Homilies for the 2nd Sunday of Easter – April 12, 2015

Below are the homilies from our friends Deacons Matt and Nico from Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Deacon Matt’s homily:


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Deacon Nico’s homily:

Several years ago being in the seminary I was sent for a mission during Holy week. We were basically sent to prepare the communities where our mission was to celebrate the triduum.

IMG_2297I always did not ask for much information about people with whom I did ministry, because I want to have an experience with no prejudice or preconception.

However, a night before we were going to the mission a couple people came to my room sharing their concerns. Manuel my teammate had a different personality. He was a guy who would need to write down every single action. He was not spontaneous, very strict with Liturgy, and this is Holy week. I looked at them and I said. Good! I guess I should write down everything that I do, probably let him know if I want to do something spontaneous which I guess is not going to be really spontaneous.

How about Liturgy? Ok. This is going to be a serious matter, because this is one of my weaknesses. Well at that moment I started to look at his weaknesses too. I found out some; he was not very animated. I made my argument: in order to have a good liturgy we need to do a very good catechesis. And this catechesis has to be very animated. Ok, I thought to myself, I am going to win! Good! I am going to win!

Wait a minute. He is good in Liturgy and it is his nature. He will do well explaining it. I started thinking Ok! I guess it would be better if each of us can complement one another instead of competing.

I moved to Manuel room and I asked him if he had packed already. He looked at me and he said. “Are you taking your guitar? I really want to learn I hope you can teach me more during this time.”  He added, I was told that you are very spontaneous. I thought! Ok I guess we have had the same guests for this night.

We went to the mission and everything went well. Manuel was very careful with the Liturgy, I learned a lot. One morning the first communion class arrived without noticing us. I asked him! Which class was he going to take, he looked at me with Panic! Ok take care of this! This is liturgy team. That is about catechesis.

At the end of our mission I was moved in my heart to tell him how great our experience was. He won! He said it first. I won too! I had a good experience! An experience of faith, communion and Love.

The first reading for today presented the image of a perfect community. A community where people did not have need and people shared everything they had. A community that truly believed in Jesus Christ as the provider of everything, with individuals who did not think for themselves first.

Sometimes I have heard folks saying that this community did never exist. Or if did exist, it did only for a short time, because if we follow up the reading for this Easter season, later on we will find tensions among this communities. They would be concern about injustice, rituals, and the perfect community seems to disappear.

I have always believed that this community did really exist, scripture says so, and it does not matter how long it lasted. This community existed by the power of faith, love and unity in the early church. I found very relevant that this first community did all this sacrifice and lived in this style of life through the power of faith. Through the power of faith, the early apostles believed in Jesus, the resurrected one.  Through the power of faith, they served and served and served some more. Through the power of faith, they shared Jesus with the world.

My friends, through the power of faith that community existed. And it still exists today—right here, right now at Holy Family. I know from my own experience here. Here for me, the power of faith in this community has nurtured my vocation and I am sure that the same faith of this Holy Family community has also nurtured the vocation of those who are married, of those who are single. This faith has allowed me to be part of this community.  This faith have given me reason to keep moving and to be here today as a brand new deacon.

In my journey I have found the power of faith nurturing my vocation through the dedication of this community in its different ministries.  Through the prayer of those who constantly ask Jesus to send workers to his vineyard. The prayer of those who pray silently in the midst of their difficult life experiences. In short, I have been nurtured by your prayers and I cannot thank you enough. My vocation was born in the midst of this environment. A vocation that has been a way to respond to the question if I can know more about Jesus and perhaps do more in his church. A vocation nurtured by those actions of faith and love that take place in the midst of what is happening in this community.

Manuel and I had that wonderful experience several years ago because we shared what we had, our faith, care and love. That helped us to realize how important we were to one another. Here we are also to share what Christ has given us. You have shared your faith, care and love during this time of my formation. I hope I am sharing my faith and my witnessing of the Gospel with you.

Use Your Kroger Plus Card to Help Holy Family School Grow

shareasimage (1)Helping local Holy Family Catholic School is easy!

Simply enroll your Kroger Plus Card online at kroger.com/communityrewards. Once youve successfully enrolled, the organization youve chosen will earn rewards on all eligible purchases you make using your Kroger Plus Card. Kroger will award up to $750,000 per quarter, with participating organizations able to earn a maximum of $50,000 each quarter.

We need you!

Register from your home with these step-by-step instructions OR stop by the School Office Monday-Friday, 9-2, and we can help you register your Kroger Plus Card to benefit Holy Family Catholic School! (You can also ask for Jared in the Parish Office Tuesday-Thursday, 9-3, or Friday 9-12).

Find out more information here (PDF).

We have a step-by-step instructions of how to register from home, here (PDF).

2014-15 Providence High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

200px-ProvidenceLogoCongratulations to the following Holy Family parishioners for their inclusion in Providence’s third quarter honor roll. 
Principal’s List with a G.P.A. of 4.0, All “A” Grades
Freshmen Isabel Coe, Emma Delaney, Olivia Dome, Kaleb Dunn, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Marissa Hornung, Amanda Kerstiens, Brooke Rainier and John Wagner; sophomores Abigail Huff, Anthony Kaiser, Lexie Libs and Bayley Wade; juniors Ryan Fansler, Mary Fitzpatrick, Jenna Gilley, Jessie Gilley, Jacqueline Hornung, Charles Huber, Maxwell Leist and Emma Roesner; seniors Erica Ackermann, Ashlyn Edwards, Robert Gaines, Haley Libs and Scott Wiles.

1st Honor’s Roll with a G.P.A. of 3.60-3.99, No Grades Below “B”

Freshmen Bailey Brown, Jacob Cole, Shane Hesse, Clare Hooper, Emma Huff, Kirstie Krininger, Jessica Lancaster, Scott Schueler, Grant Stumler and Julia Watson; sophomores Erica Denison, Victoria Denison, Kennady Kristiansen and Evan Rogers; juniors Savanna Kerstiens, Haley Krininger, Andrew Stumler and Molly Wagner; seniors Noah Andres, Emily Coe, Amelia Ernstberger and Alyssa Koopman.

2nd Honor’s Roll with a G.P.A. of 3.00-3.59, No Grades Below “B”
Freshman Nicholas Boesing; and sophomores Cavanna Gregory, Lexi Lancaster and Sarah Welsh.


Robert Arnold Lincoln, 47, passes

Robert LincolnRobert Arnold Lincoln, 47, of New Albany, Indiana passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015. He was the owner of Lincoln’s Carpet Cleaning. Rob was a huge Louisville Cardinal fan and a dedicated member of AA. He was the proud Godfather of Ella Lincoln and enjoyed all of the time he got to spend working on Joe’s farm.

Rob was born on December 28, 1967 in Munich, Germany to Rita (Fowler) Lincoln and the late Jack Lincoln. He is survived by his daughter, Kristina Lincoln; brothers, John Lincoln, Kevin Lincoln (Tracey), Christofer Lincoln, Tony Lincoln; and granddaughter, Kaliyah Lincoln-Madison.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 West Daisy Lane, New Albany).

Contributions in Rob’s memory may be made to the Token Club (506 Pearl Street, New Albany, IN 47150).

Seussical the Musical is sure to entertain!

The Providence spring musical “Seussical the Musical” promises to be an evening of “fun and surprises,” said director Mrs. Ellen Holifield. The show features an original story based on the books of Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who, and other Seuss favorites. But the message is for those of all ages.

“Seussical intertwines a number of Dr. Seuss’ favorite books and characters, and while it might be based on children’s books, the heart of this musical is full of meaningful messages such as the dignity of others, never giving up, keeping promises and the power of imagination,” Mrs. Holifield said.

The play will feature the characters The Cat in the Hat (senior Jordan Reger), Horton the Elephant (senior Josh Frost), Gertrude McFuzz (senior Sommer Dean), Mayzie LaBird (senior Ashley Bittenbender), Mr. Mayor (sophomore Kevin Chrisco), Mrs. Mayor (senior Elizabeth Aubrey), The Sour Kangaroo (senior Alex Duffy-Dries), JoJo (senior Wynne Gettelfinger), General Ghengis Kahn Schmitz (junior Ben Popson) and many more.

maxresdefault (1)Show times are April 19 at 2:00 p.m., April 23-25 at 7:30 p.m., and April 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sam and Paula Robinson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children through grade eight and may be purchased online at www.providencehigh.net by clicking on the Buy Tickets Now! button or by calling (812) 945-2538 ext. 328. Tickets are selling fast, with the two Sunday shows near sell out, so order soon!

The premiere fundraising dinner and show is Friday, April 17. Tickets are $100. For more information, email Ms. Kerry Jones at kjones@providencehigh.net.

Deanery Middle School Dance – April 17, 2015


  • Held in SA Parish Gym
  • 7pm -­ 9:30pm
  • Friday, April 17th
  • Open to all 5th -­8th graders
  • $5 entrance
  • Concessions will be sold

FUN IN THE SUN Soccer Camp – June 1-4, 2015


Soccer Camp ~ For Boys & Girls

Two Age Groups: Sun Munchkins ages 4 through 7, Rising Suns ages 8 through 11.

Featuring University of Louisville Team Captain Meredith Tolley; Western Kentucky University midfielder Chelsea Grover; Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Casey Marlin; Ball State University’s Leah Mattingly and Coach Dave Smith of Our Lady of Providence Jr-Sr High School.

The Fun In The Sun Soccer Camp seeks to provide a unique, affordable soccer instruction opportunity in a positive and enjoyable atmosphere.

As coaches and as teachers of youth, our staff looks forward to a week of Fun, Friendship and Futbol…because Learning the Skills of Soccer Should Be Fun!

For more information please contact Coach Dave Smith at dsmith@providencehigh.net or 502-445-0354.

Download the Brochure here.

Girls Basketball Camp at Providence – June 3-5, 2015

  • Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 11.20.38 AMDate: June 3-5
  • Time: 9:00-12:00 a.m.
  • Cost: $60

*All Campers will receive a Camp T-shirt Come learn from the Sectional and Regional Champs!!!

  • Camp directed by PHS Girls Coach Brad Burden. PHS coaches and players serve as coaches and counselors.
  • Learn fundamentals that will help make you a better basketball player.
  • Play with peers from your own and other Deanery Schools.

Download the Registration form here.

Founder Elizabeth Anne (Volpert) Park, 97, passes

mums-flowers-small-shutterstock_60380095Elizabeth Anne (Volpert) Park, 97, of New Albany passed away at her residence on Thursday, April 2, 2015. She was a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany.

Elizabeth was born on November 3, 1917 in New Albany to the late Louis Phillip & Mary Suzanna (Warth) Volpert.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Arterburn and her husband, William of Willow, Alaska and Richard Park of New Albany; grandchildren, Clayton Arterburn and his wife, Eileen, Jennifer Arterburn and her husband, Jake Milstein, and Joseph Arterburn; and great grandchildren, Jacob, Andrew, Willow, Matthew, & Bartholomew. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Andrew J. Park; siblings, Helen Volpert, Mary Craig, Cecilia Daugherty, and Paul, Cletus, Adolph, & Lester Volpert.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 PM on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 West Daisy Lane, New Albany) with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Homily for Easter Vigil and Sunday – April 4 & 5, 2015


“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

Those words of the English poet T. S. Eliot seem to me to describe where we are today and why we are here.  Physically, of course, we are here at 129 West Daisy Lane, gathered in Holy Family Catholic Church, April 5, Easter Sunday.  We can verify that with our clocks and iPhones.  However, we need to consult the Gospel to get our eternal bearings.  Ever since we met Jesus in the opening words of John we have been exploring – trekking with Jesus.  Our exploring began in John’s gospel with a fisherman’s question to Jesus.  “Where do you abide? Where do you stay?” Jesus answered Andrew with an invitation, “Come and see.”  Andrew accepted the invitation and you and I have been tagging along.  Exploring.

Our journey with Jesus has led us to the Jordan River, out into the desert, through the synagogues of Galilee, to leper colonies and sickbeds, to the Temple in Jerusalem, and finally into the halls of power where we heard Pilate pass the death sentence on our Lord.  We have come a long way.

Today we stand in an empty tomb.  Mary Magdalene has brought us here.  We have come running with Peter and John to find that it is as Mary said, Jesus is not here – or rather his body is not here.  Peter is scratching his head and John is smiling knowingly.  Why is John smiling?  Because he recognizes where we are and why we are here.  He sees and believes.  What does he see that Peter and Mary Magdalene do not?

In the corner of the tomb, John sees a napkin neatly folded and lying apart from the shroud; it is the soudarium, the cloth that covered the face of Jesus in death.  Who took it off?  Certainly not grave-robbers.  John sees and he smiles.  Why?  Because he can read the sign.  He remembers that Moses used to take off the veil from his face when he went into the meeting tent to talk with God face-to-face.

John understands with the help of faith that Jesus, someone far greater than Moses, has taken off the soudarium and ascended to be face to face with God in glory.  “I am going to the Father,” Jesus told his disciples at supper on the night before his passion and death. It has come to pass as he said.  Jesus no longer dwells in a tomb; he is alive and has gone to dwell with the Father.  “Where do you live?  Where do you abide?”  The Risen Jesus says to us on this Easter Sunday as he said to Andrew, “Come and see.”

So, where are we?  We are back at the beginning, but we are understanding for the first time where we are and why we are here.  On this Easter Sunday we understand that we are and have always been in the embrace of our living Lord. He is here in his Spirit, poured out on us.  He is here with us speaking to us in his Word and touching us with his Sacrament.  He is here in our longing to know him better, to love him better.  He is here in the tatters of a failing marriage; in our painful chemotherapy; in the realization that we will have to move into assisted living.  And why are we here?  We are here because Jesus has gathered us; he wants us to be where he is.  If you are here today and listening to these words it is because you are and have always been in the heart of Jesus.  Did you think you were coming to an empty tomb? You were mistaken.  What you thought was a dead end is a new beginning.  What you thought was a grave is a gateway.  What you thought was loss is the gift of having your hands and heart free to receive something new.

Are you open to seeing and believing?  Are you open to noticing the small signs Jesus will leave for you each day that he is alive and going ahead of you? For John, the sign that caused him to make a leap of faith was the napkin, neatly folded and set aside.  For you it might be new buds on a rose bush that you thought you lost to the winter’s cold.  For someone else it might be the call from a brother she hasn’t spoken to in ten years.  We have heard the Easter story many, many times.  We have come a long way since the first time we heard it.  Is this the year we will see and believe?  Is this the year we will arrive where we started, with Easter water splashing over us, truly knowing the place we have in the Father’s heart for the first time?