1 St. Charles and St. Patrick Otterbein, IN Parishes Oxford, IN (765) Pastor: Rev. Robert Klemme (765) Mailing Address: 502 S. Michigan St. Oxford, IN Fax: (765) Father Bob s Website: or St. Charles Saturday Vigil: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. Daily Masses: Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m. Religious Education K-8 Sunday 9:50 a.m. LIFE TEEN (Grades 9-12) Sunday Mass 6:00 p.m. Life Night 7:00 p.m. (at St. Patrick, Oxford) Reconciliation: Saturday 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. First Sunday of Advent St. Patrick Sunday: 7:30 & 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses: Monday 8:00 a.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. Religious Education K-8 Sunday 8:45 a.m. LIFE TEEN (Grades 9-12) Sunday Mass 6:00 p.m. Life Night 7:00 p.m. (August thru May) Reconciliation: Sunday 7:00 a.m. or by appointment. Baptisms: Contact the parish office for arrangements. Marriages: Initial arrangements must be made at least 6 months in advance. Parish Membership: All persons are welcome to become members of our parish community. You are encouraged to register with the parish office as soon as possible. Persons who are moving are also asked to inform the parish office. Bulletin Info: Deadline for bulletin information is on Wednesday. December 2, 2018
2 St. Charles Parish, Otterbein First Sunday of Advent Tithe for next Sunday, December 9 will go to the Community Food & Service Co-op. This Week at St. Charles December 3-9 Tuesday, December 4 8:00 a.m.: +Ione & Elmo Mills Family by Cleone Logan Wednesday, December 5 4:30 p.m.: Legion of Mary, Rectory 5:45 p.m.: +Joe Gick by Jim Gick Thursday, December 6 8:00 a.m.: +Rita Miller Friday, December 7 5:30 p.m.: Holy Day Vigil Mass: +Bill Gretencord by Pat & Jenny Douglas Saturday, December 8 - Immaculate Conception 6:30 a.m.: For the People of St. Charles & St. Patrick s 5:30 p.m.: Vigil Mass: +Jerry Miller by Theresa Miller Sunday, December 9 - Second Sunday of Advent 9:00 a.m.: +Robert & Kathryn Schelle by Leo & Kay Klemme 9:50 a.m.: Religious Ed. Classes, K-12, Hall & Rectory ********************** St. Bridget Prayer Chain: Kim Deno Julie Kerkhoff Dishes Please stop by the parish hall and pick up your dish/dishes from past funeral dinners. Thank you. First Sunday of Advent Let us pray that we may take Christ s coming seriously. Lord God, I sense your power, your might and I stand in awe, painfully aware of how poor and weak I am before you. As I begin this Advent journey, teach me to turn to you in my fear and sorrow. I don t want to keep making my heart hard against you turning a deaf ear to your invitation. Only you can help me to soften, to be like the clay in your gentle potter s hands. Amen. Church cleaning this week: Collection Report from November 25 (We have issued 158 envelopes) Robin Caldanaro Regular Collection: $ (41 envelopes) Loose: $ Total: $ Liturgical Ministers for December 8 & 9 Eucharistic Ministers: 5:30 p.m.: Patrick Klemme, Steve Wright, Deb Wallpe 9:00 a.m.: Steve & Nancy Wittenauer, Mark Probasco Would you pray for a priest each day this week? December 3 - Fr. Ronald Comeau December 4 - Fr. Phillip Cover December 5 - Fr. John Cummings December 6 - Fr. Cole Daily December 7 - Fr. Donald Davison December 8 - Fr. Andrew DeKeyser December 9 - Fr. James DeOreo 1 Lector: 5:30 p.m.: Jenny Douglas 9:00 a.m.: Ron Brost Servers: 5:30 p.m.: Anna Douglas, Volunteer Needed Cross: Volunteer Needed 9:00 a.m.: Sidney Datzman, Sophia Cobb Cross: Volunteer Needed Greeters: 5:30 p.m.: Doug Mettes, Pat Douglas 9:00 a.m.: Bob McTaggart, Rick Ponto
3 St. Patrick Parish, Oxford This week at St. Patrick December 3-9 Monday, December 3 - St. Francis Xavier 8:00 a.m.: +Mary Wade by Fr. Bob 7:00 p.m.: Knights of Columbus, Parish Hall Tuesday, December 4 7:00 p.m.: College Care Package, Parish Hall Wednesday, December 5 7:00 p.m.: Confirmation class, Parish Hall Thursday, December 6 7:00 p.m. RCIA, Rectory Friday, December 7 - St. Ambrose 8:00 a.m.: +Uncle Bro (Jim Zink) by the Red Zink Family 7:00 p.m.: Holy Day Vigil Mass: For the People of St. Charles & St. Patrick s Sat., December 8 - The Immaculate Conception 8:00 a.m.: +Loretta Merchen by Jeff Kult 9:00 a.m.: Decorating for Christmas, Church Sun., December 9 The Second Sunday of Advent 7:30 a.m.: +Dick Budreau by Jim & Karen Young 8:45 a.m.: Religious Ed. Classes, K-8, Parish Hall 10:30 a.m.: For the People of St. Charles & St. Patrick s 4:00 p.m.: Life Teen Advisory Board mtg., Parish Hall 6:00 p.m.: Life Teen Mass followed by Life Night Tithe next Sunday, December 9 will go to the Community Food & Service Co-op. ******************** St. Patrick Prayer Chain: Debbie Barnard Nancy Brost December 2, 2018 Coffee & Donuts next Sunday, December 9 will be served compliments of Team #3: Ivan Daily, Allen Hardebeck, Megan Hardebeck, Adrien Senesac and Tressa Senesac. Giving Tree The Giving Tree will again be set up in the parish hall. Please place children s hats, gloves, socks and underwear on the tree. These will be distributed to children in our area who need them. Gifts for Jesus Babies If you would like to donate baby clothes or supplies for Jesus babies, there is a baby basket in the vestibule to place your items in. These items will be donated to Birthright in Rensselaer. Jesus will bless you for caring for his babies. Church Cleaning this Week: Larry & Sharon Barnard and Shirley Zink Rosary next Sunday, December 9 Sandra Glotzbach Collection Report from November 25 (We have issued 133 adult and 29 children envelopes) Regular Collection: $ (41 envelopes) Children s Collection: $ (0 envelopes) Loose: $ Total: $ Liturgical Ministers for December 9 Eucharistic Ministers: 7:30 a.m.: Sharon Dwenger, John Brost, Cheryl Brost 10:30 a.m.: Jerry Muller, Helen Center, Volunteer Needed Lector: 7:30 a.m.: Leslie Brost 10:30 a.m.: Gary Veverka 6:00 p.m.: Allen Hardebeck, Adrien Senesac College Care Packages College finals are fast approaching. Again this year we will be supporting our college students with Care Packages from our parish family. If you wish to donate goodies or cash, to help cover the cost of postage for the packages, please contact Karen Becker at or We plan to pack and ship several boxes of goodies on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Be sure to let Karen know if your student has changed addresses. Decorating for Christmas We will be decorating the church every Saturday beginning December 8 at 9:00 a.m. Help is needed and much appreciated. 2 Servers: 7:30 a.m.: Marissa Rickey, Bradley Pitstick 10:30 a.m.: Lily Etter,Calhoun Fisher 6:00 p.m.: Tressa Senesac, Megan Hardebeck Ushers: 7:30 a.m.: Dan Pitstick, Jack Dwenger 10:30 a.m.: Kevin Becker, Tim Tabert 6:00 p.m.: Halle Richey, Isabel Crouch-Mendoza Greeters: 7:30 a.m.: Shirley Muller 10:30 a.m.: Wayne Crumbaugh 6:00 p.m.: Emma Muir, Nolan Deckard
4 Dear Parishioners, Today is the first Sunday of Advent and therefore the first Day of the New Church Year. The readings for the first two weeks of Advent focus upon the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the second two weeks the readings focus upon the celebration of the remembrance of the Birth of Christ. We can enhance our spiritual lives during this time by a variety of means: spiritual readings, prayers, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, more frequent daily Mass attendance and works of charity. In the second reading from the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, St. Paul writes that he desires, the Lord make you overflow with love for one another and for all. It would be great if love would overflow from each of us to one another and for all? The world of humankind would be so much different than it is today! If each of us could continually think of the fact that we will have our last hour of life on earth and die then each of us would find that our thoughts, words and actions would be different at times. The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His promise that we too shall die and rise from the dead can give us a positive perspective about our lives. I really don t know what the ultimate meaning of life must be for those that do not believe in God when they think upon their upcoming death in the future. They probably rarely or never think of their own deaths or they would seek to find the ultimate source of life itself - God. Let us overflow with love for one another and for all so that our lives as Christians will have the purpose and meaning that God desires for our lives and that we will overflow with the Love of God and His Kingdom. Happy Advent, Fr. Bob Land of Peace Religious Articles Next weekend Land of Peace will be here to sell religious articles after all Masses. Land of Peace is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping and supporting Christian families in the Holy Land through the Patriarch of Jerusalem. When anyone purchases handmade arts they help their mission and help the Christians in the Holy Land. In 1920 the Christian population in the Holy Land was 80%; today it is less than 2%. With the parish support and the parishioner s generosity we are able to help our brothers and sisters to live in Jesus land of birth. Land of Peace s goal is to build a charity hospital in the Holy Land. Mass Schedule for the Immaculate Conception - Holy Day of Obligation Vigil Mass Friday, December 7 5:30 p.m.: St. Charles 7:00 p.m.: St. Patrick Saturday, December 8 6:30 a.m.: St. Charles 8:00 a.m.: St. Patrick Fruitful Harvest Walking Together in the Light of Christ Thanks to all who have made a pledge to the 2018 Fruitful Harvest Appeal, Walking Together in the Light of Christ. Your support ensures that essential charitable, educational and pastoral ministries of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana are continued and carried forward. No gift is too small. If you have not yet made a gift to Fruitful Harvest, we invite you to do so. You may place your pledge card in the collection basket or mail it in the return envelope provided. Advent Penance Services All Services begin at 7:00 p.m. December 10 St. Patrick, Oxford December 13 St. Mary s, Dunnington December 17 St. Charles, Otterbein December 18 Sacred Heart, Fowler Confirmation Class Reminder Confirmation class moves to St. Patrick s on Wednesday, December 5. All remaining classes will be held there. Bible Study Bible Study moves to St. Patrick s December 10 but that evening and the following Monday, December 17 there will not be Bible Study due to Advent Penance Service. The next Bible Study session will be Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick s. Pray for the Sick Let us pray for these sick: Virgil Schutter, Jack Allison, Kim Dahnke, Collette Lavelle, Ron Sondgerath, Amber Brost, Janet Schutter, Dick Bowman, Mark Cochran, Jason Cole, Brian Lemenager, Staci Wittenauer, Betty Fassnacht, Mary Reed, Marlena Thomas, Sharon Eberle, Glenn Barnard, Cooper Gretencord, Mark McMaster, Donna Cooley, Lynn Stone, Charlie Senesac, Ray Muller, Darlene Bowers, Nancy Barrett, Kathy Budreau, and Brent Blake.
5 Life Teen Gift Card Fundraiser Life Teen members will be taking orders for gift cards for a wide variety of stores through Dec. 2. These cards make a great Christmas gift or you can use them for your own Christmas shopping! Please see a Life Teen member to purchase gift cards or there are extra order forms in the entry area of the church. Starting December 9 they will be passing out the cards you ordered. Benton County Toy Shop The Benton County Toy Shop is accepting donations of new toys. Popular items requested are: Legos, arts & crafts, baby dolls, action figures, and board games. There is a box in the vestibule for your donations. Mass/Parish Activities Cancelation Due to Weather During the weekdays from Monday to Friday if Benton Community School Corporation cancels school for the day then there will be no Mass or parish activities on those days. If there is only a two hour delay we will have Mass. If there is a travel warning declared of no traveling except for emergency management workers then there will be no Mass or parish activities for the day all days of the week including Sundays. Mexico Mission Would you consider going on the Feb , 2019 trip to make a BIG difference in someone s life? John Brost at or call for more details. Donations Needed The Community Food and Services Co-op is in ongoing need of your generous donations. The suggested item of donation for this month is CEREAL. You can place your donation in the boxes at the back of either St. Charles or St. Patrick s churches. Thank you for your support. For I was hungry and you fed me. Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend What is a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend? It is a positive, renewing experience for couples that have a good marriage, but want to make it even better! This is a time for you and your spouse to spend time together and learn about the tools to nourish your Sacrament in a new way. Future Marriage Encounter Weekends will be at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, Indianapolis, from April and from 1-3 November 2019, and at Mount Saint Francis Centre for Spirituality, New Albany, from 1-3 February Visit for further information. Natural Family Planning Did you know that Mother Teresa s sisters teach Natural Family Planning successfully to the uneducated poor of India? If you want to know more, contact Susan Hoefer, Diocesan NFP Coordinator, or Victim Assistance Indiana law requires that any individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect must report immediately to: the local Child Protection Services agency (Hotline: ); or a local law enforcement agency. Under Indiana law, it is a criminal act not to make such a report. This law applies to all adults without exception. By phone: Doris May, Victim Assistance Ministry & Head of Pastoral Response Team, or Charles Max Layden, Conduct in Ministry Officer, By mail: Please compose a detailed description of the facts/incidents of the abuse and send it to Mr. Max Layden, P.O. Box 909, Lafayette, IN Come Spend Some Time With Jesus in Adoration We all know our world is a mess. We all say, What can I do? You can pray and you do. But praying before the Blessed Sacrament is so powerful. It is so peaceful and calming to just sit with Jesus. Pray, read, listen, meditate. Come and spend some quiet time with Jesus and see what a difference it makes in your life. We can change things, one prayer at a time. There is Adoration every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight in the Chapel in the Annex at Sacred Heart. Sign up for a set hour every week or just stop by. You will be blessed. For more information contact Debbie Barnard at (765) Holistic Prayer Journey To schedule a Healing Session call Please leave a message that includes your phone number for a return call.
6 Liturgical Ministry Schedule For December 2018 DECEMBER 2nd First Sunday of Advent DECEMBER 16th Third Sunday of Advent Saturday, December 1st Vigil at 5:30 p.m. (Otterbein) Saturday, December 15th Vigil at 5:30 p.m. (Otterbein) EUCH. MIN: Susan Freeland Nathan Flook Darci McKinney EUCH. MIN: Randy Schluttenhofer Janet Koehler Beth Vorst LECTOR: Deb Wallpe LECTOR: Susan Freeland SERVERS: Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed SERVERS: Nicole Vorst Rachel Vorst GREETERS: Brian Geswein John Freeland GREETERS: Keith Kult Jim May Sunday, December 2nd at 7:30 a.m. (Oxford) Sunday, December 16th at 7:30 a.m. (Oxford) EUCH. MIN: Rita Etter Tom Wild Louise Wild EUCH. MIN: Kathie Cox Sue Wallpe Adam Wallpe LECTOR: Barbara Richardson LECTOR: Barbara Richardson SERVERS: Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed SERVERS: Nicholas Wallpe Volunteer Needed USHERS: Bill Brost Volunteer Needed USHERS: Bill Barnard Keith Gretencord GREETERS: John Brost GREETERS: Dave & Barbara Richardson Sunday, December 2nd at 9:00 a.m. (Otterbein) Sunday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m. (Otterbein) EUCH. MIN: Sally Stacey Deb Kerkhove Linda Rhoades EUCH. MIN: Ron Brost Sally Stacey Volunteer Needed LECTOR: Kevin Lachmund LECTOR: Suzanne Collins SERVERS: Lydia Doyle Audrey Doyle SERVERS: Eddie Klemme Spencer Klemme GREETERS: Brad Deno Mike Dwenger GREETERS: Kevin Lachmund Bill Gentry Sunday, December 2nd at 10:30 a.m. (Oxford) Sunday, December 16th at 10:30 a.m. (Oxford) EUCH. MIN. Keith Glotzbach Jean Glotzbach Volunteer Needed EUCH. MIN: Gary Veverka Jean Glotzbach Volunteer Needed LECTOR: Kevin Becker LECTOR: Keith Glotzbach SERVERS: Ava Lukaszka Brennan Lukaszka SERVERS: Kaysie Anthrop Ryan Anthrop USHERS: Shane O'Malley Mike Souligne USHERS: Tim Muller Robert Anthrop GREETERS: Karen Etter GREETERS: Volunteer Needed DECEMBER 9th Second Sunday of Advent DECEMBER 23rd Fourth Sunday of Advent Saturday, December 8th Vigil at 5:30 p.m. (Otterbein) Saturday, December 22nd Vigil at 5:30 p.m. (Otterbein) EUCH. MIN: Patrick Klemme Steve Wright Deb Wallpe EUCH. MIN: Anne Zahnke Bob Zahnke Darci McKinney LECTOR: Jenny Douglas LECTOR: Matthew Zahnke SERVERS: Anna Douglas Volunteer Needed SERVERS: Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed GREETERS: Doug Mettes Pat Douglas GREETERS: Doug Brummet Doug Mettes Sunday, December 9th at 7:30 a.m. (Oxford) Sunday, December 23rd at 7:30 a.m. (Oxford) EUCH. MIN: Sharon Dwenger John Brost Cheryl Brost EUCH. MIN: Helen Deno Gary Deno Berneice Oneal LECTOR: Leslie Brost LECTOR: Wayne Oneal SERVERS: Marissa Rickey Bradley Pitstick SERVERS: Maddie Barnard Volunteer Needed USHERS: Dan Pitstick Jack Dwenger USHERS: Kevin Brost Josh Brost GREETERS: Shirely Muller GREETERS: Bill Barnard Sunday, December 9th at 9:00 a.m. (Otterbein) Sunday, December 23rd at 9:00 a.m. (Otterbein) EUCH. MIN: Steve Wittenauer Nancy Wittenauer Mark Probasco EUCH. MIN: Betsy Satchell Glenn Hardebeck Bob Metzinger LECTOR: Ron Brost LECTOR: Bill Gentry SERVERS: Sidney Datzman Sophia Cobb SERVERS: WD Gentry Volunteer Needed GREETERS: Bob McTaggart Rick Ponto GREETERS: Keith Brost Randy Schluttenhofer Sunday, December 9th at 10:30 a.m. (Oxford) Sunday, December 23rd at 10:30 a.m. (Oxford) EUCH. MIN: Jerry Muller Helen Center Volunteer Needed EUCH. MIN: Chris Sheetz Sherry Fischer Margot Gobel LECTOR: Gary Veverka LECTOR: Tim Tabert SERVERS: Lily Etter Calhoun Fisher SERVERS: Baylon Holmes Volunteer Needed USHERS: Kevin Becker Tim Tabert USHERS: Brian Holmes Rich Atha GREETERS: Wayne Crumbaugh GREETERS: Jim Sheetz IMPORTANT: If you cannot attend your scheduled mass, please find a replacement for yourself. Please check this schedule for the times that VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED so that you can volunteer when available.