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

Rev. Robert Klemme, Pastor


Events and News




St. Charles Parish Events

  • Please keep our Confirmation students in your prayers as they prepare for Confirmation February 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart:
    Megan Doyle
    Allen Hardebeck
    Alexandra Klemme
    Grace Wetli
  • Life Teen Mass Spring Schedule
    Life Teen Mass at 6pm at St. Charles
    February 18   March 11
    February 25   March 18
    March 4       March 25-No LT Mass


St. Patrick Parish Events

  • Coffee & Donuts next Sunday, February 25 will be served if we get a family volunteer.
  • Volunteer for Coffee & Donuts - We need a Family Volunteer for coffee and donuts on February 25 and April 29. Please check your schedules to see if you could volunteer. There is a sign up sheet in the kitchen on the bulletin board in the parish hall.
  • Thank you to all who help with funeral dinners. Your help is greatly appreciated. It is a wonderful ministry you provide to families in their time of sorrow.
  • St. Patrick Church will be entertaining at the Benton County Retirement Village on Tuesday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. They are needing prizes for Bingo. Some sugges-tions are: fruit (bananas, apples, oranges, grapes), mi-crowave popcorn (regular or low-salt/unsalted), pop (regular and diet), pretzels, candies (regular and sugar-free, no chocolate), simple puzzles, word search books, crackers, rice krispie treats, gloves, or lotions. You may leave your items in the vestibule.
  • Please keep the Confirmation class in your prayers as they prepare for Confirmation February 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart:
    Mary Gresko
    Cathleen Lynch
    Sydney Payne


 Youth Events

  • Life Teen Mass Spring Schedule
    Life Teen Mass at 6:00 pm at St. Charles
    February 18 March 11
    February 25 March 18
    March 4 March 25 - No LT Mass
  • 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.
  • On Sunday, January 14th, fifteen teenagers from Life Teen Ministry and ten adults travelled to Chicago for the Pro Life March. They attended Mass in Chicago, listened to some Pro-Life speakers after Mass and marched for about two miles with over 1,000 to 2,000 other Pro-Life Advocates. They encounter some screaming Abortionist but they were few in numbers. We thank our teens and adults for their witness for Pro-Life and against abortion.

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, Sue Glot-zbach, Amber Brost, Phillip Gobel, Janet Schutter, Dick Bowman, Mark Cochran, Jason Cole, Brian Lemenager, Staci Wittenauer, Betty Fassnacht, Mary Reed, Cort Wilson, Marlena Thomas, Sharon Eberle, Glenn Barnard, Cooper Gretencord, Mark McMaster, Donna Cooley, Lynn Stone, Charlie Senesac and Ray Muller.

Life Teen Soup Dinner
Sunday, February 25
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
St. Patrick Parish Hall

Cookies for Life Teen - Do you like to bake cookies but don’t have anyone to eat them? Life Teen kids would love to eat them! Life Teen kids are always hungry when they come to Life Night, so if you would be willing to donate a batch of cookies or other snack items, please contact Marnie Hardebeck at 765-426-9958 (cell) or

Catholic Moment - February is Catholic Press Month. Please consider your gift of $22 to help pay for the annual cost of providing The Catholic Moment in our parish.

The Community Food and Services Co-op is in ongoing need of your generous donations. The suggested item of donation for this month is LAUNDRY ITEMS. 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.”

Mexico Mission - The next trip for the Mexico Mission will be February 17-24, 2018. Come and make a difference in someone’s life! Call/email John Brost for more information at 765-366-5329 or

Bible Study Session - Just a reminder that on every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month beginning October 23, 2017 through March 26th, 2018 there will be a Bible Study Session covering the Gospel of Matthew. The sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. During the months of October, November and December the Bible Study will be at St. Charles Parish Hall. During the months of January, February and March they will be at St. Patrick Parish Hall.

Parish Winter Closings - When Benton County schools are closed there will not be morning Mass or parish activities. If there is a 2 hour delay in school then there will not be morning Mass. If there is a Benton county Winter Snow Emergency declared, all parish lit-urgies and activities (including Mass) will be cancelled.

Financial Peace University Class - The Benton Community Foundation is once again offering a Financial Peace class for local families. The class will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Community Action Office, 105 S. Howard St. Oxford beginning February 7, 2018 from 5 - 7 p.m. for 9 weeks. Cost is $50 per family. Childcare and a light dinner provided. Contact: or register online at

Knights of Columbus Scholarship - The Lafayette Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus is pleased to announce that they will be awarding two $2000.00 scholarships to High School seniors who are practicing Catholics from the local Assembly area. This area covers the parishes of Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Otterbein, Oxford, West Lafayette and Central Catholic High School. Deadline for the application must be postmarked by March 30th. There are forms available in the parish office. The Knights consider it a great honor to assist the youth in advancing their education.

Fish Fry - Sacred Heart in Fowler is having a Fish Fry on Friday, February 16 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the school gym. Adults: $10.00, Children 6-12: $5.00, Children 5 & under: Free! Carry out available! Please join in the fun & fellowship!

Caregiver Companion - Share God’s love to vulnerable seniors and their caregivers! Help elderly community members as well as their caregivers by volunteering through Caregiver Compan-ion! We are an interfaith network of volunteers dedicated to coming alongside caregivers and elderly and disabled individuals throughout Tippecanoe County. Our elderly neighbors long for a friend like you to come alongside them. There are many ways that you can help based on your God-given gifts, interest, and time available:

  • Respite breaks for a weary caregiver
  • Companionship to those who are homebound
  • Local transportation to doctors’ appointments
  • Grocery shopping/errands
  • Simple repairs

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, February 24th, 2018. Contact Lauren Weldy at (765) 423-1879 or to schedule a volunteer interview soon.

Women’s Lenten Retreat - The ladies of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society in Frankfort, IN cordially invite the ladies of your church to our upcoming Women’s Lenten Retreat on Saturday March 17, 2018, that will take place here at our parish beginning at 8:30 and closing at 3:00.
The speaker for this retreat will be Judy Hehr. She will give her own personal testimony and a powerful presentation on love, mercy and forgiveness.
The early-bird price of $15 is good through January 2018. The regular retreat price is $25 per person. This cost includes a catered lunch. Vendors of religious items and information will be available.
For Catholic attendees, there will be an opportunity for adoration, confession, and a non-vigil Mass at the close of the retreat.

Retrouvaille Weekend - You Can Help Your Marriage - Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue . . . or have you stopped talking to each other? Do you wonder if your marriage might end? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi) is a worldwide program that offers tools needed for hurting couples to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. For more than 30 years, the program has helped hundreds of thousands of couples heal their hurting marriages. To learn more about the program or to register for the February 23-25 weekend and follow-up post-weekend sessions in Indianapolis, visit the website at or You can also email: or call 317-489-6811 for confidential registration information.

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.





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