St. Charles and St. Patrick Parishes
Otterbein and Oxford, Indiana

Rev. Thomas J. Haan, Administrator


Events and News




St. Charles Parish Events

  • Turkey Dinner 2019
    Total People Served: 553
    Dine In: 225 Carryout: 328 (up 50 people from 2018)
    Raffle Profit: $612.00
  • Found - There were two coats found in the parish hall after the Turkey Dinner. If one belongs to you please call the parish office at 385-2587.
  • Welcome - We want to welcome Tyler & Chelsea Musser and family, Brent & Kelsey Budreau and Ronald & Ruth Brothers to our faith community.
  • Congratulations to Nathan & Tara Flook on the baptism of their son, Brandt Michael on October 26, 2019
  • Sunshine Committee - Get Well and Sympathy cards can be sent to individuals and or families of parishioners or community members on behalf of the St. Charles parish. Requests for cards can be made by contacting: Jeannie Brummet at 765-404-1975 or Sally Stacey at 583-2137.


St. Patrick Parish Events

  • Coffee & Donuts next Sunday, November 17th will be served compliments of Team #3: Halle Richey, Lexie Richey, Ellie Strasburger, Payton Williams, Kennedy Tolen, Megan Hardebeck and Courtney Albertson.
  • Thank you - Thanks to all who volunteered and donated prizes and dessert for the bingo party at the Benton County Retirement Village. A good time was had by all.


 Youth Events

  • Life Teen has scrip cards available to purchase after mass at both St. Charles and St. Patricks via cash or check (made out to Life Teen). A list of scrip gift cards available for purchase can be downloaded here. Parishioners buy retail gift cards through the scrip program at face value. Your organization buys the gift cards at 3-15% less than face value depending on the retailer. The difference between face value and what your organization pays is life teen's earnings.

  • Life Teen Gift Card Fundraiser - Life Teen will be taking orders for Gift cards from November 3rd through November 17th. Cards will be delivered to the teens on December 8th at Life Night. This is a great way to stock up on gift cards for your holiday gift giving. Contact a teen to place your order. Money is due at time of order. Thanks for your support.

Want to learn more about joining our youth group?  Send us a friend request on Facebook!  Also, please feel to send us an e-mail at if you have any questions.

General Events

Let us pray for these sick: Virgil Schutter, Jack Allison, Kim Dahnke, Collette Lavelle, Ron Sondgerath, Amber Brost, Janet Schutter, Mark Cochran, Jason Cole, Brian Lemenager, Staci Wittenauer, Mary Reed, Sharon Eberle, Glenn Barnard, Cooper Gretencord, Mark McMaster, Donna Cooley, Charlie Senesac, Ray Muller, Nancy Barrett, Gail Muller.

The Archdiocese for Military Services Collection - Next weekend our parish will have a second collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Established by Saint John Paul II in 1985, the AMS is the only U.S. diocese responsible for providing pastoral care to men and women serving in th e U.S. Armed Forces, enrolled at a U.S. Military Academy, being treated as a patient at any of the 153 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, or working for the federal government beyond U.S. Borders - including those from our own parish and diocese. Including families, AMS priests and deacons serve approximately 1.8 million Catholics who hail from 50 states and U.S. territories. While the salaries and retirement of Catholic military chaplains are paid for by the U.S. Government, the AMS does not receive any funding from the government or military for programs and administrative cost. To learn more about the AMS, go to Please give generously.

The Knights of Columbus Oxford Otterbein Council 9400 would like to invite you to save lives with us at our upcoming blood drive on November 16. Please consider donating blood with us to help us ensure we have a successful blood drive and save as many lives as possible! The blood drive will take place at St. Patrick's Church Hall - Oxford, IN 9am - 1pm November 16. Click HERE to sign-up

Life Teen Gift Card Fundraiser - Life Teen will be taking orders for Gift cards from November 3rd through November 17th. Cards will be delivered to the teens on December 8th at Life Night. This is a great way to stock up on gift cards for your holiday gift giving. Contact a teen to place your order. Money is due at time of order. Thanks for your support.

National Vocations Awareness Week - As Catholics, we firmly believe that God has a plan for our lives! He calls some to marriage, some to the priesthood, and others to religious life. Some remain as generous single people. Fully living our own vocations - and teaching young people how to discern God’s call - is a serious duty, but also a joyful one. Today begins National Vocation Awareness Week. During this week, please pray about how God is calling you to live your vocation more deeply. Encourage the young people in your life - children, grandchildren, students, and friends - to be open if God calls them to priesthood or consecrated life.

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 SUGAR/FLOUR. 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.”

Pumpkin Roll Fundraiser - Benton Community Food and Service Co-op is selling pumpkin rolls again this year. If you are interested in ordering a pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving you can call or text Chris Sheetz 765-714-1750 or Judy Platt 765-607-3541. The rolls are $12.00 and will be available for pick up at the Co-op on Thursday, November 21. The co-op workers will be making the pumpkin rolls at St. Patrick’s hall on Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12. If you are interested in helping out for a shift please contact Chris or Judy.

Fruitful Harvest 2018 - 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 col-lection basket or mail it in the return envelope provided. As of September 27 pledges received for St. Charles are $45,477.50 and their goal is $43,245 and pledges received for St. Patrick are $43,250.00 and their goal is $37,174.

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: 800-800-5556); 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, 765-464-4988 or Charles “Max” Layden, Conduct in Ministry Officer, 765-742-7646. 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 47902.

Lafayette Serra Club - Lafayette Serra Club promotes and prays for Vocations and Religious Life. We need more priest and religious. We ask you to pray with us. We have placed Serra Prayers for Vocations and the Perseverance of Vocations in the back inside cover of the Missals. Please consider praying these payers often before or after Mass individually or as a group. Thank you!

Adoration at Sacred Heart - Substitutes are desperately needed for Adoration at Sacred Heart Chapel. The hours have been shortened to 9am - 11pm every Wednesday. Adorers are always needed too. We especially need Adorers for the following hours: 10am-11am (1 Adorer), 12 pm –1 pm (1 Adorer), 1 pm-2pm (2 Adorers) all other hours of Adorers are welcome to insure someone is always there. Adoration is open to everyone. If interested in being a sub or an adorer contact Pat Besse at Sacred Heart 884-1818, Sandy Glotzbach (765) 918-0733 or Debbie Barnard at (765) 299-6214.

Would you consider going on the Nov. 9-16, 2019 and/or the Feb. 8-15, 2020 trip to make a BIG differ-ence in someone’s life? Email John Brost at or call 765-366-5329 for more details.

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 26-28 April and from 1-3 November 2019, and at Mount Saint Francis Centre for Spirituality, New Albany, from 1-3 February 2019. Visit for further information.

Free Ministry to Traveling Catholics - For nationwide Mass times and locations, call 1-410-676-6000 or

Natural Family Planning - Try a method of family planning that is equally as effective at postponing pregnancy as helping to achieve pregnancy when desired! A series of classes is starting in your area soon. To learn more visit Contact Susan and Louis Hoefer, or call/text 765-421-1998, for class information and registration.

Safe & Sacred - Everyone who works with young people shares the responsibility of creating safe environments. All staff, clergy and volunteers who work directly with children must register and complete the diocesan safe environment training program every three years. You may complete this program through the diocesan website:

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) 299-6214.

Holistic Prayer Journey - To schedule a Healing Session call 884-0977. Please leave a message that includes your phone number for a return call.

Holy Hour for America - Mark your Calendar! The first Wednesday of every month there will be a Holy Hour for America with Rosary at 7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Chapel. Sponsored by the Legion of Mary.





The bulletin from this week and prior weeks is available here to download as a pdf document.





Related Links Diocese of Lafayette-In-Indiana Diocesan Vocations The Catholic Moment Frassati Society
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