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Scecina Women's Circle attends Mass at St. John's before Christkindl outing

The Scecina Women’s Circle spent a delightful Sunday morning on Dec. 16 at Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Downtown Indianapolis and then a visit to the church’s Christkindl (Christ Child) Village. 

Now in its third year, the SWC is a philanthropic group of women who support Scecina financially and also gather together for social events and fellowship. 

“We want to go to Mass once a year together as group,” said Rose Branson, Scecina’s Donor and Alumni Relations Coordinator and also the coordinator for the SWC. “We do various social activities and we’d also like to celebrate our Catholic faith at least once a year by attending Mass together.” 

In December 2017, the group traveled by bus to Oldenburg, where they attended Mass at the chapel of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis, toured the convent with the Sisters, and had lunch at the Brau Haus. The Sisters were teachers and administrators at Scecina. 

The group’s outing to St. John’s was special also because Father Thomas Scecina, the school’s namesake, once served as associate pastor at the parish. St. John's is the oldest Catholic church in Indianapolis.

Father Rick Nagel, St.John’s current priest, said the church started the Christkindl Village to bring more spotlight on the real reason for Christmas. Christkindl is a traditional German Christmas experience. St. John’s three-day festival included a live animal nativity, kids activities, alpine slide, German foods, beer and gluhwein garden, musical performances including caroling, and the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. 

Father Nagel also explained the beautiful creche scene in his church. He told SWC members that it was built by unemployed stagehands during the Depression.

Ms. Branson said the SWC trip to Christkindl was so popular that even on the bus ride back to Scecina that day, the group discussed doing it again next year. 

In October, SWC members also gathered at the Historic Benton House in Irvington and took an Irvington ghost tour. In February, they plan a gathering at the newly opened Wine Market in Irvington. 

In the spring, the group will have Lunch with Scecina President Joe Therber and vote on which area of the school to support: The Arts, Campus Ministry, or Guidance. 

If you’re interested in joining the SWC, please contact Ms. Branson at

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