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 Reconciliation is offered on Saturdays at 4:00pm in the church (or by appointment)

SUNDAY MASS TIMES:  8:30A.M. & 11:00AM

Daily Mass is offered on Monday through Friday at 12:05p.m. in the Church

          THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY                           Vigil Mass - Tuesday, August 14th @ 5:30pm                     Holy Day Mass-Wednesday, August 15th @ 12:05pm



Office Hours 9:00am- 4:00p.m. Monday-Friday


Fr.Martin Day, O.F.M. CONV. LIC THEOL., Pastor

Phone: 812-232-8421

Fax: 812-238-9203


Welcome to St Benedict Parish and Faith Community!


For 150 years we have been a vibrant and welcoming part of Roman Catholic life in the western part of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. We are individuals and families who take great joy in the beauty of our worship space and great pride in the quality of our liturgies, outreach, religious education and stewardship. Enjoy your visit here and please contact one of us if you need additional information.


Fr. Martin Day, OFM CONV. LIC. THEOL., Pastor




Religious Education classes begin August 19th. Classes for preschool through eighth grade begin at 9:30a in the Parish Center.  Please come to Hellmann Hall to meet the catechists & begin with an opening prayer & Square Donuts!


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  Young Adults!

· Wednesday Evening Faith Sharing – Every Wednesday young adults will gather at 7:30p in Hellmann Hall for an evening of faith formation, prayer and discussion. Young adult parishioners Jason Allen and Lisa Borgnini will lead a casual faith-based discussion.

· A Second Listening Session – Friday, September 21 at 6:00p on the friary patio. We’ll have a cook-out and another discussion about what young adults are looking for from the Church. Everyone age 18-39ish is welcome!

We are stepping up opportunities for young adults to socialize, pray, serve and grow in faith. We really want to hear from you!

Listening Session

What’s this Listening Session all about? Your parish really wants to hear what you want and need from your Church! We’ve heard it said that young people want to be heard and they want to belong. Please join us for these “listening sessions” where you will have an opportunity to talk about what you’d like to see at your parish. From these listening sessions we will offer more opportunities for faith-building, prayer, service and socializing. Beverages and snacks will be served!

*By “young adults” we are thinking 18-39ish year olds. For more information, please contact Rita: text 812.230.3459, or or call 812.232.8421, ext. 12. 


If you or someone in your family is hospitalized, please contact the parish office directly at St. Benedict Church to let us know you are there. You should contact the hospital’s Chaplain’s Office to receive communion during your stay, however, please do not rely on the Chaplain’s office to let the parish know you are admitted.                                     Parish Office phone 812-232-8421  



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Every Wednesday

St. Benedict 4:45-6:30pm the church is open for private prayer and meditation,

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Download Our Parish App!

At St. Benedict we are pursuing new opportunities to foster a stronger parish life and better engage the New Evangelization. As a part of these efforts we are happy to announce that St. Benedict now has it's own app for Apple and Android phones.

Our new app will allow us to send you useful and important messages throughout the week regarding our parish life and events, and allow you to reply to messages or RSVP for events.

There will be no need for parishioners with smart phones to remember to silence their phones before Mass. The app will send you a reminder to silence your phone 20 minutes before the Mass you select. Many more great features will be a help to all of us, such as, daily Mass readings, Catholic news, prayers and prayer reminders, quick access to online tithing, Confession reminders, and our weekly bulletin.

So, be sure to download the app  today by visiting or searching for myparish on your phone's app store, and stay connected with us all week long.




Check out the link below from Fr. Martin's 25th Ordination Anniversary Celebration!

Please follow the link below to view an exceptional video from the                          150th Celebration Mass at St. Benedict!




Fr. Martin's Sabbatical blog logs!

Arrived via the night train exactly on schedule. Headed to this church, Sagrada Familia, but tickets are sold out for today. I now have one for Wednesday afternoon. Will take the bus tour tomorrow to get the lay of the  land.




DAY 2 in Barcelona
Most of today was spent in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. I especially wanted to see the church Santa Maria de la Mar, the construction of which was the subject of a novel I read some years ago. I went on a guided tour complete with a climb to the roof on a spiral staircase I thought would never end. It was all very interesting and informative.

I spent a good deal of the afternoon trying to find a park that was designed by the same architect that designed Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudi. I did finally get there, only to find that the tickets were sold out for the day. Today the forecast calls for rain, so maybe I will try again tomorrow.

I'm taking advantage of being on the Mediterranean and eating a lot of seafood -- bacallao or cod for lunch and calamari for dinner. Today I get to see the interior of Sagrada Familia. Can't wait.

DAY 3- the visit to Sagrada Familia
Today was my day to visit Sagrada Familia. It's truly amazing and a fascinating update of the medieval cathedral, complete with the long time it's taking to finish it. Now the plan is to finish it by 2026, the centennial of Gaudi's death, but with all the work that's left to do, it's hard to imagine that it will be done by then. 

In any case, the visit has been the high point of the trip so far. Everywhere you look there's another interesting detail. Gaudi was quite active in his Catholicism so everything works liturgically, too. I especially liked how the pillars where designed to look like tree trunks, and the ceiling like the forest canopy. Very clever!     

Day 4-Good-bye to Barcelona
My last day in Barcelona was beautiful -- too beautiful to waste inside. There's a large hill near the harbor, called Montjüic, that is topped by a fortress and several parks, so I headed that way. My original plan was to go by subway and then catch a bus, but when I got off the subway I couldn't find the bus stop, so I decided to walk. After a number of wrong turns and streets that ended in dead ends, I finally made it to the There was a restaurant there, even! The first photo is of the restaurant terrace complete with orange trees. The couple at the next table was from the Napa Valley in California and we had a nice conversation. After lunch I walked around to the other side of Monticello to get a shot of the Mediterranean and Barcelona harbor.
That was enough walking for one day, so I spent the early evening visiting an exhibition put on by the diocese of Barcelona on the life and work if the architect of Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudí. It was very well done and I stayed there almost until the place closed.


On the camino

Just finished day 2 on the camino. It's hard! Yesterday I took the recommendation of the bike computer my brother lent me and ended up going way out of my way. The road was good, with a good wide shoulder, but it got pretty windy in the afternoon and I was wondering whether I had bitten off more than I could chew. I didn't get to my lodgings until 5:30 p.m. after starting out at 8:30a.m. Bad case of sunburn on my legs, too.

Today went ...better. For one thing I covered up, wearing my hiking pants rather than biking shorts. I wore a ball cap under my helmet, too, which worked pretty well.

The hills are killing me! I get off and walk a lot.

The weather, aside from the wind has been pretty awesome. Lots of sun and temp in the 60s and low 70s. I guess I'm missing a lot of rain there.


On to Burgos

Today was a travel day. Went by bus to Burgos, where I will spend the next three nights. One thing I want to see is the Cathedral (2nd largest in Spain after Seville) where El Cid is buried. There was a movie about him that came out in the late 50s/early 60s, with Charleston Hesston in the lead role. My older sisters were so taken by its romanticism that for some time thereafter that was all we playacted. I remember being fairly fuzzy on who he was (I was too young to go to the movie) but thought he must have been pretty cool. Although he was Christian and usually fought for Christian kings, his name, which could be translated as "The Boss", was given him by the Muslim leaders, who held him in great respect.

Rain in the forecast for tomorrow. Haven't seen much of that since I arrived in Europe

A rainy day in Burgos

I woke this morning with blue sky and sunny weather and thought the rain that had been forecasted must has missed us. But things darkened by the end of breakfast and it became clear to me that if I wanted to see anything today, I needed to get moving. Yesterday's trip on the tourist train around town had given me some ideas--one being to hike up to the medieval fortress that protected the city throughout the centuries. Burgess ...still has a significant portion of its original wall, which is quite impressive, up to 40 feet high at some points.

It was really windy up on the fortress, so I didn't stay long, but the view made the trip worthwhile. From there I visited the Center for Human Evolution, which contains a museum with artifacts from an archeological site about 10 miles from the city. The name of the site is Atapuerca, and it's the kind of place that National Geographic would do an article about. So far, the oldest human fossil they have found there is figured to be 1.3 million years old. Obviously not homophobe sapiens, but an ancestor known as homo antecessor, or explorer. It's the oldest evidence of human habitation found yet in Europe. Then the wind and rain came and I was forced inside.

Some photos from around Burgos:

The Tomb of St. James
This is the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostella, where the tomb of St. James the Apostle is found. Lots of scaffolding around as the building was constructed in the 12th century. I suppose renovation work here never ends, either.                        

Today is Galicia Literature Day - who knew?
About 4 o'clock this afternoon I finally figured out that today is a holiday in Galicia, the part of Spain where I am now. The clues were there, but I just couldn't put them together. For one, the bus into town seemed like it took forever to come (they don't run as often on holidays). Then, traffic was diverted for some sort of parade/demonstration. People were marching with signs which read "I <heart> G...alicia. Then, I noticed there seemed to be a lot of school kids with their parents walking around. Then, there was some singing and traditional dancing in one of the plazas in the old town. But it didn't come together for me until the museum I was going to visit and which was supposed to open at 4 (according to the hours posted on the door anyway), didn't open. It's closed in the afternoon on Sundays and holidays. My suspicions were confirmed when I walked to the bus stop and the monitor said the next bus was in 19 minutes. They run every 15 minutes on a normal weekday. When I got back to my room I Googled "Holidays in Galicia" and, sure enough, there it was.

The photos are of the dancers and musicians taking part in the traditional music of the area. Galicians are Celtic, just like the Irish and Scots, so you'll see bagpipes being used as well. These are not imported from Ireland but have been in Northern Spain since before the Romans.
Today is Galicia Literature Day - who knew?



Even though I have used it from time to time I never really knew where the term "jet-black" came from. From the context I figured it meant something like "really, really black." As it turns out, "jet" is a semi-precious stone made from fossilized wood. Think coal only harder because it's been subjected to heavier pressure. Santiago is known for its silver smiths and jet smiths (?), as the attached photo indicates. Apparent, when queen Victoria's husband died, she determined that only black jewelry could be worn at court for the full year after his death. Jet came into high demand.

Travel can be so educational!


I arrived in Rome on Monday. For the next week and a half I will be with about 20 of my cousins on a pilgrimage taking in Rome and Assisi. Since I arrived a day before the main group I took advantage of the fact to do a walking tour of some of the sights. One place we visited was St. Mary of the Martyrs, more commonly known as the Pantheon. In Roman times it was a temple dedicated to all the gods. We Christians took it over and made... it into a church. It's particularly famous for the whole in its dome, which lets in sunlight (but also rain!)

In front of the Pantheon there is an obelisk with Egyptian hieroglyphics. When Rome conquered Egypt, the Romans confiscated several of these and brought them to the capital. I found it interesting that, as old as Rome is, in the middle of this ancient city there is such evidence of an even more ancient civilization.

Not far from the Pantheon is the famous Trevi fountain, which is the end of an aqueduct that carries water from the hills outside Rome into the city. Quite the popular place, as you can see!                                          

I also was with the pope yesterday

Took part in the weekly audience in St. Peter's Square yesterday. The pope's meeting with president Trump took place right before it, so we could see the video feed on the monitors although
there was no audio to go with it.
In his weekly audience the pope talked about the "therapy of hope" which gave me plenty of food for thought....  He kissed a lot of babies, too.


Arrivederci Roma
After a visit to the Vatican Museum (see first photo) in the morning, we journied by bus to Assisi where we will spend the next 5 days. The Vatican Museum really deserves about a month's worth of visits, and preferably in the off season when the crowds are not quite so overwhelming. Some of the artwork is simply amazing. We had a guide who had her Ph.D in the art of the Renaissance, who really made everything so much more understandable.
First stop in Assisi was the Portiuncula, one of the churches St. Francis restored shortly after his conversion, and where the early friars would gather for their semi-annual meetings. It's also where he was "born to eternal life" on the evening of October 3rd, 1226. Nice view of Assisi from there.

In Assisi
We are continuing the tour of the Franciscan sites in Assisi. On Sunday we visited the church where Francis heard Christ speaking to him from the cross, "Go and rebuild my church, which you can see is falling into ruin." That crucifix still exists, although it has been moved to the church where St. Care is buried. A replica of that crucifix is behind Fr. Wayne Hellmann in the first photo. The other photo is of the interior of the church of St. Clare. Taking photos in the churches is not allowed in many places, so these areare among the few that I ws able to get.                

Andalucía  I arrived in Granada from Rome on Saturday. It's one of my favorite places in Europe so I couldn't imagine being over here without stopping in. Granada was the last Moorish kingdom in Spain to be retaken by the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabela (the ones who sent Columbus on his journey in 1492). There is still a considerable amount of Moorish influence in the architecture and tile work here, especially in the Alhambra, the palace of the Moorish kings just above the city. Just around the corner from where I am staying is this 14th century building that was used as a clearinghouse for the grain market. It's the only one of its kind left in Europe. The tile work in the second photo is a beautiful example of the craftsmanship that can still be found here. In addition to it, one can find many workshops of guitar makers and artisans working in inlaid wood. It's also an area were flamenco enjoys strong support.                           

Last stop in Spain: Cordoba
Before I leave Spain I had to stop in Cordoba, a place I've been to before but would have regretted not visiting this time, being as close as I am. Actually, Cordoba has a long and richly varied history, beginning with the Romans who founded it, continuing with the Visigoths, who lost it to the Muslims because of their infighting, and then being reconquered some 6 centuries later by the Christian kings of Spain.

The first photo shows the Roman which spans the Guadalquivir river and dates from the first century. There are other artifacts from the Romans as well, especially mosaics from the floors of Roman villas from the area that were only recently discovered.

The golden age of Cordoba occurred during the reign of the Muslim caliph, Abdul Rahman and his heirs from the 8th to the 10th centuries. He made Cordoba his capital and set about building a palace complex just outside the city that required the efforts of 30,000 workers to keep the place running. At the time, it was the most culturally advanced city in all of Western Europe. There's nothing but ruins there now, but one building that did survive that period was the Mezquita, the city's main mosque, which was converted into its cathedral once the Christians retook the area. Where Christians tend to think vertical when designing churches, Muslims are more oriented to a point on the compass, i.e, the direction in which Mecca lies. Their places of worship can be huge, trying to get as many people under roof as possible. The Mezquita in Cordoba is a good example. Horizontally, it just goes on and on. The pillars holding up the various sections of the roof number over 800. (See second photo).

When then Christians retook the city in the 1300s, they decided to plop a more Christian looking worship space right in the middle of the Mezquita, thus making for a bit of a hodgepodge of architectural styles. Still, the whole structure is very impressive.

One of the legacies of the Muslim period that the Chistians kept for their own was the value placed on gardens and fountains. The ones shown are from the royal palace built by the Christian monarchs, but Cordoba is full of such places, many in the courtyards of private homes. Especially in the Jewish Quarter, where the streets are hardly wide enough for a car to get through, you can see glimpses of the lush courtyards hidden behind the front gates.

Don't visit Cordoba in June, though! It's been really hot here ever since I arrived. If I didn't know better I'd think I was in San Antonio!


Visiting Ravenna
I was in Ravenna once before - in 1986. I was making a pilgrimage retreat before taking solemn vows, and one of the stops was in Ravenna. One thing that makes Ravenna special is that for a time it was the capital of the Western Romance Empire (Constantinople being the capital in the East). During those days a heresy called Arianism was quite widespread and was even practiced by members of the Imperial household. The battle between Arianism and Orthodox Christianity went back and forth and whoever was one top built and decorated churches that promoted that person's view. So, Ravenna has about 8 of these kinds of buildings, all from around 500 a.d. and all decorated in mosaics, which are unbelievable.


Last stop, Switzerland!
I arrived in Switzerland on Monday evening, using my last week in Europe to spend some time with the friars I lived with while I was a student here. After Italy the first thing that stood out was how up-to-date everything was. The trains particularly are impressive -- even the ones they use for the milk runs that stop in every town. The second thing that stood out is how expensive everything is. It's a good thing I'm staying... with the friars. Otherwise I'd have to leave after about a day.

Having a Eurail pass is a great advantage here. I can go anywhere I want because the ticket is already paid for. On Tuesday I travelled to Davos, in Eastern Switzerland, a part of the country I had never seen before. Awesome! Today I'm in Luzerne, not far from where the friars are. It's quite the tourist hub, but there are good souvenirs here













Daily Mass is offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:05p.m.(in the Church)


Office Hours 9:00am- 4:00p.m. Monday-Friday


Fr.Martin Day, O.F.M. CONV. LIC THEOL., Pastor


Phone: 812-232-8421

Fax: 812-238-9203

Holy Day Liturgies
Vigil 5:30pm & Holy Day 12:05 p.m.


Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00pm        (In Church) or by appointment


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