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

Rev. Robert Klemme, Pastor


Events and News




St. Charles Parish Events

  • Dishes - Please stop by the parish hall and pick up your dish/dishes from past funeral dinners. Thank you.


St. Patrick Parish Events

  • Coffee & Donuts next Sunday, December 16 will be served compliments of Team #1: Cole Barnard, Sam Barnard, Allyson Cecil, Georgianna Wallpe, Rafael Morales and Simone Morales.
  • 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.
  • 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 post-age for the packages, please contact Karen Becker at or 385-2709. 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 be-ginning December 8 at 9:00 a.m. Help is needed and much appreciated.


 Youth Events

  • Life Teen Mass - Life Teen Mass resumes on Sunday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Patrick. Immediately following Mass there will be a Welcome Back Night for the students and their families. Life Teen night will remain at St. Patrick all year for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • 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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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 collection basket or mail it in the return envelope provided.

Life Teen Gift Card Fundraiser - Life Teen members will be taking orders for gift cards for a wide variety of stores through Dec. 2. Many popular brands are available including Walmart, Meijer, Menards, Starbucks, Dick’s Sporting Goods, American Eagle, Goodrich Quali-ty Theatres and many restaurants and gas stations in the greater Lafayette area. Visit for a complete list of retailers that are available. 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.

Mexico Mission - Would you consider going on the Feb. 16-23, 2019 trip to make a BIG difference in someone’s life? Email John Brost at or call 765-366-5329 for more details.

Knights of Columbus Memorial Mass - 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, General de Lafayette #249 is hosting a memorial Mass for all Knights of Columbus members that have passed away in the last year. The Mass will be held November 28th @ 7 pm at Central Catholic Chapel. The Mass will be co-celebrated by Bishop Higi, Father Paul Graf, and Father Andrew DeKeyser. All family and friends of deceased Knights from councils Lafayette 456, Craw-fordsville 1591, Blessed Sacrament 8056, Otterbein/Oxford 9400, Purdue 15144, and Assembly 249 are invited to attend. Those in attendance will need to park behind the Diocesan Office near the Chapel and enter at Door 15. A reception afterwards to offer sympathies with and share stories of deceased brother Knights, refreshments will be served after Mass. Please contact Brian Knowles by email at if you will be attending or have any questions.

Sacred Heart Bazaar - Sacred Heart School in Fowler will hold its 37th Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. They will have a bake sale, coffee ship, craft vendors, raffles and a kids corner (where kids can shop).

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.

Bible Study - Fr. Bob will continue the study of the Gospel of St. Matthew on Monday evenings beginning September 24th at Charles Hall at 7:00 pm. The Sessions will be moved to St. Patrick beginning December 10th and ending on Monday, March 25th. There will be two to three sessions per month. A schedule will be passed out at the classes and each class date will be printed in the bulletin. We will begin on September 24th with Session #9 in the book entitled, Matthew: The King and His Kingdom by Jeff Cavins & Sarah Christmyer. If you need a book please call the parish office. The cost of the book is $28.95.

Donations Needed- The Community Food and Services Co-op is in ongoing need of your generous donations. The suggest-ed 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 26-28 April and from 1-3 November 2019, and at Mount Saint Francis Centre for Spirituality, New Albany, from 1-3 Febru-ary 2019. Visit for further information.

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

Bring God’s love to seniors in your community!
Come and make a meaningful difference in your community! Only one hour per week is need-ed to come alongside the widow(er) and the hurting as God calls us. Caregiver Companion simply needs you to visit or provide practical non-medical assistance to often homebound seniors who are in need of compassionate companionship.

Some current volunteer opportunities:
  • Visiting with spouse of local caregiver every other week
  • Dusting/sweeping for elderly woman every other week
  • Grocery Shoppers for frail widows
  • Transportation to local doctor’s appointments for seniors unable to drive
  • Simple in-home repairs or yard work assistance

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.





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