December 6, 2013

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The Coming Week

December 7

St. Michael Church, 145 St. Michael Blvd., Brookville. First Saturday Devotional Prayer Group, Mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary, confession, meditation and petitions, 8 a.m. Information: 765-647-5462.

St. Matthew Church, 4100 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. Advent organ recital, Travis Person, organist, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Information: 317-257-4297.

December 7-8

St. Lawrence Parish, 4650 E. 46th St., Indianapolis. 64th Anniversary weekend, Sat. 5 p.m. Mass; Sun. 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon English Masses; 6 p.m. Spanish Mass. Information: 317-546-4065.

December 8

Scecina Memorial High School, 5000 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis. Christmas music concert, 3 p.m., no charge. Information: 317-356-6377 or

St. Michael Parish, 145 St. Michael Blvd., Brookville. “The Signs from God: Miracles and Their Meaning,” 7-9 p.m. Information: 765-647-5462.

Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Terre Haute. Mass at Carmelite Monastery, 59 Allendale, 7:30 a.m., prayer in front of Planned Parenthood, 30 S. 3rd St., 9:30 a.m., prayer at St. Patrick Adoration Chapel, 1807 Poplar St., 10 a.m.

December 8-11

Most Holy Name of Jesus Church, 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove. Advent Mission, “God, Are You On-Line?” Dominican Father William Garrott, presenter, 6:45-9 p.m. each evening, rosary, mission talk, reconciliation, free-will offering. Information: 317-784-5454.

December 9

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. Advent dinner and concert, 6-9 p.m., $40 per person. Information: 317-545-7681 or

December 10

St. Paul Hermitage, 501 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove. Ave Maria Guild Christmas Party and Pitch-In Luncheon, noon. Information: 317-888-5098.

St. Mary Church 415 E. Eighth St., New Albany. Louisville Orchestra concert, 7 p.m. free-will offering. Information: 812944-0417.

December 12

St. Paul Catholic Center, 1413 E. 17th St., Bloomington. Lessons and Carols, 7-9 p.m., reception, 6 p.m., free-will offering. Information: 812-339-5561 or

St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, Media Center, 541 Edgewood Ave., Indianapolis. Hope and Healing Survivors of Suicide support group, 7 p.m. Information: 317-851-8344.

December 13

The Slovenian National Home, 2717 W. 10th St., Indianapolis. Slovenian Christmas party, dinner and dance, 5 p.m.-close, $5 donation for food, bring a side dish to share. Information: 317-632-0619 or

December 13-14

St. John the Evangelist Parish, 126 W. Georgia St., Indianapolis. Christmas City Sidewalks, Christkindl Village, Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. noon-9 p.m. Information: 765-561-2924 or

December 14

St. Roch Parish, Family Life Center, 3603 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Single Seniors meeting, 1 p.m., age 50 and over. Information: 317-784-4207.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 1 Owens Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Christmas Fun at the Woods, 1-5 p.m., cookie-making, sleigh rides, sing-a-longs, fun with the alpacas, $5 per person. Information or to register: 812-535-2952 or

December 15

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 520 Stevens St., Indianapolis. A Festival of Lessons and Carols, Holy Rosary Choir and St. Joseph of Arimathea Society, 6 p.m., no cost. Information: 317-636-4478 or

St. Michael Parish, 145 St. Michael Blvd., Brookville. “The Signs from God: Miracles and Their Meaning,” 7-9 p.m. Information: 765-647-5462.

Catholic Community of Richmond, 701 N. “A” St., Richmond. Charismatic prayer group, 7 p.m. Information:

December 18

Calvary Cemetery, Mausoleum Chapel, 435 W. Troy Ave., Indianapolis. Christmas Memorial Mass and Blessing of the Trees, 2 p.m. Information: 317-784-4439 or

December 19

Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Mausoleum Chapel, 9001 N. Haverstick Road, Indianapolis. Christmas Memorial Mass and Blessing of the Trees, 2 p.m. Information: 317-574-8898 or

December 20

Northside Knights of Columbus Hall, 2100 E. 71st St., Indianapolis. Catholic Business Exchange, Mass, breakfast and program, “Neighbor-Love and Citizenship,” Joe Hogsett, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, presenter, 6:30-8:30 a.m., $15 members, $21 non-members, donate canned goods for St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Reservations and information:

December 28

St. John the Evangelist Church, 126 W. Georgia St., Indianapolis. Rosary procession, following 12:10 p.m. Mass, pray and process through the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Information:

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General Announcements

SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral to host Gaudete Sunday concert on Dec. 15

SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis, will host a Gaudete Sunday concert at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15.

The concert will feature the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Andrew Motyka, and will include the choirs of Holy Cross Parish and St. Philip Neri Parish, both in Indianapolis.

The concert will also feature The Couriers—a musical group consisting of Paul Gabonay, John Kirby and Father Noah Casey.

Guest flautist Jeannie McNew will also perform.

All are invited to attend this free concert. A free-will offering will be collected, with proceeds benefiting relief efforts in the Philippines.


Youth Chorale to present Christmas program at Saint Meinrad on Dec. 14

The Kentucky Youth Chorale will present a free Christmas concert in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church in St. Meinrad at 7:30 p.m. CST on Dec. 14.

The Kentucky Youth Chorale is directed by Julie White, recent recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

Students from area schools—including schools in southern Indiana—audition for this select group, which is a musical ambassador for western Kentucky and the state. The singers range in age from 8 to 16.

Known for their performances with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, as well as tour performances both regionally and internationally, the Kentucky Youth

Chorale will perform a variety of Christmas music during its concert at Saint Meinrad.

Selections will include “Ave Maria,” “The First Noel,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Ubi Caritas” and “Sound the Trumpet,” among others.

The program is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Guest House and student parking lots.

For more information, contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher at 812-357-6501. For updates on the day of the performance, call (812) 357-6611.


Mass of consolation to be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Dec. 20

A Mass of consolation will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1752 Scheller Lane in New Albany, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20.

While Christmas and the holiday season are generally times of merriment and good cheer, the fact that some people are struggling with losses and stresses cannot be ignored, Mass organizers noted. It is not healthy or advisable to simply laugh away or “put on hold” the sense of loss or grief that exists in people’s lives.

The goal of the Mass of consolation is to provide some spiritual comfort to those who find themselves experiencing loss or significant stress at this time in their life.

The Mass will include reflection on the mysteries of our faith, and offer a consoling message while respecting one’s need to cope with the grief and loss in their life.

This Mass is open to all. For more information, contact Tom Yost at or call 812-945-2374.


Children’s art, poetry and prose entries sought for ‘Try Prayer! It Works!” contest

Family Rosary, a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton, Mass., has announced it is seeking entries for its 2014 “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest.

In this national competition, children in kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in a Catholic school, religious education program, parish, home school or other organization are encouraged to express their faith through art, poetry and prose.

This year’s theme—“Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief” (Mk 9:24)—is based on the fourth joyful mystery, which focuses on the presentation of the child Jesus in the temple.

“The Presentation in the Temple shows us that faith is important,” said Congregation of the Holy Cross Father John Phalen, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries. “It helps us understand the significance of accepting Christ on faith and trusting in his word.”

All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2014.

For details or to download an application, log on to

For more information, call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 800-299-7729.

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Retreats and Programs

December 6-8

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. “From Darkness to Light: A weekend retreat for those who grieve,” Fr. Jim Farrell, Mary Weber and Marilyn Hess, presenters, $159 per person. Information: 317-545-7681 or

December 7

Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove. Advent Thomas Merton Retreat, Benedictine Sr. Julie Sewell, presenter, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mass and Morning Prayer, 9 a.m., $55 per person includes lunch. Information: 317-788-7581 or

December 12

Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove. Visio Divina: Birth of Christ, Benedictine Sr. Angela Jarboe, presenter, 6:30-9 p.m., $30 per person includes dinner and reflection guide book. Information: 317-788-7581 or

December 13

Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Oldenburg. Friday Night Film Series, “Les Misérables,” 6:30-9 p.m., free-will offering. Information: 812-933-6437 or

December 14

Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove. Praying with Icons, Rev. Karen E. Scherer, presenter, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $45 per person. Information: 317-788-7581 or

December 15

Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Oldenburg. Coffee Talk: Called to Compassion, Franciscan Sr. Clare Teixiera, presenter, 10:45 a.m.-noon. Information: 812-933-6437 or

December 18

Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Oldenburg. Contemplative Prayer, Franciscan Sr. Olga Wittekind, presenter, 3-4:30 p.m., $5 per person. Information: 812-933-6437 or

December 19

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. Silent self-guided day of reflection, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., $31 per person. Information: 317-545-7681 or

December 31-January 1

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. New Year’s Eve Retreat, Fr. Jeff Godecker, presenter, $130 per person. Information: 317-545-7681 or

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