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

Rev. Robert Klemme, Pastor


Events and News




St. Charles Parish Events

  • Server Training will take place after 9:00 am Mass Nov. 12 & Nov. 19. 5th & 6th grade students will be trained as part of their CCD class. Anyone else is welcome to join us! Contact Jennifer Wetli at 765-412-3056 with questions.
  • A BIG thank you to Jeanne Brummet for the work and time she puts into making the St. Charles Turkey Dinner a success. - From the workers and people that donate.


St. Patrick Parish Events

  • Coffee & Donuts next Sunday, November 19 will be served if we get a Family Volunteer.
  • Family Volunteer Needed - We are in need of a family volunteer to help with coffee and doughnuts on Sunday, November 19. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the kitchen in the parish hall if you could help.
  • The Giving Tree will again be set up in the parish hall starting in November. Please place children’s hats, gloves, socks and underwear on the tree. These will be distributed to children in our area who need them.
  • 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 postage for the packages, please contact Karen Becker, at or 385-2709. We plan to pack and ship several boxes of goodies on Tuesday, Decem-ber 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Be sure to let Karen know if you student has changed addresses.


 Youth Events

  • Life Teen moves to St. Charles Sunday, November 5.
  • 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 members will be taking orders for gift cards for a wide variety of stores through Nov. 19. Many popular brands are available including Walmart, Meijer, Menards, Starbucks, Dick’s Sporting Goods, American Eagle, Goodrich Quality Theaters and many restaurants and gas stations in the greater Lafayette area. These make great Christmas gifts or you can use them for your own Christmas shopping! Please see a Life Teen member to purchase gift cards or there is an order form inserted in this weeks bulletin.
  • Life Teen Scrip Update - Darden Restaurants has recently purchased Cheddar’s. Your Darden gift cards are now redeemable at: Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Red Lobster.

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, Chuck Mailloux, Ron Sondgerath, Sue Glotzbach, Amber Brost, Phillip Gobel, Janet Schutter, Dick Bowman, Mark Cochran, Jason Cole, Brian Lemenager, Mary Nichols, Staci Wittenauer, Betty Fassnacht, Mary Reed, Cort Wilson, Marlena Thomas, Sharon Eberle and Glenn Barnard.

Next week our tithe will be for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Over 46 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to lift themselves out of poverty. By supporting this collection you give people a hand up, not a hand out. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at

Haiti Spaghetti Dinner - The Haiti Mission Group is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 18, at St. Charles Parish Hall, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Free will donations will be accepted. Donations will go toward purchasing the medicines needed for the Haiti trip in January 2018.

Parish Council Elections - St. Charles and St. Patrick will have their annual election for members of the parish councils on December 3. You may nominate any parishioner who is 18 years or older and who has been confirmed. Nina May from St. Charles and John Brost from St. Patrick have completed their terms but both can be nominated again as they have only served one term each. You need to get the permission of the person you wish to nominate before submitting his/her name. There are nomination forms and the ballot box in the entry area of the church.

St. Matthew 25 Care & Share Soup Kitchen is asking for food donations and or monetary donations for their Thanksgiving Meal. They are graciously accepting: canned vegetables, canned fruit, (12-16 oz. cans only, NO #10 cans please) boxed potatoes (mashed, scalloped, etc.), mac & cheese, boxed dress-ing, and canned cranberries. Any canned or boxed items are appreciated. They need these items by November 16 for Thanksgiving. You can leave your donated items in the vestibule and we will deliver them to the soup kitchen for you.

World Mission Sunday - Today we join with Catholics around the world, in this Eucharistic celebration, to fulfill our call to share our Christian faith with the world. We are gathered around God’s Word and the Table of the Lord to be fed for the journey of bringing good news to the poor, healing to the sick and most vulnerable, and welcoming the stranger. We join in a special world-wide collection for the Propagation of the Faith to “celebrate the hope that saves” and support the young and developing churches in over 120 countries.

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 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

Diocesan Father-Son Pizza - Young men in grades 6-8 and their fathers or other supportive adult are invited to learn about God’s gifts of sexuality, responsibility, and chastity, and His plan for growing up and becoming a man of integrity at the St. Joseph Retreat Center, Tipton, from 1:30-4:30 pm on Sunday, December 3. The purpose of the program is to provide an atmosphere of love and learning to discuss the important topic of growing up, and to establish a foundation for continued communication between parent and child. The cost for the event is $20 per family.
You can register online at Please register by Monday, November 27. For more information contact Susan Hoefer, Office for Family Life, or 765.421.1998.

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.

World Wide Marriage Encounter - Married couples go home from a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend more in love with each other than ever! Want to find out more? Marriage Encounter Weekends will be at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, Indianapolis, from 3-5 November 2017 and 27-29 April 2018, and Mount St. Francis, New Albany, from 2-4 February and 19-21 October, 2018. Visit for further information.
Quote from a couple who made a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: "We want you to know we thought we had a great marriage. But Marriage Encounter helped make it fantastic!"

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 web-site:

Living Mercy, Giving Hope: Come and See Weekend Retreat - Be the hope you want to see in the world. The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, invite single Catholic women, ages 18-42, to a Come and See weekend retreat Nov. 10-12. Deepen your prayer life. Explore where God is calling you. During the retreat, you can meet with the newest members of the Sisters of Providence, learn more about foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, ask questions and learn more about the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of Providence. There is no cost to attend. Learn more or register at, call or text Sister Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 or email

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.

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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