Steven Lee Tucker, 63, passes

Steven Lee Tucker, 63, of Elizabeth, Indiana passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at his home. He was a1969 graduate of New Albany High School and attended Purdue University. Steve was an extremely talented craftsman and woodworker. He also enjoyed being outdoors, both gardening as well as farming. Steve had numerous interests that included anything regarding NASA and that which lies beyond the stars.

He was born on September 9, 1951 in New Albany to Kenneth and Rose Marie (Ringley) Tucker. Along with his parents, Steve is survived by his daughter, Abbie Ward (Eric); siblings, Carol Wibbels (Jack), Linda Stein, Patty Duffy, Gary Tucker, Tammy Simms (Kevin), Rick Tucker; grandchildren, Logan, Kenlie, Blaine; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Cremation was chosen following Steve’s wishes. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN) and on Friday after 10 AM at the church. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, IN).

Homily for the 4th Sunday in Lent – March 15, 2015

The God who accompanies us, anoints us, and amazes us (AAA)

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year A Scrutinies)
Deacon Mike Keucher
14/15 March 2015 – 5pm, 8:30am, 10:30am, 6pm
Holy Family Catholic Church – New Albany, IN
1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A  |  Psalm 23: 1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6  |  Ephesians 5:8-14  |  John 6:1-41

shareasimage (12)As you all know, the liturgical color for Lent is a dark purple. The color for Easter is white.  If you mix those colors together, you get a pinkish color—which is the liturgical color for today. That means the priest and deacon can wear rose today. I’m thankful I don’t own such a vestment…I don’t do pink well.  But the reason for the option is that today is Laetare Sunday—Rejoice Sunday—and every year this day falls halfway through Lent.  It’s the Church’s way of saying, Lent is almost over. You’re halfway there. Hang in there and lighten up.  As a way of celebrating this Rejoice Sunday, Catholics used to cook up a special fruitcake recipe called the Laetare Fruitcake. It was a way of taking a break from our Lenten fasts and penances.  I hate fruitcake. For me, to eat it would be the more penitential thing.

Read the full homily, here, on Deacon Mike’s website.

Founding member, Vera Mae (Schuler) Ricke, 93, passes

Vera Mae RickeVera Mae (Schuler) Ricke, 93 years of age died March 14, 2015. Vera was born in Louisville, KY. November 13, 1921 to the late Louis and Ida (Zehnder) Schuler. She moved to Jeffersonville, IN. at a very early age and graduated from Jeffersonville High School and Louisville Business College. Vera was a lifelong devout catholic and a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 ½ years, Francis E. “Bud” Ricke, her parents and seven brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will be 4:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm Tuesday March 17th, at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana. Her Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated 10:00 am Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in New Albany, Indiana. In lieu of flowers’ contributions can be made to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, for the endowment in memory of Vera Ricke.

Read the full obituary here.

Celebration of Life Mass for Stephen Zoeller, 55

Stephen ZoellerZoeller, Stephen Urban “Steve”, 55, of Little River, SC and formerly of New Albany, passed away unexpectedly this week.

He left this world too early but his passion for life and sense of humor touched many in the Little River, N. Myrtle Beach, and New Albany communities. Steve owned and operated The Mobile Mechanic and Mobile Motors in South Carolina.

He is survived by his father, Urban “Junie” Zoeller of New Albany; sister, Mary Ann Zoeller of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Robert “Bob” Zoeller and family, Vida and Isabella “Isa” of New Albany; and fiancé, Norma Graf of New Albany.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN). His Funeral Mass will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church (129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, IN) with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in New Albany.

Homily for the 3rd Sunday in Lent – March 8, 2015

The story is told of a priest who was coming back to his parish house one evening in the dark.  He was accosted by a robber who pulled a gun on him and demanded, “Your money or your life!” As the priest reached his hand into his coat pocket the robber saw his Roman collar and he said, “So you are a priest? Then you can go.” The priest was rather surprised at this unexpected show of piety.  Nervous and grateful he offered the robber his packet of cigarettes, to which the robber replied, “No thanks, Father, I gave up smoking Lent.”

What’s wrong with this picture? What’s wrong with this scene is the spiritual gap between the man’s pious practice of not smoking during Lent and his leading a lifestyle that fundamentally rejects God’s commandments: “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not kill.”

We might call this state of affairs “spiritual schizophrenia.” It is a condition that afflicts many of us. The Bible calls it simply, “hardness of heart.” It is a setting up of boundaries where God is not invited. The robber of our story had undoubtedly decided long ago that religion was useful in some areas of life, but best left out of others.

In the gospel today we meet God through Jesus – not in desert praying and struggling with demons, not on the mountaintop shining with radiance of God’s love – but as the Lord of the Temple, angrily bringing chaos to the human order of things. If Jesus is no respecter of position and privilege, then neither is he a respecter of standard operator procedure. The doves and the money and the tables go flying! Today we see in Jesus that God shows up in places he’s not invited and comes whenever he darn well pleases.

Let’s try to understand how this state of affairs came to be in the Temple. It may help to clarify what’s at stake for us today. First we should know that the religious administrators of the Temple took pains to see that worshippers were duly supplied with high quality cattle, sheep and doves for sacrifice. They even made sure that the street money people brought with them could be exchanged for the Temple money. This practice came from a reading of the second commandment which forbade making any images of God or his creatures. Well and good. But at the same time that they were overseeing the Temple these religious leaders were plotting against Jesus. If they took all that trouble to please God in worship, why couldn’t they take the trouble to investigate the claims of Jesus rather than condemn him so readily? For them pleasing God had become something you do in the Temple and not in your relationship with people. This kind of religiosity makes God really angry. If we want to see how angry we only need to see that Jesus carries a whip of cords into church with him. One question this story raises for us is are there two arenas in my life: one for the way I treat God and another for the way I treat people?

For those of us who like an orderly and predictable religious experience, this gospel reading makes us squirm. The way Jesus is most often depicted in our Bibles and paintings you’d think that Jesus spent most of his time here on earth setting for his portrait. A picture with Jesus with a whip, or a sledgehammer, bursting into a temple or church would not go well in over our family room sofa.

Okay I agree. But Jesus overturning the tables in the temple was not just Jesus on a bad day. Jesus was on fire with zeal for the sovereignty of God. He was making clear to us God’s impatience with our assigning him to only certain precincts of our life. Lent can be a time to examine our lives. Giving up smoking for Lent doesn’t mean much if we’re making a life off of robbing innocent people. Let’s get our religion out and use it this week.

Parishioner Janet Taylor, 72, passes

JanetTaylorJanet Motsinger Taylor 72, of New Albany formally of Crestwood, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Survivors include her children: Jane Motsinger Truman (Jeff), John O. Motsinger Jr. (Cindy) and Jeanine Motsinger Arnett (Dennis); sisters: Sharon Peterson (Ned), Linda Mischel (Peter), Brenda S. May (Jim), Roberta K. Johnson and Melanie Collins (Rick); brother: Leonard Smallwood Jr. (Jeanette); grandchildren: Katie, Isabella, J.T., Lacie and Paul and a special cousin; Cindy Curry (Steve).

A memorial mass was conducted at 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Memorials to Wounded Warriors Project.

Parishioner Ruth Ann (Wilson) Kelley, 93, passes

RuthKelley2Ruth Ann (Wilson) Kelley, 93 years of aged died Saturday, March 7, 2015. She was a native of New Albany, Indiana, born July 1, 1921 to the late Frank and Anna Wilson. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and was a 1939 graduate of New Albany High School. She was a lifelong devout catholic and longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Visitation will be 11:00 am ~ 8:00 pm Tuesday and 11:00 am ~ 1:00 pm Wednesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana. Her Funeral Mass will be 1:00 pm Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in New Albany, Indiana. The family requests contributions in her memory to Holy Family Catholic Church or St. Vincent DePaul.

Read the full obituary here.

Parishioner Chris Seabolt, 55, passes

SeaboltChrisCHRISTOPHER A. SEABOLT, 55, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015 at home surrounded by his family. Chris was born on January 29, 1960 in Muskegon, MI to Arlie and Karen Seabolt.

Visitation will be 5:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm Monday and after 9:00 am Tuesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany. His Funeral Mass will be 11:30 am Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, New Albany.

Read the full obituary here.

A Prayer Breakfast with Archbishop Joseph Tobin

tobin-mugThe Creation Care Ministry of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church invites you to

A Prayer Breakfast with Archbishop Joseph Tobin: “Stewardship of Creation”

Saturday, March 28th: 8:00 – 10:00 am

Marian University, Indianapolis


Register here by March 14th: $16.00

Seating is limited

Information about Overnight Accommodations here

Marian University, Evans Center: 2610 W. 30th St., Indianapolis, IN

W. 30th St. & Cold Spring Rd.

Free parking via West 30th St. & Tyrone Dr.

Questions: Contact Andy Pike (317) 979-5144;


“Let us protect Christ in our lives,

so that we can protect others,

so that we can protect creation!”

-Pope Francis       

UPDATED! Scholastic Book Fair March 17-20, 2015

Spring 2015 Scholastic Book Fair Theme - Book Fair Under the SeaScholastic Book Fair – Explore an ocean of books!


You will find a wide selection of books for all ages, as well as some toys, posters, and games. You will be able to shop online, AT THIS LINK, from March 5-18.

The proceeds from this bookfair go directly back into the Library budget, purchasing books, shelves, and renovations to improve Holy Family Catholic School’s Library. For the spring of 2015, our hours are:

  • Tuesday, March 17th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 20th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. is special hours for Parishioners

PARENTS: please consider sending money for your student’s library time or you can shop after school 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (March 17-19, 2015).

See the WIDE SELECTION of books at this link:

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