American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Welcome To

American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL

Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 30 / 31, 2019


God is always ready to take us back, no matter how far or how often we stray.


    Jesus’ famous parable of the prodigal son depicts God as a father always ready to take back those who stray from him. No matter how we may have turned away from God, we have only to turn back to him through the sacrament of reconciliation. Lent is the perfect time to be reconciled to God and to be a new creation for Easter.


Reading 1:  Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 

 In the first reading,

God stops the miraculous manna as soon as the Israelites
are able to eat the produce of the Promised Land. 
R) Psalm  34:

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.   


Reading 2: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21  

Paul tells the Corinthians they are a new creation through reconciliation with God.   


Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

The prodigal son demonstrates God’s willingness to welcome us back as soon as we turn to him.

Weekly Mass Schedule

   EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

  Parents, Thank You for bringing your children to Mass.  

   We want your children with us.


Fourth Sunday of Lent

Saturday; March 30; 5:00 PM –   Winnie & Bill Bower

** 2nd Collection – Catholic Relief Fund

Servers: Sadie Fugate  & Olivia Fugate  


Sunday; March 31; 8:30 AM  –  Jerry Coomes

** 2nd Collection – Catholic Relief Fund

Servers: Isabelle Marcum   &  Eric Marcum

 Monday        April 01; 8:00 AM –  Beth Smith

 Tuesday       April 02; 8:00 AM – Petronilla H. Manna
 Wednesday April 03; 8:00 AM –   Gary Moe Moenter

 Thursday      April 04; 8:00 AM – John Paul Novak


 Fifth Sunday of Lent

Saturday; April 06; 5:00 PM –  Rosehilda Ostertag

** 2nd Collection –  Scott County Clearing House

Servers:  Friederich Ostertag   &   Selleck Willes  


Sunday; April 07; 8:30 AM  –  Doris & Jim Arbuckle

** 2nd Collection –  Scott County Clearing House

Servers:  Victoria Martinez    &   Leandro Caceres

St. Patrick Catholic Church
PO Box # 273; 208 S. Shelby Street,
Salem IN 47167

Sunday Mass 10:30am  

& Wednesday Mass 6:00pm

Christ’s compassion is a call to suffer “along with”

those who are powerless.


         Today we hear one of the most beloved stories in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son. Reconciliation is a prominent theme. Seeing the younger son returning to him, the son who left the family and squandered his inheritance, the compassionate father runs to embrace him. Jesus offers us a vision of a loving God who is merciful and forgiving when we, through our own sinfulness, leave his presence, and then through repentance, return to him. The remainder of the Lenten season offers us an opportunity to reflect on God’s compassion and our need for reconciliation.

Consider celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation and experience God’s loving embrace and forgiveness.


    Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

 No class March 31  Classes Resume:  April 7,14, 

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 NEXT Sunday, April 7, 2019

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

 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
     RCIA class is in the Parish Hall

  Last Class, Monday April 1 at 5:30pm

    Fr. Joe Villa will be instructing this RCIA class and anyone can attend. 

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.  
APRIL 1 – End and RCIA Review

    The following RCIA Candidates/Catechumens

Please keep them in your prayers as they continue

their journey toward full communion with the

Catholic Church at Easter Vigil. 

From St. Patrick's:  Morgan A Cullins, Jacob Korff, Courtney R Williams, and Terry L Sowder.


From American Martyrs:  Thomas Bush, Lonnie E Noble, Dallas E Montgomery, and David W Murphy.


Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Monday – 8am - American Martyrs

Monday – 12 Noon – American Martyrs- Healing Mass

Monday – 5:30pm – St. Patrick -  Healing Mass

Tuesday – 8 am - American Martyrs – Mass

Tuesday – 8:30-10 am – American Martyrs - Hear Confessions

Tuesday – 4-5:30 pm – St. Patrick - Hear Confessions

Tuesday – 6 pm – St. Patrick -  Mass

Wednesday – 8 am - American Martyrs - Mass

Wednesday – 6 pm – St. Patrick -  Mass

Holy Thursday – 6pm – St. Patrick

Good Friday – 3pm – St. Patrick

Good Friday – 6pm – American Martyrs

Easter Vigil Saturday – 8:28 pm American Martyrs

Easter Sunday – 5am - American Martyrs

Easter Sunday – 8:30am - American Martyrs

Easter Sunday – 10:30am – St. Patrick


       Parish Family Social

NEXT Saturday, April 13th after Mass

At this Family Social, Carol Ison is preparing Meatloaf

 with your covered dishes. 

Come and enjoy the meal with your Church family

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

May & June ??? July -– Parish Picnic:  August – Fresh Fried Fish 

2019 Socials Dates are posted,  We are looking for people to Host future Socials. Please sign up to host a social.


    March Birthday     30 – Reeve Willes


     April Birthdays      02 – Vada Rogers    

02 – Zack Campbell    04 – Mary Smith   

04 – Maria Valencia   07 – Cooper Christman

08 – Laura Boswell    12 – Cindy Light    

Families to Clean Church    

 **2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

 at the Southwest entrance of the Church  
  April 01 – April 06   Tina Cozart
  April 08 – April 12   Alice Wimsatt Family

 April 15 – April 20   Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg

 April 22 – April 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


  K of C Bowling Bash

All Proceeds will go to Benefit Special Olympics

Saturday, April 13th 1:00 PM; Scottsburg Bowling Lanes

$25.00 Per Person /Teams of 5 

Join us for Fun and Prizes; Deadline to sign up is April 5th.

Contact Keith Greer for Registration Details ans Sponsorship opportunities. 812.820.6588 or

Food and Beverages available. Please plan to join us for a

day of Fun and while helping Special Olympics also.  

K of C Clearinghouse Donations

 As a Lenten service K of C is asking for people/families

To drop any non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration after opening and/or Toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant, toilet tissue, Lotions, Soaps… Thank you


K of C Fish Fries

K of C will be hosting Fish / Shrimp Fries again this year during Lent. 

Continuing thru April 12, 2019.
Serving 4:30 to 7pm every Friday.

Volunteers needed.

     Men, Women, Students - Grab your buckets, rags

and come help with a little Spring cleaning in church,

which will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

ALL Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

April  Ministries
Saturday – Lectors      Eucharist Ministers

 Tina Cozart (G)              Pat Brock  (*)

 Janet Hall    (R)             Tina Cozart

Sunday – Lectors___ Eucharist Ministers
 Joe Obergfell (G)           Misty Marcum (*)

  Pat Read        (R)          Jerry Hartman 


Counters: Doris Marcum & Julie Donovan


Prayer may be expressed vocally or mentally. The basic forms of prayer are praise, petition intercession, and thanksgiving.

     If you are in need of prayer support, Please contact;  

Parish Office 812-752-3693 or

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

Lorraine Gable,  Fr. Joe Villa,  Jean McIntosh,

 Harry Leggitt, Felix Lewis, Pat Donovan,

Joe Boswell,   Thomas Flood,

Marie Ficht,    Eileen Hennekes,  

Carol Higdon, Rick Horvath,   Ann Akeman,   

Carolyn Duvall,  Katie Robbins Sawin, Jean Robbins  

Mary Smith, Ann Jentzen,    Clabie Barger, 

Mary Diaz,     Rosendo Romero, Tony Kiesler, 

Rita Fields, Ronnie Sommer, Janie Clouse

Mindy Carter, Benny Hartlage, Cathy Wilson Cochran

Dennis Obergfell, Ed Rees, Denise Jensen,  

Joe Castro, Alfreda & Lonnie Do   nahue,

Ruth Long   Gwynn Keller,  Mary Ellen Buchanan

Joe Hennekes, Joe Henson,  JoNell Buchanan,

Pat Divish,   Fr. Don Buchanan, Kari Stout,      

Debbie Biddle, Joe Brown, Charles Sanders,

Alex O’Raferty, Dean Karmire, Laverne Basham,

Peter Renn Blue Bomar, Teresa Westwood,

Ray Zierhut,            William Skaggs, Carol Blasingame,

Jim Coomes,  Bob Sommer,   Kenneth Holcomb,
Terri O’Brien,  Christina Riley, Denise Mansfield,
James Cruz,                        David Schafer, Larry Simpkins,

Debbie Hoey, Sadie Fugate, Marcy Donohue,

Question of the Week

Children: What ways do you show God’s love to someone who is lonely or hurting?


¿ En qué maneras muestran el amor de Dios a alguien que está solo o que sufre?

Who are the people in your life who mean the most to you?        
How do you show them how important they are to you?

¿ Quiénes son las personas en tu vida que más significan para ti?

¿Cómo les demuestras lo importante que son para ti?

What is a way you show members of your family  your love for them?


¿ Cuál es una manera en que muestran a los miembros de su familia el amor que sienten por ellos?


Thank you from Helen Reynolds, Lois Bridges and

 Fr. Maurice Hayes for Celebrating with us 50th Year of Orientation. 


A Lenten Stewardship Reflection:


     A central theme in the Gospel of Luke and a very good one for Lenten meditation is the notion of compassion. More than any other Gospel, Luke reveals the compassionate nature of Jesus Christ. Jesus said it emphatically and without mincing his words: “Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate” (Luke 6:36, New Jerusalem Bible).

     The word compassion is derived from the Latin words pati and cum, which taken together mean “to suffer with.” Compassion asks us to enter into another’s pain, to share in their suffering, to feel their brokenness, fear, confusion and anguish.

     For Jesus, however, compassion was not just a feeling. It translated itself into action. Throughout Luke’s Gospel, Jesus heals and cares for the downtrodden, the poor and oppressed. Jesus showed his followers that compassion is inherent to discipleship. He did not reach down and lift the poor up from above either. He became poor. He suffered with the poor. He chooses pain, rejection, persecution, and death rather than the path of “upward mobility” toward power, authority, influence, and wealth. It is this “downward mobility” that led to his own passion, death and subsequent resurrection and redemption for all.

    Jesus’ path of downward mobility differs from the common notion today that compassion means helping those less fortunate than we are. It is a particularly privileged notion to think that if we volunteer in a soup kitchen or donate money to help others, we have been compassionate. To be clear, these actions are important and valuable ways of serving others. But when we are able to maintain our distance or stay in a place “above” those we serve, such acts easily become acts of pity, rather than compassion. This is the problem with the idea of serving “those less fortunate.” We are somehow “more” and “they” are somehow “less.” We have all the power. “They” have none. Genuine compassion, as embodied by Jesus, runs counter to our culture’s concept. Christ’s compassion is a call to suffer “along with” those who are powerless.

     Compassion is at the heart of the Christian stewards’ life. It is an expression of God’s love for us and our love for God and each other. Perhaps during this Lenten season we can place compassion front and center in our spiritual lives. What better time than the Lenten season to consider a radical reorientation toward others. And what better time than Lent to discover the compassion Jesus calls us to embrace.


God always welcomes us home everyone who comes to him. No matter how big or small out sins, he is always waiting with open arms.


“Thank you, Father, for welcoming me home.”  

Fr. Joe