Holy Family School Ministry Commission serves our parish and school. Nominations are now being accepted for new membership. For more information and nomination forms, see our parish/school website, inquire at the school office, or pick up forms at the church doors. Nominations are due May 15th. Thanks!
Holy Family Parish was the recipient of a bequest of a single crypt at Kraft Graceland Memorial Park that has a value of $8500. The crypt is in the Chapel Cross Section CH-1 crypt #41. One body or the cremated remains of one person may be interred there. If you are interested in purchasing this crypt, please contact the parish office and speak with Karen or Theresa at 812-944-8283. Any reasonable offer will be considered.
Do you you have a few hours a month to help keep our church clean? We are in need of several volunteers to help once per month to clean the church. Maybe your family can do this as service to the parish, maybe a group of friends can get together once a month for fellowship and stewardship, or maybe you can spend some quiet time in the church yourself to help fill a need. If you want more information, please call Karen at the parish office. Training is available.
Our Lord teaches that prayer is a relationship and a vital necessity. And yet, many of us have difficulty committing to daily prayer. Follow Jesus into the desert this Lent and discover intimacy with God in this 6-week video-based study with daily meditations in the participants guide. Dr. Tim Gray masterfully uses the discipline of Lectio Divina to show you how to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy. Into the Desert captures the secret to opening our hearts and minds to Scripture as the means to hear from God and then respond in conversation, basking in his presence and resolving to live in and through his love.
Using the highly-acclaimed Augustine Institute programs Symbolon and Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession, A Lent to Remember explores the ways God reaches out to each of us with his mercy. Through Christ’s suffering on the cross in the Paschal Mystery and his perpetual reception of his people in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God makes his love, his very self, present to us in the world. By reflecting on the Paschal Mystery and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite of Confession, A Lent to Remember communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love this Lent.
Holy Family Parish to have extended Exposition and Adoration of the Eucharist for the whole season of Lent. The goal is to offer “Twelve Hours of Grace” from Monday to Friday each week of Lent. To do this, Holy Family would need approximately 100 people willing to commit to a dedicated prayer hour for each of the six-weeks of Lent following the morning 8a Mass until 8p (we will actually stop short at 2p on Fridays to permit the Stations of the Cross by the school and parish).
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is spending time with Jesus. In “Adoration”, it is the presence of Jesus Christ – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. An extra host (bread) is consecrated at Holy Mass and then placed in a receptacle called a monstrance which is then set upon the altar in the church. The monstrance allows the host to be displayed so all can see our Lord, hidden under the appearance of bread. Thus, the whole church becomes a sort of tabernacle, a dwelling place of God.
In order for our Lord to be exposed in a monstrance and present in this way, there must always be two people in the church for Adoration. Why two people? Two people are present to pray with our Lord (to adore, thank, ask, read, study, meditate, etc.), but they are also there to guard the Blessed Sacrament. There could be just one person, but what if that person got sick, had to go the bathroom or had an emergency. Two people is ideal, it is the buddy system and fulfills Scripture that God sent them out in pairs. There can be more than 2 of course, but 2 is the minimum. Whole families could come. Married or dating couples. Groups of friends. It gives a new layer of meaning “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst.”
What does one ‘do’ during a holy hour? Largely, that is up to you. You may bring your own prayer books, use the books in the chapel, read the Bible, pray the rosary, or just sit and relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from being in the Presence of God. Many might spend part of the hour reading the Scriptures or reflecting on the readings for the coming Sunday. You can do or say nothing, and just be with Christ. You can intercede for your own concerns or bring them face-to-face to Christ for the sake of others. Many spend the time to review their life spiritually and morally to reflect with Christ how their Christian discipleship is going. I will put together some binders with possible prayers for people to use. An hour can sound like a long time or you may feel that you can’t pray well.
Don’t let this discourage you. The mere fact that you take time out at a specific time each week to spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases Him very much and is in itself a prayer of great Faith. Sometimes, the real fruit of Eucharistic Adoration comes after repeated hours spent. It can bring about a slow subtle change in your heart, your outlook, your life.
This Lenten Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration is an opportunity for a large majority of our parishioners to have a weekly scheduled time to be with the Lord in silent prayer. The Mass is wonderful and Exposition could never replace it, but we also know that Mass has its distractions and busyness. Exposition is an invitation to meditate and relate more intimately with Christ. It is an opportunity for our parish to be a place of prayer and worship. That is a gift!
Congratulations to Holy Family alumni who were featured in last week’s Providence HS eVision:
- PHS alum Robbie Gaines, HFS class of ’07
- Seniors Abby Glotzbach and Lauren Tomlin
- Juniors Natalie Boesing, Maggie Purichia, Luke Rodski, Lauren Stapp and Stephen Wilson
- Freshmen Kadie O’Bannon and Catherine Pfeiffer
Congrats and best wishes to HFS alumni cast and crew members of Freaky Friday, PHS Spring Musical, opening Mar. 1:
Gillian Evans, Alex Henderson, Jenna Kaiser, Luc Knable, Olivia Roberson, Luke Rodski, Griffin Rogers, Brooklyn Stocksdale, Lauren Tomlin.
For more on the achievements of these Eagle Alums, check out this edition of the Providence eVision.
Would you like to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ this Lent, but need to do it on a flexible schedule? Consider a self-study with access to video streaming to learn and see the places where the passion and death of Jesus took place. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, No Greater Love is a five-part video series and full-length book that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Best-selling author Edward Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ’s life in this biblical pilgrimage. While taking this study you will walk step-by-step with Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Mount of Calvary. Every step of the way, biblical experts reveal how Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death. With these insights, Catholics can come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love—drawing closer to Jesus than ever have before.
Authored and presented by Edward Sri, No Greater Love also features: Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins, Jennifer Fulwiler, Curtis Martin, Teresa Tomeo, Fr. Josh Johnson, and Elizabeth Sri.
The cost of the study pack is $25+s&h and can be ordered by contacting Theresa in the parish office at 812-944-8283 x5 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 1st. You may also click here to see more information on the study.
The Liturgy Committee would like to thank all of our parishioners who helped make Holy Family’s Advent and Christmas seasons so special. We appreciate the work of our Arts and Environment Committee, the folks who cleaned the church, our musicians and lectors, our ushers and greeters, and our servers along with the Knights of the Holy Temple.
We even had a family who came in to clean and polish our brass candlesticks to make them shine like new! We hope all attending mass at Holy Family during this special time of year felt welcome and embraced by the love of our Lord!
The Indiana State Police, with the assistance of Dr. Richard Hogue, Ed.D. of Hogue & Associates, Inc., has provided the training aids in this section to assist worshipers in preparing to respond to the unpredictable possibility of an active shooter event.
There will be a presentation at Holy Family on January 29th at 6:30 pm in the church. All of our ushers, liturgical ministers, and staff will be invited to attend. This will also be open to any parishioners, staff, liturgical ministers from any parish in the deanery as well.
Our Lady of Providence High School will host Boys Basketball Deanery Night on Tuesday, Dec. 4. All Deanery students and teachers are invited. Deanery players and coaches get in free when wearing their jerseys or shirts indicating their schools.
The Providence boys’ basketball game vs. Meade Co., Ky., starts with the junior varsity contest at 6 p.m., followed by varsity at 7:30 p.m. Activities include a 3-point shooting contest at halftime and Deanery team recognition at halftime.