GRIEFSHARE – Have you or someone you know suffered the devastating loss of a loved one?  Are you trying to make sense of your feelings?  GriefShare might be a way for you to share those thoughts/feelings or just time away to sit and reflect with others who truly understand you’re going through.  Our group welcomes all faiths and meets on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm in the Church conference room.  There is no fee to attend and no pre-registration required – just attend the first meeting. Should you have any questions, contact Sue Kroupa at 812-449-3740 or email at This is a national organization so if you’d like to check out other resources, their website is:

December 2020 – Office of Family & Life News – Diocese of Evansville

Office of Family & Life
December 2020
The OFL News is a monthly newsletter to highlight initiatives, projects, programs, and events specific to the Office of Family & Life

This is a wonderful testimony from Bishop Conley regarding Mental

Ideas Have Consequences Video by Bishop Barron…an invitation to look
at the bigger picture.

A World in Continual Need of Evangelization

Gender Matters: Jason Evert podcast

2021 Unveiled Marriage Preparation Retreats
a. February 19-20 (2 Day)
b. March 26-27 (2 Day)
c. September 25 (1 Day)

Natural Family Planning
a. Contact Kelli at 812-421-2030 or by email at to register

Holiday Support Group for Adult Children of Divorce or Separation
Catholic apostolate, Life-Giving Wounds, is hosting a two-session virtual
support group for men and women whose parents are divorced or separated,
with a focus on the unique family challenges that can come up around the
holidays for people from broken homes. The sessions will be held on
November 17 and December 19, 8:30-10 p.m. Eastern time. Each night will
include two speakers and a guided small group discussion. Cost is $15 or
$10 for college students. Registration and speaker

December 8/9
8PM-12AM CDT. / 9PM-1AM EST.

“It was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1531, (then celebrated on
December 9th), that Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the
Unborn, first appeared to St. Juan Diego. The National Night of Prayer for Life
bridges these feasts. All nations of the world are invited to participate, as we ask
Our Blessed Mother to protect Life and the Family; to renew the Church and
establish Peace.

During the HOUR OF UNITY, 11PM to 12AM CDT. / 12AM to 1AM EST., we
will be united in churches across the country and the world in prayer to end
abortion, and restore God’s blessings.

The National Night of Prayer for Life includes adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament, the holy Rosary, prayer to St. Michael, silent prayer and hymns.

~This invitation is extended by the National Night of Prayer for Life Committee


The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are
unconditionally pro-life: who will proclaim, celebrate and serve the Gospel
of life in every situation. A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that
the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of
someone who has done great evil. . . . I renew the appeal I made . . . for a
consensus to end the death penalty, which is both cruel and unnecessary.

—Pope John Paul II Papal Mass, St. Louis, Missouri, January 27, 1999
Twenty-five years ago, our Conference of bishops first called for an end to
the death penalty. We renew this call to seize a new moment and new
momentum. This is a time to teach clearly, encourage reflection, and call
for common action in the Catholic community to bring about an end to the
use of the death penalty in our land.

—USCCB, A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death


NOTE: The below sections are taken from a daily email called
Catechism in a Year. This is a great way to learn the Catechism in bite
size bits. To receive your daily Catechism email, contact

466. Why must human life be respected?
Human life must be respected because it is sacred. From its beginning,
human life involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a
special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. It is not lawful
for anyone directly to destroy an innocent human being. This is gravely
contrary to the dignity of the person and the holiness of the Creator. “Do
not slay the innocent and the righteous” (Exodus 23:7).
Further reading: CCC 2258-2262, 2318-2320

457. What place does the family occupy in society?
The family is the original cell of human society and is, therefore, prior to
any recognition by public authority. Family values and principles
constitute the foundation of social life. Family life is an initiation into the
life of society.
Further reading: CCC 2207-2208

458. What are the duties that society has toward the family?
Society, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity, has the duty to
support and strengthen marriage and the family. Public authority must
respect, protect and foster the true nature of marriage and the family,
public morality, the rights of parents, and domestic prosperity.
Further reading: CCC 2209-2213, 2250

490. What are the means that aid the living of chastity?
There are many means at one’s disposal: the grace of God, the help of the
sacraments, prayer, self-knowledge, the practice of an asceticism adapted
to various situations, the exercise of the moral virtues, especially the virtue
of temperance which seeks to have the passions guided by reason.
Further reading: CCC 2340-2347

491. In what way is everyone called to live chastity?
As followers of Christ, the model of all chastity, all the baptised are called
to live chastely in keeping with their particular state of life. Some profess
virginity or consecrated celibacy which enables them to give themselves to
God alone with an undivided heart in a remarkable manner. Others, if
they are married live in conjugal chastity, or if unmarried practice
chastity in continence.

506. What does the seventh commandment require?
The seventh commandment requires respect for the goods of others through
the practice of justice and charity, temperance and solidarity. In
particular it requires respect for promises made and contracts agreed to,
reparation for injustice committed and restitution of stolen goods, and
respect for the integrity of creation by the prudent and moderate use of the
mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe with special
attention to those species which are in danger of extinction.
Further reading: CCC 2407, 2450-2451

507. What attitude should people have toward animals?
People must treat animals with kindness as creatures of God and avoid
both excessive love for them and indiscriminate use of them especially by
scientific experiments that go beyond reasonable limits and entail needless
suffering for the animals.

509. What is the content of the social doctrine of the Church?
The social doctrine of the Church is an organic development of the truth of
the Gospel about the dignity of the human person and his social dimension
offering principles for reflection, criteria for judgment, and norms and
guidelines for action.
Further reading: CCC 2419-2423

510. When does the Church intervene in social areas?
The Church intervenes by making a moral judgment about economic and
social matters when the fundamental rights of the person, the common
good, or the salvation of souls requires it.

2020-2021 Little Girl’s Flower Club

Little Flowers Girls Club

Our group meets after school in the Church Conference room twice a month and during our meetings the girls are introduced to a virtue, a flower that symbolizes it and a FEMALE saint that exemplifies that virtue.

To view our updated Flyer and Registration details, please visit:

Little Flowers Girls Club

Haiti Collection – August 22nd/23rd

On August 22nd and 23rd, we will take a second collection for our Twin Parish in Haiti, St. Rose of Lima. St Rose of Lima’s Feast Day is celebrated on August 30th.

Please stay up-to-date with current details from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c. and members of our Twinned Parish – Saint Rose of Lima [Pilate, Haiti].

They are truly struggling currently, especially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic:

Twinned Parish – Saint Rose of Lima [Pilate, Haiti]


St. Theresa Place – Habitat for Humanity

St. Theresa Parish has been merged with Good Shepherd Catholic Parish. The church and school buildings have been torn down. Only the rectory and garage are left standing and are being used by Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities is building their office building along Stringtown between Herndon and Wedeking.

Habitat for Humanity has proposed to build 14 houses east of the rectory – 7 houses facing Herndon and 7 on Wedeking. The cost to sponsor a house is $80,000. The area will be called St. Theresa Place.

A group of St. Theresa parishioners and friends of St. Theresa have met 2 times to keep alive the family spirit of St. Theresa. Father Ted Tempel served as pastor of St. Theresa from 1979-1993. He volunteered to raise money for 3 Habitat Houses – $240,000.

He is asking us to consider making a commitment to achieve this goal. They are seeking a commitment over a 4-year period, to be given by the end of 2023.

This is what they need:

20 People to Give $1,000 a Year for 4 Years
10 People to Give $2,000 a Year for 4 Years
04 People to Give $5,000 a Year for 4 Years

They have 4 people who have pledged $80,000 to build a Habitat house. It is more joy in giving while we are living – realizing we are helping people own their own home.

Give directly from your IRA to Habitat for Humanity. Save on taxes and still receive a charitable deduction.

To make an online donation, visit:



Marian Consecration

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

In the July 16 issue of The Message, Bishop Siegel announced his intention to consecrate the Diocese of Evansville to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on September 12. Bishop Siegel also encourages each of us to consecrate ourselves individually to Mary. In the weeks before (typically the 33 days), we are all invited to spiritually prepare for this consecration.

If you wish to consecrate yourselves to Mary and to follow the traditional 33 day (or approximately 5 week) preparation for Marian Consecration, you’ll begin preparation on August 10. One book you could consider reading is, “33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do It Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration,” by Fr. Michael Gaitley. You can purchase it from the Augustine Institute at this website: Augustine Institute – 33 Days to Morning Glory

If you would rather not do a self-guided retreat, for each of the five weeks, please pray a Marian Prayer together as a family.  You can also choose a different prayer each week. Following are some possibilities:

Week 1: Memorare
Week 2: The Angelus
Week 3: Hail Mary – Part of Rosary Prayers
Week 4: Magnificat
Week 5: Hail Holy Queen – Part of Rosary Prayers

Along with the Marian Prayer for the week, you can also pray a rosary after Mass either on Saturday or Sunday.  All families are being encouraged to spend some time with the Blessed Mother in personal prayer.  May Mary watch over you and bless you as you begin this new school year.  Let us turn to our Lady for her prayer and protection now and always!


I want to extend a tool the seminarians and I have been working on: Daily Consecration videos.

In each YouTube video, a seminarian reads the daily consecration prayers from Catholic Company.  Parishioners can find them there for free, as well. If people would like to listen while they drive to work or have someone to pray with virtually, these videos might be a good resource.
Father Tyler
If you hit the red “subscribe” button on the channel, you’ll automatically get emails when a new video is added. Otherwise, go to the channel and look for whichever day you wish to view next.

Father Deydier House of Discernment
House of Discernment Summer Update – August 2020

On August 19, 2020, the House of Discernment will welcome four residents who are new to the
House: Jacob Greulich of Corpus Christi Parish; Kienan Corcoran of Little Flower Parish
(Indianapolis); Nick Folz of Good Shepherd Parish; and Jacob Schneider of Corpus Christi
Parish. Each is either a student at one of the universities in Evansville or is working in the area.
Former House resident Chase Riecker from St. Isidore in Celestine was accepted for seminary
for the Diocese of Evansville and begins his freshman year at Bishop Bruté this fall.
Our “Savio” gatherings have evolved with the pandemic precautions, and a Holy Hour followed
by a drive-in style movie was held in June for the teenage boys and their dads. Nearly 60 young
men showed up to watch “Remember the Titans,” a feel-good sports movie that tackles the issue
of racism.
A second Savio event was held on August 8 at 7am. About 50 young men and their dads showed
up for a 7am early Mass followed by a 2-mile run around Reitz Hill. An outdoor breakfast
followed for the many who attended. It was called “Sacrifice Saturday,” because for teenage
boys, 7am Mass on a Saturday is a sacrifice (not to mention the run!).
Our weekly Monday Night “Holy Hour & Mass for Vocations” at Sacred Heart reopened this
summer, and attendance is steadily increasing. All are welcome for this time of prayer.
The Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus sponsored a promotional video showcasing the House
of Discernment, and it was released this summer on YouTube. Search for the “Evansville
Vocations” channel, and you’ll find it amidst other videos from the Vocations Office.
Though the year has begun, the House still has a little space left. Applications for 2020-21 are
currently being accepted. If you know of a young man (18-30) who might benefit from a
Catholic community of prayer and fraternity while continuing his career or college, please have
him contact House Director, Fr. Tyler Tenbarge ( Men who are
discerning benefit from this place. The House of Discernment allows men to find where the Lord
is calling and the freedom to go when the time is right, without the commitments of housing
contracts or semester tuition.
Follow us on Facebook: “Father Deydier House of Discernment” to keep up with what’s
happening at the House.

Also, the Vocations Office will host five Holy Hours this fall at parishes across the diocese to pray for vocations. Each hour of prayer will be led by the parish priest(s) and Father Tyler and will be followed by a 30-45 minute discussion with a panel of families of priests, seminarians and religious from our parishes.
Note: There is one correction to the above flyer:
           The August event will be held at St. Raphael Church campus, not at St. Celestine

GriefShare Update


Have you, or someone you know, lost a loved one and just not sure of what is “normal” or just unsure how to navigate through grief? GriefShare is a 13-week Christian-based video/discussion series where common grief topics are discussed. There is no registration needed and there is no fee to attend but participants must be 18 or older. Our next session will begin on Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 6:15 in the Church conference room. Please contact Sue Kroupa at 812-477-5405 or skroupa@evdio.orgwith any questions. You can also visit for more details.