American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Welcome to American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL

The Epiphany of the Lord

January 05 / 06, 2019

The Epiphany points the way toward life.

     Today the Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord:

the manifestation to the Gentiles (in the persons of the Magi) of the life of God himself. God, who in the person of Jesus, shared in our humanity in order to allow us to share in his divinity forever. Like the Magi, each person’s journey to Christ has its own direction and trail; and for each who pays Christ homage and offers the treasures one holds, the reward is the same: a path away from the dangers of sin and death and toward life.



Reading 1:  Isaiah 60-1-6    

 In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah calls the people to rise up because the light (God) has come and they will praise the Lord with overflowing hearts.

R)  Psalm 72:

Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.


Reading 2: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 

In Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, we hear that the mystery which was not revealed to other generations has been made known and that all are co-heirs and co-partners in the work and promises of Christ.

Gospel:  Matthew 2:1-12

Today’s Gospel is the account of the Magi who journey far as they seek out the long-awaited Christ, encountering King Herod in Jerusalem along the way, and then finding the child Jesus in Bethlehem.

Mass Schedule
Saturday; January 5; 5:00 PM –  Leslie Cozart

** 2nd Collection – Scott County Clearing House 

Servers: Antonio Martinez &   Mario Martinez


Sunday; January  6; 8:30 AM  – For The People    

      Epiphany of the Lord
 ** 2nd Collection – Scott County Clearing House    
Servers: Catherine Valencia   & Marcos Valencia

Monday        Jan. 07; 8:00 AM –   Pro Seipso  

Tuesday       Jan. 08 ; 8:30 AM –  Gary Moenter

Wednesday Jan. 09; 8:00 AM –   Jean Reinstedler

Thursday      Jan. 10; 8:00 AM –   Petronilla Manna


Saturday; January 12; 5:00 PM – Harry Hasselbrock  

** 2nd Collection – Scott County Clearing House 

Servers:  Antonio Martinez  &   Mario Martinez

Sunday; January  13; 8:30 AM  –      
      The Baptism of the Lord
 ** 2nd Collection – Scott County Clearing House    

Servers:  Catherine Valencia   &  Marcos Valencia


   2019 Collection Envelopes

are in the back of Church please pick Yours up. 

  2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet

Is posted at the South West entrance of the Church

  2019 Socials Dates Signup Sheet -  

Is posted at the North East entrance of the Church

  2019 St. Joseph Missals

Missal’s are For Sale $2.50 each in the Sacristy

  2019 Saints Calendars -  

Calendars are at the entrances of the Church


      In today’s second reading we hear Saint Paul teach the community at Ephesus that God’s revelation had come, not just to their community, but to others as well; that a broader community of believers was being allowed to exercise stewardship over the Good News. Good stewards recognize that it is in our life together as a Eucharistic community that we find ever new vistas and insights into God’s vast universe of love and mercy. If we take time to listen to one another, we discover stories of faith beyond our own. Pause this week to converse with others, listen to their prayers, and observe acts of kindness and generosity. See if you can gain an understanding of God and the world that you have not experienced or known before.    

.Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

   Classes Resume: Jan. – 6, 13, 20, 27

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 Today January 6, 2019

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


 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

RCIA classes are in the Parish Hall

Starting, January 07, 2019 at 5:30pm

    Fr. Joe Villa will be instructing these RCIA classes and anyone can attend. 

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 for RCIA contact Cindy Light or the Parish Office for more info.   812-752-3693


   Thank you for your donations generosity to the Building Maintenance Fund in 2018.

From the Building and Maintenance Committee.


   Thank you to the Collins Funeral Home for

donating the 2019 Wall Calendars.  
Volunteers are needed to help take down the

 Nativity only after Mass this Sunday.

   The remainder of the decorations will be

taken down after Mass on Sunday, January 13.

St. Patrick Catholic Church
PO Box # 273; 208 S. Shelby Street, Salem IN 47167
Sunday Mass 10:30am &  
Wednesday Mass 6:00pm

Parish Family Socials

Saturday, January 19th after

Mass will be the 1st Social

Ramona Barger is going to prepare her Mexican dishes along with your covered dish it should be a feast. Come and enjoy a meal with your Church family

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

 February - Soups               
March -  Youth Spaghetti Dinner

 2019 Socials Dates are posted,

Please sign up to host a social.



05 – Anthony Rowe 
06 – Mark Mullen         

08 – Marta Rose Ostertag

12 – Misty Marcum  
12 – Sera Craig
13 – Mary Grace Wimsatt
15 – Dallas Montgomery
15 – Veronica Valencia     
16 – Isabelle Marcum 

Question of the Week  

 Adults: In what areas of your life do you need God’s forgiveness right now? What Advent practice would assist you in expressing your repentance?

 Adultos:  ¿Cuándo has sentido celos o temor de otra persona? ¿Cuándo son perjudiciales estos sentimientos?

Children:   What do you want to ask God to forgive you for? What can you do during Advent to show you are sorry


Niño: ¿  Cuándo has estado celoso porque algo bueno le ha pasado a otra persona en vez de a ti?

¿Qué hay de malo en sentirse así? 
Families to Clean Church    

**2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

at the Southwest entrance of the Church

 Jan 07 – Jan 12 Need Volunteer

Jan 14 – Jan 19 Noreen Faulkenberg & Janet McNear

Jan 21 – Jan 26 David Baker Family

Jan 28 – Feb 02 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

       January Ministries

Saturday – Reader      Eucharist Ministers

Linda Illingworth (G)        Bev Schafer (*)

Mary Smith    (R)            Diana Cozart


Sunday – Reader___ Eucharist Ministers

 Doris Marcum (G)       Debbie Young (*)

 Al Riggle          (R)       Kathy Karmire


Counters: James Cruz  & Rich Smith



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 or Parish Office 812-752-3693

Prayers for Those in
 Nursing Facilities:

Hampton Oaks;  Fr. Don Buchanan,  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:

Ann Akeman,  Marie Ficht, Mary Smith

Joann Smithey, Thomas Flood,        

Carol Higdon,           Rick Horvath,    Felix Lewis,                      

Clabie Barger,  Rosendo Romero, Rita Fields,        

Joe Boswell,Ronnie Sommer, Janie Clouse

Ruth Long,   Mindy Carter, Benny Hartlage,

Tony Kiesler,   Willie Harlen, Jean McIntosh

Ed Rees,        Denise Jensen, Dennis Obergfell

Joe Castro,   Alfreda &  Lonnie Donahue,        

Kari Stout,     Gwynn Keller, Mary Ellen Buchanan     

Joe Brown,    Joe Henson JoNell Buchanan,

Pat Divish,     Fr. Joe Villa, Emily Howser 

Debbie Biddle, Charles Sanders, Joe Hennekes

Alex O’Raferty,  Mary Diaz,    Cathy Wilson Cochran

Peter Renn   Blue Bomar, Teresa Westwood,

Ray Zierhut, William Skaggs,       Carol Blasingame,  

Jim Coomes,  Bob Sommer, Kenneth Holcomb,

Dean Karmire, Christina Riley, Denise Mansfield,

Terri O’Brien,  David Schafer, Larry Simpkins,

Debbie Hoey,  Sadie Fugate,  Marcy Donohue,           

James Cruz, Carolyn Duvall, Katie Robbins Sawin,

Laverne Basham,  


    Daw J. White Jr. a parishioner and husband to Sue White went to his eternal home. Please pray for Sue, their children, grandchildren and Loved one.

Eternal rest grant unto Daw, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls

of all the faithful departed, through the mercy

of God, rest in peace
Volunteer Wanted

K of C will be hosting Fish Fries again this year during Lent.  Starting March 8th thru April 12, 2019.

They will be serving 4:30 to 7pm every Friday.

They will need a large crew of help. If you would like to help on any of these Friday’s please contact Eddie Cozart 812-595-1402 or

email .


Epiphany: To Find Our Meaning in Christ

Epiphany!    What a wonderful word. Even its secular definition is thrilling: “a sudden realization about the nature or meaning of something.” It brings all sorts of images to mind: a light bulb suddenly turning on, shedding brilliant illumination; a revelation that brings a gasp; an idea so vivid we pause and give thanks; a truth so powerful we fall to our knees. On Sunday, January 6, 2019 we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. The feast of the Epiphany is all of those things and more. We celebrate the mysterious appearance at Jesus’ birthplace of three men from the East. They had set off on a most quixotic journey, seeking what they would find at the end of a star’s dazzling rays. What, we wonder, did they make of the epiphany with which their journey ended? Did they spend the rest of their lives trying to discern what their discovery of the baby meant, or did the Christ Child gift them with “a sudden realization” of His nature? What more could they, or we, want of a life’s journey, than to find, in our epiphany, the Christ waiting for us? The twelve days of Christmas have led us to this place, where Gentiles from afar have discovered Christ, thereby revealing that He came for everyone, for each one of us throughout history, and not just for the Jewish people to whom he was born. The feast of Epiphany brings us to the last week of our liturgical celebration of Christmas. But for the Christian steward, Epiphany is not an end but a beginning. This feast reminds us that the New Year beckons us to openness about the epiphanies to which God leads us if we but keep an open, prayerful heart, a heart full of deep, awed gratitude. Let us pray never to become too jaded, too full of certainty, too wrapped up in the routine of life to be asleep at the time of epiphany. If we could resolve to keep only one New Year’s Resolution, let it be this: to pay attention to the epiphanies God places before us.


Happy New Year

Fr. Joe