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Browsing Deacon Russ (from the weekly bulletin)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thoughts from Deacon Russ


There will be a second collection today to support the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. You can give any amount; it does not have to be one of the memberships as listed on the envelope.


The contribution statements are ready and in the back of church. Please pick yours up on your way out of church today. I am most grateful to each of you who contribute to help our church keep ministering to the poor an downtrodden in our neighborhood.


When was the last time Holy Trinity produced a vocation to the priesthood? I guess Fr. Rick Nagel. How about a religious sister, brother or priest? Hmm...ever? Did you know that in the next 10 years half of our active priests will be eligible to retire? And, we don’t have that many in the seminary to replace them. Jesus tells us, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." (Matthew 9:37- 38) Indeed, the harvest is abundant, but what are we doing to pray for vocations? It’s time to intensify our efforts. Won’t you join us? If you are interested in praying for religious vocations, please let me know. At Saint Anne, the parish from where I came immediately before here, there was a group of us who gathered weekly to pray a rosary for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and we encouraged young parishioners to discern if God might be calling them. We each have a vocation; some of us are called to marriage, some to a single life, and some to service in the church. We need to seek God’s will for us in our lives.


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.


Thanks to our youth and their adult leaders for a fun morning last Sunday after Mass. I had fun, and I even won a cake. I don’t know who made the cake, but I think it must have been an angel because the cake was heavenly. Thanks, too, to all those who cooked chili or provided baked goods!


The United Catholic Appeal inched up to 92% of their financial goal of $6.4 million, so, if you have not yet pledged, they can still use your gift. Over 17,300 families have already pledged. Half 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!


We begin interviews this week. Please pray that as we proceed through this process that we may discern the candidate that God has already decided upon to help us in this time.


Well, two of our regulars were out of town, and it just ended up being me and one other parishioner at the pastoral council meeting. We had a couple more at our finance council meeting. We are in good shape concerning our operating budget. We hope to bid out the church roof replacement this spring, then determine what we can afford.


Politics and the American Catholic

The next Men's Ministry breakfast will be Thursday, February 2, at 6:15 a.m. in the parish hall, lower level of Saint Bartholomew church. Now that the dust has somewhat settled from the most recent cycle of elections, perhaps it is time to step back and consider what our role as Catholics can/should be with regard to politics and governance. Parishioner Greg Pence, brother of Vice President Mike Pence, will be our speaker. He has been asked to come and share thoughts on the topic "Linking Political Involvement with One's Catholic Faith." Come enjoy a tasty breakfast, meet with new and longtime friends, and consider how our Catholic faith should influence our participation in the political process. The breakfast will end at 7:30 a.m. Both men and women are welcome to attend what should be a very enlightening program.

Adult Sunday School

Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues Begins February 5

Join us for this four week 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 5

Overview of Dante’s Inferno with Fr. Andy Syberg

February 12 – DVD Series by Bishop Robert Barron, Seven Deadly Sins Seven Lively Virtues. 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.

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