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Lessons and Carols, a celebration of Advent and Christmas in instrument, song and readings, will be held on Monday, December 18th at 7:00PM. The prelude music will begin at 6:45PM. A reception will follow  Lessons and Carols. Watch for more information in the coming weeks.

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Cookies for Festival of  Lessons and Carols 

Reception After the Festival of Lessons and  Carols on December 18, our parish will provide a reception for our guests. Any donations of cookies from our parishioners are greatly appreciated. You may drop off the cookies on  Sunday, December 17, in the  gathering space or at the gym  between 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. on  Monday, Dec. 18. Thank you for your help!



We need your help! Sunday, Dec.17 after 11am Mass we will be  decorating the church for Christmas, and we need as many strong arms as we can get! Please help us make our church look beautiful for Lessons and Carols on the 18th, as well as for our  Christmas Masses. Many volunteers should be able to do the job quickly! Please stay after Mass and help if you are able to.


Advent Season​​

Rather Short Advent Season: 4th Sunday of Advent falls on December 24, while Christmas is the very next day, Monday, December 25. Both Days are holy days of obligation. That involves going to Sunday Mass and also going to Christmas Mass. Decide how to accommodate the 2 separate obligations. For us here in this Parish, any of the 3 usual weekend Masses will make up for the Sunday obligation, while any of the 3 Masses for Christmas will make up for the Christmas obligation. For Christmas, we shall have 5 p.m. (Vigil Mass), 10.00 p.m. Mass (for Midnight Mass), and 10.00 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day. The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God which falls on Monday, January 1, 2018 will not be a Holy Day of Obligation

Youth Ministry 

Our mission is to keep your children/students focused on Christ and serving others. ​

Pope Francis:

Let us pray that the Church be holier and more humble, loving God by serving the poor, the lonely, and the sick.


Parents & Guardians:

We are looking for adults and teens to help lead Children's Liturgy. Training provided. Commitment time - one Sunday/month. Contact Kris Lill at if  interested.


Children's Liturgy - Ages 3-8 -  Parents and Guardians:.

Children's Liturgy of the Word takes place during the 11am Mass. Children ages 3-8 are invited to participate. We will read aloud a kid-friendly version of the Gospel for the week, along with prayers and other activities. Children will return to the sanctuary in time to put their  offering in Father's collection basket


 Crusaders for Christ: 5th-12th Grades:

Crusaders for Christ: 5th-8th grade (younger if a parent stays to help) are invited on Friday, December 15 from 6-8 in the gym. We will be making Love Thy Neighbor bags for the homeless. Bring your small size hand sanitizer, soap, cheese crackers, gum, gently used hats, scarves, mittens (men’s and women’s), or drop them in the basket in the Gathering Space through  December 15. Thank you! RSVP to Terry Tescula, 260-341-3829. Snacks will be provided.

 Youth Group Leaders:

Terry Tescula260.341.3829 Kris Lill (Children's Liturgy)



Women in the Word

 Are you looking to block out a space just for you? A time to share the Word with other women who seek to deepen their faith and share prayer and the opportunity to discuss the Word too? Please join us the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the parish office. 



SPARC (Small Parishes Actively Receiving Christ)

SPARC is a Men’s Apostolate seeking to become closer to God through Prayer, Scripture and Catechesis. Every man over the age of 18 is  welcome to meet in the parish office on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is November 9th. There will not be a meeting on  November 23rd,due to the  Thanksgiving holiday. For additional information call or text  Allan Allphin 260-515-0570


Rosary for Peace in the World and in Families

A few years back our Lady asked for prayer groups be formed. Here at St. Therese our group was formed and we are in our ninth year. We pray for peace in the world and in all families. Won't you please join u​s? We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month in the chapel at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there.


Divine Mercy Devotion

Now through the end of the Year of Mercy, St Therese Church will be having a Divine Mercy devotion. It will be held in the Chapel on the first and third Tuesdays of every month following evening Mass (6:15pm) Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others as Christ is merciful to you.​


Other Parishes Around Events​​ & News​​


St. John the Baptist School, New  Haven, Indiana has an immediate opening for a Full Time 2nd Shift  Custodian. Hours are Monday-Friday 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Position covers cleaning and some general  maintenance. Please contact Father Bill Sullivan at 260-493-4553 ext. 305 to get more information on the  position.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is now hiring a part-time clerical position to work in the parish front office. The hours will be 11:00 am-4:30 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to Noon. The right candidate will have a strong clerical background utilizing a computer and Microsoft Office  products. Main duties will be to  answer phones, greet visitors and help maintain other office functions for the parish. If interested, please go to St. Elizabeth’s website to fill out an application or stop at the parish office to fill one out in person. Questions? Email Jenn Engquist:

 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is looking to hire a full-time Youth Director.  If interested, please go to  St. Elizabeth’s website to fill out an application or stop at the parish office to fill one out in person. Questions? Email Deacon Thomas Zehr:



​​Bishop Luers News & Events


Girls’ Basketball Open Gym

Bishop Luers Girls' Basketball will be holding open gyms for girls this coming Sunday, Dec. 10. We will be able to have two Sunday sessions: Dec. 10, and the second on Dec. 17. Times are: Grades 4-6: 5-6:30 pm Grades 7-8: 6:30-8pm These sessions offer young players the opportunities to both build quality basketball skills and also to meet and work out with other up and coming players. For additional information, please email:, or call  Coach Bernie Lohmuller at 260-437-0999


Bishop Luers to present Middle School Art Fair

Bishop Luers High School will offer a Middle School Art Fair on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 2-4 p.m. in the front lobby and front of the school. Each feeder school is invited to send up to nine pieces of artwork of students from grades 6-8 that will be  featured in the art show. Ribbons will be presented to top pieces. Families and friends are invited to the art fair and are welcome to stay for the Lessons and Carols prayer service at 4 p.m. in the school’s Chapel of Saint Francis of Assisi.


Bishop Luers invites all to Lessons and Carols

Bishop Luers High School will host the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Francis of Assisi. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. In this service, the faithful listen to nine Scripture lessons, which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer. Bishop Luers’ liturgical choirs, directed by Kristopher Andorfer, will lead the music. Lessons and Carols follows the Bishop Luers Middle School Art Fair from 2-4 p.m. Artwork of sixth-, seventh- and eighthgrade feeder school students will be featured throughout the lobby and front of the school. All are invited.

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