We are inviting all parishioners to the new parishioner brunch on February 22 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the school cafeteria. The menu will include pancakes and sausage. Confirmation retreatants are cooking and serving the food.
Rodolfo Kaamiño is a Filipino deacon in priestly formation with the Columban Fathers. As part of his preparation for priesthood he was sent to work in a school and residence for developmentally challenged men in Taiwan. After doing post-graduate in the USA he laughs about his work: washing other people’s backsides. People who can’t do it for themselves.
“A friend asked me why I’m doing this,” Rodolfo says. “I told him I don’t do it on my own, or else I would have quit a long time ago. I have some help from above. I arrived here with ‘professional ideas and concepts’ about mission and ministry that I learned in the seminary. But in ministry here at Aijia these don’t matter much. Mentally challenged adults don’t necessarily need a professional. They need a human companion, somebody who can ‘waste’ time with them.
“Most of the first followers of Jesus knew only one trade: how to fish. These disciples could have remained professional fishermen and served the hunger of the people by providing them with fish. But Jesus invited them to a whole new level of fishing, to ‘fish’ for people, a whole new field beyond their professional expertise. It required less of their professional skills but more of their hearts and minds. A tall order, but they were willing and trusting. Despite their being slow to understand, Jesus patiently journeyed with them as they continued ‘fishing’ for people.”
I share Rodolfo’s story with you because I think in some ways Rodolfo’s experience is like ours – our Holy Family community, I mean. We’re ordinary people called to an extraordinary task by the Lord Jesus. We, too, are fishers of people. We catch people for God. By trade we are homemakers and doctors, mechanics and first responders, factory workers and bank tellers, construction workers and dieticians. What unites us is that we have found a life together here at 129 West Daisy Lane in the love of Jesus, in the strength of his sacraments, and in a desire to share what we have found. We share what we find around this Table each Sunday with people out there who are swimming in loneliness, drowning in debt, and just trying to avoid being eaten by bigger fish. We throw out our nets of care and concern and God brings people into our fellowship: about 50 of them this year alone. As Deacon Rodolfo says, they “require less of our professional skills but more of our hearts and minds.”
What happens when we let our hearts and minds be shaped and used by Jesus? What happens when we open ourselves to the words in the consecration of the Mass: “grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ”? I will tell you what happens. Wonderful things. Things we could not accomplish individually without Jesus.
In the past year of grace twenty-six people, adults and infants came into the household of faith through Baptism and Professions of Faith. Thirty-six high school youth and adults were sealed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. Fifty-two children and adults received our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time. Six couples pledged themselves to each other in the Sacrament of Matrimony, and two young men sponsored by Holy Family will, with the help of God, be ordained deacons this April. We celebrated the lives of twenty-six parishioners and friends who went home to God in the Rites of Christian Burial. Because you support our ministries Jesus was here for all those folks in his sacraments.
In our ministry of faith formation Jesus continues to bring his truth and his love to our five RCIA candidates, our forty-eight CFF students and three hundred sixty-nine children in our parish school. Jesus reaches out through our retreat teams and retreatants. This year thirty-four men and women either encountered Jesus for the first time on retreat or helped to make that possible. With your help we are now also able to bring recorded homilies to our shut-ins. You see, because you support our ministries from the resources God has given you growing in faith is a life-long effort here at Holy Family.
And because you have taken up the nets of catching souls for God we were able to continue the work of our Saint Vincent de Paul chapter with Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for thirty-seven families. Christmas gifts were also given to thirty-seven families. Every Wednesday and Saturday the fishing boats of Holy Family go out to the poor and the homeless in our area.
This work is not going to stop. We have been through some rough financial times together in the past couple of years; we have had to make some adjustments and tighten our belts but the good work has never stopped. That’s because it’s the Lord’s work. The painter Vincent Van Gogh said, “Fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” If you have been supporting Jesus’ work, I thank you in his name. If you have not perhaps something I have said today will convince you to help. Pray about it please and see if you don’t hear Jesus inviting you to come fishing with him. God bless you!
- PK-K 5:30 – 6:30
- 1st & 2nd – 6:30 – 7:30
A parent must accompany the child to skills assessment and registration to fill out paperwork and to pay the $50 fee. If you paid during flag football no additional fee is required.
Games (6 in total) will be played on the following dates:
- Sundays, February 22, & March 1: PK-K @ 3:30 & 1st / 2nd Grade @ 4:45
- Sunday, March 8: PK-K @ 1:00 & 1st / 2nd Grade @ 2:15
- Wednesdays, February 25, March 4 and 11: PK-K @ 6:00 & 1st / 2nd Grade @ 7:15
Practice dates will be February 16 and 19. 1 Hour slot either 5:30-6:30 or 6:30-7:30. Your coach will communicate which slot you practice. If you have any questions please call or text Syd Whitlock 502-643-3657 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Where are you staying?” That’s a pretty bold question to be asking someone whose name you don’t even know. Even the clumsiest pick-up lines are better than “Where are you staying?” But that is the only thing that Andrew can think to say when Jesus turns around and asks him and his companion, “What are you looking for?” As you heard in the gospel today, the two had followed Jesus after John the Baptist pointed him out saying, “There he is. There’s the One. There’s the Lamb of God.” Nothing else, just the Lamb of God. What could that mean? Andrew and his buddy meant to find out and so they followed Jesus; stalked him is more like it. St. John, the gospel writer, doesn’t say how long, but we can assume that it was long enough for Jesus to sense they were following him. And suddenly they were face-to-face with him; eyeball-to-eyeball.
“What are you looking for?” “Where are you staying?” Amazingly those simple questions are the beginning of a conversation that will grow into a friendship, then a commitment, and finally into mission. Do you suppose there’s more behind those questions than meets the ear?
Let’s look at Jesus’ question to Andrew first. “What are you looking for?” If we remember that it is God who is asking this question, we know that it is the most important question anyone will ever ask us. “What are you looking for? What is your heart’s desire? What do you want me to do for you?” Andrew had been a disciple of John the Baptist; he was the greatest prophet who ever lived. Jesus said that there was no one greater born of woman greater than John the Baptist. Still, when John pointed out Jesus, Andrew did not even give a backward glance or farewell embrace to his teacher. Andrew was looking for something more. He didn’t know what that more was…yet. But Jesus opened Andrew’s heart with a simple question, “What are you looking for?” Can you imagine Jesus asking you that question? How would you answer? If you’re not ready for that question don’t go on retreat!
And what about Andrew’s reply? It might help to know that when Andrew asks where Jesus he is staying or making his dwelling he’s not just asking for an address. He uses the same word in Greek that Jesus will later use at the Last Supper to describe his relationship with the Father. Jesus says that he dwells or remains in the Father, and he wants us to dwell, remain, and stay in him. And we will remain in him, Jesus says, if we keep his commands. As a branch is green as long as it stays connected to a vine.
If we are really listening to Andrew we know that his question is our question. “Jesus, where can I find you? How can I be close to you? How can I be sure that I won’t lose you?” Jesus answers, “I am with you always until the end of time. I am with you in the sacraments. I am with you in my words. I am with you when two or more of you gather in my name. I am right beside you as you carry your cross today. That’s where I am. I am staying in all those places. Come and see.”
There is no text form of Father’s homily for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. Father Dan Atkins wanted to talk to us about Baptism.
- Right to Life of Southern Indiana encourages you to join those who are opposed to abortion on demand and believe in defending the Right to Life from conception to natural death. Full page ads will be published on Wednesday, January 21st in the Corydon Democrat and on Thursday, January 22nd in the Evening News and New Albany Tribune with the names of citizens who believe that every unborn child deserves a chance at life. This weekend, in the Lobby, there will be someone in the Lobby to collect signatures.
- The Holy Family Theatre Group will be starting their season this Friday, January 16th, with a Family Night and Saturday, January 17th, with an Adult night. Please see the bulletin for more information.
- The Men’s KYCSS Retreat Team has been preparing for our Men’s Retreat weekend for several months. (Father, maybe have men stand who are on team, or have been on the retreat in the past.) There is a registration form and details in the bulletin this week. Please, men, take this time for yourself, and your family. You will not regret it!
- All youth parishioners grades 3 and up are invited to sing at the 6pm Mass on January 25th. If you are interested in participating, please arrive at 5pm in Church, and we will have a quick rehearsal of the songs before Mass begins.
- The Knights of Columbus New Albany invite you to our Friday fish frys starting on February 6th and continuing through Good Friday, April 3rd.
- I am happy to tell you those of you who supported the United Catholic Appeal and the ministries of the wider Church we are currently at 87% of our parish goal. That is with 29% of our households participating. That is the highest we have been in three years. Thank you very much. If you have been meaning to support the United Catholic Appeal it is not too late to do so. There are envelopes at the entrances.
- Our sister in the Lord, Carol Ulsh, went home to the Lord this week. Carol was a founding member of our parish, a member of the Legion of Mary and a substitute teacher here under Father Marchino. Her funeral will be at 11 am this Tuesday.
Before his passing in September, William “Bill” Grantz, parishioner at Holy Family Catholic Church, had been working on a special project for his friends and residents at Azalea Hills Assisted Living in Floyds Knobs. He was taking the little pill cups that were being used by the nursing staff, and making Christmas candy decorations with them.
Well, he didn’t get to finish the crafty project, one of many from this creative man, but his family – children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren – all got together and completed the painting, gluing, decorating, filling, and delivering of the cups. They brought joy to Bill’s many friends and residents at Azalea Hills. Here are two of his great grandchildren seen delivering the boxes of Christmas-decorated pill cups, the week before Christmas Day.
Thank you, Bill, and Grantz families, for being a wondering example of service, legacy, and kind-heartedness to us at Holy Family!
The funeral mass for Terry Wilson, Sr., will still be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. There will be no 8 a.m. or noon Mass. All who wish to attend Mass tomorrow are invited to the service at 11:30 a.m.
Temperatures are going to be very cold, so please bundle up your children during these colder days of winter. Several layers of loose fitting clothing, leggings, pants (not shorts), coat, gloves, scarves, and hat should be worn. Please do this for your students’ health.
Parents can drop off their children in the cafeteria beginning at 9:00 a.m., with classes beginning at 9:45 a.m. Morning preschool classes are cancelled. The childcare room opens at 9:00 a.m.
For lunch in the cafeteria, only the main entree will be served.
JOHN TERRY WILSON, Sr., 77, of New Albany, Indiana, loving husband of Doris (Gunselman) Wilson, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015, in New Albany.
Terry loved cheering on his Kentucky Wildcats, playing golf at New Albany Springs and Knob Hill, growing tomatoes, fishing, eating jelly beans, and being Poppaw to his beloved grandchildren. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Sons of the American Legion.
Terry was born on May 29, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky to the late J.T. and Dorothy (Smith) Wilson. He was preceded in death by his brother Les Wilson. Terry married his wife, Doris, in 1960, and they have celebrated over 54 years of marriage together. He was a graduate of Flaget High School and Bellarmine College. Terry retired from a long career at Peyton’s Inc.
Along with his wife, Terry is survived by his children, John Terry Wilson, Jr. (Kathy), of Odon; Kathy Ernstberger (Fred), of Floyds Knobs; Shelly Vaughan (John), of Versailles, KY; grandchildren, Aubrey, Erin, Jack, Rob, Ellen, Amelia, Adam, Sam; his special nephew, Jaymie; and step-grandchildren, Beth, Kelly, and their children, Garrett, Blake, Taylor, and Aubrey.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 PM on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN). His funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM on Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, IN 47150) with burial to follow in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the caring doctors and staff at both Floyd Memorial Hospital and Fresenius Medical Care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Holy Family Church or Our Lady of Providence High School (707 Providence Way, Clarksville, IN 47129).
In the dear and worn Christmas carol “We Three Kings” each of the kings has a verse of presentation. Each of the kings speaks of the meaning of his gift. Gold, frankincense, myrrh. Gold, that most precious of metals that honors the purest character of the royal person; frankincense, that sweet mixture of resins which when burned signals that God is near; and myrrh, that aromatic balm used to anoint the bodies of the rich and famous at their burials. Wonderful gifts, but hardly the gifts one would find under a family tree today. Even Mary and Joseph would have been surprised to have received these packages for their son.
They are symbolic gifts, of course. Symbols always point us toward something more, something deeper, something hidden but very real. The first Christmas gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are Matthew’s way of telling us who the Child in the cradle is. “Glorious now, behold him arise! King and God and sacrifice.” Jesus the Christ is all three: He is King of the universe; Word of God; and the perfect sacrifice who has made our reconciliation with God.
When we imagine the gifts that we might offer Jesus today it’s not too hard to think of the gold. Those precious and rare moments when we have cooperated with his strength and love to do what is just and right and loving. We imagine ourselves offering the King of Heaven the times when we have honored his presence in the marginal and difficult people in our lives. The times when we have kept our promises, been honest in our words, been compassionate. That’s part of the gold we might offer Jesus today.
Our frankincense might be the moments in the day when we stop for a moment to pray, to reflect, to offer thanks for a blessing or a healing. Prayers, however brief and simple, are always the best gift from a grateful and hopeful heart. “My prayers come before, oh Lord, like incense; the raising of my hands, like the evening offering,” so goes the psalm.
But the last gift, myrrh. That might be difficult to imagine. I think that it may be the most important gift of all that we can offer. “Myrrh is mine. It’s bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom: sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone cold tomb.” It is important that the third king in us get to offer his gift.
If we want to recognize and honor who Jesus is for us we need to offer him the “stinky stuff”, too. We cannot forget to give him those parts of our living that cause us and others pain, regret, and sorrow. Christmas is a beautiful time of the year, but too often the season leaves us feeling downcast and melancholy because there is some old hurt or wound that we still feel. An old jealousy, an ancient grudge or hurtful words spoken in anger can sour Christmas like old wine turned to vinegar.
These things are the myrrh of our lives and they, too, are what we need to offer the Child. Giving Jesus the sorrowing, sighing, the bleeding and dying of our life expresses our belief that he and he alone can heal us. Giving Jesus the “stinky stuff” expresses our belief that he knows and understands our weakness.
On this feast of the Epiphany we are blessed to see the face of Jesus: King and God, yes, but also our brother who offered himself in sacrifice. Here at his table all our gifts are welcome; our entire life – it’s myrrh as well as its gold – is received and treasured. “Star of wonder, Star of night! Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding. Guide us to the perfect light!”