Homily for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept. 28, 2014

In the 1930’s , a young Jewish woman named Simon Weil applied for a one-year leave of absence from her teaching job in Paris in order to work as an unskilled laborer as a machine operator for Renault. Over the objections of her family, she changed her name, rented a room near the factory, and set about living a life close to that of her co-workers. Simon soon grew ill working long days for little pay.

When Hitler occupied France in 1940, she worked in the Resistance, finally immigrating to England. As a Jew she could not officially join the struggle for France , so she took part in it by voluntarily limiting herself to the same rations the occupied French could get with their food cards. It was all unnecessary. She was an educated person of means, but she refused to make use of her privilege. She had made an interior act of belief in Christ some years earlier but she was never baptized because she wanted to remain an outsider as Christ was an outsider. In 1943 she died, sick and malnourished at the age of 34.

Why did she do it? Why did Simon Weil sacrifice for people who would never know her or her acts of love and solidarity? Why did she deny herself even the consolation of baptism and the sacraments? Perhaps it was because she had truly met Christ in her fellow workers and was determined to join herself to him and them in a self-emptying love. The downward way that is described so beautifully in our second reading today:

 

Though Jesus was the exact representation of God,

Jesus did not think of being God as something to be clung to.

Rather he emptied himself and became a slave,

being born in human likeness.

Son though he was, he learned obedience,

and it was thus that he humbled himself,

accepting even death, death on a cross.

 

“He emptied himself and became a slave.” Why did Jesus do it? Because he had committed himself entirely to us and that meant entering fully into our life, with all its vulnerability and the final physical disintegration that we call death. And even more, because he loved sinners he was content to be counted among them.

Jesus tells the parable about the father and his two sons to the Pharisees because they criticized his keeping company with people whom they believed were enemies of religion. He took a simple family – one every dad and mom listening that day could identify with – and he taught a profound truth about religion. True religion is about doing what God wants. “Which son did what his dad asked?” Jesus said to the religious leaders. “The one who said no but then did what the Father asked or the one who said yes but never followed through?” The answer stuck in their throats even as it revealed their hearts. “The one who did in the end what his father asked,” they said. “And how about you?” Jesus challenged the scribes. “Which son are you? They hated Jesus for that story.

The gospel reminds us today that there is a kind of Christianity that fears the wounds of Jesus. Fears the cost of love. A kind of religion that promises to protect us from suffering, to shield us from the disapproval of others. Pope Francis calls this “worldly piety.” In his apostolic letter of encouragement, “Evangelii Gaudium – the Joy of the Gospel” he says…

Sometimes we are tempted to be that kind of Christian who keeps the Lord’s wounds at arm’s length. Yet Jesus wants us to touch human misery, to touch the suffering flesh of others. He hopes that we will stop looking for those personal or communal niches which shelter us from the maelstrom of human misfortune and instead enter into the reality of other people’s lives and know the power of tenderness. Whenever we do so, our lives become wonderfully complicated and we experience intensely what it is to be a people, to be part of a people.

Simone Weil’s life became wonderfully complicated because of her desire to unite herself to those suffering under Nazi brutality. God the Son’s life became wonderfully complicated when he chose to become a human being and to be counted as a friend of sinners.

What if today we were to simply ask, “Lord Jesus, help me to surrender the privileges that accident of birth and good fortune have given me. Help me to surrender whatever protects my safe little life. Give me instead the grace of a complicated life; a life wonderfully complicated by tenderness.”

Mass Announcements – September 28, 2014

  • Middle School Youth – The deadline for registering for the Middle School Jamboree is quickly approaching.  Registration and medical release forms need to be submitted to Sara Raelson by October 8th if you want a t-shirt.
  • Beginning NEXT Sunday, Oct. 5 at the 10:30 Mass only, Holy Family will offer childcare for pre-kindergarten age children (approximately 1-5 years old). Children must be able to walk. See the bulletin today for more information.
  • The baby bottle Boomerang for St . Elizabeth – Catholic Charities will conclude next weekend. We ask you to please return the bottles with your donation at any of the masses next weekend.  Baskets will be at the church entrances. Thank you for your generosity.
  • Cub Scouts will be selling popcorn at the masses this weekend.

Please help me welcome newly registered parishioners from these past three months:

  • Ben & Rachel Bohnert
  • Shannon Jones
  • Jenny Beam
  • Sarah Beam
  • Tricia Kreutner
  • Ted & Susan Wagner
  • Gary & Barb Goodall
  • John Hagman
  • Chris & Susan Wilkes
  • David & Carol Goins
  • Harry & Phyllis Dittman
  • Leo & Weezie Gettelfinger

Parish Activities – September 28 – October 3

Sunday, Sept. 28

  • 9:30am Rediscover Catholicim group
  • 11:30am High School CFF
  • 6pm Deanery Youth Mass  for grades 9-12 (Schikel Farm)

Monday, Sept. 29

  • 8:30am Legion of Mary
  • 8:30am Quilters

Tuesday, Sept. 30

  • 8:30am Bible Study
  • 3pm YM Drop-In grades 7/8
  • 7pm RCIA

Wednesday, October 1

  • 7:30am 5th/6th Grade Parent Breakfast
  • 6:30pm Epic, Journey through Church History

Thursday, October 2

  • 3pm 5th-8th Youth Choir
  • 5pm Chick Fil-A Night

Friday, October 3 –
Feast of St. Theodora Guerin

  • 8am All-School Mass
  • 6:30pm Rosary under the skies

Mom’s Group to meet September 27th

92432009HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC Mom’s Group – Holy Family Moms, Join us in praying for our children…September 27th in the Day Activity Center’s Community Room. We will be praying the Rosary for our children and families, and sharing fellowship with new friends. Bring your own coffee… even bring a friend! Rusty at the Rosary? No worries… we will have extra Rosaries and brochures so we can all follow along. Hope to see you there!

Subs needed for Liturgical Ministries

If you have been a past lector, usher, greeter, or sacristan, we would love to have you sign up to be on our sub list. This means you are not scheduled but could fill in if you are available. If you are interested in being a sub for one of the above ministries but have never been trained, we can train you! Please call Karen Schoenfelder at the parish office, 812-944-8283 ext 0 to discuss how you can help us out.

Putting your best foot forward!

MARIAN GUILD – Putting your best foot forward has many paths. Kathy Wilt will talk about one of those paths to smoother, fresher skin appearance at the Marian Guild meeting on October 7th. It is a carry-in dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Come and join us for wonderful food and friendship. Every woman in the parish is welcome.

Do you need to host a party, or large number of people?

Parishioners can rent both the Cafeteria and the Community room in the DAC for $150 for a 4hr period. $75 of the of $150 is refundable if they clean up after their event. If they would rather we clean it for them, we will keep the $75 cleaning/deposit fee.

Please call Karen in the Parish Office at (812) 944-8283, ext. 0, to reserve your spot today!

Thanks to several donors, we are able to purchase 75 chairs, 16 tables, and 4 carts for the Day Activity Center Community Room. Thank you for your generosity!

Welcome our new Altar Servers at Holy Family Catholic Church!

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PATTY BLANCKAERT and CLAIRE VOLPERT, are our newest trained altar servers, and first trained woman servers. They are excited to help Father Dan, on an ongoing basis, at regular Masses. Congratulations, Patty and Claire!

PACK the BUS Thank you!

backpack and supplies2A personal THANK YOU to Holy Family Parishioners:

(From our (unnamed local public) school for Pack the Bus)

First of all, thank you and Holy Family for your generosity to us. We really appreciated it and so did the students. It was so nice to be able to provide students with their basic needs for school supplies not only as they started school but throughout the year. (Thanks to the extra ones.) The supplies and backpacks noticeably reduced anxiety and stress on students faces while creating a sense of safety and love. It was a gift to be able to alleviate that worry from them while seeing the smiles and gratitude. Thank you all.

  I wish you could have seen how the backpacks where so much more than providing school supplies. Backpacks were given out at Open House to all who needed them. Families who needed them were truly grateful and those who did not, did not take one. Everyone seemed to accept one another’s needs without judgment. I heard one child, who already had one, say to her parent she wanted one and her parent very kindly said,” We do not need one this year. Save them for families who need them this year. It could be us again next year.”

The second thing I noticed was how the backpacks helped us create emotionally safe classrooms and students. Throughout the year we have a lot of move-ins and students who are technically homeless, but move in with other families numerous times throughout the year even though they remain at our school. Hence, the backpacks get lost in the shuffle or, in many cases, are used to carry kids “treasures” and clothes as well as homework with them from place to place. If a back pack got lost, the zipper broke, or other reasons untold to me, the child or teacher would let me know. I would get them a new one out of our storage area, and take it to them in their classroom. When other students noticed me bringing the backpack to a student, they accepted that particular student needed one and did not complain that they needed one too. In fact, it was like those who noticed their peer was getting one, seemed genuinely happy for their peer, knowing that their peer was being taken care of. I believe it also translated that “I can get what I need if I need one.” And” I feel safe knowing that.”

The backpacks so adorable and supplies so plentiful. Thank you so much! Please give my thanks to your generous and helpful Holy Family Youth Ministries.

Mass Announcements – September 21, 2014

  • This weekend Father Paul Wilderotter is here to share with us the work of Food for the Poor.  Please welcome Father Paul and open your hearts to his message.
  • This week we will celebrate the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul.  This Sunday members of our St Vincent de Paul Society are distributing  brown Kroger  bags for our “Fill the Pantry” food drive.  Tags on the sacks will indicate what food items are needed .  When you bring your bag back next Sunday please set it on the steps in front of the altar.  SVDP delivers food all year long and you help is greatly appreciated.
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.51.08 AMOur 8th Graders and their chaperones will be traveling to Washington, DC this weekend.  We will ask God’s blessing them for them at the end of Mass.  Please remember them in your prayers this week.
  • This weekend we celebrate Catechetical Sunday.  We want to thank the men and women of our parish who so generously give their time to pass on the beautiful truths of our Faith to our children in Faith Formation classes and the RCIA program.

Are you jealous because I am generous?