American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
American Martyrs Catholic Church

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL


27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 06/07, 2018



  Christ became one with us in the flesh for our salvation.


    We are made for one another and for relationships. Christ became one with us in the flesh and shared all our human experiences so we might realize that true love is possible only when we are united with him.



Reading 1: Genesis 2:18-24; 

 In Genesis, God creates a suitable partner for man: woman.

R)  PSALM 128:

May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.  


Reading 2:  Hebrews 2:9-11 

    The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus was made “lower than the angels” for our salvation.


Gospel:    Mark 10:2-16;     

    In the Gospel, Jesus answers the Pharisees’ question regarding divorce by referring to the scriptural account of creation and God’s design for man and woman.

Mass Schedule for the Week
Saturday; October 06; 5:00 PM   Beth Smith

*** 2nd Collection Scott County Clearinghouse

Servers: Eric & Isabelle Marcum

Sunday; October 07; 8:30 AM  –    For the People

*** 2nd Collection Scott County Clearinghouse

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time 
Servers: Marian & Albert Soto

Monday         Oct 08; 8:00 AM –  Pro Seipso

Tuesday       Oct 09; 8:00 AM –  Gary Moenter
Wednesday Oct  10  8:00 AM – Charles & Estelle Hutchins  

Thursday      Oct  11  8:00 AM –  Marti Allgeier Lawyer

Saturday; October 13; 5:00 PM   

            For the Protection of all Children Born and Unborn

*** 2nd Collection Building / Maintenance Fund


Servers: Blake Russell  & Nick Bautista


Sunday; October 14; 8:30 AM  –    Linda Slaton

*** 2nd Collection Building / Maintenance Fund

28th  Sunday of Ordinary Time 


Servers:  Daisy Soto  &  Odelia Soto


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,



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

The Candles are located in the North West corner in the Church

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.


Mass Intentions

 Are requested $10.00 per

Mass Envelopes are at the entrances of the church.

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St Patrick and American Martyrs Catholic Church Community

Our Sister Parish        
St. Patrick Catholic Church
PO Box # 273; 208 S. Shelby Street,

 Salem IN 47167

  Sunday Mass  10:30 AM
& Wednesday Mass 6:00 PM
Stewardship Moment

   In today’s Gospel Jesus teaches us about the sacredness of marriage; a covenant that is a gift from God. Our relationships with our spouses, family, friends, coworkers, and those in our community of faith are all gifts from God. Jesus reminds us today that it is the hardened heart that damages or breaks up relationships. Good stewards understand the holiness of relationships and pray for the love, patience, understanding and kindness necessary to sustain those relationships. Take time out to prayerfully reflect on your relationships this week.

 Is your stewardship of these relationships as God intended?

What relationships need to be healed and reconciled?  

Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

Classes: Oct. 7, 28 Nov. 4, 11, 18

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

No charge for our Religious Education program.

Contact;  Cindy Light for more information.

SCRIPT Orders  Due Today October  7th

THANK YOU for your support of the youth of our parish!

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

   RCIA classes will start in the January 7th  of 2019.

If you know someone interested let Cindy or the office know.

   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.


Who Am I To Judge  Bible Study:

     How do we talk about morality in a world that no longer believes in truth?  This 8-week study program gives us an important key to respond effectively to relativism - a Catholic moral worldview.  Learn how Catholic morality is all about love, how making a judgment is not judging a person's soul, and how, in the words of Pope Francis, "relativism wounds people" and is "the spiritual poverty of our times."

    The study will meet on Monday evenings at 6:30, starting on Monday, Oct. 22nd.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin boards at the back and parking lot doors of church.  If interested, please sign up soon so we can make sure to have enough books before the first night.  For more information, contact Cindy Light.

October Ministries

Saturday – Reader    Eucharist Ministers

 Tina Cozart    (G)           Patricia Brock (*)

 Joe Obergfell (R)           Tina Cozart 

Sunday – Reader___Eucharist Ministers

 Al Riggle (G)                 Debbie Young (*)

Susan Anderson (R)      Ann Jentzen


Counters: Jim Cozart & Ann Jentzen  

Parish Family Social

Saturday, October  20th  6pm

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

Everyone is welcome to come eat and visit.

This social will be featuring Soups .

Please bring your Soup or covered dish and your appetite.

Thank You to Ramona Barger & Tina Cozart for hosting.

Be ready to have a lot of fellowship with your church family along with delicious food.   

Thank you to the people who have stepped up to host.

Nov. 17th – Thanksgiving –

Pat Brock  & Mary Smith



11 – Doris Horvath             

15 – Olivia Fugate        
17 – Landon Donahue      
24 – Janie Montgomery    
25 – Eric Marcum              
28 – William Murphy  
Families to Clean Church

**2018 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

Oct. 08 – Oct. 13   Joan Mace

Oct. 15 – Oct. 20   Noreen Faulkenberg & Janet McNear

Oct. 22 – Oct. 27   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.      .


Question of the Week   


     What keeps me from embracing the Kingdom of God?


   ¿ Qué me impide aceptar el Reino de Dios?


  How do I feel when I hear the stories of God’s love?


   ¿Cómo me siento al escuchar los relatos del amor Dios?

Thank you

Thank you to Everyone one who participated in

anyway last week on the funeral Mass and Meal.

Thank you Tom Marley for heading up the meal preparation.  

If you need a dish back it is in the back of the church on the table.  

This was much appreciated by your Church Family and the Lawyer Family.

Thank you

Thank you to Dave and Bev Schafer for the the

Beautiful yellow Mums.

Pro Life Moment

     “By embracing the mission entrusted to him, St. Juan Diego helped bring Christ’s transforming love to cultures gripped by oppression and death. . . . Like St. Juan Diego, let us embrace our daily mission to help others encounter God’s transforming, life-giving love.”


A   Baby is a Gift -  

CRADLE -812-752-0123; Adoption Options- 317-878-3412

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444;


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,  Martha Kiesler

Lake Iola Assisted Living; Josephine Zink     

Lake Pointe Village: Rita Castillo

Waters of Scottsburg; Bob Aker,

Providence Transitional Care Community; Lois Meagher


Prayers for the Sick:

Clabie Barger,  Joe Henson         
Joann Smithey,  Jean McIntosh
Jim Cozart, Diana Cozart,            
Marjorie Arbuckle, Alfreda Donahue
Larry Stout      Kari Stout,              
Tony Kiesler,   Marie Ficht 

Ed Rees,        Denise Jensen,       

Lonnie Donahue, Donna Rowe,
Gwynn Keller, Thomas Flood,   
Mary Ellen Buchanan, JoNell Buchanan,
 Joe Brown    Emily Howser           

Joe Castro,   Joe Boswell,

Fr. Joe Villa, Fr. Don Buchanan,

Carol Higdon, Joe Hennekes
Pat Divish,     Debbie Biddle,         
Cathy Wilson Cochran,  Teresa Westwood,
Peter Renn   Blue Bomar,  
Ray Zierhut, William Skaggs,      
Carol Blasingame, Alex O’Raferty,  

Daw White Jr. Janie Clouse,       

Rosendo Romero, Linda Illingworth,
Mindy Carter, Larry Simpkins,     
Jim Coomes,  Bob Sommer           
Kenneth Holcomb, Benny Hartlage,
Mary Diaz,    Laverne Basham,
David Schafer, Gloria Spalding   
Charles Sanders, Denise Mansfield,
Dean Karmire, Christina Riley,    
Terri O’Brien,  Dennis Obergfell
Debbie Hoey,  Sadie Fugate,         
Marcy Donohue, James Cruz,
Carolyn Duvall,  Katie Robbins Sawin,
 Mary Rosa (aka “Marti”) Allgeier Lawyer

Went to her eternal home on Sept. 25th

Marti was a loyal and gracious parishioner

of American Martyrs for many years.


   Mary Mays Went to her eternal home on Oct. 3rd

Mary is the sister in law to Wanda Mays and Aunt to Beverly Schafer and Fred Mays of American Martyrs .


   Eternal rest, grant unto Marti & Mary O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May They rest in peace. Amen

   May Marti & Mary’s soul and the souls of all the faithful

departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Upcoming events;

Oct. 19th Parish Feast Day Mass 8am & 5:30 pm

Oct. 20th Parish Family Social 6pm

Oct. 22nd  Bible Study 6:30pm in Parish Hall

Nov. 3rd   K of C Craft show 8am – 4pm    

Nov. 4th   Time Change Fall back an hour

Nov. 4th     K of C BINGO Bash 1pm

Nov. 10th  Taste of the Vine K of C Hall 1pm

We Stewards Are a Testimony to Hope

     This is a heart-wrenching time for our Church. We are numbed by the recent reports of past sexual abuses and the failure of some Church leaders to protect the most vulnerable among us. These reports reveal a crisis in our midst and the anger and dismay are natural. But how do we, as Christian stewards, respond? How do we participate in the healing and guiding work of the Holy Spirit? How do we stewards become a testimony to hope?

      First, we can re-think how we work within the Church to protect the most vulnerable among us. How might we become better stewards of those entrusted to us? Christian stewards do not stand idly by, helpless or disengaged. They open their hearts to conversion, draw closer to those who suffer and seek ways to respond to injustice even if it is within their own family of faith.

     Second, let’s make an honest assessment of our own life in Christ, beginning with the stewardship of our prayer lives. We pray for the victims and their families; for the innocents who continue to suffer; for a new resolve to reform the structures that have abetted wrongdoing; and even for those who have sinned. But let’s be honest about our conversations with God and the way we reveal our own weakness and frailty. It is here that we come to know the power of the Holy Spirit within us. It is here that Christ declares,

 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

     Third, let us embrace a new awareness of our stewardship of the Church. Our Church is found in our parish at the Eucharistic celebration, at faith formation gatherings, at our dinner table, in giving of our time at the soup kitchen, senior citizens’ home or the religious education of our young people. It is found in the many ways we give witness to the loving presence of Christ in a suffering world and offer hope. Let’s ask ourselves: “How am I stewarding our Church?”

    One of the profoundly prophetic voices of the 20th century, Karl Rahner, insisted:

Quite enough terrible and base things have happened in the history of the church …

Where would we go if we left the church?

Would we then be more faithful to the liberating spirit of Jesus if, egotistical sinners that we are, we distanced ourselves as the “pure” from this poor church?

We can do our part to remove its meanness only if we try to live in the church as Christians and help bear the responsibility of constantly changing it from inside

  (The Practice of Faith, New York: Crossroad, 1983, p. 15).

     As we persevere through the current crisis, let us remain mindful that Jesus taught us how not only to overcome evil, but to redeem it. Christian stewards, as active instruments of God’s mercy, understand the redemptive quality of being stewards of the Gospel. It is in fidelity to this stewardship, made manifest in prayer, word and deed, that our testimony of hope emerges to reveal the healing power of Christ’s presence.