If you are interested in singing with the choir for our Holy Thursday Mass on March 29th at 7pm, contact Paul Stiller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-944- 8283, ext. 225. There will be a one hour rehearsal tomorrow, March 28th at 6:30pm in the school music room!
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!
Please participate in the Call-in Day to Congress on Monday, February 26, 2018! Your advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children. They may face deportation as soon as March 6, unless Congress reaches a bi-partisan deal to protect them. Please follow these easy steps to help:
- Please call 855-589-5698 to reach the Capitol switchboard, and press 1 to connect to your Senators. Once you are connected to each Senator’s office, please ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message: “I urge you to support a bipartisan, common-sense, and humane solution for Dreamers: • Protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship. • Reject proposals that undermine family immigration or protections for unaccompanied children. • As a Catholic, I know that families are not “chains,” but a blessing to be protected. • Act now to protect Dreamers, our immigrant brothers and sisters.”
- Please call 855-589-5698 a second time to reach the Capitol switchboard again, and press 2 to connect to your Representative. Once you are connected to the Representative’s office, please ask the person on the phone to deliver the same message as above. After completing your call, please go to http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org to learn more about Dreamers and find other ways to voice your support.
Archbishop of Indianapolis
- Violations against the sanctity of human life (e.g., abortion, physician-assisted suicide);
- Plight of immigrants, migrants and refugees (e.g., policies for admittance, safeguarding family unity, treatment of undocumented people—especially children and youth, border security and the increasing threat and reality of deportation);
- Racism, including both the increasing number of overt, violent expressions and the subtle all-pervasive influences of racism on American culture (as well as an appreciation for the universal tapestry of languages, cultures and peoples in the Church and the human family as a whole. The importance of bridging the racial divide through mutual respect, responsibility and cooperation.)
- Various forms of drug abuse, especially including the opioid crisis;
- Increasing incidences and severity of gun violence in homes and churches and other public places;
- Threats against religious liberty in the United States and abroad, including the rights of health care workers and employers to conscientious objection to certain socially approved and even mandated practices and procedures that are immoral or morally problematic.
Archbishop of Indianapolis
This Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday. We will offer Masses at 8:00 am, 12 noon, and 6:30 pm.
CONNECTED IN THE SPIRIT PROPOSED PARISH MODELS
These are the different configurations in which parishes may be connected. The proposed model for Holy Family is Model 3. In our suggestions to the Archdiocese we have suggested that we partner in certain ministries with St. Mary New Albany, St. Anthony Clarksville, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help New Albany.
MODEL ONE: MERGED PARISHES
Merged or consolidated parishes create a new parish configuration which is able to provide many more activities and opportunities than the original parishes could have managed on their own.
The merger process allows parishes to:
- Use priestly leadership more effectively so that more communities can celebrate the sacraments regularly. (By having fewer parishes, more people will be served without burdening the priests who are currently serving parishes.
- Join forces to form a larger, more vibrant worshipping community
- Reduce overhead, and use resources more effectively and efficiently.
When done sensitively and cooperatively, the merger of parishes will ordinarily create a more viable parish situation. A merged parish happens when:
- Two or more parishes come together to form one new parish
- A new name is given to the parish which may be a brand new name or a combination of the former parish names. Usually the new parish has one worship site, but permission may be given for several worship sites for a limited time period.
MODEL TWO: LINKED PARISHES
In some Archdioceses many parishes are already linked. Linked parishes happen when two or more parishes share a pastor. Linked parishes do as many things as possible cooperatively especially given that the pastor/administrator is striving to serve two or more separate parishes. Characteristics of linked parishes include:
- The parishes remain distinct canonical entities.
- The parishes are encouraged to work toward combining Parish Pastoral Council meetings and to establishing common committees where possible.
- According to Canon Law, linked parishes must have separate finance councils
- Linked parishes do many things cooperatively, such as programs and in-services.
- Joint staff meetings where cooperative planning happens are marks of well functioning linked parishes.
MODEL THREE: PARTNERSHIP PARISHES
Parishes enter into partnerships with other parishes when:
- They create joint programs
- When appropriate, they share staff to enhance the quality of ministry and practice good stewardship of resources.
- They share in-services or retreats for parish pastoral councils, finance councils, or parish committees.
There will be an optional Altar Server Training for any youth grades 5-8 that would like to become a server, have a refresher training, or be added back into the schedule if you missed the training in August. This will be held Sat., Dec 16 at approx 830am which is immediately following the 8a mass. If you have questions, please call Karen at the parish office 812-944-8283 ext 0.
Our Lady of Providence High School physics and earth-science instructor Laura Swessel will begin taking registrations for her new STEM CLUBS at 6:00 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 20. These clubs are available to students in grades 1 through 9, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first thirty (30) registrants per age group who respond will be accepted, based on receipt of payment no later than Tues., Nov. 29. After this date the remaining spots will be offered to the next families in line. Registration emails received prior to 6:00 a.m. on 11/20/17 will not be considered. Space is limited. To register, email Mrs. Swessel at email@example.com.
Please see this PHS STEM Club Flyer for more information.
For security reasons and the protection of our children on Tuesdays and Fridays, when we have all school Masses the Daisy Lane and east entrances to the church will be locked at the beginning of Mass. If you arrive after 8 am you will need to go to the main school entrance.
WASHINGTON—In the aftermath of the recent and horrific attacks in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the First Baptist Church of Southerland Springs, Texas, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged national leaders to engage in a true debate about solutions to gun violence.
The full statement follows:
“For many years, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been urging our leaders to explore and adopt reasonable policies to help curb gun violence. The recent and shocking events in Las Vegas and Southerland Springs remind us of how much damage can be caused when weapons—particularly weapons designed to inflict extreme levels of bloodshed—too easily find their way into the hands of those who would wish to use them to harm others.
Violence in our society will not be solved by a single piece of legislation, and many factors contribute to what we see going on all around us. Even so, our leaders must engage in a real debate about needed measures to save lives and make our communities safer. The USCCB continues to urge a total ban on assault weapons, which we supported when the ban passed in 1994 and when Congress failed to renew it in 2004.
In addition, the bishops have supported:
- Measures that control the sale and use of firearms, such as universal background checks for all gun purchases;
- Limitations on civilian access to high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines;
- A federal law to criminalize gun trafficking;
- Improved access to mental health care for those who may be prone to violence;
- Regulations and limitations on the purchasing of handguns; and
- Measures that make guns safer, such as locks that prevent children and anyone other than the owner from using the gun without permission and supervision.
While acknowledging the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and related jurisprudence, we live in a fallen world with daily advances in modern technology. Some weapons are increasingly capable of easily causing mass murder when used with an evil purpose. Society must recognize that the common good requires reasonable steps to limit access to such firearms by those who would intend to use them in that way.”