The Catholic Connection
November 2017

In This Issue
Archbishop's Tweets

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

November 10
@ArchbishopKurtz:
How uplifting to confirm 103 students + 3 adults at St Patrick Church. May the Holy Spirit empower each to witness humbly to Christ.
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November 9
@ArchbishopKurtz:
Ever wondered what word Archdiocese means? Watch Conversations and find out more about @ArchLouKY & parishes.
Watch here

November 8
@ArchbishopKurtz:
Over 220 Archdiocesan Catholic School teachers honored from years of service- three for 45 years!!!
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November 6
@ArchbishopKurtz:
Watch Conversations as I interview
@reynolds_brian on Conversations about the new @ArchLouKY Pastoral Center.
Watch here

November 5
@ArchbishopKurtz:
At St Martin de Porres to celebrate African American Catholic History Month - reflecting on God's Word and the life of our own Daniel Rudd.
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November 5
@ArchbishopKurtz:
Wonderful to welcome Novice Mistress Sr Mary Michael & Ann Arbor Dominican Srs of Eucharist - tracing their Dominican KY roots!
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November 1
@ArchbishopKurtz:
After All Saints' Mass I gather with those from Sacred Heart Model School who portrayed specific saints.
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October 29
@ArchbishopKurtz:
New Archdiocesan Pastoral Center dedicated - so uplifting! In lobby is icon of San Damiano "Church born from side of Jesus crucified"!

October 29
@ArchbishopKurtz:
What a privilege to baptize three children at noon Cathedral Mass!


Archlou Happenings:

Be low is a list of upcoming
archdiocesan events: 

11/16/17 7:00 p.m.

11/17/17 7:00 p.m.
Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz

11/29/17 Noon

Youth Minister's Lunch  
   
12/1/17 6:30 p.m.
Lighting of the Tree of Remembrance

12/2/17 9:00 a.m.

Advent/Fall Retreat
(See link for cost/registration)

12/7/17 3:00 p.m.
Faith Development
(See link for cost/registration)

12/9/17 8:45 a.m.
4th Archdiocesan Black Catholic Congress
(See link for cost/registration)




Abundant Blessings
From the Desk of the Pastor
By Fr. Jeff Shooner

Here is the first in an occasional series that will be selected from pastors' letters to their parishioners contained in bulletins each Sunday. Featured this week is Father Jeff Shooner's letter from November 5.

"The greatest among you must be your servant." Mathew 23: 1-12

Why do we do what we do? Plato wrote, "The unexamined life is not worth living." It is important for us to have a certain amount of self-knowledge: to know who we are, our motivations and intentions, and our true gifts and limitations. This knowledge is central for us to grow and mature, but it's not always easy to gain.

I had many motivations for accepting a nomination to the Air Force Academy. I thought it was the best path to reach my goals in life, was exclusive and prestigious, provided amazing opportunities and future stability, would challenge me to reach my potential, and was a way for me to serve my country. It made my dad, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Army, proud. In the actual challenge of the Academy experience, many of my motivations melted away. They simply weren't enough. In a profound way, I had to discover why I was willing to sacrifice and for what I was willing to give my life.

I wish I could say I had purified my motivations when I entered seminary to become a priest, but there were all kinds of mixed motivations then, too. Among other reasons, because I was my parents' only living child and had three brothers die - Bradley and Patrick were both premature and died shortly after birth, and my mom also had a late miscarriage - I wanted to be the perfect son. I carried with me the responsibility to be good enough to compensate for my brothers' deaths.

The idea of priesthood gave me a way to do that. It was deep and heavy.

This kind of self-knowledge requires humility. Humility is not thinking less of ourselves than we should, nor is it trying to appear to be humble.

Humility, in a certain sense, is seeing ourselves accurately, really looking in the mirror without flinching. Saint Teresa of Avila wrote, "Self-knowledge is so important that, even if you were raised right up to the heavens, I should like you never to relax your cultivation of it; so long as we are on this earth, nothing matters more to us than humility."

It is only with humility, in this sense, that we can truly get to the point of real love. Do I do the things I do for love and not for myself or for how others will see me? Am I choosing to serve for the good of others no matter the personal cost? Am I willing to sacrifice in secret? Are the choices I make about myself or for others opinions of me? Or is my life a gift for others in their need? We were made through and for love. Are we true to the image of God within?

My motivations for being a priest remain mixed. Sigh. It's not a one and done kinda thing, but a daily examination. On my best days or in my best moments, I do what I do for love. That is when I, or you, are most truly ourselves. It is when we are most truly who God made us to be. It is, in fact, through humility that we become less and love becomes more. It is how we get ourselves out of the way! In all humility, may we decrease so that the love of God in Jesus may increase.
 
Father Jeffrey P. Shooner is pastor of Saint Boniface Church and Saint Patrick Church, both in Louisville.
The Gift of Stock
By Tink Guthrie, Chief Advancement Officer for the Archdiocese of Louisville  

Now that the calendar has turned to November, thoughts often turn to the upcoming Thanksgiving season. For some, this brings joyfulness in anticipation of spending time with family and loved ones. For others, this brings angst in anticipation of spending time with family and loved ones! We can all give thanks however, for the abundant blessings God has placed in our lives.

November is also a time when households often begin year-end charitable giving and tax planning. Have you considered giving the gift of appreciated stock for the benefit of your parish or to support archdiocesan ministries? Following several years of gains in U.S. stock markets, many stocks have experienced significant appreciation compared to the time when originally purchased.

When appreciated stock is sold, the profit is typically taxed at the prevailing capital gains tax rate. Alternatively, when donating appreciated stock, the Internal Revenue Service in most instances permits the full donated value of the stock to be claimed as a charitable deduction. The income tax savings through a gift of stock can be significant, as depicted in the following example.


Stock Name:
Bed Bugs Inns

Original Purchase Amount:
$10,000

Current Market Value:
(eligible for charitable deduction)
$25,000

Appreciated Increase:
(subject to capital gains tax if sold)
$15,000


Income Tax Savings if Stock is Gifted:
$8,500 (estimated 34%)

-- OR --


Capital Gains Tax Due if Stock is Sold:
$3,900 (estimated 26%)

If your year-end tax planning includes charitable giving considerations, donating appreciated stock may be an excellent opportunity to increase the level of giving to your church, Archdiocese, or other preferred non-profit organization. As always, donors are encouraged to consult with a qualified tax professional to determine tax savings for specific circumstances.

A simple stock gift transfer form is available on the Archdiocese of Louisville's website by clicking here.

For more information, contact Mr. Tink Guthrie at the Archdiocese of Louisville at (502) 585-3291, ext. 1118 or by email at tguthrie@archlou.org. May you and your loved ones have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
A Theology of Abundance

In the first segment from the November 2017 episode of Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz, Chancellor Dr. Brian Reynolds and Archbishop Kurtz discuss the theme of gratitude and the understanding of a theology of abundance.




To view other segments from Conversations, click here.
Resource Recommendations
 
This November, 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!

  1. Did you know that November is Black Catholic History Month?  For a timeline of Black Catholic history and a listing of influential Black Catholics throughout history, please visit https://www.nbccongress.org/.
     
  2. For a series of good articles on gratitude and thanksgiving, as well as holiday resources for those grieving, please click here to see the November Family Ministries Office newsletter.
     
  3. Check out resources on issues related to human dignity at www.archlou.org/days-of-human-dignity. Look for more about this effort in the December edition of Catholic Connection.
     
  4. Thinking about year-end giving?  Donate to the Catholic Services Appeal at www.archlou.org/CSA.

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