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.


House Blessings

Deacon Mike is doing House Blessings!

January is traditionally the time for House Blessings.

This is a great way to involve the whole family, so pick a time when the kids can participate. Takes 10-15 minutes. And it's free!

Even if you have previously had your house blessed, it is ok to have it done again.

Contact the parish office (812-634-1875) or Deacon Mike to schedule yours.


Ministry Schedule

Here is the schedule for all ministries:

December/January Schedule

February/March 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




Homily 2018/12/23 - Whatever Love Requires


From the Desk of Fr. Eugene

I recently visited Medjugorje, which is in the former Yugoslavia and is in the present country of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Medjugorje is a place where our Blessed Mother has appeared to six people since 1981 but has not yet been approved by the Catholic Church.  However, the Church has sent a Cardinal to this location to study further and possibly approve this site as an authenticate site where Mary continues to appear daily to three of the the six people.  The Franciscan Order takes care of CAtholic ministry at Medjugorje but the representative for the English speaking people is a Dominican by the name of Fr. Leon.  Here is the talk Fr. Leon gave while we were in Medjugorje.

God Bless Fr. Eugene


Homily 2018/10/20 - Ask Not?

Also - here is a link to a free course from Christopher West called "What Do You Want". 

Homily 2018/09/30 - Cut if Off


From the Desk of Fr. Eugene

From Bishop Robert Barron
Founder, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

Why Remain Catholic? (With so much scandal)

In light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted.

But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight--not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you.


Homily 2018/08/19 - The Days are Evil


Homily 2018/07/15 - Nothing But a Walking Stick


From the Desk of Fr. Eugene

What are the benefits or impact of marriage preparation?  Here are the top conclusions of a nation-wide study done by The Center for Marriage and Family.

1. The vast majority of individuals who participated in marriage preparation programs view the experience as valuable early in their marriage. 93.8% of respondents in their first year of marriage agree that marriage preparation was a valuable experience; 74.8% in their second year offer the same judgment. Overall, almost two-thirds (66.3%) perceive marriage preparation as a valuable experience, 26.6% of them as a very valuable experience. The other third (33.8%) perceive it as less than valuable, 8.2% of them strongly.

2. The perceived value of marriage preparation declines significantly over time. Is it simply that memory fades? Is it that the benefits erode with time? Is it that marriage preparation prepares couples for the tasks they face early in their marriages, but not for the tasks they face later? If the last is the case, and we hypothesize that it is, it indicates the need for booster programs throughout the various developmental stages of a marriage.

3. Marriage preparation is judged most valuable when it is done by a team of clergy, lay couples and parish staff. Clergy working alone with a couple is currently the most common format for marriage preparation, but couples judged this format significantly less valuable than a team format. Their commentary was interesting, if predictable: "Priests who don't marry . . . just don't know what marriage is really like." A team approach which does not include a clergy representative, however, was also judged less valuable than a team with a clergy member.

4. The topics addressed in marriage preparation that were perceived as being of most value were the five Cs: communication, commitment, conflict resolution, children and church (values and sacramentality). A sixth C, career and especially dual career, was among topics perceived as least helpfully covered. This suggests enhancing all six Cs to the maximum, and especially the dual career marriage which is currently so prevalent.


God bless,

Fr. Eugene


     A question that seems to come up often in marriage preparation is, “Why is the Catholic Church against us living together before being married?” 

This is a question that seems to be asked often.  Many couples believe that it allows them to get to know each other better and know what it will be like to live with their future spouse before they are married.  Studies show that couples who live together before marriage have a greater chance of divorce (33 % greater chance of divorce) than those who don’t live together before marriage.  One of the obvious reasons for not moving in together before marriage is that it is much harder to break off a relationship that has gone wrong when your living together versus not living together.  Another reason for the higher divorce rate is the ability for sexually intimacy to bind couples together emotionally.  The months and years spent prior to one’s marriage should be a time of serious discernment.  By having sex during this courtship period, couples hinder their ability to look at each other clearly and objectively.  A third reason for higher divorce is that cohabiting undermines commitment.  If a partner finds enough faults in the other, he or she is free to leave.  The desire to enter a ‘test run’ shows a lack of faith in one’s love for each other.  On one hand, the couple is saying that they desire complete intimacy, but on the other hand they want to leave a way out if their partner does not measure up.  This sows seeds of doubt and distrust from the start.  Also, studies show that couples who cohabitate before marriage have a greater chance of marital conflict, domestic abuse, and be less sexually satisfied.  If one is living together, they should consider cease living together until they marry.

     Now with this all said, “Can couples who live together and have successful and happy marriages?”  The answer is yes they can and do.  I usually also comment that to the cohabitating couple who are getting married that I am glad you are making things right with God.  However, there are greater risks with cohabitation and studies show this by secular institutions just as Christian organizations.   


God bless,

Fr. Eugene