American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Welcome to
American Martyrs Catholic Church
Pastor: Rev. Joseph L.Villa
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 10/11, 2018

      God’s mercy and love, made clear in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, overcame our sins and transgressions.


     God does not love us conditionally, or despite our sins, but rather because he created us, and he is love. His mercy and compassion are that of a loving Father.



Reading 1:  2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23;  

In the first reading from Second Chronicles,
we hear of the fall of Judah.

R.) Psalm 137:  

Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!


Reading 2:     Ephesians 2:4-10;  

 In Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he reminds us that even when we were dead in our transgressions, God brought us to life through Christ.


Gospel:  John 3:14-21;   

In the Gospel, John proclaims that God so loved the world that he sent his only Son.



Saturday; March 10; 5:00 PM  

 Daniel & Trinidad Romero   

*2nd collection 

Aid Eastern Europe and Catholic Relief

 Servers: Catherine &   Marcos Valencia

Sunday; March. 11; 8:30 AM  
Margaret Buchanan

Fourth Sunday of Lent

*2nd collection 

Aid Eastern Europe and Catholic Relief

Servers: Olivia & Sadie Fugate 

Monday       March 12  8:00 AM -  Leroy Mang

Tuesday      March  13  8:00 AM  -  For the People  

Wednesday March  14  8:00 AM  -   Charles McClure

Thursday     March  15  8:00 AM  -  Jeanne M. Reinstedler

Saturday; March  17; 5:00 PM

For the Protection all Children Born and Unborn

 Servers:   Raeann Baker  &  Nick Bautista  
Sunday; March. 18; 8:30 AM
For The People

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Servers:  Antonio  &  Victoria Martinez


St. Patrick Catholic Church

PO Box # 273;  208 S. Shelby Street, 
Salem IN 47167
Sunday Mass  10:30 AM  

Wednesday Mass 6:00 PM 


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   email,

Stop by the Parish Office at

262 W. Cherry Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170

Or there are forms at all the entrances of the church.


Votive Candles

 A requested donation of  $3.00


Mass Intentions

 Intentions are $10.00 per Mass,

Spend some quiet time with the Lord

Stewardship Moment

     If your parish celebrates the Mass for the Second Scrutiny for catechumens preparing for Baptism at the Easter vigil, you may hear the Gospel story of how a man born blind came to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus and his disciples are walking along when they encounter the man. The disciples ask a question that reflects a narrow understanding of God’s mercy. They assume that if people suffer, then they must have done something bad to deserve it. In the case of a man born blind, it had to be something done by his parents. But Jesus says: “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him…” Good stewards know that God is working in their lives so that through their lives, God’s goodness will be revealed.   How is God working in you?  Do you see God’s goodness reflected in your life?   

Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

 Classes: March 11,18  

No Classes March 23 & April 1 

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,  April  1st     

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.  


Easter Vigil  Saturday, March 31st

Please keep the following RCIA group in your

prayers as they prepare to join the Catholic Faith

Catechumen: Susan G. Wallace

Candidates: Carolyn Salsgaver, David L. Lueking


First Holy Communion. May 13th

 Please keep the following children in your

prayers as they prepare for their First Holy Communion.  

Allison Mullen, Finn Sawin,   Adam Soto,

Albert Soto,      Daisy Soto,   Odelia Soto,

Oliver Soto, &   Mary Grace Wimsatt.

Important  Dates and Times
St.Patrick Penance Service 

Wednesday, March 14 @ 6:30pm

 American Martyrs Penance Service 

Thursday, March 15 @ 6pm

St.Patrick   Holy Thursday,        March 29th   6pm
St.Patrick   Good Friday,          March 30th    3pm

American Martyrs Good Friday,  March 30rh  6pm

American Martyrs Easter Vigil,    March 31st   8pm

CRS Rice Bowls

         Our Lenten journey. Our Catholic community in the U.S. does something amazing each Lent. We come together to practice prayer, fasting and almsgiving—and by doing so we help lift families and communities out of poverty and put them on a path toward resilience, prosperity and stability. That’s the CRS Rice Bowl effect. 

Learn more at


Parish  Social  Night   March. 17th

Social is after 5 pm Mass Next Saturday in the Parish Hall. 

   Obergfell’s will be serving Chicken and your covered dish along with your appetites. 

Be ready to have a lot of fellowship with your church family.  

We are still in need of people to agree to host socials.

Next Socials; April 28th   Youth   

 May- Need a volunteer

June - Pizza


 March  Birthday’s     

  12 –  Nancy Craig  

14 –  Feliz Fleenor
17 –  Jim Hall             
26 –  Elizabeth Wimsatt 

28 –  Ann Jentzen  

29 –  Joe Farkas

Lenten Bible Study    on Mondays

     When you hear the word "Conversion", what comes to mind? Catholicism defines 'conversion' as a life-long process of turning one's attention and energy toward and ever-deepening relationship with Christ. Join us as we begin the DVD-based program,   

"Conversion: Following the Call of Christ",

presented by Fr. Robert Barron. Using six stories from the Bible, Bishop Barron demonstrates how ordinary, sinful people like us are met by Jesus and called to a better life through him.

     This journey began on  Monday’s at 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact
 Mary Smith (812-595-2243) or the Parish Office.
Families to Clean Church 

**2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

March 12 – March 17 M/M David Schafer
March 19 – March 24 Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg
March 26 – March 30 David Baker Family

Cleaning the Church only takes a couple hours.

A cleaning list is in the Northwest cleaning closet.

Thank you for taking your time to volunteer.

Pro Life Moment

  “When I voiced my objections to do abortion-related services, I was terminated. It’s against my conscience. I became a nurse to protect lives, not to take lives.”                  

 – Sandra Mendoza, L.P.N.


     Congress needs to hear from us! Health care providers and trainees, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortion or provide coverage for it in their health care plans. Federal conscience laws prohibit such coercion, but these laws continue to be violated—mostly because they don’t provide victims with the ability to defend their rights in court. 

     Within a couple weeks, Congress will likely decide whether to improve enforcement of these laws by enacting the Conscience Protection Act.

No one should be forced to participate in abortion.

Tell your representatives TODAY at!


A   Baby is a Gift -  

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444   


Adoption Options- 317-878-3412  


 Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC)

   This week, we are taking up The Catholic Relief Services Collection to respond to Jesus in disguise. This collection helps six Catholic agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection. Learn more at

Right to Life Banquet
   April 6, 2018 at Knights of Columbus Hall
Contact Joe Hennekes or Lorraine Gable for more information

The Lenten Black Prayer Book

 ‘…the Redeemer has declared

”Amen I say to you. As long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me”

Happy the man who gives alms to Jesus…’
                - Fr. John Spratt

Question of the Week


 Do I see the world as good or evil, and how does my view impact my life?


¿ Considero que el mundo es bueno o malo?        

   ¿Cómo afecta esa noción a mi vida?


What are some of the ways that God shows his love for me?  

How can I show God my love?


¿ Cómo me demuestra Dios su amor?  

¿Cómo puedo demostrarle mi amor?

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 or  
Bea Boswell 812-752-4933

Prayers for Those in

Nursing Facilities:

Hampton Oaks;  Wanda Mays, 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:

Linda Illingworth, Marie Ficht,

Alfreda & Lonnie Donahue, Joe Brown

Donna Rowe, Joe Boswell,

Joe Castro, Carol Higdon,

Martha Kiesler, Peter Renn,

Blue Bomar, Ray Buchheit,

Joe Farkas, Denise Mansfield,

Jean McIntosh, Pat Divish,

Fr. Joe Villa, Vince Morrison,

Bob Bromm, Denise Jensen,

Clabie Barger, Janie Clouse,

 Alex O’Raferty, Lupe Brunner

Dan Prewitt, Dennis Obergfell,

Bob Wilson, Daw White Jr.,

Charles Sanders, Christina Riley,

Mary Diaz, Ray Zierhut,

Fr. Don Buchanan, Thomas Flood,

William Skaggs, Laverne Basham,

Dean Karmire, Terri O’Brien,

Joe Hennekes, Bob Sommer

Marcy Donohue, Debbie Hoey,

Sadie Fugate, James Cruz,

Katie Robbins Sawin, Carolyn Duvall,

Rosendo Romero,

Jim Coomes, Larry Simpkins,

 David Schafer, Mindy Carter,

Debbie Biddle, Kenneth Holcomb,


Knights of Columbus Fish Fries

only two more left March 15th and 23rd


 Aid to Eastern Europe 

     The USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith in these countries. The funds collected in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to grant monies to support seminaries, social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation,

and Catholic communications projects.


Make a Turn Toward God

this Lenten Season

by Leisa Anslinger, author and co-founder of Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC).

      In a previous moment in life, I was a high school counselor. Much of my time was spent with young people who were discerning their vocation and possible career opportunities, and selecting colleges or post-graduation programs to continue their education. At times, however, I found myself with a teen who was experiencing difficulty, personally or academically. Not always a crisis, but certainly a time of challenge for the young person. Like all of us, these young people sometimes got stuck — they could not see beyond the present, and everything they experienced was influenced and filtered through the difficulty they faced. As a counselor, I had to help them reframe their perception — to see the world and their experience differently in order to overcome the obstacles they experienced.

         As stewards, we also must reframe our experience at times — we must look for blessing when it feels like there is nothing to celebrate and pay attention differently in order to see and respond to God’s grace in our lives. This is one of the key shifts that take place as we commit ourselves to living as disciples and growing as good stewards. Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God is at hand, near to us, here and now. It is easy to miss the grace, the assurance of God’s presence, in the hurried pace of our lives. Yet, as stewards, we learn to take note, to pay attention, and to live accordingly.

         During Lent, we are called to metanoia, to essential and radical conversion. We are called to turn away from sin — the failure to see and respond to God’s grace — and to turn toward God and God’s ways with our lives. We commit ourselves again to deny the selfish, self-centered tendencies within us, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus.

What experience do you need to reframe in order to see the blessings and grace in your life?

What are you called to deny?

What cross must you take up?

How will your observance of Lent help you to grow as a disciple and live as a steward now and in the future?



‘If only people would read and listen to the

Sermon on the Mount, to thebeatitudes,

 how much better this world would be.’

 - Eileen Egan


Fr. Joe