2014 Basketball tryouts this week and next


Tuesday 10/21
5-6 grade girls from 5:30 until 7:00PM
7-8 grade girls from 7:00 until 9:00PM

Wednesday 10/22
5-6 grade girls from 5:30 until 7:30PM



Tuesday 10/28 (UPDATED)
5-6 grade boys from 5:00 until 7:00PM
7-8 grade boys from 7:00 until 9:00PM

Wednesday 10/29 (UPDATED)
5-6 grade boys from 5:00 until 7:00PM
7-8 grade boys from 7:00 until 9:00PM

Note: physical form and concussion form will be needed at tryouts.
Cost for basketball is $50.00 to be paid night of tryouts.

Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 12, 2014

Everybody loves a party.  Right?  Well apparently not everybody.  And apparently not every party.  Some folks are particular about the invitations they accept. Maybe too particular.  And maybe some folks are not particular enough about whom they invite.

Jesus tells a challenging story about a ruler who threw a party that almost didn’t happen.  It is a story of party that begins with a joyful announcement and ends with a dreadful curse.  It is the story of a wedding reception where hospitality is returned with bloodshed. Where friendship is met with rejection.  It is the story of a party thrown initially for friends and close associates but ends up being a banquet for strangers and hooligans.   Perhaps this parable should be called the Un-Party.

And the Un-Party is the Kingdom of God:  that enigmatic, topsy-turvy world created when God decides to show us that he’s still God.  The Un-Party is a story which pulls at the ravels of the way we like to tell life to ourselves.

What’s the point of the Un-Party?  Well, let’s start with where we are right here and now and let the story speak.  We’ve been invited to a party.  It’s called life.  God gave each one of us a personal, handwritten invitation to life. If we closely at the underside of each day we’ll find His signature. The invitation to Life is not just an invitation to hang out, but we can do that if we want. It’s not an invitation to grab everything we can while we’re here, but God will let us do that up to a point.  Life is not an invitation to impress God or the people around us, but God puts up with that.  What God really wants is for us to enjoy the feast.  To become a beloved and loving guest.

We can offer a whole lot of excuses for not doing that. Just think of all reasons why people leave during the last 10 minutes of a football game (I bet you thought I was gonna say Communion), or during the intermission of a play, or right after the family reunion meal.  If you remember some the excuses why people leave early, stand around and just watch, you have some of the reasons we give for not really living.  It takes too much time and energy to get involved.  Somebody else will do it.  “I’ve got more important things to do.” And all those excuses we use for skimming over the top of our days are the very reasons why we end up feeling so alone, so worn-out, so disappointed with where we are and regretful for where we hoped to be.

God doesn’t want it that way.  He never called us into life to have us see it as a burden, or an obligation.  He doesn’t want us to just put in our time, or go through the motions.  Remember the fellah in the parable who shows up without a wedding garment?  He’s too disinterested in the whole affair even to pick something out from the king’s wardrobe.  He’s too burned out to care.  All guests were offered something nice to wear to a few in case they stopped by or couldn’t afford their own tux.  How angry the king was that after all of his work to throw a fine wedding reception for his child, somebody would not even bother to put on a tie that he’d furnished himself.

A good story leaves us with good questions.  What questions does the story of the Un-Party leave us with today?  We know that everyone’s invited to the Kingdom.  Have we forgotten that it’s possible to take life for granted?  We know that God has extended his friendship to us.  Have we forgotten that being friends with God has responsibilities?  We know that life is a gift.  Have we forgotten that God will ask an account of how we’ve used the gift?

The Lord of the Feast has called us to celebrate the wedding of his Son.  On the cross Jesus was wedded to our suffering, in the grave he was wedded to our deepest fears, when he rose from the tomb he espoused us to an everlasting hope.  Put on your wedding garment and your dancing shoes. There’s a party going on?

Mass Announcements – October 12, 2014

The schedule for both the Adult Choir and the Holy Family Church Youth Choir can be found on the bulletin board. Please contact Paul Stiller if you have any questions.

Holy Family now offers childcare for pre-kindergarten age children (approximately 1-5 years old) at our 10:30 Sunday morning Mass. See the bulletin for more information.

The New Albany Deanery is hosting a program to help adults prepare for the Adult Confirmation to be held in Indianapolis at the Cathedral on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity— May 31, 2015. If you would like to learn more about receiving Confirmation as an adult, please contact the parish office, and we will put you in touch with the New Albany Deanery Office.

We are continuing with our Friday night 6:30 pm communal Rosary in the Community Room.  The Legion of Mary will be hosting with refreshments afterwards.

Our sister in Christ, Pat Bomar, went home to the Lord this week.  Please join with me in praying for her eternal happiness.

Also, I ask you to pray for the bishops and lay people who are in Rome for the Third Extraordinary Synod.  They are discussing the challenges to the Family in our times.  In the bulletin today you will find an insert explaining why our prayers are important.

Parish Activities – October 13-19

Monday, October 13-17: NAFC & HFS Fall Break

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

Tuesday, October 14

  • 8:30am Bible Study
  • 6:30pm Men’s Club Meeting
  • 7pm Rediscover Catholicism Book Study

Wednesday, October 15

  • 10am Service (SMASH) Day for 5th-12th grade youth
    Open to Parish youth grades 5-12. RSVP with Mrs. Raelson.
  • 6:30pm Epic, Journey through Church History
    A DVD program about the history of the Catholic Church.
  • 6:30pm Parish Finance Meeting

Friday, October 17

  • 7pm Engaged Couple Information Session
    RSVP: 812-944-8283 ext 223 or kwilt@holyfamilynewalbany.org.

Saturday, October 18

  • 9am K-8 CFF classes
    Religious Education classes for public school children in grades K-8.
  • 1pm Deanery Middle School Jamboree

Sunday, October 19

  • 11:30am High School CFF
  • 7pm Confirmation Class

Mass Announcements – October 5, 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.
  • 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.
  • Today, we ask you to please return the bottles with your donation at any of the masses this weekend.  Baskets will be at the church entrances. Thank you for your generosity. If you cannot return your bottle today, please return it to the parish office.
  • The New Albany Deanery is hosting a program to help adults prepare for the Adult Confirmation to be held in Indianapolis at the Cathedral on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity— May 31, 2015. If you would like to learn more about receiving Confirmation as an adult, please contact the parish office, and we will put you in touch with the New Albany Deanery Office.
  • Over Holy Family School Fall Break, October 6-17, the campus will be quite busy, particularly with some enhancements to our facilities: Parking lot resurfacing Monday and Tuesday, October 6 & 7, security doors installed, and new bleachers in Marchino Hall.
  • Due to the downtown bridge construction traffic, rehearsals for the Adult Choir have been moved to 6:30pm on Wednesdays. The schedule for both the Adult Choir and the Holy Family Church Youth Choir can be found on the bulletin board. Please contact Paul Stiller if you have any questions.

Parking Lot resurfacing October 7-8, 2014

The paving company, completing our parking lot resurfacing, is going to try and do some prep work tomorrow if it’s not pouring down, which shouldn’t affect Mass parking, and complete the work on Wednesday.

The parking lot will be closed on Wednesday. The big lot closest to Green Valley will be closed Wed. morning first thing and folks will need to park in front of church or in the back and will need to move their cars as soon as possible after 8 a.m. Mass.

So You Want to Be Married at Holy Family?

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Holy Family Marriage Prep

  • You have set the date.
  • You have called Fr. Dan.
  • Now it is time to prepare for the Sacrament of marriage.

Please call Kathy Wilt to register: 812-944-8283 ext 223. Find out all there is to know about preparing for your wedding at this mandatory gathering for all couples wishing to be married here at Holy Family.

Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 5, 2014

Invisible seeds, visible fruits

Isaiah 5:1-7 | Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20 | Philippian 4:6-9 | Matthew 21:33-43

Three of the four readings today are about vineyards and fruitfulness. It’s also Respect Life Sunday. It all got me thinking of that story. God and an atheist are sitting next to each other on a hillside watching a sunset. The atheist says, “God, we humans have developed enough that we really don’t need you anymore. With all the developments with science and biology and such, we’re pretty much self-sufficient now.” God said, “Tell ya what. We’ll each take a lump of dirt and make a human out of it. If you can do that, you don’t need me anymore.”

Read the full Homily from Deacon Mike here on his blog.

Parish Activities – October 5 – 8, 2014

Sunday, October 5

  • St. Joseph Hill Turkey Shoot / Fall Festival 11a – ?
  • Monday, October 6-17:
  • NAFC And HFS Fall Break!

Monday, October 6-17

  • Parking Lots Closed For Repair.
  • 8:30am Legion Of Mary
  • 8:30am Quilters

Tuesday, October 7

  • There Will Be Short-Term Parking Available On Tuesday.
  • 8:30am Bible Study
  • 7pm Marian Guild In Cafeteria
  • 7pm RCIA

Wednesday, October 8

  • 12pm Rediscover Catholicism Book Group
  • 6:30pm Epic, Journey Through Church History

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.”