December 29, 2015 // Diocese

Around the Diocese: January 3, 2016

St. Thomas the Apostle School Young Vincentians group rang bells, sang Christmas carols and collected money for the Salvation Army outside both entrances of Walmart on CR6 in Elkhart on Tuesday, Dec. 15, after school.

Office of Worship posts liturgical trainings 

FORT WAYNE — The Office of Worship has organized diocesan liturgical trainings on upcoming Saturdays for lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. There is no charge to attend a training, but advance registration is required by mail or email.

Lector trainings will be on Feb. 6 at St. Jude Church in Fort Wayne, and on Feb. 13 at St. Joseph Church in South Bend. Extraordinary minister trainings will be on Jan. 30 at St. Charles Church in Fort Wayne, and on Feb. 6 at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend. All trainings are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and end by or before 1 p.m. More specific information, as well as the full registration form, can be found online at

Our Lady of Hungary to usher in 100th year

SOUTH BEND — Our Lady of Hungary Church in South Bend will begin celebrations for the parish centennial with a opening Mass on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. Father Kevin Bauman, pastor, will be the celebrant. The opening ceremony will include cake, punch and coffee in the Our Lady of Hungary School Auditorium following the Mass. All are welcome. Events are planned throughout the year.

From left, Mike Keith, Larry Gephart, Andy Stroop and Warren Patka, members of the Knights of Columbus Council 13962 St. Joseph, LaGrange, are shown with their design of a Nativity scene with the message “Keep Christ in Christmas.” During their first year, the Knights made numerous stand-up scenes that are being displayed throughout LaGrange County.

USF offering Saturday morning art classes for children

FORT WAYNE  — Registration is open for Saturday morning art classes for children through the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. Classes are for children in grades 1-8 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 30 through April 16.

Students will be introduced to a variety of processes, artists and cultures through media and disciplines such as drawing, painting, printmaking, multimedia and ceramics. The cost is $85 per child, which includes all materials and instruction fees. Early registration is advised, as enrollment is limited.

The USF School of Creative Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For more information or a registration form, contact the School of Creative Arts at 260-399-8064.

Daniel Rudd Fund provides grant for Sankofa

FORT WAYNE — The Daniel Rudd Fund offered $2,000 to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, which was used for the Sankofa Black Catholic Day of Reflection. The day of reflection was celebrated for the first time in Fort Wayne on Nov. 7 at St. Mary Mother of God Church in Fort Wayne.


Study on ‘Laudato Si’’ to be offered at Victory Noll Center 

HUNTINGTON — Victory Noll Center is offering a monthly Monday evening study of Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.” Each session will begin with a simple soup supper. Each month will focus on one chapter of the encyclical with a study guide for reflection and discussion.

Sessions will be offered the second Monday of each month from January through June from 6-8 p.m.

The cost is $75 and includes the book and supper. Participants are encouraged to register by Jan. 4 so that books can be purchased.

Victory Noll Center is located at 1900 W. Park Dr. in Huntington.

For more information about Victory Noll Center or the program, call 260-356-0628, ext. 174, or contact the center by e-mail [email protected]. More information is also available on the center’s website,

Deb Wagner visited St. Mary of the Assumption School in Avilla and shared a message of hope with students and staff. She talked about her disability and told the children that although sometimes one may want to give up hope in certain situations — like if one doesn’t make the sports team or get the grade desired on a test — one must not lose hope. God is in control and He is hope. Wagner introduced her service dog, Scarlet, and showed the children how her wheelchair transforms.



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