EXCITING NEWS! Holy Family has a brand new Faith Formation website! This site is different from our regular website, which shares information about our parish. The purpose of this site is to provide all of you access to Catholic faith formation opportunities anytime, anywhere. Now anytime you find yourself with some extra time you can go to www.holyfamiliesna.weebly.com to learn about your Catholic faith. There are sections for children and families, teens, young adults, and adults. Each month will have a theme and there will be information right on the page or links to other places of learning. We sincerely hope that you will take some time to learn more about your Catholic faith at a time that is convenient for YOU!
It is time for the annual PTO Nut Sale fundraiser. The products are very high quality and very tasty. The nuts are great for holiday baking and also make great gifts for coworkers or stocking stuffers. Please turn in orders with payment to the school office in an envelope marked “NUT SALE” by Friday, October 20, 2017 in order to insure delivery before Thanksgiving.
Please contact Mary Slotten at email@example.com or at 812-972-3182 with any questions.
Thanks for supporting Holy Family School!
Enjoy a fun, safe night of trunk or treating, prizes, friends and Holy Family at our 3rd annual TRUNK OR TREAT event!
Mark your calendars for Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.
Space is limited, so pre-registration is required to reserve your spot here. Arrive by 6:30 p.m.
This is a FREE event for parishioners, young and old, or families from Holy Family Catholic Church and School.
Sponsored by the Holy Family School PTO!
Approved Candies and Treats to hand out:
- Air Heads
- Blow Pops
- Caramel Apple Suckers
- Fruit Snacks
- Haribo Brand Gummy Candies
- Laffy Taffy
- Life Savers
- Mike and Ike’s
- Mild Duds
- Pixie Sticks
- Ring Pops
- Sour Patch Kids
- Surf Sweets Brands Candy
- Swedish Fish
- Tootsie Rolls (any item made by Charms Tootsie is safe)
- Tootsie Pops
- Non-Food Items (pencils, stickers, rings, etc.)
“When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.”
In the gospel today we see what Jesus is up against as he confronts our human sinfulness. If it is difficult to get someone to change his mind it is almost impossible to get someone to trade for a new heart. As Lucy in the famous Peanuts cartoon says to Linus, “My mind is made up; don’t try to confuse me with the truth.” Human sinfulness selects what information it lets into the heart. Jesus’ parable of the two sons brings to light the truth that changing our minds is the beginning of changing our life.
Respect Life Sunday challenges us to trade in our hearts for the heart of God, to exchange our mind for the mind of Christ. To see beyond appearances and open the door to truth. For centuries Christ has been challenging people to go beyond appearances and see the truth. The baby in the manger, the man on the cross does not look like God, but he is. The Eucharist looks like and taste like bread and wine, and yet faith challenges to kneel in adoration and say, “My Lord and My God!”
The same dynamic of faith that challenges us to see beyond appearances in these mysteries challenges us to see beyond appearances in our neighbor. Faith tell us to look at the annoying person or the ugly person or the person who is unconscious in a hospital bed, and we can say, “Christ is there as well. There is my brother, my sister, made in the very image of God!” Faith says, “Look at the pre-born child and say, “There, too, is my brother, my sister, equal in dignity and just as worthy of protection as anyone else!” Some people will say the child in the womb, especially in the earliest stages, is too small to be the subject of Constitutional rights. Our Faith answer, “Is the Sacred Host too small to be God, too unlike Him in appearance to be worshipped? The slightest particle of the Host is fully Christ. Eucharistic Faith don’t be fooled by size.”
The Eucharist is also a Sacrament of Unity. “When I am lifted up from the earth,” the Lord said, “I will draw all people to myself” (Jn.12:32). He fulfills this promise in the Eucharist, which builds up the Church. The Church is the sign and cause of the unity of the human family.
Imagine all the people, in every part of the world, who are receiving Communion today. Are they all receiving their own personalized, customized Christ? Are they not rather each receiving the one and only Christ? Through this sacrament, Christ the Lord, gloriously enthroned in heaven, is drawing all people to Himself. If He is drawing us to Himself, then He is drawing us to one another.
Imagine a person who receives Communion, accepting the Host when the priest says, “The Body of Christ,” and saying”Amen,” but then breaks off a piece, hands it back, and says, “Except this piece, Father!” This is what the person who rejects other people on the basis of race or religion or sexual orientation or economic condition does. In receiving Christ, we are to receive the whole Christ, in all his members, our brothers and sisters, whether convenient or inconvenient, wanted or unwanted.
Sin scatters. Christ unites. The Eucharist builds up the human family in Christ who says, “Come to me and never be hungry. Drink of me and never thirst again.” Abortion, like all sin, is diabolical; it breaks in two, it shatters. It is the reverse of Christ’s invitation to oneness. Abortion, and all forms of violence that treats life as disposable says, “Go away! There is no room for you, there is no time for you, and there is no one who wants to be responsibility for you.” In a way like no other human action, abortion attacks the unity of the human family by splitting asunder the most fundamental relationship between any two persons: mother and child. It is the antithesis of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Unity.
The French philosopher, Gustave Thibon, said that the true God transforms violence into suffering, while the false god transforms suffering into violence. The woman tempted to have an abortion will transform her suffering into violence against her child unless she allows love to transform her, and make her willing to give herself away. The Eucharist gives both the lesson and the power. Through the grace of the Eucharist a mother is empowered say “This is my body, my blood, my life, given up for you my child.”
Everyone who wants to fight abortion, and all manifestations of selective moral blindness, must learn to say the same. “Do this in memory of me” applies to all of us in the sense that we are to lovingly suffer with Christ so others may live. We are to be like lightning rods in the midst of terrible storms of violence and destruction, and say, “Yes, Lord, I am willing to absorb some of this violence and transform it by love into personal suffering, so that others may live.” This is the change of mind that Christ speaks of in the gospel today.
You are invited to a Pro-Life Day of Reflection on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00am—12 noon in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help school cafeteria.
Guest speakers will include:
· Doris Corby, Right to Life of Southern IN
· Rose Condra, Choices for Women
· Shari McCutcheon, P.U.R.E. Inititative
· Laura Grijalba, 40 Days for Life
Pro-life Coordinators from the New Albany Deanery parishes will also be invited to share the pro-life activities happening in their communities.
A light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP if possible by Monday, October 2. Call the parish office at 812-944- 1184.