American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Welcome to American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL

16th Sunday of Ordinary time

      July 21, 2019

Striking balance in our spiritual journey is a great challenge.


      The attributes of both Martha and Mary are to be admired and imitated. By sitting at the feet of Jesus, we learn to accept the challenge to be of service to others. Christ remains the one to imitate in our daily interactions with others.



Reading 1:    Genesis 18:1-10a;  

 In the first reading, Abraham gladly welcomes three strangers into his home


R)  Psalm 15:  

He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord
Reading 2:   Colossians 1:24-28; 

Saint Paul reminds us that it is always Jesus Christ we proclaim.


Gospel:  Luke 10:38-42;  

In the Gospel, Martha and Mary welcome Jesus into their home in different ways.

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.

    Welcome, Fr. Don Buchanan         

Saturday; July 20; 5:00 PM  Daniel, Trinidad Romero

                                                 & Lupe Brunner

2nd Collection – Building and Maintenance Fund

Servers: Friederich Ostertag &   Marta Rose Ostertag       

    Welcome, Fr. Don Buchanan

Sunday; July 21; 8:30 AM – For Our Parishioners    

      16th Sunday of Ordinary time

2nd Collection – Building and Maintenance Fund

Servers: Olivia Fugate   &   Sadie Fugate

 Monday         No MASS
 Tuesday         July 23; 8:00 AM –   Martha Boswell

 Wednesday   July 24; 8:00 AM  –   Petronilla Hutchins Manna

 Thursday      July 25; 8:00 AM  –    Joanie Schafer Hess

Saturday; July 27; 5:00 PM  Beth Smith


Servers:  Isabelle Marcum  &   Eric Marcum


Sunday; July 28; 8:30 AM –  Jerry Coomes

      17th Sunday of Ordinary time

Servers:  Albert Soto  &  Marian Soto


Thank you K of C Council 8052 for your generous donation for the St. Theodore Project.


Starting sometime in August we will begin sharing a Bulletin with St. Patrick, so that both churches will have the same information.

So in the transition there will have to be some changes in the content of the Bulletin.

Please continue you to send me information for the bulletin the new cut off day will be the

5 pm Wednesday’s. Thank you,

        Parish Secretary,  Debbie Young
Stewardship Moment

     Martha and Mary are the focus of this weekend’s Gospel, which abounds with rich themes about hospitality, service, and finding the right balance between action and prayerful attention to the Lord. Christians who are good stewards of their faith life realize that if they are too busy to enjoy peaceful, private time with the Lord, then something is out of balance in their spiritual lives. If we make time for Mass, but then carry on with our busy schedules without prayer, meditation and reflection, we are missing out. If we find ourselves anxious and harried by life’s routines, could it be a sign that something in our spiritual life needs some serious attention?  


 Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education       Pre K through 12th

Classes Resume in August 18, 2019

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, August 4, 2019

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

RCIA;  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.
Instructions will begin again on Monday’s, January 2020

Respect Life Reflection

    As a mom who had my first baby in college, I know that an unexpected pregnancy can sometimes bring fear, shame, and doubt. However, I also know that an unexpected pregnancy can bring joy, excitement, awe, gratitude, and deeper love than I knew was possible—not to mention the little bundle who inspires these sentiments!”     USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “10 Ways to Support Her When She's Unexpectedly Expecting”

Thank you

 The Families of Lois Bridges, Helen Reynolds, and all the Hayes Family would like to Thank all of you for your prayers and kind works of Condolence in the passing of our sister, Lucille Warren. We appreciate you thoughtfulness.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Scottsburg K of C is sponsoring a Blood Drive on

 Monday, July 22nd at the K of C Hall from 2PM until 6PM.

Please donate to improve or save a life with you donation of blood,    add this event to your personal calendar and spread the news to family, friends and co-workers.

Fr. Joe’s 60th Birthday - July 28th
As you may have noticed it will be
Fr. Joe’s Birthday next Sunday
Thought it might be nice to flood him with
Birthday Cards next weekend.

You can give them to him, Mail them, Put them in the Collection basket or bring them to

The Annual Parish Picnic. Thank you
We Need  Help PLEASE

   We are going to be needing help with setting up the Kiwanis tent after the Saturday night Mass at the K of C hall on July 27 for the Parish Picnic

Parish Family PICNIC

  Our Annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for

NEXT Sunday, July 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the K of C Hall.

Tom Marley's famous pulled pork. Also hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks will be provided by the K of C.

There will also be water slides for young and old alike.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the large tent
after Mass on Saturday, July 27.

Bring your covered dish and come and enjoy the meal with your Church family and plan to have fun!.

August 17- Light Family- Pizza – Ice cream

September 21 - Light Family- Fresh Fish Fry  

July  Birthdays
20 – Robin Boswell      
21 – Angie Murphy  
22 – Diana Cozart  
23 – Janie Alexander   
24 – Alexes Valencia   
25 – Sue White       
26 – James Cruz         
26 – Nicholas Bauista 
28 – Fr. Joe Villa           

28 –   Terry Light

Church Cleaning

Need Volunteers 2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet

 is posted  at the Southwest entrance of the Church  
July 22 – July 27    David Schafer
July 29 – Aug 03    David Schafer

Aug 5 – Aug 10    Tina Cozart

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


Volunteers needed

        American Martyrs is beginning to work on forming a group who would be interested in providing a meal for "Conquer the Chaos" (formerly known as "Circles") group in October. A few volunteers have already expressed an interest in helping out as our church looks ahead at the opportunity to provide meals on a more regular basis in 2020. Your only commitment would be to prepare a main entree, salad, or dessert which can be dropped off either at the church office or at the group's meeting site in Austin.

    Conquer the Chaos is an intentional method of building relationships across class and race lines to assist individuals or families in their quest to improve their standard of living out of poverty to self-sufficiency. Additional information can be found at


Five Different Forms of Prayer

Adoration exalts the greatness of God, the Creator and Sustainer, in the spirit of humility and homage. The gracious generosity of God compels us to bless the One who remains the source of every blessing in our life.

The prayer of petition acknowledges our dependence on God the Father, especially as it prompts us to turn back to him in a spirit of repentance and contrition, asking for forgiveness.

Through the prayer of intercession we entrust ourselves to God’s mercy, especially by placing before the Father the concerns of others in need.

The prayer of thanksgiving gives voice to the gratitude that befits every mature and honest person, especially as it calls to mind the redeeming deeds of Jesus that save us and set us free.

    Finally, as the Catechism explains, the prayer of praise “lauds God for his own sake and gives him glory, quite beyond what he does, but simply because he is” (2639).

     In short, these five different forms of prayer enable us to love God for what he has created, to love God for his compassionate mercy, to love God for his presence and assistance in our lives, to love God for his redemptive tenderness, and to love God for himself.


The "Share the Harvest" TABLE will be available once again this summer.

We know gardens had a tough time this year with the weather we have had, however,   Anyone is welcome to bring excess items from your garden to share with parishioners.


What is Prayer? – Talking With God
Prayer is our direct line with heaven. Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God!

He wants us to communicate with Him,
like a person-to-person phone call..

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

Parish Office 812-752-3693 or


Prayers for Those in

Nursing Facilities:

Hampton Oaks; Bob Ligda, Wanda Mays,

                        Norma Campbell, Shirley Novak,

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 at home or in Hospital:

Anna Kaelin, Bertha Herrera, Mary Rainwater,

 Sylvia Smith, Joe Brown, Carol Higdon, Felix Lewis,

  Ann Jentzen, Lorraine Gable,  

Remember these and all those that are ill or troubled in your prayers


Prayers for the repose of soul of Joanie Schafer Hess who has passed to her eternal home. Joanie is the sister of David Schafer. Prayers of Comfort to all her loved ones.

A Family Prayer Starter

Give us new eyes, Lord, to see our lives in the light of  your love.   Too often our fear, neediness, anger, or hurt fog our vision.   Help us to see your providence in the glory of trees, lakes, and cloudless skies.
Help us to see your generosity in the many gifts we enjoy each day.   Help us to see your wisdom in the rhythm of the days,  the weeks, the seasons, and the years. Help us to see your image in the faces of everyone we meet and to know your goodness in the joy and love we feel for one another. 

We ask you this because we know you love us. 

Prayers,  Fr. Joe