Thursday
Dec 08

An Evening of Hope and Healing for those in a season of infertility

7:00pm – 9:00pm

If you are in a season of infertility, please join us for An Evening of Hope and Healing on Thursday, December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, at the Sacred Heart Parish Center at Notre Dame. We will begin with Mass in the chapel at 7:00 PM, followed by time to pray silently, to be prayed over by members of the prayer ministry team, or to speak with someone and be prayed over in private. The evening will end with fellowship and refreshments in the parish center dining room. Sponsored by Marriage & Family Ministry. For questions or more information, please contact Lisa Everett at [email protected].


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Friday
Dec 09

Notre Dame Children’s Choir Lessons and Carols Concert

6:30pm – 7:30pm

This annual Lessons and Carols Concert will feature three of our six children’s choirs, nearly one hundred children ages 5 to 10, performing works for Advent with scripture readings, prayers and congregational hymns in the beautiful Mishawaka church sanctuary of St. Bavo. All are welcome to this free concert, which is handicap accessible with plenty of parking in the rear or front of the church, as well as on the street.


Saturday
Dec 10

St. Michael’s Altar Rosary Cookie Walk

8:00am – 12:00pm

An assortment of homemade cookies will be for sale for $4 per pound on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 am. to noon at St. Michael’s School Cafeteria, 612 N Center St. All proceeds support St. Michael’s Altar Rosary Society and Parish.


Christmas with Sacred Music at Notre Dame

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Christmas with Sacred Music at Notre Dame celebrates the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany through the choral, organ, and vocal music of sacred music composers of Gregorian Chant to contemporary carols. Come hear the music of Vaughan Williams, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Whitacre, and more performed by the graduate students and faculty of Sacred Music at Notre Dame.


The evening features performances by SMND faculty Kola Owolabi, Stephen Lancaster, and Mark Doerries as well as Concordia Vocal Ensemble and the Notre Dame Children’s Choir. Organ prelude begins at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.


This is a family friendly event


Sunday
Dec 11

Breakfast with St. Nick

9:00am – 12:30pm

St. Patrick Parish will host a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and eggs with gifts for children and a visit with St. Nick on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the gym. Cost is $6 for children, $12 adults, and $30 for large family.


‘Our Lady of Guadalupe: Spain to America’ Musical to be Performed

12:30pm – 2:00pm

“Our Lady of Guadalupe: Spain and America” is a musical theater production that traces the history Of Our Lady of Guadalupe Extremadura in Spain to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

A taco bar will be furnished by the Knights of Columbus.

Tickets: Adults $10 Children 12 & under $5.

Taco Bar: Free will Donation

This event will be held in the church’s Parish Center


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Saturday
Dec 17

Most Precious Blood Rosary Society Cookie Walk

4:00pm (12/17) – 6:00pm (12/18)

Most Precious Blood Rosary Society’s 2nd Annual Cookie Walk located in the school gym beginning Saturday, Dec. 17, from 4-6 p.m. and continuing Sunday, Dec. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.


All cookies will be $5 per pound. You are welcome to bring your own containers, some will be available.

Hope to see you at the Cookie Walk.


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Sunday
Dec 18

Most Precious Blood Rosary Society Cookie Walk

4:00pm (12/17) – 6:00pm (12/18)

Most Precious Blood Rosary Society’s 2nd Annual Cookie Walk located in the school gym beginning Saturday, Dec. 17, from 4-6 p.m. and continuing Sunday, Dec. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.


All cookies will be $5 per pound. You are welcome to bring your own containers, some will be available.

Hope to see you at the Cookie Walk.


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Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast w/special guest

8:00am – 12:00pm

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast following Sunday morning Mass’ at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Enjoy breakfast and be sure to say hello to our special guest for the young and old alike. The Most Precious Blood Rosary Society will be having their second annual Cookie Walk where you can purchase a variety of cookies for just $5 a pound. We hope to see you there.


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Handel’s Messiah Concert

7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Steuben County Festival Choir & Orchestra will present George Friderick Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at T. Furth Center for the Performing Arts in Angola, 500 W Maumee. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.trineutickets.universitytickets.com.


Tuesday
Dec 27

Cupertino Classic

6:30pm

The annual Cupertino Classic priests vs seminarians basketball game will take place on Tuesday, December 27 at Saint Joseph High School in South Bend. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. Join us for this great night of Catholic fellowship to encounter vocations and enjoy the game! All are invited to this free family-friendly event. Please pray for continued vocations to the priesthood. For more information, visit diocesefwsb.org/cupertino


Monday
Jan 02

Calling all Married Couples: Early Applications Due for Feb 11-12 Marriage Encounter

12:00am (01/02) – 12:00am (01/07)

The kids are headed back to school and it’s time to reconnect with each other! Share in a weekend of listening and loving, and rediscover the romance in your marriage. Early applications are recommended, but we will do our best to welcome EVERY married couple and religious to this Marriage Encounter no matter when you apply. The Marriage Encounter Experience is scheduled for February 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne. Enjoy 2 days of discovery with your spouse and return to the comfort of your own home overnight. More information and applications can be found at www.wwme-ni.org, or contact Jeff and Brenda at: [email protected] or 260-484-1664. Nine in ten couples who attend a Marriage Encounter recognize a long-lasting positive effect on their lives. You deserve this — don’t miss it!


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Tuesday
Jan 03

Calling all Married Couples: Early Applications Due for Feb 11-12 Marriage Encounter

12:00am (01/02) – 12:00am (01/07)

The kids are headed back to school and it’s time to reconnect with each other! Share in a weekend of listening and loving, and rediscover the romance in your marriage. Early applications are recommended, but we will do our best to welcome EVERY married couple and religious to this Marriage Encounter no matter when you apply. The Marriage Encounter Experience is scheduled for February 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne. Enjoy 2 days of discovery with your spouse and return to the comfort of your own home overnight. More information and applications can be found at www.wwme-ni.org, or contact Jeff and Brenda at: [email protected] or 260-484-1664. Nine in ten couples who attend a Marriage Encounter recognize a long-lasting positive effect on their lives. You deserve this — don’t miss it!


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Initial Due Date for Totus Tuus Missionary Applications

12:00am

Little Flower Holy Hour

7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Little Flower Holy Hour is sponsored by the Vocation Office. This monthly event is held from 7-8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, Sept-May at the Mother Theodore Guerin Chapel next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Each month the Holy Hour is lead by a different priest or deacon and once a year by Bishop Rhoades. The Jan. 3 Holy Hour will be led by Father Daniel Koehl. Please join us in praying for vocations.


Wednesday
Jan 04

Calling all Married Couples: Early Applications Due for Feb 11-12 Marriage Encounter

12:00am (01/02) – 12:00am (01/07)

The kids are headed back to school and it’s time to reconnect with each other! Share in a weekend of listening and loving, and rediscover the romance in your marriage. Early applications are recommended, but we will do our best to welcome EVERY married couple and religious to this Marriage Encounter no matter when you apply. The Marriage Encounter Experience is scheduled for February 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne. Enjoy 2 days of discovery with your spouse and return to the comfort of your own home overnight. More information and applications can be found at www.wwme-ni.org, or contact Jeff and Brenda at: [email protected] or 260-484-1664. Nine in ten couples who attend a Marriage Encounter recognize a long-lasting positive effect on their lives. You deserve this — don’t miss it!


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Thursday
Jan 05

Calling all Married Couples: Early Applications Due for Feb 11-12 Marriage Encounter

12:00am (01/02) – 12:00am (01/07)

The kids are headed back to school and it’s time to reconnect with each other! Share in a weekend of listening and loving, and rediscover the romance in your marriage. Early applications are recommended, but we will do our best to welcome EVERY married couple and religious to this Marriage Encounter no matter when you apply. The Marriage Encounter Experience is scheduled for February 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne. Enjoy 2 days of discovery with your spouse and return to the comfort of your own home overnight. More information and applications can be found at www.wwme-ni.org, or contact Jeff and Brenda at: [email protected] or 260-484-1664. Nine in ten couples who attend a Marriage Encounter recognize a long-lasting positive effect on their lives. You deserve this — don’t miss it!


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Friday
Jan 06

Calling all Married Couples: Early Applications Due for Feb 11-12 Marriage Encounter

12:00am (01/02) – 12:00am (01/07)

The kids are headed back to school and it’s time to reconnect with each other! Share in a weekend of listening and loving, and rediscover the romance in your marriage. Early applications are recommended, but we will do our best to welcome EVERY married couple and religious to this Marriage Encounter no matter when you apply. The Marriage Encounter Experience is scheduled for February 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne. Enjoy 2 days of discovery with your spouse and return to the comfort of your own home overnight. More information and applications can be found at www.wwme-ni.org, or contact Jeff and Brenda at: [email protected] or 260-484-1664. Nine in ten couples who attend a Marriage Encounter recognize a long-lasting positive effect on their lives. You deserve this — don’t miss it!


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Saturday
Jan 07

Calling all Married Couples: Early Applications Due for Feb 11-12 Marriage Encounter

12:00am (01/02) – 12:00am (01/07)

The kids are headed back to school and it’s time to reconnect with each other! Share in a weekend of listening and loving, and rediscover the romance in your marriage. Early applications are recommended, but we will do our best to welcome EVERY married couple and religious to this Marriage Encounter no matter when you apply. The Marriage Encounter Experience is scheduled for February 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne. Enjoy 2 days of discovery with your spouse and return to the comfort of your own home overnight. More information and applications can be found at www.wwme-ni.org, or contact Jeff and Brenda at: [email protected] or 260-484-1664. Nine in ten couples who attend a Marriage Encounter recognize a long-lasting positive effect on their lives. You deserve this — don’t miss it!


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Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate

11:00am – 12:00pm

With praise and thanksgiving, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will ordain 18 men to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, January 7 at 11 in the morning. The event is invite-only due to seating limitations, but all are invited to watch the live stream provided by St. Pius X Parish at twitch.tv/spxgrangerlive


Daniel T. Avila

Steven C. Burkins

John D. Burzynski

Joseph D. Cochran

Roger A. Dinius

Orlando Miranda-Figueroa

Edward G. Fox

Philip M. Hayes

Raymond J. Krouse

Thomas A. Labuzienski

Robert J. Lortie

Andrew G. Oross

Maximo J. Ortega

Michael J. Plenzler

Stephen K. Reed

Robin M. Slocum

James M. Summers Jr.

Harry W. Verhiley


Sunday
Jan 08

Diocesan Youth Leadership Team Meeting

10:45am – 4:00pm

n/a


Epiphany Candlelight Choral Festival

4:00pm – 5:00pm

The Epiphany Candlelight Choral Festival resumes this year at St. Monica Church, 222 W. Mishawaka Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. Admission is canned goods for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Choirs from St. Monica, St. Bavo, and St. Joseph will be featured with all of the choirs singing together as the finale.  Assembly participation is part of the fun.  A reception will follow in Columbus Hall.


Wednesday
Jan 11

Coffee Gathering (SB)

1:30pm – 3:00pm

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Saturday
Jan 14

Eucharistic Formation Day

9:00am – 3:00pm

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades invites you to a day of catechesis and theology on the awesome gift and great mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Fort Wayne from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature talks from Bishop Rhoades, a question and answer session, a Eucharistic Miracles exhibit, expo on informational materials, and more. The conference is open to all. It is specially designed for those who are high school age and older and who are looking to enter deeper into formation as a leader in the Catholic Church. Lunch is included. For more information and to register, go to diocesefwsb.org/eucharist or email [email protected].


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Benefit for Jack Woodiel

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Fundriaser for Jack Woodiel, a young parishoner battling a rare type of cancer.


Monday
Jan 16

Coffee Gathering (FW)

9:30am – 11:00am

n/a


Tuesday
Jan 24

Theology on Tap

6:30pm – 8:30pm

This winter’s Theology on Tap Series, titled “Called by Name”, offers a unique opportunity for young adults to build community and explore a deeper relationship with the Lord. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 24, weekly talks at the Historic Women’s Club in Fort Wayne will explore an ind-depth understanding of our identity which is rooted in the Lord who calls us by name into communion and urges us on mission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7. Food and drink are available for purchase at a discounted rate thanks to the continued support of the USF Alumni Association and Campus Ministry. The series will conclude on Feb. 21 with a 6:30 p.m. Mass at the USF Chapel followed by a party at the Brookside Manor on USF Campus. For more information visit diocesefwsb.org/tot-fw.


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