Charitable Giving Strategies to support Holy Family

Supporting Holy Family Catholic Church and School and Creating Income in Retirement 

When the golden age of retirement begins, planning is refocused from wealth accumulation to supplementing your income during retirement – wealth distribution. For many, social security eligibility is the first indicator that this shift is taking place. For others, milestones such as reaching a long-anticipated financial goal or experiencing a significant life event mark the shift from accumulation to income planning. 

     Fortunately, there are philanthropic strategies using life income gifts that can assist retirees by providing income during retirement. Life income gifts offer flexible planning opportunities that provide income payments while meeting specific planning goals. For example:

Payments that Begin Now or Later

One of the important elements of planning a life income gift is the ability to choose when the income begins and how payments are made. We can provide illustrations showing payment and tax deduction figures based on your gift amount and personal planning objectives.

Income to One or More Beneficiaries

You can design a personalized plan that addresses your needs and goals. There are variations among the different types of plans, but it is possible to design a plan that provides payments only to you, only to another, or to you and other beneficiaries.

Current Income Tax Deductions 

Life income gifts qualify for an income tax charitable deduction based on the present value of the gift you make. There may be other tax benefits to consider as well, including favorable taxation of the payments you receive.

As you consider your options, don’t hesitate to contact ENTER CONTACT PERSON AT MINISTRY or Ellen Brunner, Director of the Catholic Community Foundation at 800-382-9836, Ext. 1427. Together, we can explore how you can make the most of your retirement planning opportunities.

Theatre Group Junior Casting call – Adult membership information

Holy Family Theatre Group is looking for children who are interested in joining the Junior Cast for their 31th annual lip sync/variety production. You may remember approximately 60 Holy Family students shining on stage as the Seven Dwarfs, the Princesses, and the children of “It’s a Small World.” Here’s your chance to join the fun! If you enjoy dancing or acting and would like to be on stage, please fill out the form below and return it to Mrs. Hallal via the Wednesday Envelope or in person by 3:00 pm on Friday, August 29.

Read more on the JUNIOR casting form (PDF)

Here is an adult registration form, for Young Adults and Adults (PDF)

Youth Ministry FOCUS: This summer’s OBOC

OBOC3This summer Holy Family was blessed to send two youth to the One Bread One Cup Liturgical Leadership Conference at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. For an entire week, youth immerse themselves in learning about Word, Sacrament and Mission of the Church. Being chosen to attend the conference is a great honor. Youth are asked to report on what their experience was like, to commit to maintaining a high level of involvement in Parish life afterwards and to continue to share what they have learned with their Parish.

OBOC4“One Bread One Cup is an opportunity to learn more about your faith. OBOC separates you into small groups in order to learn more about each part of our Catholic faith! Obviously he has helped me learn a lot about my faith and strengthened my relationship with God! I am able to talk to my peers about what they think and get different views on the readings. OBOC is a faith filled retreat that I believe every high school student should try and attend.”

 -Ginny McCauley

Holy Family Youth that attended, Ginny McCauley and Robbie Gaines

Mass on the Grass & Pitch-In – September 20th

mass-on-the-grass-final-logo-outlineSaturday, September 20th, we will celebrate our 60th Anniversary as a parish with a 5 p.m. Mass on the Grass, followed by a Pitch-In Picnic, music, and fellowship! In the grassy area between the gym and Fr. Dan’s house. Parish is providing paper products, lemonade, water, and BBQ pork sandwiches. Parishioners needs to bring a large dish to share and any personal drinks beyond those provided. Please bring:

A-H – Desserts/sweets

I-P – Cold dish such as Fruit, salads, pasta salad, vegetable platter

Q-Z – Hot dish like Baked beans, vegetable, potatoes, casseroles, mac ‘n’ cheese

Everyone – Lawn Chairs

If you want to help set-up, please show up on Friday, Sept 19 at 7:00). Any youth will get service hours!! Adults will get a huge pat on the back and a big Thank You!

Music after the Picnic will be played by Jacob Resch ( and Father Dan (among some other surprises!)

Parishioner Theresa Higdon Payne Marking, 87, passes

4e6ef2b3-39f7-4a0e-b8bb-be2274a71967THERESA HIGDON PAYNE MARKING, 87, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at her home. The daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth Lanham Higdon, Theresa was born September 22, 1926 in Owensboro, Ky. Theresa retired from the Jefferson County Kentucky School System after 26 years of service. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William Henry Payne; and siblings, Betty Royal and Virginia Lanham.

Visitation will be 3:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm Wednesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany IN. Her Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany with entombment to follow in Resthaven Cemetery, Louisville, KY.

Read the full story here.

Holy Family…feeling at home

Dear Father Dan,

I need to remove myself from the Parish list. This Friday I will be moving to Indianapolis for a job transfer. I will be attending the 12pm holy day mass but this will be my last mass at Holy Family. When I moved down here 3 years ago I struggled to find the right parish. The first time I attended Holy Family I felt at home and now I feel like I’m leaving a wonderful home to start the next journey in my life. I love Holy Family and will always remember it as the first parish I joined as an adult.


Michael Byrne

Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 17, 2014

How many times have you heard or told a joke about someone arriving at the doors of heaven only to find that the people he thought would be excluded were his next door neighbors?  The belief that God’s blessings are limited to people of a certain religion, nationality, or culture has been around for a very long time. Such a belief was very much alive in the society in which Jesus lived. And it seems that the community of Matthew struggled with this exclusive view of salvation. That struggle is preserved in the gospel of Matthew itself.

In the gospel today we hear Jesus say, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24) but at the end of Matthew’s gospel, just before Jesus’ ascension he tells his disciples, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19) How does the Church reconcile these apparently contradictory statements of Jesus? How did the first Jewish Christians hear these words of Jesus?

First, let me explain a little about the situation in which the community of Matthew found itself and then we’ll look at why the story of the Canaanite woman would have been important to Jewish Christians.  The first Christian converts did not see themselves as followers of a new religion but rather as those Jews blessed to have seen the coming of the promised messiah in Jesus of Nazareth.  For a while they continued to practice the Judaism of their parents and grandparents.  But because of a movement led by rabbis, to clarify and purify Judaism after the Great War with Rome and the destruction of Jerusalem, Jewish Christians were no longer welcome in the synagogue. They had refused to fight.  Now they were the outsiders.

“Who are we, if we are not Jewish?” is one question behind the gospel of Matthew.  Scripture scholars say that there was division over the answer.  Some Jewish Christians said, “We are still Jewish and we must keep to the old ways.”  Other said, “No, the Lord himself gave us a new way. We are a totally new people.”  When Gentiles, non-Jewish people, began asking to become part of the Christian life, there was a lot of argument. “Should we accept outsiders or not? What would the Lord Jesus tell us to do?”  Somebody, thank goodness, remembered that something similar happened to Jesus.  It’s today’s gospel.

A Canaanite lady begs Jesus to heal her daughter who is besieged by a demon. We hear this “outsider” call out to Jesus, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David.”  Her cry is the cry of a desperate mother but it is also that of all those Gentiles, non-Jews, who wanted access to the healing, reconciling power of Jesus.

Jesus does not answer the Gentile woman’s cry until his disciples try to step in and tell him what to do. Finally he answers her, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” He is asserting that he belongs to the Jewish people and that his mission is to his countrymen.  She says, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”  This is a remarkable answer. Once again it helps to know a little bit of inter-testamental times and culture.  The theologian John Shea helps us here.  He says…

Dogs were not allowed in a Jewish house. In order to feed dogs with the “bread of the children,” a Jew would have to take the bread off the table, walk to the door, open it, and throw it outside. But in Gentile houses the dogs were allowed inside. If they wanted to feed the dogs with the “bread of the children,” all they had to do was reach down with the leftovers. Jesus was telling the woman that in order to feed her he had to take the bread that was inside the house and throw it outside the house. She was an outsider and what he has belongs to the insiders. She says, “Yes, Lord.” She agrees that the food belongs to the children or, in more theological language, “salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). But she continues to remind Jesus’ of his universal outreach by calling him “Lord,” the one meant for everyone. If Jesus will live within that identity, he will see that she is not outside the house. She is inside his house. She may not be a child at the table, but she is one who is eager for any food that Jesus has to offer. “I am already in the house, Lord,” she effectively says, “just notice me.”

Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”   The title “woman” that Jesus uses is not simply a description of her gender. ‘Woman’ also means, “She who gives life.” Jesus, the one who gives eternal life, recognizes the Canaanite mother as a channel of grace.  Just so, years later, the early Christian community reflected on this story and came to recognize foreigners and strangers as a blessing to the Church.

How can we take this gospel home with us today?  Well, first let’s remember that we are living in times when there is a great fear of those who are different. There is a great impatience with those who do not speak our language; with those who have fled their country and sought refuge here without going through the proper channels. Pope Francis has told us it is not our calling to act as judge.  We are ambassadors of Jesus who is both the Jewish messiah and the loving Lord of the whole human family.  Our response is that everyone has a place at the great table of God.  There are no dogs under the table.  Everyone has a right to tug on a Christian’s sleeve and ask for help.  We will make this gospel our own this week if we look with the eyes of Jesus on all those who are needy, displaced, and looking for a place at the table of our heart.

Mass Announcements – August 17, 2014

  • OPEN HOUSE IN THE DAY ACTIVITY CENTER After the 8:30 and 10:30 am Masses this Sunday you are invite to help us open the new Community Room in the Day Activity Center. You will be able to look around the entire center and enjoy some refreshments. Please come over! We will need some permanent tables and chairs to furnish the Community Room. If you are interested in helping to donate the furniture there is a bright yellow envelop in the pew for this purpose. We will match whatever we receive with funds from the parish purse. God bless you for your kindness and generosity!
  • PANCAKES AND SAUSAGE…YUM! Join the Holy Family 8th Graders for another delicious and fun Breakfast on Sunday, August 24th, after the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses!
  • CROSS TRAINING Holy Family Parish & Youth Ministry invite ALL Jr & Sr High Youth & Adult Parishioners to: “Cross Training.” Learn how to perform the Mass ministries of Lector, Usher/Greeter, Sacristan, and Eucharistic Minister after 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, August 24. To ensure we have enough training materials, please RSVP to: Sara Raelson Karen Schoenfelder.
  • BABY BOTTLE BOOMERANG – supports St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Charities. At all the Masses on Sept 6 and 7 you will be invited to take a bottle home and fill it with coins, cash or a check to support the many outreach programs that St. E’s offers our community. The return date will be Oct. 5 which is Sanctity of Life Sunday. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Upcoming Parish Activities – August 17 – 24

Sunday, August 17

  • After 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Masses – Activities Bldg OPEN HOUSE

Monday, AUGUST 18

  • 8:30am Legion of Mary


  • 3:10-5pm 7th & 8th Grade Drop-In (Day Activities Center)

Wednesday, AUGUST 20

  • 6:30pm Parish Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, AUGUST 21

  • 3pm Children’s Lector Workshop

Friday, AUGUST 22

  • 8am All-School Mass

BreakfastSunday, AUGUST 24

  • After 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Masses – Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
  • 9:30am Rediscover Catholicism Book Study
  • 11:30am Cross Training for ALL Lectors, Greeters, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, and Sacristans

Why Should I Be Confirmed? for High School Youth

Why-should-I-be-confirmed-smallestFor those parish high school youth seeking Confirmation this school year, there are the following opportunities to attend an informational meeting entitled “Why Should I Be Confirmed?”

August 17th

  • Cafeteria – 11:30 AM till 12:30 PM
  • Cafeteria – 7 till 8:00 PM

August 24th

  • Activity Center – 9:30 till 10:30 AM
  • Cafeteria – 7 till 8:00 PM

You need only to attend one session. Please contact Dan Schoenfelder with any questions at 502 298 1084.