American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Welcome to
American Martyrs
Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa
Third Sunday of Lent
March 03/04, 2018

Jesus performed many signs, but it was in his death and resurrection that God’s glory was fully revealed and made manifest.


    When Jesus drives the money changers and animal vendors from the Temple, the Jews demand a sign to prove his authority. They do not have the faith to see what is in front of them. Later, when Jesus dies and is risen, his disciples remember his words, and they understand and believe. Do we have the faith to see what is revealed right in front of us, in this Eucharist?



Reading 1: Exodus 20:1-17: 

 In the first reading, God presents the Ten Commandments to Moses.


R.) Psalm 19:  Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

Reading 2: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25:  

 In the Letter to the Corinthians, Paul declares Christ as the power and wisdom of God for Jew and Gentile, alike. 

Gospel: John 2:13-25:   

Today’s Gospel displays Jesus’

zeal for his Father’s house, as he drives the money changers



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


Monday       March 05  8:00 AM - Margert Miller  

Tuesday      March  06  8:00 AM  -  Emilio Diaz

Wednesday March  07  8:00 AM  -  Sam LeDonne

Thursday     March  08  8:00 AM  -  Gary “Moe” Moenter

Saturday; March  10; 5:00 PM

                                              Daniel & Trinidad Romero    

*2nd  collection  Aid Eastern Europe and Catholic Relief

 Servers:  Catherine  &  Marcos Valencia
Sunday; March. 11; 8:30 AM – Margaret Buchanan

Fourth Sunday of Lent

*2nd collection Aid Eastern Europe and Catholic Relief

Servers:  Olivia  &  Sadie Fugate  


Mass Intentions

 Intentions are $10.00 per Mass,

Envelopes at the entrances of the church

Votive Candles
A suggested donation of  $3.00.
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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  


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. Patrick Catholic Church

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

Wednesday Mass 6:00 PM 

Penance Services

   St. Patrick   Wednesday, March 14   6:30pm

   American Martyrs Thursday,   March 15   6pm

Stewardship Moment

 If your parish celebrates the Mass for the First Scrutiny for catechumens preparing for Baptism at the Easter vigil, you may hear the Gospel story of Jesus speaking with the Samaritan woman at the well; someone who supposedly is of the wrong gender, wrong religion, and has lived the wrong life. The woman is overwhelmed by guilt and shame. And yet Jesus speaks to her and offers her “living waters” to quench her spiritual thirst. The living water that Jesus gives is new life through the Holy Spirit; a life that is accepted, forgiven, loved and eternal. Good stewards of their life in Christ remain mindful of their own spiritual thirst. They listen to Jesus who speaks to them just as he spoke with the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus has living water for us today. He encourages us to come and drink. Are you thirsty? Are you ready to listen to him?  

Religious Education

     Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

    Classes: March 4,11,18   No Class March 23rd 

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 THIS 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 Holy Communion.
 Please keep the following children in your

prayers as they prepare for their 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


Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC)

     Next week, our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC). Funds from this collection help provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to all people here at home and abroad. Next week, please give generously to the CRSC, and help Jesus in disguise. Learn more about the collection at

 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


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 28th   - Youth   

May- Need a volunteer  to host social


 March  Birthday’s     

   05 –  Ron Slaton     09 –  Terri Smithey

    12 –  Nancy Craig   14 –  Feliz Fleenor

    17 –  Jim Hall          26 –  Elizabeth Wimsatt

    28 –  Ann Jentzen   29 –  Joe Farkas


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’s at 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact
 Mary Smith (812-595-2243) or the Parish Office.
Families to Clean Church    

**2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

March 5    –  March 10 Tina Cozart

March 12 – March 17 M/M David Schafer
March 19 – March 24 Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg
March 26 – March 30 David Baker Family

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.

Pro Life Moment

  “O God our Creator… give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.” USCCB, “Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty”


A   Baby is a Gift -  

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444   


Adoption Options- 317-878-3412  


Right To Life:  The Scott County Right To Life will meet at

the Knights of Columbus Hall on Monday, 5 Mar at 6:00 PM.  All are welcome to attend.


The Lenten Black Prayer Book

 “If we are able to enter the church day and night and

implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should

be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need.     

    - St. John the Almsgiver


Question of the Week


When has the message of the Cross not made any sense to me?  

When has it?


¿ En qué ocasión no entendí el mensaje de la cruz?      

¿En qué ocasión sí?


Which Gospel story fills me with hope?


Niño: ¿Qué relato del Evangelio me llena de esperanza y por qué?  


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, Marie Ficht,

Alfreda Donahue, Joe Castro,

Donna Rowe, Joe Boswell,

Carol Higdon, William Skaggs,

Martha Kiesler, Peter Renn,

 Blue Bomar, Ray Buchheit,

Joe Farkas, Denise Mansfield,

Jean McIntosh, Pat Divish,

Joe Brown, Vince Morrison,

Bob Bromm, Denise Jensen,

Fr. Joe Villa, Dennis Obergfell,

Bob Wilson, Daw White Jr.,

Charles Sanders, Christina Riley,

 Mary Diaz, Ray Zierhut,

Fr. Don Buchanan, Thomas Flood,

Lupe Brunner, Dean Karmire,

Terri O’Brien, Joe Hennekes,

Marcy Donohue, Debbie Hoey,

Sadie Fugate, James Cruz,

Katie Robbins Sawin, Carolyn Duvall,

 Lonnie Donahue, Laverne Basham,

Jim Coomes, Larry Simpkins,

David Schafer, Mindy Carter,

Debbie Biddle, Kenneth Holcomb,

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.


     O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness,

who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession

of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. AMEN


An Important Lenten Exercise

     When we look at the three traditional “disciplines” of Lent, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we know that almsgiving gets the least attention. Yet, the Bible places emphasis firmly on almsgiving: Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness …

It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life (Tobit 12:8-9).

A central part of our faith is the practice of almsgiving. It is a practice described in our Catholic Catechism thusly: The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving,” which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is “a witness to fraternal charity” and “a work of justice pleasing to God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).

     To be a Christian steward includes having compassion towards others, especially the most vulnerable in our society. Almsgiving is an act where we imitate the love and mercy that God has for these people by providing for their most basic and fundamental needs.

     Almsgiving is also an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given us, and a realization that as a member of a community of faith, it is never just about “me and God.” It is fundamental to being a good steward of our community. For disciples of the Lord, almsgiving means much more than simply throwing a little change in the poor box. It is an attitude of generosity. It challenges us to examine how we are using our time, abilities, and money to better the lives of those around us. It urges us to share what we have been given by God with others in love and justice. It reminds us that Jesus blesses those who seek to be “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3).

     Almsgiving opens our hearts to the realization that God blesses us through those we serve. We see God in the life of Jesus, and we see Jesus in all those who are in need of our care. Look around, see those who are in need, and ask God to take away those obstacles and distractions that keep us from being generous with them. In turn, we will receive God’s blessing in ways we cannot even imagine.


Is the cross even relevant to your life?

It is to stewards of the Lord, who recognize the hope Christ brings through the gift of his cross.

Fr. Joe