Parishioner Marian Elizabeth (Odenbeck) Weber, 89, passes

MarianMarian Elizabeth (Odenbeck) Weber, 89, of New Albany, Indiana passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, July 29, 2015. She was a member of Valley View Golf Course and Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany. Marian was also an avid bridge player and loving Mum Mum to her grandchildren.

She was born on June 29, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Eugene and Theresa (Lantry) Odenbeck. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Barbara Williams, Ruth Hunte, Shirley Arns; and son-in-law, Eric Allen. Marian is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Leon Weber; children, Missy Oakes (Randy), Amy Allen, Laure Gesenhues, Lee “Skeeter” Weber (Alice); grandchildren, Brandon Oakes (Elise), Brianne Oakes, Sam Gesenhues, Ellen Gesenhues, Amanda Weber and Kyle Weber.

Visitation will be from 2 PM to 8 PM on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN). Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM on Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, IN). Cremation was chosen following Marian’s wishes.

Contributions in Marian’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Providence High School (707 Providence Way, Clarksville, IN 47129) or to Holy Family Catholic Church.

2015 Announcement from the Archbishop about Annulment Fees

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Ph. 1, 2).

I am happy to announce to you a change in policy regarding fees associated with the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese. Effective July 1, 2015, all fees connected with the processing of petitions for the nullity of marriages have been eliminated. In the case of persons who have already introduced a petition, the balance of their fees are now forgiven. This waiver of fees applies also to the so-called “privilege of the faith” cases that must be sent to Rome for consideration.

Until now, the Tribunal requested a fee of $675 for a formal marriage cases, known popularly as an “annulment”. This fee was only a fraction of the actual expenses of the process; the remainder was assumed by the Archdiocese. What is more, it had always been possible to request a reduction, deferment or, in some cases, a waiver of the fee. According to the long-standing policy of the Archdiocese, a person’s ability to present a petition did not depend on his or her ability to pay a fee.

Still, there has been a stubborn misconception that a person could “buy” a decree of nullity. There have been equally erroneous ideas that paying more than the requested fee or paying it all “up front” would result in quicker process or a better chance for a successful outcome. None of these suspicions are true. In fact, petitions are examined and decided according to the date of their presentation. Furthermore, each case is considered on its own merits and according to the common norms of the Catholic community.

I am confident that this change in policy will eliminate some of these misunderstandings. I also hope that you will renew your efforts to reach out compassionately to the faithful whose marriages have failed. Please ensure that this change is known among the people entrusted to your pastoral care.

Finally, I ask all Catholics to pray for married couples, whom God has called to reflect in their own love the unconditionally faithful and self-sacrificing love that Christ has for the Church. The Archdiocese and its ministers are committed to be both “prophetic” (to teach what Jesus taught) and to be “pastoral” (to minister to those whose marriages, unfortunately, have ended in a civil divorce).

May the Lord, who shared the joy of the couple at Cana of Galilee and comforted the sorrowing and humiliated, bless and sustain your ministry.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.


Homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 26, 2015


by Deacon James Brockmeier

Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? This is Jesus question to the Apostles in the Gospel today, how can we feed the people here. Now, I want to look at the different answers his Apostles give him to this question, but first let’s look at how John sets the scene for us. Jesus has just crossed the sea of Galilea. We have been hearing the last few weeks in our Gospels that Jesus crossed the sea quite a bit, and every time the Gospel writers tell us that part of the strategy was to find some alone time, but that never really worked, the people always followed, because they wanted to see what Jesus would do next. And in this particular moment the people have followed Jesus and his exasperated Apostles to the shore where there are five thousand of them waiting to see what Jesus does next.

One of my favorite details that John gives us in today’s Gospel is that the area they were standing had a lot of grass, thanks John. But perhaps this can give us a clue to the time of year, it was spring time and the time of Passover was coming near. So Jesus and his apostles were probably thinking quite a bit about the story of the flight of the Israelite from Egypt.

So in the midst of the chaos of the growing hoard on that grassy knoll, Jesus asks his Apostles, where can we get enough food for them to eat? Now Jesus knew what he was going to do, he knew the answer, but he wanted to see what his Apostles would come up with. With school starting this week, sorry to mention it, I can’t help but think of all the teachers who have used this same tactic on me to teach something, Jesus is trying to see if the Apostles get how Jesus operates yet.

And first we hear from Phillip, it is always the brave student who answers first. And Phillip responds by creating a budget, Phillip says ‘I have figured it out, to feed five thousand people we would need to have two hundred days of wages, and we clearly don’t have that kind of money right now.’ Perhaps Phillip went on to start thinking about fund raising strategies. Next up to answer is Andrew. Rather than calculate all that they would need, Andrew takes an inventory of what they do have, perhaps Andrew was hoping that the people would be able to help themselves and Jesus and the apostles wouldn’t have to feed the people, but alas Andrew finds that there are only five barley loaves and two fish, his resourcefulness did not solve the problem, and in his own failure to solve the problem he asks, “what are these few loaves for so many people.”

We can be like the Apostles in today’s Gospel, because I believe that if we listen carefully, Jesus is asking all sorts of questions to us in our lives, some arise in the day to day challenges we meet and some in the silence of our hearts. For those of you who are parents with children in the house, the question might be similar to the question to the apostles today, how can you give your children everything they need? Like Andrew you may be taking stock of what’s available and saying, ‘there is only so much of me and my time and my energy to go around! Those of you who are about to go back to school are going to start hearing about the homework and the projects and the soccer practices, and if you are like me you might ask, doesn’t the teacher understand that I have a life outside of all this homework, there just isn’t the time! You may calculate like Phillip: this paper will take me 5 hours, and that is time I just don’t have! In the many responsibilities and worries we each have, weighed against the realization of our own limitation, we can find ourselves saying with Andrew, ‘what good are these for so many, what good is the little I have left in me for all that I still have to do.’

But let’s look at Jesus response, everyone recline, lay down for a little bit. Jesus tells the Apostles to stop what they are doing, stop their calculating, stop their taking stock, and calm down, or as we might say, Jesus tells the Apostles just to chill out for a second. We saw earlier that John connects this story to the Passover and the flight from Egypt. When the Israelite are at the end of their rope, God tells Moses what they need to do that night, stay home and have a meal together, and God will take care of it. When Moses is marching in front of the Israelites on their way out of Egypt, Moses encounters the Red sea and cries out to God in frustration that they would be led out of Egypt only to be caught between the Egyptians and the sea. But God tells Moses, “be still and I will fight for you.”

Be still, calm down, recline, watch for the Lord. I think these are the last things we want to do when faced with the seemingly insurmountable! But see what the Lord does when we stop and watch for him! He sets the Israelites free, he parts the sea in two, he feeds the five thousand.

So like Andrew did, we can bring the little we do have to Jesus. This is what the offertory is for, as we bring forward the bread and wine, pray not only that the Lord accept those gifts, but that in and through them he may accept all that we do have as we try to face all that he has called us to face. And then be still, and watch as it is blessed and broken and distributed in the power of Jesus, the little we have transformed into the abundance of Jesus’ gift of himself, given for us to receive. When we watch and wait to receive from the Lord all that we need, we can be confident that there will always be enough, and more when we need it, twelve baskets full, and even more.

SIC 1st-6th grade Football Players

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Minute to Win It – July 21

M2WI_New-LogoCould you beat Father Dan at getting a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands? Are you faster than Deacon James at twirling a roll of streamers around your arms? Is balancing dice on a popsicle stick in your mouth your hidden talent? Come show off your skills at our Minute to Win It game night, compete with Father Dan and Deacon James, win prizes and then take a chill at the ice cream social. Come for a minute, come for an hour. Fun for ALL ages! July 21, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm on the grass behind the gym (rain location- the gym). For questions, contact Theresa Shaw or Sara Raelson at 944-8283. All prize tickets turned in will be entered into a drawing at the end of the evening for a gift certificate to Target.

Homily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 19, 2015


“We do not see things are they are; we see things as we are,” says the Jewish Talmud. When a butcher looks at sheep, he sees mutton.  When a garment manufacturer looks at sheep, he sees wool.  When a wolf looks at sheep, he sees dinner.  Jeremiah was a prophet crying out against the long line of opportunistic politicians who could see nothing but land, tax revenues, and cannon-fodder for their wars when they looked at God’s sheep – the people of Israel.  “Woe to the shepherds – the kings of Israel – who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the LORD.”

In the gospel today Mark tells us that Jesus, the true Shepherd, the real guardian of God’s people, “When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.”  What Jesus saw in the eyes of the multitudes who came to him tells us so much about the kind of person he is.  When Jesus looked at the vast crowd that followed him he did not see the makings of a fan club; he did not see interruptions to his ministry schedule; he did not see problems to be solved.  He saw people; human beings with broken hearts and broken dreams.  And they mattered to him.

What do you think Jesus sees when he looks at you?  Do you think he sees a problem?  Do you think he sees one more lost soul?  I hope not.  I hope when you imagine Jesus looking at you, you remember that he knows the longing in your heart for a better way to live.  I hope you can see Jesus looking at you with compassion.  If you let Jesus look at you with compassion and not feel embarrassed then you are on the road to opening yourself to be compassionate to others.

Back in 2009 Cindy Gore and her husband lost their jobs and for seven months they lived in their RV.  Cindy said of that time in her life, “As a result of that experience God has truly given me a heart for the homeless. He is compelling me to reach out to others who have been affected by difficult circumstances, because I know that, were it not for our RV my husband and I could be out on the street too.  She writes about serving tables at a homeless shelter.  “After I finished setting the tables, I ran outside to put money in the parking meter. As I wove my way through the growing crowd waiting for the noon meal. Suddenly man spoke to me. “Well, good afternoon, Cindy.”

“For a moment,” Cindy said, “I was startled, wondering how he knew my name. Then I remembered my name tag I put on when I arrived. And for a moment, I wished I had taken it off. I glanced at him, and he looked right at me, giving me a big, friendly smile. His smile shocked me. My first reaction was to look away. But I felt as if the Lord were saying, “Look at him. He is why you are here.”  At that moment I realized that setting up tables and pouring water into pitchers was not the reason I was at the shelter.  Since that day, I have reflected quite a bit about that man who spoke to me. He will never know the impact his greeting had on me.

“By noticing me and speaking to me, he entered my world. As long as I had waited inside the building for the homeless to arrive, I was waiting for them to become part of my world. But my attitude has changed. True ministry, true sympathy comes when we enter into another’s world, not trying to distance ourselves by looking the other way. Jesus didn’t distance Himself. He looked straight into the eyes of the wounded, the ugly, the sick, and the sinner. And by doing that, He gave them validation and the message, ‘You matter to me.’”

“When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.”  You are important to Jesus.  With all your questions and searching and confusion, you are important to Jesus.  He is the Good Shepherd and he will guard protect everything about you that yearns for God and a better way to be human. He has his eye fixed on each one of us and he wants to teach many things. All that he asks is that we look with compassion into the eyes of someone else.

Parishioner Alice “Gene” (Dowd) Cartwright, 103, passes

106166Alice “Gene” (Dowd) Cartwright, 103, of New Albany, Indiana passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19, 2015. She spent the majority of her adult life living out on the West Coast. Gene was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany and always looked forward to participating in the annual lip sync and fashion show for the Marion Guild at her parish.

She was born on January 29, 1912 in New Albany to the late Thomas and Alice (Canty) Dowd. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Dowd. Gene is survived by her nieces, Nancy Grantz (Ray), Kevin Coombs (Curt), Tekla Cochran (Fletcher); and many great-nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be from 4 PM to 8 PM on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN). Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM on Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, IN) with burial to follow in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Autumn Woods for the love and care they provided to Gene over the last few months of her life. Contributions in Gene’s memory may be made to her church.

Homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 12, 2015


Once Mother of Theresa of Calcutta told an interviewer, who asked how she was able to fund her ministries, “I have no pockets.  People know this.  They help me to bring Christ to others.”

Jesus does not send his apostles on their first mission with detailed advice on what to do when they encounter unclean spirits.  They have watched him and listened, though.  He does not give them an outline of what to preach. Instead, Jesus tells them what not to pack for the trip and how they ought to behave.  Why? Because for Jesus the witness of one’s life is as crucial as the witness of one’s lips.  Christ’s concern is not just that the disciples know their catechism; he also wants them to embody his Father’s mercy and compassion.  Pope Francis told the new created cardinals of the Church:  The greater our responsibility in serving the Church, the more our hearts must expand according to the measure of the heart of Christ.  “Patience” – “forbearance” – is in some sense synonymous with catholicity. 

The apostles are expressly forbidden to take anything except a walking stick and the shoes on their feet.  They must go as wandering strangers, without pockets. To go on a mission entirely dependent on the generosity of others for food and lodging is an expression of their humble and total reliance on God for everything. This mission calls the apostles to discard their insecurities and to plunge into a world in which they are able to encounter God and each other in a new way.  This will be the best sermon they can give.

For Jesus, his missionaries must become like him: strangers and guests.  St. John tells us that the Word became flesh and lived among us; “He came unto his own…and as many as received him he gave the power to become children of God.” Hospitality is expected of those who wish to meet Christ. Just as Jesus accepted invitation from the wealthy and the poor, the religious people and sinner, so also the disciples are to be gracious quests. They are not supposed to move from house to house looking for better accommodations. Only if hospitality fails should they move on.  The apostles are not to take rejection personally.  They are to shake the dust of rejection from their feet and move on.  God will deal with unbelievers in his own way and in his own time.

The fundamental question for us is: “Will we dare to believe that if we set out with Jesus on the road of discipleship, leaving comfort and risking ridicule somehow God’s love will go before us.  We will find in each other’s company, the ‘fullness of life’ that Jesus promises?” If we can believe this, then like Mother Theresa we shall not need pockets.

Thank you for a great 2015 VBS!

Thanks for such a great Vacation Bible in 2015! Enjoy our closing video, below, and stay tuned to April 2016, for our next VBS signups!

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Parishioner Helen Isabel (Libs) Welch, 96, passes

Helen Isabel (Libs) Welch, 96, of New Albany, Indiana passed away on Monday, July 06, 2015 at Westminster Village with her loving family by her side. Helen worked as an administrative assistant for Dr. Voyles Sr. and Jr. for many years. She was a sweet and caring mother & grandmother but above all she was a faithful servant to her Lord. Helen was a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Church where she was involved with the Marian Guild and the Legion of Mary. She also worked with the New Albany Deanery CYO and was a recipient of The St. John Bosco Award.

Helen was born on February 21, 1919 in Floyds Knobs, Indiana to the late John & Louisa (Knable) Libs. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Welch; siblings, Ruby Kinberger (Kermit), Clara Hammer, Herman Libs (Marie). She is survived by her sons, Denny Welch (Terry) and David Welch (Diane); grandchildren, Kylie, Sean & Rachel.

Visitation will be from 3 PM to 8 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, IN) with burial to follow at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

The family requests that contributions in Helen’s memory be made to Holy Family Catholic Church (129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, IN 47150) or to New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries (101 St. Anthony Drive, Mt. St. Francis, IN 47146).