St. Charles and St. Patrick Parishes
Otterbein and Oxford, Indiana

Rev. Robert Klemme, Pastor


Events and News




St. Charles Parish Events


St. Patrick Parish Events

  • Coffee & Doughnuts next Sunday, April 21 will not be served due to Easter.
  • Coffee & Doughnuts next Sunday, April 28 will be served if we get a family volunteer.
  • Family Volunteers Needed - The 2019 church cleaning schedule for January 1 - June 16 is posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule. We are in need of family volunteers for each week.
  • Family Volunteer Needed - We need a family volunteer for Coffee & Donuts on April 28. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the kitchen in the parish hall.
  • Adopt A Flower Bed - Soon it will be time to begin cleaning the flower beds. If you are interested in adopting a bed please contact Rita Etter at 385-2185 or the parish office.
  • Sewing Day - There will be a Sewing Day on Thursday, April 25 at 9:00 am in the parish hall. Bring something to share for lunch.
  • Bingo Prizes - St. Patrick Church will be entertaining at the Benton County Retirement Village on Tuesday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. They are needing prizes for Bingo. Some suggestions are: fruit (bananas, apples, oranges, grapes), microwave popcorn (regular or low-salt/unsalted), pop (regular and diet), pretzels, candies (regular and sugar-free, no chocolate), simple puzzles, word search books, crackers, rice krispie treats, or lotions. You may leave your items in the vestibule.


 Youth Events

  • Life Teen Mass - Life Teen night will remain at St. Patrick all year for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • 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

The Pontifical Good Friday Collection
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.

Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Pontifi-cal Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines.

The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees.

When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catho-lics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. PLEASE BE GENEROUS!

We want to welcome Paula Max, Kris Renfrow, Erin Budreau and Charlie Huelsenbeck who have now been received into full communion in the Catholic church. May your faith journey continue as you grow in the love of God by spread-ing the good news, and offering praise and thanksgiving to Him.

Let us pray for these sick: Virgil Schutter, Jack Allison, Kim Dahnke, Collette Lavelle, Ron Sondgerath, Amber Brost, Janet Schutter, Dick Bowman, Mark Cochran, Jason Cole, Brian Lemenager, Staci Wittenauer, Mary Reed, Sharon Eberle, Glenn Barnard, Cooper Gretencord, Mark McMaster, Donna Cooley, Charlie Senesac, Ray Muller, Nancy Barrett, Becky Budreau and Gail Muller.

Committee Chairman Meeting for Father’s Retirement Party - There will be a Committee Chairman meeting for Father Bob’s Retirement Party on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick Parish Hall.

Catholic Relief Services Collection - This week, our tithe is for The Catholic Relief Services to help Jesus in disguise. This collection helps six Catholic agencies provide relief and support to struggling communities and work for peace and reconciliation among our margin-alized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Learn more about the collection at

Thanks to all who have made a pledge to the 2018 Fruitful Harvest Appeal, “Walking Together in the Light of Christ”. Your support ensures that essential charitable, educational and pastoral ministries of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana are continued and carried forward. No gift is too small. If you have not yet made a gift to Fruitful Harvest, we invite you to do so. You may place your pledge card in the collection basket or mail it in the return envelope provided. As of March 31 pledges received for St. Charles are $45,477.50 and their goal is $43,245 and pledges received for St. Patrick are $43,250.00 and their goal is $37,174.

The Knights of Columbus Oxford Otterbein Council 9400 will have a Spaghetti Dinner on April 28, 2019 from 11am - 1pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. Come support the Knights of Columbus at an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts. $25 Families, $8 Adults, $5 Children ages 4-12 yrs, Children 3 and under FREE. Any questions call: James May 765-413-7908 or Glenn Hardebeck 765-491-1226.

Food Co-op LaBaird Butter Braids - The Food Co-op is selling LaBaird Butter Braids in time to have them before Easter. Orders can be taken until Wednesday, April 3 for delivery on Thursday, April 18. There are 10 flavors to choose from, selling for $14 or $15.
You can place your order on the order form in the back of church or call Chris Sheetz 765-714-1750, or stop by the Coop any Thursday from 9:00 – 6:00.
Your Braid will be ready for pick up in time for your Easter Brunch or Dinner!

Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers List - It is time to submit names of those interested in becoming an Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Minister to Bishop Doherty for his approval. If you are already an Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Minister your name will automatically be submitted but if you are interested in becoming an Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Minister please notify the parish office so we can submit your name for approval before April 29th.

Rummage Sale - The Benton Community Food and Service Co-op will be having a Rummage Sale again this year. It is Saturday, May 11, 2019 at St. Pat’s Hall. If you are doing some spring cleaning you can donate your used good items to the co-op. You may drop off the items at the co-op on any Thursday from 9:00-6:00 prior to the sale or the church hall the week prior to the sale.

Bible Study on Monday, The next Bible Study session will be Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s.

Victim Assistance - Indiana law requires that any individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect must report immediately to the local Child Protection Services agency (Hotline: 800-800-5556); or a local law enforcement agency.

Under Indiana law, it is a criminal act not to make such a report. This law applies to all adults without exception. By phone: Doris May, Victim Assistance Ministry & Head of Pastoral Response Team, 765-464-4988 or Charles “Max” Layden, Conduct in Ministry Officer, 765-742-7646. By mail: Please compose a detailed description of the facts/incidents of the abuse and send it to Mr. Max Layden, P.O. Box 909, Lafayette, IN 47902.

Pop Tabs - The 7th & 8th grade CCD class at St. Patrick’s is collecting pop tabs for St. Monica’s in Africa. They use these tabs to make purses to sell to help support women and children who have been terrorized by the Lord’s Resistance Army. One purse will support a women and child for three daily meals and water for six months. There is tubs in the vestibule of both churches for your tabs. If you would like to see some purses go to google and type in pop tab purses in Africa.

Lafayette Serra Club - Lafayette Serra Club promotes and prays for Vocations and Religious Life. We need more priest and religious. We ask you to pray with us. We have placed Serra Prayers for Vocations and the Perseverance of Vocations in the back inside cover of the Missals. Please consider praying these payers often before or after Mass individually or as a group. Thank you!

Adoration at Sacred Heart - Substitutes are desperately needed for Adoration at Sacred Heart Chapel. The hours have been shortened to 9am - 11pm every Wednesday. Adorers are always needed too. Adoration is open to everyone. If interested in being a sub or an adorer contact Pat Besse at Sacred Heart 884-1818 or Debbie Barnard at (765) 299-6214.

Mexico Mission - Would you consider going on the Nov. 9-16, 2019 trip to make a BIG difference in someone’s life? Email John Brost at or call 765-366-5329 for more details.

Mass/Parish Activities Cancelation Due to Weather - During the weekdays from Monday to Friday if Benton Community School Corporation cancels school for the day then there will be no Mass or parish activities on those days. If there is only a two hour delay we will have Mass. If there is a travel warning declared of no traveling except for emergency management workers then there will be no Mass or parish activities for the day all days of the week including Sundays.

Donations Needed- The Community Food and Services Co-op is in ongoing need of your generous donations. The suggested item of donation for this month is DISPOSABLE BABY DIAPERS. 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.”

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend - What is a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend? It is a positive, renewing experience for couples that have a good marriage, but want to make it even better! This is a time for you and your spouse to spend time together and learn about the tools to nourish your Sacrament in a new way. Future Marriage Encounter Weekends will be at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, Indianapolis, from 26-28 April and from 1-3 November 2019, and at Mount Saint Francis Centre for Spirituality, New Albany, from 1-3 February 2019. Visit for further information.

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

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.





Related Links Diocese of Lafayette-In-Indiana Diocesan Vocations The Catholic Moment Frassati Society
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