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
American Martyrs:                        

Office: 262 West Cherry St.,                    

Scottsburg, In 47170-2013                    

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

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8 am – 5 pm   

Thursday’s 8 am – 12 pm

American Martyrs: Saturday’s  3 - 3:40 PM

St. Patrick: Wednesday’s 5 - 5:40 PM

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
September  – Rich Smith  and  James Cruz
October -  Ellen Stout  and  Brenda Moyna
November -  Susan Anderson  and  Al Riggle
December -  Doris Marcum  and  Julie Donovan

Saturday    4:00 PM    

Saturday    5:30 PM    


Sunday    8:30 AM  


Monday         8:00 AM   

Tuesday        8:00 AM  

Wednesday  8:00 AM     

Thursday      8:00 AM   

 American Martyrs
2020 Readers
 4:00   Mary Smith              
 5:30   Tina Cozart
 8:30   Jeremy Willes

 4:00  Jan Hall                               

 5:30  Mary Smith

8:30 Joe Obergfell
 4:00   David Baker            

 5:30  Linda Illingworth    


 8:30  Cindy Light


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.



A statement from the five Indiana bishops on the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance

   "While commending our pastors and pastoral life coordinators who have gone to great lengths to assure safe worship spaces in our churches, due to the increase in the COVID-19 cases in our state, the Indiana bishops have decided to extend the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance beyond August 15 until November 1, 2020, unless further developments determine otherwise."        

 Archbishop Charles C. Thompson


Confirmation on the dates with Fr. Joseph Villa presiding.

American Martyrs will be on October 18, 2020

Confirmation Candidates

Kaili Jaden spicer

Eric Daniel Marcum

Isabelle Elisa Marcum

Olivia Fugate

Sadie Fugate

Mario Jesus Martinez

Anastasia Jean Willes

Lola Grace Willes

Blake William Michael Russell

Marian Esther Jurado-Soto

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.


Bible Study at American Martyrs

 Has been suspended until further notice.


The Prayer Shaw / Blanket

These are for 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

Mark you Envelopes at both churches Mass Intentions

 September 12/13, 2020
24th  Sunday in Ordinary Time:  

   Today’s Gospel reading continues Jesus’ instructions on being good stewards of others – the direction that if we love Jesus Christ, we must forgive an individual 77 times. The reading compels us to consider one of the most difficult practices of Christian discipleship. Forgiveness is the way of Jesus, the way of the cross. Vengeance, bitterness and hatred seem so much easier and certainly more desirable. Forgiveness is a hard road to travel, but it is the only road that leads to life in Christ. Consider this week who you need to forgive.

September 19/20, 2020
25th  Sunday in Ordinary Time:  

   From an early age, we tend to distort the concept of “fairness”: “I am good. I deserve good things. I am not receiving good things. Something must be wrong. Who’s going to fix it?” We also know the age-old expression: “Who ever said life was fair?” Jesus knew this expression when he offered his parable in today’s Gospel reading. Christian stewards acknowledge, with humility, that they receive good things from the Lord in abundance; even if these gifts are not the ones they think they need when they need them. Consider which servants you identify with most in the Gospel reading, the ones who demand “fairness”, or that final servant who, seemingly, deserves the least.

September 26/27, 2020
26th  Sunday in Ordinary Time:  

   Saint Augustine, a doctor of the church, once wrote that the first, second, and third most important attitude in Christianity is humility. In today’s second reading, Saint Paul is concerned with how we conduct ourselves in our community of faith. He urges us to let our conduct be worthy of the Gospel we say that we believe; and that it all begins with humility. He asks us to consider others better than ourselves, and to serve them by looking out for their best interest, not ours. Consider how Saint Paul’s appeal to imitating Christ’s humility can enhance your relationships

 St. Patrick  Mass Schedule
Sunday   10:30 AM        
Sunday   12 - NOON        
Wednesday    6:00 pm  

Confirmation on the dates with Fr. Joseph Villa presiding.

St. Patrick will be on October 4, 2020

Confirmation Candidates

Madalyn Irwin

Bailey Hypes

Gabriella Hypes

Grant Mahuron

Ava Sowder



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.

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
 Questions of the Week
Question for Children: 

Jesus tells us that we each called to follow him.

What is hard for you to do to follow Jesus?

Question for Youth:

 In order to follow Jesus, we have to do hard things, to carry our own crosses.

What is a cross that you are carrying right now?

In what ways can you ask Jesus to help you with your cross?

Question for Adults: 

Jesus gives us the core truth to life and eternal happiness — the cross. 

Name the cross that you carry.

How is it bringing you closer to God?

Parish Family Social     


Has been suspended until further notice.



Happy Birthday to all

having a Summer and Fall Birthdays


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,   

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



Word of Life

For those nearing the end of life:
May they be given the grace to persevere in faith

and place their trust in God,

as they prepare for eternity with Christ;


For any expectant mother:

May the Lord protect her

and give her the grace and resolve

to choose life for her child;


Inspired by the example of the Blessed Mother,

may we, like Mary, have the courage

to say “yes” to life in all circumstances,

from conception to natural death;


A   Baby is a Gift -  

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

Clearinghouse Report August 2020

Families Served: 250

Individuals Served: 964

Lbs of food Distributed: 13890

 Veterans served: 21


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



Change of Address or Phone Number / 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.



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Lord, you know our hearts, you know our joys and our sorrows. 

We pray today that you bless us with your grace in every situation we face. 

May we be your instruments in the world 
to bring your love and mercy to those around us.
1 John 5:13-14

And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours.





Saint Teresa of Calcutta gave us an extraordinary example of Christian discipleship and stewardship by her faith, simplicity and service to women and men without considering their race, religion or nationality. She was born Agnes Bojaxhiu in Albania on August 26, 1910, and at age 18 went to Ireland to join the Sisters of Loreto following what she discerned to be a call to become a missionary.

   She was sent to India in 1929, and began her novitiate in Darjeeling near the Himalayan Mountains. Eight years later she made her solemn vows and took the name Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries. From there she taught at the Loreto convent school in Calcutta for almost twenty years. Though a dedicated educator, she was increasingly disturbed by the desperate poverty in Calcutta.

    On September 10, 1946, Sister Teresa had an extraordinary conversion experience, what she later described as “the call within the call.” While traveling by train from Calcutta to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling she experienced interior visions that led her to the conviction that Christ was calling her to serve “the poorest of the poor.” In 1948 after a few months of medical training, Sister Teresa ventured out into the slums to tend to the needs of the destitute and starving. Her first year was very difficult. She had no income and had to resort to begging for food and supplies. She experienced loneliness, doubt and the temptation to return to the comfort of convent life. But at the beginning of 1949 she was joined by a group of young women who wished to be a part of her ministry. In 1950 “Mother” Teresa’s community was formally recognized by the Vatican. Its mission was to care for, in her own words, “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.” In 1952, she opened a hospice for the poor. Then she established several leprosy clinics throughout Calcutta, providing medication, bandages and food. In 1955, she created a home for orphans and homeless youth. The Missionaries of Charity soon began to attract both recruits and charitable donations, and by the 1960s had opened hospices, orphanages and leper homes all over India. Mother Teresa then went global. Her first mission outside of India was in Venezuela in 1965, then in Rome, Tanzania and Austria. During the 1970s the congregation started missions in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, departing a religious community with over 4,000 sisters operating 610 missions in 123 countries and aided by more than one million co-workers. Former U.N. Secretary General, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, said of Saint Teresa: “She is the United Nations. She is peace in the world.”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta was canonized on September 4, 2016 by Pope Francis.

Her feast day is September 5.