American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Welcome to
American Martyrs
Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 23/24, 2018


John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus and his ministry.


     God’s plan for salvation, coming to be through his chosen people who freely say “yes,” includes John the Baptist who prepares the way for Jesus and his ministry.




Reading 1: Isaiah 49:1-6;  

In the first reading, we hear that God calls and forms his servants from the womb.


R.) Psalm 139:

I Praise you for I am wonderfully made.

Reading 2:  Acts 13:22-26;           

The reading from Acts speaks of those whom God raised up to do his work, including John the Baptist.

Gospel:  Luke 1:57-66, 80;  

In Luke’s Gospel, Elizabeth gives birth and proclaims that the boy’s name will be John.



Saturday; June 23; 5:00 PM
Mary and James Boley

Servers: Isabelle Marcum   &   Eric Marcum 


Sunday;  June 24; 8:30 AM  –

For the Protection of all Children  born and unborn     


The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
   Servers: Olivia Fugate &   Odelia Soto
**Monday, June 25;  6 PM– Communion Service

Saturday; June  30; 5:00 PM –  Hal Laswell

**2nd Collection; Peter’s Pence & Clearing House

Servers:  Raeann Baker   & Brinley Wilson   


Sunday;  July 01; 8:30 AM  – Bob & Lorraine Gable

**2nd Collection; Peter’s Pence & Clearing House

 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time            


   Servers: Sadie Fugate  &  Daisy Soto  

St. Patrick Catholic Church
PO Box # 273;

208 S. Shelby Street, Salem IN 47167

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

While Fr Joe is on Sabbatical      

this is the address for Mail.          

Fr. Joe Returns on July 20th         

Rev. Joseph L. Villa

103 South 21st Street

Terre Haute, IN 47803


There will be NO Communion Service at

American Martyrs on

Monday’s , July 2nd and 9th

A Stewardship Moment

     Today we celebrate the birth of St. John the Baptist. This prophet, who practiced austerity in the desert, proclaimed the kingdom of God, a coming judgment,

and baptism as a sign of repentance. With deep humility,

John directed attention not to himself but to Jesus.

John’s attitude was, “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30). John’s birth, days after the summer solstice when daylight hours begin to decrease, contrasts with Jesus’ birth days after the winter solstice, heralding daylight’s increase. Like John the Baptist, stewards turn attention away from themselves and towards Jesus.

The stewardship question for us is whether or not we ourselves are prepared to “decrease” and allow Jesus to “increase” in our hearts, minds, words and actions.


Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

Resumes in August

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

No charge for our Religious Education program.

Contact; Cindy Light for more information.


SCRIPT Orders  Due Sunday,  August  5th  

        There will be NO SCRIP order taken for the month

of July.  Please save your orders for August.  The next SCRIP order due date will be Sun, August 5th. 

THANK YOU for your support of the youth of our parish!
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

       RCIA classes will resume in the Fall of 2018.

   These classes are for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church.   As Catholics, we are all called to evangelize.   This would be one way for you to fulfill this calling.  To register contact Cindy Light or the Parish Office for more info.  

Mission days with Father Jim Sichko
Mark your calendars for the next  Mission opportunity.  It will be at American Martyrs,

 July 9th through 11th with Father Jim Sichko.

Times will be announces later. 

 Fr. Jim is a priest, Motivational Speaker and Author of Among Friends.

             July Ministries

Saturday – Reader      Eucharist Ministers

 Jan Hall (G)                  Ramona Barger (*)
 Ellen Stout (R)             Carol Ison
                                       Patricia Brock (C)

Sunday – Reader___ Eucharist Ministers

 Cindy Light (G)           Doris Marcum (*)
 Al Riggle    (R)             Debbie Young

                                      Susan Anderson (C)

2nd Annual Parish Picnic
July 22nd     Noon to 3pm

    American Martyrs in partnership with the K of C 8052

Will host a summer picnic for members and their families at the K of C Hall, there will be a big tent, games inside and out for adults and children, plenty of food, some of it grilled.

Hamburgers and Hot dogs will be provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite covered dish to the picnic. There will also have a small water slide for the small children and one for the older children, (or any daring adult).   Plans are still developing


June Birthdays:

25 – Martha Spicer    26 – Andrea Howard   

27 –  Martha Kiesler   27 – Joe Boswell       

28 – Finn Sawin

July Birthdays:

01 – Kevin Jentzen  04 – Tyler Light            

06 – Rich Smith

07 – Chris Woods     08 – Cree Woods         

09 – Steve Boswell      

Question of the Week   


 In what ways do you fulfill your baptismal call to be a prophet, announcing God’s Good News to all?


¿ De qué manera cumple su llamado bautismal de ser profeta que anuncia la Buena Nueva de Dios a todos?


 Why were you given the name you have?
 ¿ Por qué recibiste el nombre que llevas?

Families to Clean Church 

**2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

June 25 – June 30   Joan Mace

July 02  – July 07    Tina Cozart

July 09  – July 14    Debbie Young

July 16  – July 21 Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg   

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.       .


You Can Help Your Marriage

 Do you feel alone in your marriage?

 If so, there is help. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) means “rediscovery” and offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending the weekend and follow-up sessions. Retrouvaille is a not spiritual retreat, sensitivity group, seminar, or social gathering.

To learn more about the program or to register for the August 3 - 5 weekend and follow-up post-weekend sessions in Indianapolis, visit the website at or .

You can also email: or

call 317-489-6811 for confidential registration information.

Attention;  All Vegetable Gardeners!

Do you find yourself with more than you need from your garden and don't know what to do with your excess?

A "Share the Harvest" table will be set up at the main entrance of church in mid-July for all parishioners to share (bring in or take out) in the bounty.

Any questions, contact Rich or Mary Smith

(812-595-2243 or


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

     All praise and glory are yours, Lord our God. For you have called us to serve you and one another in love. Bless our sick today so that they may bear their illness in union with Jesus' sufferings and restore them quickly to health.

 Bless those who have grown old in your service and give them courage and strength in their faith. Lead us all to eternal glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


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:

Tony Kiesler,   Sharon Laswell,  
Fr. Don Buchanan,  JoNell Buchanan,
Joe Henson,    Gwynn Keller,      

Joe Brown, Lupe Brunner,     

Marjorie Arbuckle,  Marie Ficht,             

Ray Zierhut,    Martha Kiesler,

Pat Divish,   Donna Rowe,          

Alfreda Donahue,  Carol Higdon,

Joe Farkas, Joe Conzoneri,

Fr. Joe Villa,    Peter Renn,           

Linda Illingworth,  Dennis Obergfell,
Joe Castro,  Debbie Biddle,         
Joe Boswell, Blue Bomar,           
Teresa Westwood,  Denise Jensen,
Thomas Flood,  William Skaggs,            
Daw White Jr.,   Janie Clouse,    
Clabie Barger,  Larry Simpkins,
Mindy Carter, Lonnie Donahue,
Jim Coomes,  Bob Sommer         
Kenneth Holcomb,  Jean McIntosh,
Benny Hartlage, Denise Mansfield,
Mary Diaz,    David Schafer,        
Charles Sanders, Dean Karmire,          
Christina Riley,  Laverne Basham,

Terri O’Brien,  Joe Hennekes,     

Alex O’Raferty,  Debbie Hoey,   

Sadie Fugate,  Marcy Donohue,            
James Cruz,   Rosendo Romero,
Carolyn Duvall, Katie Robbins Sawin,
Pro Life Moment

      “If a friend told you she was pregnant and considering abortion, would you know what to do? Learn concrete tips for loving her in a way that is life-affirming for both her and her child.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

   “What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion”


A   Baby is a Gift -  

CRADLE -812-752-0123

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444;

Adoption Options- 317-878-3412 


Stewardship: Giving Us a Clear Sight

by Leisa Anslinger, author and co-founder of

 Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC).


     I recently received an updated eyeglass prescription and ordered new glasses. I was anxious to pick them up when they arrived, as my previous prescription had been inadequate for quite some time. With only a few hours with the new glasses, however, I could tell that something was just not right about them. The reading portion of the bifocal seemed off, which meant that I had to bob my head awkwardly to read a book or see the computer screen. I returned to the optometry office the following morning, and explained that the glasses were just not working. With two brief adjustments, the technician returned the glasses to me, and suddenly, I could see! All the way home, and throughout the following days, I prayed many prayers of thanksgiving to God, for the gift of corrected sight and the blessing of a skilled technician.

     We who have committed ourselves to living and growing as good stewards experience these sorts of moments often. We see the blessings within and around us every day and we grow in gratitude for these many gifts in our lives. Like my glasses after the technician had adjusted them, stewardship gives us clear sight. We see the world, and our lives, as they really are — gifts from God, entrusted to us to steward well.

     The technician who fixed my glasses knew just what was needed in order to bring clarity to my vision. As stewardship leaders, we are “technicians” who show others what is needed, so that they, too, may see themselves, their faith, gifts, and resources as blessings from God. Through the things we say, our interactions with people, the messages we share in bulletins and brochures, the sharing of lay witnesses, and the ways we ask our people to make commitments to Christ and to the Church, we point the way to the vision that God desires for all of his people — that we will see God’s grace in our midst, thank God for our many gifts, and give glory to God as we steward our blessings.


International Catholic Stewardship Council


June 2018 • e-Bulletin

This is my command—be strong and courageous!

Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your

God is with you wherever you go.”  

 Joshua 1:9



Fr. Joe