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Thursday, September 21, 2017

FAMILY MINISTRY SPECIAL EVENTS




Is Pornography Affecting You or Your Family?

How Do You Protect Your Marriage And Your Children?

 

Pornography use is NOT normal OR harmless as nearly 60% of divorces today have pornography as a significant component in the breakup!

Join us for a frank presentation by Deacon Stephen Bowling, Director of the Archdiocese of Louisville's Family Ministries Office on the nature of pornography as it exists today and how you can better recognize and avoid it . . . as well as seek help for those who may be in its grasp.
  
The presentation will be held on September 30th at 6:30 PM in the Spirituality Center at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 7813 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40222
located across from Oxmoor Mall.

The event is free and open to everyone although due to the nature of the topic being discussed it is not recommended for children under age 12 to be present.


"This Isn't Your Parent's Annulment: Dispelling the Myths and Learning the Truth of Marriage, Divorce & the Catholic Church"  

October 12, 2017 at the Clifton Center
 
  

The Olive Branch Divorce Ministry invites you to join them on Thursday, October 12th at The Clifton Center's Community Business meeting room, 2117 Payne Street, 40206 for a one evening workshop entitled This Isn't Your Parent's Annulment: Dispelling the Myths and Learning the Truth of Marriage, Divorce & the Catholic Church. 
Presented by Fr. Paul Beach, JCL, Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Louisville and Pastor of St. Martin of Tours parish.
Meet & Greet will begin at 6:30 PM and the program will begin at 6:50 PM.
To attend the session, please RSVP to the Holy Trinity Parish Office at (502) 897-5207 or mjgandolfo@htparish.org by October 9th.
The session is free, confidential and open to everyone!
The attached newsletter is published by the Archdiocese of Louisville's Family Ministries Office and is made possible through your generous donations to the Catholic Services Appeal






Archdiocese of Louisville, Family Ministries Office, 1200 South Shelby Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Monday, September 18, 2017

LOOKING TOWARDS SUNDAY REFLECTION





TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017


GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 20:1–16A

The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o’clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’ So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o’clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’ When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage. So when the first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’ He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

PRAYER: 
Put yourself in the parable. It’s the end of the workday. The owner calls all of the workers together and hands out the day’s pay. You notice that everyone gets exactly the same amount—those who have worked all day and those who arrived just a few minutes ago. How does that make you feel about the owner? How does that make you feel about your fellow workers? Are you tempted to say something? Does this make you want to work for this owner in the future? Why or why not?

RESOLUTION: 
This week, end each day recalling all the gifts that God has given you and thank him for his presence and generosity in your life.   Then spend some time in prayer for those who are in need and ask God to pour his generosity upon them.

Friday, September 15, 2017

DIGNITY OF LIFE



Living Life To Its Natural End . . . Who Decides?"  
"To end a person's suffering seems a mercy. And does the exact time of death really matter that much?"

This candid reflection by Suzanne Marshall caught my attention as I read her account of her mother's lengthy and painful death. On the surface, it seems merciful to want to end the suffering for any human being, and especially for our family members who are closest to us.

In her article, "Time of Death - The Things Euthanasia Would Have Stolen from My Dying Mother and Me,", Marshall recounts her roller-coaster range of thoughts and emotions that led her from a desire to mercifully end her mother's life quickly to avoid suffering, to a profound realization that God's timing, even in the throes of suffering, brought forth an unexpected mutual strengthening and renewal of the love between Suzanne and her mother.

Marshall recounts the dreaded, cancer diagnosis that would include a painful and expensive march to death over the coming 6 - 9 months. Overwhelmed almost to despair, she began to understand, "why euthanasia is becoming increasingly accepted and legalized (Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont, and Montana currently allow euthanasia, as do several other countries)." However, as Suzanne sat with her mother over the ensuing weeks, she began to feel the movement of the Holy Spirit helping her to rise above the dark veil of impending death and to reveal to her the deeper meaning of this blessed time with her mother. "With each passing minute, my mind insisted, 'Death, is wrong, wrong, wrong.' I realized that humankind's selfish willfulness produced this consequence, this destruction that has wormed its sick ruin into every facet of creation until it wreaks its worst outcome."

This stark realization of how man's sinful nature has led to death and destruction, temporarily stunned her, and tempted her to think of a quick fix to hasten her mother's death. But just as quickly as the despairing thought entered, she felt a more powerful illumination when she thought, "what about my mother's perspective? I am certain that my presence communicated worth to her. In effect I said, "Mom, suffering with you is tearing me up, but you are worth it. You are immeasurably valuable, and I want to spend every last second with you that I can." Maybe this reassurance was something she needed to take with her." What would euthanasia have communicated to her? Would she be grateful and understand that I did it in mercy, or would she interpret my actions as ending my own pain and inconvenience?"

Marshall's gift of self for her mother's sake brought her to the cross of Jesus itself, and the meaning of suffering, as she concluded, "Perhaps the last natural moments on earth held the clock-ticks that allowed my mother, like Jesus, his mother, his disciple, and the criminal, to extend love, to express faith, to forgive or be forgiven, and to look into God's face."

As Pope Francis reminds us, "Compassion does not mean pity, it means 'suffering with.'"

We are called to "finish the race," and allow the Father to lead us to the time and date that only He knows for the end of life.
Respect Life Events, news and Updates:

Social Media Highlights
Photos and comments from Ambassadors for Life Meeting
- Ambassadors for Life
- Helpers of God's Precious Infants
- Kentucky Right to Life Walk
  • Little Way Annual Fundraiser Dinner - Will you Help Support Mothers in an Unplanned Pregnancy?
  • Trial concludes in Lawsuit Challenging Kentucky's Abortion Clinic Transfer Law - What's Next?
     
     
  • Nearly 100 per cent of Down's Syndrome Infants aborted in Iceland
  • From inspiration to adoption: A story of working with Mother Teresa
Feel Free to share your comments on the Archdiocese of Louisville Family Ministries Facebook page.


Remain steadfast in faith.
Ed

Ed Harpring
Coordinator of Pro-Life Ministries
"Conception to Natural Death"
502-471-2154


Social Media Comments
Ambassadors for Life Meeting with Fr. Ricardo from Fathers of Mercy

Fr. Ricardo's talk for the Ambassadors for Life (High school students across the Archdiocese), entitled "Boy Meets Girl: Lord have Mercy" was not only informative, but humorous.  His talk provided insights from St. John Paul's Theology of His Body, as well as from Sarah Swafford's book Emotional Virtue. Fr. Ricardo shared some of his personal stories and Theology of the Body truths such as:
  • Willing the good of the other (gift of self) vs. selfish pleasure
  • Man and Woman: A Mutual Gift for Each Other
  • Original Unity of Man and Woman
  • Dignity of all Human Life
  • Battlefield Between Love and Lust


Fr. Michael Wimsatt celebrated Mass on Saturday, September 8th assisted by Deacon Tom Roth for the Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass, Rosary procession and Benediction to pray for the Unborn and a Change of heart for Mothers and Fathers


Next Month's Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass 
and Rosary Procession
Saturday, October 14th - Fr. John Judie
Mass begins at 7am followed by your choice of remaining in Adoration or joining in the walking Rosary Prayer Procession to the local EMW abortion clinic, then return to the Cathedral for Benediction.  http://helperslouisville.org/






Kentucky Right to Life Walk - Thanks to Trinity High School for hosting the Walk



Little Way Annual Fundraiser Dinner - Will you Help Support Mothers in an Unplanned Pregnancy?

I know many of you will be attending the annual Little Way fundraiser. Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center has provided, compassionate and non-judgmental counseling services for women (and men) who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. Little Way has helped over 50,000 clients, and with God's grace, helped save hundreds of children from abortion.
As a board member of Little Way, I invite you to consider attending this year.  
Vision of Hope Banquet on Thursday, September 28th, 2017. Our speaker, Leah Trout, who spoke at the Archdiocesan Life Conference last year, will share a heartfelt personal testimony. I know you will be touched by her life-changing story.
New location this year!
It will be a wonderful evening at the Marriott! 280 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202. If you park in the Marriott garage you simply take the garage elevator to the second floor where our benefit room is!! Should be very easy.
As a board member at Little Way, I am happy to report that the good work continues at Little Way:
2016 Statistics:
  • 2259 Total Client Visits - up 19% 
  • 791 Pregnancy Tests - up 10% 
  • 349 Ultrasounds - up 150% 
  • 1025 Tangible Help Visits - up 4% 
  • 27 Crib/Car Seats Given - up 90% 
Milestones and Accomplishments-Our team has worked hard to improve our processes, client services, and our reach. Here are a few highlights: 

Billboards-The strawberry billboard campaign was a huge success. 

Ministry Ultrasound -We installed a new ultrasound machine allowing us to schedule ultrasounds as early as 5 ½ weeks LMP (last menstrual period). 

BRIGHT (Abstinence program)-2016/17 school year had our program in 40 schools - up 4 schools over last year. Over 90% of students in anonymous surveys rate our program "great" or "good." We redesigned/renamed our purity program BRIGHT Healthy Relationships Initiative. 
Journey of Hope Post-Abortive Ministry-Our team redesigned the program to focus more on a fluid one-to-one accompaniment and monthly support group meetings. The ministry is gaining ground, and hearts are being healed. 

Father of Baby Ministry-We began a new program to focus on fathers of the baby-the number one influencer of women who choose to have abortions. We began one-on-one counseling/education of fathers along with a focused effort to include them in the ultrasound visit. Fundraising-Over 1300 unique donors. 

Rose Sale (at 44 parishes) and Baby Bottle Boomerang (at 32 parishes) hosted by many local parishes. 

2017 Plans and Goals-while numbers are important and worthy of analysis, they will never be our focus. We will keep our God-given mission and our clients always in the cross-hairs. Our focus is on the individual, especially those who are overwhelmed with an unplanned pregnancy and feel that they have only one choice. We are offering education, choices, support, love, and accompaniment.
SAVE THE DATE!
Vision of Hope
Annual Fundraising Banquet
Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Marriott Hotel
280 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202
Seven to Nine o'clock
Seating at 6:30pm
Complimentary dinner to follow 


Trial concludes in Lawsuit Challenging Kentucky's Abortion Clinic Transfer Law - What's Next?

Three days of testimony before a federal judge concluded Friday in the lawsuit challenging Kentucky's law requiring abortion clinics to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case of an emergency. 

According to the Associated Press," Instead of closing arguments, attorneys in the case will present post-trial briefs to U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers within 60 days."
The challenge was initially brought by EMW Women's Surgical Center of Louisville, Kentucky's lone remaining abortion clinic, but Judge Stivers, who is hearing the case without a jury, allowed 

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky to join in.
The nub of the lawsuit is that the transfer agreement is both unnecessary and a ruse to block access to abortion and unnecessary-"They're about shutting down abortion facilities," said Brigitte Amiri, an ACLU attorney for EMW. Amiri insisted there were no problems until Matt Bevin became governor.

But Gov. Bevin's attorney, Steve Pitt, countered (according to WDRB) that
the real problem is that past administrations were lackadaisical in enforcing regulations that required abortion clinics to have transfer agreements with hospitals and ambulance services

To read more:click here:



Nearly 100 per cent of Down's Syndrome Infants aborted in Iceland
'Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it.'


In Iceland, nearly all pregnancies where Down's syndrome is identified in prenatal testing are aborted.An article by American news agency CBS states that other countries "aren't lagging too far behind".
"The United States has an estimated (abortion) rate for Down syndrome of 67 per cent (1995-2011); in France it is 77 per cent (2015); and Denmark, 98 per cent (2015)," CBS reported.
Geneticist Kari Stefansson, a leading neurologist and geneticist, told CBS: "My understanding is that we have basically eradicated, almost, Down syndrome from our society - that there is hardly ever a child with Down syndrome in Iceland anymore."

To read more:Click here:






From inspiration to adoption: A story of working with Mother Teresa


Rome, Italy, Sep 5, 2017 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 20 years ago, Ann Pollak traveled to Calcutta, hoping to volunteer alongside Mother Teresa. The experience would spark a years-long process that would eventually lead her to adopt a severely handicapped child from one of the care centers run by the Missionaries of Charity.

"It has not been easy, at all, but the blessings have far, far outweighed the sacrifices," Pollak told CNA. "Oddly, in adopting a blind child, I began seeing the world through my own eyes from a different perspective."

Nearly 16 years ago, Pollak adopted a child from one of Mother Teresa's orphanages. But adoption was not initially her intent.

To read more: Click here:



The U.S. bishops have approved pastoral strategy to advance a Movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty. It is essentially a call to prayer, penance, and sacrifice for the sake of renewing a culture of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country.

This week, join the bishops in praying:
 
"May we recall Christ's sacrifice on the cross and be given strength to bear our burdens."

The U.S. Bishops are encouraging the faithful to pray and fast for the renewal of a culture of life and marriage and for protection of religious liberty. In particular, Catholics are invited to make a pledge to fast and abstain from meat on Fridays. Below are suggested intentions and reflections for each Friday fast.

MASS AND ADORATION ON THE AIR



Over the years churches have been known to broadcast live Masses (as well as pre-recorded Masses) on local and network TV channels — the first televised Mass went out from Boston, in 1949 and the Vatican’s Christmas Mass has been broadcast live every year since the first, Europe-limited broadcasts of the 1950’s — but with the introduction of the internet the possibilities have only increased.

Catholic broadcasting networks such as EWTN and Catholic TV make it possible to watch Mass on a daily basis through their YouTube channels. This allows the homebound and sick, or even non-Catholics curious about the Mass, to participate in the Holy Sacrifice from anywhere in the world. They can view it from their computer, TV, or phone, and engage spirituality in the Mass being celebrated elsewhere.

In the Archdiocese of Louisville, the Mass of the Air is televised on Sundays in Louisville at 7 a.m. on WBKI-TV (channel 28), at 10:30 a.m. on WHAS-TV (channel 11) and at 6:30 p.m. on the Faith Channel. (Spectrum channel 19). In Campbellsville and Bowling Green, respectively, Mass of the Air is televised at 10 a.m., on (Spectrum channel 7 ) and on WNKY-TV (channel 40). Mass of the Air is sponsored solely by private donations.

Participating in Mass online is never a replacement for the Mass in person and does not fulfill the Sunday obligation. However, if someone is homebound or sick at the hospital, it provides an opportunity to participate in and be consoled by the Mass and still reap spiritual fruit.

Recently churches have been exploring other possibilities, not only offering live feeds of Mass, but also video streams that originate from their churches and Perpetual Adoration chapels. The Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters seem to have been the first to do this, offering a live feed from their monastic choir. On YouTube, Adorecast is one of many live channels where one can — in a spirit of sincere devotion — check in day or night to spend some time in Adoration before Jesus in the Eucharist.

While these digital alternatives can never fully compare to in-person participation, they do offer a unique opportunity for those who desire to see Jesus in the Eucharist, but for various circumstances are unable to do so at their local church.

In an age when crimes are being captured on Facebook live video, it is beautiful to see technology being used to broadcast the Word of God himself.

From Aleteia


OLIVE BRANCH DIVORCE MINISTRY


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

LOOKING TOWARDS SUNDAY REFLECTION


TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As manyas seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back,his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children,and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’ Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left,he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”
 

PRAYER:
We all know that we have sinned. As you think about your life, and areas where you have failed to do the good you know you could have done, imagine Jesus reaching out and saying to you, “My dear Servant, I have paid this debt for you. It is completely erased, taken off my Father’s books. It is no longer held against you. As the Father has forgiven you, now, go and do the same to anyone who has harmed or offended you.” As you consider this, offer your own prayer of gratitude to the Lord.

RESOLUTION:
Is there someone you need to forgive? Set aside some time this week to spend before the Blessed Sacrament either in an Adoration Chapel if your parish has one or before or after Sunday Mass thanking Jesus for having paid the debt of your sins and asking for the grace to forgive those who have sinned against you.