Community Leadership
August 2018
The Red Mass
By Richard Meena, Jr.

On September 5, 2018, the annual Red Mass will be held at 12:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville. The event is for persons of all faiths who serve in the legal community. This includes attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, assistants, clerks, staff, courthouse personnel, law students, and all those working in the legal field.

It is believed that the first Red Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. The Mass was held at the beginning of the judicial year in many European countries. The first such Mass in the United States was in 1928 at the Church of St. Andrew in New York City. Perhaps the most well-known Red Mass is held at the beginning of October in Washington D.C. at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. This Mass coincides with the opening of the United States Supreme Court’s annual term and has been attended by the President of the United States and United States Supreme Court Justices of different faiths. The Red Mass gets its name from the red garments worn by the clergy. These red garments are worn because the Mass is an invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the legal community.

The 2017 Red Mass in Louisville was well attended, with several judges in attendance and Archbishop Kurtz presiding. I left the Cathedral that day feeling proud to be an attorney and with a renewed sense of purpose. Archbishop Kurtz’s homily was in part about an attorney whose simple kindness and generosity had deeply affected someone in need. For all its faults, the legal system gives those in our profession tremendous opportunities on a daily basis to impact and make real change in people’s lives. I was reminded of that responsibility at the Mass, and I have used the Mass as an inspiration throughout the year. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to come together once a year as a real community and renew our responsibility to help those in need. I hope to see you there.

Richard Meena, Jr. is an attorney in Louisville with the Richard Meena, Jr. Law Office.
Christian Leadership Institute
The Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) is a 5-day leadership development program for incoming high school tenth through twelfth graders in the Archdiocese of Louisville. This year CLI was held at the Flaget Center from July 9-13. See Archbishop Kurtz's message for our youth leaders below:
Salt & Light Giving Society
By Sarah Wunderlin

Last week I started seeing one of the sure signs that the lazy days of summer are ending: the sudden influx of school buses in my neighborhood practicing their routes. This is a hectic time of year as families prepare for the return to the classroom; the season begins to change, and for me especially, it marks the beginning of the Catholic Services Appeal. As I focus on wrapping up the 2017 CSA and beginning the 2018 Appeal, I am in awe of the generosity of the people of the Archdiocese of Louisville. Each year we are all called to make a free will offering to support the more than 100 ministries and services funded by gifts to the Appeal. This year more than 14,500 households responded with a gift, helping the 2017 CSA become the most successful ever, raising more than $4.1 million in support of the ministries and services.

When I make my gift to the Appeal, I remember a verse from Luke 12:48 that Bishop Mark Spalding shared with me when I first came to work for the Archdiocese of Louisville.
“To whom much is given, from him much is expected.”

We are truly blessed and with these blessings comes the responsibility to share our gifts with others. Members of the Salt and Light Giving Society are just one example of being good stewards of these blessings. This is a group of more than 2,000 households that have answered the call to make a leadership gift to the Catholic Services Appeal. Their willingness to share their gifts is a great example of living the Word of God. For more information on the Salt and Light Giving Society and its current membership, please click here

Thank you to everyone that answered the call to bring Christ to others through the 2017 Catholic Services Appeal. Your great generosity this past year continues to have a positive impact throughout the Archdiocese, even as we prepare for the new 2018 Appeal. These CSA-supported ministries would not be possible without all the donors that answer the call to support our local Church.

To learn more about the Catholic Services Appeal click here .

Sarah Wunderlin is the Director of Annual Giving for the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Archbishop's Tweets
Follow @ArchbishopKurtz on Twitter for more of his tweets.

August 12
How uplifting to install Fr Bill Bowling as pastor of Holy Name & Holy Trinity. Here with his parents and family at Holy Name Church.

August 10
Congratulations to those teachers honored by Catholic Education Foundation & Ulmer Family at Catholic School Teachers’ Opening School Year Mass.

August 8
First ever Archdiocese of Louisville Lay Ecclesial Assembly at the evening celebration. Thanks, Brian Reynold & Lilly Foundation!

August 8
So proud of our Archdiocese of Louisville seminarians as we complete our assembly at Barren River Lake State Park.
Upcoming Events
8/18/18 10:00 a.m.

8/21/18 10:00 a.m.

8/21/18 7:00 p.m.
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8/25/18 9:00 a.m.
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8/28/18 11:30 a.m.
8/29/18 11:30 a.m.

8/29/18 Noon

9/4/18 8:00 a.m.
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9/5/18 12:15 p.m.

9/6/18 & 9/13/18 7:00 p.m.
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Resources & Recommendations
This month, we're highlighting some helpful and timely resources for Catholics throughout the Archdiocese. We encourage you to check out the resources below and get involved!

Capital Punishment
On August 2, Pope Francis revised the Church’s teaching on the death penalty, stating that “in the light of the Gospel” the death penalty “is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,” and stating that the church works “for its abolition worldwide.” For the Holy Father’s summary of this change in a letter to bishops, click here . For an article summarizing this development of Church doctrine, see America Magazine .

Feast of the Assumption
On August 15, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother. For questions about Mary, click here . To meditate on this feast, see this Angelus message from Pope Francis on the 2017 Feast of the Assumption.

School Starts
Though individual schools, especially high schools, may start on different days, the first official day of school for Catholic elementary schools in Jefferson County is August 15. Check out the August 16 issue of The Record for back-to-school information and resources. (For back to school information for your particular school, check your school handbook.) Click here for information about Catholic schools in general.

Free to Serve
To learn how you can pray, learn, and act on issues of religious freedom, check out the e-newsletter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Free to Serve . You can sign up here . Also read about Archbishop Kurtz’s address to the Department of Justice on the topic of religious liberty here .
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