Monday, August 29, 2016

Faith and Family Heirloom: The Story of One Family's Baptism Tradition

 From the 3rd Quarter, 2016 edition of the St. Francis Xavier Crossroads Messenger Newsletter:

Congratulations, Dana and Joe!!!

Dana Steinmetz and Joe Recktenwald recently received Archdiocese Youth Ministry Volunteers of the Year awards from Archbishop Kurtz in recognition for their contributions to youth ministry at St. Francis Xavier.


Prayers requested: Obituary for parishioner, Nancy Lynn Mattingly Hughes

Nancy Lynn Hughes (Mattingly), age 43, of Mount Washington returned to her Heavenly Father on August 28, 2016 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital from complications of a brain aneurysm. Nancy was employed at Norton Kosair Hospital for 20 years, where she was nominated for Nurse of the Year in 2015. She was a graduate of Assumption High School and U of L School of Nursing.

Among those that preceded her in death include her sister, Joan Marie Mattingly; grandparents, Dennis and Josephine Abell and Thomas Lee and Grace Mattingly. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 17 years, Jason Hughes; children, Sara Grace and Sydney Lynn; parents, Dan and Jan Mattingly; siblings, Daniel Mattingly (Debbie), Julie Veith (Tony) and Amy Mattingly (Letty Quesenberry); mother-in-law, Connie Hughes; father and stepmother-in-law, Gordon and Glenda Hughes; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sara Hughes (Carlos), Gretchen Schroeder (Bakir) and Kurt Schroeder (Yvonne); 15 nieces and nephews; and many other loving family, friends and co-workers. Nancy was an organ donor. Her family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff, nurses and doctors at Brownsboro Hospital for their compassion.

Father Dale Cieslik will preside, with Deacon Gerry Mattingly assisting, at Nancy's Funeral Mass at   11 am on Friday, September 2, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (155 Stringer Lane Mt. Washington, KY 40047). Friends may pay their respects on Wednesday from 4-8 pm and Thursday from 12-8 pm at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (4895 N. Preston Highway Shepherdsville, KY 40165). Deacon Steve Age will preside, with his wife, Shannon, assisting at a Vigil Prayer Service at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7 pm.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Children's Hospital Foundation. Family video on

Please pray for Nancy's eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and peace and comfort for her family and friends.  

Passing of parishioner Nancy Hughes

 It is with a heavy heart that we report this news.

The parish office received word this morning that parishioner, Nancy Hughes, passed away yesterday. Nancy was 42 years old. Surviving Nancy are her husband, Jason, her children, Sara and Sydney, and her mom, Jan Mattingly.

Nancy's funeral will be at SFX on Friday, September 2nd at 11am.

Please pray for Nancy's eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and peace and comfort for her family and friends.

Crossroads Messenger - 3rd Quarter, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Obituary for parishioner, Ellen Napier

Ellen Napier, 70, entered the gates of heaven on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 after a tough but gracious battle with lymphoma and colon cancer.  A veteran of Bullitt County Public Schools, Ellen served as gifted education coordinator for many years, donating her passion, time, and talent to developing the youth of Bullitt County. An avid University of Louisville fan, she will be missed in the stands of the football and basketball games. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lida Ballard; and brothers and sisters, Wallace Ballard, Sue Ritchie and Tilly Beaven.  She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Moise Napier; step-daughter, Toni Dorris (Greg); grandchildren, Leslie Dorris and Ashley Byerley (Kevin); and two great grandchildren; sisters, Ruby Badgett, Virginia Ballard and Judy Platt (Ron); brothers, Happy (Lois) and Howard (Jackie) Ballard; multiple nieces and nephews; adored grand and great granddogs; and a host of other family members and friends. 

Deacon Gerry Mattingly will preside at Ellen's funeral service at 11 a.m. on Saturday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home with Brother Billy Compton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Mt. Washington, assisting. Burial will follow in the Mt. Washington Cemetery.  Friends may visit from     1 to 8 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the First Baptist Church of Mt. Washington, or the American Cancer Society.

Please Pray for Ellen's eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and peace and comfort for her family and friends.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Archdiocese Youth Day at Kentucky Kingdom

Congratulations to the Deacon Class of 2016!

On August 20, 2016, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz ordained 18 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Louisville at St. Patrick Church in Louisville. May they serve Christ humbly and zealously, and may their wives and families be blessed.

Photos from Ordination Mass and practice.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2016 Simone Biles, Olympic Gold, St. Sebastian and her Rosary

From LifeSite News

When three-time world champion gymnast Simone Biles flew to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, the 19-year-old carried a rosary her mother gave her and a St. Sebastian medal from her family’s spiritual home, St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Spring, Texas.

Simone is already the most decorated woman gymnast in her sport’s history, winning golds at the world level in all-around and individual events. But as the young daughter of a fatherless home who was shunted between a drug-addicted mother and foster homes, her chances of excelling in any sport let alone one so intense as gymnastics seemed slim indeed.

Then her grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, stepped in, took her and three siblings into their home and then adopted Simone and her sister, while Ron’s sister adopted her two brothers. Simone grew up in a family of achievers, who were also devout Catholics, not incidentally, according the social science findings showing strong correlation between family stability, regular and frequent church attendance, and success.

According to this week’s story in Independent Journal Review, “Little Girl Abandoned by Father and Drug-Addict Mother Is Adopted by Christian Texas Family, Becomes Best Athlete in the World,” her faith plays an important role in her life and success.

“Her parents,” reporter Benny Johnson wrote, “also introduced Simone to her Christian faith. She attends mass [sic] with her family every Sunday when she is not competing. Simone prays regularly and carries a rosary that her mother gave her.”

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