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Knights of Columbus Lenten Pastoral Text Messaging

The Knights of Columbus will once again be sponsoring the "Lenten Pastoral Text Messaging" program. Available at no charge to the Ft.Wayne/South Bend Diocese, an inspirational text from our Diocesan Priests will be sent out Monday thru Friday during the Lenten season. The honorable Bishop Rhoades is again providing us with text messages for Holy week. Simply text the word: lent to 30500 and your phone will automatically be enrolled. Any communication of this program within the Diocesan family is appreciated. Attached is a printable document that can be used for promoting this initiative.

Weekly Worship Schedule at the Chapel of Divine Mercy in the Life Center 

South Bend – (2018 Ironwood Circle, South Bend) Tuesdays: Mass is celebrated at 7:30 AM by Dominican Rev. Bruno Shah, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 2 PM. Wednesday: Mass is celebrated at 1:30 Masses (weekly rotation of priests: Revs. Ed Krause, CSC; Glenn Kohrman; Vincent Joseph; and Tom Shoemaker, Chaplain.) Exposition follows until 6:30 PM. Friday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:30 AM until 2 PM. All are welcome! Sponsored by the Apostolate of Divine Mercy in the Service of Human Life.  Call 286-7860 for hours and info; email or visit for additional information.

Crochet and Sew with Catholic Charities South Bend 

Michiana – Catholic Charities also has a few openings for volunteers to join the Sewing Group or Yarn Crafters who meet at the South Bend office to make items to be distributed to those in need. Donations of yarn or material also appreciated. For more information, please call 574-234-3111.

Catholic Charities Citizenship Classes Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne - Catholic Charities is now registering individuals to participate in our Citizenship Class.  Classes will be take place over eight weeks and are structured to help individuals understand and prepare to take the test to become U.S. citizens.  Classes will be held every Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Catholic Charities' Fort Wayne office.  Registration fee is $10.  To register or with any questions, please contact Bertha at (260) 422-5625 ext. 282 or  

Saint Gaspar del Bufalo Council  'All You Can Eat' breakfast 

Saint Gaspar del Bufalo Council #11043 will hold an 'All You Can Eat' breakfast from 9:00AM-12:30PM at Most Precious Blood, 1515 Barthold St., on Sunday, March 26th. Cost is $8/Adults, $4/Children (ages 6-12), and $20/Family (4 or more members). $5 carryout packs will also be available! Proceeds this month will benefit our Diocesan and Franciscan seminarians.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Fort Wayne - Break away from the hectic pace of life and spend some quality time with your spouse. Worldwide Marriage Encounter of Northern Indiana is taking applications to attend their next weekend event in Fort Wayne, IN. It will take place April 21-23, 2017. You can apply online at or contact Greg & Jen at 260-422-0803. For more information about Worldwide Marriage Encounter, go to Like us on Facebook at Worldwide Marriage Encounter - Northern Indiana

University of St. Francis 5k Run/Walk and Silent Auction

Fort Wayne - University of St. Francis 5k Run/Walk and Silent Auction Providing hope, nutrition, education, and a home for children of Haiti who have lost both parents to disease or natural disaster. Help us complete the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage! Formula for Life was founded by a USF student who was inspired to fee orphaned Haitian infants. Read more at and on Facebook Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at University of St. Francis, 2701 Spring St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Race starts at 1:00 p.m. with a FREE shirt for the first 300 registered participants! $15 per person $13 Family Rate (3 or more) Donate a bottle of children’s vitamins and be entered to win a $50 giftcard!! Register @

Emmanuel Katongole, PhD speaks at Saint Mary's College

South Bend - Lecture presented by Emmanuel Katongole, PhD, associate professor of theology and peace studies The Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame on Thursday March 30, 7 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center at Saint Mary's College. Professor Katongole’s work focuses on the politics and violence in Africa, the theology of reconciliation, and Catholicism in the global South. Prior to his appointment at the University of Notre Dame, he taught at Duke Divinity School, where he co-founded the Center for Reconciliation. He is the author of several books, including "The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa."

“Outcasts” documentary 

Notre Dame - An eye-opening documentary featuring society’s forgotten poor and the Franciscan friars who live and work beside them in some of the world’s most desolate communities will be screened in the Browning Cinema at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on April 2 at noon. The screening of “Outcasts” will be followed by a conversation with Joseph Campo, cofounder and producer of Grassroots Films, and Fr. Leo Fisher, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal. The event, sponsored by the Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives at Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life, is free but tickets are required. “Outcasts” follows the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal as they work on the streets in New York, New Jersey, Nicaragua, Honduras, England and Ireland. The film captures a close-up view of Honduran prisons, England’s drug scene, the hungry, the dying and other individuals cast off from society. The hour-long documentary is for mature audiences only and is not suitable for children. "The documentary calls us to meditate upon the Church’s vocation to serve the poor especially during the holy season of Lent when we focus more intensely on acts of charity,” said John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life. “In their mercy and compassion, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal imitate Jesus Christ’s love for the poor, the sick, the suffering, the rejected and the outcasts.” Tickets can be obtained at Please pick up will-call tickets at least 15 minutes prior to the screening. Filmgoers are invited to a pre-screening reception in the Debartolo Performing Arts Center at 11:15 a.m. immediately following the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. For more information and to view the film’s trailer, visit Contact: Brett Robinson, director of communications, McGrath Institute for Church Life, 574-631-6109,

Professor Timothy O'Malley presents on The Book of Exodus: A Spiritual Journey

Notre Dame - Presented by Professor Timothy O'Malley, this is the last in a three-part Lenten lecture series -The Book of Exodus: A Spiritual Journey - that expounds on the spiritual, theological and liturgical themes in Exodus. The Book of Exodus recounts the Hebrew people's delivery from enslavement in Egypt and illumines the journey of the Church and of each Christian through Lent to Easter. The lecture takes place Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00pm in the Eck Visitors Center at the University of Notre Dame. The lecture is free and open to the public. All are welcome. For more details, visit

Empowered to Connect Conference

South Bend - The Empowered to Connect Conference is a two-day web simulcast designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, churches, and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. This conference is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others. Saint Joseph Parish, South Bend, is hosting the simulcast on April 7 and 8, from 10am-6pm each day in Founder’s Hall at the Ackles Parish Life Center. The fee to participate is $10. Register online at or call the parish office at 574-234-3134. For questions, contact Janel Charlton at

Reflect on Our Lady's Apparitions at Fatima

Notre Dame - All are invited to join celebrated Marian author and international speaker, Janice T. Connell, to reflect upon Our Lady's apparitions to the three children of Fatima 100 years ago. Learn with us, through informal discussion and Q/A, what those gathered at the Cova Da Iria fields experienced a century ago and how the messages they received have incredible meaning still today. This event will take place at The Sacred Heart Parish Center, Notre Dame from 5:00 -8:30 pm on April 20th. For more information, please call Lindsey at 574-229-5391.

The Christ Child Society of South Bend New Member Coffee

South Bend - The Christ Child Society of South Bend will hold a New Member Coffee on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the center at 308 S. Scott St. (The former St. Patrick's School.) Hear about the work of the Christ Child Society, meet members and tour the center. Contact Kristy Botich at 574-291-7523 or email

Save the date! Catholic Youth Summer Camp 2017 – Soul Praise!

Howe - “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Torma, Thank you so much for letting me go to camp. I had fun beyond belief. My favorite part was fishing and canoeing. From TJ” “Learning Scripture everyday through skits and prayer made me feel closer to God and doing this with friends was great. I also got to fish and boat, and I left camp with a stronger faith and friends from all over.” Aubrei 

Imagine this… a camp setting on a beautiful lake where young boys and girls from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, guided by enthusiastic, interested, and kind adults, enjoy nature, engage in fun and meaningful outdoor activities such as archery, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, the famous obstacle course, and crafts. They participate in daily Mass, experience Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, have the opportunity to experience our Lord’s love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and learn to pray the Rosary more deeply. This is the overnight camping adventure that awaits the children in our diocese if they are going into the 4th, 5th and 6th grade in the fall of 2017. The dates are June 25th – 30th. The location is Camp Lutherwald, Howe, IN, between South Bend and Fort Wayne. Brochures are being developed. The cost is $425 per camper; sibling cost is $400. 

We are in need of volunteer adult staff, ages 18 -24, and 25 years and above to serve as counselors, senior chaperones, musicians, nurses, and craft leaders. We are also looking for junior counselors ages 16-17. Applications can be accessed at the For more information, contact Dave and Jan Torma at or 574-707-3381.

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