Around the Diocese for November 27, 2016

On Saturday, Nov. 5, 24 high school and middle school teens of St. Jude Youth Ministry, Fort Wayne, and seven dedicated parents demonstrated their faith through service. They raked the lawns of nine parishioners who were unable to take care of their leaves, including the Langin home, pictured. The teens also prayed for those they served.

Festival of Lessons and Carols in Mishawaka

MISHAWAKA — St. Bavo Church, 511 W. 7th St., Mishawaka, will host its 12th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. The program will feature the Marian High School and St. Bavo liturgical choirs and the Antioch Youth Group. Father Jacob Meyer, pastor of St. Monica Church in Mishawaka, will preside.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service celebrating the birth of Jesus; a brief journey through salvation history, all told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols by the congregation, beautiful solos and inspiring choral music. The public is invited and admission is free.

Fourth-grade students from Most Precious Blood School, Fort Wayne, read with Principal Stan Liponoga during the Principals’ Challenge portion of the Pizza Hut Book It initiative. The older students brought beach towels to make themselves comfortable while promoting literacy, and younger students stopped by to enjoy a read-aloud.

Sisters of Providence Christmas Fun at the Woods

SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS — The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are inviting everyone to join them for the annual Christmas Fun at the Woods gathering.

This year’s fun-filled event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located 10 minutes northwest of downtown Terre Haute.

Children and their parents will have the opportunity to take part in many activities throughout the three-hour gala.

Everyone will have the opportunity to take carriage rides, hayrides or bus, wagon and trolley rides. Nativity sets will also be on display.

A Christmas Doll House and Christmas Village will be featured in the Providence Hall Community Room. Children will also have the chance to take part in cookie decorating with the sisters at Providence Hall.

Christmas sing-a-longs will take place in the O’Shaughnessy Dining Room and children wishing to dress up in front of a nativity scene may do so in the conference room at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. Snacks will also be provided in O’Shaughnessy throughout the day.

There will be three stations for face painting during the event this year, including one at O’Shaughnessy, one in the Providence Hall Dining Room and the final in the Providence Hall Tile Hall hallway.

Children will have the chance to spend story time with Mrs. Claus and her elf. Christmas Bingo will be back this year, and it will take place in the Providence Hall Dining Room. Tours of the St. Mother Theodore Guerin Shrine will also be available throughout the day.

While Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, will be involved in the festivities. But on Dec. 10, the center will officially change its name to “The North Pole Zone.”

During a visit to the North Pole Zone, children will find many activities, including games and crafts. Children may also visit with Santa Claus at the location.

In addition, the alpacas will be dressed for the occasion, giving parents a great opportunity for photos. All attending are encouraged to bring their own cameras for photographic memories throughout the day.

Cost is $5 per person. Children 3-under will be admitted free and no pre-registration is required.

For more information, call 812-535-2952 or email jfrost@spsmw.org.

St. Joseph spelling bee

DECATUR — St. Joseph Catholic School, Decatur, held its spelling bee Nov. 11.

Rachel Bleke, grade six, won first place by spelling “flaxen” correctly. Rachel is the daughter of Kent and Jennifer Bleke.

Isiah Smedley, grade seven, won second place. Isiah is the son of Scott and Kristine Smedley.

St. Joseph Catholic School will host the Adams County Spelling Bee on Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. The weather make-up date is Feb. 13. The Regional Spelling Bee will be March 11 at IPFW in Rhinehart Recital Hall.

Hannah’s House plans ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ fundraiser

MISHAWAKA — The Hannah’s House Holiday Happenings dinner will be on Dec. 3 at Windsor Park Conference Center, with the theme of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The event will celebrate and recognize the donors and volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of the women and babies who have entered the house. The proceeds fund a quarter of the home’s yearly expenses.

The dinner/auction will honor two Hannah’s House supporters who have made a huge difference: Annetta and Andy Place will be recognized with the annual Tree of Life Award. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will deliver the invocation and Chuck Freeby will serve as emcee and auctioneer.

This year’s auction items include trips to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and Denver; a “Play Like A Champion” sign autographed by Ara Parseghian; and golf for four at Lost Dunes. Gift cards and other silent auction items are needed.

In response to community need, Hannah’s House has evolved from a single maternity  home for pregnant teens into a Catholic-Christian agency offering a continuum of shelter, staff support and programming to support the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of pregnant and parenting single women facing homelessness.

 

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