St. Michael & St. Francis Bulletin July 4th and 5th, 2015 Pastor: Fr. Harry Tully Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

WHAT THORN . . . ?

The Holy Spirit from time to time draws the veil of silence across a particular passage of scripture. Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” in today’s second reading is one of those silent places, for Paul—much to the frustration of centuries of Christians—never tells us precisely what his thorn in the flesh is. His friends in Corinth most likely knew what he was referring to, which was enough for him. People have speculated that the thorn was anything from bad eyesight to rampant lust. But all this speculation misses the point, for in his weakness, Paul comes to know and live the paradox of the cross of Christ: it is in our weakness that God’s greatest strength can be made manifest. When we are strong, we imagine the strength is ours; when we are weakest, we know that any strength or power we might have comes from God alone.


The neighbors and family of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel passage today think that Jesus has a thorn: his dubious credentials to be a teacher in the synagogue or a worker of mighty deeds. Some of us might think that we have this “thorn” of insufficient qualifications to be witnesses for God’s plan of salvation in Christ. Sometimes we use this imaginary “thorn” of ours to excuse ourselves from the challenging work of living “thy kingdom come” or to lead ourselves into a false humility about our inadequacy as disciples. We can learn a lesson from Jesus and Paul today. Each of us, in spite of physical or personal shortcomings or limitations (real or imagined), is called and chosen to be a messenger of the saving grace of God, each in our own way. Whether we are spouse, parent, child, student, worker, employer— whatever role we have in life, God can work in us and through us to be signs of grace for others. When we find ourselves afflicted with the thorn of selfdoubt, let us use that weakness to find our strength in God, and through our faith in Christ, continue to proclaim the Good News of salvation.

Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 2:2–5; Psalm 123:1–4; 2 Corinthians 12:7–10; Mark 6:1–6

St. Michael

Sat – 5:30 pm
Sun – 11 am
La Misa en Español
Domingo – 12:30 pm / Fr. Harry Tully, Pastor

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St. Michael - 101 St. Michael Drive, Charlestown, In 47111
Ph. 812-256-3200 - Fax 775-307-6142
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Office Hours – 9:00 am-1:30 pm Tues. Wed., & Fri.
St. Francis Xavier – 101 North Ferguson, Henryville, IN 47126
Ph. 812-294-4682 - Fax 775-307-6142
Office Hours – Thursday 9:30am-2:00pm
Reconciliation – 4:00 pm Saturday or call the Rectory
Marriage – Please contact the pastor a year in advance. Advent and Lent are not times for celebrations.
Baptisms of Infants or Adults Joining the Church – Must be a practicing/registered member for three months. Please contact the DRE: St. Michael–Juliann Eickholtz, St. Francis–Father Tully
New To The Parish: Please call the office to register. Please introduce yourself to the pastor at mass.
Parishioners Who Are Ill: Please call the pastor if a relative or friend is sick. Due to privacy laws hospitals no longer inform churches.
Bulletin Announcements: Get all bulletin announcements to the office in writing by Tuesday evening. / St. Francis Xavier

At 9:00 am
Las Horas de Oficina - 8:30 am-1 pm Martes, Miércoles, y Viernes
Reconciliación – 12:00 el ultimo domingo de cada mes o llama la Rectoría
Casamiento – contactarse con el padre un año antes el día de la boda.
Advenimiento y Cuaresma no son los tiempos apropiados para bodas.
Los Bautismos de los Bebés o los Adultos Afiliando a la Iglesia – Por favor, llama al Padre, o – Juliann Eickholtz; a San Francisco
Miembros Nuevos de la Comunidad – Por favor, acérquense al Centro de información. También es necesario registrarse en la parroquia. Pregúntenos por el formulario de registro. / Los Enfermos Es muy importante comunicarse con el Padre (debido a las leyes privadas, los hospitales no se comunican con las iglesias).
Doctrina Cristiana: Las clases de educación religiosa para niños son cada domingo de 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. en la escuela. Recuerden que la Arquidiócesis requiere que los que van a recibir los sacramentos estén inscritos en las clases de religión.
Monaguillos: Los niños que quieran ayudar como monaguillos en el altar tienen su ensayo el segundo domingo de cada mes después de la misa de 11:00 a.m. Estos niños y niñas tienen que haberhecho la Primera Comunión. Los interesados comunicarse con Pbro.
St. Michael Early Childhood Center – Infancy Care, Pre-S, Pre-K, Kindergarten & Day Care
Rita Poff – Director – School Ph. 256-3503/ Infancy Care 256-3500
El Centro para las Primeras Niñez de San Miguel - Preescolar-Kindergarten y Servicio de Guardería a Infantil
La Directora – Rita Poff – Ph. 256-3503

Mass Schedule Mass Intentions

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St. FX / 6 / Mon / No Mass
St. M
St. FX / 7 / Tue / No Mass
St. M / 8 / Wed / 6:00 pm / Mass
St. FX / 9 / Thurs / 4:30pm / Mass
St. M / 10 / Fri / 9:00am / Mass
St. M / 11 / Sat / 5:30 pm / Anthony Fay
St. FX
St. M
St. M / 12 / Sun / 9:00 am
11:00 am
12.30 pm / Sandy Banet
Gale Warren Moser
En Español

Pastor’s Corner

Dear Parishioners,

Happy 4th of July weekend.I hope it is an enjoyable and rest full time for all. This celebration reminds us of the freedoms we Americans are guaranteed and which many of us take for granted. And while we are celebrating these very same freedoms are slowly being eroded and subtly being called into question. People of Faith are being challenged to recognize things contrary to the faith they profess. Some suggest that the Church's purpose is to offer spiritual advice only, to stay out of what is political or involving government policies. Yet to do that would suggest that our faith has no bearing on society, the way we live with each other and treat each other. With the upcoming presidential race we can see the contradictions in the statements of some candidates. Catering to the masses for votes they are eager to distance themselves from the faith they say they practice.

I for one don't vote for people who denigrate that which I believe to be sacred, if the faith I profess has no impact on my daily life and activities then what good is my 'faith'?

As we watch the fireworks and celebrate with this weekend’s activities, we have to ask ourselves just how faith filled our lives are. And let all of us pray that the Good God will open the eyes of all people to these freedoms as they are slowly put on the shelf as nothing more than notions of history.

I want to thank those who attended the "Parish life meeting" after 5:30 Mass last weekend. Our next gathering will be announced in the bulletin. If you missed the first you can still be involved by joining with us next time.

God Bless you all and keep up the 'good' work.

Fr. Tully

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Weekend of July 4/5, 2015 Today’s Gospel reveals Jesus being amazed that the people in his hometown of Nazareth do not accept his teaching and ministry; he is amazed at their lack of faith (Mk 6:6). Good stewards recognize and participate in Christ’s teaching, reconciling and healing presence in their community. Are we good stewards of our family of faith? Do we value and support the ministries that take place in Christ’s name? Are we attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our parish and encourage those who work to enhance our life of faith?

St. Michael Faith Formation In-service Wednesday, July 8th @ 6:45pm in the Rectory Meeting Room.

St. Francis Parish Council Meeting-Thursday, July 9th @ 7:00pm.

Rosary for Vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the 12th of each month at 7:00pm in church.

St. Michael Finance Committee Meeting-Wednesday, July 15th @ 6:45pm. (Note date change)

Catechist Meeting is Tuesday, July 28th in Rectory Chapel @ 6:30pm.

Septemberfest/Kermes Meeting- Wednesday, July 22 @ 6:45pm. (Note date change)

Parish Life Committee Meeting-Saturday, July 25th @ 6:30pm.

Rosary at 5:00before Saturday Evening Mass

Rosary at 10:30 before Sunday Mass

Saturday Evening Mass Intention: Gertrude & AdrianWill

Sunday Mass Intention: Scott Novak

The Prayer Group at St. Michael welcomes everyone to come and pray with them at 6:00pm every Monday in the Church.

Bible Study Class is taking a break for the summer. We will meet again on Monday, August 3rd at 7:00pm in Rectory basement. We will begin with the book of “Acts”. Let Steve Buit or Juliann know if you are interested in joining us.

Our service project each week is to collect non-perishable canned goods for the North Clark Outreach Center.

St. Michael and St. Francis Confirmation Update Preparing Your Son or Daughter for Confirmation Two of the most important thing you can do to help your son or daughter prepare for the sacrament are:

1) Be personally committed to prayer.

2) Impress upon your child, by word and example, the importance of participating in the sacramental life of the Church. The principal way we participate in the Church’s sacramental life is through regular reception of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you will be a junior or senior in the next 2015-2016 school year, and have attended Faith Formation classes or a Catholic High School during the 2014-2015 year, or are currently enrolled in class, you will be eligible to be confirmed. If you are an adult wanting to be confirmed, please contact Fr Tully or Juliann to register for the RCIA class starting in September.

St. Michael and St. Francis Xavier Sacrament Preparation: The Faith Formation Commission, the Pastor, and the Archdiocese state that a child must be enrolled and attend classes the YEAR BEFORE and YEAR of receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation.. Baptism of children under school age requires the parents to meet with the pastor before the sacrament is received.

Registration for the 2015-2016 Faith Formation classes will continue in the church lobby for preschool thru high school. The first class will be August 2nd.

St. Michael Ministries Schedule

Sat. July 11, 5:30pm– St. Michael

Eucharistic Ministers: C. Ledbetter, 2 Volunteers

Servers: J. Worley

Gift Bearers: R/J Pike Family

Cantors: S/S Buit

Musician: C. Eickholtz

Lector: S. Buit

Sun. July 12, 11:00 am – St. Michael

Eucharistic Ministers: J. Dean, C. Dunn, J. Kinder

Servers: C. Jackson & T. J. Jackson

Gift Bearers: J/T Hanrahan Family

Cantors: J/M Wafford

Musician: N. Kinder

Lector: C. Peek


June 27 & 28

St. Michael $ 3,032.00

St. Francis Xavier $ 1,083.00


Sunday Mass Intention: Heilbron & Viola Adams

The Fish Fry at St. Francis will start the first Friday in June

5-7pm. Come out and enjoy! The menu includes fish, fries, slaw, fried biscuits, drinks & desserts. Thanks toeveryone for your support.

St. Francis Xavier Ministries Schedule

Sun. July 12- 9:00am

Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Young, Kim Young, Toni Allen

Servers: Ben Ulrich, Andrew Banet, Gage Higdon

Ushers: Cindy Murphy, Jack Murphy

Gift Bearers: Jack & Kathy Cleveland Family

Lector: Joyce Nolot

“To everything there is a season and a time to every

purposeunder heaven a time to be born a time to love a time to heal a time to die and a time of peace.”


Carroll Adams, Ismael Aguirre, Allen Barker, Alicia Blair, Bea Beach, Joyce Bower, Sherry Buit, Darlene Carter, Alvin Collins, Jim Corcoran, Bernice Donahue, Patrick Dunn, Don Hamerla, Rita Hamerla, Bill Hawkins, Shannan Hawkins, Curtis Ingram, Andy Korte, Michelle Korty, Terri Lynn Maples, Bob Masters, Michael Murphy, Ester Toby Nelson, Dora Nevins, Ian Newland, Mitch Newland, Janeson Payne, Ethan Phillips, Chuck Phillips, Clarence Smith, Dorothy Smith, John Speicher, Teresa Thomas, Billy Wayne Upton, Tim Wafford, Nancy Williams, Paula Wolfe, Emma Yount.Names will remain on the list for 6 months unless you tell us to remove them or request that they be kept longer.

Question of the Week

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God’s truth and understanding.

Step 1: As you hear the crowds question Jesus’ identity, what words or phrases in the reading catch your ear? What image do you take away from the reading today?

Step two: Look into your Life.

Children: What helps you have the deepest faith in Jesus?

Youth &Adults: Name a time when you placed your trust in God even though those around you did not believe?

A Family Trip to Holiday World

We are getting a group together for a day at Holiday World on July 20th. Please let Juliann know if you want to go by July 15th, so we can get a group rate.

RCIA will begin in September “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” is an adult convert program. If you know of any adults who might be considering becoming Catholic, invite them to our program. St. Michael and St. Francis work together with St. Paul and St. Joe Hill on the program. This is also a great opportunity for Catholic Adults (18years or older) to review their faith and/or to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. More information will be posted later.

Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive!World Meeting of Families is being held in Philadelphia September 22-27. Many people will be attending, others will not be able to make the trip, but want to learn about what Catholics believe about the family! This 6 session study is a great way to prepare for the event if you are attending and equally great for those cannot attend but want to learn about Catholic Families. Meeting Tuesday evenings 7:00-8:30 beginning July 28. The cost is $15 per person or $20 per couple (1 book) and covers the cost of the book & hospitality. Childcare will be provided. Please register by July 21 so materials can be ordered – call 812-246-5044 or email to reserve a spot!

Aquinas Center would like you to join us on a bus trip to the 18th Annual Christkindlmarkt on Saturday, November 20th in Ferdinand! Are you interested?The heady aroma of authentic Bavarian specialty foods and an incredible array of Christmas wares, antiques, quality hand-crafted, and primitives awaitus in Ferdinand – tempted yet? The bus would drop us at a designated location, and there will be free shuttles to take us to all of the various locations throughout the day. This is the first time we have considered a bus trip for the Deanery, and really thought this would be a fun event to kick off the new endeavor. If you are interested contact us by phone 812-246-5044 or email .


812-256-3503 Rita Poff Director

Mon-Fri. 7AM-6PM

Infant Care/Day Care: Full or part time

Before & After Care: ages 6-12

Summer Camp: ages 6-12

Pre-School: 9-11:30AM Tues. & Thurs.

Pre-K: 9-11:30AM or 12:30-3PM Mon. Wed. & Fri.

Special Religious Education Program

An opportunity for teens and adults with special needs, to be formed in their faith, in an environment that welcomes and embraces, their uniqueness and diversity. We have information about this program in the lobby.

Jesus’ Family Tree Journey – A Retreat for Special Needs Teens & Adults: Join us for a morning of prayer, games, art, music and fun! We will explore the prophets and faithful men and women, when we reach Jesus we will learn how beautiful God's plan was from the very beginning of time. The retreat is being held on Saturday, August 8th 9:00 – noon at the Aquinas Center; it is open to all special needs teens and adults. Call 812-246-5044 or email to reserve a space!

Bible Sharing for Young Adults 22-39 years old. Wednesdays through Aug. 12, 7pm. Come for a great hour each week, to be renewed in faith, unpack the scriptures, and enjoy fellowship at Catholic Youth Ministries’ Offices in the lower level of the Youth Center at Mt. St. Francis.BYOBible. Call Jessie Eichhorn (573-837-5299) or Carmen Ernst (812-325-6694) if you have any questions!

Help Wanted Coordinator of Programming – the New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministry Office is seeking a faith-filled, energetic Catholic to oversee, coordinate and implement our deanery High School and College Ministries.Skills needed include: organization, ability to multi-task, recruit and work with volunteers, and ability to engage in relational ministry. We are looking for someone with parish youth ministry experience. Certification in youth ministry is preferred. Please contact the Catholic Youth Ministry office for a detailed job description and application if interested - Office Administrator, Sandy Winstead, at 812-923-8355 or . Applications and resumes will be accepted through July 17, 2015.

Upcoming Church Picnics

St. Mary Navilleton

7500 Navilleton Rd. Floyds Knobs

July 19, 2015

Chicken Dinner (with all the fixins)

“Served in NEWLY Air-conditioned dining room” 10:00am-4pm

Silent Auction, Bingo, Children's Games, Quilts, Lots of Booths and fun!


Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:00am

5K CHICKEN FUN RUN! Register on-line