American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Welcome to American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph Villa

7th  Sunday of Ordinary Time

February 23 / 24, 2019


Jesus challenges us to act with love.


     Being a Christian – truly following Jesus – isn’t easy. Today’s Gospel is a reminder of that fact. Jesus describes what it means to act with love. He challenges us to do what seems humanly impossible: to love our enemies and forgive those who hurt us. These are not easy tasks! Only with the help of Jesus can we truly do what he commands.



Reading 1:    1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23;  

In the first reading, David does not allow anyone to harm Saul when they have the opportunity to do so, and makes it clear to Saul’s troops what he did.

R) Psalm 103:  

The Lord is kind and merciful.

Reading 2:    1 Corinthians 15:45-49;    

In Corinthians,  Paul describes Jesus as the second Adam, the spiritual man.

Gospel:  Luke 6:27-38;    

Jesus, in the Gospel, explains  to his disciples all that the commandment “to love” entails.

Weekly Mass Schedule

EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

 Parents, Thank You for bringing your children to Mass.  

We want your children with us.

Saturday; February 23; 5:00 PM – For The People
 ** 2nd Collection –   Building/ Maintenance Fund
Servers:   Isabelle Marcum & Eric Marcum
Sunday; February 24; 8:30 AM – Ruth Ann Hayes

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary

** 2nd Collection –   Building Fund Maintenance Fund
Servers: Friederich Ostertag & Selleck Willes
 Monday        Feb. 25; 8:00 AM – Charles McClure
 Tuesday       Feb. 26; 8:00 AM –  Pro Seipso

 Tuesday       Feb. 26; 6:00 PM @ St. Patrick

 Wednesday Feb. 27; 8:00 AM – James Buchanan

 Wednesday St. Patrick; 6:00 PM –  NO Mass

 Thursday      Feb. 28; NO MASS 

Saturday; March 2; 5:00 PM – 
 ** 2nd Collection –   SAMA

Servers:  Victoria Martinez   &   Leandro Caceres


Sunday; March 3; 8:30 AM –   Fr. Joe Villa

Eighth  Sunday of Ordinary

** 2nd Collection –   SAMA

Servers:  Albert Soto &  Marian Soto

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

A Stewardship Moment

       In today’s Gospel reading Jesus urges his listeners to “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” He also offers several examples of putting mercy into action. Listeners can then reason their way into how to put the values of the Gospel reflected in these imperatives into practice in other situations. Good stewards look for opportunities to exercise God’s mercy toward others. They realize that, in doing so, their own experience of God’s mercy not only becomes more profound, but affirms their hope of seeing the Lord face-to-face one day.

How have we experienced God’s mercy in our lives?

 How might our thinking, attitudes, words and actions reflect God’s mercy on someone else today?

Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

 Classes: Feb – 24: March 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 March 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 February at 5:30pm

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

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.  
March 04 –  Ash Wednesday/Lent

March 11 What is in the Church?

March 18 Heaven, Purgatory and Hell

March 25 The Creed
 American Martyrs Mass & Ashes 7 AM and 8 AM


 St. Patrick Mass & Ashes   6 PM


          March Ministries

Saturday – Reader      Eucharist Ministers

Patricia Brock (G)        Ramona Barger (*)

Ellen Stout     (R)            Carol Ison


Sunday – Reader___ Eucharist Ministers

 Marcy Donohue (G)      Susan Anderson (*)

 Al Riggle            (R)         Debbie Young 

Counters: Susan Anderson & Al Riggle


Parish Family Social

Saturday, March 9th after Mass

This Social is to a fund raiser for the youth of the Church for Activities. 

They will be preparing a Spaghetti Dinner with Dessert for everyone. 

No need to bring a side dish this night.

Come and enjoy a meal with your Church family

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

 April – Meatloaf        2019 Socials Dates are posted,

Please sign up to host a social.

February                               March
23 – Helen Reynolds          05 – Ron Slaton         

 23 – Melissa Woods           12 – Nancy Craig     

26 – Ford Willes                   15 – Anastasia Willes       

27 – David Murphy             17 – Jim Hall         

26 – Liz Wimsatt         
28 – Ann Jentzen
30 – Reeve Willes

Flower Fund

     Since the death of Marti Allgeier, her daughter, Rebekah,

has been keeping the flower shop running. Following in Marti’s footsteps, Rebekah has graciously been providing our church with beautiful floral arrangements each week. In an effort to support Rebekah and the flower shop, a flower fund will be started once again. Donation envelopes will be available at

the entrances to the church for those interested in contributing to this fund.

Your support will be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Families to Clean Church 


 25 – Mar 02  David Baker Family

 04 – Mar 09   Joan Mace

 11 – Mar 16   David Baker Family
 18 – Mar 23 Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg

K of C Fish Fries

K of C will be hosting Fish / Shrimp Fries again this year during Lent. Starting March 8th thru April 12, 2019.

They will be serving 4:30 to 7pm every Friday.


The WORD Among Us

    Starting next weekend, March 2-3,  

we will have a booklet of Mass and Daily Meditations

for each family at the entrances of the church for

 each family to take home during the Lenten Season.


     Prayer may be expressed vocally or mentally.
Vocal prayer may be spoken or sung.
Mental prayer can be either meditation or contemplation.
The basic forms of prayer are praise, petition (supplication), intercession, and thanksgiving.

  If you are in need of prayer support, Please contact;  

Parish Office 812-752-3693 or

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

Felix Lewis, Jean McIntosh, Mike Lemen

Joe Boswell,   Thomas Flood,  Marie Ficht,    

Carol Higdon, Rick Horvath,   Ann Akeman,   

Kari Stout,      Ann Jentzen,    Mary Diaz,

Clabie Barger, Rosendo Romero, Tony Kiesler, 

Rita Fields,    Ronnie Sommer, Janie Clouse

Mindy Carter, Benny Hartlage, Cathy Wilson Cochran

Carolyn Duvall,  Katie Robbins Sawin, Eileen Hennekes,

Dennis Obergfell, Ed Rees, Denise Jensen,   

Joe Castro,   Alfreda & Lonnie Donahue,

Ruth Long     Gwynn Keller, Mary Ellen Buchanan

Joe Brown,    Joe Henson,   JoNell Buchanan,

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

Debbie Biddle, Charles Sanders, Joe Hennekes

Alex O’Raferty, Dean Karmire, Laverne Basham,

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,

Question of the Week

Jesus tells us to treat others as we would want others to treat us.

How do you treat others as you want to be treated?   

¿ Jesús dice que tratemos a los demás tal y como queramos que ellos nos traten a nosotros.

¿De qué manera tratan a los demás tal y como quieren que los traten?


How do you follow Jesus’ teaching to “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you?  


¿ Cómo siguen la enseñanza de Jesús de “bendigan a quienes los maldicen, oren por quienes los maltratan”?   

Jesus says, “Give, and gifts will be given to you.”

When have you experienced your generosity coming back to you?  

¿ Jesús dice: “Den y se les dará”.

¿Cuándo han experimentado que la generosidad les era retribuida?  


Red Cross Blood Drive 

K of C Hall; Monday, March 18th, 2-6PM. 
A   Baby is a Gift 


CRADLE -812-752-0123;  

- 317-878-3412