American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Welcome to
American Martyrs
Pastor: Rev. Joseph Villa
Second Sunday of Lent
February 24/25, 2018
God’s love for us is limitless.

Today, we hear the familiar passage from Saint Paul when he says, If God is for us, who can be against us? Since we have been called by name, by virtue of our baptism, we know that we are God’s children; we are his instruments in the world.



Reading 1:  Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; 

 In the first reading, Abraham is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of surrendering his son to the Lord.


R.) Psalm 116:

 I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living


Reading 2:   Romans 8:31b-34; 

Saint Paul reminds the Romans that having God with them will allow them to face any challenge.

Gospel: Mark 9:2-10;  

In the Gospel, the disciples realize that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law after he is transfigured before them.



Saturday; Feb. 24; 5:00 PM –   James Buchanan

*2nd collection   Building / Maintenance Fund

 Servers: Eric & Isabelle Marcum

Sunday; Feb. 25;   8:30 AM –   For the People

Second Sunday of Lent
*2nd collection Building / Maintenance Fund
Servers: Mario & Gabriela Martinez

Monday       Feb. 26  8:00 AM -  67Ns K.I.A. in Vietnam

Tuesday      Feb. 27  8:00 AM  -  Mary Lynn May
Wednesday Feb. 28 8:00 AM  -   Esther Baltitas

Thursday     March  01  8:00 AM  -   Bill Miller

Saturday; March  3; 5:00 PM –   Steve Illingworth

*2nd  collection  Scott Area Ministerial Association

 Servers: Marta Rose  & Friederich Ostertag
Sunday; March. 4; 8:30 AM
                      Petronilla Hutchins Manna
Third Sunday of Lent
*2nd collection Scott Area Ministerial Association

Servers: Brannon   &   Blake Russell


St. Patrick Catholic Church

PO Box # 273; 208 S. Shelby Street, 
Salem IN 47167
Sunday Mass  10:30 AM   

Wednesday Mass 6:00 PM 

 **The Lenten Black Prayer Books **

Books are at the entrances of the church

Stewardship Moment

   The Gospel story of the transfiguration of Jesus

holds many lessons; the most prominent being the transformation of Jesus from simply being perceived as a wise and gifted prophet to the one who has fulfilled the sacred traditions of the Mosaic law and the hope of the prophets, the Messiah, the Christ. The Lord calls his stewards to participate in His redemptive activity. Heeding this call requires transformation, being willing to renounce patterns of behavior that draw us away from God. In this coming week of Lent, let us pray for the grace to be transformed, so that by our goodness and generosity, we may walk more authentically in the footsteps of Jesus.

Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

    Classes: February 25. March 4,11,18

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,  March  4th    

Thank you for your support of Script Orders.

Order forms are at the entrances of the Church.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
       RCIA classes Wednesday’s at 5:30 pm.

   These classes are for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church.  I would challenge members of American Martyrs to attend and bring a friend.  As Catholics, we are all called to evangelize.  

This would be one way for you to fulfill this calling.  
Your friend is not obligated to join the church.  

There is no need to register, just come to the parish hall on the Wednesday. You may contact Cindy Light for more info.  


First Reconciliation and

First Holy Communion.

 Please keep the following children in your

prayers as they prepare for their

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  

Allison Mullen, Finn Sawin,   Adam Soto,

Albert Soto,      Daisy Soto,   Odelia Soto,

Oliver Soto, &   Mary Grace Wimsatt.

CRS Rice Bowls

         Our Lenten journey. Our Catholic community in the U.S. does something amazing each Lent. We come together to practice prayer, fasting and almsgiving—and by doing so we help lift families and communities out of poverty and put them on a path toward resilience, prosperity and stability. That’s the CRS Rice Bowl effect. 

     And because our U.S. Catholic Church believes we need to love our neighbors both locally and globally, 25% of Rice Bowl funds raised in our parishes and schools is returned to the diocese to be used as Matthew 25 Rice Bowl Grants to help alleviate poverty and hunger in our archdiocesan area. Through this tradition, we have helped families around the world and in our own backyard by raising our voices and our prayers and by making sacrificial gifts.

Learn more at


Let not your hand be open to receive and clenched when it is time to give.’   - Sirach 4:31


Parish  Social  Night   March. 17th

Social is after 5 pm Mass in the Parish Hall. 

   They will be serving Chicken and your covered dish along with your  appetites. Be ready to have a lot of fellowship with your church family.  

We are still in need of people to agree to host socials.

Next Socials; April 21st  - Youth   


Lenten Bible Study    on Mondays

     When you hear the word "Conversion", what comes to mind? Catholicism defines 'conversion' as a life-long process of turning one's attention and energy toward and ever-deepening relationship with Christ. Join us as we begin the DVD-based program,

"Conversion: Following the Call of Christ",

presented by Fr. Robert Barron. Using six stories from the Bible, Bishop Barron demonstrates how ordinary, sinful people like us are met by Jesus and called to a better life through him.

     This journey began on  Monday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact
 Mary Smith (812-595-2243) or the Parish Office.
 27 –  David Murphy
05 –  Ron Slaton    
09 –  Terri Smithey
12 –  Nancy Craig  
14 –  Feliz Fleenor
17 –  Jim Hall         
26 –  Elizabeth Wimsatt
28 –  Ann Jentzen  
29 –  Joe Farkas

Question of the Week


How deeply do I believe that God is for me, and no one can destroy me?


¿ Qué tan convencido estoy de que Dios me ha escogido, y de que nada me puede vencer?


When you have important choices to make, do you and your family pray to make the right choice?


¿ Qué me gustaría pedir a Dios que hiciera por mí

o por mi familia?
Families to Clean Church    

**2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

Feb. 26      – March 03 Joan Mace

March 5    –  March 10 Tina Cozart

March 12 – March 17 Need Volunteer
March 19 – March 24 Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg

Cleaning the Church only takes an hour or two.

A cleaning list is in the Northwest cleaning closet.

Thank you for taking your time to volunteer.

Pro Life Moment

 ““Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how

to speak to each person's heart; we simply need to follow

where he leads.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

“How to Build a Culture of Life,”


A   Baby is a Gift -  

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444  


Adoption Options- 317-878-3412  


March Ministries

Saturday – Reader   Eucharist Ministers

 Mary Smith (G)        Bev Schafer (*)
 Ellen Stout (R)         Tina Cozart

Sunday – Reader___Eucharist Ministers

 Marcy Donohue (G)     Ann Jentzen (*)

 Susan Anderson (R)    Debbie Young


Counters: Susan Anderson & Al Riggle


There is Power in Prayer!

Prayer is a form of communication,

A way of talking to God

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

Janet Hall, 812-595-1128 or  

Bea Boswell 812-752-4933
Prayers for Those in
Nursing Facilities:

Hampton Oaks; Rose Marie Ahlmeir, Wanda Mays,

  Bob Ligda, Shirley Novak, Norma Campbell

Hickory Creek; Elberta Lundy,  

Lake Iola Assisted Living; Josephine Zink     

Lake Pointe Village: Rita Castillo

Waters of Scottsburg; Bob Aker, Mary Mays,

Providence Transitional Care Community; Lois Meagher

River Crossing Assisted Living: Gloria Spalding


Prayers for the Sick:

Linda Illingworth, Joe Brown,

Martha Kiesler, Donna Rowe,

Joe Boswell, Joe Castro,

Carol Higdon, Lupe Brunner,

Joe Farkas, Denise Mansfield,

Jean McIntosh, Pat Divish,

Vince Morrison, Bob Bromm,

Denise Jensen, Kyle McGinnis

Fr. Joe Villa, Dennis Obergfell,

Bob Wilson, Daw White Jr.,

Charles Sanders, Christina Riley,

Mary Diaz, Ray Zierhut,

Marie Ficht, Peter Renn,

Blue Bomar, Ray Buchheit,

Fr. Don Buchanan, Thomas Flood,

William Skaggs, Terri O’Brien,

Alfreda Donahue, Dean Karmire,

Marcy Donohue, Debbie Hoey,

Sadie Fugate, James Cruz,

Katie Robbins Sawin, Carolyn Duvall,

Joe Hennekes, David Schafer

Jim Coomes, Larry Simpkins,

Mindy Carter, Laverne Basham,

Debbie Biddle, Kenneth Holcomb,

Lonnie Donahue, Rosendo Romero,

Bob Sommer,


      Kelly Robbins went to his eternal home last week.

Please remember Jean, Katie, Kyle and their families, along with along with all the people that loved him.

Please keep this family in your prayers.

 Eternal Rest, grant unto Kelly O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

 May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.   Amen.

Help Needed

     We have a lady in need of Transportation to Mass on Saturday’s or Sunday’s.    Anne Marie DiChiara she lives at  974 North 3rd Street, Austin, IN

Phone: (812) 820-2506

      We have a gentleman that needs help packing and moving into an assisted living home. He has to be moved out before Feb. 28th .  If anyone can assist him with packing or moving.   Please contact Vincent Morrison (502) 377-1970 


    “Spend some quiet time with Lord”

Fr. Joe