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 at 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

  • Congratulations to Breanna and Kaleb Brost on the baptism on their daughter, Alexis Darlene Brost on July 15, 2018.
  • More Stewardship Ideas for July:
    • Think of a charity which is ample blessed at Christmas. Remember it with a gift mid-year.
    • Each day, say a prayer for one of the world’s trouble spots.
    • Surprise an old friend with a phone call.
    • Buy or pick a flower for someone without a “reason”.
    • Take your family to a farmer’s market if in season.
    • Stop for a moment during your busy day and enjoy an ice cream cone or other favorite treat.
    • If you hear a great homily, tell the homilist.
    • Splurge on some produce and buy enough to share with someone in need.


     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, Nancy Barrett and Kathy Budreau.

    Basilian Fathers Mission Appeal - At the invitation of the Archbishop, Most Rev. Timothy Doherty, and the Director of the Propagation of the Faith office, Very Rev. Theodore Dudzinski, the Basilian Fathers Missions are grateful to Father Klemme and the parishioners of St. Patrick and St. Charles Parishes for hosting Rev. Bernard “Jess” Owens, CSB next weekend. Father Jess is appointed to the Parish of San Lorenzo in Tehuacan in Mexico and has over 40 years experience in Hispanic ministry. Please plan to come hear his appeal for the support of the Basilian Fathers’ work in Mexico and Colombia. Funds support over 1000 students tuitions at INSA in Cali, Colombia - a Basilian institution ranked among the top 40 schools in the country. Along with your help, the Basilan Fathers Missions also work to feed, cloth, teach, and evangelize in Mexico, improving the lives of thousands living in San Lorenzo and Mexico City.

    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.

    Catholic Order of Forester’s - If you are a member of the Catholic Order of Forester’s you and a guest are invited to a dinner at the Benton County Country Club on July 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

    Sacred Heart Parish Teacher Positions - Sacred Heart School has an opening for a full time 4th grade teacher and a part time PE teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Interested applicants, please contact Kristy Gross at 884-0710 or

    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.

    The Community Food and Services Co-op is in ongoing need of your generous donations. The suggested item of dona-tion for this month is SUGAR/FLOUR. 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.”

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

    Fruitful Harvest 2016 - As we come to a close in the current diocesan appeal, Fruitful Harvest 2016 “Stewards of Christ...Sharing Our Gifts”, please remember if you have a current pledge balance that all gifts must be received and posted no later than September 1, 2018 in the Fruitful Harvest Office. The last redemption notice will be mailed in August 2018.
    If you wish to make a gift electronically please visit the diocesan website at Thank you for your con-tinued stewardship and prayers.

    Celebrating Christian Marriage: 2018 Anniversary Mass with Bishop Doherty - All married couples of the diocese celebrating significant marriage anniversaries in 2018 are invited to attend a special Mass on Sunday, September 16, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Concep-tion in Lafayette to celebrate their years of Christian Marriage. During the liturgy, Bishop Doherty will of-fer a special anniversary blessing. The Anniversary Mass will begin at 2:30pm (EDT) and will fulfill the Sunday obligation. Immediately following Mass, Bishop Doherty will greet couples at a reception of light refreshments. To assist in preparation, please register with the Office of Divine Worship online at or by contacting Charlene Kuhn at or 765-269-4600.

    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.

    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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