American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Welcome to American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

November  03/04, 2018



Jesus, our perfect example,  calls us to live a life driven by love for God and our neighbor.


     God’s command for us is to love; first to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and then to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus calls these the two greatest commandments. These are not easy commands. They require that we put God and others above our own wants and desires.


Reading 1:  Deuteronomy 6:2-6;             

 In today’s first reading,  we hear Moses reminding us to observe the commandments of our Father, especially to love God first

R)  PSALM 24

    Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.


Reading 2: Hebrews 7:23-28;   In the second reading,

we see Jesus as the perfect sacrifice who has redeemed us.

Gospel:   Mark 12:28b-34;   

And in today’s Gospel,  Jesus adds the second of the two greatest commandments: to love your neighbor as yourself.


Saturday; November  3; 5:00 PM – Judy & Earl Cozart        

**2nd Collection - Scott County Clearing House

Servers: Marian Soto   &    Albert Soto


Sunday; November  4; 8:30 AM  –   Kelly Robbins

31st   Sunday of Ordinary Time 

**2nd Collection - Scott County Clearing House

Servers: Eric Marcum   &    Isabelle Marcum


Monday       Nov. 05 ; 8:00 AM –   Pro Seipso

Tuesday      Nov. 06 ; 8:00 AM –   Dr. Jesus Bacala

Wednesday Nov. 07 ; 8:00 AM –   Gary Moenter

Thursday     Nov. 08 ; 8:00 AM –   Pro Seipso

Saturday; November  10; 5:00 PM – For the People       

Servers:   Raeann Baker   &   TBA  


Sunday; November  11; 8:30 AM  – Charlotte Wilson

32nd    Sunday of Ordinary Time 

 Servers:   Daisy Soto  &   Odelia Soto

Sister 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

Bible Study
*** Who Am I To Judge  ***

The study will meet on Monday evenings at 6:30, on Monday’s in Parish Hall,    All are welcome at any time, whether you registered or not.


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   email,

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.

Anyone can contribute to the Shawl/ Blanket basket

Mass Intentions –  Are requested $10.00 per

Mass Envelopes are at the entrances of the church.


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Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

Classes: 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 November  4th

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.

November Ministries
Saturday – Reader      Eucharist Ministers
 David Baker (G)           Diana Cozart (*)
 Missy Baker (R)           Ramona Barger
Sunday – Reader___ Eucharist Ministers
 Marcy Donohue (G)     Doris Marcum (*)
 Pat Read (R)                Ruth Long 

Counters: Susan Anderson & Albert Riggle

Parish Thanksgiving Social
Saturday, November 17th  6pm

Covered dish Signup Sheet at parking lot entrance

Everyone is welcome to come eat and visit.

   The Social’s are after the 5 pm Mass Saturday in the American Martyrs Parish Family Hall.

This social will be bringing the Church Family together

 for Thanksgiving. This is the last social for 2018.

    Please bring your covered dish, appetite and join us.

Thank You to Pat Brock & Mary Smith 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.


November Birthday’s

03 – Bill Ficht         
03 – Veronica Wimsatt  
04 – Alice Kerrigan
07 – Jacky Valencia          
08 – Mary Jo Duvall            
08 – Carol Ison
14 – Jean McIntosh    
17 – Don Boswell               
17 – Bob Wilson
18 – Pat Marcum               
18 – Alfreda Donahue
20 – Bob Bromm 
21 – Ruth Long                  
22 – Marcy Donohue  
23 – Wes Marcum
24 – Allison Mullen           
25 – Pat Bromm         
25 – Katie Rowe    
25 – Shelly Everhart
Families to Clean Church 


Nov 05 – Nov 10   Joan Mace

Nov 12 – Nov 17   Bea Boswell & Susan Anderson

Nov 19 – Nov 23   Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg

Nov 26 – Nov 30   NEED VOLUNTEER

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   


Why is love of neighbor as important as love of God?


¿Por qué es importante el amor al prójimo como lo es el amor a Dios?


What are some ways you show that you love God and your neighbor with your whole heart?


¿Cuáles son alguna de las maneras en que puedes mostrar que amas a Dios y a tu prójimo con todo tu corazón?

A   Baby is a Gift -  

CRADLE -812-752-0123;

Adoption Options- 317-878-3412

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444;

Thank you

The Rowe family would like to thank everyone who was involved in the funeral for Momma (Donna Rowe).  We are forever grateful for you prayers, well wishes and the food you provided us. 

 Please keep us in your payers. Once again thank you.  

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me...

Phil 4:13


November is All Souls Month

You can continue to add names to the All Souls Book and
Turn in the All Souls Day Remembrance Envelopes.


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:

Willie Harlen,  Clabie Barger,      
Joann Smithey,  Charles Sanders,
Felix Lewis,        Kari Stout     

Jim Cozart,     Joe Henson          

Marjorie Arbuckle, Mindy Carter
Larry Stout   Benny Hartlage,
Tony Kiesler,   Marie Ficht
Jean McIntosh, Dennis Obergfell

Ed Rees,      Denise Jensen,       

Carolyn Duvall, Katie Robbins Sawin,
Larry Simpkins, Thomas Flood,    
Gwynn Keller, Mary Ellen Buchanan    
JoNell Buchanan, Fr. Don Buchanan,

Fr. Joe Villa, Joe Boswell,

Joe Brown   Emily Howser         
Joe Castro,   Alfreda &  Lonnie Donahue,                    
Carol Higdon,  Joe Hennekes
Pat Divish,   Debbie Biddle,         
Cathy Wilson Cochran
Peter Renn Blue Bomar,  
Ray Zierhut,   William Skaggs,      

Daw White Jr. Janie Clouse,      

Jim Coomes,  Bob Sommer         

Dean Karmire, Christina Riley,   

Terri O’Brien,  David Schafer      

Debbie Hoey,  Sadie Fugate,                  
James Cruz, Marcy Donohue,    
Mary Diaz,       Laverne Basham
Teresa Westwood, Carol Blasingame,
Rosendo Romero, Kenneth Holcomb,
Denise Mansfield,  Alex O’Raferty,  
Upcoming events

Nov. 4th     K of C BINGO Bash 1pm

Nov. 10th  Taste of the Vine K of C Hall  – 1pm
Nov. 17th  Parish Thanksgiving Social –6 pm American Martyrs

Dec. 7th Immaculate Conception Vigil – 6 pm American Martyrs

Dec. 8th  Immaculate Conception - 9am American Martyrs
Dec. 8th  Immaculate Conception Vigil - 12 Noon St. Patrick
Dec. 12th  Advent Penance Service - 6:30pm St. Patrick
Dec. 13th  Advent Penance Service - 6pm  American Martyrs
Pro Life Moment

    “The dying process is a sacred time—a final season to seek closure in this life and prepare for the next in the hope of sharing in Christ’s Resurrection. As you enter into this season with your friend or family member, ask God to accompany both of you.”

 USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Caring for Loved Ones at Life’s End,”

Month of the Souls in Purgatory

     The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, "even as others who have no hope ... For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven ... and the dead who are in Christ shall rise.

     The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought "well and religiously concerning the resurrection." It was believed that "they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them" and that "it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven.                                        

 Excerpted from Liturgical Meditations, The Sisters of St. Dominic


 Duration of Purgatory   Purgatory is not eternal. Its duration varies according to the sentence pronounced at each particular judgment. It may be prolonged for centuries in the case of the more guilty souls, or of those who, being excluded from the Catholic communion, are deprived of the suffrages of the Church, although by the divine mercy they have escaped hell. But the end of the world, which will be also the end of time, will close forever the place of temporary expiation. God will know how to reconcile His justice and His goodness in the purification of the last members of the human race, and to supply by the intensity of the expiatory suffering what may be wanting in duration. But, whereas a favorable sentence at the particular judgment admits of eternal beatitude being suspended and postponed, and leaves the bodies of the elect to the same fate as those of the reprobate; at the universal judgment, every sentence, whether for heaven or for hell, will be absolute, and will be executed immediately and completely.


Offering Prayers and Sacrifices The Church Suffering and the Church Militant constitute in their relations a second circle of most vital activities. Having entered into the night "wherein no man can work," the Suffering Church cannot ripen to its final blessedness by any efforts of its own, but only through the help of others—through the intercessory prayers and sacrifices (suffragia) of those living members of the Body of Christ who being still in this world are able in the grace of Christ to perform expiatory works. The Church has from the earliest times faithfully guarded the words of Scripture that it is a holy and a wholesome thing to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins. [2 Macab. 12, 43] The suppliant cry of her liturgy: "Eternal rest give to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them," can be heard already in the Acts of the martyrdom of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas (A.D. 203) and is represented in numerous sepulchral inscriptions of the most ancient period, while theologians and Fathers of the Church, beginning with Tertullian, have supplied its substantial proof. . . . So fundamental indeed and so natural to man's hope and desire and love is this belief, that historians of religion have discovered it among almost all non-Christian civilized peoples: a striking illustration of Tertullian's saying that the human soul is naturally Christian.

     The Catholic, therefore, is jealous to expiate and suffer for the "poor souls," especially by offering the Eucharistic Sacrifice, wherein Christ's infinite expiation on the Cross is sacramentally represented, and stimulating and joining itself with the expiatory works of the faithful, passes to the Church Suffering according to the measure determined by God's wisdom and mercy.


Indulgences By the practice of Indulgences, the Church places at the charitable disposal of the faithful the inexhaustible treasure accumulated, from age to age, by the superabundant satisfactions of the saints, added to those of the martyrs, and united to those of our Blessed Lady and the infinite residue of our Lord's sufferings. These remissions of punishment she grants to the living by her own direct power; but she nearly always approves of and permits their application to the dead by way of suffrage, that is to say, in the manner in which, as we have seen, each of the faithful may offer to God who accepts it, for another, the suffrage or succour of his own satisfactions. — The Liturgical Year, Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.

     A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.

     A plenary indulgence, again applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.

     A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed.

This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November:

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May the souls of the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


   Fr. Joe