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Browsing Deacon Russ (from the weekly bulletin)

Sunday, March 12, 20017

Thank you to all parishioners who have completed and submitted their Commitment Card to the church. For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to submit their card, a letter will be mailed to you with a personalized Commitment Card this coming Friday if we have not heard from you. It is important that all parishioners complete a Commitment Card as we will be mailing out a Summary Report of the pro-gram and need all commitments account-ed for in this report. If you have any questions, please contact me the church office. We also encourage all parishioners to consider our electronic giving method and to setup your reoccurring offertory gifts electronically. Several families have shown an interest in contributing through this easy on-line means.
How do you get started? Go to You will create an account and you can decide from which account or credit card you wish to make payments. From there, you can setup a recurring or one time gift. It only takes a few minutes then you can forget about writing checks. Let us know and we will stop sending envelopes.


I hope your Lent is off to a great start! The importance of this season is to turn back to God, seek out his forgiveness. Several penance ser-vices are planned throughout the Archdiocese over the next few weeks. You can find the list in The Criterion. We will again join with Saint Bartholomew for a combined penance service on Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. And, as always, you can also participate in the sacrament of reconciliation each Saturday evening before Mass.


Triduum is a word that means “Three Days.” The specific three days to which is refers is Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The liturgical celebrations that we celebrate during these three days is really one continuous liturgy. It begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, continues with the Good Friday Service during which we once again hear the reading of the passion and venerate the cross, and reaches it climax with the Easter Vigil on the night of Holy Saturday. This year, we will join with Saint Bartholomew as we celebrate together the Triduum. Times for these services will be published in weeks to come.


The Knights of Columbus will once again be leading us in the stations of the cross each Friday during Lent at 6:30 p.m. Walking the stations is a very old tradition possibly going back to Mary retracing Christ’s steps.


Our simple soup suppers continue on most Wednesdays during Lent at 6:30 p.m.


I found some excellent videos from Fr. John Riccardo on Discipleship. We will watch these Wednesday evenings after our soup suppers.


Indy Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor Indiana's veterans for all of their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials completely free of charge. We are currently seeking WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans who would like to apply for this opportunity. The next flight is scheduled for Sept. 9th. If you are interested, or know of family or friends who are veterans who would like to make this trip please contact parishioner Karen Fitzpatrick (812-526-9220) for more information and the application forms. You can also visit the website

There are several second collections during Lent this week with the collection for the Church in Eastern Europe. These special collections offer you the oppor-tunity to give alms during this Lenten sea-son. Another way is by using the Catho-lic Relief Services Rice Bowl. CRS Rice Bowl is one way Catholics can enhance their Lenten fasting practice by giving up meals and donating the cost of those meals to Catholic Relief Services in order to help those who do not have enough to eat. Please pick up a Rice Bowl on your way out of church today.


I recently received the final total from our baby bot-tle collections last fall to benefit Clarity of Southeastern Indiana and the work they do with mothers and fathers who experience needs during a pregnancy as well as providing counseling, testing and education. I was over the top happy to hear that we contributed $1,165.42. Wow! Many thanks!

Our next Theology Night Out is sched-uled for Tuesday, March 14. Join us for an evening with Fr. Andy Syberg, as he shares his love for Mary, Our Mother. The evening begins with hospitality at 7:00 p.m. Our presentation will begin around 7:15 p.m. and wrap up around 9:00 p.m. Food and drinks are provided. A free will offering will be taken.

ARCHDIOCESAN STUDY—The recent appointment of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin as Archbishop of Newark has provided the Archdiocese with a unique opportunity. As we pray to the Holy Spirit for a new archbishop to shepherd the Church in central and southern Indiana, the Archdiocese wants to hear from clergy, religious, and lay faithful about their hopes, dreams, questions, and con-cerns regarding the future of our local Church for the benefit of the new arch-bishop.
Recognizing this, in one of his final actions before leaving for Newark, Cardinal Tobin initiated a process to facilitate a Pastoral Needs Assessment for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. This assessment seeks to invite archdiocesan and parish leaders to reflect on the fundamental questions "Where are we?" and "Where is God calling us?" In this way we hope to provide the new archbishop and his pastoral team with insights into the current pastoral needs of our archdiocese.
This formal study will provide an opportunity for active listening through an authentic, prayerful discernment pro-cess on five central areas of our ministries:
• Prayer and Worship

• Evangelization and Education in the Faith

• Family and Community

• Service to the Poor and Marginalized

• Stewardship of Resources
To guide us in this study, GP Catholic Services, a nationally recognized church management consulting firm, has been retained. They will conduct individual and group discussions, and facilitate an electronic survey of the faithful.