Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Making An Impact
April 2018
Archbishop Kurtz's Easter Message
May this season be a time of deepened faith and great joy! See Archbishop Joseph Kurtz's Easter message:
Archbishop Kurtz's 2018 Easter Message
Impacts: A Blog of the Office of Mission Advancement
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” – 1 Peter 4:10
By Richard "Tink" Guthrie

Happy Easter 2018! May God bless you as we celebrate the glorious resurrection of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

One of the great joys I have in leading the Office of Mission Advancement is to hear stories of people sharing God’s blessings throughout the Archdiocese of Louisville. Members of our Mission Advancement staff often have a conversation, receive an email, or read a story in The Record that inspires us in our own service to Christ.

We are surrounded with stories of good stewards, and their inspiring examples should be shared with the larger community. From the person who serves in community outreach ministry at his parish, to the advocate who prays for increased vocations to religious life, to the donor who describes why her family would be incomplete without their Catholic faith, these stories are testaments to the Holy Spirit alive in our Church. They are the very essence of God’s call to be generous stewards of the blessings He has placed in our lives!

For this reason, the Office of Mission Advancement introduces our new blog. In these pages, we hope to share...Read More
Services for Human Trafficking Survivors
This is the first of a three-part series on ministries provided by Catholic Charities of Louisville. Each of these ministries was featured during prayer services held by Catholic Charities during Lent.
By Marissa Castellanos

Although Kentucky is not a border state or a major entry point into the U.S., it faces a severe problem of labor and sex trafficking in small towns and urban areas across the Commonwealth, Louisville included. Crisscrossed by multiple interstates, Kentucky is host to a number of high-profile events, including the Kentucky Derby and NCAA tournament, which increases traffic in the commercial sex market and leads to increased trafficking of adults and youth for labor and sex. Kentucky’s high rates of poverty, child maltreatment, and the drug epidemic have led to increased cases of youth being trafficked by both parents and pimps. Traffickers force these workers to labor in Kentucky’s fields, restaurants, private homes, and hotels, telling them that they have invisible yet substantial debts to pay and threatening harm to their families. Often when foreign national trafficking victims are identified, they are criminalized, put in detention, and treated worse than their traffickers. This is the reality today in Kentucky communities.

Ten years ago, Catholic Charities of Louisville received referrals for our first two human trafficking survivors, and we began providing case management and legal services to the victims. Since then, we have become the only agency in the Louisville Metro area and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to provide comprehensive case management and direct services to labor and sex trafficking survivors. Direct services often include assistance with basic needs (clothing, food, personal items), emergency and transitional housing, immigration legal services, legal advocacy, assistance with medical care, and interpreter/translation services.

Catholic Charities has provided case management services to 171 victims over the past four years alone as well as to an additional 197 adolescent girls who received support group services through My Life My Choice, many of them with histories of sexual exploitation or trafficking. These victims...Read More
Archbishop's Tweets
Follow @ArchbishopKurtz on Twitter for more of his tweets.

April 9
In Stockbridge, thousands join at Shrine of the Divine Mercy to be in 'the presence of Christ' - goo.gl/alerts/mGLZ6 #GoogleAlerts

April 2
The new colorful Ferris Wheel at Big Four walking bridge over the Ohio lights up the dreary sky this AM.

April 1
Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Here are those baptized, received into the Church & Confirned at Cathedral Easter Vigil.

March 24
On the windy steps of St Joseph Basilica in Bardstown, I am with Deacons Kirby, Tony & Steven just after I ordained them #finezealousdeacons
Upcoming Events
4/12/18 & 4/19/18 6:30 p.m.

4/13/18 7:00 p.m.

4/14/18 10:00 a.m.
4/14/18 11:30 a.m.
4/19/18 3:00 p.m.
(See link for cost/registration)
4/21/18 9:00 a.m.

4/25/18 10:00 a.m.
5/6/18 5:30 p.m.
5/9/18 7:00 p.m.
(See link for registration)
Resources & Recommendations
This month, we're highlighting some helpful and timely resources for Catholics throughout the Archdiocese. We encourage you to check out the resources below and get involved!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. See many resources at the Archdiocese of Louisville’s website. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has additional information.

April 22 is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. See information and resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Also see information about vocations in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

April 22 also is Earth Day, and Holy Trinity (Louisville) parish will be holding an electronics recycling event as part of the parish’s year-long study of Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for the earth, Laudato Si’. Holy Trinity will hold this recycling event in conjunction with Catholic Charities of Louisville on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the parish, 501 Cherrywood Road.

The third and final wave of parish discernment began on April 1. For information about the process in the pilot phase and Wave 1, see the report here. Look for the report on Wave 2 to appear in The Record in May.

On Sunday, May 6, the Archdiocese of Louisville will observe the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical letter written by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968, which provides beautiful and clear teaching about God's plan for married love and the transmission of life.  Join Archbishop Kurtz at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville for this celebration. Click here for more information about Humanae Vitae.

And for all of you baseball lovers, read Bellarmine University’s Dr. Gregory Hillis' article in Commonweal Magazine about the eternal nature of the game.

Saturday, April 7, 2018


James Lambert Spalding, 83, of Mt. Washington, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Baptist Health. He was a native of Marion County, KY, an Army veteran, a farmer, and a retired employee of General Electric.

Lambert was a member of the Mt. Washington Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Adrian and Cordelia Luckett Spalding; and two brothers, Raphael and Donnie Spalding. Lambert is survived by his wife, Rose Spalding; three sons, Wayne (Teresa), Doug (Glenda), and Mike (Susan) Spalding; two brothers, Henry and Terry Spalding; along with eight grandchildren, Jessica, Paul, Travis, Justin, Joey, Kyle, Selena, and Zac; and four great grandchildren, Tyler, Jacob, Grayson, and Harper.

Funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with burial to follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Friends may visit from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home. Memorial gifts in his memory are suggested to his church.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


 Barbara Ann Norton, 78, of Louisville passed away March 27, 2018. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Anna Nash.

She is survived by her loving husband, John “Jay”Norton; daughter, Pamela Burton (Craig); sons, Larry Nash (Christine) and Jeffrey Nash (Tracy); sisters, Doris Rausch (Hank), Jessica Wilkins, Carolyn Hubbard, Donna Hammond and Gwynne Oban (Richard); brother, Leroy Leet (Mary Belle); 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Deacon Gerry Mattingly will preside at her funeral at 10 am Saturday, March 31st at Schmid Funeral Home in Mt. Washington with burial in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 2-8 pm Friday and after 9am on Saturday.

May Barbara have eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and  peace and comfort for her family and friends.


Come and join other engaged and newly married couples as we spend the morning with certified financial planner Jerry Zimmererfrom D. Scott Neal, Inc., diving deeply into proven financial practices and planning and explore how such critical tools and techniques can support, enrich and strengthen Catholic marriages!
The event will be held on Saturday APRIL 7, 2018 from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM in Loft 1 at St Gabriel Parish, 5505 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, 40291
The cost for the session is only $49 per couple and includes all materials and personalized content.

Visit: http://bit.ly/2ouvYsQ to register or use the QR Code Shown here!
For further details, or if you have any questions, please contact Deacon Stephen Bowling at the Family Ministries Office at
Don't miss out on this special opportunity to get personal financial advice from a certified financial planner at a fraction of the normal cost with special attention to the unique gifts and treasures we find in married life!
Mass Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae with Archbishop Kurtz
5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2018, 
Cathedral of the Assumption

Please make plans to join Archbishop Kurtz on Sunday evening, May 6th at 5:30 PMat the Cathedral of the Assumption for a special mass in observation of the 50th Anniversary this year of Pope Paul VI's encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The Archbishop will reflect on this milestone document in his homily during mass . . . all are invited!
For further details, contact the Family Ministries office at family@archlou.org.
For further information on the many great services provided by St Elizabeth Catholic Charities, check out their website at http://www.stecharities.org/programs
Joined By Grace Companion Couple Program
Next Training Sessions
  • TWO Thursday Evenings, April 12 & 26, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
    St. Thomas More Parish
  • Saturday, April 21 - 9 AM to 2 PM
    St Joseph, Bardstown

The new Joined By Grace Marriage Preparation program is taking the Archdiocese by storm!

Do you know a married couple in your parish who might be good at walking with couples seeking marriage?
Dozens of parishes have signed on to the program and many couples are attending our training sessions to better learn how to accompany engaged and newly married couples in their parishes.
Our next two training sessions, conducted by Deacon Stephen Bowling, Director of the Office of Family Ministries, will be held as follows:

Saturday April 21, 2018 at St Joseph in Bardstown in the Multi-Purpose building behind the school from 9:00 AM until about 2:00 PM and includes a working lunch. 

Thursday Evenings, April 12 and 26 (TWO evening sessions) at St. Thomas More in the Fisher Room from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM each night. (BOTH sessions are necessary.)
Materials will be pre-ordered for each attending couple and provided at the session. The cost of the materials ($128 per couple) will be billed to each attending couple's parish, so pre-registration and parish permission to attend is required.
To register for either of these sessions, please email Deacon Stephen Bowling at sbowling@archlou.org.
The attached newsletter is published by the Archdiocese of Louisville's Family Ministries Office and is made possible through your generous donations to theCatholic Services Appeal