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.


Stewards of God’s Grace Capital Campaign - Town Hall Meeting

Click below to watch the Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in the St. Celestine Hall with Bishop Joseph Siegel, Rev. Bernie Etinenne, Tim McGuire, & Diane Keller about the shared campaign. 

We are coming together to address the current needs of our parishes, and bolster the work and ministries of our diocese. At this time, we invite every household of our diocesan-wide faith family to support a common goal – raising the funds that are crucial to create stronger parishes, which will serve to build a stronger diocese and help us grow as good stewards. Ultimately, rooted in a personal relationship with our Savior, it is all about carrying out the mission of the Church as entrusted to us by Jesus Christ.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about this campaign, feel free to talk to Fr. Eugene.


From the Desk of Fr. Eugene


There we were, on the flight line in Atsugi, Japan, and it worked!  We had sent everything off the day before on a shipment (to a place I no longer remember) and needed to change a tire on our C-2A aircraft.  Carrier Air Wing FIVE, the USS Independence, and all the normal support that accompanies them, were long gone.  We needed a jack to change a tire and had resorted to a desperate drive around the flight line to find anyone who was around and asking if they had anything that might work.

An F-18 squadron had left a small group of people behind to work on some aircraft in preparation for the long deployment that was coming up.  The two aircraft were different, but the need persisted.  So we asked, and they came up with a jack that was just barely narrow enough, and an inch too short to do what we needed.  So we added a layer of 2x4 wood pieces from a pallet, pushed the tire up against the side of the jack, and we made it work.  The plane made it to the carrier the very next morning, filled with priority cargo, parts, and people, instead of sitting idle for who knows how long while we waited for a simple tire jack.

Our two squadrons had their own identities.  As sailors do, we regularly held verbal sparring matches at local establishments about who was more important to the Air Wing, who's plane did more for the overall mission, and who worked harder, longer hours doing what we do- Unit Pride at its finest!  However, when the rubber met the road, we all knew that we were on the same team, and we had to do what was necessary to make each other successful for the greater good.  In the end, we all knew we were part of something much larger than ourselves, our squadrons, the carrier strike group, and indeed the Navy itself- and if we wanted to be successful as a military, we knew we'd better be humble and set that pride aside.

This focus and dedication from our individual squadron all the way through to our overall military mission reminds me of our own Catholic Church.  In the story above, the two squadrons represent St. Celestine and St. Raphael.  The whole Navy itself represents the Diocese of Evansville.  The many branches of the military: the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard together represent the Catholic Church as a whole. 

We Catholics do a lot of good stuff for a lot of people, regardless of their religious affiliation.  We are part of something “bigger.” We have a parish, St. Isidore Parish, a diocese, the diocese of Evansville, AND we are part of the Catholic Church.  Catholic means universal, which encompasses our entire world.  In this religious entity of Catholicism, we serve God’s people through medical needs in Catholic hospitals, Catholic social programs such as Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Charities to name a few. We serve the world through a school system.  There are so many agencies that have their name Catholic stamped on them.  It is extraordinary.

We have our churches (the buildings we have grown to love and worship in).   We also can worship as Catholics anywhere in the world, and the movements, gestures and words are the same (just in a different language).

At St. Isidore, we need to see the bigger picture just like we do in the military.
At St. Isidore, we need to see the bigger vision just like we do in the military.
At St. Isidore, we need to see the bigger mission just like we do in the military.

Jeremy Mundy, Fr. Eugene, Deacon Mike


Homily 2017/12/17 - Rejoice Always...even when it feels like we're losing


2017/10/01 - Destination of Our Choice


From the Desk of Fr. Eugene

Catholic College Information

I am a member of the The Cardinal Newman Society.  They promote and defend faithful Catholic Education.  They provide excellent information on why choosing a faithful Catholic college would be valuable.

In addition to looking at the “big picture,” they also explore more practical considerations in My Future, My Faith, such as these:


Homily 2017/09/03 - God WANTS us to be Happy


2017/07/16 - How is it that you DON'T hear?

So – you probably noticed the first theme of the Gospel: we are the dirt. How much the word of God sinks into us depends on whether we are good soil. You might also have noticed that God is a horribly wasteful farmer. He spreads the seeds of His Grace and Love all over creation… letting it drop wherever it will – so that most of it is simply wasted, never bearing any fruit. Picture a tractor with a seed spreader driving down the highway with the feeder wide open…. That’s how extravagant God is with his word.

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Homily 2017/07/02 - Disciples for Dinner


From The Desk of Father Eugene

     As most of you have heard that Bishop Thompson will become the next Archbishop of Indianapolis and he will be installed on July 28.  Between now and then, Bishop Thompson’s title will change from bishop to administrator for our diocese.  At Mass in the Eucharistic Prayer, he will be referred to as, “Charles our administrator,” or “our administrator Charles.”  After July 28, a priest from our diocese will be the administrator until a new bishop has been named.  This priest is picked by seven priests from our diocese who are called ‘consulters.’  Consulters have been chosen by the bishop for this role of picking a priest to lead during this time of transition.  A question many may ask is, “How is a Bishop appointed?”  The ultimate decision in appointing bishops rest with the pope, and he is free to select anyone he chooses.  But how does he know whom to select?  The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome.  An Apostolic Nuncio is much like an ambassador and there is one for each nation.  The Apostolic Nuncio will gather names of priests from that area from bishops and priests.  They also ask about the needs of the particular diocese in regards to leadership. Eventually three names of priests are given to the Apostolic Nuncio.  He then sends them to Rome to a department called, the “Congregation for Bishops,” which then looks over the names and makes a recommendation that is then sent to the Pope.  The Pope can refuse all three choices and ask for a new set of names or choose from the three.  If you want to see in greater detail the steps of how a bishop is chosen look under the USCCB website and search, “How Bishops are appointed.”


     How long will it be before a new bishop is named?  No one knows for sure but Cardinal Tobin, the last bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, left for his new assignment in New Jersey around the beginning of the new-year and a successor was named in mid-June with installation occurring July 28.  Please pray to the Holy Spirit for our next Bishop along with Charles our administrator.


                                                God Bless, Fr. Eugene


From The Desk of Father Eugene