The Catholic Connection
December 2017

In This Issue
Archbishop's Tweets

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

December 10
Uplifting to reflect with St Bernadette "Young at Heart" on Advent: remembering and passing on our Sacred & family traditions.

December 10
Advent installation of Fr Johnny Johnson as pastor of All Saints, Taylorsville & St Michael, Fairfield, KY.

December 10
Thank you, Cardinal Turkson, for your visit to Louisville for 4th Annual Black Catholic Congress.
December 9
"How lovely is Your dwelling place!" Mass with Ursuline Srs of Louisville & friends to mark 100 yrs since dedication of Chapel of Immaculate Conception. "Soli Deo Gloria"
December 8
What a joy to relate my vocation story to 7th & 8th graders st Sacred Heart Model School during Advent - and some fine questions too!

December 7
Please listen to the message that I shared with the Latino community at Annunciation Parish in Shelbyville as a source of pastoral support for all in this time of fear and uncertainty.
Watch here

December 5
A gray rainy AM as I try to keep up with the tug boat along the Ohio.

December 4
Wonderful Serran Luncheon to honor women of consecrated life -with Cardinal singers of U of L entertaining.

Archlou Happenings:

A Christmas Message
Days of Human Dignity
By Mark Bouchard

Since the spring of 2017, representatives from a number of archdiocesan agencies have worked together on an awareness campaign about issues of human dignity.  Called Days of Human Dignity, this effort also serves as a concrete implementation of the call of Pope Francis to "Share the Journey" with the 65 million immigrants and refugees around the world. This campaign will begin in January 2018.

The purpose of Days of Human Dignity is to bring together people of good will to strengthen through prayer, dialogue, and action, our efforts to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate the dignity of all persons. In January, events will be held on Saturday, January 6 (Epiphany) for National Migration Week; Monday, January 15 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Friday, January 19 and Sunday, January 21 for our pro-life witness tied to the anniversary of the Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision.  The February Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl lunch, in which our schools participate, also will be included among other observances and events throughout the year.  

It is our hope that Catholics throughout the Archdiocese will participate by attending and promoting the archdiocesan events that are planned in January and beyond and by taking the opportunity to learn about issues of human dignity.  There are a number of resources available at

Thanks to all who have assisted with this effort: Annette Mandley-Turner and Eva Gonzalez, Office of Multicultural Ministry; Barry Mudd, Office of Worship; Deacon Stephen Bowling and Ed Harpring, Family Ministries Office; Karl Dolson and Laura Zoeller, Office of Youth and Young Adults; Art Turner, Office of Faith Formation; Deacon Denny Nash, Diaconate Office; Terry Crawley, Office of Catholic Schools; Shelley Dewig and Allyson Ferry, Catholic Charities; Cecelia Price and Gary Hermann, Archdiocesan Communications Office; and Father Pat Delahanty.

Upcoming Events:

Celebration of National Migration Week: Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11:30 a.m. Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street, Louisville
Prayer service with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., presider and homilist, followed by a reception featuring foods from around the world.   

Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Monday, January 15, 2018, 1:30 p.m. Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street, Louisville
Prayer service with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., presider

Walk for Life: Friday, January 19, 2018, 4:30 p.m. Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street, Louisville
Gather in the Cathedral Undercroft for the prayer walk of 1.5 miles, which begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends between 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Pro-Life Mass: Sunday January 21, 2018, 3:00 p.m. Saint Martin of Tours, 639 South Shelby Street, Louisville
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., presider and homilist   

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Lunch: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Presentation Academy, 861 South Fourth Street, Louisville
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with International Exhibit.  Lunch at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Mark Bouchard at Catholic Charities 502-637-9786.

Mark Bouchard is the Parish Engagement Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Louisville.
Christmas Blessings
By Sarah Wunderlin 

One of my favorite Christmas movies of all time is White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. I never watched the movie as a child, but discovered it a few years ago while paging through all the Christmas movies available on Netflix. Now each year, I try to set aside one evening in the week leading up to Christmas to order take-out food, put on my pajamas and watch this movie to unwind and reset before the holiday.

It is hard to pick out just one song in the film that stands out as my favorite, however there is one line that sticks with me every time I watch it:

"When I'm worried and I can't sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, and I fall asleep counting my blessings."

In our fast-paced world, there never seems to be enough time. We are constantly facing an ever-growing to-do list, less time to get items accomplished and even when we finally make it to the end of the list, something new inevitably arises that needs our attention now.

In this season of Advent, what if we took the time to slow down for a few minutes and reflect on all the wonderful things that God has given us over the past year? I'm not suggesting everyone has to clear their schedules one night like I do to watch a movie and get lost in a world of Technicolor. I am proposing a conscious effort...Read More

Archbishop Kurtz's Christmas Message

Resources & 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. Looking for an event to attend this Christmas? Archbishop Kurtz will be participating in the Louisville Storytellers Project on December 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Frazier History Museum. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
  2. Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For information and resources about this feast, visit the Justice of Immigrants page at
  3. For some spiritual reading during the Christmas season, check out Archbishop Kurtz's pastoral letter: Your Parish: The Body of Christ Alive in Our Midst, which was released on the feast of the Holy Family last year. To read the letter, click here.
  4. Click here to see the Family Ministries newsletter for great messages for Advent and Christmas.
  5. Check out upcoming events related to the Days of Human Dignity effort described in this Catholic Connection newsletter with this calendar of events
  6. As part of Pope Francis' invitation to "Share the Journey" with migrants around the world and as an implementation of the Days of Human Dignity effort, various writers prepared teaching editorials about migrant issues that were released in The Record during the month of November. To see this series, click here.

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