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

Rev. Robert Klemme, Pastor


Events and News




St. Charles Parish Events

  • CCD Teachers Needed
    We are seeking two teachers for our CCD program for 2nd and 5th/6th grade classrooms. Please contact Director of Religious Education Jennifer Senesac if you are interested in donating your time and talent to youth faith formation. All volunteers must complete a brief online Safe and Sacred training program and pass a diocesan background check. Thank you for considering this very important role.


St. Patrick Parish Events


 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.

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, Phillip Gobel, 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 and Lou Cain.

Haiti Spaghetti Luncheon - Please come after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, May 20 and join the Haiti Mission team for a Spaghetti Luncheon, video of our Haiti 2018 trip, and a sharing of our experiences. The luncheon will be a free will offering with all proceeds going toward the water well installation and water purification project we are working on with Father Calixe and the parishioners of Holy Trinity. Our mission doctors see many illnesses which are a result of contaminated water. This system will allow for better health for our Haitian friends.

Life Teen Catholic Heart Work Camp (CHWC) M&M fundraiser will be coming up May 19&20 at all parishes. Life Teen members will be passing out tubes of M&Mís for you to enjoy. Bring the empty tubes back to church filled with your monetary donations. This summer we have 25 teens and 10 adults going to Farmington, MI to do service work for the week. This is the largest Life Teen group to date to attend CHWC. We are truly blessed to have this many teens and adults going to serve others, however this amount of volunteers comes with extra expenses. We appreciate your support throughout the year. Your donations help enrich the lives of our teens & the ones they are serving.

Knights of Columbus Golf Outing - The Knights of Columbus 9400 is sponsoring a Golf Outing at the Oak Grove Country Club in Oxford on July 28, 2018. $40 per person, longest drive & closest to pin prizes. 1 PM shotgun start, 4 person scramble. Meal served fol-lowing the golf outing. Proceeds to benefit the Benton County Special Olympics, local food pantries, and Life Teen. Hole sponsorships are available for only $25 for personal or $50 for business. For more information or to register, please contact Tom Etter (765) 385-2185 or (765) 385-2713.

Sacred Heart Parish Custodian - Bob Ponto, custodian for Sacred Heart Parish is retiring this coming October. Persons interested in this position should send their resumes to Fr. Peter Vanderkolk, 107 E. Main Street, Fowler, IN 47944. Questions should be addressed to Fr. Vanderkolk at the parish office at 765-884-1818.

Congratulations to the Senior Class of 2018:

  • Chase Algeri        Molly Flook
  • Kaitlin Anthrop        Elliott Freeland
  • Blane Baker        Kathryn Gant
  • Hannah Barnard        Cara Hasser
  • Madison Burgett        Peyton Kiefer
  • Halle Burton        Meghan Sarault
  • Tanner Clark        Ally Souligne
  • Lauren Cox        Kierstin Vorst
  • Nicholas Daily        Annie Wetli
  • Amy Doyle

Benton Central Baccalaureate Ceremony - The Baccalaureate is a non-denominational spiritual service for the 2018 graduates of Benton Central. It is an opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for their accomplishments and ask for His help and guidance in the future. All members of the community are welcome to attend! The service will include prayer, live music, and a guest speaker. So please, come support the graduating class of 2018! The Ceremony will take place Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Benton Central Auditorium. We hope to see you there!

The Community Food and Services Co-op is in ongoing need of your generous donations. The suggested item of donation for this month is CLEANING SUPPLIES AND LAUNDRY DEERGENT. You can place your donation in the boxes at the back of either St. Charles or St. Patrickís churches. Thank you for your support. ďFor I was hungry and you fed me.Ē

Mexico Mission - After a long winter how about going to Mexico to build houses? Our next trips are November 3-10, 2018 & February 16-23, 2019. Come make a BIG difference in someone's life! Email John Brost at or call 765-366-5329 for more details.

Save the Date - The 14th CINCH (Central Indiana Churches for Haiti) Haiti Gathering will be on Sunday, October 14, 2108. It will be at St. Mary Cathedral in Lafayette, IN. Please mark your calendars to save this date. More details will be coming in the next month or so. There are several great speakers already committed to coming to this event. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Newell at 765-742-9046.

Make a difference in the life of a senior in need!
Come and make a meaningful difference in your community! You are welcome and needed here. Caregiver Companion simply needs you to visit homebound seniors who are lonely and in need of compassion. Do you have one hour per week to come alongside the widow and the hurting as God calls us? There are many ways that you can help based on your God-given gifts, interests, and time available. Here are some current volunteer opportunities!

  • Visit an elderly widow who gets lonely during the day in West Lafayette once a week
  • Visit an elderly woman who lives with her son for a couple of hours in Lafayette once a week around lunch time.
  • Run the sweeper and visit with a single elderly woman in Lafayette every other week
  • Assist with yard work or small repair tasks
  • Each of these elderly neighbors are sweet ladies who are just in need of a little encouragement and companionship.
You will be amazed at the blessings that come from being there for someone in their time of need. Our next volunteer training session is on Saturday, June 16th. Contact Lauren Weldy at (765) 423-1879 or to schedule a volunteer interview soon.

Invitation - St. Patrick and St. Charles received an invitation to visit St. Mary-of-the-Woods. They were recently named a National Historic Landmark, and groups are visiting from all over the country. Groups watch a movie about Mother Theodore, tour inside and outside sacred spaces, see alpacas, go to Mass with the sisters, stay for lunch, and shop. Itís a nice day. Would anyone be interested in going to St. Mary-of-the-Woods? If so, please call the parish office at 385-2587.

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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