a handful are left.

“It was really just amazing,” Halle said. “I did not expect it to go over so well.”

Although this year’s Make A Difference project is winding down and the girls don’t have any plans to make more earrings, they all agreed that they make a good team. They plan to team up again next year for a new Make A Difference project.

“I learned to give back to people in need and help the community,” Halle said. “I would do it again.”


Easter Egg Hunts & Breakfasts

Sunday, April 7, 2019

St. Celestine Campus

Easter Egg Hunt following the 8am Mass

Breakfast in the Dining Hall Sponsored by the K of C. 
Proceeds are used to purchase sonogram machines to help deter abortions.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

St. Raphael Campus

Easter Egg Hunt following the 10am Mass

Breakfast in the Dining Hall. Make a Difference Project
Proceeds will be given to a family in need.


From the Desk of Fr. Eugene

     I recently had a chance to see the new movie out called, “Unplanned.”  This movie is a true story of a Texas A& M college student who slowly becomes involved and starts working for Planned Parenthood.  Eventually, Abby Johnson becomes the director of the clinic.  Abby slowly over times comes to realize that Planned Parenthood is not first about the concerns of women’s health but more about making money through abortions.  In many ways, I find it hard to imagine her buying into the agenda of Planned Parenthood.  However, one can never underestimate the power of an organization to hide the real truth from people who want to believe the best in people and companies.  Eventually the blinders come off of Abby’s eyes and she is able to see Planned Parenthood for what it really is.  God takes the experience of Abby working for an abortion company and helps her to encourage other people working in abortion industry to find a way out of their part in the taking of innocent life.  If you are a teenager or older and get the chance to see this movie at the theatre or rent it, I encourage you to do so.

God bless Fr. Eugene


Homily 2019/03/31 - Admitting We Are Blind (or 'whattayaknow'?)


Yard Sale

Friday, April 26, 2019 8am-4pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019 8am -12pm

St. Celestine Garage
6864 E State Rd 164, Celestine

Donations are Requested NO Clothes

Baby Items Household Items Kitchen Items
Knick Knacks Holiday Decor Books
Clean Toys Decorating Items

Drop Off Information

Wednesday, April 24    8am - 8pm
Thursday, April 25      8am - 3pm

Rectory Garage Van Stall facing the water tower

All proceeds benefit the St. Isidore Youth Ministry



Homily 2019/03/17 - Counting Stars


Fr. Tyler Mission Videos

For those of you that may have missed any of Fr. Tyler's mission, video links are below.  The camera was unmanned so Fr. Tyler may go off the screen from time to time.  But you will still be able to hear his message.

Night 1 Sunday, March 10, 2019 

Night 2 Monday, March 11, 2019

Night 3 Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Ministry Schedule

Here is the schedule for all ministries:

February/March Schedule

April/May Schedule

Contact Janice Betz at if you have any questions.

If you would like to make changes to your current involvement, or would like to sign up to another ministry, please compete the ministry registration form below and return in the collection basket or to either Parish Office.

Ministry Registration Form