Thanksgiving Mass at 9 a.m.

Thanksgiving Mass this Thursday will take place at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Family Parish. Sorry for the typo in the Sunday bulletin. Please help us spread the word!
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Sister Jean Daniel Memorial Service to be held December 6th

second-daniel-jean-ann-243x300MEMORIAL 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.

Christmas Wonderland – Family Holiday Memories

With Guest Children’s Choirs: Holy Family Children’s Choir (Paul Stiller, Director) and St Mark’s UCC Cherub & Youth Choirs (Sandy Carter, Director)

Sat, Dec 6, 2014, 6 PM
17th Annual Performance at St Mary’s Catholic Church
415 East 8th Street (@ Spring), New Albany, IN 47150

General $20 Sr $15 Stu $5. Click Here to Order Online Now or call 502-968-6300

Parishioner Mary Pat (White) Hobbs, 83, passes

Funeral liturgy for Mary Pat (White) Hobbs, 83, Georgetown, will be 11:30 am Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany with entombment to follow at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany. She died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.

She was born May 31, 1931, in New Albany, to the late James B. and Catherine (Kennady) White Jr. Mary Pat was the devoted wife of Floyd B. Hobbs Jr. for some 64 years and a wonderful mother, grandmother and homemaker to her seven children and many grand and great grandchildren. She was a devout Catholic and member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Mary Pat will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Floyd B. Hobbs Jr.; seven children, Brian Hobbs and wife Pam, Jim Hobbs and wife Charlotte, Paul Hobbs and wife Sandy; Sandy Fitzgerald and husband Paul, Patti Bauder and husband Gary, Janice Adkins and husband Dennis, Mary Ann Hobbs; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Claudia “Binky” McGloshen; niece Erin and nephew Kevin.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Kraft Funeral Service, Spring Street Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy to Holy Family Church or Guerin Woods Senior Center 8037 Unruh Drive, Georgetown, IN. 47122.

Online condolences may be made to www.kraftfuneralservice.net

 

Mary Briscoe, retired Holy Family teacher, receives Crystal Apple award

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OVER FORTY THREE YEARS OF TEACHING KEEPS BRISCOE GOING AS RIVER VALLEY FINANCIAL’S CRYSTAL APPLE AWARD WINNER!

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Bob Kleehamer, Senior Vice-President of locally owned, River Valley Financial Bank surprised and honored Mary Briscoe recently with one of the bank’s highest service awards; the Crystal Apple.

Mary Briscoe received the award in a place she is most comfortable with, in the classroom, with many of her current and older students looking on.

Read the full story here, at the School’s website…

Mass Announcements – November 23, 2014

  • Boy Scout Troop 36 will be collecting food in the local neighborhoods and before each mass for the annual “Scouting for Food” drive this weekend.
  • You might have already received, in the mail, a list of volunteer opportunities through the parish, school, and for our youth. Please consider them carefully and let us know how you would like to become involved. Thank you. An Advent calendar with detailed information on events is also included for your convenience.
  • Beyond the Manger will be held Wednesdays, Dec. 3 and 10.  Our guest parishioner speakers will be  our seminarian, Doug Hunter,  and Mary and Barrett Briscoe on Dec. 3rd and Dan and Karen Schoenfelder on Dec. 10th.  Check bulletin for more details.
  • Christ wants to be born in your heart this Christmas.  Are you preparing a place for him? Join us at Holy Family on Sunday, December 14, at 3:00 pm to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Visit our website at www.holyfamilynewalbany.org/advent for more times for Reconciliation and Advent seasonal events.
  • Our SVDP has Christmas Angel tree tags available to pick up this weekend at all the doors. Please consider picking one or a couple of them up to help the poor in our own community. Ask anyone at the tables and they can explain how this works.

Homily for The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – November 23, 2014

November 23, 1927 – Eighty-seven years tomorrow/today Catholics in Mexico awakened to see on the front page of the morning paper gruesome photographs. In one a young man is standing with his arms outstretched. He was moments from being executed by a firing squad. In the next picture he is lying on the ground with a soldier firing a final shot into him at point blank range. President Calles, an atheist and a publicly-avowed hater of Christ, intended to make an example of Father Miguel Pro. The government of Calles wanted to destroy the Catholic Faith once and for all in Mexico and Calles began by deporting priests. Those who would not go were arrested and executed. Father Cocol – or “Cookie” as the people called him – had secretly returned from Europe to his native country to serve the People of God despite the grave danger. He successfully evaded the police at every turn.

In his home state of Tabasco, Catholics in a village would receive a letter saying that Father Cocol was coming. He would come in the middle of the night dressed as a beggar to baptize infants, bless marriages, and celebrate Mass. One time he showed up in a jail dressed as a police officer and brought communion to condemned Catholics. He would go into the rich neighborhoods to procure funds for the poor of Mexico City dressed as a fashionable businessman, complete with a fresh flower on his lapel. He very quickly became a hero for the faith among the Catholics of Mexico. He successfully evaded the police at every turn. And he was an embarrassment to President Calles.

Finally Calles falsely accused Father Miguel and his brothers of involvement in an assassination attempt on the former president; he was caught, arrested and quickly sent to the firing squad. President Calles had the scene meticulously photographed and published the pictures on the front pages of all of the newspapers of Mexico in order to scare Catholics into submission. He even allowed a funeral because he was convinced that no one would have the courage to come. That would give him the opportunity to say that the faith, like Miguel Pro, was dead. Instead 20,000 to 30,000 people came. Throughout the funeral they shouted Father Pro’s last words, “Viva Cristo Rey, Long Live Christ the King!”

Sisters and brothers eighty seven years later we are here celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King. Jesus still comes to us as Father Cookie did, disguised in the worn and patched overcoat of a homeless man, smiling at us under the wrinkles of an elderly woman, pleading silently and hopefully with a hungry child’s outstretched hands, sick and waiting patiently to receive treatment for Ebola in an African village.

There is still a war going on. It is not a war against atheism. It is a war against hopelessness. And the question is, will we enlist? Will we care, will we reach out, will we “work” our faith and “do” justice? Will we proclaim to the world that God lives and God cares.

At Father Miguel Pro’s beatification in Mexico on September 25, 1988, Pope John Paul II said: (T)he deepest root of self-sacrificing surrender for the lowly was Father Miguel’s passionate love for Jesus Christ and his ardent desire to be conformed to him, even unto death.

On this Solemnity of Christ the King and on our Covenant Sunday we ask Jesus to make us passionate about our Catholic Faith – as passionate as Father Cocol. “I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me to drink. Naked and you clothed me; sick and you comforted me.” That is our sacred covenant, our partnership in Christ. Jesus is for us and we are for Jesus and for all those whom he loves, especially the poor. Viva Cristo Rey! Long live Christ the King!

Mass Announcements – November 16, 2014

  • Our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry is in need of re-stocking.  Please bring any food donations to church next Sunday and place them in or near the St Vincent de Paul dropbox.  Thank you for feeding Christ’s sheep.
  • Boy Scout Troop 36 will be collecting food in the local neighborhoods and before each mass for the annual “Scouting for Food” drive on the weekend of Nov. 22 and 23.
  • The first week of December, you will receive in the mail a list of volunteer opportunities through the parish, school, and for our youth. Please consider them carefully and let us know how you would like to become involved. thank you
  • Christ wants to be born in your heart this Christmas.  Are you preparing a place for him? Join us at Holy Family on Sunday, December 14, at 3:00 pm to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Visit our website at www.holyfamilynewalbany.org/advent for more times for Reconciliation and Advent seasonal events.

“To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one — to each according to his ability.”

Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 16, 2014

This past week I sat and talked with each of our RCIA participants about where they are in their journey.  They are a wonderful group of men and women. Honest, full of good humor, and not afraid to say what they are thinking.  They are hungry for a relationship with God and enthusiastic about learning how our Catholic Faith can help them be closer to God.  One of the questions for the interview was, “How is your relationship with God changing and growing?”  I really appreciated what one of the candidates said:  “When I was younger, a teenager, I had two images of God – a jerk and a punisher.  (I told you they are honest!)  I was mad at God most of the time.  I am growing out of that now.  I am seeing that God really is for me; he wants to be my friend; he’s got my back.  The RCIA experience is helping to nudge me toward this new and healthier image of God.”

I hear those words and I can’t help but think of how much they contrast with the poor man in Jesus’ parable who was so scared of his master that he literally buried the opportunity to take his relationship to a whole new level. ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.” 

How many of us, I wonder, are afraid of getting close to Christ?  How many of us are afraid to throw our faith over the fence and go after it?  How many of us only relate to God as an unpredictable, short-tempered, cranky jerk who never gives us a break?   Probably way too many.  And the only way to deal with that kind of a God is to stay out of his way.  Could this be why so many people today stay at a careful distance from religion and religious people as possible?

The truth, as our RCIA candidate has begun to see, is the total opposite.  All we have to do is look at the cross to see that God has committed himself to us completely.  He has thrown his heart over the fence and followed after it, joining himself to our longings our joys and our struggles.  He is for us.  He has our back.  He wants to be our dearest friend.  In a religious way of saying it, he has entered into a deep and abiding covenant with us. 

Next week we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday and the end of another year of grace.  We will read our Holy Family Parish Covenant together.  I invite you to come closer to Jesus and closer to his family here at Holy Family.  I invite you to recommit yourself to this binding relationship with Jesus and his Church.  I will ask those of you who have not entered into the parish covenant to do so.  This week look back over the past year to see what kind of God you have come to know.  Is he a stingy or generous God?  Is he a jerk, always good to everybody else but you, or is he your daily companion?

I will leave you with the words of Pope Francis:

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.  The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. 

Homily for the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran in Rome – November 10, 2014

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Homily for the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran in Rome (Year A)
9 November  2014 – 5pm, 8:30am, 10:30am, 6pm
Holy Family Catholic Church – New Albany, IN
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 | Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 | 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17 | John 2:13-22

indexOur readings today are all about temples, probably because we are celebrating the feast day today of the Pope’s church building in Rome, St. John Lateran, dedicated this day in 324.  The first reading tells us why church buildings are important, why we would bother celebrating a church dedication that took place on the other side of the world 1,690 years ago today.  Ezekiel has this beautiful yet very odd vision of a church building and water flowing out of every crevice and giving life to the world, pumping out enough water to drown the world of all that is bad and give life to all that is good. That is the role of our millions of church buildings around the world: to pump out what the Church Father Cyril called the “stream of salvation.”  We Catholics all like that stream of salvation—we love our holy water. And we use it a lot.  I want to consider a few things about holy water.

Read the entire homily from Deacon Mike Keucher, on his blog.