American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Welcome to
American Martyrs Catholic Church
 St. Patrick Catholic Church


Pastor –  

Archbishop – The Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson

Pope - His Holiness Pope Francis 
Parish Office:   
Phone: 812-752-3693                      
Fax: 812-752-0969
American Martyrs:                        

Office: 262 West Cherry St.,                    

Scottsburg, In 47170-2013                    

St. Patrick:
PO Box # 273
Salem IN 47167
Parish Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8 am – 5 pm   

Thursday’s 8 am – 12 pm

American Martyrs: Saturday’s  4 - 4:40 PM


Parish Council;  

American Martyrs meets 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

 St. Patrick meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

D. R. E.;    

American Martyrs – Cindy Light     -  812-595-3673
St. Patrick –  Mandy Naugle  - 937-658-3268
 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults:  

Contact Fr. Joe or American Martyrs Office, 812-752-3693


First Communion; Baptisms & Marriages:  

Both Parishes Contact  Parish Office for an appointment.

American Martyrs Sunday Money Counters

October -  Ellen Stout  and  Brenda Moyna

November -  Susan Anderson  and  Al Riggle

December -  Doris Marcum  and  Julie Donovan



Saturday    5:30 PM    


Sunday    8:30 AM  



American Martyrs
Lector’s for till the end of 2020
Saturday                               Sunday
 5:00 Mary Smith                   8:30 Jeremy Willes
Saturday                               Sunday

5:00 Jan Hall                          8:30 Joe Obergfell

Saturday                               Sunday
5:00 David Baker                    8:30 Cindy Light



Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.



A statement from the five Indiana bishops on the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance

   "While commending our pastors and pastoral life coordinators who have gone to great lengths to assure safe worship spaces in our churches, due to the increase in the COVID-19 cases in our state, the Indiana bishops have decided to extend the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance beyond August 15 until November 1, 2020, unless further developments determine otherwise."        

 Archbishop Charles C. Thompson


Confirmation on the dates with Archbishop Charles presiding.

American Martyrs will be on October 18, 2020 at 2 PM

Confirmation Candidates

Kaili Jaden Spicer

Eric Daniel Marcum

Isabelle Elisa Marcum

Olivia Fugate

Sadie Fugate

Mario Jesus Martinez

Anastasia Jean Willes

Lola Grace Willes

Blake William Michael Russell

Marian Esther Jurado-Soto

Religious Education


Classes are suspended until further notice.

Sunday Religious Education      Pre K through 12th

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.


Bible Study at American Martyrs

 Has been suspended until further notice.


The Prayer Shaw / Blanket

These are for anyone needing the gift of love and/or prayer.

The shawls / blankets in the back of the church are blessed.


Votive Candles requested donation of $3.00 for the 7 day votive candles.


Mass Intentions    Are requested $10.00 per

Mark you Envelopes at both churches Mass Intentions



Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Weekend of October 10/11, 2020

There are a number of Bible verses Christians have memorized. One of them is in Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians found in this weekend’s second reading: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (4:13). Most people define themselves either by their problems or their possibilities. Fearful people wake up each morning ensnared by their problems. Christian stewards wake up reflecting on their possibilities with confidence and hope. Some stewardship reflection questions for the week:

What challenges do you back away from because you doubt that you are up to them?

What would you attempt tomorrow if you were sure God would help you?


Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekend of October 17/18, 2020

Jesus offers us a profound teaching on stewardship in this weekend’s reading: What belongs to Caesar? What belongs to God? Christian stewards recognize that everything they have belongs to God. God created them, and God has claims on every part of their existence. They also realize that the sovereign is an institution whose nature and purpose is to promote the common good and protect the welfare of its citizenry. As long as it accomplishes this mission while treating every single person with deep respect, justice and compassion, it merits the steward’s support and cooperation. Christian stewards know what belongs to the Lord, and they are better citizens when they live their lives according to his Gospel.


Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekend of October 24/25, 2020

 There is one command that summarizes this weekend’s Gospel: to love. For Jesus there is no distinction between these two commands of loving God and neighbor. One naturally flows from the other. In fact, for Jesus, these commands constitute a way of life for Christian stewards; a unique approach to life and to their relationship with others. Our neighbors include everyone with whom we come into contact: family members, friends, people we don’t like, strangers and particularly those most in need of our love and compassion. Love calls us to open our hearts and do more to help others grow closer to the Lord. How might we follow Christ’s love command more fervently?

 St. Patrick  Mass Schedule
Sunday   10:30 AM        

Congratulation to those who recieved Confirmation 

Madalyn Irwin

Bailey Hypes

Gabriella Hypes

Grant Mahuron

Ava Sowder



Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Bible Study


Has been suspended until further notice.

  Religious Education
     Classes are suspended until further notice.

Sunday Religious Education    Pre K through 12th

No charge for our Religious Education program.

Contact; Mandy Naugle for more information
 Questions of the Week
Question for Children: 

What makes you feel peaceful inside? What makes you feel restless?

Question for Youth: 

How do you thank God for the talents that you have?

How do you give back to God through the use of your talent?

Question for Adults: 

What steps do you take each week to make sure you are doing as Paul directs:

"Live according to what you have learned and accepted."?

Parish Family Social     


Has been suspended until further notice.



Happy Birthday to all having a Fall Birthdays


Putting Faith into Action


In a Time of Social Distancing


 By Leisa Anslinger, associate department director for pastoral life, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

PRAY: Spend time with God each day. Read the Bible or a devotional. Meditate. Listen to prayerful music.

PAY ATTENTION: God is with you! Look for God in the care of others and those you care for. See God in the beauty around you.

GROW IN GRATITUDE: Make this a time to be grateful for the blessings of life, faith relationships, gifts, talent and resources.

REACH OUT: Reach out to those who are fragile, alone, or in need. Call or video chat with elderly neighbors.

GIVE: Give to your parish. Your faith community is sustained through your giving.

CONNECT: Check in with other parishioners. Gather with others by phone or virtually to stay connected even when physically apart. SHARE FAITH: As you talk with family and friends, share the consolation and hope you have through your faith in Jesus.

 KEEP SABBATH: Sabbath is a time of rest and renewal in faith. Make this moment of physical distance a time for Sabbath.



If you are in need of prayer support,

Please contact;  

Parish Office 812-752-3693 or



Prayers for Those in Nursing Facilities:

   Bob Aker, Rita Castillo, Rena Cleek, Sharon Laswell,       

   Bob Ligda, Lois Meagher,    Shirley Novak, Gene Powell,

  Peggy Powers, Doris Williams, Josephine Zink. 



Prayers for the Sick at Home or in Hospital:

  Ann Aiken, Anna Kaelin, Joe Brown,   

   Tony Kiesler, Pete Renn,   

  Remember these and all those that are ill in your prayers.


October 4th 

For all Catholics:

That on this Respect Life Sunday

we may recommit ourselves

to upholding the dignity
of every human life;

We pray to the Lord:

October 11th 
For all who have been wounded
by participating in abortion:
May they receive healing in

Christ’s mercy and glorify the Lord;
We pray to the Lord:

October 18th   

For those who work to defend human life:

always seeking the help of the Lord,
the giver of life;

We pray to the Lord:

October 25th 

During this Respect Life Month and always,

may our hope in Christ’s resurrection

strengthen us in standing up for

the gift of human life;

We pray to the Lord:
























Babyis  A  Gift 

CHOICE - 812-883-2675:

CRADLE- 812-752-0123;

Adoption Options -    317-878-3412
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



Change of Address or Phone Number / New Membership

     If you are new to Either parish or have any change with your phone number or have you moved please let the

Parish office know,

it is as easy as a phone call, 812-752-3693  

Stop by the Parish Office at

262 W. Cherry Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170

Or there are forms at all the entrances of the church.


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THÉODORE GUÉRIN (1798 – 1856)

“What strength the soul draws from prayer! In the midst of a storm, how sweet is the calm it finds in the heart of Jesus. But what comfort is there for those who do not pray?” These words, written by Mother Théodore Guérin after surviving a violent storm at sea, perhaps best exemplify her life and ministry. Truly, Mother Theodore drew strength from prayer, from conversations with God, with Jesus and with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Throughout her life, she encouraged prayer as she sought to share the love of God with people everywhere.



was born Oct. 2, 1798, in the village of Etables, France.

Her devotion to God and to the Roman Catholic Church began when she was a young child. She was allowed to receive her First Communion at the age of 10 and, at that time, told the parish priest that someday she would be a nun.

     The child Anne-Thérèse often sought solitude along the rocky shore near her home, where she devoted hours to meditation, reflection and prayer. She was educated by her mother, Isabelle Guérin, who centered lessons on religion and Scripture, thus nurturing the child’s love of God. Anne-Thérèse’s father, Laurent, who served in Napoleon’s navy, was away from home for years at a time. When Anne-Thérèse was 15 years old, her father was murdered by bandits as he traveled home to visit his family. The loss of her husband nearly overwhelmed Isabelle and, for many years, Anne-Thérèse bore the responsibility of caring for her mother and her young sister, as well as the family’s home and garden.

     Through those years of hardship and sacrifice, indeed through all the years of her life, Mother Théodore’s faith in God neither wavered nor faltered. She knew in the depths of her soul that God was with her and always would be with her, a constant companion.

Anne-Thérèse was nearly 25 years old when she entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruillé-sur-Loir, a young community of women religious serving God by providing opportunities for education to children and by caring for the poor, sick and dying.

     While teaching and caring for the sick in France, Mother Théodore, then known as Sister St. Theodore, was asked to lead a small missionary band of Sisters of Providence to the United States of America, to establish a motherhouse, to open schools and to share the love of God with pioneers in the Diocese of Vincennes in the State of Indiana. Humble and prone to feelings of unworthiness, Mother Theodore could not imagine that she was suitable for such a mission. Her health was fragile. During her novitiate with the Sisters of Providence, she became very ill. Remedies cured the illness but severely damaged her digestive system; for the remainder of her life she was able to consume only soft, bland foods and liquids. Her physical condition added to her doubts about accepting the mission. Nevertheless, after hours of prayer and lengthy consultations with her superiors, she accepted the mission, fearing that if she did not, no one would venture to the wilderness to share the love of God.

Equipped with little more than her steadfast desire to serve God, Mother Théodore and her five companion Sisters of Providence arrived at the site of their mission at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, the evening of October 22, 1840, and immediately hastened along a muddy, narrow path to the tiny log cabin that served as the chapel. There, they knelt in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament to thank God for their safe journey and to ask for God’s blessings for the new mission.

     Here, on this hilly, ravine-cut, densely forested land, Mother Théodore would establish a motherhouse, a school and a legacy of love, mercy and justice that continues to this day.

Throughout years of sorrow and years of peace, Mother Théodore relied upon God’s Providence and her own ingenuity and faith for counsel and guidance. She urged Sisters of Providence to “Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence.” In letters to France, she stated, “But our hope is in the Providence of God, which   has protected us until the present, and which will provide, somehow, for our future needs.”

     In the fall of 1840, the mission at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods consisted only of a tiny log cabin chapel that also served as lodging for a priest, and a small frame farmhouse, where Mother Théodore, the sisters from France and several postulants lived. During that first winter, harsh winds blew from the north to rattle the little farmhouse The sisters were often cold and frequently hungry. But they transformed a porch into a chapel and were comforted by the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the humble motherhouse. Mother Théodore said, “With Jesus, what shall we have to fear?”

      During the early years at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Mother Théodore encountered numerous trials: prejudice against Catholics and, especially, against Catholic women religious; betrayals; misunderstandings; the separation of the Congregation in Indiana from the one in Ruillé; a devastating fire that destroyed an entire harvest leaving the sisters destitute and hungry, and frequent life-threatening illnesses. Still she persevered, desiring only that “In all and everywhere may the will of God be done.” In correspondence to friends, Mother Théodore acknowledged the tribulations. She wrote: “If ever this poor little Community becomes settled, it will be established on the Cross; and that is what gives me confidence and makes me hope, sometimes even against hope.”

      Less than a year after arriving at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Mother Théodore opened the Congregation’s first Academy and, in 1842, established schools at Jasper, Indiana, and St. Francisville, Illinois By the time of her death on May 14, 1856, Mother Théodore had opened schools in towns throughout Indiana, and the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence was strong, viable and respected. Always, Mother Théodore attributed the growth and success of the Sisters of Providence to God and to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, to whom she dedicated the ministry at Saint Mary-of-the- Woods.

     Mother Théodore’s holiness was evident to people who knew her, and many described her simply as “saintly”. She possessed the ability to draw out the best in people, to enable them to attain more than they thought possible. Mother Théodore’s love was one of her great hallmarks. She loved God, God’s people, the Sisters of Providence, the Roman Catholic Church and the people she served. She did not exclude anyone from her ministries or her prayers, for she dedicated her life to helping people know God and live better lives.

Mother Théodore knew that alone she could do nothing, but that all things were possible with God. She accepted trials, trouble and occasions when she was treated unjustly as part of her life. In the midst of persecution, Mother Théodore remained true, a faithful woman of God.

Mother Théodore died sixteen years after she arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

During those fleeting years, she touched a countless number of lives—and continues to do so today.

The gift she gives to each succeeding generation is her life as a model of holiness, virtue, love and faith.





Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin Maria Bertilla gave witness to Christian stewardship through her simple living and caring for others as a nurse and consecrated religious. She was born in 1888 in a village near Vicenza, in northern Italy, to a poor farming family headed by a violently abusive and alcoholic father. She lacked a normal education and was ridiculed for her seeming lack of intelligence. She worked as a house servant in her youth.

     At age 16, Maria joined the Sisters of St. Dorothy in Vicenza and was assigned to work in the kitchen, laundry and bakery. Eventually she was given permission to be trained as a nurse and displayed a special gift for working with children suffering from diphtheria.

     During World War I, the hospital was taken over by the Italian army to care for its wounded. Sister Bertilla became well-known to military authorities and others for her compassion, dedication and unwavering care of those who could not be moved, even in times of terror, when the hospital was under fire and subject to bombing and artillery barrages. She wrote in her diary: “Here I am, Lord, to do your will whatever comes.”

     When she and her patients were finally transferred to a safer area Sister Bertilla’s religious superior transferred her back to the laundry. Soon thereafter, however, the mother general of the religious community countermanded that order and Sister Bertilla was reassigned to the hospital to take charge of a children’s ward. Her reputation for simplicity and hard work left a deep impression on those who knew her.

    Sister Bertilla had suffered for a number of years with a painful tumor, and in 1922 her health declined rapidly. After an unsuccessful surgery to remove the tumor she died on October 20, 1922. Thousands of people attended her funeral in Vicenza, Italy, and her tomb became a pilgrimage site. A plaque remains at the hospital in her honor, describing her as a “chosen soul of heroic angelic alleviator of human suffering ...”

      Family members and many former patients attended Maria Bertilla’s canonization in 1961 by Saint Pope John XXIII.

Her feast day is October 20.