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 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.


Homily: Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Before Mass: Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – or Corpus Christi. I have a little demonstration before Mass which we’ll refer to in our homily today. I have here a glass of water – filled to the brim- this represents you and me. Our lives of full – as we come in here today, we all have something on our mind – the graduation parties going on – the cookouts – some want to get into the fields and gardens to plant – lots of honey-do projects tugging at us to get our attention. We have health issues, relationship issues, job issues, problems with our teenagers, problems with our parent, problems with our spouses, problems with our country…. The list goes on – to sum it up: we are full! We can’t take any more. Now – let’s say I come to Mass today and I just keep thinking about all of that stuff – holding onto my hurts and what I wish I was doing – never really listening to the words of the Mass or for Jesus to speak to me… what will happen to me? What will happen to this glass of water that represents me? Nothing.

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Religious Ed. Quilt Sweepstakes


                                                                                    TICKETS AVAILABLE                                            
                                                                                    Religious Ed. Quilt Sweepstakes
                                                                                    $5.00 per ticket for the remaining
                                                                                    two drawings.

                          Quilt being raffled January 29/  Cash Prize on February 26

 Orange quilt tickets available at all entrances of St. Raphael & St. Peter Celestine Churches.

Quilts will be raffled on July 24, August 28, January 29, and cash prize on February 26.

All proceeds will benefit the religious education program
Please return to the parish office, black drop boxes at parish campuses, or return in the collection.

Due to gambling laws, please do not sell or write a ticket to anyone under the age of 18. 
Our license number is on file at the parish office.



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.

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