Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 24, 2014

One night the nineteenth century essayist Charles Lamb and his dinner guests were chatting about William Shakespeare over Madeira port and Cuban cigars. “Supposing,” one guest asked Lamb, “that Shakespeare were to stroll into our dining room at this moment.” Charles Lamb replied, “We would raise a glass of port to the great man.” “But suppose,” said another guest, “that Jesus were to come here.” Lamb answered, “We would get down on our knees.”  There is all the difference in the universe between the Man from Nazareth and great people you can think of. In his reply Lamb recognized that Jesus Christ is God and all others, no matter what their deeds, are but “poor players” on the stage of history.

Jesus had taken his apostles to Caesarea Philippi, away from the crowds and the religious leaders who were plotting to kill him. He was entering the final stage of his ministry and he had set his face toward Jerusalem. He had much to teach the apostles to prepare them for the scandal of the cross. 

So, he began to ask them questions that would lead them to the heart of the matter, “Who do people say I am?” The responses came quickly.  “Some say that you have the spirit of John the Baptist within you.  Others say that you are Elijah and that you have come back to earth to bring the end of times.”  These were all answers that compared Jesus to the prophets of ages passed. But even as they gave their answers the apostles sensed the inadequacy of their responses.  As Pope Benedict once said in homily on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul , “Listening to him preach, seeing him heal the sick, evangelize the lowly and the poor and reconcile sinners, little by little the disciples came to realize that he was the Messiah in the most exalted sense of the word, that is, not only a man sent by God, but God himself made man.”  

When they fell silent Jesus asked, “And you?  Who do you say that I am?”  Now there was no hiding behind the opinions of others.  Now each of them had come eyeball to eyeball with Jesus and they knew they must answer, each for himself.  Peter was the first.  “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” This was not an answer from a catechism; this was an answer straight from Peter’s heart.  It was not something that anyone had said before, it was a truth profoundly new and unique.  It was not an answer that Peter thought up on his own; it was a response prompted by the Holy Spirit.  

To each baptized person, Jesus leans over and whispers, “But YOU…who do YOU say I am?” That question will never go away. Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, assassinated in 1980 while defending Jesus in the poor of El Salvador, said eloquently: “Christianity is not a collection of truths to be believed or laws to be obeyed. Rather, Christianity is a person. Christianity is Christ.”

Very soon our young candidates for Confirmation will begin a special time.  They will walk toward the opportunity of making a personal decision to follow Christ in our Catholic way of life.  No one can or should make this decision for them, for it is Christ himself who asks each of them the same question he asked the apostles, “But YOU…who do YOU say I am?”  Now it is their turn to step up to the plate and take a swing.  I ask you to pray for them that they will hear the question in the depths of their heart and answer it with prayerful integrity.  Pray that they will make Peter’s answer their own:  “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

Mass Announcements – August 24, 2014

  • Cross training in all the liturgical ministries will immediately following the 10:30 am mass this Sunday.
  • Holy Family 8th graders and their families are cooking breakfast for us this Sunday, August 24th after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses.  Come and help support their trip to Washington DC.
  • There are yellow envelopes in the pews and in the lobby if you would like to donate toward the purchase of chairs and tables for the new community room in the Day Activity Center.
  • Our first RCIA session is Aug 26.  If you know someone who wants to take a closer look at our Catholic Faith, please tell them about this and perhaps bring them yourself to the opening welcome night.  Call Kathy Wilt for more information.
  •  Mt St. Francis Picnic next Saturday, Aug. 30.  Enjoy good food and friendship while you support the ministry of our Franciscan priests and brothers.
  • The Annual Youth Ministry Kick Off is this coming Saturday, August 30th immediately following the 5:00pm Mass.  For other Youth News see the bulletin and our website.
  •  If you have been watching the news you are aware Islamist extremists who call themselves ISIS are trying to establish a Muslim state in Iraq.  They are insisting that Christian Iraqis convert to Islam under pain of death.  Next Sunday at all the Masses there will be a second collection help Iraqi Christian refugees who have fled ISIS.

Final 2014 Altar Server training is Saturday, August 30th, 8 a.m.

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 2.42.10 PMANYONE who has been or wants to be a server, is required to attend this final training!

We have one training date left for any new and current altar servers. Students in 5th – 8th grade may be an altar server. Everyone must do one training per year (even current servers).

The training is scheduled Saturday, August 30, after the 8am mass for anyone that could not make one of the previous training classes. (Class will go until 10 a.m.)

Please call the parish office (812) 944-8283, if you have questions. Ask for Karen Schoenfelder (ext 0).

The 2014 Altar Server form is available here (PDF).

2014 Baby Bottle Boomerang

BabyBottleBoomerangFront02_1_Holy Family will be participating in a fundraiser to support St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Charities in September.  The Baby Bottle Boomerang will enable you 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. Please see their mission statement below.

    Our Mission: To affirm the dignity of and respect for all human life by assisting individuals and families in need to achieve empowerment and self – sufficiency. St. Elizabeth’s is dedicated to serving those in need regardless of religious,  social or economic backgrounds. For a complete list of their services please see the website: www.stecharities.org. Baby Bottles will be distributed at all of the weekend masses Sept. 6 & 7 with a return date of Oct. 5 which is Sanctity of Life Sunday. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Parish Activities – August 24 – 31

BreakfastSunday, August 24

  • After 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Masses – Pancake & Sausage Breakfast to raise money for 8th grade trips to Washington, D.C.
  • After 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Masses – Cross Training for Youth & Adults – Lectors, Greeters, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Sacristans

Monday, August 25

  • 8:30am Legion of Mary

Tuesday, August 26

  • 7pm RCIA

anointingthesickWednesday, August 27

  • 8am Anointing of the Sick Mass
  • 6:30pm Stewardship Communications Committee Meeting

Friday, August 29

  • 8am All-School Mass

Saturday, August 30

  • 8:30am Altar Server Training (LAST CHANCE for any child 5th-8th grade who has not had training!)
  • 5pm Mass & Youth Ministry Kick-Off (following)

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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 Carol Goins (812) 944-8283, ext. 5, 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 (https://www.facebook.com/jacobreschmusic) 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.