American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Welcome to
American Martyrs

Pastor:  Rev. Joseph L. Villa


Third Sunday of Advent
December  17, 2017

Rejoice in your God, the God of hope and light.


     The world literally grows darker each day this time of the year. But as dark as the world grows, the darkness will not overcome the light. Jesus is the light of the world. He illumines our darkness with his love and truth. We are able to sit in the darkness with confidence that the Lord is with us.



Reading 1:  Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11; 

Today’s readings are readings of hope for a future that is bright with promise. Isaiah announces a year of favor from the Lord in which all manner of suffering is soothed.


R.) Psalm Luke 1:    

My soul rejoices in my God.  

Reading 2: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; 

Saint Paul reminds us to rejoice, to pray always and to give thanks in all circumstances.

Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28;

 In John’s Gospel, we hear that the Light has come into the world, and it cannot be extinguished.



  Saturday;  Dec.  16;  5:00 PM – Richard & Bernice Pollitz

2nd Collection – Building / Maintenance Fund

Servers: Catherine Valencia &  Marcos Valencia


  Sunday;  Dec.  17;   8:30 AM –  Leo & Louise Coomes  

Third  Sunday of Advent

2nd Collection – Building / Maintenance Fund

Servers:  Sadie Fugate  &  Olivia Fugate


 Monday      Dec. 18   8:00 AM –  Carl Smith

Tuesday      Dec. 19   8:00 AM  –   Dorance East
Wednesday Dec.20   8:00 AM  –   
Petronilla Hutchins Manna
Thursday     Dec. 21   8:00 AM  –  Phyllis Riddlen

  Saturday;  Dec.  23;  5:00 PM –  Joanie Schafer Hess

         Servers: RaeAnn Baker  &   Nick Bautista

  Sunday;  Dec.  24;   8:30 AM –    For the People  

Fourth  Sunday of Advent

Servers: Antonio Martinez   &   Victoria Martinez

American Martyrs Christmas Masses:

Dec  24 –  4 pm Christmas Eve Mass –

For All Children
Dec. 24 –  11:30 pm Christmas Carols

Dec  24 –  12 am Midnight Mass - 

Francis Kiesler

Dec  25 –   8:30 am Christmas Mass –

Elizabeth Harmon
St. Patrick Catholic Church

208 S. Shelby Street, Salem IN  47167

Sunday Mass  10:30 AM   
Wednesday Mass  6:00 PM 

St. Patrick  Christmas Masses:

  Dec  24 –  6 pm Christmas Eve Mass –

                      Robert Lundergan

  Dec. 25 – 10:30 am Christmas Mass - 

                       Fran Agan
Mass Intentions - Intentions are $10.00 per Mass,

Envelopes at the entrances of the church

Votive Candles - A requested donation of  $3.00.

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A Stewardship Moment

     In today’s second reading Paul concludes his letter to the Christian community at Thessalonica by providing it with actions to take as they wait for the return of the Lord. The first action is to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances. This sounds easy but it’s not. The two words that make this task difficult are “always” and “all”. This means giving thanks and rejoicing even when our circumstances are not always moments of joy and thanksgiving, or when we are confronted with a broken world. Prayerful stewards rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances because they are people of hope. A good reflection this week would be how the season of Advent can give you reason to hope.


Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

    Classes: Dec 17th,  (No Class Dec. 24 & 31)   

Classes are Sunday’s after 8:30 Mass in the Parish Hall.

No charge for our Religious Education program.

Contact; Cindy Light for more information.

SCRIPT  Orders Due Sunday,  Jan. 3rd   

Thank you for your support of Script Orders.

Order forms are at the entrances of the Church.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
    ** RCIA classes Wednesday’s at 5:30 pm.

   These classes are for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church.  I would challenge members of American Martyrs to attend and bring a friend.  As Catholics, we are all called to evangelize.  

This would be one way for you to fulfill this calling.  
Your friend is not obligated to join the church.  

There is no need to register, just come to the parish hall on the Wednesday. You may contact Cindy Light for more info.  


Membership / Discipleship

     If you are new to the parish or have any change

with your phone number or have you moved please

let the Parish office know,

it is as easy as a phone call, 812-752-3693  

Stop by the Parish Office at

262 W. Cherry Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170

Or there are forms at all the entrances of the church


We’ll be Decorating church after 8:30 a.m. Mass on December 24 for Christmas.

All volunteers will be
GREATLY Appreciated!!!

2018 Collection Envelopes

Are ready to be picked up in the back of the Church. 

If you don’t see yours or you need Collection Envelopes please contact the office by phone or email.


American Martyrs 2018 Calendars

at the doors of Church and Parish Office,
Thank you Collins Funeral Home
18 –  Friederich Ostertag      
21 –  Marcos Valencia                       
27 –  Joseph Light
30 –  Hildegard Satterwhite
30 –  Brannon Russell  

January 2018             

02 –  Samantha Smithey      
05 –  Anthony Rowe                           
06 –  Mark Mullen
06 –  Kyle Robbins               
08 – Marta Rose Ostertag



Question of the Week


What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?


¿ Qué obra de justicia puedo realizar esta semana  para hacer felices a otros?


What could you do for someone this week to make them happy?


¿ Qué puedo hacer esta semana para hacer felices a otros?  

Families to Clean Church    
**2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

Dec. 18 –   Dec.23   

Kiesler Family Martha, Patty, Janet

Dec. 26 –   Dec.30  

Ramona Barger

Cleaning the Church only takes an hour or two.

A cleaning list is in the Northwest cleaning closet.

Thank you for taking your time to volunteer.

Gracious Lord,

      Let your goodness reveal itself to us, that we, made in your image, may conform ourselves to it. We cannot imagine your majesty, power and wonder on our own; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your kindness and mercy reach from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below to show us the fruits of your Incarnation. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and soften our hearts with your tender voice so that we might respond as humble stewards of your active presence in the world. We pray this through Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.


Adapted from a prayer by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux


Future Dates

Dec  24 –  4 pm Christmas Eve Mass - A. Martyrs

Dec  24 –  6 pm Christmas Eve Mass, - St. Patrick

Dec  24 –  12 am Midnight Mass– A. Martyrs

Dec  25 –   8:30 am Christmas Mass – A. Martyrs

Dec. 25 – 10:30 am Christmas Mass – St. Patrick

Dec  31 –  New Years Eve Mass 6pm  St. Patrick

Dec  31 –  New Years Eve BINGO -  K of C Hall

Jan. 01 –   New Year Mass 8:30 am -  A. Martyrs
Jan. 01 –   New Year Mass 10:30 am -  St. Patrick


We need help to decorate the Church after


8:30 a.m. Mass on December 24.

All volunteers will be GREATLY appreciated!!!

There is Power in Prayer!

Prayer is a form of communication, A way of talking to God

If you are in need of prayer support, Please contact;  

Janet Hall, 812-595-1128


Bea Boswell 812-752-4933

Prayers for Those in

Nursing Facilities:

Hampton Oaks;  Rose Marie Ahlmeir, Wanda Mays,

Steve Illingworth, Bob Ligda, Shirley Novak, Norma Campbell,

Hickory Creek;  Elberta Lundy,  

Lake Iola Assisted Living;  Josephine Zink     

Lake Pointe Village: Rita Castillo

Waters of Scottsburg; Bob Aker, Mary Mays,

Providence Transitional Care Community;  Lois Meagher

River Crossing  Assisted Living:  Gloria Spalding


Prayers for the Sick:

  Fr. Joe Villa, Donna Rowe,

Joe Boswell, Joe Brown,

  Mary Cannello, Martha Kiesler,

Pat Divish, Bob Bromm

Melissa Woods, Jean McIntosh,

Joe & Marie Farkas, Dennis Obergfell,

Clabie Barger, Lupe Brunner,

Charles Sanders, Carol Higdon,

 Christina Riley, Mary Diaz,

Marie Ficht, Peter Renn,

Blue Bomar, Ray Buchheit,

Bob Wilson, Fr. Don Buchanan,

 David Schafer, Kyle McGinnis,

Dean Karmire, Terri O’Brien,

Mindy Carter, William Skaggs,

Marcy Donohue, Debbie Hoey,

Sadie Fugate, James Cruz,

Denise Jensen, Joe Hennekes,

Katie Robbins Sawin, Carolyn Duvall,

Sierra Antoque, Vince Morrison,

  Carolyn Wilson, Cathy Wilson Cochran,

Daw White Jr., Ray Zierhut,

Jim Coomes, Larry Simpkins,

Debbie Biddle, Kenneth Holcomb,

Laverne Basham, Bob Sommer,

Lonnie Donahue, Rosendo Romero,

Thomas Flood, Denise Mansfield,

Nadine Miller

Pro Life Moment

   ““He is always with us. Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go. … Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities 2017-18 Respect Life Reflection     


A   Baby is a Gift -  

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444  


Adoption Options- 317-878-3412  


Please sign up soon

2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted
    at the Southwest entrance of the Church


2018 Parish Socials Signup Sheets  

At the North East Entrance of the Church


2018 St. Joseph Mass Missals are for sale $2.50each in the Sacristy & Office


American Martyrs Cookbooks for sale$10 each in the back of Church and Parish Office


American Martyrs 2018 Calendars

at the doors of Church and Parish Office,
Thank you Collins Funeral Home.


Exercising Good Stewardship of Our Spiritual Lives


     When you say the word “Advent,” what immediately pops into mind? A feast of color, a traditional manger scene bathed in soft candlelight, glistening snowflakes falling on festive trees, a yearning for the One who is to come.

     But sometimes, the season brings other images: crowded stores, treats that tempt us to too many calories, limitless to-do and to-buy lists. Yet in the back of our minds, we hear the call to conversion.

Christ is calling us to be good stewards of all that we have and all that we are.

How can we keep Advent in such a way that it is a time to focus on the fundamentals of stewardship; of spiritual growth and preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ?

Here are a few suggestions, not meant to be another to-do list, but rather a way to remind ourselves daily of our call to prepare a way for the Lord in our lives.

• Begin the season with a list to prioritize what you really want spiritually, and in relation to friends and family, from Advent. Discard all the “extras” and the fantasy of the perfect Hallmark Christmas.

List clear goals that bring growth and peace and quality time.

• Take time to read the daily readings each day of Advent. The beautiful words of Isaiah are guaranteed to inspire,

and the commitment will guarantee you a bit of quiet and reflective time.

• Do you send Christmas cards? Even if they are the standard signature only or newsletter variety, try to personalize one a day, writing a nice note to an elderly relative or a friend you haven’t seen in a long time.

• Go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This will encourage you to reflect on your life, your gifts and where you fail to utilize them for the good of others. It’s a beautiful preparation for the coming of Jesus and the beginning of a new year.

• Pray for patience. As you drive over icy streets or navigate through a crowded store, take time to pray for those around you and for those who struggle with much less. Become aware of people around you and lift them in prayer rather than see them as obstacles to your goals.

• In the midst of a season of abundance, do not forget the poor in your community. Advent: Exercising Good Stewardship of Our Spiritual Lives Christ is calling us to be good stewards of all that we have and all that we are.


‘You can pray at all times and under all circumstances. 

Moses prayed at the head of the formidable army.

Ezechia prayed in his bed afflicted by sickness. 

St. Joseph prayed in his carpentry shop…..

- Fr. Isaac Hecker, homily on the feast of St. Joseph


Have you invited someone to Church lately?

Fr. Joe