American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Welcome to
American Martyrs
Pastor: Rev. Joseph Villa
Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 5/6, 2018



Rev. Donald Buchanan


Following the commands of the Lord brings life and joy.


     The Lord’s commands are not restricting or limiting, but rather are the way to our fulfillment in this life and the next.

We can love and be loved by our Creator by following his commandments.



Reading 1:   Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48;  

In the first reading, Peter speaks of fearing the Lord and doing his work, and the Holy Spirit comes upon the believers. Peter commands even the Gentiles who have received the Holy Spirit to be baptized.


R.) Psalm 98:  

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Reading 2:  1 John 4:7-10; 

 In John’s First Letter, he writes of loving one another because God is love, and he abides in us when we love.


Gospel:   John 15:9-17;  

Jesus explains in the Gospel that we are commanded to love as he has loved – by laying down our lives for each other.



Saturday; May 5; 5:00 PM
                                      Charles & Estelle Hutchins

 ** 2nd collection: Scott County Clearinghouse

 Servers: Olivia Fugate & Sadie Fugate

Sunday;  May 6; 8:30 AM –   Anna Fette

6th Sunday     Easter    

** 2nd collection: Scott County Clearinghouse

Servers: Catherine Valencia & Marcos Valencia  
**Monday, May 7;  6 PM– Communion Service
Saturday; May 12; 5:00 PM –    Special Intention
 Servers: Antonio Martinez  &  Victoria Martinez  

Sunday;  May 13; 8:30 AM –   

                    For the First Commutates

The Ascension of the Lord
/  First Communion

Servers: Samantha Soto  &  Brannon 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 


American Martyrs 

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.


Votive Candles  

A requested donation of  $3.00


Mass Intentions

Intentions are $10.00 per Mass,

Envelopes at the entrances of the church

Follow us on Facebook 

St Patrick and American Martyrs Catholic Church Comm.


While Fr Joe is on Sabbatical  

this is the address for Mail.     

Rev. Joseph L. Villa                                           

103 South 21st Street

 Terre Haute, IN 47803

  Jesus calls his disciples his “friends” and commands them to love one other as he has loved them.

We are called to be stewards of this friendship; to love one another as Jesus loves us.

Do we give serious attention to what this

 love requires of us?

Does this require us to actively seek the

 welfare of others?

What is the price of this friendship with the Lord?

Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

May 6, & 20       

Classes are Sunday’s after 8:30 Mass in the Parish Hall.

No charge for our Religious Education program.

Bible School; June 11 thru 14, 2018

Contact; Cindy Light for more information.

SCRIPT Orders  Due TODAY Sunday,  May  6th

Thank you for your support of Script Orders.

Order forms are at the entrances of the Church.


First Holy Communion.  

May 13th

 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

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
       RCIA classes will resume in the Fall of 2018.

   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.  

To register contact Cindy Light or the Parish Office for more info.  


"Into His Likeness" 

Book Study is Monday’s at 6:30!

     You will pick up your books on the first night.

    It is not enough to go through life doing the bare minimum when it comes to our faith.  We are all called to be disciples of Christ and to "follow Him so closely that we are covered with His life, changed, and made new."  Being a disciple of Jesus will not make your life easier but it will fill it with blessings! 

     If you are interested, the book costs $15 (but no one will be turned away for an inability to pay).  Please sign up on the signup sheets at the doors of the church.  You are welcome to bring your children!  We can set up an activity table for them to do their homework, color, etc.  


Call Cindy Light @ 812-595-3673.

May Ministries

Saturday – Reader     Eucharist Ministers

 Patricia Brock (G)   Tina Cozart  (*)
 Ellen Stout (R)        Missy Baker

                              Bev Schafer / Mary Smith (C)


Sunday – Reader___    Eucharist Ministers

 Debbie Young (G)         Doris Marcum  (*)

 Al Riggle    (R)               Debbie Young

                                        Lorraine Gable (C)

James Cruz & Rich Smith
K of C Mother/Daughter Banquet.

    The Banquet will be held on May 9th at the

Knights of Columbus Hall on N. Hwy 31, Scottsburg.

Doors open at 5:30 pm and meal will be at 6 pm.

The members of the K of C would like to encourage ALL the Women, Ladies, and Girls of American Martyrs and St. Patrick to attend this Banquet.

May Parish  Social  Night  

Social is after 5 pm Mass Saturday in the Parish Hall. 

 At this Social they are serving Meatloaf and your covered dish and appetites.  Be ready to have a lot of fellowship with your church family and support the Youth of our Parish.   Next Socials; June – Brock Family

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


May Birthdays

   02 – Sue Grap   05 – Bob Gable       06 – Don Harmon

   08 – Pat Donovan    08 – Pete Renn 14 – Oscar Valencia


Question of the Week   


 How is love of others connected to love of God?


¿ Cuál es el vínculo entre el amor al prójimoy el amor a Dios?

Children: How can I show Jesus’ love to others this week?

Niño: ¿ Cómo puedo ser ejemplo del amor de Jesús esta semana?

Families to Clean Church    

**2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

May 07 – May 12    Tina Cozart

May 14 – May 19    Bea Boswell & Susan Anderson

May 21 – May  26 Noreen Faulkenberg & Janet McNear

May 28 – June 2   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

      “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  


Ivana White daughter of Cody & Samantha (Smithey) White and Great granddaughter of Joanne Smithey, was baptized at St. Rose’s Catholic Church in St. Rose  Ohio, last weekend.   


Religious Education - Mass Etiquette

** Pay attention during Mass - Part 2!

·   Please be quiet in church (including before and after Mass).  Your conversation might be disturbing someone who is in prayer, which is much more important.

·   Don't read the bulletin or write your offertory check during Mass.  Imagine if you invited a guest to your house for dinner and they decided to read a magazine instead of talking to you!  This is God's house and He has invited you! 

·   The bathroom should be used for emergencies only.  Mass is only 1 hour long.  Make sure children go to the bathroom before you leave home or arrive at Mass early enough for them to go before Mass starts.  This demonstrates to them the importance of the Mass.  We sit through video games and movies for at least an hour without using the restroom.  How much more important is the Mass than a video game or movie?

Parents, if you'd like to order a Children's Sunday Missal, complete with readings for the year,

contact Cindy Light @812-595-3673. 


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;  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:

Joe Conzoneri Marie Ficht,   Linda Illingworth,

Pat Divish,     Donna Rowe, Alfreda Donahue,

Joe Brown,    Fr. Joe Villa, Fr. Don Buchanan,

Joe Farkas,  Terry Light,    Joe Boswell,
Carol Higdon,  Debbie Biddle,  Martha Kiesler,
Peter Renn, Blue Bomar, Teresa Westwood,
Thomas Flood,  William Skaggs,  Denise Jensen,

Daw White Jr.,   Janie Clouse,      Clabie Barger,

Alex O’Raferty,  Lupe Brunner,    Dennis Obergfell,

Jim Coomes,  Joe Castro,   Kenneth Holcomb,

Jean McIntosh, Benny Hartlage Denise Mansfield,

Mary Diaz,     Ray Zierhut  Charles Sanders,

Dean Karmire,   Christina Riley,  Laverne Basham,
Terri O’Brien,   Joe Hennekes,  Bob Sommer
Debbie Hoey,  Sadie Fugate,  Marcy Donohue,           

James Cruz, Carolyn Duvall, Katie Robbins Sawin,

Mindy Carter, Larry Simpkins,  Rosendo Romero,

Ray Buchheit, Lonnie Donahue, David Schafer,


Stewardship and

the Annual Spring Cleaning

     When spring rain lets up, and May brings long hours of brilliant sunshine, something stirs within: the desire to tackle that dust we suddenly notice in places we seldom look. And those windows smeared with winter’s muck? And that disorganized closet? There’s a reason our grandmothers called it “spring housecleaning.” The season brings an almost physical desire to get out the mop. Surprisingly, for the Christian steward, this can actually be a spiritual impulse. There’s something intrinsically renewing and revitalizing about cleaning. Everything done with a prayerful heart can lead us closer to God, and cleaning, often a solitary and contemplative task, can definitely include prayer. You might plan to begin your cleaning with prayer, and play music that lifts your spirit as you work. Start with a closet. Open your heart to what it tells you about how blessed you are materially. But observe the consumerism a closet can reveal. As you examine each item of apparel, remember and thank God for the graces of the occasion: a wedding, a graduation, a vacation. Enjoy “shopping” in your own closet for items you’ve forgotten about. Pare down what you no longer need or what you feel called to share. Wash, mend, iron and select a place where your items may find a good home. Many cities have refugee closets, and many nonprofits have thrift stores which support them. St. Vincent de Paul shops serve the poor with inexpensive used items. Pray for those with whom you are about to share. Resolve to put your newly reorganized items to work for you and not rush out to buy more. And those windows?

Does anything lift the spirit like a clean window after a long winter?

As you polish those panes of glass, pray about where your own inner life could use a cleaning. Perhaps you don’t make it to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as often as you’d like. Use your quiet window cleaning time to examine the graces and challenges of your life. Thank God for the many blessings and be honest about failings. And that ubiquitous dust?

It promises to return, afflicts the rich and the poor. It’s a sign of our universal connection to the earth and the environment, a reminder of our own mortality. Even the dust we clean can be lifted up to God with a thank you from a steward’s grateful heart.

International Catholic Stewardship Council

May 2018 • e-Bulletin
Heavenly Father,  

    Your Son ascended in great triumph to sit at your right hand. You sent your Spirit to watch over us, guide us and teach us to be better stewards of your abundant gifts. May this Spirit of wisdom make us better stewards of our planet. May your Spirit increase our awareness of the dignity of every human life, and show us the way to be better stewards of our neighbor. And through your Spirit, may we be inspired every day to live in accordance with the Gospel, and to give witness to our risen Lord. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.