American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Welcome to
American Martyrs Catholic Church
 St. Patrick Catholic Church


Pastor – Rev. Joseph L. Villa S.T.L.

Archbishop – The Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson

Pope - His Holiness Pope Francis 
Parish Office:   
Phone: 812-752-3693
Fax: 812-752-0969



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St Patrick and American Martyrs Catholic Church Community

American Martyrs:                        

Office: 262 West Cherry St.,                    

Scottsburg, In 47170-2013                    

St. Patrick:
PO Box # 273
Salem IN 47167
Parish Office Hours: 

Monday, & Wednesday 8 am – 5 pm   

Thursday’s 8 am – 12 pm
Friday 8 am – 4 pm

Confession: Canceled till further notice

Parish Council;  

American Martyrs meets 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

 St. Patrick meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

D. R. E.;    

American Martyrs – Cindy Light -  812-595-3673
St. Patrick –  Mandy Naugle  - 937-658-3268
 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults:  

Contact Fr. Joe or American Martyrs Office, 812-752-3693


First Communion; Baptisms & Marriages:  

Both Parishes Contact Fr. Joe and/or Parish Office for an appointment.

American Martyrs Sunday Money Counters
June – Ann Jentzen and Doris Marcum (thank you for volunteering.)
July -  Susan Anderson & AL Riggle

JUNE American Martyrs Lectors

Saturday’ s 4:00 PM – Volunteer’s
Saturday’ s 5:30 PM –  Linda Illingworth

Sunday’s 8:30 AM – Freda Donahue


JULY American Martyrs Lectors

Saturday’ s 4:00 PM – Volunteer’s
Saturday’ s 5:30 PM –  Ellen Stout

Sunday’s 8:30 AM – Jeremy Willes


American Martyrs

Sat., June 27; 4:00 PM     Joe Boswell

Sat., June 27;  5:30 PM –    Richard Horvath  


Sun., June 28;  8:30 AM   Marti Allgeier Lawyer


Monday       June 29; 8:00 AM –   Petronilla Hutchins Manna

Tuesday      June 30; 8:00 AM –   Don Faulkenberg

Wednesday  July 01; 8:00 AM –   Beth Smith

Thursday     July 02; 8:00 AM –   Charlotte Wilson




 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sat., July 4; 4:00 PM     Bob & Lorraine Gable

 2nd Collection –  Peters Pence & Clearing house

Sat., July 4; 5:30 PM  11 Bravo’s K.I.A. in Vietnam     

2nd Collection –  Peters Pence & Clearing house


Sun., July 5; 8:30 AM   Mary & James Boley

 2nd Collection –  Peters Pence & Clearing house


Monday        July 06; 8:00 AM –   Pat Hayes

Tuesday      July  07; 8:00 AM –  John Read Sr.  

Wednesday  July 08; 8:00 AM –  Jean Marie Reinstedler    

Thursday    July 09; 8:00 AM –   Gary Moenter

     Weekly Mass Schedule

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time


Sat., June 11; 4:00 PM    Steve Illingworth


Sat., June 11; 5:30 PM For the People of the Parish      


Sun., June 12 8:30 AM Tommy Rowe       



Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Religious Education


Classes are suspended until further notice.


Sunday Religious Education      Pre K through 12th

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.


Congratulations Maeve Sawin

Maeve Anne-Marie Sawin completed her First Holy Communion. She received the Holy Eucharist for the first time on June 10, 2020.

Maeve is the daughter of Jared and Katie Sawin, granddaughter of Jean Robbins and the later Kelly Robbins also the great - granddaughter of Joan Mulcahy Brown. 



Congratulations Dante Alejandro Caceres

 Dante Alejandro Caceres completed his First Holy Communion. He received the Holy Eucharist for the first time on June 22, 2020.

Alejandro is the son of Luis and Maria Caceres.





Bible Study at American Martyrs

 Has been suspended until further notice.


The Prayer Shaw / Blanket

These are for to anyone needing the gift of love and or prayer.

The shawls / blankets in the back of the church are blessed.


Votive Candles donation of $3.00 for the 7 day votive candles.


Mass Intentions    Are requested $10.00 per

Mass Envelopes are at the entrances of both churches



Change of Address / Phone or New Membership

     If you are new to Either 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  

Stop by the Parish Office at

262 W. Cherry Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170

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

   St. PatrickMass Schedule


Sun., June   28; 10:30 AM –  Paul Olesh   

      Lector:  Judy Saunder    

      Ushers:  David Baiocchi, Bob Stone

                      Chuck Cullins, David Sowder

 Sun., June   28; 12 Noon –   Hale Laswell

      Lector:   Volunteer  

      Ushers:   Volunteers

Wed. June 17: 6:00 pm –    For the People  


Sun., JULY   05; 10:30 AM –   Brian Cannello   

      Lector:  Janet Paynter 

      Ushers: Brian Miller, Joe  Mahuron

                     David Lecklitner, Joe Daugherty

 Sun., June   05; 12 Noon – Carl & Roberta Smith

      Lector:   Volunteer  

      Ushers:   Volunteers


Wed. June 24: 6:00 pm – For the People of the Parish   



Sun., JULY   11; 10:30 AM – Harold R. Ewing  
 Sun., June   11; 12 Noon – John Briscoe
Bible Study


Has been suspended until further notice.

  Religious Education
     Classes are suspended until further notice.

Sunday Religious Education    Pre K through 12th

No charge for our Religious Education program.

Contact; Mandy Naugle for more information


FOCUS:        Putting Jesus first is our challenge.


   Once again Jesus discusses the challenge of living the Gospel. Faithful discipleship comes with demands. But we are not to keep the Gospel message to ourselves – it must be proclaimed and lived no matter what the cost. For those who are faithful, the reward will be newness of life.

Reading 1 )   2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a 

 In the first reading, a woman of influence who consistently offers hospitality to Elisha is rewarded with the promise of a son.

Reading 2 )   Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 

 Saint Paul reminds the Roman community that through baptism they share in the death and resurrection of Christ.


Gospel )   Matthew 10:37-42   

In the Gospel, Jesus tells his Apostles that whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.

 Questions of the Week
Question for Children: 

Jesus tells us not to be afraid.  Name a time when you were afraid and Jesus helped you.     

Question for Youth: 

Jesus tells us that he will remember us to his Father if we proclaim him to others.

How easy is it for you to talk about your faith with your friends?

How about your family or people you don’t know very well? 

Question for Adults: 

What is your responsibility to Jesus? How and when will you carry out that responsibility?

Parish Family Social     



Has been suspended until further notice.


June Birthday’s

21– Bev Schafer  

23 – Cindy Cruz         23 – Susan Anderson

23 – Carlos Bravo      24 – Dave Sowder

25 – Martha Spicer   25 – Donna Coleman

25 – Courtney Williams

26 – Jim Johnson      26 – Bryan Brewer

26 – Steven Scarlett  27– Mary Goodale

28 – Finn Sawin        29 – Judy Johnson

JULY  Birthday’s

01 – Daniel Briscoe   01 –  David Schafer     

02 – Nevaeh Townsend

03 – Caro      04 – Derrick Grigsby

05 – Adam Saunders  06 –  Rich Smith

06 – Chris Mahuron      07 – Anne Marie Olesh

07 – Chris Woods        08 –  Cree Woods

08 – Bradlee Pask       08 –  Maria Smith

09 – Diana Peak          09 –  Iris Ries

09 –  Steve Boswell      11 –  Jose Soto

11 – Ellen Hennekes   11 –  Bailey Hypes



American Martyrs Church Cleaning


2020 Cleaning Schedule is ready for Volunteer signups

June     29 – July 4   Need Volunteer  

July     06 – 11   Need Volunteer   

July     13 – 18   Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg

July     20 – 25   Joan Mace   

July     27 – 31   Bev Schafer

A cleaning list is in the Northwest cleaning closet.


Thank you for taking your time to volunteer    



BULLETIN Additions or Changes

 Please continue to send me information or upcoming events for the bulletin. Cut off day will be at 5 pm Wednesday’s. 

 Email:    Phone: 812-752-3693

262 West Cherry Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170


Putting Faith into Action


In a Time of Social Distancing


 By Leisa Anslinger, associate department director for pastoral life, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

PRAY: Spend time with God each day. Read the Bible or a devotional. Meditate. Listen to prayerful music.

PAY ATTENTION: God is with you! Look for God in the care of others and those you care for. See God in the beauty around you.

GROW IN GRATITUDE: Make this a time to be grateful for the blessings of life, faith relationships, gifts, talent and resources.

REACH OUT: Reach out to those who are fragile, alone, or in need. Call or video chat with elderly neighbors.

GIVE: Give to your parish. Your faith community is sustained through your giving.

CONNECT: Check in with other parishioners. Gather with others by phone or virtually to stay connected even when physically apart. SHARE FAITH: As you talk with family and friends, share the consolation and hope you have through your faith in Jesus.

 KEEP SABBATH: Sabbath is a time of rest and renewal in faith. Make this moment of physical distance a time for Sabbath.



If you are in need of prayer support,

Please contact;  

Parish Office 812-752-3693 or



Prayers for Those in Nursing Facilities:

   Bob Aker, Rita Castillo, Rena Cleek, Sharon Laswell,       

   Bob Ligda, Elberta Lundy, Lois Meagher,

  Shirley Novak, Gene Powell,  Peggy Powers,

   Doris Williams, Josephine Zink. 



Prayers for the Sick at Home or in Hospital:

  Ann Aiken, Anna Kaelin, Joe Brown,   

   Tony Kiesler, Pete Renn, Louise Kohler, Ellen Stout

  Remember these and all those that are ill in your prayers.



Word of Life

“Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Weekend of June 27/28, 2020 In today’s gospel reading the Twelve hear Jesus speak these words: “whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” This is the first time Matthew mentions the word “cross” in his gospel, and it is not in direct reference to Jesus’ crucifixion but as a prerequisite to following him. Good stewards recognize that the call to discipleship requires them to “take up the cross” and align their goals in life and their fate with that of Jesus, that is, with suffering, opposition, resistance and even death. Reflect this week on the crosses you need to take up daily in order to comprehend the way of Jesus Christ.


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CHOICE - 812-883-2675:

CRADLE- 812-752-0123;

Adoption Options -    317-878-3412
Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444

There are difficult moments in life, but with hope the soul goes forward and looks ahead to what awaits us.   Pope Francis


Celebrating the Body and Blood of Christ as

 “Stewards of the Gospel”

     On Sunday June 14, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, to celebrate the gift of the Eucharist. Of course, now that we are beginning to return to the physical Eucharistic table in our parishes and celebrate the sacrament in person, we can more readily recall that the best way to celebrate the Eucharist is to live it, to put the Eucharist into action. None of us can be a mere spectator to the Eucharist, for this offering to God of bread and wine is really our offering to him of ourselves, of our lives and of the whole world. Jesus taught us this connectedness when he enjoined us to go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel (see Mark 16:15).

     The Eucharist invites us to be “stewards of the gospel;” to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and to love others just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. This is the meaning behind the language of blood sacrifice of which we will hear proclaimed in the weekend’s readings. Blood is fundamentally life. The commitment to share in a common life, the covenant between God and Israel, was endorsed in blood, lots of it. Sacrifice was, and is necessary. But how does the celebration of the Eucharist relate concretely to our ordinary day-to-day lives? At one level, our physical return to the Eucharistic table affirms our belief that there is something extraordinary in our ordinary, daily lives. We take time to acknowledge to ourselves, our families and our communities with whom we have been separated that we are engaged in an extraordinary relationship with God through Jesus Christ. More deeply, however, is that the Eucharist transforms us. It provides a center of our being and a driving force that impels us to go out and “be” Christ to a broken world. We are nourished and strengthened in a profound way in order to build up the Body of Christ and carry out Jesus’ command to be missionary disciples.

     The theme for the 58th annual conference of the International Catholic Stewardship Council, to be held, both virtually, and in Anaheim, California, if permissible, September 27 to 30, is Encounter! This conference will give us a wonderful opportunity to learn more about encountering the risen Christ in our lives, putting his gift of the Eucharist into action and to become “doers” of God’s Word as individual Catholics, and as local Catholic communities of faith.

     The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ reminds us that even through these uncertain times, we are each called to serve and to carry the good news of the gospel to everyone we encounter. Nourished by the gift of the Eucharist, we are never alone in this journey of faith. Christ is with us always in a real and most personal way.



Understanding Stewardship in a Complex World

     Whether we are still observing stay-at home orders or slowly emerging from our quarantine and getting back to Mass in those places where permissible, we know that our Catholic faith is a communal faith, not meant to be lived in isolation. Our prayer and spirituality serve as a springboard to a life of Christian charity and service to others in some form or fashion.

     In Saint John’s Gospel, Jesus alludes to the lives of action his disciples will lead. He speaks to God about his followers: “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). As a communion of Christian stewards, we live our Catholic faith in a challenging world. We see overwhelming problems and social ills, and we’re bombarded from so many sides to take action. We are sometimes hit by “compassion fatigue,” and often the issues are complex and our response unsure.

    There are a host of Catholic agencies that can help us better understand Catholic social teaching and how we apply that teaching to the complexity of world issues that surround us. Catholic Relief Services and Jesuit Refugee Services, to name just two, deal with international issues with a focus on faith, and Catholic Charities USA focuses on domestic issues. But are you aware that our United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) addresses many issues on the domestic and international front, through its educational resources as well as its activities? Many times, news reports focus on the Church’s position on one or two issues. But in reality, the bishops are very active and outspoken on a wide range of social concerns, and by joining with them as people of faith we can create a united front that promotes positive change and enhances the common good.

    Through its teachings and programs, the USCCB addresses issues such as human trafficking, hunger among our nation’s poor, the human suffering brought on by Syria’s civil war, employment, health care, the environment, education and capital punishment. Visiting can bring you up to date on a wide range of issues and show you how you can help address them by applying the teachings of our Catholic faith.

    Together as a communion of faith we can make a difference as we live in this world as Christ directed even in these disquieting times.


Great Stewards of the Church: Saints Peter and Paul

     This month we highlight two of the great stewards of our faith, Saints Peter and Paul, commemorated on June 29. The two apostles are celebrated together as the founders of the early Church of Rome.

     St. Peter held a preeminent status among Jesus’ disciples.

He was very close to Jesus and is the apostle Jesus designated as the “rock” upon which his Church would be built. Even St. Paul acknowledged St. Peter as the pillar of the Church in Jerusalem. The Gospel of St. Luke describes Jesus commissioning St. Peter as the head of the disciples. In the first of his letters contained in the New Testament, St. Peter penned the stewardship reflection placed so prominently in the United States Bishops’ pastoral letter on Christian stewardship: “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt. 4:10).

     Thinkers throughout the ages acknowledge St. Paul as a genius and his success as a missionary was unmatched. He was a highly educated Jew and interpreted his conversion experience on the road to Damascus as Christ’s personal call to preach the Good News to the Gentiles. He established Christian communities around the eastern Mediterranean, is noted for three great missionary journeys and wrote letters to various communities.

St. Paul believed that exercising good stewardship over the gift of the Risen Christ was fundamental to eternal life.

     How Saints Peter and Paul actually exercised stewardship over the Church in Rome is lost to history, but our faith tradition affirms that they jointly founded the Church of Rome, exercised a special authority over it and established its apostolic succession;

a succession of bishops and popes that continues to this day.