In this day and time, it has been increasingly difficult to feed the poor. Not to mention to help with everyday household bills and clothing for those in need. We are seeing more homeless than ever before. St. Mary Parish in Franklin, Ky., is a parish of 180 families.
Pastor appreciation takes on a whole new meaning when your pastor’s “yes” takes him over 9,000 miles from his family, home, and country to serve your parish.
Oct. 15, 2022 was a blessing for us because Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green received 19 new members, including infants, children, and adults.
St. Martin Parish in Rome, Ky., has grown so much in the past couple of years that they decided to host a Sunday Fun Day to help some of the newer members meet some of our “older” ones.
More than 10 years ago, Andy and Karen Balzer, parishioners at St. Leo Parish in Murray, Ky., were very involved with hospitality ministry at Saturday and Sunday Masses. Through their ministry, the Balzers did more than open the door for those entering the church; they made a special effort to get to know all who entered and would have conversations with them – young and old, families and individuals. However, they paid extra attention to older adults, as many of them had moved to Murray upon retiring.
For embracing and living a life of stewardship – giving of her time, talent and treasure, Lisa Jones, a parishioner of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Sturgis, received the parish’s 2022 Sophia Award.
Fr. John Okoro gave out “Backpack Blessings” at all the Tri-Parish Masses at St. Francis Borgia Parish in Sturgis, St. Ambrose Parish in Henshaw, and St. William of Vercelli in Marion on August 27 and 28 for all our school-aged children.
Immaculate Conception Parish in Hawesville is pastored by Fr. Terry Devine. On Saturday, Aug. 20, parishioners gathered for a campus clean-up day.
Sr. Margaret Ann Aull, OSU, Immaculate Parish’s coordinator of pastoral care, retired on June 30, 2022, although she still will visit the homebound and nursing home residents two-and-a-half mornings a week.
Stories of science and the Catholic Church appear in unexpected places. On a trip to Cave-in-Rock in Illinois (USA), I learned about St. Vincent’s Academy and Blessed Martin School from the past—and about John Paul II School from the present. These schools tell a story of education in the USA that is both interesting and difficult.