Care and Mercy
May 2018
Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsmans
This is the second 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 Jessica Robertson

Our LORD is the defender of the vulnerable.

He makes that so clear throughout Scripture.

And I consider it a privilege to sit among some of our most vulnerable elders.

Those in Long Term Care have lost so much of their independence physically, needing assistance with going to the bathroom, keeping their skin clean, and eating.

And as a Long Term Care Ombudsman, I intend to protect them from losing their dignity that is given to them by our Creator.

When I walk into a nursing home room, I can never predict what I will encounter, but I remember that 86% of our residents never receive a visitor. I am honored to reflect back to them their worth through my presence and my listening.

Last week, God sent me a gem as He often does in my work. I sat with Mrs. G. She prefers that I remember her as the tomboy on her Daddy’s farm, and on this day we discussed her aching hips and pillow placement and the limits of pain medication.
Suddenly she sternly said, “Those kids. Don’t holler at em! They’re trying, you know? They really are. Be gentle with ‘em.”

In that moment, I gained... Read More
Archbishop Kurtz's Divine Mercy Sunday Homily
Below is the homily Archbishop Kurtz delivered on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Transitional Diaconate Ordination Reflection
This article originally appeared in Impacts: A Blog of the Office of Mission Advancement .
By Deacon Steven Reeves

How can I put into words the experience of my ordination as a transitional deacon? It feels impossible to do, but here is my best attempt.

The ordination Mass was beautiful. The liturgy was heavenly, the music was breathtaking, and it was a thrill to see St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown filled with so many family members, friends, and supporters. During the entrance procession, my mind wandered for a minute, and I found myself thinking how strange and surprising it was that I was about to be ordained a deacon of the Catholic Church.

Growing up Baptist, I never thought I would discover the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. As a shy, quiet boy, I never thought I would accept a vocation to proclaim the Gospel to all people. As a young man, I never thought I would be able to embrace the celibate state, accepting Christ’s call to love his people as he does and trusting that his grace is sufficient for me. As someone with a need for order and control, I never thought I would know the peace and freedom that comes from surrendering my will to the will of God. As someone who at times is overwhelmed by the weight of my sins, I never thought I would hold a chalice filled with the Blood that dripped from the cross for... Read More
Archbishop's Tweets
Follow @ArchbishopKurtz on Twitter for more of his tweets.

May 2
Outstanding witness to Catholic Education by Ben Fultz. Watch “Ben Fultz” on # Vimeo

April 26
On Conversations, @reynolds_brian and I talk about the sacrament of Confirmation and the messages I share with hundreds of Confirmation candidates and their families each year as I travel all over the Archdiocese to confer the sacrament. See

April 26
Spirit filled Confirmation at Basilica of St Joseph Proto Cathedral as Church’s 200th anniversary nears.

April 22
Wonderful Confirmation Mass in Spanish at Beautiful St Joseph Church in Butchertown.
Upcoming Events
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5/17/18 & 5/24/18 6:30 p.m.
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5/25/18 6:00 p.m.

5/26/18 11:00 a.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!

The third and final wave of parish discernment began on April 1 . To see the report on the results of parish discernment for Wave 2 parishes, who participated in the discernment process from January 1 to March 31 , look in the May 17 issue of The Record .

Did you miss viewing any of Archbishop’s 30-minute television program, Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz ? This past season’s (Season 9) segments will be in reruns over the summer on the Faith Channel (Spectrum Channels 19 and digital 279), with September and October airing in May ; November and December airing in June ; January and February in July , and March and April in August . For a listing of topics, click here .You also can view the programs anytime on our YouTube channel .

Calling young men and women, who are high school seniors to age 26, for the new LOU TEC retreat from Saturday, June 9 to Monday, June 11 . TEC weekends are a powerful and prayerful three-day experience of the Catholic faith with peers and adults who want to journey more deeply into faith…together! A TEC weekend includes small group interaction, fun and music, rituals and prayer, processions, and powerful talks by young people and adults. It also provides a chance to meet other people from all over the Archdiocese who want to go deeper in understanding and living their faith. Save your spot no later than May 31, 2018 . Register here .

Crux’s John Allen interviewed Archbishop Kurtz this month about the important topic of religious liberty. To see this interview, click here . Next month, the Catholic Church in the United States will observe Religious Freedom Week from June 22-29 . For more information, click here .

Upcoming Parish Picnics:

May 17-19: Saint Bernard, Louisville

June 1-2: Church of the Ascension; Holy Trinity, Louisville

June 7-9: Saint Athanasius (June 7 Ride Night); Saint Edward (June 7 Ride Night)

June 9: Holy Cross, Loretto
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