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 2013/09/29: Are the Rich Doomed?

Looking at today's readings...At first glance, the message seems to be that being Rich is bad – you’re going to hell… and being Poor is good – you’re going to heaven. Did anybody else get that same message? The first reading certainly seems to say that: ‘woe to you, the complacent in zion… lying on your beds of ivory, eating fine foods..’ And then there’s the Gospel – the rich man goes to a place of torment: that sounds like it represents hell. And then this POOR guy goes to the bosom of Abraham, which represents heaven. I noticed there’s nothing in the reading that either of these men did anything to deserve their eternal reward/punishment… so Jesus must be telling us that the rich will go to hell and the poor will go to heaven. Would you agree?

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From The Desk of Father Eugene

     As we celebrate the Holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we are reminded that we need to take time to gather as a family to renew our relationships with one another.  We also need to regenerate and reenergize our relationship with God through coming together as a group.  There many ways we do that but I saw a great example of it at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis where we had youth and adults from our parishes go.  Over 25,000 Catholics gathered to celebrate Mass, Reconciliation, attend workshops, and gather as a whole to attend what I would call a Catholic Rock concert in Lucas Oil Stadium.  Another example is Cursillo where we had several parishioners take part on a team and had several also make a Cursillo.  This is a great way to renew one’s faith.  We also will have adults and youth from our parishes attending the Right to Life March in Washington D. C. in January.  These are good examples of gathering as Catholics to rejuvenate our relationship with God.  There are many other ways that we can invigorate our relationship with God whether it is TEC, Catholic Workcamp, Source and Summit, or Shanty Town to name a few. 


God bless,

Fr. Eugene



Once again, I find myself scratching my head after that last statement from Jesus. On the surface, it’s not obvious –at least to me - how his parables have anything to do with what he is teaching. What does a carpenter building a tower and a King going to war have to do with that last statement: “In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” Does not compute…I had to think long and hard before it finally made sense to me. This reading is about Wisdom… which is also the theme of the first reading.

What Jesus is saying is that the carpenter needs to be WISE enough to make sure he can complete his project before he starts it. The King needs to be WISE enough to make sure he has sufficient troops and the support of the people before taking his country to war. Taking it in THAT context, the last statement would mean – anybody who wants to be a disciple of Jesus must be WISE enough to get rid of ANYthing that stands between us and Jesus…. Any possessions… any thing – or any ONE. Not that we have to disown our family – but if our family is keeping us from Jesus – we have to have the wisdom to put Jesus first.

It’s all about Wisdom. What is the difference between KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM?
Somebody once said that knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit – not a vegetable. But wisdom is knowing not to put the tomato in a fruit salad.

How do we gain wisdom?
If you’re like me, we learn from our mistakes. I made a couple of big mistakes this week – one that just about gave a future bride a heart attack – and another that may have cost me a friendship. I hate making mistakes – they wrench my gut and stress me out…but I learn from them. I guarantee you I have gained some wisdom about how to handle these situations in the future.. because that pit in my stomache is a powerful teacher of wisdom.

Most of us learn because we have to… for example… most of us have a little bit of knowledge of cancer and treatment of cancer – but it’s really only when we are forced to take care of a family member who is suffering through cancer – THAT is when we gain the wisdom of how to help them cope… the wisdom of how to deal with the doctors… and yes – the wisdom of how to deal with our own emotions. These painful situations are some of the best teachers given to us. The Holy Spirit, given from God, is so much more visible and so much more able to teach us when our hearts are torn open by grief.

As the readings so clearly tell us – we would have No wisdom at all, if it had not been given to us from above. To paraphrase the first reading – we have trouble figuring out ANYTHING with our human perspective….We have trouble figuring out our spouse... We say things that others completely misinterpret... We can only GUESS at why many things happen the way they do in our world. If we are so clueless about the things that are right here in front of us, How can we possibly understand God’s plan?
We can only understand – or START to understand – if the Holy Spirit gives us wisdom.
How does the Spirit give YOU wisdom? Is it through reading and contemplating scripture? Is it through thinking hard about our mistakes and what we’re supposed to learn from them? Maybe the Spirit teaches you wisdom by putting you into situations that stretch your emotions – by giving you that hole in your heart or that pit in your stomache – perhaps for you, THAT is when the Holy spirit goes into overdrive to teach wisdom.

Reminds me of Larry… in the eighth grade, he was an 85 pound weakling. The bullies at school would push him around and throw his books on the ground all the time. He prayed one night as he cried himself to sleep – God please give me strength! In his dreams that night, he heard God tell him to clear all the rocks out of the pasture behind his house…. So the next day, he went about carrying rocks out of the pasture and dropping them in the fence row. After about three days of this, he was done… but there was one big rock right in the middle of the pasture which he couldn’t budge. He figured he did what he was supposed to, so he left that rock there. That night again in a dream, God told him to keep pushing against that rock. Although it didn’t make sense to him, for the next week, he would spend all his free time after school pushing on that rock. Again he was about to give up, when God reminded him to keep pushing. This went on for almost a year, until, exasperated, he cried to God – you told me to move this rock a year ago and I haven’t moved it an inch! I KNOW I’m weak – that’s why I asked for strength! God said – I never told you to MOVE that rock – I just told you to push against it. A year ago you prayed for strength… look at your arms and legs… you’re stronger than anyone in your class now. I was merely giving you what you prayed for.

Larry gained strength by pushing against the rock that God put in front of him.
WE gain wisdom by pushing against the rocks that God puts in front of us… we learn from all the painful situations that come our way….and we will keep learning
…. as long as we keep pushing


From The Desk of Father Eugene

Catholic's Divorce Survival

Helping You Find Peace, Power, and Passion After Your Divorce

The Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide was created to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics.  With the help of counselors, theologians, and priests, you can go from pain and loneliness to hope and healing.  Practical advice meets pastoral care, with the help of experts and others who have suffered through divorce.  As they witness to their pain and to the redemptive power of Christ, you will laugh, cry, and identify with their journey from heartache to healing.

A new 12 week session for Catholics seeking healing from divorce will take place on Fridays, August 16-November 8, from 6:30-8:30pm.

¨ Discover how to work through the emotions of separation and divorce.

¨ Experience personal healing and hope.  Gain wisdom and comfort from others who share your experiences.

¨ Address questions of forgiveness and new family dynamics.

¨ Obtain an understanding of the annulment process, and more!

To register contact St. Joseph Parish Center at 482-1805. If Friday evenings are inconvenient a Tuesday group may be offered. Please mention your preference upon registration.



2013/07/14 -The Guy in the Ditch

Alright… So the obvious message in the gospel today is that even the total fact, even somebody who might be our our neighbor. And if we want to inherit eternal life, we are supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves. The bottom line is this...we cannot ignore the man in the ditch. If that was all there was to the message, we'd be done... But Jesus always teaches more than one thing at a time. But rather than me TELLING you what the other underlying message is, I want to tell you my own parable... Instead of the Good Samaritan... I want to tell you the parable of the ‘Good American’.

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2013/07/07 - mission of the 72

Let’s look now at that Gospel – look at that first line: “At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs”. Now, if you're paying attention, you gotta wonder...Who were these “others”? I had always figured these were the elite of Jesus’ followers… the apostles… but there were only 12 of them – so who were the 72? They were disciples. They were part of the crowd… they were ordinary people who had decided that living for Jesus was the most important thing they could do. There’s no proof – but there’s a good chance that Luke, the gospel writer, was one of these 72, because he was the only one who specifically mentioned the 72. Luke was a doctor... Luke and all these other people gave up their normal jobs to travel to other towns to prepare the way for Jesus…. To tell people about Jesus…

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Celestine Streetfest 5K Results

Please click HERE to download a PDF with the times and finishing places of the runners in the 2013 Celestine Streetfest 5K.


2013/06/09 Proof that God has visited His people

God .... has VISITED his people. It may seem like in biblical time, raising from the dead was a common occurrence... We heard about two such events in the first reading and gospel. We all remember Lazarus ...and of course, Jesus raised himself. You may also remember that even Peter and Paul each were credited with bringing somebody back to life in the book of Acts. But while it may SEEM like it happened a lot... I didn't. These were EXTAORDINARY events. When someone raised from the dead, it was a sign of.. A song of well, something... Of what? In the first reading the understanding of the sign came from the widow "you are a man of God. The word of the LORD comes truly from your mouth.” In the gospel, the understanding of the sign was even more impressive, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.”

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From The Desk of Father Eugene

St. Joseph’s Holy Family has devotions on the first Saturday of each month to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  I will be doing confessions along with Mass on Saturday, July 6.  The summer schedule (May-October) is as follows



 9:30 Registration at St. Michael Statue

10:00 The Message of Fatima at Our Lady of Grace Grotto

10:15 Examination of Conscience at Ten Commandments

10:30 – 11:15 Confessions at Gardener’s Hut

10:30 – 11:15 Stations of the Cross

11:30 Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel

12:00 Angelus/Regina Caeli before Pitch-in Meal

 1:15 Rosary on Trail or in the Chapel

 2:15 Teaching on Prayer in Amphitheater or Chapel

 3:00 Divine Mercy Chaplet at Gardener’s Hut


St. Joseph Holy Family, 25992 Cottonwood Road, Bristow, IN 47515.   

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Directions:  In Indiana, I-64 at exit 72.  South on IN 145.  Emmediate left on IN 62.  Proceed 2 miles. First street south is Cottonwood Road.  Proceed up hill to entrance to St. Joseph’s Holy Family, Inc.


Pentecost 2013/05/19: Vicars of Christ

Are you familiar with the word ‘vicarious’? It’s used a couple of ways – it can mean to do something IN PLACE of someone, like a substitute – or it can mean to do something or experience something THROUGH someone else. Some people live vicariously through their kids – like the dad who always wanted to play football, but fulfills that dream through his kid. The mom who always wanted to be a gymnast or singer – who gladly takes her daughter to practice all year long to live the experience she missed-out on growing up. The parents live their lives through the lives of their children.

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