We are excited to welcome Fr. Jeremy Gries as the Pastor of Holy Family Parish! We are looking forward to working together to continue building the Kingdom of God!
Holy Family School has job opportunities in the Preschool and Childcare ministries (ages 3-5) for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. If you are interested, please contact Karla Coots at (502) 609-1673.
Holy Family School is also looking for a reliable, education oriented, individual to join our aftercare staff for the 2018- 19 school year. The hours are from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If this sounds like the perfect job for you, please call the school office at 812-944-6090 to begin the application process.
“My mother and brothers and sisters are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
The gospel today has been cited over and over again as proof of two things: first that Jesus had sisters and brothers, hence Mary did not remain a virgin and, two, that Catholics are wrong to ascribe any particular special status for the mother of Jesus, since Jesus said his real family consists of those who do the will of God. Mary is not ever-Virgin and she is not special among human beings. Of course, Catholic Tradition has from the beginning taught otherwise.
But we ask ourselves, why did Jesus choose to stay inside the house where he was teaching and not go out to greet his mother and relatives. Was this not a discourtesy to ones who loved him and cared about him? “Honor your father and mother,” the fourth commandment tells us. And the Book of Wisdom tells us, “The Lord sets a father in honor over his children and confirms a mother’s authority over her sons.” Is Jesus setting himself above the Law of God? Certainly we know the answer is no, but then we ask what is Jesus doing in refusing to go outside the house when his family call for him. And what is Jesus teaching us by his actions?
First of all, let’s remember what has led up to this event. At the same time that more and more people are being drawn to Jesus because of his preaching and miracles there are others – especially members of the religious establishment – who are growing suspicious and jealous of him. They feel threatened and seek to discredit him, even to the point of accusing him of being in league with the devil. He is in danger.
His extended family (the Greek word adelphos does not mean simply siblings but cousins and kin) may want to protect him or themselves. One of the ways that they can culturally do this is to declare that he is “beside himself” or mentally sick, exhausted. Perhaps this is why they have come to take him home and force him to rest.
Jesus, however, does God’s will and no one else’s. He relies on his Father to take care of him, protect him. He hears the word of God and does it. And he is hungry for sisters and brothers who do the same. He comes to establish a new family not based on the cultural demands of human kinship or social ties but rather on the bond of unflinching obedience to the will of their heavenly Father and the demands of the Kingdom. In declaring to everyone that “My mother and brothers and sisters are those who hear the word of God and do it,” Jesus is establishing a new human family. This pronouncement is for both those inside the house and at the door.
Here is an amazing truth, if we are willing to accept it: you and each, each of us who has been baptized into household of God, the life of the Trinity, we have an honored place in the house of Jesus. The same love that Christ has for his mother Mary, and his foster-father Joseph, and his earthly cousins – belongs to us if we seek to know what God needs us to do and try as best we can to do. If we hear the word of God and do it, we have every reason to believe, at the end of our life, that when St. Peter whispers in our Lord’s ear that we are at heaven’s door waiting outside Jesus will say to his mother and the other saints sitting around the table, excuse me my sister, my brother or my sister is calling for me.
Holy Family Parish is so happy to share the entire 2018 schedule of the New Albany Deanery Parishes’ Picnics and Festivals with you. All of the festivals are listed below, or you can download the entire schedule for the 2018 New Albany Deanery Picnics and Festivals.
ST. BERNARD FRENCHTOWN
Sunday, Aug. 5 (10 a.m. -3 p.m.)
- Drawing for $10,000 – Only 300 tickets sold ($100 each)
- Country fried chicken/ham dinner, noodles and pies served in an air conditioned dining room until 2 p.m. Carry out available
- Silent auction, games for kids and adults, 50/50 raffle, handmade quilt raffle
ST. MARY LANESVILLE – 175th Anniversary Picnic & Homecoming
Sunday, Aug. 12 (10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)
- Chicken and ham dinner served country style in an air conditioned dining room
- $6,000 in cash prizes
- Over 30 quilts to be raffled
- Linen/craft booths, huge Granny’s Attic, numerous games
- Silent Auction
Mass schedule: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
ST. MARY OF THE KNOBS – ‘KNOBSFEST’
Saturday, August 18
- “The Louisville Crashers” 9 p.m. to midnight!
- Live music, Gambling and Beer Garden 6pm to midnight!
Sunday, August 19
- 10:30am to 3:00pm
- Home-cooked chicken dinners
- Games of chance and skill, Bingo, Pull Tabs
- Corvette Raffle, Capital Prize, Quilt raffle
- Large Kid’s Zone
ST. AUGUSTINE JEFFERSONVILLE
Sunday, Sept. 9 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- Harvest chicken dinner
- Quilt raffle
- Bake sale
ST. MARY NEW ALBANY – Multi-Cultural Festival
Saturday, Sept. 15
- Begins with bilingual Mass at 4:00 p.m.
- American and Hispanic foods, music and dancing
- Raffles and games for all ages
ST. MICHAEL CHARLESTOWN – ‘SEPTEMBERFEST’
Sunday, Sept. 16
- Famous fried chicken dinner and traditional Mexican food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Silent auction, games of chance, quilt raffle, money raffle
- Mexican music and dancing
- $500 Jay C/Kroger gift card raffle
- Mass schedule: 11 a.m. (bilingual)
ST. MICHAEL BRADFORD
Sunday, Sept. 23 (10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
- Annual ham and chicken dinner with homemade dumplings from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Raffles, quilts, booths, bingo and more
- Silent Auction!
- Beer Garden – 2nd Annual on Friday the 21st!
ST. MARY NEW ALBANY
Saturday, October 6
- 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- Stop by the corner of Spring and Eighth Streets for a bite to eat during the Harvest Homecoming Parade
- American and Mexican Foods
ST. JOHN PAUL II – Turkey Shoot, Fall Festival and Chicken Dinner (At St. Joe Hill Campus)
Sunday, Oct. 7 (11 a.m.)
- Chicken dinner with homemade dumplings
- TV, Lawn tractor, iPad, Weber Grill raffles
- Booths, Quilts and Big Money raffles!
- Firing Range
- a mother of three whose two youngest slept every night on a couch
- a 60 year old man that just had surgery with chemotherapy and due to a lack of insurance had sold everything he had and had to move back in with his mother. He was sleeping on a neighbors air mattress.
- a 50 year old man that lost everything in a home fire and only had folding chairs and an air mattress for furniture.
- a young mother and her 8 year old son that relocated to New Albany to get the boy away from an abusive father.
- a 49 year old man who had been homeless and called back later that evening chocked up thanking us for giving him a bed that he could call his own for the first time in years.