- MISSION APPEAL - Sister Mary Ann DeFazio, a Sister of Providence of St. Mary-of-the Woods, IN, is speaking at all Masses this weekend on behalf of the ministries of her Congregation. The Sisters of Providence actively minister throughout Indiana and in 20 states, Taiwan, Singapore and China. Sister Mary Ann is here to ask for your prayerful and financial support. Please be generous.
- BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH - The deadline for the Junior High Back-to-School Bash is July 30th. Permission slips can be found on the website.
- GOOD NEWS - Great news from Carol, our business officer: Our end of year reports shows that Holy Family Parish ended in the BLACK by $5,487 and was able to put aside $15,000 for contingency funds; the school ended in the BLACK by $9,843; childcare ended in the BLACK by $10,244 and the cafeteria ended in the BLACK $5,654. I want to thank you who are so faithful in supporting the parish with your treasure as well as your time and talents. Also a big thank you to our deceased friends and benefactors who left $30,000 in bequests and to our staff who kept expenses to a minimum. Last and most to our God who gives us what we need – nothing more, nothing less.
- VIRGINIAN DOLAN – Requiescat in pace. Our sister in the Lord, Virginia Dolan, went home to God last week. Her funeral was this past Friday. Please pray for Virginia, for her family and all her friends here at Holy Family who will miss her.
- ANOINTING OF THE SICK - Sometime ago I gave you my emergency cell number. Please remember that you can contact me if you or a loved one needs the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at any time, day or night. Floyd Memorial has my number but they do not contact me unless you specifically ask them to. It is better if you contact me personally as soon as you need me to come. Please do not wait until your loved one is dying. The sacraments are only for the living. After a person has died I can bless their body and say prayers with the family but I cannot administer the Sacrament formerly called “The Last Rites.”
- BLESSING FOR NEW FRESHMEN AT 10:30 AM MASS - Today we ask God blessing for our youth who will be starting high school this year. We pray that everything they do will begin with God’s inspiration and and end with his blessing.
- Registration for Children’s Catholic Faith Formation will be held after the 8:30 and 10:30 Sunday morning Mass next weekend.
- This Wednesday, July 23, 6-7:30 p.m. is Orientation Night for Holy Family School Families. We are having a special New Family Orientation Question and Answer Panel from 6-6:30 p.m. here in the Church.
Dolan, Virginia L. (Walker) “Ginny Lou”, 89, of New Albany, IN, passed away Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014.
She retired from Monroe Shine and was a long-time active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany. Virginia enjoyed vacationing, painting, and playing both golf and cards. She was an amazing mother and grandmother that never missed a family event or a grandchild’s activity.
Virginia was born on September 2, 1924 in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, to the late Harry and Mona (Brown) Walker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Francis M. “Peachie” Dolan; and sister, June Neil.
She is survived by her loving children, Robert Dolan (Carole), Carol Burke (Steve), Eileen Burrous (Todd), and Nancy Ferguson (Gene); 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren with another on the way.
Visitation will be from 4- 8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany) and on Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM. Her Funeral Mass will be at 3 PM Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany) with entombment to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in New Albany.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to Hosparus – the Community Hospice of Southern Indiana (624 E. Market Street, New Albany, IN, 47150). To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.newcomerkentuckiana.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=virginia-l-dolan-walker&pid=171751253&fhid=16656#sthash.vUcmRemJ.dpuf
- Catholic Faith Formation (CFF) registrations will begin after each of the Sunday Masses on Sunday, July 27 in the lobby. Faith formation classes are provided as part of our parish covenant with our parishioners. Parents who asked to have their children baptized promise to teach them the Catholic Faith. We partner with them in this sacred trust by offering our children who attend public school in grades K-12 the opportunity to learn and grow in their faith. We also prepare children for receiving Sacraments.
- Next weekend the second of our summer missionaries, Sister Mary Ann DeFazio, will speak at all the Masses on behalf of the ministries of the Sisters of Providence. Besides serving in our Archdiocese, the Sisters of Providence also minister in 20 states, Taiwan, Singapore and China. Sister Mary Ann will be seeking your prayerful and financial support for these endeavors.
- Just a reminder that St. Mary’s Navilleton Picnic is July 20th. http://www.stmarysnavilleton.com/
There is a story that comes from the old country, from the Irish I think. I use it a lot when I am talking with people who come to plan their loved one’s funeral. I ask them to consider with me that what we really want to do in the funeral liturgy is hold their loved one’s life up and let the light of the gospel shine through it. Then I tell them the story…
When each of us is getting ready to come into the world we are brought before the throne of God by our guardian angel. The angel choirs cease their chorus and all of heaven grows silent. Then our guardian angel lifts us up and our great God leans over and whispers a word in our ear. Our angel draws us back and places a finger against our lips. (That how we get the little indentation there.) “Sh-h-h,” she says, “you must never say the word; you must become the word.” My question to the family is simply, what world do think that God whispered into your loved one’s ear just before he sent her into the world?”
After a moment’s pause the words come pretty quickly: “compassionate, joyful, committed…” and with each of the words there is usually a little story. “Mom had a big heart; she was everybody’s mom.” “The room lit up when my brother walked into it.” “Every Sunday – rain or shine – Dad packed us up and drove us to Sunday Mass.” The word that God whispers, plants as a seed, in a human heart never comes back void. God’s word becomes flesh takes root wherever it finds receptive, loving ground.
To me the promise of God through Isaiah is one of the most joyful and inspiring passages of the Old Testament.
Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
my word shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.
God is the sower and we are seed. God is the voice and we are the word. God has something unique and unrepeatable to say to the world in every person’s life. Our challenges is to find out what that world is that God whispered in our ear and strive to become it. The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
I think that is what Jesus is telling us in his parable of the “Sower and the Seed.” God throws us into the field of this world, intending that our lives will change it. God does not become discouraged for lack of results. He keeps scattering the seed. His arm never becomes tired. God hopes that we will not become discouraged either.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, encourages us in his letter, Evangelii Gaudium – the Joy of the Gospel…
Because we do not always see these seeds growing, we need an interior certainty, a conviction that God is able to act in every situation, even amid apparent setbacks: “We have this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Cor 4:7). This certainty is often called “a sense of mystery”. It involves knowing with certitude that all those who entrust themselves to God in love will bear good fruit (cf.Jn 15:5). This fruitfulness is often invisible, elusive and unquantifiable. We can know quite well that our lives will be fruitful, without claiming to know how, or where, or when. We may be sure that none of our acts of love will be lost, nor any of our acts of sincere concern for others. No single act of love for God will be lost, no generous effort is meaningless, no painful endurance is wasted. All of these encircle our world like a vital force.
Sometimes like me I am sure you wonder, God why did you put me here? Here in this place, in this time, in this situation, in this country? Why not somewhere else? Can you hear God saying to you, “You are where I need you most. Let your life speak. Share the word that I whispered to your heart before you were born. Nothing of what you do for love will be lost. I am watching over it.”
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Doris E. (Lynn) Tribbey; children, Mark Tribbey, Susan Thomas (Steve) and Carol Akers (Brad); and grandchildren, Brittany Akers, Adam Thomas and Bryan Akers.
Visitation will be 2-8:00 pm Tuesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, IN. There will be a Rosary Service at 2 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. His Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association
Online condolences may be made to www.kraftfuneralservice.net