Around the Diocese: November 1, 2015

The Daughters of Isabella Circle No. 434 held their third Rock-a-Thon on Sept. 20 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Elkhart. Members “rocked” for a total of 10 hours — before, during and after all Sunday Masses — and were in turn rewarded with cash donations from parishioners as well as families and friends here and abroad. The amount collected this year, the biggest so far, will enable the group to continue supporting people in need and its chosen charities. The Daughters of Isabella is an organization of Catholic women founded on the principle of its motto: “Unity, Friendship, Charity and Sanctity.” Shown in photo rocking are circle scribe Regie Jackson and senior auditor Millie Shaw.

Parish Missions

Sacred Heart Parish to host mission

WARSAW — Sacred Heart Parish, Warsaw, 125 N. Harrison St., will host a parish mission centered on the Eucharist on Nov. 16-18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Father Bill Rhinehart, a Vincentian priest from Missouri, will speak on the Eucharistic topic, “Divine Savior, Transform Me Into Yourself: I Live now, Not I, But Christ Lives In Me.” The presentation on the Eucharist will reconnect people to their faith and celebrate the communal dimension of what it means to be Catholic.

A social will follow in the gym each evening. Childcare will be provided.

Call the parish office at 574-267-5842 for additional information or for transportation needs.

St. Joseph to host ‘Mission Possible’

FORT WAYNE — St. Joseph Parish, Fort Wayne, will host a parish mission, “Mission Possible,” Nov. 2, 3 and 4.

The evenings will begin with a light meal served from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and evening sessions from 7-8:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided.

The topics include the following: Monday, “How to Handle Everyday Stresses and Pressures of Life”; Tuesday, “How to Cope With Losses” and “Contemplative Prayer”; Wednesday, “Forgiving As God Forgives” and “Discipleship — Faith in Action.” Morning sessions will be held on Nov. 3 and 4 with one-hour discussion groups from 9-10 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. The parish is located at 2213 Brooklyn.

For more information, e-mail MissionPossible.sjfw@gmail.com.

St. Aloysius to host parish mission Nov. 7-11

YODER — St. Aloysius Parish, Yoder, will hold a parish mission Nov. 7-11. Deacons Robert Herrmann and Eddie Ensley from the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, will lead the parish and community in prayer and reflection at that time. The deacons will preach the homily at all of the weekend Masses, Nov. 7-8, and will speak on the following three evenings.

Both deacons are nationally known authors who have over 30 years experience leading parish missions and retreats. Passionately overwhelming audiences with their talks, they teach the same way Jesus taught the crowds, by telling stories and parables with infectious wit. Down-to-earth insights and truly holy inspiration are the hallmarks of their message.

“The mission will enliven us spiritually for the coming seasons of Advent and Christmas,” said Msgr. Bernard Galic, pastor of St. Aloysius.

The gentle words of the deacons help tie heaven and earth together, helping the divine connect with everyday living.

The evening session will begin at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. A reception will follow the Wednesday session. Priests will be available for Confession on Wednesday.

St. Joseph-Hessen Cassel’s junior high social studies students recently reenacted what they learned from their teacher Brett Rupright about the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. In the photo Captain Thomas Preston played by Maddie Parsenow is shown on trial for allegedly ordering men to fire causing the Boston Massacre. The judge, played by Mary Braun, listens to eyewitness accounts and the captain’s pleas.

Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne to host annual UND Celebration

FORT WAYNE — The Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne will host their annual UND Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. at On the Boulevard, located on Anthony Boulevard in Fort Wayne. The celebration is a chance to meet local alumni, celebrate Notre Dame’s path to the national championship this year and learn more about current projects and developments on campus.

Food will be provided by Bandidos and a cash bar will be available. Cost is $20 per attendee.

Trent Grocock, senior director at the Office of Budget and Financial Planning at the University of Notre Dame, will be at the meeting.

The club will honor their Persons of the Year which includes Anthony Stites of Barrett McNagny and Erica Dekko of Dekko Investment Services.

Participants are encouraged to RSVP to Jacob Benedict at Jacob@amiinvestment.com or call Michael Barranda at 260-347-1281.

Mother of Mercy Center to host community event 

ROME CITY — Our Lady, Mother of Mercy Center is opening its doors to the public. The area community is welcome to learn about the grounds and the plans that the Mother of Mercy Foundation has for the building and grounds.

The community event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1-4 p.m. There will be presentations at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. to give the community a chance to learn more about the future plans the foundation has for the property. Presentation and light refreshments will be located in the chapel. Those attending are asked to enter the building through the chapel doors, near the far end of the parking lot. The public is invited to see what progress has been made, and how they can become a part of the grounds story.

Since owning the property, the foundation has worked on overall improvement and renovation to the building, and maintenance to the grounds.

“Our Lady, Mother of Mercy Center is excited to be able to share all of the recent updates to the center since our June Open House,” said Sheri McBride, executive director of the foundation. “We can’t wait to reveal to the community our plans for the future of the grand building and beautiful grounds.”

Ancilla College offering accelerated winter term

DONALDSON — College students looking to earn extra college credit over the holiday break can enroll in Ancilla’s second annual winter term. The accredited college is offering five courses in an accelerated four-week winter term this year from Dec. 12 to Jan. 9.

“Ancilla is offering a winter term to help students who receive the Indiana State grant earn 30 credits by the end of the academic year,” said Vice President for Academics Dr. Joanna Blount. “The Incentive Program, 15 to Finish, is sponsored by the Indiana Commission of Higher Education to encourage students to complete their degrees in a timely manner. Students with less than 30 credits could see a reduction in their state grant. Our winter term helps those students pick up an extra class between semesters. It is an excellent opportunity for those students home for the holidays as the courses are taught online.”

The three-credit courses include: Computer literacy, public speaking, cinema history, general psychology and introduction to sociology and are all offered at a reduced tuition rate. The online courses are $1,110 plus materials, Blount said. Students will have access to their instructor’s notes, class presentations, tests and discussions 24 hours a day on Ancilla’s online course system.

Apply by Dec. 15 for free online at www.ancilla.edu/apply and select “Winter Term” in the application. Current students can apply through their advisor. Work will be due three times a week. Class size is limited to 30 students.

Perfect marriage of science and faith at Marian High School

SOUTH BEND —Marian High School’s Science Research Class registered a team to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Howard Park in South Bend. The connection between learning to do research and the Catholic mission of outreach and charity is the perfect service learning opportunity. The effort has already raised over $3,200 for the American Cancer Society.

This walk is designed to raise funds to support further medical research in the pursuit of curing breast and other cancers — something students like senior Alexis Thornburgare is already doing at Marian High School in Mishawaka. Alexis finished second in the state in the Indiana Science Talent Search and went all the way to the International Science Fair last year with her research project titled “The Effect of Cisplatin on Gene Expression in Lung Cancer Cells.” Many students at Marian have done extensive cancer research and choose to continue to make an impact through science research at the collegiate level and beyond.

Science department head and alumnus Ken Andrzejewski and chemistry teacher Dr. Doug Sisk have long wanted to celebrate the connection of science research and the Catholic identity. “The rate of breast cancer is decreasing because of advanced treatment and early detection. Research is the key for defeating this disease.” Because so many are directly touched by breast cancer, including Dr. Sisk whose wife is a survivor, this walk is an opportunity to make a difference in the world.

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