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.

Entries in Deacon Mike's Blog (78)

Saturday
Sep102016

Homily September 11, 2016: Value of Junk

Saturday
Jul022016

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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Saturday
Jun182016

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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Sunday
Mar062016

Haiti blog notice

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Saturday
Mar052016

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!!!

Saturday
Mar052016

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.

Saturday
Mar052016

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.

Saturday
Mar052016

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 plane...plus 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

Saturday
Feb062016

Homily 2016/02/07

Before Mass: The readings fit together so well, I almost don’t even need to explain. In each case, somebody is called by God to bring the Good News to His people. All three readings – watch for that common thread. The other undeniable thread is the fact that in all three cases, the person jumps in with both feet. God asks for help – and they devoted their lives to it. Pay particular attention to that Gospel…. We all fit into that story in at least two ways… pay close attention to see if you can identify where YOU are. Remember – we are all at least two different characters.

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Sunday
Dec272015

Homily - Feast of the Holy Family

Before Mass: This morning we are privileged to hear the first words Jesus utters in the Gospel. “Why did you look for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” These words were originally written in Greek – and that last phrase could just as easily be translated as “I must be about my Father’s business”. It’s just a small tweak of the meaning, but keep that in mind as you listen and try to figure out Why He responded the way he did and more importantly – what He’s trying to tell YOU today.

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