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Browsing Deacon Russ (from the weekly bulletin)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Thoughts from Deacon Russ


I received a note in the mail once again reinforcing the importance of calling someone by name. It’s something with which I will never be satisfied until I can call everyone by name. We do get quite a few visitors here, and it’s always a challenge to determine if a particular person is a parishioner or visitor if I don’t know them by name. So, I need your help; introduce yourself to me, if I have not met you, and to those around you. Let’s keep in mind that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We should know one another as family.


On Saturday, I attended a training session on Street Evangelization. I hope that I gleaned much from the training. It is definitely something that I would like to see us do in Edinburgh and the surrounding towns. Jesus sends us out into the world to proclaim the Good News. We have heard it; now we need to share it with our brothers and sisters.


The Archdiocesan Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations would like to have a Vocations Advocate in every parish of the Archdiocese. Would you be willing to serve for Holy Trinity? It would not take a lot of your time, it is mostly relaying information from the office to our parish. If interested, please see me for more details. I would really like to see someone step up and take this on; we need more priests.


Mark your calendars now for the annual pancake breakfast sponsored by the youth to take place on Palm Sunday, April 9, after Mass. While we hope to raise a little money to help offset the cost of the various youth activities we have planned for this year, we more importantly hope that people have fun and meet folks they have not met.


The United Catholic Appeal remained at 93% of their financial goal of $6.4 million, and we remained the same with 51% participation. Over 17,600 families in the Archdiocese have already pledged; 56 of our parish families have pledged; has yours? Let’s work together to serve the poor, prepare our seminarians and deacon candidates, take care of our retired priests and spread the Gospel!


On February 23rd Clarity (formally Pregnancy Care Center) is hosting Believe in Restoration:2017 Fundraising Banquet. It is from 7-9 at the Clarion. There is no cost but they ask for a donation. A meal will be served at the beginning with impactful information about Clarity after the meal. Here is the web site to register: Your group host, if you would like to join her, is Cathy Shehan. The banquet is at the Clarion, 2480 Jonathon Moore Pike, Columbus. You can contact Cathy at 812- 390-8308 if you have questions. At this time, she has 5 seats remaining.


Adult Sunday School

Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues

Join us for the next session on Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues on Sunday mornings from 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room #3 located in the lower level of Saint Bartholomew Church.

Class Schedule

February 12 – Includes; Introduction, Pride and Humility, Envy and Admiration.

February 19 – DVD Series, includes; Anger and Forgiveness and Sloth and Zeal.

February 26 – DVD Series, includes; Avarice and Generosity, Gluttony and Asceticism, Lust and Chastity.

Men’s Retreat at St. Meinrad

This is a great first retreat experience and also one that men of the parish attend every year. The retreat includes plenty of great activities including talks on different aspects of Growing in the Light of Faith. The retreat is February 24 through 26. Contact the Saint Bartholomew Adult Faith Formation Office 812-379-9353 ext. 240 to register for the Men’s Retreat. Cost is $215.00 for a double room or $260.00 for a single. St. Meinrad is located in beautiful southern Indiana. Contact the Adult Faith Formation Office for more information or to register.

Women’s Retreat at St. Meinrad

All women of the parish are invited to Saint Bartholomew Parish’s annual Women’s Retreat at St. Meinrad Archabbey held on March 3 – 5. Our theme is “Mothers of Faith” and Brother Zachary Wilberding, OSB, will guide us as we reflect on the women who shaped the role of mothers. Deadline for registration is February 22.

Lenten Book Study

The annual Lenten Book study is set to begin on March 20 and continue through April 10. The study will be offered in both the morning (10 a.m. – noon) and evening (7 – 9 p.m.) Two books are being offered Life of the Beloved and Magnetic Christianity. Register by contacting the Adult Faith Formation Office at (812) 379-9353 ext. 240. Book pick up will take place on March 11 and 12.

Totally Catholic VBS!

It’s hard to believe, but Saint Bartholomew is already planning their Vacation Bible School. Save the dates of June 12- 16, 2017. Registration will begin in April. VBS is for children age 4 (by June 1) through incoming 6th graders. Cost is $10 per child. Adult volunteers are needed too. For more information, contact Ruth Gilly, Coordinator of Religious Education at (812) 379-9353 ext. 242, or you can email her at


It gives me great pleasure to announce the hiring of a new Bookkeeper/Secretary, parishioner Cathy Shehan! Cathy will begin her work with us this coming Wednesday and will work most Wednesdays during office hours as well as being here some weekends before or after Mass. We will try to let you know when she will be around on the weekends. Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself to and congratulate her. Cathy will have lots to learn, so let’s give her a little time to get comfortable in her job. She has great enthusiasm and great love for God and for Holy Trinity Parish. Thanks for all your prayers as we underwent our search.


Lent is just around the corner, and it is time to collect your old palms so that we can burn them to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. Bring them to church with you on the next couple Sundays.


I had a friend in high school who served with me as a cadet on a volunteer fire department on the south side of Indianapolis. We had lost touch when I went off to college. A number of years ago, Tim called me out of the blue trying to reconnect. I must admit, at that time in my life, I had a lot going on and our phone conversation was the extent of our “reunion.” In recent months, I felt bad about that, and I decided it was my turn to reach out to him. I did not have any contact information for him, but I knew that he and his dad had owned a business in Waverly, so I figured it would be easy enough to do a little research on the Internet and find the information for which I was looking.

I was not prepared for the results I found when I typed in his name, occupation and town. Instead of finding a phone number, I found an obituary. I was devastated. Had he reached out to me knowing that he had a terminal disease, or was it by the grace of God? I blew my chance. I learned a lesson that we have to take advantage of the opportunities to be in relationship with others and share it with you in hope that you will learn too.


Viene V Encuentro, "una iniciativa de los Obispos de Estado Unidos que nos llama a escuchar con profunda atención las necesidades, retos y aspiraciones que la creciente población hispana enfrenta en su vida cotidiana. Sobre todo, nos prepara como iglesia para mejor reconocer, abrazar y promover los muchos dones y talentos que el pueblo hispano comparte en la vida y en la misión de la iglesia, y en la sociedad estadounidense." El V Encuentro es para "Llamar a todos los católicos en los Estados Unidos a convertirse en misioneros auténticos y alegres que sean testigos del amor de Dios con una voz profética en una iglesia culteramente diversa."