- Our Parish Advent Penance Service is this Sunday at 3 pm. There will be six priests here to help you celebrate God’s mercy and forgiveness in preparation for Christmas feasts. Let Jesus give you the gift of his peace.
- The St. Vincent DePaul Angel Tree presents are due back this weekend at all masses. If you cannot have them delivered today or tomorrow, please bring them to the 8 a.m. Masses Tuesday or Wednesday this week. This Saturday, December 20th, morning Mass will be at 9:30 am to allow for the delivery of these presents to families.
- There will be a “Mass in Slow Motion” for our RCIA candidates and sponsors this Tuesday at 7 pm here in church. It is a great refresher for any Catholic adult.
- Recordings of our Sunday Mass homilies are now being posted on our website, starting with November 30th, the first Sunday of Advent. Please go to holyfamilynewalbany.org to listen. If you have a parent or loved one who would love to hear the Sunday homilies, but they cannot come to Mass nor do they have a computer, please contact Kathy Wilt at the parish office. She will make sure that they get a copy of the Advent and Christmas homilies.
- The school’s winning holiday raffle ticket will be drawn this Wednesday, Dec. 17th. There are still tickets at the church doors if you would like some. Thank you for your generous support.
- If you have canceled your land line phone or have changed your phone number recently pleasel let us so that we can change our database. Also, during the winter months if you have to leave your car in the parish parking lot please leave a note on the windshield with a contact number in case there is snow and the parking lot needs to be cleared.
Free Clinics this Winter for Deanery Grades K-6 who are interested in attending Providence H.S. in the future
- What? FREE indoor Soccer Footskills Training and Games at Providence.
- Why? Because Soccer is Fun and it’s also Fantastic Exercise!
- Who? For Deanery-School Girls in grades K through 6 who are interested in attending Providence H.S. in the future.
- How do we Register? Please contact Coach Dave Smith at 812-945-3350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or just come on out!
There is a saying I have always remembered. “Some people come into our lives and are quickly gone, but they leave footprints on our heart and our lives are never the same.” Adam was one of those people for me. I met him when I was the pastor at St. Paul, the student center at IU.
In some ways Adam was an ordinary young person. But! What the Lord was doing in Adam’s life those days was very extraordinary. When I first met him Adam described himself as a person who, until recently had no idea where his life was going. He had had very little contact with the things of faith, although he says his brother would drag him to Mass on Christmas and Easter.
Then he met a young woman. Emily. Emily, too, in many ways was an ordinary young lady. Emily had a refreshing way of looking at life and situations. Adam was attracted to Emily at first, he said, because he thought she was naive. Adam had been around. He thought he knew the world. At first Adam found himself laughing a lot at Emily.
Then things began to change. Adam told me, “Very gradually I started seeing people and situations through Emily’s eyes. I started asking myself, ‘How would Emily handle this problem?’ I discovered that Emily wasn’t naive. It was I who was naive. I didn’t know anything about life, really.”
Adam was a ordinary young man, but he had the extraordinary experience of meeting God’s grace in a young woman and being awakened to life. Adam loved to talk about the little moments of God’s presence in his life that, up until a few months before we met, he would have called coincidences. He talked to anyone who would listen.
He talked with them, but he did not preach at them. I remember that Adam’s was voice in the wilderness for me. His thirst for God, his new joy and enthusiasm in faith, he sense of hope for his life…all these reawakened in me an excitement and a yearning for God in the desert of my own heart. I loved to hear him talk about the little favors that God was doing for him to help his new faith along. It reminded me that God has proclaimed a year of favors for all of us.
Today we hear Isaiah rejoice because the Lord has given him the happy task of the Jewish homecoming from Exile. “The spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has anointed me to bring good news to those who have nothing but their God; to those who are brokenhearted; to those who are trapped; to those who have painted themselves into a corner. I have been sent to announce a year of reprieve from the Lord.”
Unless we have come to love the land of our exile more than the things of heaven we are probably ready for some good news. I pray today that each of you will hear a voice of cheer this week. I pray that someone this week or very soon will speak the Word that will bring your faith back to life.
“Some people come into our lives and are quickly gone, but they leave footprints on our heart and our lives are never the same.” Thank you, God, for people like Adam. They are the prophets of joy!
Listen to Deacon Mike’s Homily below:
Deacon Mike Keucher
7 December 2014 – 5pm, 8:30am, 10:30am
Holy Family Catholic Church – New Albany, IN
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 | Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 | 2 Peter 3:8-14 | Mark 1:1-8
Our cathedral is named Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. We often think of these two men together, Peter and Paul, and yet they were different. They had different understandings of God, at least at times. Last weekend we heard from Paul, who said that “in [Christ] you were enriched in every way.” Paul spoke of how God enriches us. Today we hear from Peter, who likens God to a thief. I want to think about that title for God, thief. Jesus is what I am going to call the Advent Thief, for three reasons: He comes at unexpected times, in unexpected places, and he takes unexpected things.
For those of that didn’t hear Father Dan’s homily at the 6:00 p.m. Mass, here it is to listen to. (Sorry, we do not have a typed out version of this.)
In Heaven’s Eyes will be collecting new and lightly used:
- Sleeping bags – Adult size only &
- Blankets – Full size only
There will be boxes outside the school office and in the church lobby, and inside the Cafeteria.
We will collect these through Friday, December 19th.
Monday, December 8, 2014 at
8:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 6:30 p.m.
This is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics.
Prayer On The Solemnity Of The Immaculate Conception
The image of the Virgin is found in your Church.
Mary had a faith that your Spirit prepared and a love that never knew sin, for you kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception.
Trace in our actions the lines of her love, in our hearts her readiness of faith.
Prepare once again a world for your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
from “Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers”
Listen to Father Dan’s homily below:
There is the story from the Buddhist tradition of a young monk who wanted to study with a great Zen master. The young man waited for two years just to be admitted into the master’s presence. When the old man finally received him the young man presented his request:
The master replied, “When you came into my house today on what side of the entrance did you leave your shoes, the right or the left?”
The young man was perplexed and annoyed. He could not remember.
“If you do not have the presence of mind to remember where you put your shoes, how will you remember the important things in life?” Come back when you remember where you left your shoes.”
This may seem like a strange story, but when you think about it the Zen principle of satori, or awakening to what is going on the present moment, is close to the gospel message today. “Wake up,” Jesus tells us. “You must stay awake, for you do not know the day and hour when the door of the Kingdom of God may open for you.”
Is it not true that we tend to sleep-walk through life? Haven’t you ever driven home after work and found that you can’t remember getting in the car or pulling onto your street. Now if we can’t remember driving home from work, or what we ate for dinner last night, it must mean that many other things slip by us. People and events come and go and we brush past them in a hurry and flurry to heaven knows where. Heaven knows where.
This sleep-walking through life is dangerous…as dangerous as sleeping-walking out on I-265 would be. We make important decisions with our moral eyes only half open. Our children grow up in a wisp and we find we do not know them. We wake up one day and find that we are somebody else’s creation.
Advent is a time to wake up. “Look around you,” Jesus tells us. Jesus wants us to become more aware and more intentional about our living. Sometime go to the mall and watch the glassy-eyed people rushing to get their shopping done and then ask yourself, “Is that me? Is that my life?”
TO ALL ALTAR SERVERS-CURRENT & FUTURE! We will have an altar server training for those students that need their yearly training or want to be added back into the new schedule for February. Also, if you have never been trained and would to become an altar server, please attend the following training:
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, immediately after the 8am Mass. Any student 5th-8th grade can be an altar server.
Training is mandatory once per year for both current servers and new servers. No need to RSVP, just show up. If you are a current server and wish to be removed from the schedule, please call me at the parish office.
Karen Schoenfelder 812-944-8283, ext 0
MEMORIAL SERVICE TO HONOR SISTER JEAN DANIEL will be held on Saturday, December 6th after the 5:00PM Mass in the school cafeteria. Sister taught First Grade at Holy Family School for many years. Sister passed away at St. Mary of the Woods, and her funeral took place Friday, October 26th. All friends and former students are invited to attend.