American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Welcome to

American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa

17th Sunday of Ordinary time

July 28, 2019


God is merciful to the faithful.

     Faithfulness to God is blessed with grace and mercy. Jesus interceded for us, as Abraham did for Sodom, and salvation is ours through his cross. Righteous living, which is adhering to God’s commands and caring for one another, is how we embrace our salvation. Let us pray for one another and for those who may not yet know the Lord – that salvation may be theirs as well. For God is merciful to the faithful.



Reading 1:    Genesis 18:20-32;    In the first reading, God assures Abraham that he would be merciful to the righteous.


R)  Psalm 138:  

Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

Reading 2:   Colossians 2:12-14;   In his Letter to the Colossians, Paul writes that Christ took our sins to the cross, so by faith we are forgiven all our transgressions.


Gospel:  Luke 11:1-13; In the Gospel, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray to the Father. 

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; 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
 Monday         July 29; 8:00 AM –    For the People
 Tuesday        July 30; 8:00 AM  –    

 Wednesday   July 31; 8:00 AM –  Charles & Estelle Hutchins

 Thursday      Aug. 01; 8:00 AM  –   Joanie Schafer Hess

Saturday; August  3; 5:00 PM  11 Bravo’s K. I. A.

***2nd Collection – Scott County Clearinghouse

Servers:  Blake Russell   &      Nick Bautisa      


Sunday; August  4; 8:30 AM –  Rick Horvath

      18th Sunday of Ordinary time

***2nd Collection – Scott County Clearinghouse

Servers: Raeann Baker  &   Brinley Willson

Happy 60th Birthday  Fr. Joe Villa

Membership / Discipleship

     If you are new to the parish or

have any change with your phone number

or have you moved please let the Parish office know,

it is as easy as a phone call, 812-752-3693  

email, . Stop by the Parish Office at

262 W. Cherry Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170

Or there are forms at all the entrances of the church.

Stewardship Moment

     A prominent theme in today’s Gospel parable is generosity. Late at night, a sleepy friend responds to his neighbor’s request for food for an unexpected guest. Jesus suggests that it would be unthinkable for a friend to deny a friend in need. A friend would most certainly give what is asked and more. Through this story, Jesus illustrates God’s generosity. Good stewards realize the extraordinary love and graciousness with which God showers us. We need never convince God to be generous. God is already that generous friend.

His abundant love bathes us in goodness.

This week, prayerfully reflect on God’s generosity to us.

What should our response be to that generosity?

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 Next  Sunday, August 4, 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.
Instructions will begin again on Monday’s, January 2020
At American Martyrs for both American Martyrs and
St. Patrick.
          August Ministries
Saturday – Lectors Eucharist Ministers

 Linda Illingworth (G)          Mary Smith (*)

 Joe Obergfell     (R)           Bev Schafer

Sunday – Lectors___Eucharist Ministers

 Doris Marcum    (G)       Debbie Young (*)

 Marcy Donohue (R)       Kathy Karmire


Counters  - Julie Donovan & Doris Marcum


Starting August 11th  we will begin sharing a Bulletin with St. Patrick, so that both churches will have the same information.

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

Parish Family PICNIC

  Our Annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for

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  

Church Cleaning
Need Volunteers 2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet
 is posted  at the Southwest entrance of the Church  
July 29 – Aug 03    David Schafer
Aug 05 – Aug 10    Tina Cozart
Aug 12 – Aug 17    Joan Mace
   Aug 19 – Aug 24    Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg
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


Respect Life Reflection

    “O God, you are faithful, and you never abandon those who hope in you. I know that my redemption from sin and death has been purchased at the cost of your Son’s blood. In return for this priceless gift, I resolve today to renew my trust in your unfailing mercy.”USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities; “Trust in God’s Mercy” Prayer


       Mighty Everlasting Father, everything is changing around me,

Oh God: my life, my circumstances and even the world.

      But, Oh Lord, my God, help me to not fear this change. Rather, may I embrace it as I embrace You daily. Give me strength to rise above every situation and overcome the darkness.

     Temptations, and storms and struggles are thrown at me constantly as I have decided to seek You and become so close and wrapped up in Your holy presence.

     These changes in my life baffle me at times, my God. Let me be still and remember who is the author. Lord, You mold it all together

for my betterment.

     And therefore, I trust that things will work out according to Your will and plan for my life.

For in the end, I will be able to say: “Thank You, Jesus, for bringing me thus far… I now understand why I had to go through this and to You I am eternally grateful.” 

In Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen and Amen!


     July  28 –   Terry Light


August     05 – Steve Brock 06 –   Linda Illingworth

08 – Tom Marley 08 –   Victoria Martinez 08 – Debbie Young

09 – Yessica Valencia 10 –   Tina Cozart

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,  Clabie Barger

Remember these and all those that are ill or troubled in your prayers there is a list by the Prayers Intention Book.


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.
Saint Martha’s Story
Saint of the Day for July 29.  
Saint Martha is the Patron Saint of:
Cooks, Housewives, Servants, Waiters and Waitresses

     Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death.

     No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion, she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and forthrightly states the obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner.

      Yet, as biblical scholar Father John McKenzie points out, she need not be rated as an “unrecollected activist.” The evangelist is emphasizing what our Lord said on several occasions about the primacy of the spiritual: “…[D]o not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear…. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:25b, 33a); “One does not live by bread alone” (Luke 4:4b); “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” (Matthew 5:6a).

      Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world’” (John 11:25-27).


Scripture commentators point out that in writing his account of the raising of Lazarus, Saint John intends that we should see Martha’s words to Mary before Lazarus was raised as a summons that every Christian must obey. In her saying “The teacher is here and is asking for you,” Jesus is calling every one of us to resurrection—now in baptismal faith, forever in sharing his victory over death. And all of us, as well as these three friends, are in our own unique way called to special friendship with him.