American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Welcome to American Martyrs

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL

The Ascension of the Lord

June 1 /  2, 2019



Jesus has prepared the way, and gives us the Holy Spirit to help us along.


Occurring between the two other major feasts of Easter and Pentecost, the Ascension can be overlooked or lost. Perhaps today is a good day to reflect on what Jesus’ return to the Father means to us: that he has fully prepared our way to the Father, and that we are never alone. The Holy Spirit is within us and around us as our Advocate.



Reading 1:  Acts 1:1-11;  

 In the first reading, Luke recounts the many times that Jesus presented himself alive to his Apostles, his promise of the Holy Spirit to come, and Jesus’ being lifted up, [where] a cloud took him from their sight.


R)  Psalm 47:  

God mounts his throne to shouts of Joy;

                      a blare of trumpets of the Lord

Reading 2:    Ephesians 1:17-23; or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23;

 In the second reading, Paul prays that the Ephesians may have wisdom and knowledge of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Gospel    Luke 24:46-53;   In the Gospel,

Jesus tells his disciples that they are witnesses to the things that had been written and fulfilled. Then he blesses them and is taken up to heaven.

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; June  01; 5:00 PM   

 For the Protection of all Children Born and Unborn. 
** 2nd Collection – SAMA
Servers: Blake Russell & Nick Bautista      

Sunday; June 02; 8:30 AM –   Jerry Coomes

    The Ascension of the Lord
** 2nd Collection – SAMA

Servers: Antonio Martinez & Marcos Valencia

 Monday        June 03; 8:00 AM  –  Bill Mulcahy
Tuesday         June 04;  8:00 AM –  Jean Marie Reinstedler     

 Wednesday   June 05; 8:00 AM –  Petronilla Hutchins Manna  

 Thursday     June 06; 8:00 AM –  Gary “Moe” Moenter

Saturday; June 08; 5:00 PM  Otto & Marie Kiwitt

** 2nd Collection – Flower Fund

Servers:  Selleck Willes  & Reeve Willes   


Sunday; June 09; 8:30 AM –    Pius Hayes

   Pentecost  Sunday
** 2nd Collection – Flower Fund
Servers: Brinley Wilson & Raeann Baker   
 Parish Office will be closed


Thursday and Friday June 6th & 7th

also Monday, June 10th

In Christ Name, 

Rick Romero 

Our Sister Parish

St. Patrick Catholic Church

PO Box # 273; 208 S. Shelby Street, Salem IN 47167

Sunday Mass 10:30am  &

Wednesday Mass 6:00 pm
Novena to the Holy Spirit

     The original Novena is now a time of Prayer.

( The Novena insert in the bulletin )
It is to be said from Ascension of the Lord to Pentecost Sunday.

     In Roman Catholicism, the Ascension of the Lord is a Holy Day of Obligation and in the Anglican Communion, Ascension Day is a Principal Feast. ... Ascension has a vigil and, since the 15th century, an octave, which is set apart for a novena of preparation for Pentecost.

Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education  Pre K through 12th

 Classes Resume in August 2019

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 Sunday,

      June 2, 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.
Instructions will begin again on Monday’s, January 2020
          June Ministries

Saturday – Reader   Eucharist Ministers

 Missy Baker (G)          Diana Cozart (*)

 Joe Obergfell (R)       Becky Dewees

Sunday – Reader___Eucharist Ministers

 Marcy Donohue (G)     Ruth Long  (*)

 Alfreda Donahue (R)   Jerry Hartman

Counters  - Jim Cozart & Ann Jentzen


Honoring all Fathers in our Parish

   The K of C Ladies’ Auxiliary will be cooking and serving breakfast after Mass on Sunday, June 9

to Honor all Fathers in our parish.

 All parishioners are invited to enjoy a hearty meal and fellowship together.

Parish Family Social

Saturday, June 15, 2019 in the Parish Family Hall 

Thank You to the Steve Brock family for hosting June

The menu will be Baked Ham..

Bring your covered dish and come and enjoy the meal with your Church family.

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

July 28 -– Parish Picnic: at K of C Hall

August 17- Light Family- Pizza – Ice cream

September 21 - Light Family- Fresh Fish Fry  

June Birthdays  
03 – Kathy Karmire    04 – Jose Sumale    

07 – Joe Obergfell     08 – Joan Mulcahy Brown 

08 – Selleck Willes     19 – Jerry Hartman     

20 – Dean Karmire    21 – Bev Schafer

23 – Susan Anderson 23 – Cindy Cruz      

23 – Ayla Mullen         25 – Martha Spicer       

27 – Martha Kiesler     27 – Joe Boswell        

28 – Finn Sawin 
Families to Clean Church

 **2019 Church Cleaning Signup Sheet is posted

 at the Southwest entrance of the Church  

June 03 – June 08 Tina Cozart
June 10 – June 14 Janet McNear & Noreen Faulkenberg
June 17 – June 22 David Schafer Family
June 24 – June 29 David Schafer 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

Thank you

   May the Lord Jesus Bless you and your Church for the monetary gift that you gave to SAMA Ministry.

We appreciate it and we are praying for you.

In Christ Name, 

Rick Romero 

7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

     The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.

They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations. (CCC, 1831)


The Catholic Church derives this information on the

 Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit from scripture:

​​     The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. (Isaiah 11:2-4) 


Respect Life Reflection

By 18 weeks in your mother’s womb, you could swim, somersault, suck your thumb, and even cover your ears

 if you heard loud music.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

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; Bob Ligda, 

          Norma Campbell, Shirley Novak, Wanda Mays,

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:

Mark Grap, Joe Brown, Sylvia Smith, Steve Thevenow

Tony Kiesler, Clabie Barger, Debbie Smith, Carol Higdon, 

Fr. Joe Villa,   Pat Donovan,    Thomas Flood,   Mary Diaz,     

Ann Jentzen,    Marie Ficht,   Jean McIntosh, Blue Bomar,

Joe Boswell, Joe Henson,  Eileen & Joe Hennekes

Lorraine Gable, Rick Horvath,   Ann Akeman, Peter Renn

Carolyn Duvall, Katie Robbins Sawin, Felix Lewis,

Cathy Wilson Cochran,  Ed Rees, Ray Zierhut, Denise Jensen,

Rita Fields, Ronnie Sommer, Janie Clouse,  Dennis Obergfell, 

Mindy Carter, Benny Hartlage, Rosendo Romero

Joe Castro,      Alfreda & Lonnie Donahue,  Pat Divish,

Ruth Long,   Gwynn Keller,    Kari Stout, Terri O’Brien,

JoNell Buchanan, Mary Ellen Buchanan,  Fr. Don Buchanan, 

Al Riggle, Debbie Biddle, Charles Sanders, Jim Coomes, 

Alex O’Raferty, Dean Karmire, Laverne Basham,

Teresa Westwood,  Carol Blasingame, Christina Riley

Bob Sommer,   Kenneth Holcomb, Denise Mansfield,

James Cruz,                        David Schafer, Larry Simpkins,

Debbie Hoey, Sadie Fugate, Marcy Donohue,


 Lost & Found

   We have found some money and some keys at two separate times if you think you have misplaced or lost these items check with the office.


Do you wish your marriage

was healthier and more fulfilling? 

Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i)

helps couples through difficult times and provides tools to strengthen and improve your marriage. Beginning with a weekend followed by post sessions, the program will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way. You will learn to understand each other better and find each other again. The program has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels, including disillusionment and deep misery.

 Sign up for the Aug.9-12 weekend at St. Joseph's Retreat Center (Tipton) and follow-up post-weekend sessions at Our Lady of Fatima (Indianapolis), visit, email: or call 317-489-6811 for confidential registration information.  

Space is limited. Take steps toward healing today.

Stewardship of Others:
Our Life as Servant Leaders

by Leisa Anslinger,

 Associate Department Director for Pastoral Life,

 Archdiocese of Cincinnati

    During the Easter season we immerse ourselves in the wonder of Jesus’ resurrection and the story of the early Church through our Sunday liturgies. Each year, I look forward to hearing from the Acts of the Apostles during this season. I am inspired by the faith and courage of the apostles and those who came to believe in Jesus Christ as a result of their witness and stewardship of their community of faith. I am also encouraged when reading the story of the development of the early communities of believers – not only did they face immense challenges from the Roman and Jewish authorities, they were often challenged from within, as they figured out what it meant to be Christians in community with one another.

     In his book on the gift of administration, Reverend Donald Senior, biblical scholar and former president of Catholic Theological Union, writes of the ways leadership emerged in the early Church. He writes:


   The inspiration for all leadership in the New Testament is rooted in the example of Jesus. His qualities of compassion, integrity, and selfless service in the carrying out of his mission are reflected in the virtues lifted

up in the examples of early community leaders such as Peter, Barnabas, Paul, and Priscilla and Aquila.

The fundamental responsibility of New Testament leaders is to foster the common good of the community –

and here, too, the example of Jesus is paramount. Jesus the healer and teacher was committed to the restoration and well-being of God’s people. So, too, the charismatic leadership of Paul and the more administrative type of leadership exercised by Peter, Barnabas, Phoebe, and Priscilla and Aquila and many others were directed to building up the Body of Christ


     Father Senior goes on to summarize this form of leadership, modeled by Jesus himself, as “servant leadership”

(The Gift of Administration: New Testament Foundations for the Vocation of Administrative Service, Liturgical Press, 2016).

     As we hear the story of the early Church this Easter season, let us reflect on our stewardship of others in our family of faith, our role as servant leaders:

How do we continue the mission of Jesus with compassion, integrity and selfless service?

How do we build up the Body of Christ as a community of disciples and stewards?