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On June 24, 2017, Martin Ignacio, a parishioner of St. Mary of the Annunciation, was ordained a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Our newly appointed Archbishop, Charles Thompson, ordained Martin along with 20 other men at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Indianapolis, in an impressive ceremony.  Martin started on his journey to the deaconate with studies beginning in 2013, with an emphasis in theology and Roman Catholic doctrine.

Deacons can assist at Mass, reading the Gospel and giving the homily; but they cannot celebrate the consecration of the Eucharist.  They can also baptize and preside at weddings, but cannot hear confessions or anoint the sick.  You will notice that the vestment (called a dalmatic) that the deacon wears during Mass has sleeves, unlike the priest’s vestment (chasuble) which is open on the sides.  Also, the deacon’s stole is worn at an angle across the body.

Martin is 53 years old and has been married to his wife, Avigay, for 33 years.  (A Deacon can be married when ordained, but if his wife dies, he cannot remarry.)  He is the father of two children, Sandra (who works in the parish office) and Henry, and has three grandchildren.  He and Avigay live in Sellersburg, Indiana.  Martin works for Petrochem as a Safety Supervisor.

He has been assigned to St. Mary’s Parish for four years, and will work with both the English and Spanish speaking communities.   Deacons are asked to give approximately 10 hours of volunteer work to the parish each week.  They are not paid by the parish as deacons, but some are employed by parishes in other roles.

Youth Ministry Awards Ceremony, May 11, 2017

Congratulations to the youth of our parish who received recognition for their Faith, time and talent at the Catholic Youth Ministry Awards Ceremony on May 11 at Mt. St. Francis. Keep them in your prayers so that they continue to serve the Lord as he served us.

Chris Escobedo, Marcos Camacho Palacios, Manuel Hernandez, Laura Huerta, Willy Roblero, Luciana Sandoval, Elizabeth Scharre, Max Segoviano.

Confirmation, April 30, 2017

Congratulations to the young people of our parish who will received the sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.  Please keep them in your prayers as they continue their journey in their Catholic Faith.

Alma Daniela Acevedo Escamilla, Estefani Aguirre Cobián, Jennifer Daniela Antonio Quintero, Edson Arellano Santillán, Emily Avendaño, Alan Bermúdez Segoviano,  Gabriella Calderón González, Alan Camacho Palacios, Marco Camacho Palacios, María Cristal Carillo Mancera, Karla Contreras Paz, Vannesa Cruz Lázaro, Vanessa Encarnación Estrella, Jorge Alejandro Hernández Castro, Héctor Hernández Ramírez, Karen Huerta Carranco, Frida XiuCuauhtli Jimenez Gandara, Sophie Ketterer, Sarah Langdon, Andrea Maldonado Quintero, Paola Martínez Ceja, Rosa Angelica Martínez Ceja, Abby Martínez Nino, Randy Moran, Demetrio Ortuño Silva, Ashley Pena Vázquez, Yajaira Peralta Solís, Citlali Ramírez Martínez, Noelia Ramírez Martínez, Anitza Rivera Villalobos, Jennifer Sánchez Cruz, Paloma Urquidi Flores, Leobardo Zapien Arellano.


Sacraments of Initiation – April 15, 2017

Congratulations and Welcome to those who were received into the Church at St. Mary at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. Those baptized into the faith are Dalton Bowen, Ethan Mompie, Vanessa Mompie, Michelle Missi, Colby Oswandel, Emily Pulido, Jacqueline Pulido, Ulysses Pulido and Crystal Stewart.  They also received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Also Confirmed at the Easter Vigil were Anais Gandara, Maresa Kelly and Sean Missi.

Please keep these parishioners in your prayers.

Music Ministry

Jane Freeman, leader of the Folk (Guitar) Group, has had to step down from her role in the music ministry.  Jane has volunteered with this group since the late 1980s. The Folk Group played for First Communions, Vacation Bible Schools, Confirmations, and entertains the residents at Providence Retirment Home each month. She mentored many young musicians during her years of serving our parish with her musical talent.  Jane plans to continue singing with the choir.

And we have experienced the saying “When God closes a door, he opens a window” first hand here at St. Mary’s in the music ministry.  Just when all things seemed to be ending for us; a young lady, Erica Pangburn, joined the parish and immediately joined the choir.  We learned that she has a degree in music and teaches in the Clarksville Community Schools.  Erica started singing at St. Augustine in Jeffersonville when she was 12 years old.  We are excited that she has agreed to lead the music ministry at St. Mary.  Practices for the choir will be on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 –  7:30pm in the church.  Anyone who is interested in raising their voice in “making a joyful noise unto the Lord” is welcome to come to rehearsal and join the choir.

Annunciation Celebration, March 25, 2017

We celebrated our parish patronal feast day, “The Annunciation of the Lord” with a pitch-in dinner following the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  As always, the super chefs of St. Mary’s loaded the food table with lots of good eats and fantastic desserts!  The meal was complemented with conversation and good cheer among the many parishioners in attendance.

As a special thank you, Mary Vessels, our long-time organist who had retired in December, was honored at the dinner with a framed copper piece from the church steeple presented to her by Fr. Tom Merrill, our pastor.  Mary had previously played the organ for many years at Holy Trinity Church before it was destroyed by fire in December 1975.  We are extremely grateful to Mary for her many years of dedicated service to our parish.  (See Photo Gallery for more Annunciation Dinner photos)

Jeanne Van Bree, Choir Director

It was with much sadness that our parish learned of the sudden death of our choir director, Jeanne Marie Van Bree on March 8, 2017.  Jeanne had been to Mass and was praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet with a CD in her car and had just made it home and into the house and called 911 when she succumbed to a massive heart attack.  Jeanne was the mother of ten children, forty grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  She was devoted to her Catholic faith and to her family.  Our sympathy and prayers are extended to her family.