Friday, December 2, 2016

Latin Mass in New Haven on December 8th

Fr. Matthew Hardesty will be celebrating a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (the traditional Latin Mass) on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday evening, December 8th, 2016 at 7pm at Saint Catherine of Alexandria Church in New Haven, KY. (174 N. Main St., New Haven, KY 40051).

Father Hardesty and the choir will be chanting many parts of the Mass. Worship aids with Latin and English will be available. For more information, go to or email Fr. Hardesty at As is our tradition, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Holy Day of Obligation.

This would be a great opportunity to experience the beauty of the traditional Latin Mass.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Mark your calendars for June 8-10, 2017!

Obituary for former parishioner, Sandra Stine

Sandra D. Stine, 72 , of Mt. Washington passed away November 28, 2016. She was a native of Louisville, KY, a former dental hygienist and member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh Stine; mother, Mary Grace Price and brother, Gerald Stine.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Mark Powers; grandson, Kyan Powers; sister, Theresa Bullock.

Her memorial service will be at noon on Saturday, December 3rd at Schmid Funeral Home in Mt. Washington with Deacon Steve Age presiding. Visitation will be after 10 am on Saturday until the time of the service.

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

Crossroads Messenger - 4th Quarter, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Prayer for the Republic

We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope Francis, the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, Joseph E. Kurtz, our own pastor, Father Dale Cieslik, all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his excellency, Matt Bevin, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. 

To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. 



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MUST SEE VIDEO: Carpool Karaoke with Bishop Malloy!


For your Election Day viewing and listening pleasure, two priests of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, and their bishop are the stars of a new video making the rounds on the internet that parodies the “Carpool Karaoke” segments made famous by James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” on CBS.

According to the Rockford Register Star, the video was unveiled a couple of Sunday's ago at an annual youth summit in the diocese attended by 1,700 teens. Father Keith Romke and Father Kyle Manno pretend they’re driving to the summit. Halfway there they pick up their “boss,” Bishop David Malloy, to give him a ride. You gotta see this!

I hope this brings you a few laughs at the end of this Election Season 2016!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Homily 32nd Sunday OT: Are You Prepared For The Journey?

Luke 20:27-38

There's a legend about a master and servant. It seems the servant wasn’t very smart The master would get very exasperated with him. Finally, one day, in a fit of temper, the master said, “You're really the stupidest man I know. Here, I want you to carry this staff wherever you go. And if you ever meet a person stupider than yourself... give them the staff.”

So time went by, the servant would encounter some pretty stupid people. But he never found someone stupid enough to give the staff to. Years later, he returned to his master's home. The master said, “I see you haven’t found anyone stupid to give that staff to”.

After a while the master said, I am very sick “I'm going on a journey soon.” A journey from which I won’t return,” The servant asked, “Have you made all the necessary arrangements?” “No, I guess I haven’t.” “Well, could you have made all the arrangements?” “Oh yes, I've had time. I've had all my life. But I've been busy with other things.” The servant said, “Let me be sure about this. You're going on a journey from which you will never return You've had all your life to make the arrangements, but you haven't.” The master said, “Yes, I guess that's right.” The servant replied, “Master, take this staff. At last, I have truly found a man stupider than myself.”

Maybe that’s just a story, but it reflects the way many people treat death. Everyone knows that it’s going to happen people just don't want to think or talk about it's impact on them personally. Like the man in the story, too many people know they are going on this journey… but don’t prepare for it.

On the other hand, all of us would like to know what happens when we die. Behind all of this interest in death there's a deep down feeling that there is more…something beyond this life. There's curiosity… There's the desire to want to believe that our purpose is more than our years here on earth.

Some people believe that we will be reincarnated… hopefully into a higher living being each time. Others say that everyone's born with an immortal soul, regardless who the person is, that soul will rest in peace forever in paradise. Then there's those, like the Sadducees in today's gospel, who simply say that when you die, that's it... there's nothing else beyond your last breath.                                                                                                                                                                   

Jesus' reply in today’s gospel affirms beyond all doubt that there is a resurrection and that there is life after death. That we can’t take what we experience in this life and project those experiences into the new life in heaven. Heaven's way beyond anything we experience here. One new day, we will awake to a day beyond all other days by the love of God. All trouble, all doubts, all fears, all pain will be gone. We will become “like angels” by “the God of the living”. We are raised to a joy and peace beyond anything that mortal minds can conceive.

When that happens, the words of this homily will seem trivial, and even the visions of heaven in the Bible will seem an inadequate description of the real thing. Now we see dimly... then we shall see with absolute clarity.

Thanks be to God!

Preached by Deacon Gerry Mattingly on the Mass of the Air broadcast on November 6, 2016.