Our children at Holy Family have enjoyed Vacation Bible School for many years now. We are currently looking for that self-starter volunteer who likes short-term commitments to coordinate, or co-coordinate, our VBS for this summer. Since 3 days worked so well last year we will continue that, which takes at least some of the burden off the coordinator. Last year’s coordinator is willing to show someone the ropes. If this sounds like you and/or your friend, please contact Theresa Shaw asap. Time is of the essence. email@example.com or 812-944-8283 x2
Wednesday, March 28:
- Music Rehearsal for Holy Thursday Mass – 6:30 pm in the School Music Room
Thursday, April 29:
- Holy Thursday Mass – 7:00 pm
Friday, April 30:
- Good Friday Service – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 31:
- NO 8:00 AM MASS
- Easter Vigil – 8:30 pm
Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunday
- Masses at 8:30 am, 10:30 am, and 6:00 pm
Holy Family is offering a different Stations of the Cross for each of the six Fridays in Lent this year! Please bring your family and friends and join us at 5:30p this Friday for our last Stations of the Cross this Lent:
Friday, March 23: Father Dan’s musical Stations of the Cross
Please consider taking some time out on Friday, March 16th, and visit the New Albany Knights Columbus between 4:30pm – 7:00 pm. We are asking for financial donations to help defray the cost of treatment that Steve Hoffman and Terri Carpenter Hoffman have had to incur through the 10 plus years he has been battling cancer! He has been and continues to be a personal inspiration to us every day! Come join us, eat some fish, enjoy a drink, and know that your presence will mean the world to these great people from HOLY FAMILY!!
The Sacrament of Marriage Info Session scheduled for tomorrow night has been cancelled. We will keep you updated on the date for the next Info Session.
At the age of 78 Jesuit Father Walter Burghardt began to read the works of a scripture scholar who opened up for him the whole area of biblical justice. He says it was exciting for him because “of biblical justice’s very definition: fidelity to relationships…faithfulness to God, to people, to the earth. Love God above all idols; love every human person as an image of God, touch all God’s nonhuman creation with respect and awe.”
Father Burghardt says that biblical justice demands that we not only love God and others and the earth, we must passionately work against all forms of injustice.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus drove the money changers from the Temple and did it so violently? There is no way around it. Jesus was filled with anger at what was happening in the Temple. He didn’t just wag his finger at the money changers; he didn’t quietly suggest that they move their tables outside on the sidewalk, did he? No! He was passionately and divinely offended at what human beings had done to God’s house. What was passing for worship in the Temple.
Father Burghardt said that it is in the context of the prophetic call to just and loving relationships that we must interpret Jesus’ actions in the Temple today. In the cleansing of the Temple the Son of God was passionately forcing us to hear the Word of God spoken by the prophets generation after generation:
- It is mercy that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. (Hosea)
- To what purpose do you multiply your sacrifices to me? I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bulls. Bring no more vain oblations; your incense stinks. Your leaders do not give justice to the orphan, nor do they hear the pleas of the widow. (Is. 1:10-15, 23).
- Because they sell the just for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; They trample the backs of the destitute and force the lowly to stand aside in the street. (Amos 2:2)
Over and over again God tells us month of Sundays will not please the him if our lives during the week are not loving and just. When the Word of God himself came to the Temple and found it to be sullied by a liturgy of hypocrisy he cleansed it.
The house of God that Jesus cleans is not merely the Temple of long ago; it is the Temple of our life, our heart; it is the courtyard of our daily living. And Jesus doesn’t just come to do a little dusting and deodorizing. He comes to tear down our idols and make of our heart a house for God.
Pope Francis spoke about opportunity that Lent brings for spring cleaning the temple of our hearts:
Every Eucharist that we celebrate with faith makes us grow as a living temple of the Lord, thanks to the communion with His crucified and risen Body. Jesus recognizes that which is in each of us, and knows well our most ardent desires: that of being inhabited by Him, only by Him. Let us allow Him to enter into our lives, into our families, into our hearts. May Mary most holy, the privileged dwelling place of the Son of God, accompany us and sustain us on the Lenten journey, so that we might be able to rediscover the beauty of the encounter with Christ, the only One Who frees us and saves us.
Sisters and brothers, may I suggest that we ask Jesus to come this week to the temple of our heart? Let’s say to him in prayer, “Lord Jesus, look around. Is there something you see that doesn’t belong here? Is there something that is missing? Lord Jesus, cleanse my heart. Restore it. Make my heart a home for justice and love.
The Silent Auction is here We will be using the same format as last year. There will be another chili supper to kick-off the viewing sessions in the gym on Wednesday, March 7! The Silent Auction items will be available to view during the following times:
- Wednesday, March 7 – 5:00-8:00 pm
- Thursday, March 8 – 3:00-6:00 pm
- Saturday, March 10 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Sunday, March 11 – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Silent Auction will end on Sunday, March 11!
The link to the Silent Auction Items on the Beckort Auctions website is ready! Click here to see all of the items up for bid!
These are pictures of the projects we will be making at our craft session on March 10th from 1:00-3:00pm. The wreath is a little more expensive than normal so the price will be $8.00 per set of projects. Contact Theresa Shaw no later than March 7th to reserve your spot! 812-944-8283 x2 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.”
It was January of 1986, my second year of seminary. I was in the Cathedral of Munich, Germany for Saturday evening Mass. Together with about twenty other of my classmates I had spent two weeks in Rome and traveled to other cities. That morning some of us had gone for a half-day to the Nazi prison camp at Dachau. It was a trip I will never forget.
At Mass that night I could not get the images of the people in black and white photographs in the museum staring out at the visitors: men, women, and children – emaciated and nearly naked. The cathedral was dark and we were in the rear balcony. I do not know German, but I was following along as best I could with the Mass. At some point though during the Eucharistic prayer the faces of the prisoners of Dachau came back to me. The vigil lights, red and white, flickering throughout the church took on intensity. And it was as though they were the spirits of all those people who had suffered so terribly and who had died for their faith at Dachau. Jews, Catholics, Protestant. They were one with me and everybody else there at Mass.
Every time I say the words commemorating those who have passed on, every time I get to the part of the consecration where we ask God to receive the souls of our loved ones I remember that evening and the vigil lights and the martyrs of Dachau. I can identify with Peter, James and John who experienced the intensity of God’s love pouring out of and radiating from the Lord Jesus. I can understand why they were so overwhelmed that they hardly knew what to say, why they bowed their heads to the ground and covered their faces. The transfiguration of Jesus was an overpoweringly generous act of intimacy on the part of God. The apostles were given the gift of seeing Jesus as God the Father saw him – through the eyes of divine love.
I wonder if you have ever had the experience of being lifted up on God’s shoulders so that you could see people, places, events in your life as God must see them. Perhaps you have and shared that moment with a friend or your spouse. But maybe there was something that told you to hold that moment in your heart until another time. A time when the sharing would be needed and received. Could that be why Jesus told Peter, James and John to keep what happened on Mount Tabor to themselves? A vision is a gift after all, not for us, but for someone else. Caryll Houselander an English mystic and writer, shared her mountaintop moment in her book, A Rocking Horse Catholic:
I was in an underground train, a crowded train in which all sorts of people jostled together, sitting and strap-hanging – workers of every description going home at the end of the day. Quite suddenly I saw in my mind, but as vividly as a wonderful picture, Christ in them all. But I saw more than that: not only was Christ in every one of them, living in them, dying in them, rejoicing in them, sorrowing in them – but because he was in them and because they were here, the whole world was here too, here in this underground train: not only the world as it was at this moment, not only all the people in all the countries of the world, but all the people who had lived in the past, and all those yet to come. I came out into the street and walked for a long time in the crowds. It was the same here, on every side, in every passer- by – Christ.
May each one of us enjoy a blessed moment this Lent when we see the face of God shining out from the face of our child, our wife, our father or mother, or a passer–by. May that brief, shining moment strengthen our hope in the presence of God so that we can strengthen others.