Listen to Deacon Michael’s homily from the Second Sunday of Advent!
The Holy Family Marketing Committee will be hosting a St. Nicholas Social on Saturday, December 3rd in the school cafeteria. The social is from 9-10am and open to children ages 2-5 years old, but feel free to bring a friend/family that has interest in Holy Family School.There will be Christmas music, a story about St. Nick, a craft and refreshments. We will give the children a piece of candy and a Holy Family School token.
Do you need a little something to show off your Holy Family School spirit? Check the form below to purchase some spirit items for your family and friends. Purchasing these spirit items also helps our 8th grade class raise money for their trip to Washington, D.C. All orders are due by August 17th and will be delivered to school in mid-to-late September. Return the form with payment (cash or a check payable to RiverCity Workwear) into the school office no later than August 17th. You may also click here to order online.
Please Re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program benefitting our school. Re-enrollment starts August 1.
How to RE-ENROLL in Kroger Community Rewards:
- Go to www.Kroger.com
- Click the blue Sign In tab at top of the page.
- Enter your email address and password and click the blue Sign In tab.
- From the department menu, click Community, then Community Rewards
- From Community Rewards, click on the Edit or Re-enroll button.
- a. Find Organization
- b. Select Holy Family School (Click the button to the left of the organization)
- c. Save your Selection (Click the Save button to save your selection.)
Call 1-800-KROGERS, Option #3, with questions.
CONNECTED IN THE SPIRIT
Holy Family. Our Lady of Perpetual Help. St. Anthony of Padua. St. Mary of the Annunciation
Our Connected in the Spirit pastoral planning entered the next phase on June 29, when our cohort received the Archdiocesan Planning Commission’s Preliminary Recommendations to our Suggestion submitted earlier this summer. The Commission affirmed our suggested “Partnership” model which we discerned after months of prayer, reflection and discussion. That model, as we have proposed it, envisions a deliberate collaboration between our cohort parishes – Holy Family, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Mary of the Annunciation — so as to conserve resources, strengthen and enhance ministry, expand our outreach, and provide more opportunities to deepen our faith and relationships.
The Partnership Model, which we see as a way to grow stronger in faith and friendship, will be manifested and maintained by the creation of an Inter-Parish Council, with representative membership from each cohort parish. That Council will serve as an effective forum to foster and support the exchange of ideas and to facilitate communication between the cohort parishes. Some of the initiatives that the Inter-Parish Council will explore may include the following:
- collaboration in the RCIA process and Youth Ministry;
- joint programs or training opportunities for lay ministry, including bereavement counseling;
- common opportunities for catechesis, formation or workshops; and
- joint para-liturgical celebrations or devotional events.
We made our suggestion for partnering based upon a comprehensive study of the individual dynamics of our parishes and the feedback garnered through conversations with our parishioners. It is our sincere hope that partnering will make our parishes more vibrant places of worship. But, perhaps more importantly, by working together we aspire to increase the living presence of Jesus Christ in our local community.
The Archdiocesan Planning Commission will make a Final Recommendation to Archbishop Tobin by or about October 1, and he will ultimately make the final decision for planning purposes. If our Partnership Model is approved, we will immediately begin preparing to implement that model by July, 2017.
As a cohort, we are grateful for the Archbishop’s challenge to deepen our faith and live the Gospel in the circumstances of our times. Please join us in praying that, by coming together to share our unique gifts and talents, we will discover the beauty of a truly “catholic” church in Southern Indiana.
Pope Francis in his encyclical, “The Joy of the Gospel” points out that today fewer and fewer people are willing to make themselves available for ministry. Here is his take on why people are reluctant to serve the People of God or who after a few years simply walk away…
The problem is not always an excess of activity, but rather activity undertaken badly, without adequate motivation, without a spirituality which would permeate it and make it pleasurable. As a result, work becomes more tiring than necessary, even leading at times to illness. Far from a content and happy tiredness, this is a tense, burdensome, dissatisfying and, in the end, unbearable fatigue. This pastoral acedia can be caused by a number of things. Some fall into it because they throw themselves into unrealistic projects and are not satisfied simply to do what they reasonably can. Others, because they lack the patience to allow processes to mature; they want everything to fall from heaven. Others, because they are attached to a few projects or vain dreams of success. Others, because they have lost real contact with people and so depersonalize their work that they are more concerned with the road map than with the journey itself. Others fall into acedia because they are unable to wait; they want to dominate the rhythm of life. Today’s obsession with immediate results makes it hard for pastoral workers to tolerate anything that smacks of disagreement, possible failure, criticism, the cross. #82
If at this point in our life we are feeling burdened and annoyed that people seem to ask so much of us it may be good to examine why we feel put upon. Today, the gospel invites us to stand with Martha who, burdened with much serving, came to Jesus and complained, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”
What should have been an evening of joy in the Lord’s presence in the house of Mary and Martha and Lazarus was turning out to be a burden. Jesus’ answer to Martha might help us: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious about many things. One thing is necessary and Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be denied her.” Could it be that we are putting our time and energy into many things that are secondary so that we have little to give to “the better part” of this life God has given us? How do we know what that “better part” is?
“One sign that we are not in God’s will,” writes Msgr. Charles Pope, “is the experiencing of what we are doing as a burden. We are all limited and human and will experience ordinary fatigue. It is one thing to be weary in the work but it is another thing to be weary of the work. All lot of people run off to do something they think is a good idea. And maybe it is a fine thing in itself. But they never asked God. God might have said, “Fine.” or He might have said, “Not now but later.” Or He might have said, “Not you but someone else.” Or he might have just plain said, “No.” But instead of asking they just go off and do it and then when things don’t work out they will often times blame God: “God, why don’t you help me more! God, why don’t you send someone to help me?”
I think Monsignor Pope is saying that perhaps we get tired and resentful in our daily tasks because we do things for Jesus and not with Jesus; we work for other people but not with others.
“An awful lot of very noble ideas have floundered in the field of the flesh because they were never really brought before God and were not therefore a work of grace.“
What would that night at Bethany have been like if Martha had asked the Lord how he would like to spend it with them? Might she have heard Jesus say, “I just want us to be together”? “Maybe later we can have some leftovers. Put the soup on the back burner and we’ll talk and then decide how the rest of night will go.” If we are already tired just thinking about what lies ahead of us this week maybe today can take our to-do list to the Lord and ask him look it over, correct it, and then bless it.
Kerstiens, Nancy Jo Waterbury, 47, died Thursday November 5, 2015 with her family at her side. Nancy was born December 27, 1967 in Louisville, KY to Harold Joseph and Ann (Hawkins) Waterbury. She was a graduate of the University of Louisville and an operations manager with Humana for some twenty-five years. Nancy loved her husband, daughters, family and puzzles. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include husband, Michael J. Kerstiens; daughters, Savanna and Amanda Kerstiens; parents, Harold J. and Ann (Hawkins) Waterbury; sisters, Debbi Jenkins (Rob) and Donna Krimm(Marty); brother, Mark Waterbury; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Reception of family and friends will be at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Rd. from 12 noon-8 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2015 with a Service of Remembrance at 6 p.m. Sunday. Visitation will also be after 10 a.m. Monday November 9, 2015 at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana. Her Funeral Service will be held 12 noon Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany with burial to follow at KraftGraceland
The family request expressions of sympathy in Nancy’s honor go to: The Nancy Kerstiens Memorial Fund in care of the family.
Online condolences may be made to www.kraftfs.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=nancy-jo-waterbury-kerstiens&pid=176368903&fhid=11184#sthash.K9NM7kPE.dpuf
The Catholic Church has, as a part of its tradition, the special devotion to the Blessed Mother of Jesus. Mary is recognized as “one of us,” a human person, and a model of faith and discipleship for all Christians to imitate.
Everyone is invited to Mass and May Crowning!