Making An Impact
April 2018
Archbishop Kurtz's Easter Message
May this season be a time of deepened faith and great joy! See Archbishop Joseph Kurtz's Easter message:
Impacts: A Blog of the Office of Mission Advancement
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” – 1 Peter 4:10
By Richard "Tink" Guthrie

Happy Easter 2018! May God bless you as we celebrate the glorious resurrection of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

One of the great joys I have in leading the Office of Mission Advancement is to hear stories of people sharing God’s blessings throughout the Archdiocese of Louisville. Members of our Mission Advancement staff often have a conversation, receive an email, or read a story in The Record that inspires us in our own service to Christ.

We are surrounded with stories of good stewards, and their inspiring examples should be shared with the larger community. From the person who serves in community outreach ministry at his parish, to the advocate who prays for increased vocations to religious life, to the donor who describes why her family would be incomplete without their Catholic faith, these stories are testaments to the Holy Spirit alive in our Church. They are the very essence of God’s call to be generous stewards of the blessings He has placed in our lives!

For this reason, the Office of Mission Advancement introduces our new blog. In these pages, we hope to share... Read More
Services for Human Trafficking Survivors
This is the first of a three-part series on ministries provided by Catholic Charities of Louisville. Each of these ministries was featured during prayer services held by Catholic Charities during Lent.
By Marissa Castellanos

Although Kentucky is not a border state or a major entry point into the U.S., it faces a severe problem of labor and sex trafficking in small towns and urban areas across the Commonwealth, Louisville included. Crisscrossed by multiple interstates, Kentucky is host to a number of high-profile events, including the Kentucky Derby and NCAA tournament, which increases traffic in the commercial sex market and leads to increased trafficking of adults and youth for labor and sex. Kentucky’s high rates of poverty, child maltreatment, and the drug epidemic have led to increased cases of youth being trafficked by both parents and pimps. Traffickers force these workers to labor in Kentucky’s fields, restaurants, private homes, and hotels, telling them that they have invisible yet substantial debts to pay and threatening harm to their families. Often when foreign national trafficking victims are identified, they are criminalized, put in detention, and treated worse than their traffickers. This is the reality today in Kentucky communities.

Ten years ago, Catholic Charities of Louisville received referrals for our first two human trafficking survivors, and we began providing case management and legal services to the victims. Since then, we have become the only agency in the Louisville Metro area and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to provide comprehensive case management and direct services to labor and sex trafficking survivors. Direct services often include assistance with basic needs (clothing, food, personal items), emergency and transitional housing, immigration legal services, legal advocacy, assistance with medical care, and interpreter/translation services.

Catholic Charities has provided case management services to 171 victims over the past four years alone as well as to an additional 197 adolescent girls who received support group services through My Life My Choice, many of them with histories of sexual exploitation or trafficking. These victims... Read More
Archbishop's Tweets
Follow @ArchbishopKurtz on Twitter for more of his tweets.

April 9
@ArchbishopKurtz:
In Stockbridge, thousands join at Shrine of the Divine Mercy to be in 'the presence of Christ' - goo.gl/alerts/mGLZ6 #GoogleAlerts

April 2
@ArchbishopKurtz:
The new colorful Ferris Wheel at Big Four walking bridge over the Ohio lights up the dreary sky this AM.

April 1
@ArchbishopKurtz:
Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Here are those baptized, received into the Church & Confirned at Cathedral Easter Vigil.

March 24
@ArchbishopKurtz:
On the windy steps of St Joseph Basilica in Bardstown, I am with Deacons Kirby, Tony & Steven just after I ordained them #finezealousdeacons
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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!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. See many resources at the Archdiocese of Louisville’s website. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has additional information.

April 22 is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. See information and resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Also see information about vocations in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

April 22 also is Earth Day, and Holy Trinity (Louisville) parish will be holding an electronics recycling event as part of the parish’s year-long study of Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for the earth, Laudato Si’. Holy Trinity will hold this recycling event in conjunction with Catholic Charities of Louisville on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the parish, 501 Cherrywood Road.

The third and final wave of parish discernment began on April 1. For information about the process in the pilot phase and Wave 1, see the report here. Look for the report on Wave 2 to appear in The Record in May.

On Sunday, May 6, the Archdiocese of Louisville will observe the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical letter written by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968, which provides beautiful and clear teaching about God's plan for married love and the transmission of life.  Join Archbishop Kurtz at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville for this celebration. Click here for more information about Humanae Vitae.

And for all of you baseball lovers, read Bellarmine University’s Dr. Gregory Hillis' article in Commonweal Magazine about the eternal nature of the game.
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