Youth Basketball League PreK-2nd Grade

basketball-small---blue-and-gold---shutterstock_17234029Skills Assessment & Registration will be held on Thursday, February 12

  • 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

Homily for the Solemnity of The Baptism of the Lord – January 11, 2015

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.

Mass Announcements – January 11, 2015

  • 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.

Christian service, done in honor of Bill Grantz!

Bill Grantz's family delivering Christmas decor

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!

Holy Family School on 2-hour delay January 8, 2015

HF-2014-SNOWHoly Family School on 2-hour delay Thurs., Jan. 8th, due to cold temperatures. Please remain safe!

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.

Parishioner John “Terry” Wilson, Sr., 77, passes

Terry wilsonJOHN 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).

Homily for the Feast of the Epiphany – January 4, 2015

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!”

Parishioner Evelyn Louise (Smith) Heiligenberg, 65 years passes

37156cb4-d10b-4551-a27a-f29834ca6dbbHoly Family Catholic Church parishioner, Evelyn Louise (Smith) Heiligenberg, 65 years passed from this life January 02, 2015. She was born July 23, 1949 in New Albany, Indiana to the late Callistus and Geneva (Buechler) Smith. Evelyn graduated from Our Lady of Providence High School before earning her bachelor’s degree from Marian University in Indianapolis, where she met her husband Michael.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Michael Heiligenberg; son Jason Heiligenberg (Christine); daughter Alissa Moore (Eric); 5 grandchildren Nikolaus, Caleb, and Margaux Heiligenberg, Wyatt and Lila Moore; brothers Don Smith (Kathy), Kenny Smith (Pat), Glenn Smith (Dawn); sisters Ann Jeanette Baker, Charlotte Mooney (Steve), Nancy Smith (John), and Brenda Falkenstein (Mark)

Visitation will be 11:00 am until 8:00 pm Monday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana. Her Funeral Mass will be 11:30 am Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church with entombment to follow at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana.
The family requests contributions in her memory to be made to the C.J. Smith Memorial Foundation, Hosparus of Southern Indiana or the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Read the full obituary here.

Masses for January 1, 2015

Due to repairs to the church floor we must close the church from December 29 – January 1, 2015. Please plan to attend Mass on the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God at either:

Saint Mary New Albany
4pm vigil and 10am New Year’s Day

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
6pm vigil and 9am New Year’s Day

Saint Mary of the Knobs
9am New Year’s Day

Parishioner Joyce Reeves, 80, passes

Funeral Mass for Joyce E. (Watkin) Reeves, 80, New Albany, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in New Albany with burial at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park. She died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Lincoln Hills Health Care Center in New Albany.

She was born in New Albany to the late Horace C. and Agnes (Lamke) Watkin. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany and was a 50 year member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority. She was a housewife and a loving mother.

Survivors include her husband, Bernie W. Reeves, New Albany; daughter, Debra Brodfuehrer and husband, Mike, New Albany; sons Chip Reeves (Mamiko), Midland, Mich., Ted Reeves (Fe Fry), Nanpa, Idaho; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Clayton Watkin.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Seabrook, Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Homes Oak Street Chapel in New Albany.

Expressions of Sympathy may be given in lieu of flowers to: the Alzheimer’s Association.