St. John Vianney Catholic Church A Pastorate of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana
15176 Blessed Mother Blvd. | Fishers, IN 46037 | Phone: 317-485-0150 | www.sjvfishers.com
August 29, 2021
St. John Vianney Parish All Masses are now being livestreamed. Visit www.sjvfishers.com
Lord’s Day Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday: 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am
Wednesday: 6:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am
Friday: 8:30 am
Saturday: 8:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 9:00 am - 10:20 am Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
***The Bishops across all five Indiana dioceses lifted the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
MASS, RECONCILIATION &
ST. JOHN VIANNEY PARISH!
We are happy you and your family are joining us. We would love to share more about our parish with you.
Meet the priests who serve our parish.
Fr. Aaron—Associate Director of Vocations,
Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana[email protected][email protected]
If the Parish Office is closed and you are in need of
a priest for a sacramental emergency,
please dial 317-849-9245 and follow the prompts.
Holy Spirit Parish
Saturday Vigil: 5:30 pm
11:00 am, 5:00 pm
5:30pm Vigil Mass &
will have a section
Masses will have a[email protected]
Parish offices will be closed Monday, September 6 in honor of Labor Day
ANGELS – OUR ALLIES IN THE GOOD FIGHT
For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11)
I cannot remember exactly when my devotion to the
angels began, but it must have been when I was very young. My mother once gave me a prayer card with the prayer to my guardian angel; I’m sure many of us know it – “Angel of God, my guardian dear…” Since then, my fascination with angels has only grown, and it has caused me to ask many questions. What are angels? What do they look like? Why are they so mysterious? Now is the perfect time to ask these questions, since our two great angelic feast days are coming up: the Feast of the Archangels on September 29 and the Feast of the Guardian Angels on October 2.
The Bible paints a picture of angels that challenges our assumptions. For instance, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah to announce the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-23), the Greek text reveals that Zechariah responded, not with joy, but with fear, terror. Contrary to the angels portrayed in modern books, movies, and TV shows, angels are beings of immense power – some for good and others for evil. Zechariah’s response is probably how we would also respond if we were to see an angel face to face. Perhaps we should ask ourselves – Why are there angels in the first place? What do we need guarded from, as the Psalm says?
There are many common misconceptions of angels out there. Think of those childhood cartoons that depict a character dying and rising up to the clouds with wings, harp, and a halo. Do we actually become angels when we die? The answer is no. We are different types of creatures altogether. Angels were created in the beginning to dwell with God in heaven to praise and give glory to him. They are pure spirit and possess immense power. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us: “As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendour of their glory bears witness” (CCC, #330). But what do they look like? Many paintings portray angels as little “cherub” babies floating around, or terrifying soldiers with swords and shields crushing the demons beneath their feet. Many of these images are drawn from Sacred
Scripture, but we must not forget that these beings do not have bodies like us. The word “angel” in the Greek actually means “messenger”, and often times they appear in these ways in order to aid us on the journey of life.
The Fathers of the Church, those men who lived shortly after the time of the Apostles, teach us that angels have different roles. First, they pray for us. The angels are constantly lifting us up in prayer before God. They stand before the face of God, before His throne in heaven and pray that we have the strength to do His will. Second, they protect us from evil so that we can do penance for our sins. These angels of penitence guard us from temptations so that we can have a real conversion of heart and love God more perfectly.
This leads to a third role of the angels – ministers of peace. Psalm 91 helps us to understand: “For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways.” These “peaceful” angels are not pacifists: they guard us in the Christian life by fighting back the demons that want us to fail. Think of the book of Revelation: “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven” (Rev 12:7-8). War! Our peace is won at a great price. And this is the point: we need to be guarded from the forces of evil. There is a deeper reality, a more real world going on all around us, a true battle for our souls. This is not some pious, superstitious idea. We are at war with evil! By our baptism, Christ has claimed us as his own, but we still must fight the good fight, struggling every day against the world, the flesh, and the devil. The Fathers of the Church recognized this. The angels are there to protect us from a very real enemy. We need them!
There is nothing superstitious about the angels. They are as real as we are, and we need to reach out to them. In times of temptation, we turn to them for assistance. In times of darkness and confusion, we ask for their prayers. Every day, we should turn to them and beg their assistance on the journey of life and the battle against sin.
If you are interested in learning more about our spiritual friends and protectors, I will be hosting a short adult bible study, starting September 14 on the angels and the bible. Please check the bulletin over the next few weeks for more information.
Holy Angels of God – pray for us!
Contributions can be made
online giving, visit
nursing home? Please contact the
parish office to learn more about
this essential ministry of caring for
our vulnerable family and friends
or to add someone to the list of those we visit.
Sunday, August 29 Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5; Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Monday, August 30 1 Thes 4:13-18; Ps 96:1 and 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13; Lk 4:16-30
Tuesday, August 31 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday, September 1 Col 1:1-8; Ps 52:10, 11; Lk 4:38-44
Thursday, September 2
Col 1:9-14; Ps 98:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6; Lk 5:1-11
Friday, September 3 Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Col 1:15-20; Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5; Lk 5:33-39
Saturday, September 4 Col 1:21-23; Ps 54:3-4, 6 and 8; Lk 6:1-5
Sunday, September 5 Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Is 35:4-7a; Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Sunday, August 29 8:00 am Mass: Parishioners 9:00 am KoC Mum Sale 10:30 am Mass: Anne Healy 11:30 am KoC Mum Sale
Monday, August 30 6:00 pm Mass: Marion & Gui Hensley 7:00 pm Youth Min. Parent Mtg. - St. Michael Room
Tuesday, August 31 8:30 am Mass: Krista Hensley & Dan Bowman 6:30 pm Men of Ars—St. Michael Room
Wednesday, September 1 12:00 pm AA Meeting—St. Raphael Room 6:00 pm Mass: Aatira Benn John
Thursday, September 2 8:30 am Mass: Ki Mun 6:30 pm Choir Practice—Church
Friday, September 3 8:30 am Mass: +Wallace Witte 9:00 am First Friday Adoration - Church 7:00 pm Family Holy Hour - Church
Saturday, September 4 8:30 am Mass: Fr. Phil Bowers 4:30 pm Vigil Mass: +Roger Quirin 5:30 pm KoC Mum Sale
Sunday, September 5 8:00 am Mass: Parishioners 9:00 am KoC Mum Sale 10:30 am Mass: +Cecilia Forlano 11:30 am KoC Mum Sale
CALENDAR & MASS INTENTIONS
in the St. Raphael portable classroom.
MINISTRY TO THE HOMEBOUND
The September outreach collection will
be to benefit St. Mary’s Food Pantry.
Please bring donations from the following
list and place in the wagon in the Narthex.
Mac and Cheese Hamburger Helper
Canned Fruit Canned Pasta
Peanut Butter Canned Tuna
Thanks for your support!
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Calling all Singers!
The music ministry is looking for you. If you like to sing or know someone in the parish who does, you’re invited to join the music ministry. We’re looking for singers for all three weekend Masses. Don’t have a lot of time available? We can work around your availability. Don’t feel comfortable leading the singing or coming up to sing the Psalm? No problem. You’re welcome to join as an additional singer. The more singers we have the more flexibility we have to try new things. Contact Jennifer Duquaine at [email protected]
for more information or simply come to practice (every Thursday from 6:30-7:00 pm).
August 30 @ 7pm St. Michael Room
Fr. Daily will be leading youth ministry this Fall as we begin an exciting new program called
YDisciple. Parents of high school aged youth (grades 9-12) are invited to learn about this
amazing Catholic ministry focused on community, catechesis and evangelization.
Please register your children for Religious Education classes at sjv.fishers.com.
Religious Education will begin Sunday, September 19th at 9:15 am.
We are still in need of catechists and substitutes. Please consider sharing your time and faith with the
children of SJV!
WELCOME TO THE SJV FAMILY!
Please welcome the following new family to SJV:
YOUTH MINISTRY INFO NIGHT
Join Fr. Cole Daily on a journey through the Bible to experience the forgotten story — the history of the angels in our midst. Learn how to read the Bible the “old-fashioned way”, as the Early Christians did, and discover a spiritual and liturgical world filled with drama, good and evil, symbols, and mysteries. Most importantly, you will learn how the angels are part of your life, as powerful allies in the struggle for good. There are two identical sessions each week for your convenience. 10-11:30am at Holy Spirit Church (Holy Spirit
Conference Center) 9/14, 9/21, 9/29 (Wed.), 10/5 7-8:30pm at Britton Falls Chateau Ballroom A and
B (sponsored by St. John Vianney Church) 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6
Topics: Session 1 — How to read Scripture Session 2 — Angels in the Old Testament Session 3 — Angels in the New Testament Session 4 — The angels in our midst
All are Welcome - No Registration Required
Adult Bible Study
SJV MOMS Fall Bake Sale!
A variety of delicious baked goods will be available for free-will donations following the weekend Masses on Sept. 11th & 12th.
Come support SJV's wonderful MOMS Ministry!
The Knights of Columbus will be selling Mums at the entrance to SJV after all Masses this weekend
and the weekend of September 4th/5th.
Credit card and cash payments accepted!
All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Gibault Child Services.
Children in 12th Grade or Younger
Holy Spirit at Geist will be hosting an
informational meeting for anyone
and who has children eighteen years
or younger. The first meeting will be
held on Saturday, September 11 from
1-3:00 pm in the Parish Life Center at Holy Spirit. This
will be an informational meeting to find out how we can
support you and your children on your grief journey.
Older children will be able to meet and “hang out”, eat
some snacks and get to know each other. Childcare will be
available for younger children. To get more information or
to register for this meeting, you can call or e-mail Meg
Pulfer at 317-315-0692 or [email protected]
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
common sense to help you
tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! You can sign up for this class and start
your 14-day free trial of Financial Peace
Anniversary Mass With Bishop Doherty
All married couples of the diocese celebrating significant marriage anniversaries in 2021 are invited to attend a spe- cial Mass with Bishop Doherty to celebrate their years of Christian Marriage. The Anniversary Mass will fulfill the Sunday obligation and during Mass Bishop Doherty will offer a special anniversary blessing. Immediately follow- ing Mass, Bishop Doherty will greet couples at a recep- tion of light refreshments.
Sunday, September 19, 2021 2:30PM (EDT)
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception 1207 Columbia St. Lafayette, IN
Register by contacting Sandra Santucci at [email protected]
or (765) 269-4663.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Anointing of the sick, please contact the Parish Office at
Please remember these Parishioners and Friends who
have passed away.
perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful
departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
+ Roger Quirin (8/3)
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
If you have someone you would like the parish to pray for,
please ask for their permission, and then please contact the
DEACONS, AND SEMINARIANS
seminarians, especially ____ and ____ . Act in them. Speak in
and through them. Teach, lead and guide them always. Let them
live in You and persevere in intimate union always. O Immaculate
Heart of Mary, Mother of Jesus and mother of priests, intercede
for them. Amen.
Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help
you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone
representing the Catholic Church. We will listen to your
needs and support you. We will help you make a formal
complaint and arrange a personal meeting with the Bishop, or
his delegate, if desired. We encourage you to come forward
and speak out. The Victim Assistance Coordinator is Jackie
Fr. Jeff Kirch
or implored your aid without
obtaining relief. Confiding therefore
father of the Redeemer, but
graciously receive them. Amen.