October 20, 2017 // Diocese

Around the diocese: October 22, 2017

It takes 500 pounds of recycled milk-style container caps to create one bench, and kindergarten classes at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Fort Wayne, have collected plastic caps of all sizes for five benches — almost two years’ worth of work. School parent Doug Stronczek has engraved one of the Ten Commandments into each bench, and after finishing benches for the remaining commandment the students and staff plan to work towards creating similar reminders of each of the Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes. — Lois Widner

The Knights of Columbus Councils No. 5521 (South Bend) and No. 8617 (Mishawaka) hosted the Northeast Regional Soccer Challenge Championship on Oct. 7 at Fathers’ Field, Queen of Peace Parish, Mishawaka. Nine young players won their respective divisions and qualified to compete in the Indiana Knights of Columbus State Soccer Challenge Championship Oct. 29 in Greenwood. The regional champions are, in the front row from left: Samantha Amantecatl, Age 9 Girls; Elizabeth Anglin, Age 10 Girls; Amelia Hakes, Age 11 Girls; Jessica Dibley, Age 13 Girls; Nero Chavez, Age 13 Boys; Drew Jank, Age 12 Boys; Chase Collins, Age 11 Boys; Aydan Grill, Age 10 Boys; and Jesus Martinez, Age 9 Boys. In the back row are Gil Martin, District Deputy 11; Ryan Grill, Council No. 5521 soccer chairman; and Richard Burmeister, District Deputy 10. — Ryan Grill

St. Jude Parish mission begins Sunday

SOUTH BEND — St. Jude extends an invitation to all to participate in its “Say ‘Yes’ my Lord!” parish mission Oct. 22-25, starting at 7 p.m. each night. The experience will be an opportunity to renew one’s Catholic faith.

The service each evening will consist of a Scripture reading, message and reflection, and singing and praying together. It promises to be a grace-filled happening and an opportunity to experience in a special way the wonderful and incredible presence and love of God.
The topics for the mission are: Sunday, “God’s Plan of Salvation and our Response;” Monday, “Who is Jesus for Us?;” Tuesday, “Sin, Reconciliation and Healing;” and Wednesday, “Our Mission to Share in the Work of Jesus and the Church.” A Mass will be celebrated on the last day, followed by light refreshments. Child care will be available.

The church is located at 19704 Johnson Road, South Bend. For more information contact Heather DeLucenay at [email protected].

Lecture series continues

FORT WAYNE — The faculty of the department of philosophy and theology at the University of Saint Francis will offer the next lecture in the 2017-18 fall lecture series.

Dr. Earl Kumfer, professor emeritus, will give the lecture, “Miracles and Belief,” on Sunday, Nov.12, at 3 p.m. on the campus of the University of Saint Francis, Brookside Ballroom, 2701 Spring St.

Why believe? Do arguments, testimony or experience ground belief? Do miracles prove anything? These are some of the questions whose answers will be discussed during the evening.

Dr. Earl Kumfer will also revisit the Resurrection narratives to better grasp what happened at Pentecost.

For additional information, contact Angie Springer at 260-399-7700 x8100 or [email protected] or visit the website at http://philosophy.sf.edu/lecture-series/.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

Sisters of Providence to host ‘Grieving Gracefully … Into a Future Full of Hope’

TERRE HAUTE — With more than four decades of experience in ministry, walking with people who are grieving or have grieved, Sister of Providence Connie Kramer believes grieving in today’s world can be difficult.

“Grieving is really a lifelong activity for persons, since we are always in the process of changing and moving on in our lives,” she said.

Because of that, she hopes people of all faith traditions will participate in the upcoming one-day retreat, “Grieving Gracefully … Into a Future Full of Hope,” scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Providence Hall Community Room at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located 10 minutes northwest of Terre Haute.

During the retreat, basic grief information will be shared and participants will receive suggestions for working with their own grief issues, methods to complete an emotional relationship that has ended, and ideas on how to support another person who is grieving.

The retreat will take place in a group setting, where hope and healing await for those willing to share their sacred grief journey. A primary focus will be on understanding and embracing the process of grief.

“The process of grieving is quicker if you participate in some group activity with other persons who are going through the same process,” Sister Connie said. “That is why the retreat is so important.”

Cost to attend is $45, which includes lunch. Register online at Events.SistersofProvidence.org or by calling 812-535-2952 or emailing [email protected]. The registration deadline is Oct. 30.

Bishop Luers students to honor veterans,
welcome Capt. Guy Gruters

FORT WAYNE — Bishop Luers High School will be celebrating Veteran’s Day Thursday, Nov. 9, at 1:30 p.m. with the school’s Sodalitas service groups, who will create care packages with handwritten letters to be delivered to homeless veterans and veteran patients at the Veterans Affairs Hospital’s Fort Wayne campus.

Former USAF Capt. Guy D. Gruters will be the keynote speaker and conclude the day’s events. Captain Gruters was a prisoner of war for five years during the Vietnam War and speaks about his relationship with God. His book, “Locked Up With God,” details that relationship.

The high school extends an invitation to all to attend, especially those who are active duty and retired servicemembers of the United States military. If you are a veteran of the armed forces and would like to attend and/or participate with the day’s events, please contact Jordan Miller at [email protected] for further information.

The St. Bernard School fifth- and sixth-grade classes designed a website to advertise and collect donations for hurricane victims as part of a leadership class. A collection drive took place on Oct. 1, at which they received more than 300 cans of food, 20 cases of water, two large totes of various items, several large bags of pet food and $230 cash. The items will be distributed during fall break. — Theresa Carroll

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