Holy Family Catholic School will be closed on Friday, January 22, 2016.
By Natalie Hoefer, Criterion
The two small children and their parents were exhausted as their plane landed in Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7.
These were not the average tired travelers coming home from a tourist trip. This was a family arriving to their new home, ready to start a new life in a new country.
This was a family of refugees, leaving behind all they owned in war-ravaged Syria, ready to finally settle in the United States after a three-year wait to be welcomed.
Flor Bickel, senior immigration consultant for the archdiocese’s Refugee and Immigrant Services (RIS), assisted the family at the airport.
“They were so tired, and the children were sleeping in their arms,” she said. “But there was so much hope in their eyes.”
(Note: The photo above does not depict the family recently resettled in Indianapolis. They remain, as all clients do, anonymous.) Syrian refugee children covered with dust arrive on Sept. 10 at the Jordanian border with Syria and Iraq, near the town of Ruwaished, which is close to Amman, Jordan. A Syrian family arrived in Indianapolis on Dec. 7. The husband, wife and two children fled their war-torn country three years ago due to the violence. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)
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Intention Weekend is November 7-8, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Ph. 1, 2).
I am happy to announce to you a change in policy regarding fees associated with the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese. Effective July 1, 2015, all fees connected with the processing of petitions for the nullity of marriages have been eliminated. In the case of persons who have already introduced a petition, the balance of their fees are now forgiven. This waiver of fees applies also to the so-called “privilege of the faith” cases that must be sent to Rome for consideration.
Until now, the Tribunal requested a fee of $675 for a formal marriage cases, known popularly as an “annulment”. This fee was only a fraction of the actual expenses of the process; the remainder was assumed by the Archdiocese. What is more, it had always been possible to request a reduction, deferment or, in some cases, a waiver of the fee. According to the long-standing policy of the Archdiocese, a person’s ability to present a petition did not depend on his or her ability to pay a fee.
Still, there has been a stubborn misconception that a person could “buy” a decree of nullity. There have been equally erroneous ideas that paying more than the requested fee or paying it all “up front” would result in quicker process or a better chance for a successful outcome. None of these suspicions are true. In fact, petitions are examined and decided according to the date of their presentation. Furthermore, each case is considered on its own merits and according to the common norms of the Catholic community.
I am confident that this change in policy will eliminate some of these misunderstandings. I also hope that you will renew your efforts to reach out compassionately to the faithful whose marriages have failed. Please ensure that this change is known among the people entrusted to your pastoral care.
Finally, I ask all Catholics to pray for married couples, whom God has called to reflect in their own love the unconditionally faithful and self-sacrificing love that Christ has for the Church. The Archdiocese and its ministers are committed to be both “prophetic” (to teach what Jesus taught) and to be “pastoral” (to minister to those whose marriages, unfortunately, have ended in a civil divorce).
May the Lord, who shared the joy of the couple at Cana of Galilee and comforted the sorrowing and humiliated, bless and sustain your ministry.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Dear Friends in Christ,
In a few short weeks we will begin the discernment process for bringing a new member onto our Holy Family Pastoral Council. We will need one person to represent the parish at-large. As your pastor I am very grateful to the current members of our council for all the help they have given me in the past three years. They are men and women who bring the shared practical wisdom of Catholic life as it is lived here in southern Indiana to shaping the vision and direction of our parish.
Have you ever prayerfully considered serving your parish community on the council? Do you know someone who might find it fulfilling to serve the People of God this way? I invite you to read the profile of a pastoral councilor below and give me a call if you want to look further into this way of serving your parish. My cell phone is 812-267-8147.
In Christ, Fr. Dan
What is the Pastoral Council?
The Pastoral Council serves the pastor as a consultative body of men and women who bring the wisdom of their parish to important decisions. The pastor consults the pastoral council to achieve a specific threefold purpose first defined at Vatican II: “to investigate and consider matters relating to pastoral activity and to formulate practical conclusions concerning them” (Vatican II Decree on Bishops, no. 27). The main work of pastoral councils is to aid the pastor in his care of souls by investigating, considering, and draw conclusions about the pastoral activity o f their parish.
What kind of person would find pastoral council ministry fulfilling?
- A person who wants to advise his/her pastor on how better to care for God’s people.
- A person who is comfortable with being a consultant, knowing that decisions are ultimately made by the pastor.
- A person who trusts the pastor and his staff with the implementation of the council’s recommendations once they are accepted by the pastor.
- A person who is reasonably knowledgeable in his/her Catholic Faith, practices it, and understands that our Faith must be applied to the ever-changing situation of the Church and the parish.
- A person who is comfortable in an environment of open and free discussion, based on positive regard for others. “In the essentials unity; in doubtful matters liberty; in all things charity.” St. Augustine
- A person who can work both in voting and consensus situations, especially when a decision affects everybody and when the support of everyone is essential to the decision’s success.
Holy Family Catholic Church is looking for a full-time pastoral associate and director of Adult Faith Formation. As a pastoral minister this person will assist the pastor with marriage preparation and funeral liturgies; train ministers to visit the sick and homebound; coordinate the RCIA; and organize adult spiritual and educational programming for the adult members of our parish. Resumes should be emailed to: Ken Ogorek, Director of Catechesis, Archdiocese of Indianapolis (firstname.lastname@example.org) 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367
Welcome. Have you been away from the Church? Are you thinking about coming back? Do you know someone who wants to come home to the Catholic Church, but is struggling with their faith? Maybe you or someone you know has experienced one of these thoughts:
I grew up Catholic, but for some reason I just sort of stopped going to Church…
I just moved to a new city, I tried going to a couple different parishes, but I never really felt welcomed…
After my marriage ended, I felt uncomfortable around my family, friends and parish…
I just don’t understand why the Church teaches what it does! Some teachings seem so outdated…
I tried to contact my parish about getting married but no one got back to me…
If you have experienced one of these situations or thoughts you are not alone. The Church wants you to know that you are a child of God, called by name, precious in his eyes and loved by him (Is. 43:1,4). The Church also wants you to know that you are missed. When one member of the Body of Christ suffers, the entire Body of the Church suffers.
This website contains resources to help you rediscover the faith and answer questions about the Church and Church teachings. We invite you to explore this site and contact your local parish.
If you would like to talk with someone at Holy Family Catholic Church, please call us at (812) 944-8283.
Join your Holy Family Catholic Church family for Holy Triduum and Easter services, during one of the holiest weeks of the year.
TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 1, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Sacrament of Reconciliation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Holy Thursday
7:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Eucharistic Adoration until 9:00 p.m.
Friday, April 3, 2015 – Good Friday
3:00 p.m. – Solemn Commemoration of the Passion and Death of the Lord with Veneration of the Cross (The Church will be open until 12 midnight.)
Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Holy Saturday
9:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass – The Holy Family community will joyfully welcome new sisters and brothers into the Catholic Church through the Rites of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Masses at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.
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