December 11, 2009

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December 11

St. Francis Hospital, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis. Couple to Couple League, Natural Family Planning (NFP) class, 7-9 p.m. Information: 317-462-2246.

St. Thomas More Preschool, 1200 N. Indiana St., Mooresville. “Night in Bethlehem,” 5:30-8 p.m., $5 per child. Information: 317-831-4142 or

St. Paul the Apostle Church, 202 E. Washington St., Greencastle. Our Lady of Guadalupe prayer service and bilingual play, 7 p.m. Information: 765-653-5678.

December 11-12

Butler University, Clowes Hall, 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis. Butler University Choirs and Symphony Orchestra holiday concerts, 7:30 p.m., free tickets required for admission, available at Clowes Hall box office. Information: 317-940-6444.

December 12

Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School, 3360 W. 30th St., Indianapolis. Alumni Association, “Breakfast with Santa,” 9-11 a.m., $5 per person, reservations due Dec. 7. Information: 317-927-7825 or

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

December 13

Oldenburg Franciscan Center, chapel, Oldenburg. “Winter Evensong,” interfaith prayer service, 4-5 p.m. Information: 812-933-6437 or

St. Michael Parish, 114400 Farmers Lane N.E., Bradford. Spaghetti supper, Christmas bazaar and choir concert, meal served noon-6 p.m., concert, 7 p.m. Information: 812-364-6646 or

St. Maurice Parish, 1963 N. St. John St., Greensburg. Live Nativity, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Information: 812-663-4754.

MKVS, Divine Mercy and Glorious Cross Center, Rexville, located on 925 South, .8 mile east of 421 South and 12 miles south of Versailles. Mass, noon, on third Sunday holy hour and pitch-in, groups of 10 pray the new Marian Way, 1 p.m., Father Elmer Burwinkel, celebrant. Information:


December 14

Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. “Evening of Recollection for Physicians,” 7 p.m. Information: 812-932-2096 or

December 15

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. Advent and Christmas dinner and concert, Tony Avellana, vocalist, dinner, 6:30 p.m., concert, 7:30 p.m., $40 per person. Registration: 317-545-7681 or

December 16

St. John the Evangelist Church, 126 W. Georgia St., Indianapolis. Advent organ recital, 11:30 a.m. Information: 317-635-2021.

Calvary Cemetery, Mausoleum Chapel, 435 W. Troy Ave., Indianapolis. Mass, 2 p.m. Information: 317-784-4439.

Vito’s on Penn, 21 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Theology on Tap, Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, presenter, 7 p.m. Information:

St. Nicholas Parish, 6461 E. St. Nicholas Drive, Sunman. Healing service, confession, eucharistic procession, praise and worship, laying on of hands, 6 p.m. Information: 812-623-8007.

December 17

Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Mausoleum Chapel, 9001 N. Haverstick Road, Indianapolis. Monthly Mass, 2 p.m. Information: 317-574-8898 or

St. Paul Catholic Center, 1413 E. 17th St., Bloomington. Simbang Gabi Mass, Filipino Advent custom, 7 p.m.

Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish, 335 S. Meridian St., Greenwood. Visiting Nurse Service seasonal flu shot clinic, 4-7 p.m.

December 18

Northside Knights of Columbus Hall, 2100 E. 71st St., Indianapolis. Catholic Business Exchange, Mass, breakfast and program, WISH Channel 8 anchor Deanna Dewberry, speaker, 6:30-8:30 a.m., online reservations only by Sept. 16. Reservations and information:

Northside Knights of Columbus Hall, 2100 E. 71st St., Indianapolis. Friday night buffet and concert by The Master’s Chorale of Central Indiana, 6:30 p.m.

St. Andrew Church, 235 S. 5th St., Richmond. Simbang Gabi Mass, Filipino Advent custom, 7 p.m.

December 19

Planned Parenthood, 8590 N. Georgetown Road, Indianapolis. 40 Days for Life-Indy and Right to Life of Indianapolis, “Empty Manger Christmas Caroling,” outdoor pro-life prayer service, 10 a.m.-noon. Information: 317-213-4778.

St. Patrick Church, 1807 Poplar St., Terre Haute. Simbang Gabi Mass, Filipino Advent custom, 4 p.m.

December 20

Most Holy Name of Jesus Church, 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove. 48th annual Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., $5 per person, call to reserve seats. Information: 317-787-1682.

St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3354 W. 30th St., Indianapolis. Christmas concert, 6:30 p.m., free-will donation. Information: 317-926-7359.

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

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General Announcements

“Empty Manger” carols and pro-life prayers are Dec. 19 in Indianapolis

The second annual “Empty Manger Christmas Caroling” pro-life prayer service, sponsored by 40 Days for

Life-Indy and Right to Life of Indianapolis, will take place at 10 a.m. on Dec. 19 in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility at 8590 N. Georgetown Road in Indianapolis.

The empty manger anticipates the celebration of the birth of Christ. It also symbolizes the loss of hope and life when a woman aborts her unborn child because she believes that she has no other choice or source of support.

Caroling will be followed by a Silent No More rally at 11:15 a.m., and women and men will discuss how abortion has affected their lives.

Donations of diapers, baby wipes or formula will be given to the archdiocesan Office for Pro-Life Ministry’s Birthline program. Monetary donations will help to purchase cribs for the Great Lakes Gabriel Project.

For more information, call Right to Life of Indianapolis at 317-582-1526 or send an e-mail to


Pro-Life Youth Pilgrimage to Washington is Jan. 20-23

High school and college students have until Dec. 14 to register for the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Youth Pilgrimage on Jan. 20-23 to the 2010 National March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The annual pro-life trip to the nation’s capital is sponsored by the archdiocesan Office for Pro-Life Ministry.

The pro-life pilgrimage begins with a 4 p.m. Mass for Life on Jan. 20 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis. After the Mass, students and collegians will depart from the Archbishop O’Meara Catholic Center by bus for the overnight trip to Washington.

On Jan. 21, they will participate in the solemn Mass for Life at 6:30 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception next to The Catholic University of America.

On Jan. 22, they will attend a 9:30 a.m. Mass in the basilica’s Crypt Chapel then board the buses for the short drive to the National Mall, where they will pray and walk in the March for Life. After the march, the pilgrims will board the buses for the overnight trip back to Indianapolis.

(For registration information, contact the archdiocesan Office for Pro-Life Ministry at 317-236-1569 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1569, before the Dec. 14 deadline.)

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Retreats and Programs

December 10

Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove. Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House and Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center combined event, “Advent: Waiting with Joyful Hope,” Benedictine Sister Antoinette Purcell, presenter. Information: 317-788-7591 or

December 12

Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Oldenburg. “Reflecting the Light: Advent Day of Retreat,” Franciscan Sister Barbara Leonhard, presenter, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $40 adults includes lunch. Information: 812-933-6436 or

December 13

Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Oldenburg. “Coffee Talk: Open Home–Open Heart,” Jeanne Hunt, presenter, 10:45 a.m.-noon, free-will donation. Information: 812-933-6436 or

Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Oldenburg. “Evensong: Scripture/Taizé Music/Silence,” 4-5 p.m. Information: 812-933-6436 or

December 14

Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Oldenburg. “Men’s Night at the ‘Burg,” Franciscan Father Carl Hawver, presenter, 7-8:30 p.m., free-will offering. Information: 812-933-6436 or

December 16

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. “Come Away and Rest Awhile,” non-guided, silent reflection day, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $25 per person includes breakfast and lunch. Information: 317-545-7681 or

December 18-20

Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad. “The Lord Is with You: The First and Best Christmas Gift,” Benedictine Brother Zachary Wilberding, presenter. Information: 800-581-6905 or

December 31-January 1

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. “Questions from Jesus,” New Year’s Eve retreat, Father John McCaslin and Father Jim Farrell, presenters, $135 per person, $250 per couple, register by Dec. 21 to receive a $10 discount. Information: 317-545-7681 or

January 15-17

Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad. “Reflection on the Book of Exodus,” Benedictine Father Eugene Hensell, presenter. Information: 800-581-6905 or

February 12-14

Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad. “Be My Valentine: A Married Couples Retreat,” Benedictine Father Noël Mueller, presenter. Information: 800-581-6905 or

February 26-28

Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad. “Pray Your Way to Happiness,” Benedictine Brother Maurus Zoeller, presenter. Information: 800-581-6905 or

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