The Catholic Connection
October 2017

In This Issue
Archbishop's Tweets

Do you follow Archbishop Kurtz on twitter? Here is a sampling of his tweets this month:

October 9
An invigorating Columbus Day early AM walk along both sides of the Ohio. #Laudato Si

October 8
At Trinity HS for Living Rosary (to begin in 15 minutes) & Consecration of Archdiocese to Immaculate Heart of Mary.

October 8
How faith-filled & devout, the Korean Catholic community as we prayed for peace in their hearts, families & homeland. (St Aloysius Chapel)
October 7
Just Finished (survived!) the ArchLou 5 k at Louisville Zoo!

October 7
At St Andrew Academy to pray the Living Scriptural Rosary with students - Our Lady of Fatima, lead us to the Peace of your Son, Jesus!

October 6
What a joy to join the Ancient Order of Hibernians & Ladies' AOH to praise the Irish gift of Catholic life & leadership!

October 5
Watch Conversations as   @reynolds_brian & I discuss Catholic social teaching.
Click here to watch

October 2
Wonderful 225th Anniversary of St Michael in Fairfield.

September 30
Halftime at Trinity - St Xavier Football Game, rejoicing at record $375k proceeds from Salute to Game luncheon

Archlou Happenings:

Be low is a list of upcoming
archdiocesan events: 
(See link for cost/registration)

10/22/17 2:00 p.m.
Wedding Anniversary Mass
(See link for registration)

10/22/17 5:30 p.m.

White Mass

10/28/17 9:30 a.m.
Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Louisville (PCAL)  

10/28/17 1:30 p.m.
Pastoral Center Blessing & Open House

11/2/17 3:00 p.m.
Images of God
(See link for cost/registration)  
11/4/17 9:00 a.m.
Reimagine Charity
(See link for cost/registration)

11/6/17 7:00 p.m.
Communion Minister Formation
(See link for registration)

Reaching Out & Responding
Share the Journey

In the Archdiocese of Louisville, we are responding to Pope Francis' call to "Share the Journey" and walk with immigrants and refugees around the world. As one way to "Share the Journey," the Archdiocese of Louisville will begin an observance of "Days of Human Dignity" beginning with National Migration Week in January of 2018. See Archbishop Kurtz's invitation below in English and Spanish:

Share the Journey
Share the Journey

Comparte El Camino
Comparte El Camino

The White Mass
By Dr. Fred Williams

The White Mass is traditionally celebrated for members of the healthcare profession, which includes but is not limited to physicians, nurses, healthcare chaplains, medical technicians, hospital and outpatient facility employees, hospice workers, and home healthcare workers. The Church reaches out with prayer for all those involved in the healthcare ministry. The White Mass derives its name from the white coats, which have been traditionally worn by physicians for many years and are identified with the medical profession.

The origin of the White Mass goes back to 1932 when a national organization of Catholic physicians was first brought together. The National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guild (NFCPG) began in New York City. From its inception, the White Mass became the high point of each Catholic physician guild's yearly activities. The Mass has traditionally been celebrated in honor of the feast of Saint Luke, the patron saint of physicians, on October 18 or on a date near October 18. The White Masses were initially held in hospitals, parish churches, chapels, or anywhere that the guild physicians routinely gathered with their priest-chaplains.

In 1997, the National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guild name was changed to the Catholic Medical Association in order to transition toward a more inclusive organization for all Catholic health care professionals in carrying out their ministry in concert with Church teachings and support. In 2013, a group of Archdiocese of Louisville physicians established the Saint Joseph Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Father Paul Beach provided valuable spiritual direction as the first guild chaplain.  Recently, Father Edward Gorman O.P. and Father Martin Martiny O.P. have generously fulfilled the guild chaplaincy position.  Upholding tradition, the central focus of guild activities over the past four years has been the celebration of the annual White Mass.  

This year's Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Assumption on Sunday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m.  His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will be the celebrant. Archbishop Kurtz has been very supportive of the White Mass tradition and the Saint Joseph CMA guild since both were established in the Archdiocese.  

The Mass is open to healthcare professionals of all faiths to celebrate and to give thanks for the privilege to be God's healing hands in ministry to our community.  Also warmly invited are students currently studying to become healthcare professionals or anyone interested in working within the health care field in the future. All health care providers who have white coats encouraged to wear their coats. For anyone interested, information concerning the Catholic Medical Association and Medical Students for Life will be available at the Mass.

Dr. Fred Williams is an endocrinologist in practice with Endocrine and Diabetes Associates, current President of the St. Joseph CMA guild and is a member of Saint Boniface Church.
Honored to Be Another Generation of Giving to the Catholic Services Appeal 
By Ellen Hauber
When I was young, I remember telling my mom, "I want to be a priest. All they do is work on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings."

She laughed and said, "They do a little more than that."

As time went on, I began to realize the true sacrifices and commitment to God's work that not only priests, but all people of religious orders and even lay people have made in our community. Being able to give financial support to those that have supported me spiritually week after week is a privilege.

I come from a long line of Catholics and giving back was always a part of my upbringing. I can't remember a time when my parents weren't doing for others first - family, friends, or even people on the street they didn't know. They passed on that virtue of compassion to their children and instilled in us a faithful life.

In varying ways, we have all been called to a life of service in our community. My brother, Michael, is the athletic director at Saint Raphael Church, my sister, Karen, is a grade school teacher, and I am the Associate Director at Hand in Hand Ministries.

Within my family, I have witnessed generations of giving and see that being passed on to my niece and nephew now. So to me, it is important that we all take notice of what...Read More
The Blog Spot

This section will feature local and national blogs that will inspire, teach, and call to action. Featured this month is The Life Issues Forum, a bi-weekly column by USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat staff addressing the latest issues on the culture of life.

2017 Respect Life Month Statement: Be Not Afraid

By Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Chairman USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

October 6, 2017

My dear friends in Christ:

Once again, we mark the month of October as Respect Life Month. Looking back over the last year, there's been a lot of uncertainty, suffering, and heartache. Between tragedies that occur in the public eye and trials that take place in our personal lives, there's no shortage of reasons we cry out to God.

At such times, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. But we have an anchor of hope to cling to. With words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, God says to us, "Do not fear: I am with you" (Isaiah 41:10).

The 2017-2018 Respect Life theme, "Be Not Afraid," reminds us of this promise.

God isn't a detached, distant observer to our pain; the Eternal Son became man and Himself experienced immense suffering-for you and for me. His wounds indicate the very essence of our identity and worth: we are loved by God.

There are times we may doubt the value of our own lives or falter at the thought of welcoming and embracing the life of another. But reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we can see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all... Read More

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