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

Welcome to

American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa

Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 06 / 07, 2019


FOCUS: God is always doing something new –

he is mercy and forgiveness for those who seek him.

   Today’s psalm speaks of the great things that God has done. Among them is his giving us the promise to forgive all who come before him with true contrition and who seek his mercy. Through and in Jesus we have the ability to do this, and when we do, we allow God to “re-create” in us – to do something new in us.



Reading 1:  Isaiah 43:16-21  

Isaiah assures the people of Israel that the Lord is doing something new.

R) Psalm  126:  

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.


Reading 2: Philippians 3:8-14  

Saint Paul professes to the community at Philippi that he considers all things as loss in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ and pursuing the goal of attaining the resurrection of the dead.

Gospel: John 8:1-11

In the Gospel, Jesus saves from stoning, and forgives, the woman caught in adultery.  

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.
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

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Servers: Victoria Martinez    &   Leandro Caceres
 Monday        April 08;    NO Mass      

 Tuesday       April 09;   NO Mass   

 Wednesday April 10;    NO Mass        

 Thursday     April 11; 8:00 AM – Homer & Anne Beck
Saturday; April 13; 5:00 PM –   Marti Allgeier /Lawyer 
** 2nd Collection – Church in Africa

Servers: Albert Soto  &  Raeann Baker    

Sunday; April 14; 8:30 AM  –  All of American Martyrs Parish 

      Especially Obergfell, Brock, Smith and Boswell Family’s.

** 2nd Collection – Church in Africa
Palm Sunday

Servers:  Blake Russell    &   Reeve Willes

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

Sunday Mass 10:30am  &

Wednesday Mass 6:00pm

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

April 15 – 21, 2019

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

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


         Strong words come from Saint Paul in today’s second reading. He reveals in no uncertain terms that life in Christ is our goal. Everything else, he maintains,

is “rubbish.” Junk. Trash. Garbage. Is that true?

Is everything else “rubbish” compared to deepening our relationship with the Lord?

What about putting recreational activities ahead of attending Mass?

Or preferring uninterrupted hours playing the latest video games or watching TV to spending time in a bible study group, choir practice or serving in a soup kitchen?

Or keeping late hours at work over sharing the gospel with friends and neighbors?

To what extent do we exercise stewardship over our relationship with Christ?


    Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

 Classes:  April  7,14, 28    No Class: Easter, April 21

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 Sunday, April 7, 2019

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

 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
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.  

    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.



 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.

April Birthdays  
02 – Vada Rogers     02 – Zack Campbell    

04 – Mary Smith         04 – Maria Valencia  

07 – Cooper Christman    08 – Laura Boswell   
12 – Cindy Light   15– Patricia Brock  
15 – Lonnie Donahue  24 – Tracy Howard
25 – Joseph Henson    27 – Daniel Alexander
28 – Hayes Willes    29 – Lorraine Gable    
29 – Karissa Light    

Families to Clean Church    

 **2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

 at the Southwest entrance of the Church  

April 08 – April 12   Alice Wimsatt Family
April 15 – April 20   Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg
April 22 – April 27   David Baker Family
April 29 – May 04   Katie Sawin
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

Current K of C or Potential Knights

   If you are thinking of joining the

World’s Largest Fraternal Catholic Men’s Organization Supporting,

Our Families, Orphans, Priest and Bishops. Now is the time.
The date is April 28, 2019. The District will hold a

1st Degree and 2nd Degree and 3rd Degree back to back. 

This will be at Cardinal Ritter Council 1221;
809 East Main St., New Albany, IN 47150.
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

Last K of C Fish Fry of the Year

K of C will be hosting Fish / Shrimp Fries again this year during Lent. April 12, 2019.

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

Right to Life Banquet

    The Right to Life of Scott County will be holding its annual fundraiser and Banquet on Friday, April 26, 2019. Open to the Public. Doors open at 6 P.M. Please make reservations ahead of time if you can this will help in the preparation of the food.  The meal costs nothing, a donation will be accepted. 

There will be a Silent Auction and Guest Speakers. 


Respect Life Reflection

“God creates every person for eternal union with Himself and continually invites us to embrace a loving relationship with Him. Every person is chosen.”



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
Fr. Joe Villa,   Pat Donovan,

Harry Leggitt, Felix Lewis,

Lorraine Gable,  Joe Boswell,  

Thomas Flood, Jean McIntosh,

Marie Ficht,    Eileen Hennekes,  

Carol Higdon, Rick Horvath,  

Ann Akeman, Al Riggle

Carolyn Duvall,  Katie Robbins Sawin, Jean Robbins  

Kari Stout,  Ann Jentzen,    Clabie Barger, Ed Rees,

Mary Diaz,  Rosendo Romero, Tony Kiesler, 

Rita Fields, Ronnie Sommer, Janie Clouse

Mindy Carter, Benny Hartlage,

Cathy Wilson Cochran

Joe Castro,    Alfreda & Lonnie Donahue,

Ruth Long,  Gwynn Keller,   

Mary Ellen Buchanan,  JoNell Buchanan,

Fr. Don Buchanan, Joe Brown, Joe Henson,  

Dennis Obergfell, Pat Divish,  

Debbie Biddle, Charles Sanders, Joe Hennekes

Alex O’Raferty, Dean Karmire, Laverne Basham,

Peter Renn   Blue Bomar, Teresa Westwood,

Ray Zierhut, Carol Blasingame, Denise Jensen,

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

 What is a way that you can follow Jesus?

¿ Cuál es una manera en la que pueden seguir a Jesús?

Following Jesus can mean leaving some things behind.

What do you need to let go of to follow Jesus more fully in your life?


¿Seguir a Jesús puede significar dejar atrás ciertas cosas.

¿Qué necesitas dejar atrás para seguir a Jesús plenamente? 


When recently did God call you to do something that was difficult?


¿Cuándo recientemente los llamó Dios a hacer algo que era difícil?

 Putting Prayer into Action

Our Lenten journey is marked by ancient and time-tested exercises that help us renew our lives and bring us closer to God. The traditional practices include: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent, of course, is a privileged period for prayer and many spiritual writers have encouraged us to see fasting and almsgiving as essential elements of our prayer lives. St. Augustine wrote that fasting and almsgiving are “the two wings of prayer” and that almsgiving is actually putting our prayer into action.  

      Of course, much attention is paid to prayer and fasting. But almsgiving gets the least attention among the three Lenten practices. Almsgiving can actually be viewed as “fasting” from our income and material possessions. It also brings us closer to Christ Jesus because it translates our prayers into acts of love for each other and for those less fortunate.

    The New Testament reveals how the early Christians embraced the practice of almsgiving. For Saint Luke, almsgiving was essential to the practice of good stewardship. St. James exhorts Christians to care for the needs of their brothers or sisters, to put their faith into action with alms to those in need:

    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith, by itself, if it has no works, is dead (2:15-17).

      Almsgiving is about showing our love through sharing rather than hoarding what we have and Lent is perhaps one of the best times of the year to prayerfully discern how best we can act with generosity toward others. We might even try creating an Almsgiving Plan to help us prayerfully discern how best to organize our giving. Take some quiet moments to prayerfully reflect on what you have to share and write down a giving plan that includes your parish, diocese, and charities that could use your financial support.

     As our Lenten journey brings us closer to Easter, let us remain mindful of the importance of Almsgiving in our life of faith. By putting our prayer into action in this way, we begin to “cast off” the old self within us and put on Christ in order to arrive at Easter renewed and able to say, with St. Paul: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”


"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.

 It is not how much we give,
 but how much love we put in the giving."

Blessed Mother Teresa

Fr. Joe