American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
WELCOME TO American Martyrs
Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL
Second Week of Advent

December 8/9, 2018


FOCUS :       

As we await the coming of our Lord and Savior, joy and hope fill our hearts in anticipation of the Messiah.


     Prepare the way of the Lord! Today marks the Second Sunday of Advent, and we are filled with hope, joy and anticipation. The Lord enters the world to save us. Our paths will be made straight. Our burdens will be eased. Our darkness will be lightened. Salvation is at hand.



Reading 1: Baruch 5:1-9; 

The first reading calls Israel to abandon mourning and misery and replace it with the glorious splendor of God.

R)  PSALM 126:  

The Lord has done great things of us; we are filled with joy.   


Reading 2:  Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11;  

 Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is filled with hope and joy, embracing Christ’s message and mission.


Gospel:  Luke 3:1-6;  

Hope continues in the Gospel
as John prepares the way of the Lord, baptizing in his name
and proclaiming that salvation is near.

Saturday; December 08; 5:00 PM –    Beth Smith

** 2nd Collection Retirement for  Religious
 Servers: Isabelle Marcum    &   Eric Marcum

Sunday; December  09; 8:30 AM  –    Lonnie Piet

Second Sunday of Advent

** 2nd Collection Retirement for  Religious

    Servers: Friederich Ostertag    & Selleck Willes


Monday        Dec. 10 ; 8:00 AM –  Pro Seipso

Tuesday      Dec. 11 ; 8:00 AM –   Jean M. Reinstedler

Wednesday Dec. 12 ; 8:00 AM –  Pro Seipso
Thursday     Dec. 13 ; 8:00 AM –  Louie Bromm Jr. (Health)

Thursday     Dec. 13 ; 6pm - Advent Penance Service

Saturday; December 15; 5:00 PM –  

For the Protection of all Children born and Unborn   

** 2nd Collection Building / Maintenance Fund

 Servers:  Victoria Martinez  &  Leandro Caceres


Sunday; December  16; 8:30 AM  –   Beth Smith

Third Sunday of Advent

**2nd Collection Building / Maintenance Fund

    Servers: Albert Soto  &  Marian Soto


2019 Collection Envelopes are in the back of

Church please pick Yours up.  If you don’t see

Yours or want  to be issued some contact the office.


2019 Eucharistic Minister/Lector

Signup Sheets are in the sacristy.

All ministers are encouraged to stop in to sign up for the coming year.

PLEASE  Volunteers Wanted 

Please prayerfully consider serving as a Eucharistic Minister or Lector for the weekend liturgies.

If  you feel called to this ministry, you only need to be 18 years old and confirmed.

please contact Debbie at the office, Father Joe, or Mary Smith


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 The Candles are located in the North West corner in the Church


The Prayer Shaw / Blanket

These are for to anyone needing the gift of love and or prayer.

The shawls / blankets in the back of the church are blessed.

 Anyone can contribute to the Shawl/ Blanket basket
Mass Intentions
Are requested $10.00 per

Mass Envelopes are at the entrances of the church.


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       In today’s second reading, Saint Paul prays with joy and confidence for his friends in the Christian community at Philippi. He is encouraged that the community has partnered with him to proclaim the Gospel. He sees Christ’s active presence and plan of salvation at work in the community. God’s overarching plan is unclear to us.

But when we see evidence of God working through others, doesn’t it give us reason to hope that Christ is alive among us?

Does the witness of others help our own prayer lives?

Does it inspire us to be partners with others in promoting the Gospel?

         Food for thought in this second week of Advent
Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

Classes: Dec. 9, 16 Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27

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 January 7, 2019 **

THANK YOU for your support of the youth of our parish!


   Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

   RCIA classes will start in the January 7th  of 2019.

Fr. Joe Villa will be instructing these RCIA classes. 

If you know someone interested let Cindy or the office know.    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.


2019 St. Joseph Missals

 Missal’s are For Sale $2.50 each in the Sacristy.    

These missals started December 2nd .
The church will be using Year C this Liturgical year.
St. Patrick Catholic Church
PO Box # 273; 208 S. Shelby Street, 
Salem IN 47167
Sunday Mass  10:30am &  
Wednesday Mass 6:00pm

2019 Parish Socials

Thank you to Everyone who Supported the Socials this year. See you in 2019

Saturday, January 19th after Mass will be the 1st Social and Ramona Barger is going to make her Mexican goods along with your covered dish it should be a feast.

Thank you to the people who have stepped up to host. 

2019 Socials Dates are posted ,
Please sign up to host a social.



10 – Maria Fleenor              10 – Cristobel Valencia 

13 – Adalyne Mullen           16 – Brinley Wilson  

18 – Friederich Ostertag    21 – Marcos Valencia

25 – Jim Gladden               27 – Joseph Light 

30 – Hildegard Satterwhite  30 – Brannon Russell 


Question of the Week  


What have been the strengths of your prayer life? What habit of prayer could you strengthen during this Advent season?


¿Cuáles han sido los puntos fuertes de tu vida de oración? ¿Qué hábito de la oración podrías fortalecer durante este tiempo de Adviento?


What prayers will you say each day and each week during Advent? 


 ¿Qué oraciones vas a rezar cada día y cada semana durante el Adviento?  

Families to Clean Church    

**2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

Dec 10 – Dec 12 Joan Mace

Dec 17 – Dec 22 Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg

Dec 24 – Dec 29 Need Volunteer

Dec 31 – Jan 05 Need Volunteer

Jan 07 – Jan 12 Need Volunteer

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

Thank you

To American Martyrs Parish on behalf of the World Perspectives block we would like to thank you for your donations. Because of your help we reached our goal of two thousand dollars. This not only means that we reached a goal, it means that children in The Democratic Republic of the Congo will receive clean and healthy water to drink. And for that we are all very thankful for your help.  Thanks for all of the support, Blake Russell


A   Baby is a Gift 

CRADLE -812-752-0123; Adoption Options- 317-878-3412

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444;



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,  Martha Kiesler

Lake Iola Assisted Living; Josephine Zink     

Lake Pointe Village: Rita Castillo

Waters of Scottsburg; Bob Aker,

Providence Transitional Care Community; Lois Meagher


Prayers for the


Marie Ficht,    Rick Horvath Louie Bromm Jr.

 Lois Bridges,  Joann Smithey   Thomas Flood,   

Felix Lewis,   Rita Fields,    Ronnie Sommer,      

Jim Cozart,    Clabie Barger,  Marjorie Arbuckle, 

Larry Stout    Mindy Carter,           

Benny Hartlage,   Carol Blasingame,
Tony Kiesler,   Willie Harlen,         Jean McIntosh

Ed Rees,        Denise Jensen,        Dennis Obergfell

Joe Castro,   Alfreda &  Lonnie Donahue,        

Kari Stout,     Gwynn Keller,  Mary Ellen Buchanan    

Joe Brown,    Joe Henson, JoNell Buchanan,

Pat Divish,  Fr. Joe Villa,    Fr. Don Buchanan,

Carol Higdon, , Joe Boswell,         Joe Hennekes

Alex O’Raferty,   Debbie Biddle, Cathy Wilson Cochran

Peter Renn   Blue Bomar, Teresa Westwood,

Ray Zierhut, William Skaggs,      

Daw White Jr. Janie Clouse,        Rosendo Romero,

Jim Coomes,                         Bob Sommer,           

Kenneth Holcomb,   Larry Simpkins,
Dean Karmire,                      Christina Riley,       
Denise Mansfield,    Marcy Donohue,  James Cruz,

Terri O’Brien,                         David Schafer,       

Debbie Hoey,                        Sadie Fugate,                      
Carolyn Duvall,                    Katie Robbins Sawin,
Mary Diaz,       Laverne Basham
Emily Howser Charles Sanders,

Death:   Freddie Coomes

   We the church extend our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Freddie R. Coomes,  brother of

Jimmy and Jerry Coomes of our parish,

passed away on November 24, 2018.  

     Eternal rest grant to Freddie, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Upcoming Mass’s

Dec. 12th  Advent Penance Service - 6:30pm @ St. P.

Dec. 13th  Advent Penance Service - 6pm @ A. M.

Dec. 24th  Christmas Eve Family Mass 4pm A.M.

Dec. 24th  Christmas Eve Mass 6pm St. Patrick

Dec. 24th  Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 12am A.M.
Dec. 25th  Christmas Morning Mass 8:30 am A.M.

Dec. 25th  Christmas Morning Mass 10:30 am St. Patrick

Dec. 31st   New Year’s Evening Mass – 5:30 pm A.M.

Jan. 01th   New Year’s Morning  8:30 am A.M.

Jan. 01th   New Year’s Morning 10:30 am St. Patrick


Advent Prayer

     Lord, As we journey through this Advent season, give us the wisdom to be good stewards of this time of grace, a time to be more prayerful, to listen more intently to Your Word; a time to allow our faith to grow and mature. Show us how to give witness to your Good News more fervently among our families, friends and those with whom we worship.

      Help us be more aware of those who are poor, lonely or suffering; and to serve them as if we were serving You. And fill our hearts with hope, so that we may make straight Your path with confidence and zeal, and prepare for the joy of Your coming!

We pray this in Jesus’ name.    
Advent – A Season of Hope

     Advent is a time of waiting and expectation; a season of quiet anticipation and preparation. We are waiting for our Lord to come into the world as the baby Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem. We are also preparing for His return, His second coming as the shepherd-king, to restore harmony and right relationship to all creation. Advent is a season yearning for God to come and set the world right with perfect justice, truth and peace. It is a season of hope.

Advent is a time to emphasize preparation through prayer. While Lent emphasizes a spirit of repentance through prayer and fasting, Advent’s prayers are prayers of humble devotion and commitment, prayers for deliverance, prayers of gladness and joyful expectation, prayers that await the light of Christ coming into the world.

      We do not shrink from those Advent scripture readings that reveal a strong prophetic tone of accountability and judgment. Christ’s disciples expect the Lord to hold them accountable for what has been entrusted to them just as a spouse, parent, teacher or supervisor holds us accountable. And just as the steward was found faithful in small matters by the master, we too are confident that we will be found faithful and will enter the joy of the Master. We have absolute trust in the Lord’s countenance.

            Assuredly, during Advent we anticipate the Lord’s coming with hope. It is that hope, however faint at times, that keeps us from despair and the darkness of sin and its destructiveness. It is a hope that urges us to be kind, loving and compassionate toward one another. It is a hope that encourages our faith in a merciful God who continues to pour His grace upon us.

     We don’t know when Christ will come again to bring human history to its completion. But we celebrate with gladness the great promise of Advent and we rekindle that positive, joyful spirit within us because we know, as Zechariah prophesied, that the light of Christ will shine on all who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, and He will guide our feet into the way of peace.


Blessing in Christ,

Fr. Joe