Saint Meinrad Archabbey’s pilgrimages to honor the Blessed Mother at the Monte Cassino Shrine have been scheduled for the Sundays in May. Each pilgrimage begins with an opening hymn and a short sermon, followed by a rosary procession. The service ends with the Litany of the Blessed Virgin and a hymn. Services begin at 2 p.m. Central Time. The public is invited. Monte Cassino Shrine is located one mile east of the Archabbey on State Highway 62 in St. Meinrad, IN. For more information, including a full list of speakers and topics, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher during business hours at (812) 357-6501 or call (812) 357-6611 on the day of the event.
Been wondering what it’s like to serve God as a Franciscan friar? Perhaps God is calling you to a religious vocation. Perhaps you're uncertain, but would like to learn more. The Conventual Franciscans are offering a Come & See Retreat, at nearby Mount Saint Francis, IN. Meet Franciscan priests and brothers, talk to some of our students in formation (seminary) and see first-hand what our life is like. Spend some time in prayer and fraternity to listen to the call of the Lord. The retreat weekend provides an opportunity for reflection and to learn about Franciscan life Friday, May 3 (7pm) through Sunday, May 5 (1pm). There is no cost for the weekend. Contact Friar John Bamman, OFM Conv. for more information or to register by calling (419) 396-1523 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All ages are welcome to attend St. Mary's annual kick off to Holy Week, the Simple Soup Supper. Guests are invited to bring a pot of homemade soup or a loaf of bread to share with others. After the meal, which will be held at 5:30pm on Sunday, April 14, we will hear from guest speaker Fr. Christian Raab. Originally from Michigan City, IN, Fr. Christian Raab entered Saint Meinrad Archabbey in 2003, professed solemn vows in 2008, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2009. Fr. Christian taught history and theology at St. Benedict High School in Chicago, IL, served as a priest-in-residence at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and is the co-editor of The Tradition of Catholic Prayer (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007). In addition to duties on the faculty and formation staff of Saint Meinrad, Fr. Christian is coordinator of the "One Bread, One Cup" College Ministry Internship Program. He has extensive experience in high school and university campus ministry and loves working with young people.
St. Mary Catholic Church will be teaming up with Repair Affair again in the fall of 2019, providing workers to do various building and remodeling projects throughout Harrison County. (Past projects have included building ramps, repair roofing, winterizing homes, etc.) At this time, we are asking parishioners to consider their own needs, the needs of family and friends, and those in our community. Do you know someone who could use assistance to continue to live independently in their home? If so, please consider submitting a referral for Repair Affair before May 31. Priority will be given to homes that need work to make them safer or more accessible for the elderly and low-income residents in our county. Referrals should be made, in person, at Harrison County Community Services (101 Hwy 62/ Corydon, IN) or by calling (812) 738-8143.
As Spring Break ends, our sights shift to summer vacation. And what better way to vacation than Vacation Bible School?! We are looking to pull together a team of enthusiastic leaders to help make this the best year yet! If you have an interest in being a part of this team contact Sara Trickle in the Parish Office at (812) 952-2853 or email email@example.com today.
Registration for the annual New Albany Deanery (Clark, Floyd and Harrison County) High School mission team is now open! Every year a group of young Catholics endeavor to put their faith in action. The weeklong mission trip, July 9-14, to Campton, Kentucky is based on hard work, prayer, honest discussions, and exciting socials. For more information contact Sara in the Parish Office or check out details and registration at www.catalystcatholic.org.
St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities reminds all parishes that mother/baby and household goods are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis to any family in need. Whether you or someone you know needs assistance, please feel welcome to Marie’s Community Distribution Center (305 E. 7th St. / New Albany, IN) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. Currently, the organization has a large stock of boy’s and girl’s clothing (newborn-size 6) for all seasons on hand. Whether children need longer pants to get through the last cold days of winter or the next size up in preparation for warmer weather, Catholic Charities is able to help!
The Knights of Columbus, New Albany Council and Assembly #244, are hosting a premiere of the film, “Unplanned” Great Escape Theatre (300 Professional Ct./ New Albany, IN) on March 28. The screening starts at 7:00pm with tickets available for pick up in the lobby between 6:15 and 7pm on a first come, first served basis. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to reserve their ticket by providing their name/phone/email address at (812) 923-9344 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The movie is the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood high achiever. She was, at the time of her employment, the youngest clinic director in the nation. But what she saw, when assisting an abortion first-hand, changed everything. Johnson, who wrote a book by the same name in 2011, noted, the film is about the “amazing, ready mercy of Jesus Christ that is available to everyone—whether you’ve been touched by abortion or not—that Christ is so ready to redeem us.” The movie is rated “R” and children under 17 are not permitted without an adult
Stream Real Life Catholic now on Prime Real Life Catholic, a new series that dives into everyday life with everyday people: working, serving, building, exploring, and showing how amazing faith makes life. Go crawfishing, hang-gliding, cheesemaking, surfing, and more as host Chris Stefanick takes you around the world—diving into the lives of real life Catholics. This fun escape that’ll inspire you to live everyday life with more faith, hope, and love. Is now available to stream online for free with an Amazon Prime account. A copy of the series is also available to borrow on the parish bookshelf in the first-floor hallway of the Parish Life Center.
St Michael (Bradford), St. Bernard (Frenchtown), & St. Joseph Church (Marengo) will be hosting a parish mission featuring Rev. JR Hadnagy, OFM Conv. on Sunday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 3. All neighboring parishoners are invited to attend the mission, which will be offered each evening at 7pm at St. Michael Church (11400 Farmers Lane / Greenville, IN). “Seeing the Beauty of God in our Faith” is the four-night focus of the mission retreat. Using proclamation, preaching, story, humor, and ritual action, Fr. JR will lead participants into four nights of reflection that will focus on looking at our faith and the beauty that can be found there. Fr. JR is a Conventual Franciscan Friar. He was previously a pastor at St. Joseph Hill Parish in Sellersburg but has most recently been at Our Lady of Consolation Basilica in Carey, Ohio and surrounding parishes. Hospitality will also be offered each evening in the Parish Life Center. All are welcome!
Our parish seminarians, Deacon Ross Caniglia and Peyton Plessera, will host the final Devotions 101 workshop on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30pm. This workshop is for those wishing to learn more about Catholic devotions and implement at new form of prayer into their Lenten routine. Topics covered will include novenas, Lectio Divina, the rosary, prayer with Sacred Art, and much more! Whether you have a personal devotion already or do not even know what a devotion is, this workshop is for you! Join us as we spend 40 days growing in prayer!
The Stations of the Cross devotion, also known as the Way of the Cross, has been practiced by Roman Catholics for many centuries. The traditional Stations of the Cross follow fourteen events of Jesus' Passion and death and conclude with a reflection on His Resurrection. The Stations of the Cross provide the faithful with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of God's immense love and their faith in the Resurrection. Please make plans to join us in prayer every Friday during Lent at 7pm for this moving prayer service led by our pastor, Fr. Bob St. Martin. Little Black Books return for Lent 2020 Little Books are based on the writings of the late Bishop Ken Untener and have been crafted to help you explore your relationship with Christ this Lent. These pocket-sized booklets are available at the entrance to Church and Parish Life Center. Please feel free to take an additional copy for those who are homebound.
We are all called to be saints! What does that look like? Fr. Michael Gaitley, in his study of 33 Days to Merciful Love leads us to this goal. This six week DVD Course will begin on Monday night, March 11 (6:30pm to 8pm) in the parish center. The book, 33 Days to Merciful Love will be needed for this course. Retreat Companion Packets are also available for those who desire. All material for course can be viewed at the introductory session on March 11. For prior viewing or to register, please contact group leader Yvonne Abell (812) 705-0107.
Monday, February 25, we will be creating our ministry calendar for Lent through the Easter Season. Please take a few moments, before Monday at 9am, to log into your MinistryPro account and verify your preferred Mass setting and weeks you are unavailable to serve. This is also a great opportunity to verify all of your contact information, as well. Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Parish Office.
Catalyst Catholics is pleased to offer a retreat tailor made for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors! This retreat will help you to understand the spiritual, psychological, emotional, even physical aspects of your faith journey. Join us on this 3-day retreat and discover your faith for the first time or grow deeper in it! The retreat is March 29 – 31 at Mt. St. Francis Center for Spirituality.. Retreat brochures are available in the Parish Office, entrance to school or at www.catalystcatholic.org.
Indiana Catholic Women's Conference is a special day set aside for women across Indiana! Nationally recognized speakers will present topics on: ~ The wonders and truth about our Catholic faith. ~The obstacles that serve to pull women away from a strong relationship with God and with their families ~The way to deal with the obstacles that a secular society sets in front of all of us ~The theological hope that brings individuals the strength to be real women of faith in our beliefs ~How to better prioritize the true meaning of our Faith in every part of our lives This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30am until 4:30pm at the Indiana Convention Center (100 S. Capitol Avenue / Indianapolis, IN). Early registration is now open, with special rates for groups and students. To learn more contact the Marian Center at (317) 888-8073 or www.mariancenterofindianpolis.com This event is sponsored by the Marian Center in partnership with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
St. Mary Catholic Book Reading Group began in 2003 and has read and discussed nearly 100 books! The group’s purpose is to promote reading books by Catholic authors of theology, history, fiction, or containing subjects of particular interest to Catholics, such as the right to life or bioethics. This month’s selection is The Priest Barracks by Gauillaume Zeller. Zeller’s book chronicles the tragedies and the magnificent gestures of the Nazi concentration camp, Dachau, which housed 2,579 Catholic priests, monks, and seminarians from all over Europe. More than a third of the prisoners in the "priest block" died there. Besides recounting moving episodes, the book sheds new light on Hitler's system of concentration camps and the intrinsic anti-Christian animus of Nazism. The group will meet on Friday, March 9 to discuss the book at 11:30am in Room 102 of the Parish Life Center. Even if you have not completed this book, please consider joining! New members and title recommendations are always welcomed!
Join St. Mary's for the annual Dinner, Dancing and Silent Auction to benefit youth attending NCYC in 2019 on Saturday, February 16 (6:30-10pm). Ticket order forms available at doors to the Church or in the Parish Office. The cost is $20 per person with RSVP by January 31 / $25 per person after January 31. If you wish to donate an item for the Silent Auction, please contact Cindy Willoughby (812-736-1734) or the Parish Office (812-952-2853).
The tri-state’s largest Catholic Men’s Conference of 2019 is coming soon, featuring Mark Hart, Trent Horn and Justin Fatica! Please join us for the 2019 E6 Catholic Men’s Conference, which will be taking place on Saturday,February 23, 2019, at the East Central High School Performing Arts Center in St. Leon, IN (only 35 minutes northwest of Cincinnati). Last year, over 1200 men attended the conference and this year we want to fill every seat in the building. We cordially invite every man to attend this 4th annual event. Please join us for inspiring talks, confession (available all day), celebration of the Holy Mass and fraternity with fellow men of Christ. Do not miss this! Tickets are on sale now at www.e6catholicmensconference.com.
It’s that time of year again! Right to Life of Southern Indiana’s ‘Value of Life’ Contest is being held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The deadline to submit entries is Tuesday, February 26 via email (email@example.com) to have a chance to win $2,000 in prize money! All information and full contest rules are available by contacting Sara Trickle in St. Mary’s Parish Office. The categories for 2019 are as follows: Poster Contest: Kindergarten - 4th Grade Essay Contest: 5th-10th Grade Oratory Contest (I): 8th-10th Grade Oratory Contest (II): 11th & 12th Grade Scholarship Contest: 12th Grade and College Undergraduate