519 Jefferson Blvd., Greenfield, IN 46140

Solar Eclipse 2024

Solar Eclipse

In case you haven’t heard...there will be a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024!  Why is this important?  According to the Hancock County Tourism website, “Total solar eclipses do not happen very often in any given area. The next time a solar eclipse happens in North America, it will be in North Dakota and Montana in 2044. The next one to come to Indiana will be in 2153. So, the chances of being able to see the next North American eclipse are probably slim. Given that fact, and the fact that unlike the 2017 Eclipse in Kentucky – this eclipse is going to be almost twice as long with 4 minutes of totality, Hancock County can expect a lot of people wanting to see this event. Indiana lies within a day’s drive of 80% of the US population – so there is an expectation for large crowds of out-of-town guests on this date. You need to be prepared.”

St. Michael will have a viewing party that will be open to the public on April 8.  A schedule is included below.  Please note that the parking lot will be closed from after the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 7, until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8. Once open, parking will be available in all areas except the playground parking lot.

9:00 a.m.

Parking Lot Opens

10:00 a.m.


12:00-2:00 pm

Hot dogs/chips/drinks available for $1 each

Bake Sale by students attending the Steubenville conference

12:00-4:00 p.m.

Games available in the playground parking lot


The Disciples of JOY have provided the following tips to help you prepare for the eclipse: 

  • Be sure to secure viewing glasses from a reputable source. (St. Michael will hand out certified glasses to the first 200 attendees on April 8.
  • Stock up on food and gas before the event since the large crowds may lessen the availability of some items.
  • Steer clear of interstates due to heavy traffic.
  • Visit www.disciplesofjoy.org/resources for more information on how to prepare for the eclipse.