Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2015

“A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador gave his last homily on March 24, 1980, at a friend’s mother’s funeral. Just moments before a sharpshooter felled him, he reflected on the gospel we heard today saying,

One must not love oneself so much as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us; those that fend off danger will lose their lives…We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us”.”

“A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  Christ had placed in his care the poor of El Salvador; he was their shepherd and he would not run away.  The sheep for whom Archbishop Romero would eventually lay down his life were campesinos – subsistence farmers – expelled from their small farms when the wealthy minority took their land to create vast coffee plantations.  These displaced peasants became either rural serfs or urban poor.

When the poor began to protest El Salvador became a “security state”, where human rights were suspended and suspected enemies of the state were kidnapped and executed.   Over 2500 people just disappeared.  Because some parish priests and catechists stood with the poor during the Repression, they were arrested or deported.  Political conservatives and the ruling alliance boldly proclaimed in leaflets, “Be a patriot: kill a priest.”

Archbishop Romero, a political and theological conservative, witnessed this but kept silent at first, believing that harsh measures were necessary to curb the disturbances.    When Romero was promoted as Archbishop of San Salvador, the capital city, his first task as archbishop was to bury protestors whom soldiers had machine-gunned when they demonstrated against rigged elections.  Privately he wrote the president of El Salvador to suspend these harsh tactics. When he received no answer Archbishop Romero asked for international intervention and begged President Jimmy Carter to stop sending military aid to the Salvadoran government.  With one exception, all the Salvadoran bishops turned their backs on him, going so far as to send a secret document to Rome accusing him of being “politicized” and of seeking popularity.

Archbishop Romero was a surprise in history. The poor never expected him to take their side, but an event would take place within three weeks of his election that would remind him that, “A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Father Rutilio Grande, the first priest that Archbishop Romero ordained, was ambushed and killed along with two campesinos. Grande was a target because he defended the peasant’s rights to organize farm cooperatives.  The night Romero drove out of the capitol to Paisnal to view Grande’s body and the old man and seven year old boy who were killed with him, marked his change. In a packed country church Romero encountered the silent endurance of peasants who were facing rising terror. Their eyes asked the question only he could answer: Will you stand with us as Fr. Rutilio did? Romero’s “yes” was in deeds. The peasants had asked for a good shepherd and that night they received one.  The next day, he excommunicated the murderers and decreed that there would be only one Mass in the capital the following Sunday – a Mass in the Cathedral plaza where the victims would be honored.  Thereafter he gave weekly radio addresses trying to give the people hope and encouraging the soldiers to lay down their arms.

Knowing himself to be on the government’s “hit list,” he went to the hills to prepare himself for his death.  Days before his murder he told a reporter, “You can tell the people that if they succeed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those who do it. Hopefully, they will realize they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the Church of God, which is the people, will never perish.”  On May 23 in the Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo, in El Salvador a Mass will celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death to honor his beatification, the last step before declaring Archbishop Romero a saint.

Christ is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.  All those who affirm the worth and protect the safety of the most vulnerable share in the ministry of the Good Shepherd.  Those who protect the lives of those waiting to be born and those waiting to die; those who stand up for the right to practice our faith and the faith of others; those who are our friends and those who are making themselves our enemies. When we lay down our lives for them we share in the work of the Good Shepherd.

One must not love oneself so much, as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us; those that fend off danger will lose their lives…We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us”.

Congratulations to our 2015 First Communicants!

Holy Family Catholic Church and School First Communion Class of 2015

Holy Family Parish Vacation Bible School 2015 – Everest!

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Join us as we sing, dance, play, pray and discover God’s love.

 

Day1_Klymer_LRMonday, June 22  through Friday, June 26 for all incoming Kindergarten – 5th grade students

  • Monday – Thursday:
    • Gathering and registration – 5:50 p.m.
    • Activities – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday only: Closing night festivities – 6:00 p.m.

VBS registration is April 22 – May 15. The cost is $20.00 per child. A third child in a family can register for $15.00. Space is limited. Register today! Registration fee includes: snacks, supplies, crafts, Bible Buddy keepsake, and t-shirt

Please return registration form (PDF) and payment to the Holy Family Parish Office, through the weekend Mass collection basket, Holy Family School Office,  or through the Holy Family School Wednesday Envelope.

SAS_logo_greyAdult volunteers are needed to make this parish event possible. Safe & Sacred training for volunteers 18 and over is required and available at: https://safeandsacred-archindy.org/

For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact:

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter – April 19, 2015


 

Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest who has fallen in love.  He is helplessly in love with young people who walk every day on the knife edge of danger.  Father Greg works with gang members in the Boyle neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world.  He has written a book about his encounters with Christ through his Homeboy Ministries in a book called, Tattoos on the Heart: the Power of Boundless Compassion.  His book is short on blessedly short on moral judgments and rich with stories of love and new life where you’d think those would be in scarce supply. Here’s an example:

A young Hispanic man named Scrappy appears one day at Homeboy’s Ministries.  Scrappy is fresh out of jail after a ten-year sentence.  The first time that Father Greg met Scrappy was at a fellow gang members’ funeral.  Scrappy got up and walked out during the homily but not before he came to the center aisle and glared at Father Greg.  Three years after that Scrappy pulled a gun on him.  Father Greg was trying to get him to put away his piece and walk away from a fight over a girl friend.

As the newly-released Scrappy sits across from Father Greg the young man says, “Let’s just be honest with each other and talk man to man.  You know I never disrespected you.”  Father Greg says, “Oh yeah, well how about the time you walked out on my homily at Cuko’s funeral?…or the time when you pulled a cuete on me?”  “Yeah, well, besides that?”  There’s a moment of embarrassment and then both of them are laughing uncontrollably.  Very soon, though, Scrappy’s laughter turns to silence and he bends over; he is crying, he is bent over, sobbing uncontrollably.    When he stops for breath he looks up and says, “What am I gonna do?  I know how to sell drugs but I don’t know how to change the oil in my car.”  Father Greg writes, “I hired him that same day and put him to work the next morning on the graffiti clean-up crew.  (That afternoon Scrappy discovered that) The sacred place toward which God had been nudging Scrappy all his life is not to be arrived at, but discovered.  Scrappy did need to not knock on the door so that God would notice him.  No need for doors at all.  Scrappy was already inside.”

“Despite the locked doors Jesus he stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’”

When Christ Easters in us we discover that the place we have always wanted to be is the place we have been all the while.  There is no door that separates us from our Risen Lord.  We wake up to find that the Love we sought has been holding us all these years.

Isn’t that what the Gospel is trying to tell us when it speaks of Mary Magdalene who believes she is talking to the caretaker of the cemetery until Jesus calls her by name?  Or the disciples who think they are walking with a stranger until Jesus breaks bread with them on that spring evening at Emmaus? Or the apostles who are terrified that they are being visited by a ghost until Jesus shares a bit of honey and fish with them? Isn’t that the truth that had touched Scrappy so that it made him cry from relief?  The Love we have been seeking has been holding us all these years.

Easter is wherever and whenever we discover by God’s grace, by his sheering laughing generosity, that he is with us.  He is with us today/tonight as much as he was with Mary Magdalene and the apostles.  Despite any locks we may have installed on our heart over the years.

Providence Gala awards honor of distinctive to parishioner Evelyn Lilly

Outstanding Alumna: Evelyn (Kruer) Lilly ’55
E Lilly - OutstandingELilly was in the first graduating class in 1955 and has been quietly supporting Providence and her parish, Holy Family, ever since. She said she has always been grateful that Providence opened when it did; otherwise, she may not have had the opportunity to earn a diploma because her father wouldn’t allow her to attend a public high school.

Lilly’s Providence diploma helped her find a job as a secretary, first at the old Lipps National Printing in New Albany, and then after most of her children were in high school, at Great Financial Federal in Louisville. She worked at Great Financial Federal for 21 years assisting the bank’s attorney with loan closings. In between those two jobs, she was a stay-at-home mom raising six children, all of whom graduated from Providence: Jeff Lilly ‘76, Pam (Lilly) Kraft ‘77, Janine (Lilly) Kelty ‘78, Patrick Lilly ‘80, Mark Lilly ‘81 andAmy (Lilly) Franklin ‘97. She also spent several years working in the cafeteria at Holy Family, where her children went to grade school.

Lilly also has given freely of her time and talents, volunteering whenever and wherever she was needed at Holy Family and Providence. At Providence, she worked many fundraising activities and events for both her children and grandchildren. At Holy Family, she continues to serve in different capacities at her parish. She also volunteers at the information desk at Floyd Memorial Hospital.

Lilly said she is grateful for her Providence education. Her first year, she had to take two different buses and a taxi from Starlight to get to Providence, but she did so willingly. “I was just thankful to get there,” she said.

When she walked through the doors of Providence for the first time on Sept. 12, 1951, she was the first of 11 Kruer children to become Providence graduates — and the first of three generations of Kruers to attend Providence. Since that day, at least one member of the Kruer family has continued to be enrolled in school here. Seven of her grandchildren have attended Providence, and today, there are five Kruer descendants enrolled at Providence: eighth graders Madison Kruer, Sam Kruer and Brooke Williams, sophomore Taylor Williams and senior Patrick McPhillips.

“I’m just honored to have gotten this award,” she said. “Providence is a great school.”

Lilly lives in New Albany with her husband, Eugene.

The entire issue of the Spring 2015 issue of “The Vision” can be found here.

Homilies for the 2nd Sunday of Easter – April 12, 2015

Below are the homilies from our friends Deacons Matt and Nico from Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Deacon Matt’s homily:

 

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Deacon Nico’s homily:


Several years ago being in the seminary I was sent for a mission during Holy week. We were basically sent to prepare the communities where our mission was to celebrate the triduum.

IMG_2297I always did not ask for much information about people with whom I did ministry, because I want to have an experience with no prejudice or preconception.

However, a night before we were going to the mission a couple people came to my room sharing their concerns. Manuel my teammate had a different personality. He was a guy who would need to write down every single action. He was not spontaneous, very strict with Liturgy, and this is Holy week. I looked at them and I said. Good! I guess I should write down everything that I do, probably let him know if I want to do something spontaneous which I guess is not going to be really spontaneous.

How about Liturgy? Ok. This is going to be a serious matter, because this is one of my weaknesses. Well at that moment I started to look at his weaknesses too. I found out some; he was not very animated. I made my argument: in order to have a good liturgy we need to do a very good catechesis. And this catechesis has to be very animated. Ok, I thought to myself, I am going to win! Good! I am going to win!

Wait a minute. He is good in Liturgy and it is his nature. He will do well explaining it. I started thinking Ok! I guess it would be better if each of us can complement one another instead of competing.

I moved to Manuel room and I asked him if he had packed already. He looked at me and he said. “Are you taking your guitar? I really want to learn I hope you can teach me more during this time.”  He added, I was told that you are very spontaneous. I thought! Ok I guess we have had the same guests for this night.

We went to the mission and everything went well. Manuel was very careful with the Liturgy, I learned a lot. One morning the first communion class arrived without noticing us. I asked him! Which class was he going to take, he looked at me with Panic! Ok take care of this! This is liturgy team. That is about catechesis.

At the end of our mission I was moved in my heart to tell him how great our experience was. He won! He said it first. I won too! I had a good experience! An experience of faith, communion and Love.

The first reading for today presented the image of a perfect community. A community where people did not have need and people shared everything they had. A community that truly believed in Jesus Christ as the provider of everything, with individuals who did not think for themselves first.

Sometimes I have heard folks saying that this community did never exist. Or if did exist, it did only for a short time, because if we follow up the reading for this Easter season, later on we will find tensions among this communities. They would be concern about injustice, rituals, and the perfect community seems to disappear.

I have always believed that this community did really exist, scripture says so, and it does not matter how long it lasted. This community existed by the power of faith, love and unity in the early church. I found very relevant that this first community did all this sacrifice and lived in this style of life through the power of faith. Through the power of faith, the early apostles believed in Jesus, the resurrected one.  Through the power of faith, they served and served and served some more. Through the power of faith, they shared Jesus with the world.

My friends, through the power of faith that community existed. And it still exists today—right here, right now at Holy Family. I know from my own experience here. Here for me, the power of faith in this community has nurtured my vocation and I am sure that the same faith of this Holy Family community has also nurtured the vocation of those who are married, of those who are single. This faith has allowed me to be part of this community.  This faith have given me reason to keep moving and to be here today as a brand new deacon.

In my journey I have found the power of faith nurturing my vocation through the dedication of this community in its different ministries.  Through the prayer of those who constantly ask Jesus to send workers to his vineyard. The prayer of those who pray silently in the midst of their difficult life experiences. In short, I have been nurtured by your prayers and I cannot thank you enough. My vocation was born in the midst of this environment. A vocation that has been a way to respond to the question if I can know more about Jesus and perhaps do more in his church. A vocation nurtured by those actions of faith and love that take place in the midst of what is happening in this community.

Manuel and I had that wonderful experience several years ago because we shared what we had, our faith, care and love. That helped us to realize how important we were to one another. Here we are also to share what Christ has given us. You have shared your faith, care and love during this time of my formation. I hope I am sharing my faith and my witnessing of the Gospel with you.

Use Your Kroger Plus Card to Help Holy Family School Grow

shareasimage (1)Helping local Holy Family Catholic School is easy!

Simply enroll your Kroger Plus Card online at kroger.com/communityrewards. Once youve successfully enrolled, the organization youve chosen will earn rewards on all eligible purchases you make using your Kroger Plus Card. Kroger will award up to $750,000 per quarter, with participating organizations able to earn a maximum of $50,000 each quarter.

We need you!

Register from your home with these step-by-step instructions OR stop by the School Office Monday-Friday, 9-2, and we can help you register your Kroger Plus Card to benefit Holy Family Catholic School! (You can also ask for Jared in the Parish Office Tuesday-Thursday, 9-3, or Friday 9-12).

Find out more information here (PDF).

We have a step-by-step instructions of how to register from home, here (PDF).

2014-15 Providence High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

200px-ProvidenceLogoCongratulations to the following Holy Family parishioners for their inclusion in Providence’s third quarter honor roll. 
 
Principal’s List with a G.P.A. of 4.0, All “A” Grades
Freshmen Isabel Coe, Emma Delaney, Olivia Dome, Kaleb Dunn, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Marissa Hornung, Amanda Kerstiens, Brooke Rainier and John Wagner; sophomores Abigail Huff, Anthony Kaiser, Lexie Libs and Bayley Wade; juniors Ryan Fansler, Mary Fitzpatrick, Jenna Gilley, Jessie Gilley, Jacqueline Hornung, Charles Huber, Maxwell Leist and Emma Roesner; seniors Erica Ackermann, Ashlyn Edwards, Robert Gaines, Haley Libs and Scott Wiles.

1st Honor’s Roll with a G.P.A. of 3.60-3.99, No Grades Below “B”

Freshmen Bailey Brown, Jacob Cole, Shane Hesse, Clare Hooper, Emma Huff, Kirstie Krininger, Jessica Lancaster, Scott Schueler, Grant Stumler and Julia Watson; sophomores Erica Denison, Victoria Denison, Kennady Kristiansen and Evan Rogers; juniors Savanna Kerstiens, Haley Krininger, Andrew Stumler and Molly Wagner; seniors Noah Andres, Emily Coe, Amelia Ernstberger and Alyssa Koopman.

2nd Honor’s Roll with a G.P.A. of 3.00-3.59, No Grades Below “B”
Freshman Nicholas Boesing; and sophomores Cavanna Gregory, Lexi Lancaster and Sarah Welsh.

 

Robert Arnold Lincoln, 47, passes

Robert LincolnRobert Arnold Lincoln, 47, of New Albany, Indiana passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015. He was the owner of Lincoln’s Carpet Cleaning. Rob was a huge Louisville Cardinal fan and a dedicated member of AA. He was the proud Godfather of Ella Lincoln and enjoyed all of the time he got to spend working on Joe’s farm.

Rob was born on December 28, 1967 in Munich, Germany to Rita (Fowler) Lincoln and the late Jack Lincoln. He is survived by his daughter, Kristina Lincoln; brothers, John Lincoln, Kevin Lincoln (Tracey), Christofer Lincoln, Tony Lincoln; and granddaughter, Kaliyah Lincoln-Madison.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 West Daisy Lane, New Albany).

Contributions in Rob’s memory may be made to the Token Club (506 Pearl Street, New Albany, IN 47150).

Seussical the Musical is sure to entertain!

The Providence spring musical “Seussical the Musical” promises to be an evening of “fun and surprises,” said director Mrs. Ellen Holifield. The show features an original story based on the books of Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who, and other Seuss favorites. But the message is for those of all ages.

“Seussical intertwines a number of Dr. Seuss’ favorite books and characters, and while it might be based on children’s books, the heart of this musical is full of meaningful messages such as the dignity of others, never giving up, keeping promises and the power of imagination,” Mrs. Holifield said.

The play will feature the characters The Cat in the Hat (senior Jordan Reger), Horton the Elephant (senior Josh Frost), Gertrude McFuzz (senior Sommer Dean), Mayzie LaBird (senior Ashley Bittenbender), Mr. Mayor (sophomore Kevin Chrisco), Mrs. Mayor (senior Elizabeth Aubrey), The Sour Kangaroo (senior Alex Duffy-Dries), JoJo (senior Wynne Gettelfinger), General Ghengis Kahn Schmitz (junior Ben Popson) and many more.

maxresdefault (1)Show times are April 19 at 2:00 p.m., April 23-25 at 7:30 p.m., and April 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sam and Paula Robinson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children through grade eight and may be purchased online at www.providencehigh.net by clicking on the Buy Tickets Now! button or by calling (812) 945-2538 ext. 328. Tickets are selling fast, with the two Sunday shows near sell out, so order soon!

The premiere fundraising dinner and show is Friday, April 17. Tickets are $100. For more information, email Ms. Kerry Jones at kjones@providencehigh.net.