Sunday, January 21, 2018


Doris Lee Fawbush, 87, of Mt. Washington, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

 She was the former Doris Rouse, a retired employee of L&N Railroad, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Fawbush; and her parents, Tom and Pricilla O'Bryan Rouse. Doris is survived by three daughters, Suzette White (David), Annette Cooper, and Jeanette Starrett (Jay); one son, Richard Fawbush (Debbie); along with four beloved grandchildren, Josh Curtsinger, Lydia Cooper, Hannah Cooper, and Allie Fawbush.

Funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Friends may visit from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Kentucky Humane Society.

May Doris have eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Obituary for Anna Rhea Settles, wife of deceased parishioner Bud Settles, and mother of SFX parishioners Norma Mattingly, Savannah Farley and Mallory Mattingly

Anna Rhea Settles, 91 ,of Mt. Washington passed away January 15, 2018. She was a native of Bardstown, KY. She was the former editor of the old Mt. Washington Star and the old Senior Life Magazine of Bullitt County, a retired employee of the old Publishers Printing Company. She was a member of the Hebron Presbyterian Church and a former member of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Bardstown.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Norman “Bud” Settles; grandsons, Andrew and Justin Settles. She is survived by her daughters, Cathy Strange (Jeff) and Norma Mattingly (Dwayne); son, Randolph Settles (Tammy); grandchildren, Joshua Pike (Alaina), Christopher Pike (Kaitlin Chmiel), John Settles, Savannah Farley (Jay) and Mallory Mattingly (Wade Prater). Her funeral will be 1:00pm Thursday at Schmid Funeral Home in Mt. Washington with private burial in Big Springs Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will be from 11:00am-1:00pm Thursday prior to the service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Mt. Washington Community Ministries or the American Cancer Society.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 21, 2018

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
My memory, my understanding, and my entire will.
All I have and call my own,
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
 Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me. Amen

Gospel: Mark 1:14–20
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were      fishermen.

Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

Reflect on these words from the Gospel reading about the urgency of Jesus’s call to follow him. Ask Jesus what they mean in your own life. In what ways are you not responding to his call? What can you do better to follow him with the immediacy of these Apostles? Take a word that comes to mind and reflect for a moment on what it means to you personally. For example, you might have been attracted to the words “they abandoned their nets and followed him.” Ask yourself what they mean in your own life. What “nets” in your life keep you from responding to Jesus with urgency? How can you abandon them and follow him?

G.K. Chesterton once said, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” When we truly live in Christ and follow him, we have to swim against the stream of this world and its empty promises. Ask the Lord to give you the grace to let go of anything holding you back from him. What practical thing can you do this week to cast aside your nets and follow Jesus more closely?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 14, 2018

 GOSPEL: John 1: 35–42
John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he
watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus
turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are
you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” —which translated means
Teacher—, “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and
you will see.” So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they
stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew,
the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and
followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah” —which is translated Christ—. Then he
brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the
son of John; you will be called Cephas”—which is translated Peter.

Turn back to the Gospel, where we see Jesus calling the disciples so
mysteriously. Ponder the scene where they come to him seeking answers,
and he draws them into intimate friendship with him. How is
Jesus calling you into deeper friendship with him right now?
Take a word that comes to mind and refl ect a moment on what it means to
you personally. For example, you might have been attracted to the words
“they stayed with him that day.” Ask yourself what they mean in your own
life. When do you fi nd yourself wandering from Jesus during the
day? How can you stay with Jesus more in your daily life?

Later in his Gospel, John records Jesus saying, “I am the way, the truth,
and the life.” Jesus alone is the way we must travel, the truth we must see
and proclaim, and the life we are meant to live.
Take a moment and ponder over how you live these words in a typical
day in your life. How often do you see with spiritual sight? Do you
instead live as though God were not real? How can you open your eyes
and ears to God working in your life? What practical thing can you do
this week to bring the Lord to mind more consistently, and live a life
that proclaims with St. John the Baptist, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

The entire reflection with a video on the Epiphany readings can be viewed on FORMED.ORG.You must use the SFX parish code, and your email address and password to establish a FORMED account. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Patricia Ann Rouse Montgomery, 77, of Mt. Washington, was born on April 13, 1940. She passed away on January 5, 2018 at Baptist Health.  She was a retired employee of Catholic Charities of Louisville where she served as an Associate Long Term Care Ombudsman, and was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, David Montgomery; her parents, Charles Hall and Catherine Gillis Rouse; George and Mary Herman Maddox, who raised her; along with her siblings, Charles Rouse, Vincent Rouse (Kathy), Frances Ohls (Togo), Helen Nigh (Bill), and Esther Fisher (Al).  Pat is survived by three sons, Alan, Dean (Eliza), and Troy (Wendy) Montgomery; brother, William George "Billy" Maddox (Paula) and their children, Chris Maddox and Lauren Manion; along with four grandchildren, William Hayden Montgomery, Mary Frances Montgomery, Brittany Gay and Ariel Gay.

Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.  Friends may visit from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home.  Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Mt. Washington.

May Pat enjoy eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom. and peace and comfort for her family and friends.

Friday, January 5, 2018


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Better Days . . .
by Deacon Stephen Bowling 

I hope you won't think me too weird here, but I have a silly little ritual I always perform every New Year's Eve. 

It's something that forces me to look both backwards and forwards at the same time and spiritually reflect upon my life, and just how well I am fulfilling God's plan - or not, as the case may be.

On New Year's Eve, sometime before the ball drops at midnight, I go off to a quiet place and I play the song Better Days by the Goo-Goo Dolls, several times, over and over. 

I am mesmerized by those words from the song that say, "Tonight's the night the world begins again." It reminds me that once again, we get another new start, or maybe a fresh perspective, or at least a renewed way of "doing better" in the coming year.

"Better" is really the operative word here . . . hence my love of the song.
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Teaching Our Children The Sanctity Of Life
by Martine Bacci-Siegel 
As we prepare to celebrate Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 22 now might be a good time to find ways to talk with your children about the sanctity of life. Here are some helpful ideas to get you started.
  • For pre-school children
Using bubble solution, blow bubbles into the air while encouraging your children to clap them, pinch them or catch them in their hands. Ask how the bubbles feel against their skin. Ask what is inside the bubbles. Air? No, breath. Let them take a turn blowing the bubbles. Now share this truth: Just as we can fill a bubble with our breath, that's how God filled man with his breath when he created us. Since it is easy for a bubble to pop or burst, it must be treated with care. In the same way, human life is fragile and must be protected because it is so valuable.
For older kids, conversation is a great starting point. Here are some excellent ideas for starters:
  • For "tween age" kids (between 8 and 12)
How do you know if something is alive?   Where does life come from? What is the difference between human and animal life?
  • For teenagers
Do not let culture be the one to shape your teens concept of "Who am I?" Make sure your teen knows that their human dignity is inherent, not earned. This may one day mean the difference between life and death. What does sacred mean? What gives your life value?

Having conversations now will pay dividends for both you and your children in the future! 
Beginning Anew . . .
by Michelle Herberger

If you have had an abortion or love someone who has, the following message is for you . . .

Perhaps you thought you had no choice.

No matter how you looked at your pregnancy, it seemed impossible to continue.

After the abortion, there may have been some regret, even sadness. You remind yourself, though, that you did the only thing you could do  under the circumstances.

However, time has passed and the nagging pain deepens.

Perhaps no one knows you've had an abortion and you feel as though you are locked into this pain forever. Please know there is help. There is hope. There is healing.

Project Rachel is a ministry to those who have experienced abortion. It is one-to-one, non-judgmental, and confidential. It helps you to fully realize that you need healing. It helps you to truly acknowledge your abortion and the fact that you did indeed experience it. It is a safe place where you can allow yourself to grieve. God's forgiveness is yours and Project Rachel can help you to accept that loving forgiveness.

Maybe you blame others for your abortion and are stuck in a pattern of blame. However, many times the most difficult person to forgive is you. You may sense God's forgiveness, but simply cannot forgive yourself.

Project Rachel can help you to forgive others and yourself in order to experience healing. It's possible that you have grieved silently for a long time. This ministry is one where you can talk about the child you have mourned and perhaps name and memorialize him/her.

Finally, Project Rachel seeks to help restore your hope. Your life is precious in the sight of God and you can know joy again.

Let this New Year be the beginning of a new you. Your life is precious in the sight of God and you can know joy again.

Please call the Family Ministries Office to speak confidentially to someone at (502) 471-2149) or Project Rachel (502) 471-2155/
Sharing Testimonies About the Sanctity Of Life
by Ed Harpring

Wounded Women & Men share their Pro-Life Testimonies at the Annual March for Life as
Hundreds from Archdiocese of Louisville prepare for the pilgrimage!

 "Roe v. Wade made it too easy for me to make the fateful and fatal decision to abort my child. The doctor advised that the procedure would hurt no more than 'having a tooth removed,' However, the procedures damaged my cervix and forced her to miscarry another baby months later. The physical toll on her body and the emotional strain of the abortions led to the demise of my first marriage."
 - Dr. Alveda King - niece of Dr. Martin Luther King

Today, King is a proud mother of six and grandmother of six. As a Christian pro-life leader, she works with Priests for Life and Silent No More to stop abortion. Following in her uncle's footsteps, she is fighting for the rights of the voiceless and inspiring students to do the same.

Despite the tragic results of legalizing abortion on demand (over 60 million children's lives lost) many courageous women and men speak about their abortion experiences in an effort to keep others from making the mistake and to affirm the sanctity of Life. . . .

March For Life Events - both LOCAL and NATIONAL!  

It's not too late to join with hundreds of local pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Louisville for the 45th annual March for Life on January 19 in Washington DC or to participate in events here in the Louisville area!

Check out our list of events HERE for more information on how you can help stand up for the cause of LIFE this new year!

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If you’re a Catholic, you’ve probably seen it: a mysterious series of letters and numbers, looking for all the world like an equation, inscribed in chalk over a doorway at your parish, or at the home of a friend. Maybe you thought you could figure it out. Maybe you were too embarrassed to ask, “What the heck is that?”

If you don’t know what the chalk is all about, don’t be ashamed. You’re certainly not alone.

Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night, Theophany, or Three Kings Day) marks the occasion of a time-honored Christian tradition of “chalking the doors.” The formula for the ritual — adapted for 2018 — is simple: take chalk of any color and write the following above the entrance of your home: 20 + C + M + B + 18. The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi — Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar — who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “18” at the end mark the year. Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless those homes so marked and that He stay with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year.

The chalking of the doors is a centuries-old practice throughout the world, though it appears to be somewhat less well-known in the United Sates. It is, however, an easy tradition to adopt, and a great practice whereby we dedicate our year to God from its very outset, asking His blessing on our homes and on all who live, work, or visit them there.

The timing for the chalking of the doors varies somewhat in practice. In some places, it is done on New Year’s Day. More commonly, it is performed this Saturday — the traditional Feast of the Epiphany — the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Most often the chalking takes place after Epiphany Mass, and can be done at any church, home, or dwelling. Traditionally the blessing is done by either a priest or the father of the family. This blessing can be performed simply by just writing the inscription and offering a short prayer, or more elaborately, including songs, prayers, processions, the burning of incense, and the sprinkling of holy water.

After many Epiphany Masses, satchels of blessed chalk, incense, and containers of Epiphany water (holy water blessed with special blessings for Ephiphany) are distributed. These can then be brought home and used to perform the ritual. Another common practice is to save a few grains of the Epiphany incense until Easter, so that it can be burned along with the Easter candle.

Practicing traditions like the chalking of the doors helps us to live our Faith more concretely and serve as an outward sign of our dedication to Our Lord. Our homes are also the place where many of us will make the greatest strides in our spiritual growth, through observance of daily prayer, spiritual reading, and work offered as an oblation to God.

The chalking of the doors of a home encourages Christians to dedicate their life at home to God and to others. Seeing the symbols over our doors can help to remind us, while passing in and out on our daily routines, that our homes and all those who dwell there belong to Christ. It also serves as a reminder of welcoming the Magi gave to Jesus. We should strive to be as welcoming to all who come to our homes to visit us!

Below, we’ve provided some examples of how this ceremony can be performed.

This ceremony of the blessing of the home and inscription of the initials of the three Magi above each door can be performed either by a priest or the father of the family. The following prayer is taken from the book, The Twelve Days of Christmas, by Elsa Chaney.

The feast of manifestation, or Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th. In the dioceses of the United States this feast has been moved to the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.

Liturgy & Prayers for Chalking the Door

Leader: Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here.
People: Amen.

One or more of the following prayers maybe said:
May all who come to our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us; and may we seek and serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is your incarnate Word, now and forever. Amen.

God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten One to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Savior. Amen.
Loving God, bless this household. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness, and abiding in your will. We ask this through Christ our Savior. Amen.

As participants take turns making the inscription, the leader says:
The three Wise Men, [C] Caspar, [M] Melchior, [B] and Balthasar followed the star to Bethlehem and the child Jesus [20] two thousand, [18] and eighteen years ago. [+ +] May Christ bless our home [+ +], and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

All say the Lord’s Prayer