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.

Saturday
Jul142018

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

Wednesday
Jun202018

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

Monday
May212018

Change of Mass times 

June 3 - 10:30 Mass @ St. Raphael Church, Dubois 
              Corpus Christi Procession after the 8am Mass @ St. Celestine
              Church and concludes at the altar at St. Raphael Church
              before Mass.

June 23 -  8:00am Mass @ St. Raphael Church, Dubois 
                10:00am Mass @ St. Celestine Church, Celestine
                175th Anniversary Mass with the Bishop

 June 30 - 4:00pm Mass @ St. Celestine Church, Celestine 
                 175th Celebration Weekend on the grounds
                 of the  St. Celestine Campus

Monday
May212018

St. Peter Celestine Church 175th Birthday & Town of Celestine 


 

TOWN OF CELESTINE    

175th  CELEBRATION 
June 28- July 1

 

For a complete list of events visit www.celestineindiana.com         
Information on the upcoming 175th Celebration

 

 CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION  
   

June 3, 2018
St. Peter Celestine Church 8:00am Mass
after the 8:00am Mass
St. Peter Celestine Church grounds to  St. Raphael Church 10:30pm Mass
Deacon Mike Seibert  812-482-1886
mseibert@evdio.org

 175th  CENTENNIAL DINNER    Reservation Form 
June 24, 2018
After the 10am  Mass @ St. Peter Celestine Church w/ Bishop Siegel
Dinner served at  12:00noon   Celestine Community  Club  
RSVP by Monday, June 4   $10.00 plate
Due to seating limitations, age 10 or above   Reservations due by June 3 
Judy Schroering 812-678-2432 & Kim Butler 812-639-7418
jaschroering@gmail.com     kbutlerpk@gmail.com

 

Monday
May212018

Vacation Bible School 2018 



Monday, July 9 thru Thursday, July 12  
St. Celestine Campus 
5:30pm till 7:45pm 

Light dinner served from 5:00pm till 5:30pm

Registration due MONDAY, JUNE 18  

 

 

          



 

 

 

 

 




     SPLASH CANYON  

            God's Promise on Life's Wild Ride

                 2018 Registration Form

Saturday
May192018

Homily 2018/05/20 - Pentecost - It's Happening!

Saturday
May052018

Homily 2018/05/06 - Get in the Game

Saturday
May052018

Watch St. Celestine Legacy Nights

St. Celestine has been hosting events celebrating its 175 years.

The April “Our Priests” was highlighted by a memorable portrayal of Celestine founder Fr. Joseph Kundek by Dr. Mark Ginter, along with heartfelt remembrances from Fr. John Brosmer, Fr. Tony Ernst and Fr. John Boeglin. The February “Our Churches” told the history of the previous St. Celestine churches.

WATCH APRIL OUR PRIESTS LEGACY NIGHT:
YouTube Link


WATCH FEBRUARY OUR CHURCHES LEGACY NIGHT:
YouTube Link

Friday
May042018

Ministry Schedule


Here is the schedule for all ministries:

April/May Schedule (Includes Holy Week & Easter)

June/July Schedule

Contact Janice Betz at jbetz@evdio.org 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

 

 

Saturday
Apr142018

2018/04/15 - Time to Get OUT There