The Role of the Assembly
March 2019
Work of the People: The Catholic Mass
"What is the role of the assembly at Mass?"

A new video series produced by the Archdiocese of Louisville begins to answer this question with explanations, examples, and commentary from our own parishes and parishioners here in the Archdiocese. It comprises six brief (3-4 minute) videos – an introduction and five “snapshots” of the assembly’s role at specific points in the Mass. A study guide for each video includes:

  • A summary of the content
  • Key learning outcomes
  • Questions for discussion
  • Ways to put these ideas into practice
  • Quotations from Church documents that support the content

The introductory study guide includes ideas for how to use this series in your parish.

Below is a segment from Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz , featuring a discussion between Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Chancellor Dr. Brian Reynolds about the series.
To view the videos, study guides, and more, click here.
Editorial — Acts of Contrition
This editorial was originally published in The Record on February 28, 2019.
By Marnie McAllister

One of the more powerful moments of the four-day summit on abuse that ended February 24 was a penitential liturgy held on February 23. About 190 bishops, cardinals and leaders of religious congregations took part in the liturgy, asking for God’s mercy in response to a series of confessions centered on their failures.

“We confess that bishops, priests, deacons, and religious in the Church have done violence to children and youth … that we have shielded the guilty … that we have not acknowledged the suffering of many victims … that we bishops did not live up to our responsibilities.”

While their confessions are a hopeful step in and of themselves, it’s significant that the leaders offered them in the presence of an abuse victim.

The man, who wasn’t identified, spoke to the penitents in Spanish for several minutes about what abuse did to his life. And then, apparently without explanation, he began to play the violin.

It’s hard to imagine how he felt. But a story by Catholic News Service tells us what he had to say.

He explained to his listeners, “what you carry within you is like a ghost that others cannot see. They will never see you nor completely know you.”

The memory of the abuse is always there, he said, “There is no dream without the memory of what happened. No day without memories, no day without flashbacks.

“I try to concentrate on my divine right to be alive. I can and should be here,” he said with emotion. “This gives me value. Now it is over and I can... Read More
"Allowing Jesus To Find Me" – Catholic Men’s Conference
By Gerry Hope

This year's Catholic Men's Conference will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Saint Michael Catholic Church from 8:15 a.m. (doors open at 6 a.m. for breakfast) to 1 p.m. with lunch. Register online here or contact Melissa Herberger at 502-636-0296 ext. 1201

This year's keynote speakers are Steve Angrisano and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. Steve is one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. He has a unique blend of humor, song, and story that engages all ages. He has been featured at six World Youth Days and has led parish missions and diocesan conferences throughout the United States. Archbishop Kurtz has faithfully served the Louisville Archdiocese since 2007. He has served on many boards and committees: from 2013-2016 he was President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and in 2017 he was elected Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty.

The Conference also will include a panel discussion on faith journeys featuring Father Peter Bucalo (a DJ who Christ led to the priesthood) and Deacon Pat Harris (a self-proclaimed atheist in his youth who found Christ and eventually the diaconate).
The Conference (which has moved to an every-other-year format) offers a time to join with men throughout the Archdiocese and deepen our personal relationships with Jesus Christ. Featured speakers, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a truly special Mass with the Archbishop will strengthen our faith and provide time to seek answers to important life questions. The Conference also is a great opportunity to network with other parishes as well as check out over 16 different exhibitors offering a range of opportunities, from improving our prayer life to volunteering our time and talents to those in need. For me, these Catholic Men’s Conferences have been a time of inspiration, reflection, education, and motivation. And, the pizza lunch ending the day is a great opportunity for fellowship and follow-up!

Please make plans to attend CMC 2019 and spend some quality time with your family and friends. Register as soon as possible and make this an opportunity to "Allow Jesus to Find You!"

Gerry Hope serves on the Catholic Men’s Conference Core Team and is a member of Saint Athanasius Parish.
Archbishop's Tweets
Follow @ArchbishopKurtz on Twitter for more of his tweets.

March 9
Wonderful to confirm youth of St. Raphael Church in Louisville on Thursday evening.

March 8
Watch Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz as retired priest Fr. Wayne Jenkins and I discuss changes in the role of the pastor over Fr. Wayne's years of priestly ministry.

March 2
Here are the fine women and men honored at our 32nd African American Catholic Leadership Awards Dinner.

February 20
At “We The People” Rally in Frankfort Capitol in support of the dignity of all and welcome for people who are refugees and immigrants.
Upcoming Events
Fridays 3/8/19-4/12/19 1:00 p.m.

3/15/19 7:00 p.m.

(See link for cost/registration)

3/21/19 3:15 p.m.
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3/27/19 Noon

3/30/19 6:00 p.m.
(See link for cost/registration)

4/6/19 8:15 a.m.
(See link for cost/registration)

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.

Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz
For the March episode of Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz , Chancellor Dr. Brian Reynolds and Archbishop Kurtz discuss the Lenten message from Pope Francis and how best to observe Lent and also introduce a new video series on the role of the assembly in the Mass, entitled The Catholic Mass: Work of the People . Archbishop Kurtz also welcomes guest Father Wayne Jenkins to discuss how the role of the pastor has changed over Father Wayne’s years of priestly ministry. 

Conversations airs on the Faith Channel (Spectrum channels 19 and digital channel 279) on Tues. at 7 p.m., Wed. at 10 a.m., Fri. at 7 p.m., and Sat. at 4 p.m. It is on radio stations WLCR 1040 AM, Breadbox Media, and WLHN 95.3 FM in Meade County. You may download Conversations for no charge through iTunes. Conversations also is available on Bardstown Cable Channel 19 (BRTV) at 7 p.m. on the first two Monday nights of the month and on Bardstown’s PLG TV on Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Conversations is online here .

Catholic Men’s Conference
The Catholic Men’s Conference, which will be held on Saturday, April 6 at Saint Michael Church, is open for registration. With musician and inspirational speaker Steve Angrisano and Archbishop Kurtz as keynote speakers, this event also will feature time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and a Mass.  Click here to register and for more details.

Work of the People: The Catholic Mass
For more information about this new video series on the role of the assembly in the Mass, go here . Resources on this page also include suggestions for how parishes can use the resource.

Be Golden
Catholic Charities of Louisville has launched a community-wide campaign to contemplate and practice the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” As part of this effort, the Office of Worship and Catholic Charities prepared an invitation for parishes to Journey to be Gold through which we can all reflect on Jesus’ golden rule as we journey to Easter. The resource packet includes reflections on the Sunday readings, hymn suggestions, and intercessory prayers as well as a selection of Be Golden actions and service opportunity for parishioners. These resources will help parishes incorporate Be Golden into Lenten programming and support and enhance liturgies and acts of service during this holy season. For more information, see here.

Sexual Abuse
Archbishop Kurtz’s “Leadership Briefing” continues to update Catholics about the issue of sexual abuse in the Church. See all editions here
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