American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Welcome to American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL

Palm Sunday

April 13 / 14, 2019


We are invited to accompany Jesus as he faces betrayal, abandonment, suffering and death.


     Today we commemorate the passion of Jesus.

Through the Gospel reading, we are invited into the story, to be present with Jesus as he experiences his arrest, suffering and death. We reflect upon the various figures in the Gospel, those who actively contributed to his persecution, those who stood at a distance, and those who would not partake of the evil that was done. As Christians, we are called to remember the events of Palm Sunday whenever we encounter suffering, whether our own or others.



Reading 1:  Isaiah 50:4-7:

 In the first reading, Isaiah prophesies about the Lord’s servant.

R) Psalm  22:  

      My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?


Reading 2: Philippians 2:6-11:    

In the second reading from Philippians, Paul quotes a hymn that tells of the “emptying” and subsequent exaltation of Christ.

Gospel: Luke 22:14–23:56:       

In the Gospel, Luke recounts the events of Christ’s passion: from the meal with his Apostles, to his agony on the Mount of Olives, and then his arrest, crucifixion, death and burial.

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; April 13; 5:00 PM –   Marti Allgeier /Lawyer 
** 2nd Collection – Church in Africa

Servers: Albert Soto  &  Raeann Baker   

Sunday; April 14; 8:30 AM  –  All of American Martyrs Parish 

      Especially Obergfell, Brock, Smith and Boswell Family’s.

** 2nd Collection – Church in Africa
Palm Sunday

Servers:  Blake Russell    &   Reeve Willes


Holy Week and Easter Schedule April 15 – 21, 2019


 Monday – 8am - American Martyrs

Monday – 12 Noon – American Martyrs- Healing Mass

Tuesday – 8 am - American Martyrs – Mass

Tuesday – 8:30-10 am – American Martyrs - Hear Confessions

Wednesday – 8 am - American Martyrs – Mass

Holy Thursday – 6pm – St. Patrick

Good Friday – 6pm – American Martyrs

Easter Vigil Saturday – 8:28 pm American Martyrs

Easter Sunday – 5am - American Martyrs

Easter Sunday – 8:30am - American Martyrs


Easter Vigil

   Saturday; April 20; 8:28 PM –  RCIA Candidates/Catechumens    

** 2nd Collection – Easter Offering

Servers:  Brinley Wilson & Raeann Baker

Rejoice it is Easter  Sunday

   Sunday; April 21; 5:00 AM  –  For The People

Servers:    Volunteers  

Sunday; April 21; 8:30 AM – Elizabeth Harmon

** 2nd Collection – Easter Offering
Rejoice it is Easter  Sunday

Servers: Reeve Willes & Selleck Willes


St. Patrick Catholic Church

    208 S. Shelby Street,
    Salem IN 47167

    Sunday Mass 10:30am  &

    Wednesday Mass 6:00pm

Holy Week and Easter Schedule April 15 – 21, 2019

Monday – 5:30pm – St. Patrick -  Healing Mass

Tuesday – 4-5:30 pm – St. Patrick - Hear Confessions

Tuesday – 6 pm – St. Patrick -  Mass

Wednesday – 6 pm – St. Patrick -  Mass

Holy Thursday – 6pm – St. Patrick

Good Friday – 3pm – St. Patrick

 Easter Sunday – 10:30am – St. Patrick

      In the prelude to today’s great Passion Narrative, Saint Paul reminds us that we find our hope in the “emptiness” and “humility” of Christ Jesus; a life that led to the cross, but through the cross, to glory and exaltation. The way is not easy. Good stewards know that it requires a willingness to lay aside all rights of personal privilege; emptying ourselves in the service of others; embracing values different from the values of the world. It requires an understanding that to be “in Christ” means to be a servant because Christ came into the world, not as Lord but as servant. What crosses are we willing to carry? What worldly values are we willing to forego in order to share Christ’s glory?


    Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

 Classes:  April 14.   No Class: Easter, April 21

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, May 5, 2019

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

 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

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.  
    RCIA Candidates/Catechumens

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.

Welcome Candidates Reception
On Saturday, April 20th, we will be hosting a reception to welcome the 8 candidates/catechumens who will be entering the church at the Easter Vigil. 
This reception will be in the parish hall at 7:00pm, with a light supper and cake. 
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
Come help us celebrate with our new members
Palm Sunday is like a glimpse of Easter.
It's a little bit joyful after being somber during Lent.

    Parish Family Social

 At this Family Social, Carol Ison is preparing Meatloaf
 with your covered dishes. 

Come and enjoy the meal with your Church family

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

May?? & June?? July -– Parish Picnic:  August – Fresh Fried Fish 

2019 Socials Dates are posted,  We are looking for people to Host  future Socials. Please sign up to host a social.

April Birthdays  
15– Patricia Brock       15 – Lonnie Donahue  

24 – Tracy Howard       25 – Joseph Henson  

27 – Daniel Alexander  28 – Hayes Willes   

29 – Lorraine Gable     29 – Karissa Light    


Families to Clean Church    

 **2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

 at the Southwest entrance of the Church  

April 15 – April 20   Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg
April 22 – April 27   David Baker Family
April 29 – May 04   Katie Sawin
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

Current K of C or Potential Knights

   If you are thinking of joining the World’s Largest Fraternal Catholic Men’s Organization Supporting, Our Families, Orphans, Priest and Bishops. Now is the time.

The date is April 28, 2019. The District will hold a

1st Degree and 2nd Degree and 3rd Degree back to back. 

This will be at Cardinal Ritter Council 1221;
809 East Main St., New Albany, IN 47150.
Right to Life Banquet

    The Right to Life of Scott County will be holding its annual fundraiser and Banquet on Friday, April 26, 2019. Open to the Public. Doors open at 6 P.M. Please make reservations ahead of time if you can this will help in the preparation of the food.  The meal costs nothing, a donation will be accepted. 

There will be a Silent Auction and Guest Speakers. 


Respect Life Reflection

     “When battered by life's storms, or immersed in a dense

fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, ‘Do not fear: I am with you’ (Isaiah 41:10).”


Thank you

 My family and I wish to thank all of you for your PRAYERS, visits, cards, emails and texts during my recent "challenge".  

I am currently home, a bit weak and weary, but blessed to     be home again.  I'm really doing fine, but wouldn’t be in this position without all of your support.  

Thanks so much!   

Pat Donovan

Clearinghouse Donations

  As a Lenten service K of C is asking for people/families

To drop any non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration after opening and/or Toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant, toilet tissue, Lotions, Soaps… Thank you

Prayer may be expressed vocally or mentally.

The basic forms of prayer are praise, 

petition 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 Sick:

Fr. Joe Villa,   Pat Donovan, Harry Leggitt, Felix Lewis,

Lorraine Gable,  Joe Boswell,   Thomas Flood,

Marie Ficht,    Eileen Hennekes,  Jean McIntosh,

Carol Higdon, Rick Horvath,   Ann Akeman, Al Riggle

Carolyn Duvall,  Katie Robbins Sawin, Jean Robbins  

Kari Stout,      Ann Jentzen,    Clabie Barger, Ed Rees,

Mary Diaz,     Rosendo Romero, Tony Kiesler, 

Rita Fields,    Ronnie Sommer, Janie Clouse

Mindy Carter, Benny Hartlage, Cathy Wilson Cochran

Joe Castro,    Alfreda & Lonnie Donahue,

Ruth Long     Gwynn Keller,    Mary Ellen Buchanan

Joe Brown,    Joe Henson,      JoNell Buchanan,

Dennis Obergfell, Pat Divish,       Fr. Don Buchanan, 

Debbie Biddle, Charles Sanders, Joe Hennekes

Alex O’Raferty, Dean Karmire, Laverne Basham,

Peter Renn   Blue Bomar, Teresa Westwood,

Ray Zierhut, Carol Blasingame, Denise Jensen,

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

 In your own words, what does the suffering and death of Christ mean to you?


¿ En sus propias palabras, ¿qué significan el sufrimiento y la muerte de Cristo para ustedes? 


How can you spend time with each member of your family this week in a way that will communicate your love for them?


¿ Cómo puedes pasar tiempo con cada miembro de tu familia esta semana para hacerles saber cuanto los amas?


What sacrifices have you made this week to show your love for others? What sacrifices have others made for you?


¿ Qué sacrificios ha hecho esta semana para mostrar su amor por los demás? ¿Qué sacrificios han hecho otros para usted?



Stewardship and the Art of Sharing

By Rev. Joseph D. Creedon, pastor emeritus, Christ the King Parish, Providence, Rhode Island.

This excerpt is eighth in a series based on his current book.


   Learning the art of sharing is a gift and a discipline that has to be developed. We learn how to share first and best from our parents. Share with your brother; share with your sister gets repeated over and over again in our formative years until finally we catch on and no longer have to be told.

     Many years ago, I was blessed to share in this experience. A mother was teaching her boys to share. She was a young mother dying of cancer. It was Holy Week and I was visiting her in the hospital. Her days were quickly running out. Her family was with her when I came to visit. Someone had given one of the boys a box of Milk Duds; his brothers wanted some of the candy. The boys knew their mother was sick but were too young to know she was dying. Their skirmish was completely incongruous with the unspoken sadness that filled the room. The young mother, even in her dying, was not going to pass up what was to be one of her last acts of parenting. While her husband and I watched she called the boys to her hospital bed. The boys climbed up on the bed. She asked for the box of candy; it was surrendered. She patiently counted out the pieces into three piles. She gave each boy his share of the candy. There was one candy left. She looked at her husband and me, said, “Sorry” and plunked the one surviving piece into her mouth. Words fail to capture the power of her selfless teaching or its example. I know that as I was driving home from that visit, it dawned on me that I had just seen Eucharist celebrated with candy.

     He took the bread, blessed it and shared it with them saying, “This is my body which will be given up for you.”   The power of sharing was etched on my heart that day.



There is still time to give up
something for Lent!
Try one of the following:
 Give up complaining focus on gratitude.

Give up cynicism become an optimist.

Give up harsh judgments think kindly thoughts.

Give up worry trust in the Lord.

 Give up discouragement become more hopeful.
 Give up bitterness turn to forgiveness.

Give up resentment cultivate some humility.

Give up negativism be more positive.

Give up anger be more patient.

Give up pettiness become mature.

Give up gloom learn to smile.

Give up jealousy adopt a generous attitude.

Give up gossiping control your tongue.

Give up tension find more humor.

Give up giving up be persistent in prayer!


Thank you for your prayers

Fr. Joe