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.


2017/01/01 Mary, Mother of God


Homily November 27, 2016: First Weekend in Advent


Homily November 6, 2016 - God of the Living


From The Desk of Fr. Eugene

Transgender Bathrooms?

From The Catholic Answer; September/October 2016 Volume 30, No. 4

What is the Church’s official teaching about transgender bathrooms? There does not seem to be a clear answer about all of this.

There is no such thing as being “transgendered” from any biblical or Catholic perspective.  Thus there is no official teaching about something that doesn’t even exist, let alone about bathrooms.  What we can do is apply Catholic principles to address the deep confusion that has arisen about something so clear and basic as one’s sex.

The human person has a sex (not a gender), and God assigns that sex.  Scripture says, in creating us, “[God] created them; male and female he created them’ (Gn 1:27). Our bodies are therefore a revelation of who and what God created us to be.  No amount of clothes, cosmetics or surgery can alter the fact that we are male or female right down to our DNA.

Transgenderism is one of the stranger manifestations of the sexual confusion of our times.  It is a form of Gnostic dualism wherein a person can claim that he has an “identity” wholly separate from anything indicated by his body.  This amounts to a reduction of the human person to his thoughts or feelings, and a stepping back from reality as clearly indicated by the body.  It also denigrates the body and the witness it makes to us of who and what we are.

And yet the glory of the human person is to unite the two aspects of God’s creation, the spiritual and the material.  So precious is the bodily dimension of the human person that Christ took to himself a full human nature: body and soul.  He did not simply come among us as a ghost or mirage.  He walked among us in our full nature, offered His body on the altar of the cross, and raised up His full humanity and glorified it.  To reduce our bodies to a mere tool, or a sort of prison (where a man is “trapped” in a woman’s body), or to mutilate in surgically is a grave offense against what God has wrought.  Since our body is a revelation from God of who and what we are, to ignore its voice or overrule what God says is a sign of the pride of our days.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: “man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman. ‘Being man’ or ‘being woman’ is a reality which is good and willed by God…..  In their ’being-man’ and ‘being-woman,’ they reflect the Creator’s wisdom and goodness” (No. 369, emphasis in original).

Those who struggle with their sexuality as given by God deserve our sympathy and care.  But in no way can we participate in confirming them in a very great error and dep confusion.  Only the truth, as God has declared it, will set us free.  We therefore must resist and teach against the “gender ideology” of our times, which seeks to replace what God has wrought with vain imaginings that both confuse and demean the true glory of the human person.


Homily September 11, 2016: Value of Junk


Homily 2016/08/07- Reason when God asks the unreasonable 

Today we get a short course on Faith… but I personally missed it the first time I read the readings earlier this week – so I wanted to give you clue before you listen.

The first two readings give us examples of faith – and they follow a similar pattern. God gave a promise – the people believed – then God asked them to do something which may have seemed unreasonable – BUT – because of their Faith, they acted in accordance with that belief. That last part is important: because they believed or had faith – that impacted how they acted. Pay attention to that pattern as you listen – and ask yourself – why did the writer use these examples? What was he trying to accomplish? And maybe more important – how does this impact our own faith? Oh – and particularly look for places where God asked them to do something which seemed unreasonable.

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Homily 2016/07/31 - Vanity of vanities 

IN the70’s, Carly Simon had a song called “You’re so vain”… us old people could probably sing it… “you’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you… don’t you?” That might be where some of us learned what vanity is…. Vanity is self-centeredness or conceit. Imagine a guy who is constantly checking his reflection in the mirror – we can him ‘vain’ – thinking the world revolves around him.

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Homily 2016/07/03 - The Kingdom of God is at Hand

What is the ‘Kingdom of God’ – and what’s it mean that the Kingdom is ‘at hand’? We hear that so often, we might not even have thought about it, but if we had to put it into words. If you had to describe it to your five year old, what would you say? My first thought is that the Kingdom of God is ‘heaven’…did anybody else think that? When something is ‘At Hand’, I immediately think it means something is coming “soon” – like “there’s a storm at hand” means it’s gonna get windy and start raining any moment now. So – putting that together, many of us would define that statement to mean that “Heaven is coming soon”. But – it’s been like 2000 years since he said that… did he really mean it is coming soon?

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Homily 2016/06/19 - Identity

Why did Jesus ask his disciples, ‘who do YOU say that I am ?’ Was he having an identitycrisis ? Did he forget what he was about ? I think he recognized a teachable moment and wanted to force the disciples to get off the fence. I picture it went down something like this : Jesus was praying and overheard the apostles discussing among themselves just WHO Jesuswas. ‘Well – I heard somebody say he was Elijah reincarnated’… Yeah… I heard that, and somebody said one of the ancient prophets has come back – I’m kinda leaning t

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St. Isidore Catholic Parish 


As of July 1, 2016 our two parishes of St. Celestine & St. Raphael will merge together and will be the new St. Isidore Catholic Parish which is the people of our parish community.
Our two church buildings will still remain St. Peter Celestine Church & St. Raphael Church.
Our campuses will be called St. Celestine Campus & St. Raphael Campus to give locations of events and activities.

Our new email address for bulletins and contacting us via email has changed to:

We are working on our new website but our new website address is available and will feed into our present website.

Our new remind system for parishioners, youth ministry, religious ed.  are as follow to load into your cell phones for reminders of parish events, Mass time changes, cancellations, reminder deadlines and other notifications.

PARISHIONER NOTIFICATION          To: (enter) 81010   Message: (enter) @69dc23

YOUTH MINISTRY NOTIFICATION   To: (enter) 81010 Message: (enter)@stisido

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION                     To: (enter) 81010  Message: (enter) @kc79

The St. Isidore Parish office at the St. Celestine Campus 6864 State Rd. 164  Celestine, IN
Office hours Monday thru Friday 8:00am till 4:00pm
Mailing address: St. Isidore Parish  P.O. Box 1 Celestine, IN 47521

As of July 6, 2016 the St. Raphael Campus office will be open 11:30am till 4:00pm on Monday & Wednesdays.

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