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

Rev. Robert Klemme, Pastor


Events and News




St. Charles Parish Events

  • First Reconciliation has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 2 at 4:30 p.m. Please keep the students preparing for their First Reconciliation in your prayers. Emma Kottkamp, Sarah Lambeck, Johnathon Lavelle, Baylen Metzinger and McKinley Taylor.
  • 2018 Contribution Statements - The 2018 Contribution Statements are available. A-L are in the front of church and M-Z are in the back. Please pick up your statements.


St. Patrick Parish Events

  • Coffee & Doughnuts next Sunday, January 20 will be served if we get a family volunteer.
  • Coffee & Doughnuts next Sunday, January 27 w ill be served compliments of Team #2: Halle Richey, Payton Williams, Cael Williams, Kelsey Coffman and Nolan Deckard.
  • Family Volunteers Needed - The 2019 church cleaning schedule for January 1 - June 16 is posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule. We are in need of family volunteers for each week.
  • First Reconciliation - Please keep our students in your prayers that are preparing for their First Reconciliation on Saturday, January 19: Jack Barnard, Nicholas Brost, Claire Etter, Landon Nunez, Kynzley Richardson, Hayden Rickey and Scarlet Sabino.
  • 2018 Contribution Statements - The 2018 Contribution Statements are in the vestibule. Please pick up your statement.


 Youth Events

  • Life Teen Mass - 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

Retirement Fund for Religious gives thanks - “This money is pure gift,” writes a religious sister of the support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious. “It enables us to continue providing care for our elderly sisters.” Your gift to last week’s collection helps hundreds of religious communities meet pressing retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Thank you for your generosity!

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, Mary Reed, Marlena Thomas, Sharon Eberle, Glenn Barnard, Cooper Gretencord, Mark McMaster, Donna Cooley, Lynn Stone, Charlie Senesac, Ray Muller, Darlene Bowers, Nancy Barrett and Becky Budreau.

Life Teen Soup Dinner - at St. Charles Church Hall on Saturday, January 19 has been postponed to be rescheduled at a later date.

Confirmation Retreat - The Confirmation Retreat has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 27 at St. Patrick Parish Hall from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for those being confirmed this year.

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. As of January 4 pledges received for St. Charles are $40,477.50 and their goal is $43,245 and pledges received for St. Patrick are $39,060.00 and their goal is $37,174.

Bible Study on Monday, The next Bible Study session will be Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s.

Pictorial Directories - If you had your photo taken or submitted a photo for the directory you may pick up your directory in the vestibule or at St. Charles ask Fr. Bob for your directory.

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.

Pop Tabs - The 7th & 8th grade CCD class at St. Patrick’s is collecting pop tabs for St. Monica’s in Africa. They use these tabs to make purses to sell to help support women and children who have been terrorized by the Lord’s Resistance Army. One purse will support a women and child for three daily meals and water for six months. There is tubs in the vestibule of both churches for your tabs. If you would like to see some purses go to google and type in pop tab purses in Africa.

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. Adoration is open to everyone. If interested in being a sub or an adorer contact Pat Besse at Sacred Heart 884-1818 or Debbie Barnard at (765) 299-6214.

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.

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.

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 CLEANING SUPPLIES/LAUNDRY DETERGENT. 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.”

Summer Baseball/Softball Sign Up - The Otterbein Rec. Assoc. summer baseball/softball sign up will be: Saturday, February 2, 9am-3pm @ Otterbein United Methodist Church Online registration available beginning January 15, 2019 at

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.





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