The Catholic Parish of St. Isidore, encompassing the churches of St. Celestine (Celestine, IN) and St. Raphael (Dubois, IN) is located in the rolling hills of Northeast Dubois County in Southern Indiana, near Patoka Lake. Our two Churches are united in faith, family and community. Please join us in worship!


Mission Statement - We, the parish of St. Isidore, witness to the world the love of Christ we have received in the Sacraments, and we invite others to personally experience the Grace of God through prayer, acts of service, and spiritual formation.

St. Peter Celestine Church & Town of Celestine 175th centennial

June 28 - July 1, 2018 Celebration

We are publishing a book of the past 25 years which is a continuation of our past book published 25 years ago (150 yrs of history).  We are needing your help with updating the businesses in the area.  We are also placing in the book family farms that have been in their family for over 100 years. Please fill in the forms attached and return to the parish office by September 15, 2017.


Please watch for updates of the schedule of events leading up to the centennial celebration.


2017/07/16 - How is it that you DON'T hear?

So – you probably noticed the first theme of the Gospel: we are the dirt. How much the word of God sinks into us depends on whether we are good soil. You might also have noticed that God is a horribly wasteful farmer. He spreads the seeds of His Grace and Love all over creation… letting it drop wherever it will – so that most of it is simply wasted, never bearing any fruit. Picture a tractor with a seed spreader driving down the highway with the feeder wide open…. That’s how extravagant God is with his word.

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Ministry Schedule 

Here is the schedule for all ministries:

August/September Schedule

Contact Janice Betz  at if you have any questions.

If you would like to make changes to your current involvement, or would like to sign up to another ministry, please compete the ministry registration form below and return in the collection basket or to either Parish Office.

Ministry Registration Form




Homily 2017/07/02 - Disciples for Dinner


From The Desk of Father Eugene

     As most of you have heard that Bishop Thompson will become the next Archbishop of Indianapolis and he will be installed on July 28.  Between now and then, Bishop Thompson’s title will change from bishop to administrator for our diocese.  At Mass in the Eucharistic Prayer, he will be referred to as, “Charles our administrator,” or “our administrator Charles.”  After July 28, a priest from our diocese will be the administrator until a new bishop has been named.  This priest is picked by seven priests from our diocese who are called ‘consulters.’  Consulters have been chosen by the bishop for this role of picking a priest to lead during this time of transition.  A question many may ask is, “How is a Bishop appointed?”  The ultimate decision in appointing bishops rest with the pope, and he is free to select anyone he chooses.  But how does he know whom to select?  The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome.  An Apostolic Nuncio is much like an ambassador and there is one for each nation.  The Apostolic Nuncio will gather names of priests from that area from bishops and priests.  They also ask about the needs of the particular diocese in regards to leadership. Eventually three names of priests are given to the Apostolic Nuncio.  He then sends them to Rome to a department called, the “Congregation for Bishops,” which then looks over the names and makes a recommendation that is then sent to the Pope.  The Pope can refuse all three choices and ask for a new set of names or choose from the three.  If you want to see in greater detail the steps of how a bishop is chosen look under the USCCB website and search, “How Bishops are appointed.”


     How long will it be before a new bishop is named?  No one knows for sure but Cardinal Tobin, the last bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, left for his new assignment in New Jersey around the beginning of the new-year and a successor was named in mid-June with installation occurring July 28.  Please pray to the Holy Spirit for our next Bishop along with Charles our administrator.


                                                God Bless, Fr. Eugene


From The Desk of Father Eugene


Homily 2017/06/18 - Corpus Christi: Every Word


Homily 2017/05/14 - Revealing the Face of God (text and video)

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Homily 2017/04/23 - Divine Mercy Sunday - What we don't deserve


2017/04/16 - Easter Homily - At the End of Your Rope