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

Welcome to American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L Villa STL

First Sunday of Lent

March 9 / 10, 2019

Jesus Christ freed us from the slavery of sin.

     As we begin Lent, our penance and fasts seem rather small in comparison with how Jesus suffered for our salvation. Our forty days does not quite compare to his forty days in the desert. We need only to call on Jesus, and he will deliver us from our sins. Each Lent presents a new opportunity to repent and grow in our relationship with the One who gave his all so we could be his.



Reading 1:  Deuteronomy 26:4-10;  

 In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses instructs the people to offer gifts to the Lord for their freedom from slavery in Egypt, and for God’s never-ending care.

R) Psalm 91:   

Be with me Lord, when I am in trouble


Reading 2:Romans 10:8-13;    

In his Letter to the Romans, Paul reminds his readers that without any distinction of nationality, all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Gospel:  Luke 4:1-13;    

Luke’s Gospel tells how Jesus withstood the temptations of the devil. 

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; March 09; 5:00 PM – 11 Bravo K.I.A. in Vietnam

** 2nd Collection – Central & Eastern Europe & Black Indian Missions

Servers:  Blake Russell   & Reeve Willes 


Sunday; March 10; 8:30 AM –  Emilio Diaz

First Sunday of Lent

** 2nd Collection – Central & Eastern Europe & Black Indian Missions

Servers:  Gabriela Martinez  &   Brinley Wilson

 Monday        March 11; 8:00 AM –  Don Faulkenberg

 Tuesday       March 12; 8:00 AM –  Special Intention for Sick
 Wednesday March 13; 8:00 AM –  Charles & Estelle Hutchens

           Thursday      March 14;    NO MASS 

Saturday; March 16; 5:00 PM –  Fr. Maurice Hayes

Servers:   Antonio Martinez   &  Mario Martinez   


Sunday; March 17; 8:30 AM –  Lyle Donovan

Second Sunday of Lent

Servers:  Catherine Valencia  &   Marcos Valencia

St. Patrick Catholic Church
PO Box # 273; 208 S. Shelby Street,
Salem IN 47167
Sunday Mass & Tuesday Mass 6:00pm
Tuesday,  March 12 - 6 PM Mass at St. Patrick
Wednesday,  March 13 - Canceled

Saturday, March 16 -  Noon; 12 PM Mass at St. Patrick for St. Patrick

American Martyrs
Thursday,  March 14 - Canceled
Save the Date
Sunday, March 16, 2019   
5pm Mass
at American Martyrs Catholic Church
A Celebration of
Father Maurice Hayes’

50th Anniversary of Ordination

Ordained on January 4, 1969
at American Martyrs
Reception after Mass in Parish Hall

    Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

 Classes:   March 10, 17 Spring Break 24 - 31

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 Sunday, April 7, 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 March 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 11 What is in the Church? Meeting  in Church

March 18 – Heaven, Purgatory and Hell
March 25 – The Creed

    The following RCIA Candidates/Catechumens were presented to Archbishop Charles Thompson at

St. Augustine Catholic Church on Saturday. 

Please keep them in your prayers as they continue their journey toward full communion with the

Catholic Church at Easter Vigil. 
From St. Patrick's: 
Morgan A Cullins, Jacob Korff,

Courtney R Williams, and Terry L Sowder. 

From American Martyrs: 
Thomas Bush, Lonnie E Noble,

Dallas E Montgomery, and David W Murphy.


 Lenten Penance Service

 St. Patrick Wednesday, March 27th after Mass. 6:30pm

    American Martyrs Thursday, March 28th 6:00pm

Grab your buckets and rags and come help with a little Spring cleaning in church, which will


begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 6.

ALL Volunteers of all ages are welcome.


The WORD Among Us

   The  booklets of Mass and Daily Meditations

    at the entrances of the church are for families

    to take home during the Lenten Season.

        Parish Family Social

Tonight 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.



March Birthdays  

12 – Nancy Craig  
15 – Anastasia Willes  
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. Thank you,  Your support will is greatly appreciated. 


Families to Clean Church    

 **2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

 at the Southwest entrance of the Church  

     Mar 11 – Mar 16   David Baker Family

The Catholic Women's Conference

 in Indianapolis will be held on

Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30-4:30. 

If you are interested in going and would like to carpool,

 please contact Cindy Light @ 812-595-3673
 for more information. 

You must register for the conference online

and the early registration (before March 11th) cost is $50

and lunch is included. 

There is an article about the conference in the

Criterion or you can learn more about it online. 


Red Cross Blood Drive 

    K of C Hall; Monday, March 18th, 2-6PM. 


Thank you

 Joe and I would like to Thank everyone for their cards, prayers, and  flowers during my illness it was much appreciated.          

God Bless, Eileen & Joe Hennekes

     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

Pat Donovan, Jean McIntosh, Harry Leggitt, Felix Lewis,

Joe Boswell,   Thomas Flood,  Marie Ficht, Mike Lemen,

Carol Higdon, Rick Horvath,   Ann Akeman,   

Carolyn Duvall,  Katie Robbins Sawin, Jean Robbins  

Kari Stout,      Ann Jentzen,    Clabie Barger, 

Mary Diaz,     Rosendo Romero, Tony Kiesler, 

Rita Fields, Ronnie Sommer, Janie Clouse

Mindy Carter, Benny Hartlage, Cathy Wilson Cochran

Dennis Obergfell, Ed Rees, Denise Jensen,  

Joe Castro, Alfreda & Lonnie Donahue, Eileen Hennekes

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

What ways do you show God’s love to someone who is lonely or hurting?    


Niño: ¿En qué maneras muestran el amor de Dios a alguien que está solo o que sufre?


Who are the people in your life who mean the most to you? How do you show them how important they are to you?


¿Quiénes son las personas en tu vida que más significan para ti? ¿Cómo les demuestras lo importante que son para ti?      


What is a way you show members of your family your love for them?


¿ Cuál es una manera en que muestran a los miembros de su familia el amor que sienten por ellos?


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.



Forty Days, Forty Ways

to Exercise Good Stewardship of Lent and Easter

Are you looking for ideas to help you with your Lenten experience? 

Here are 40 ideas to fill the 40 days of Lent and the beginning of the Easter season.


1.Attempt a more intentional prayer life – start a habit in the morning and before bedtime.

2.Attend Mass on Ash Wednesday. Wear your ashes out into the world as a witness to our faith.

3.Make a prayer basket at home slips of paper or construction paper hearts (invite kids to participate) writing names or intentions that each person around the table picks out before each meal.

4.Attend a weekday Mass.

5.Pray the rosary.

6. Make a point of experiencing the sacrament of reconciliation at the beginning and end of Lent. Consider inviting someone who’s been away from the sacrament to join you.

7.Pray for someone with whom you are out of touch.

8.Give up meat on Fridays but don’t substitute lobster - make fasting something that is truly sacrificial.

9.Resolve to stop engaging in rumors, gossip, and negative chatter that devalues others.

10. Begin and end each week with an e-mail thanking someone for all that they do.

11.Be sure to say grace at any restaurant you frequent (don’t dodge making the Sign of the Cross either).

12.Buy a cup of coffee for someone living on the street but not until you learn their name and exchange in some conversation.

13.Pray before the Blessed Sacrament.

14. Reconcile with someone you’ve hurt or aren’t speaking to.

15. Invite someone who’s been away from the church to attend Mass with you.

16.Make a gift to a charitable cause make it a sacrificial gift.

17.Attend a parish or diocesan event centered on faith issues.

18.Thank a bishop, priest or member of a religious congregation for their public witness - invite them out for coffee or a meal.

19.Learn about the life of a saint, perhaps your parish saint.

20.Visit someone who’s alone.

21.Reflect on the most pressing challenges confronting our Church and pray for a Spirit-filled response.

22. Pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

23.Attend the Stations of the Cross.

24. Find out if there is a person participating in your parish’s RCIA program and send a note of encouragement.

25. Find out how your diocese is involved in refugee resettlement and see how you can help.

26.Attend your parish’s Good Friday liturgy, squeeze in and make room in your pew to give others a spot to sit.

27.Make time for family activities that are faith-related such as reading the Bible as a family.

28. Keep a journal during Lent about your spiritual highs/lows.

29. Make a playlist of spiritual music that you enjoy and share it with a friend.

30. Embrace periods of silence in each day.

31.Attend a parish mission or Lenten Retreat; invite others to join you.

32. Offer to be part of the church preparation crew or cleanup crew for the Easter Triduum liturgies.

33.Commit to a parish ministry or try a different ministry than the one you in which you are currently engaged.

34.Cut your media consumption to open time for prayer or scripture reading. Start and end each day free from the influence of the media.

35. Attend a Friday fish fry at a local parish with friends or coworkers. It’s not the healthiest meal, but a fun Catholic tradition to join others and help you abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent.

36.Find a form of Lenten fast appropriate for your age and state of health.

37. Buy a book of daily spiritual reflections, keep it by your bed and read it upon rising or retiring or both.

38.Dedicate a portion of your time during Lent to serve others such as working at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.

39.Participate in Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Rice Bowl collection. Visit  to watch videos of the people and communities you support through your Lenten gifts to CRS Rice Bowl.

40.Invite someone you know who will be alone to Easter Sunday dinner


God is asking us to give up something good so that we can receive something better – Jesus


Fr. Joe