Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 28, 2017

AscensionToday is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The feast of the Ascension reminds us to “find God in all things” and not just stare up to heaven to find God in some other place. God is here! The spirituality of Christ is not a spirituality that looks to get out of the world and its challenges. The spirituality of Christ is a spirituality connected to the world around us – the world of people and nature – a world with rich and poor, men and women, young and old, nature and grace, conflict and reconciliation, war and peace, sin and virtue...

The disciples are sent out not with a rigid ideology or a fully spelled out set of rules, but rather with a spirit – a spirit of openness – a spirit that proclaims “repentance and forgiveness of sins to all nations.” Even though our world today may be somewhat different than the world of 2000 years ago, Christ is still alive and present. The Ascension is the key that allows all this to happen. Jesus says: “It is better for you that I go, for if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7). Catholic Social Teaching affirms and supports our involvement with all the richness, diversity, and mystery of human life. We can “find God in all things.” We can make a difference in all the big issues of our day. This has been our continued focus this season as we consider encounter and accompaniment. Where in your day-to-day living have you been finding God? How is God calling you to continue the work of Jesus?

Support EACM at Springhurst Meijer Through June 28, 2017

EACM - MeijerWhat: Meijer Simply Give Card Program to benefit EACM

When: : May 14, 2017 - June 28, 2017

Where: Springhurst Meijer

EACM’s partnership with Meijer is crucial to keeping the food pantry stocked for each and every family that seeks support. It provides close to $10,000 per year in inventory to the food pantry. In combination with the on-going efforts of your church food drives, EACM can continue to respond to our neighbors’ needs.

Obituary for Patricia Scott

Patricia ScottPatricia Ann McConnell Scott, 78, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017. She was Born December 27, 1938 in Pawtucket, RI. Patricia was the daughter of Robert J. and Gladys A. McConnell of Providence, RI. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Roberta Beauchamp and Sharon McConnell and a brother, John T. McConnell. She is survived by her husband, Arlon M. Scott of Louisville and daughter Lauren (Keith) Rice of Topsfield, MA and sons Daniel and David Scott both of Louisville and four grandchildren, Molly and Nolan Rice and Kyra and Chase Owens-Scott, Louisville.

She met the love of her life, Arlon Scott, while he was attending Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. They were married in July 1963 at Holy Name Church in Providence with a full Navy Military wedding with Arlon's ship's officers holding crossed swords. They were married 54 years. They lived in Austin, Texas and Chantilly, Virginia before moving to Louisville in 1974 due to Arlon's work.

Memorial Day Mass

Please join us in the Connector for a Memorial Day reception after the 10am Mass on Monday, May 29th.

Please bring a photo or memorial object of a loved one to display and help us celebrate our dedicated Veterans! 

Obituary for Bob Moore

Bob MooreRobert Keith Moore: As Bob would say: “Just tell them I died!” So there it is! Bob slipped into new life on May 13, 2017.

Chicago, IL was where Bob was born on December 16, 1934, the son of Guy S. and Ursula E. (Fischenich) Moore.

He and Bobbie (Nowaczyk) met and sang together at Musichorale in Chicago. They married in Hawaii on October 13, 1976. Forty years of married bliss. Yuk! Yuk!

Bob worked at ANCO (Cherry-Burrell) for 30 years. Driving, his cat Cheyenne, bird watching, mountains and wildflowers were life-long passions. He loved working on cars and fixing things around the house. You didn’t call a repairman when Bob was around! Most people remember Bob for his quick wit and breadth of knowledge. Volunteering with Prison Ministry on Monday nights at Luther Luckett Correctional Facility was his religious community.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC PLEDGE TO END THE DEATH PENALTY

End Death PenaltyThe Pledge:

“All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom” - Pope Francis

In response to Pope Francis’s call, I pledge to educate, advocate, and pray for the end of the death penalty:

Educate

I will educate myself and my community about the injustices of the death penalty, including the ways it risks innocent life, fails victims’ families, and contradicts the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching.

Hands Across Louisville 2017 Report

Hands across LouisvilleOn Saturday, May 13, 2017, approximately 500 people took part in the 2nd annual Hands Across Louisville. The mission of the event was to bring healing and hope to the residents of Louisville regarding the increase in gun violence in our city. It is dedicated to a communal unity from the east to west ends of our city with a show of support for stopping the violence.

27 blocks were sponsored by churches of all faiths and other organizations. Each block had 10-20 people (or more) holding hands to show our unity in this endeavor. For 4 hours before we spread out across Broadway -- from Shawnee Park in the west to 3rd Street in the east – there were speakers and entertainment next to St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church at 31st and Broadway.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 21, 2017

LoveThis is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. If one is aware of world problems, one can feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Yet the first reading talks of joy and healing and the second speaks of hope. Good things can happen with the power of the Spirit. The healing that God wants for our world can come to us. We must not lose hope. The gospel speaks of a relationship of love and solidarity between the Father and Jesus and then with all of us. This unity and solidarity can be made real, not just in our hearts, but also in the way people are treated and in the way love is expressed in action for justice and peace. We must put our faith into practice. “Love of neighbor is an absolute demand for justice, because charity must manifest itself in actions and structures which respect human dignity, protect human rights, and facilitate human development. To promote justice is to transform structures which block love.” (1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World)

As people of faith we believe more than ever that with God’s help we can offer resurrection life and love to our world and its people. This has been our continued focus this season as we consider encounter and accompaniment. Where is the Spirit working in your world and life? What signs of hope do you see?

Mother’s Day: Prayers and Concerns

Mother's DayMothers are the strongest antidote to our individualistic and egotistic tendencies, to our lack of openness and our indifference. A society without mothers would not only be a cold society, but a society that has lost its heart, lost the “feel of home.” … I have learned much from those mothers whose children are in prison, or lying in hospital beds, or in bondage to drugs, yet, come cold or heat, rain or draught, never stop fighting for what is best for them. Or those mothers who in refugee camps, or even the midst of war, unfailingly embrace and support their children’s sufferings. … Where there is a mother, there is unity, there is belonging, belonging as children.” Pope Francis, January 1, 2017

Prayer for Mothers [by Education for Justice]

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 14, 2017

DiscipleshipThis is the 5th Sunday of Easter. The gospel of Jesus is not simply a “personal interior message or experience” which changes the way we feel. Genuine belief leads to works. Spirituality is connected to action. As Jesus says in today’s gospel, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” During this Easter season we’ve continued our focus on encounter and accompaniment by considering specific ways we can live out our faith through meeting those in need, living in solidarity with them, and taking appropriate action for the common good. How are you being called to continue the works of Christ?

The work of the gospel is reflected in the concern of the early church for the poor. In today’s example from Acts, it is reflected in a concern for the widows in the community. The work of the gospel is about service and especially service to those who are most in need. It is a responsibility for the whole community – not just a responsibility for the apostles. Deacons are appointed. The whole community is involved in this very local need. [In some way this story reflects the principle of subsidiarity which is one of the key principles of Catholic social teaching.] The apostles also seek to create a structure for responding to the needs for the long term. [This too is important in Catholic social teaching, for we desire to offer more than charity to respond to some immediate need but to create structures of justice that empower all people.]

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