Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 26, 2017

Blind manThis is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The experience of the man born blind recognizing Christ as the light of the world is a powerful account about how one person comes to see while so many others continue to be trapped by their own blindness. We all have our personal blind spots and prejudices, as do our cultures. Christ calls to be free and to see in a new way, just as Samuel learned to see “not as humans see but as God sees.” Christ wants us to have open eyes and ready hearts, so that we can see and then have the freedom to act with justice and love. How do we need to see things in a new way, to be able to encounter and accompany those we meet?

Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love. The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable.” (Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2017)

This Lent 2017 we are focusing on our common call to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY… Pope Francis encourages us to build a culture of encounter and accompaniment. “We must do what Jesus does: encounter others….we must create a culture of encounter, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently,…we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.” We can encounter and accompany some of those most in need through supporting Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services. How is Christ inviting you to see with new eyes this Lent?

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

Pope FrancisThis is an excerpt from the Lent 2017 Message of Pope Francis:

Dear friends, Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need. I encourage all the faithful to express this spiritual renewal also by sharing in the Lenten Campaigns … and thus to favor the culture of encounter in our one human family. Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter.”

Read the Pope’s entire message.

Obituary for Sr. Maureen "Reenie" Daugherty, SCN

Sr. Reenie Daugherty, SCNSister Maureen “Reenie” Daugherty, SCN, 74, formerly Sister Patrick Daugherty, a native of Louisville, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Friday, March 17, 2017, the feast of St. Patrick. Sister had been a professed SCN for 52 years.

Sister Maureen served in secondary education in Kentucky, Alabama and Maryland for fifteen years. In Louisville Sister Maureen worked in secondary education with Catholic Charities, Inc. from 1980-82; as Editor of SCNews from 1982-88; as staff member in the Sister Visitor Program from 1988-89; and as Technical Aide in the Radiology Department of Caritas Medical Center/SS. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital from 1989-2009. In retirement Sister has served in the Apostolate of Prayer and as a Driver when needed.

Sister is survived by two sisters, Kyran Daugherty of Louisville, KY and Anne D. Lutkus of Geneseo, NY; one brother, Michael Daugherty, MD of Lexington, KY; and by her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 19, 2017

Woman at the wellThis is the Third Sunday of Lent. The ministry of Jesus is inclusive, offering Living Water to all. Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman in today’s gospel story, which amazes the disciples. Rabbis did not casually talk to women or Samaritans. Despite all the conventions of the time, Jesus talks to her and everything is changed. She runs off in excitement to share with the whole village, and becomes the first follower in John’s gospel to spread the good news. The whole town is changed. The Samaritan woman in some way represents all in the world whose gifts are not recognized, who experience oppression, and who struggle for justice. Her encounter with Jesus is an encounter of liberation for her and then for her whole village. ”The encounter with Christ can completely change our life.” (Pope Francis on Twitter)

This Lent we are focusing on our common call to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY… Pope Francis encourages us to build a culture of encounter and accompaniment. “We must do what Jesus does: encounter others….we must create a culture of encounter, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently,…we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.”

Obituary for Bill “Sam” Schindler

Bill SchindlerWilliam H. "Sam” Schindler, Jr, 75, of Louisville passed away after a courageous battle with multiple health issues Thursday March 9th, 2017 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital with his family by his side. He was born in Louisville, KY on May 29th, 1941 and graduated from Trinity High School in 1959. He went on to pursue an electrical and mechanical degree at Louisville Technical Institute, now known as Sullivan University. He started his own residential heating and air conditioning company, and then partnered and concentrated on commercial heating and air for 20 years. As his hobbies, he loved cars. While in Zanesville, Ohio for 7 years, he had his own business called "Every Man's Dream", where he sold fiberglass kit cars and featured them in shows. Bill enjoyed flying remote controlled cars, boats and airplanes. He loved to read and was a source of invaluable information. If you needed something fixed, he had the answer. He definitely was the Master Mr. Fix-it!

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 12, 2017

Encounter ChristThis is the Second Sunday of Lent 2017. Our focus this season of Lent 2017 is “Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY.”

Pope Francis encourages us to build a culture of encounter and accompaniment. “We must do what Jesus does: encounter others…we must create a culture of encounter, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently…we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.

The experience of the transfiguration causes the disciples to see in a new way. Jesus urges them not to build tents and stay on the mountain, but sends them forth with a new vision. They are to bring good news to the poor, the outcasts, the disheartened - which soon takes Jesus to Jerusalem and his final days. The gospel invites us, too, to see things anew, and from other viewpoints. What keeps us from “coming down the mountain” and participating fully in the lives of those most in need?

Obituary for Antoinette Inks

Antoinette InksAntoinette “Toni” Inks, 82, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on February 28, 2017.

Toni was born on August 24, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Helen (Gorczyca) Zastawny. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John W. Inks, Sr., grandson Jeremy Kostrzewski, sisters Vicki Switala, Genevieve Switala, and brother Joseph Zastawny.

Toni is survived by her daughters, Lynn Kostrzewski, Diane Quellhorst (Brian), Karen O’Connor, and son John W. Inks, Jr. (Tammy), grandchildren Vicky Mathis, Michael Kostrzewski (Jessica), Justin Inks, Tyler Inks, Tara Buckley, Adam O’Connor, Joshua Quellhorst (Nicole), and Jaime Quellhorst.

Opportunities for Prayer and Reconciliation during Lent 2017

Lent 2017

Lent 2017: Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY

Come and join other parishioners for these special events to help grow spiritually this Lent. 

Lenten Opportunities for Reconciliation:

  • Communal Celebrations:
    • Regional celebration at St. Albert on Sunday, March 19, 2017, 3:00 PM
    • Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00 PM (Epiphany)
    • Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 PM (Epiphany).
  • Individual Reconciliation:
    • March 11 & 25, April 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 5, 2017

EncounterThis is the First Sunday of Lent. Our focus this season of Lent 2017 is “Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY.”

Pope Francis encourages us to build a culture of encounter and to offer a spirituality of accompaniment. “Faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others...with our faith we must create a culture of encounter, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently,… following in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd, we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.”

We, like Jesus, face temptations. God formed humans for life in a creation garden of God’s love, but our desire for power, to “be like gods,” has led us into a desert wasteland of lies and death. We justify the use of power, violence and manipulation as the necessary means to feed our human hungers. But we are invited to more – real fullness of life through conversion to our true selves, as God created us to be. We begin this Lenten season of renewal and new life with the ancient spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that can help us accomplish this renewal as individuals and as a community. You’re invited this Lent to experience encounter and accompaniment by supporting immigrant families through Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Services. Watch for upcoming opportunities to learn, pray and serve!

Reflection on Ash Wednesday Readings: March 1, 2017

Ash WednesdayLent 2017: Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY

How is God inviting you to renewal this Lent? …To transformation through Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving?

The problem is not in being sinners, the problem is when we don't let ourselves be transformed in love by the encounter with Christ.” ― Pope Francis, Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday

Today we begin the season of renewal and new life with the ancient spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that can help us accomplish this renewal as individuals and as a community. Our focus this year is on how can we find ways to live the encounter with God in accompaniment of others on this journey of faith. Ash Wednesday evening we take as our guide Levi (Matthew) the tax collector, who when called by Jesus unhesitatingly got up and became a follower of Jesus. His first act as a disciple was to invite many of his friends and acquaintances to come to his house to get to meet and dine with Jesus. In so doing, they found an unexpected healing that renewed their lives. Lent is that time for spiritual healing for us.

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