American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Friday, December 13, 2019

Welcome to

American Martyrs &

St. Patrick

Pastor: Rev. Joseph L. Villa STL
Weekly Mass Schedule


   EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to attend. 


         33rd    Sunday of Ordinary time

Sat., November 16; 5:00 PM     Brian Cannello

** 2nd Collection; Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Servers: Victoria Martinez   & Gabriela Martinez      

Sun., November 17; 8:30 AM Special Intention 

** 2nd Collection;   Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Servers:  Olivia Fugate & Sadie Fugate 

Monday         Nov. 18; 8:00 AM –   Charles & Estelle Hutchines

Tuesday             No Mass 

Wednesday        No Mass  

Thursday            No Mass 

   34th    Sunday of Ordinary time

Sat., November 23; 5:00 PM American Martyrs Family

                          Soto, Valencia, Ison and Dicharria Families

** 2nd Collection;     The Flower Fund

Servers:  Frederich Ostertag & Marta Rose Ostertag       


Sun., November 24; 8:30 AM   Dr. Ignacio and Mary Castro

** 2nd Collection;   The Flower Fund
Servers:  Albert Soto  &  Marian Soto   
Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education      Pre K through 12th

Classes are Sunday’s after 8:30 Mass in the Parish Hall.

Classes:  Nov 17, 24    (No Mass Dec 1)

No charge for our Religious Education program.

Contact; Cindy Light for more information.

SCRIP Orders Due Sunday, December 1, 2019

           Last Chance to buy before Christmas

SCRIP is a year long fund raiser for the Youth of our parish

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

The Confirmation candidates from

American Martyrs and St. Patrick 

will be attending their Confirmation retreat at

Mt. St. Francis Nov. 23-24.
Please keep them, and their leaders,
 in your prayers.
RCIA; Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
For Both American Martyrs and St. Patrick
Contact American Martyrs Office, 812-752-3693
Instructions will begin on Monday,

Jan. 13, 2020 and run from 5:30 - 6:45.

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.


St. Patrick Weekly Mass Schedule


   EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

     33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sun., November 17; 10:30 AM –  Jean Storm         

      Lector: Janet Paynter
      Servers: Olivia Sowder & Margaret Olesh
      Eucharistic:   *Bridgett B., Judy S., & Willie H.
    Ushers: David Baiocchi, Dan Brisco

                   Darrell Lanham, David Sowder

Wednesday. Nov. 20th : NO MASS 
     34th  Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sun., November 24; 10:30 AM – Irma Barnard   

      Lector: Carol Saltsgaver

      Servers:  Maddie Irwin   &  Bryan Bower  

      Eucharistic:   * Willie H., Albert B ., & Gordon E.
    Ushers: Joe Mahuron, Brian Miller
                   Bob Stone,   Dave Lecklitner    

Wednesday. Nov. 27th :Tom and Martha Bacon

Future Mass Intentions.
Dec. 01: Alex Barnard
Dec  04: Jean M. Reinstedler
Bible Study

**St. Patrick is hosting a Bible Study on the

each Wednesday after Mass .
Religious Education

Sunday Religious Education    Pre K through 12th

Classes are at 9:00 AM

No charge for our Religious Education program.

Contact; Mandy Naugle for more information


 Human Life and Dignity Committee   

Janet Paynter submitted her resignation as chairperson on the Human Life and Dignity committee. With that we are asking if someone is interested in being on the committee to Fr. Joe Villa.


A   Baby is a Gift -  

Adoption Options - 317-878-3412     

CHOICE - 812-883-2675

CRADLE- 812-752-0123

Pregnancy Helpline - 877-734-2444;



BULLETIN Additions or Changes

 Please continue to send me information or upcoming events for the bulletin.  Cut off day will be at 5 pm Wednesday’s. 

 Email:   Phone: 812-752-3693

262 West Cherry Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170

              Thank you,    Parish Secretary,
FOCUS on the LITURGY:   

Our security lies in God alone; he is our anchor and strength.


     In the Gospel today, Jesus paints a picture of a time when there will be wars and earthquakes and famine. Yet he offers hope and says, Do not be terrified. We must know that our security cannot rest in anything of this world, but on God alone, who will sustain us in times of suffering.  


Reading 1:    Malachi 3:19-20a   In the first reading, Malachi proclaims the coming judgment where the proud and evildoers will face destruction, while those who fear the Lord will be healed.


 R)   Psalm 98: The Lord comes to true the earth with Justice

Reading 2:  2 Thessalonians 3:7-12     In the second reading,

Paul reminds believers to behave in an orderly way.

Gospel: Luke 21:5-19     In the Gospel, Jesus describes events

 that involve the persecution and suffering of believers, and warns them not to be taken in by false prophets or worldly signs

TONIGHT  Parish Family Social   
The Thanksgiving Family Social is November 16th

 after 5pm Mass.  in the Parish Family Hall.  

The Parish Council is serving Turkeys and Ham come and enjoy

The  meal with your Church family and plan to have fun!

  Everyone is welcome to attend.
November Birthday’s

16 – Josephine Zink 16 – Anne DiChiara        

17 – Ann Hoar          17 – Bob Wilson    

17 – Clara Pruitt       17 – Rachel Underwood 

17 – Don Boswell    18 – Alfreda Donahue      

20 – Bob Bromm      20 – Scott Newcomb

21 – Ruth Long           22 – Willie Harlen     

22 – Marcy Donohue 23 – Wes Marcum        

24 – Gary Taylor      25 – Shelly Everhart

25 – Pat Bromm         25 – Katie Rowe             

25 – Nancy Welch      29 – Beatriz Salas          

29 – Samantha Ries



American Martyrs Church Cleaning

Nov. 18 – Nov. 23   Joan Mace
Nov. 25 – Nov. 30 Ramona Barger

A cleaning list is in the Northwest cleaning closet.

Thank you for taking your time to volunteer


Reminder to turn in United Catholic Appeal Intention

 The United Catholic Appeal generates funding for ministries in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis that benefit everyone in our Church and in our surrounding communities. Together, we are changing the world by helping meet the needs of others. In serving others, we are serving God. 



The youth will be putting together "Blessing Bags" 

for the homeless for their Christmas project this year.  We are looking for donations from the parish also.  If you can donate any of the following items, please bring them to the parish hall on Sundays after mass.  Those attending mass on Saturday evening can leave their donations in the reconciliation room with Cindy Light's name on them.  We are accepting anything from basic survival supplies and personal care items to thoughtful extras that might brighten someone’s day, 

Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo (can always double as body wash) Conditioner, Chapstick,  Feminine Pads, Deodorant, Instant Coffee singles, New Socks, Gloves, toboggans, a bottle of water and a flavor pack, nuts, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, fruit or pudding cups, candy, tuna pouches or meal kits, Vienna sausages, snack size chips, granola bars or protein bars, beanie weenies, Band-Aids, 

a pencil and note pad, small bibles, hand/feet warmers.  

Whatever you purchase must fit inside a gallon size Ziploc bag,

 so purchase personal size items.  Also, no cans which will need a can opener to open. 



Would you join us in signing up to the ring the

Scott County Salvation Army Bell

n front of both sets of Walmart doors? Click on the link below to sign up: or call 812-752-0123

 Cordially, Jene Bridgewater, Executive Director, Scott County Partnership

What is Prayer?  It’s Talking With God

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

Parish Office 812-752-3693 or




Prayers for Those in


Nursing Facilities:


Bob Aker, Norma Campbell,

 Rita Castillo, Rena Cleek,   

Bob Ligda, Elberta Lundy, Lois Meagher

Shirley Novak, Gene Powell, Peggy Powers,  

Doris Williams, Josephine Zink Sylvia Smith,




Prayers for the


Sick at Home or in Hospital:

Anna Kaelin, Joe Brown, Joe Boswell,

Pete Renn, Tony Kiesler

Remember these and all those that are ill in your prayers

Repose of the Souls
   Martha Kiesler

Martha was an Icon to American Martyrs. She is also the Mother to Kenny, Tony, Patty, Janet, and Teresa all of American Martyrs. Please remember her family and Loved ones in your prayers.



    Melissa Rowe

Melissa is sister to Anthony& Katie Rowe of American Martyrs, Please remember Brian and all his loved ones in your prayers.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. AMEN

Thank You

   We, the Cannello family, want to thank everyone for the cards, gifts, prayers, support, encouragement, love and FOOD which we were showered with in our time of sorrow. A special thanks to all those who worked in the kitchen at the funeral luncheon. We are so blessed to be a part of this beautiful, loving parish community. Please continue to pray for us as we struggle to pull ourselves up, and know that we are praying in thanksgiving to God for all of you. God bless you all.

  Questions of the Week
Question for Children: 

Jesus teaches us that work is good for us. What kind of work do you do during the week?

How does it help you?
Question for Youth: 

Jesus tells us that even though bad things will happen, we are safe in God. When have you felt the safety of God’s life in your own life? 

Question for Adults: 
Paul's words to the Thessalonians

are tough: if you want to eat, you must work!

How does this translate into our society today?

 How do you reconcile this with Jesus' command to love and feed the poor?

Annual Women's Christmas Party

Ladies, mark your calendar.  Our Annual

Women's Christmas Party; December 1 at St. Patrick. 

A list of names (age, gender and sizes) is inserted in the bulletin and posted on the bulletin board.  We will gladly accept monetary donations to "fill in" so each child receives his/her needs.  We will also have our small gift exchange and pitch-in meal.  Please join us for a fun evening and the immensely good feeling from helping a needy child have a great Christmas. 

 Doors open at 5, we'll eat our delicious meal at 5:30 pm.

See Diana Dick or Jane Zatonsky if you have questions.



Anointing of the Sick

     The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrament’s Institution

Like all the sacraments, holy anointing was instituted by Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry. The Catechism explains, “This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord” (CCC 1511; Mark 6:13; Jas. 5:14-15).

The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17).

Mark refers to the sacrament when he recounts how Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to preach, and “they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them” (Mark 6:13). In his epistle, James says, “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (Jas. 5:14–15).

The early Church Fathers recognized this sacrament’s role in the life of the Church. Around A.D. 250, Origen wrote that the penitent Christian “does not shrink from declaring his sin to a priest of the Lord and from seeking medicine . . . [of] which the apostle James says: ‘If then there is anyone sick, let him call the presbyters of the Church, and let them impose hands upon him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him’” (Homilies on Leviticus 2:4).

In the year 350, Bishop Serapion wrote, “We beseech you, Savior of all men, you that have all virtue and power, Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we pray that you send down from heaven the healing power of the only-begotten [Son] upon this oil, so that for those who are anointed . . . it may be effected for the casting out of every disease and every bodily infirmity . . . for good grace and remission of sins” (The Sacramentary of Serapion 29:1).

The Sacrament’s Effects

“The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of penance; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; the preparation for passing over to eternal life” (CCC 1532).

Does a person have to be dying to receive this sacrament? No. The Catechism says, “The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived” (CCC 1514).

Does God Always Heal?

Today some Christians go to extremes in their expectation of divine healing. On one hand, some say that if a Christian is not healed of all his diseases, this reflects his lack of faith. Others claim that divine healings were only for the apostolic age, when all diseases were healed instantly and automatically. Both extremes are wrong.

God does not always heal the physical infirmities that afflict us. Paul preached to the Galatians while he was afflicted by a “bodily ailment” (Gal. 4:13– 14). He also mentions that he had to leave his companion Trophimus in the town of Miletus because he was too sick to travel (2 Tim. 4:20). In his first letter to Timothy, Paul urges his young protégé to “no longer drink only water, but to use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments” (1 Tim. 5:23).

The last passage is especially informative. Not only does it reveal that illnesses were not always healed in the apostolic age, but it also shows an apostle’s practical advice to a fellow Christian on how to deal with an illness. Notice that Paul does not tell Timothy to pray harder and have more faith that God will heal him from his stomach ailment. Rather, he tells him how to manage the illness through medicinal means.

Some argue that healings were always instantaneous and were only for those living during the apostolic age, but that afterward the gift of healing disappeared. The problem with that theory is that the Bible tells us otherwise. For example, when Jesus healed the blind man at Bethsaida, he laid his hands upon him twice before the man was fully healed (Mark 8:22–26).

Finally, we have a standing command of the New Testament in James 5:14–15, cited earlier. This command is never revoked anywhere in the Bible, and there are no statements anywhere that God will cease to heal. Thus the command is in effect to this very day.

Of course, our healing, like all things, is subject to God’s will. As James pointed out just a chapter earlier, “You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that’” (Jas. 4:14–15, emphasis added). We have a promise of healing, but not an unqualified one. It is conditional on the will of God.

Why Doesn’t God Always Heal?

If God can heal us, why doesn’t he? Why isn’t it always his will to do so? One answer to this question is found in the spiritual discipline and training that can result from facing illness and adversity. Scripture says, “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? . . . For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:7, 11).

The Value of Suffering

God often permits these trials for our sanctification, as Paul himself learned when he prayed that God would remove from him an angel of Satan who was afflicting him: “And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger [Greek: angelos] of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” (2 Cor. 12:7–9).

God also uses our suffering to help others. If Paul had not become ill while on his first missionary journey and been forced to stop traveling, he would not have preached to the Galatians, for he tells them, “You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first” (Gal. 4:13). God used Paul’s illness to bring salvation to the Galatians and to bring us a work of Scripture, through which we are still receiving benefits from God.

This is just one example of how God used suffering to bring about good. Therefore, if we suffer, we should look upon it as an opportunity for good, such as by offering up our sufferings for our own sanctification and for our departed brothers and sisters in Christ.

The “Last Rites”

In his steadfast love for us, the Lord gives us the sacraments involved in the last rites to comfort us in our final days and prepare us for the journey ahead. “These include penance (or confession), confirmation (when lacking), anointing of the sick . . . and Viaticum (which is meant to be the last reception of Communion for the journey from this life to eternity). . . .

“The present ritual orders these sacraments in two ways. The ‘continuous rites of penance and anointing’ include: Introductory Rites, Liturgy of Penance, Liturgy of Confirmation, Liturgy of Anointing, Liturgy of Viaticum, and Concluding Rites. The ‘rite for emergencies’ includes the sacrament of penance, Apostolic Pardon, Lord’s Prayer, Communion as Viaticum, prayer before anointing, anointing, concluding prayer, blessing, sign of peace” (Fr. Peter Stravinskas, Catholic Encyclopedia, 572).

The most important part of the last rites is the reception of the Lord in one’s final Communion, also called “Viaticum” (Latin: that which you take on the road, i.e., provisions for a journey) This special Communion prepares us to travel with the Lord on the final part of our journey.

The comfort of Viaticum has been valued by Christians since the beginning of Church history. The first ecumenical council, held at Nicaea in 325, decreed: “Concerning the departing, the ancient canonical law is still to be maintained, to wit, that, if any man be at the point of death, he must not be deprived of the last and most indispensable Viaticum” (canon 13). Having repented of our sins and received reconciliation, we travel with the Lord Jesus out of this earthly life and to eternal happiness with him in heaven.

From the earliest times, the sacrament of the anointing of the sick was cherished among Christians, not only in immediate danger of death, but even at the beginning sign of danger from illness or old age. A sermon of Caesar of Arles (ca. A.D. 470-542) contains the following: “As often as some infirmity overtakes a man, let him who is ill receive the body and blood of Christ; let him humbly and in faith ask the presbyters for blessed oil, to anoint his body, so that what was written may be fulfilled in him: ‘Is anyone among you sick? Let him bring in the presbyters, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he be in sins, they will be forgiven him. . . . See to it, brethren, that whoever is ill hasten to the church, both that he may receive health of body and will merit to obtain the forgiveness of his sins” (Sermons 13[325]:3).

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