American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Welcome to American Martyrs
14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 07/08, 2018

Welcome Rev. Jim Sichko

As Christians, fidelity to Christ and the Gospel must be the hallmark of our lives.


     At first glance our readings seem rather pessimistic. Ezekiel is entrusted with a difficult commission, Paul has a thorn in his side and Jesus is rejected by his own. But in another sense, each reading is a reminder that when our eyes are fixed on the Lord, not even the threat of danger can deter us.



Reading 1:   Ezekiel 2:2-5; 

Ezekiel receives his commission

as the Lord’s prophet – he is to be faithful to the mission even if the people refuse to listen.


R.) Psalm 123:

Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy

Reading 2:   2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 

Saint Paul speaks

of his weakness and frailty, which is like a thorn in his side,

 but it reminds him to rely all the more on the Lord.


Gospel:  Mark 6:1-6a;

 In the Gospel, Jesus is rejected in his own hometown.




Saturday;  July  07;  5:00 PM –  Gary” Moe” Moenter

Servers:  Blake Russell   &  Nick Bautista  


Sunday;  July  08;  8:30 AM  – Petronilla Manna

  14th Sunday of Ordinary Time            

   Servers: Eric Marcum  &  Albert Soto 


 There will be NO Communion Service on

         Monday , July 9th
Saturday;  July  14;  5:00 PM –   Steve Illingworth

Servers:  Antonio Martinez  &  Mario Martinez

**2nd Collection Building/Maintenance Fund


Sunday;  July  15;  8:30 AM  –  Minnie Laswell

  15th Sunday of Ordinary Time            

   Servers: Catherine Valencia  &  Marcos Valencia

**2nd Collection Building/Maintenance Fund

St. Patrick Catholic Church
PO Box # 273;

 208 S. Shelby Street, 

Salem IN  47167

Sunday Mass  10:30 AMand  

Wednesday Mass  6:00 PM 


There will be NO Communion Service on Monday, July 9th

Stewardship Moment

    Today’s Gospel reveals Jesus as being amazed that the people in his hometown of Nazareth do not accept his teaching and ministry; he is taken aback by their lack of faith (Mk 6:6). Good stewards recognize and participate in Christ’s teaching, reconciling and healing presence in their community. Are we good stewards of our family of faith? Do we value and support the ministries that take place in Christ’s name? Are we attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our parish and encourage those who work to enhance our life of faith?

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  

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.  


    Peter’s Pence Collection,

Thank you for your generous support in last week’s Peter’s Pence Collection!

As a parish, we collected $1,114.50 Our contributions will be combined with those from our brothers and sisters around the world to help Pope Francis provide essential relief to people in need. If you missed the collection, it is not too late to give,

visit , and

click on the “How to Give” link.
“60 Minutes with Jesus”

 “60 Minutes with Jesus”  Is here at American Martyrs, Starting tomorrow Monday July 9th thru Wednesday 11th with Father Jim Sichko from

  6pm to 7pm  with snacks to follow

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

Red Cross Blood Drive

Scottsburg K of C is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on July  23rd  starting at 2 ending at 6pm it will be held in their hall across from the Scott  Memorial Hospital.

Hwy 31 North.

     I have had several question about when is

 Fr. Joe returning, he will be returning on July 20th

He is real excited about his return.


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 a bigger one for the older children,

(or any daring adult).

Yes Fr. Joe Villa will be back 


July Birthdays:

07 –  Chris Woods       08 –  Cree Woods       

09 –  Steve Boswell     11–  Eileen Hennekes   

11 – Jose Soto            16 –  Sherry Mays 

16–  Adley Everhart     18 –  Larry Stout         

19 –  Janet Hall 


Question of the Week   


      What unavoidable weakness do I struggle to accept in myself?


¿ Me cuesta trabajo aceptar mis faltas y debilidades? ¿Por qué?


What do I ask Jesus to make stronger in me?


 ¿ Qué le pido a Jesucristo que mejore en mí?


Families to Clean Church 

**2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

July 09   – July 14    Debbie Young

July 16   – July 21  Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg   

July 23   – July 27   David Baker Family

July 30   – Aug 04   Volunteer Needed PLEASE

Aug 06   – Aug 11   Volunteer Needed PLEASE

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.       .

Dear Church Family,

As most of you know we are moving to Franklin to be closer

to family. We have been members of American Martyrs for

36 years and will miss everyone very much! Please stop in

 for a visit if you get up our way.

Debbie has our contact information.

Roger and Mary Jo Duvall

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


You Can Help Your Marriage

Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped 10’s of 1000’s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about or to register for the September program beginning with a weekend on Sept. 14-16, 2018 call 502-479-3329 or email:  or visit the web site at


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

Lupe Brunner sister of  Mona Barger’s passed away this past week. Please remember her and her family in your prayers.    Eternal rest grant unto Lupe, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace


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,   Linda Illingworth,  
Larry Stout , Kari Stout     
Sharon Laswell,  JoNell Buchanan,
Joe Henson,    Joe Brown,
Marjorie Arbuckle,  Martha Kiesler,
 Marie Ficht, Ray Zierhut,  

Pat Divish,     Donna Rowe,          

Alfreda Donahue,  Joe Castro,

Fr. Don Buchanan,  Fr. Joe Villa,
Carol Higdon,  Debbie Biddle,
Emily Howser,  Dennis Obergfell,
Peter Renn,  Gwynn Keller
Joe Boswell, Blue Bomar, Joe Farkas,
Teresa Westwood, Lonnie Donahue,
Thomas Flood,  Denise Jensen,
William Skaggs,  Kenneth Holcomb,
Daw White Jr.,   Denise Mansfield,
Janie Clouse,  Clabie Barger,
Mindy Carter,  Larry Simpkins,       
Jim Coomes,  Bob Sommer           
Jean McIntosh, Benny Hartlage  
Mary Diaz,     David Schafer,        
Charles Sanders,  Laverne Basham,
Dean Karmire, Christina Riley,    

Terri O’Brien,  Joe Hennekes,      

Debbie Hoey,  Sadie Fugate,       
Marcy Donohue, James Cruz,      
 Carolyn Duvall, Katie Robbins Sawin,
Rosendo Romero, Joe Conzoneri,
Alex O’Raferty,                    
Pro Life Moment

   “Gracious Father, I thank you for the mercy you have shown in forgiving my sins and for the peace that comes from being reconciled with you and with your Church.”

“Trust in God’s Mercy”  USCCB Prayer Card (Post-Abortion Healing)*


A   Baby is a Gift -  

CRADLE -812-752-0123

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444;

Adoption Options- 317-878-3412 


Thank you to Dave and Bev Schafer for trimming Shrubs’ on the Church property.


     Thank you to the K of C Council 8052 for the Monetary Donation and the use of their facilities to the Annual Church picnic.


Fifteen Random Stewardship Ideas for the Month of July

  1. Invite a single friend over for a meal.

  2. Turn off the TV, phone, and computer,

       and spend an hour devoted to someone you love.

  3. Attend an extra Mass on a weekday this month.

   4. Abstain from something you like –

       meat, a latte, a cold drink –

       on Fridays and save the money for a charity.

  5. Take your rosary with you for an early morning walk.

  6. Recycle more.

  7. Think of a charity which is amply blessed at Christmas.    

       Remember it with a gift mid-year.

  8. Each day, say a prayer for one of the world’s

       trouble spots.

  9. Surprise an old friend with a phone call.

10. Buy or pick a flower for someone without a “reason”.

11. Take your family to a farmer’s market if in season.

12. Stop for a moment during your busy day and enjoy

       an ice cream cone or other favorite treat.

13. If you hear a great homily, tell the homilist.

14. Splurge on some produce and buy enough to

       share with someone in need.

15. On occasion, try turning your prayer before meals into

       a spontaneous prayer of thanks, using your own words.


Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave.     

Colossians 3:13

Fr. Joe