American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Monday, February 18, 2019


3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

January 26 / 27, 2019


The fulfillment of the Scriptures is found in the person of Jesus.


     We spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting for people; waiting for events; waiting for time to pass; waiting for the cable guy to show up. One thing we do not have to wait for is for God to fulfill his promise. That promise – of forgiveness and union – came in the person of Jesus Christ. And from the time of those who physically surrounded him to today, the message has been simple: repent and believe. And that seems a lot more fruitful than waiting around.




Reading 1: Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; The first reading recounts the ceremonial instructions for receiving God’s law..


R)  Psalm 19Your words, Lord, are Spirit and Life 


Reading 2:  1 Corinthians 12:12-30;   Saint Paul urges the Corinthians to remember they are a part of the one Body of Christ, regardless of their individual gifts and differences.

Gospel:  Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21;    In the Gospel,

 before proclaiming that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Scriptures, Luke begins by underlining the importance of passing teachings to new believers.



Saturday; January 26; 5:00 PM –  Fr. James O’Riley
** 2nd Collection – Propagation of the Faith Sunday

Servers: Albert Soto & Raeann Baker  

Sunday; January  27; 8:30 AM  –   For the People
      Third Sunday of Ordinary
 ** 2nd Collection – Propagation of the Faith Sunday

Servers: Blake Russell & Reeve Willes

St. Patrick Catholic Church
PO Box # 273;
208 S. Shelby Street, Salem IN 47167
Sunday Mass 10:30am &  
Wednesday Mass 6:00pm

     Today’s reading from the Gospel of Luke offers us the first words of Jesus as he begins his public ministry. The words reflect his understanding of his Spirit-anointed mission. His words are his “Mission Statement.” Good stewards rejoice in being followers of Jesus.

They realize that Jesus’ commission is their commission as well. They embrace it and adopt it as their own.

We, too, have “glad tidings” to bring to a suffering world. This year, how will we fulfill Christ’s commission in the world in which he has placed us, using the gifts he has entrusted to us?

.Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

 Classes: Jan.27 ;  Feb – 3, 10, 17

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 February 3, 2019

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

 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

RCIA classes are in the Parish Hall

All Monday’s in January at 5:30pm


    Fr. Joe Villa will be instructing these RCIA classes and anyone can attend. 

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 for RCIA contact Cindy Light or the Parish Office for more info.   812-752-3693

   January  28 –   Scripture and Tradition

  February 04  –  Baptism, Confession and a Eucharist

   February 11  –  Confirmation, Holy Orders and Marriage


 THANK YOU Everyone for all the wonderful cards and gifts I received during the Christmas Season.  

Blessing to all of you, Fr. Joe
10 Things a Disciple of Jesus Does. 

The Archdiocese is producing a new resource called 10 Things a Disciple of Jesus Does.  It is hoped that it will help make missionary disciples throughout our eleven deaneries.  The Archdiocese would like input from each parish for this resource.  We will be hosting a town hall meeting for both American Martyrs and St. Patrick's parishioners on Thursday, February 21st at 6:00 pm in the American Martyrs parish hall.  It will be an opportunity for parishioners to witness to the power and beauty of living a life of discipleship.  Please plan on joining us!  We will have light refreshments.


Parish Family Socials

Saturday, February 16th after Mass

Soups along with your covered dish it should be a feast.

Come and enjoy a meal with your Church family

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

 March -  Youth Spaghetti Dinner

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



 29 – Pat Divish       
30 – Jerry Coomes 
31 – Marisa Soto  
31 – Raeann Baker

Question of the Week  

 Adults:  What do you believe that the anointing you received at Baptism requires you to do?


 Adultos:  ¿ Qué crees que la unción que recibiste en el bautismo te requiere hacer?

Children:   What could you do this week for someone

who has less than you?

Niño: ¿ Qué puedes hacer esta semana por alguien que tiene menos que tú?

Families to Clean Church    

**2019Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church
Jan 28 – Feb 02 David Schafer Family

Feb 04 –  Feb 09 Tina Cozart 

Feb 11 –  Feb 16 Joan Mace

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


2019 Collection Envelopes - are in the back of Church

2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet - South West entrance

2019 Socials Dates Signup Sheet - North East entrance  

2019 St. Joseph Missals - For Sale in the Sacristy $2.50 ea

2019 Saints Calendars are at the entrances of the Church


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 or
 Parish Office 812-752-3693

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 Sick:

Marie Ficht,      Ann Akeman,    Felix Lewis

Joe Boswell,    Thomas Flood, Mary Smith

Carol Higdon, Rick Horvath,    Jon Bentz,

Fr. Don Buchanan,  Kari Stout, Carol Vonderhiede

Clabie Barger,  Rosendo Romero,

Rita Fields,    Ronnie Sommer, Janie Clouse

Mindy Carter, Benny Hartlage, Cathy Wilson Cochran

Tony Kiesler,   Jean McIntosh, Dennis Obergfell

Ed Rees, Denise Jensen, Joann Smithey,

Joe Castro,   Alfreda &  Lonnie Donahue,

Ruth Long     Gwynn Keller,  Mary Ellen Buchanan

Joe Brown,    Joe Henson JoNell Buchanan,

Pat Divish,     Fr. Joe Villa, Laverne Basham,

Debbie Biddle, Charles Sanders, Joe Hennekes

Alex O’Raferty,  Mary Diaz,  Dean Karmire

Peter Renn   Blue Bomar, Teresa Westwood,

Ray Zierhut, William Skaggs,  Carol Blasingame,

Jim Coomes, Bob Sommer, Kenneth Holcomb,

Terri O’Brien,            Christina Riley, Denise Mansfield,

James Cruz,  David Schafer, Larry Simpkins,

Debbie Hoey,  Sadie Fugate,  Marcy Donohue,

Carolyn Duvall, Katie Robbins Sawin,


Jerry Coomes

Gerald Leo “Jerry” Coomes, beloved father and grandfather , passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

He was born on January 30, 1954 in Scottsburg, In,

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 am Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Church of the American Martyrs with Rev. Joseph L. Villa officiating.



     Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of a new year. You have entrusted us with the coming days, weeks and months as stewards of your divine plan; to live in gratitude, joy, and an ever growing confidence in your Kingdom to come.

     We ask for the humility to reform our lives; the courage to commit ourselves to you no matter the cost; and the wisdom to shine the light of faith on others.

     Open our hearts, give us your Spirit and show us how to share your love so that we may bring hope to a world in need of your justice and peace.

      We pray to be a sign of your grace in this new year through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.   Amen

Church is Hard.

Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgment .
Church is hard for the pastor, under the microscope of an entire body.
Church is hard for the prodigal soul returning home, broken and battered by the world.
Church is hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together, but doesn’t.
Church is hard for the couple who fought the entire ride to service.
Church is hard for the single mom, surrounded by couples holding hands, and seemingly perfect families.
Church is hard for the widow and widower with no invitation to lunch after service.
Church is hard for the deacon with an estranged child.
Church is hard for the person singing worship songs, overwhelmed by the weight of the lyrics.
Church is hard for the man insecure in his role as a leader.
Church is hard for the wife who longs to be led by a righteous man.
Church is hard for the nursery volunteer who desperately longs for a baby to love.
Church is hard for the single woman and single man, praying God brings them a mate.
Church is hard for the teenage girl, wearing a scarlet letter, ashamed of her mistakes.
Church is hard for the sinners.
Church is hard for me.
It’s hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect. Sunday best in behavior and dress.
However, underneath those layers, you find a body of imperfect people, carnal souls, selfish motives.
But, here is the beauty of church—
Church isn’t a building, mentality, or expectation.
Church is a body.
Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints.
Church is a body of believers bound as brothers and sisters by an eternal love.
Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the Throne of Grace.
Church is a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground for mighty warriors.
Church is a converging of confrontation and invitation. Where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration.
Church is a lesson in faith and trust.
Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.
Church is a family. A family coming together, setting aside differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories.
Church, the body, and the circle of sinners-turned-saints, is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come.
So even on the hard days at church—
The days when I am at odds with a friend, When I’ve fought because we’re late once again. When I’ve walked in bearing burdens heavier than my heart can handle, yet masking the pain with a smile on my face. When I’ve worn a scarlet letter, under the microscope. When I’ve longed for a baby to hold, or fought tears as the lyrics were sung.

When I’ve walked back in, afraid and broken, after walking away.

I’ll remember, He has never failed to meet me there.