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 20160508 ...Great Commission

For a year or two, Jerry was a scout master for a cub scout troop. His son was in the troop and they didn’t have a leader, so he felt kinda arm-twisted into doing it… but Jerry was not one to do anything half-hearted. He would organize the important stuff like food – got to have food – and some sort of craft – and there would always be something to learn about Jesus at every meeting. He even had GUEST speakers lined up. He was so organized, he had the meeting agendas laid out 3 months in advance….that is… until he had his first den meeting and learned what it’s like to lead 7 year-olds boys.

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College Connection

Current seniors in high school through college freshman-seniors: We are starting a program in the fall of 2016 called College Connection. This program will connect us better to you in your studies through whatever your needs are. Prayers, care packages, and so much more will be given through this program no matter where you go to school. In order to register be sure to pick up and fill out a form that is located at all entrances at both Churches and also by clicking HERE.




Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy

What is a Holy Year?

Last April, on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis announced the coming of an Extraordinary Jubilee Year, also known as a holy year.  The purpose of this year-long celebration is to give Catholics the opportunity to reflect on God’s mercy for all his children – each one of us, individually and collectively – and to help us recognize that we are called to be merciful to others.  The Scriptural theme of the Holy Year is taken from Luke 6:36: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

The Holy Year began on December 8, 2015 – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It will come to a close on the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe.

Traditionally, since 1300 AD, holy years have been celebrated by the Church every 25 or 50 years.  The last jubilee year was convened in 2000.  It was known as the “Great Jubilee.”  However, popes may also designate special jubilee years whenever appropriate.  These holy years are called extraordinary jubilee years.  The last extraordinary jubilee year was held in 1983, called to celebrate the 1,950 years that had elapsed since the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It was convened by St. John Paul II.

The opening date of the Year of Mercy has great significance.  Pope Francis wrote that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception “recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind.  After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil.  And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love, choosing her to the Mother of man’s Redeemer.”

The pope also emphasized that December 8 has special meaning in recent Church history because it marks the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, a time (as the pope said) when the “walls which for too long had made the Church a kind of fortress were torn down and the time had come to proclaim the Gospel…(a time when) the Church sensed a responsibility to be a living sign of the Father’s love in the world.


Haiti blog notice

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Haiti 2016: Lisa's First Day

I arrived in Jeremie on Friday with the first group. Gary, Deacon Mike, Allison, Kirby and I had our 1st work session today (Saturday). We went to the school to work on desks for one of the classrooms. Sandpaper, varnish and drills were everywhere! As we worked some of the staff from school stopped to visit. Everyone I’ve met has been so friendly. One teacher in particular stood out. After asking me about my family and my life in the United States, he thanked me not once but twice for coming to Haiti to help! He said he knows that people are scared to come here because of things they hear. I was so touched by his sincerity! Tomorrow we are going to mass at 7:00am. Then back to the school!!!


Haiti 2016: My first Day (Allison)

Kirby, Mike, Gary and I all arrived at the Louisville Airport early Friday morning, around 4 a.m. That was my first airplane ride ever and I couldn't stop looking out the window, the houses were so small and then we were literally flying over a cloud. I was so excited for this trip and couldn't wait to get to Haiti. I had never really traveled before, especially not out of the United States, but I knew God wanted me to do this. We arrived in Miami and met up with Lisa and got on the next plane to Port-Au-Prince. Haiti is so beautiful even though there is a lot of poverty. We got on a charter plane and that was a really cool experience too. I have to say the driving in Haiti is my kind of driving:) There isn't really any rules, no staying on the right side, people are constantly honking, and they'll do whatever, including driving on sidewalks, to get where they need to. The people in Haiti don't really get road rage, they just get around them. We arrived at the house and met some of the workers for Tek4Kids. They are all native Haitians and are really nice and easy to talk to. Today, we worked at the school and worked on tables, chalkboards, and boards. It was a lot of hard work, but I knew we were helping the school and the people that go there. The other half of our group arrived around 4:30 today and now we will really be starting the missionary work together. One thing I have to say about Haiti, it is truly an amazing thing that you really need to see. It is hard to explain all the things I have seen so far in a few words and it's only been about 2 days into the trip. I can't wait to see what else this trip teaches me.


Haiti 2016: My first trip to Haiti (Cheryl)

Arriving in Haiti … the view of the mountains were beautiful, then a large flat area was Port of Prince, it was 2:30 PM. After landing in Port of Prince, we had a driver transport us from one side of the airport to the other in order to get on a 6 passenger airplane to fly to Jeremie. Haitian people were everywhere trying to help with our packages to make a dollar. Once we got to the “airport” in Jeremie, the long strip of concrete surrounded by cows, chickens and people standing all around was shock! The journey still wasn’t over, we transported our luggage to the back of a pickup truck where a driver drove us through the outskirts of Jeremie to the house we were going to stay. During the drive, I noticed the nice clothes most of them were wearing. There were motorcycles weaving in and out of the other vehicles as well as many walking donkeys carrying supplies. The view of the homes, people, animals etc. was beyond my expectations. We ARRIVED!!! The house was amazing! There was a very friendly, English speaking Haitian who helped us with all the luggage. The dining room table is large enough to hold at least 12 people. There is a fabulous cook who made an amazing meal for us. Once our stomachs were filled after the long day of travel, it was time to sit around the table and tell stories. The work will begin tomorrow after the Sunday mass.


Haiti 2016: A Day of Firsts (Mike)

All 9 of our team members are now on-site in Jeremie, Haiti. God greased the skids and the travel went smoothly. This was a first in many ways... For some it was their first jet ride, first time out of the country, first single-prop some firsts we can't mention until we get home (don't worry mom's it's not that bad ;)
Assuming our (slow) Internet connection stays up, watch for further blogs from other team members


Haiti mission trip March 2016

8 parishioners from St. Isidore will travel to Jeremie, Haiti March 4-11.
Watch Deacon Mike's Blog on this site for updates from our group.
Please pray for safety, health, and God to touch everyone involved.


Haiti blog link.... go here for continued blog entries

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