Monday, July 16, 2018


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- Focus on Immigration -
Separating Families on the Border - 
Our Catholic History & Teaching on Immigration 
July calls to mind the celebration of Independence Day, ice cream, cookouts, pools, beaches, or anywhere just to cool off. Almost these activities are associated with families and family fun in the sun. This summer, however, the news spotlight has been focused on families who are in turmoil - suffering migrant families on the US - Mexican border. Many of these families have been split apart at the border with children in one area and parents in another area. The pictures and stories are heartbreaking, and the public outcry has fanned the political flames on both sides of the aisle.
So how should Catholics respond to this "Life" issue? What does our Catholic faith teach us about our responsibilities to "welcome the strangers among us."

Everyone agrees that that "something" must be done about immigration in the United States but that "something" is a hotly debated national issue. And despite the enormous challenges, complexities, that sometimes seems to pit national security vs. human rights, the Catholic Church has the essential elements rooted in Sacred Scripture, the Catechism, and our Catholic Bishops statements to provide the framework of policies that can lead to a comprehensive solution.

But let's not leave out our lived experience, through our ancestors who mostly arrived in the early 1800's. At this time of massive immigration, in Thomas Paine's words, "the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe."

Catholic Immigration to the United States
The immigration issue is certainly not a new debate. In fact, the story of Catholicism in the United Sates IS the story of immigration. In the middle half of the nineteenth century, more than one-half of the population of Ireland migrated to the United States as well as an equal number of Germans. Most of them came because of civil unrest, crop failure (potato famine) severe unemployment political unrest. Sound familiar?

This wave of immigration affected almost every city and almost every person in America. From 1820 to 1870, over seven and a half million immigrants came to the United States - more than the entire population of the country in 1810. Nearly all of them came from northern and western Europe - about a third from Ireland and almost a third from Germany. Unlike our current immigration laws, there were virtually no laws restricting the massive flow of our most of our ancestors.

Our ancestors were not met with open arms by any means. Ethnic and anti-Catholic rioting occurred in many cities, including Louisville. Bloody Mondaywas August 6, 1855, in Louisville, Kentucky, an election day, when Protestant mobs attacked German and Irish Catholic neighborhoods. These riots grew out of the bitter rivalry between the Democrats and the Nativist Know-Nothing Party. Multiple street fights raged, leaving twenty-two people dead, scores injured, and much property destroyed by fire.

As Catholics, we literally have our DNA wrapped around the immigration issue. Our ancestors, just like today's immigrants, were facing political unrest, economic hardships, crop failures and racists/religious prejudices.

Bishops Statements
Our shared ancestral immigration heritage and history should enable us to see more clearly why the Church puts so much importance on protecting and assisting immigrant and refugees. Welcoming the Stranger Among Usis a comprehensive document by our Catholic Bishops which was inspired by SaintPope John Paul II as he stood beneath the figure of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on January 22, 1999, and announced the summary of Ecclesia in America: namely, the call to conversion, communion, and solidarity with the many peoples of different nationalities in America.

With so much heated discussion over the past decades about immigration strategies, it seems there is much confusion about the US Bishops recommendations for Immigration. The best description might be the common Catholic expression "both and." USCCB is both for recognizing and advocating for the plight of immigrants and refugees and accepting the "legitimate role of the U.S. government in intercepting unauthorized migrants who attempt to travel to the United States." A summary of the Bishops position on Immigration policy can be found here.

We can narrow the focus even more through the Catechism and its teaching on immigration.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2241: The more prosperous nations
are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants' duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.
In essence, the US Catholic Bishops and the Catechism both confirm that people who suffer the effect of abject poverty, terrorism, persecution, hunger, crime and governmental instability like the countries in Central America are experiencing right now-do have a right to migrate. And that those countries like ours that are blessed with many resources, have an obligation to welcome them as best we can in a merciful and humane manner.

Sacred Scripture
Both the Old and New Testaments tell compelling stories of refugees forced to flee because of oppression. Exodus tells the story of the Chosen People, Israel, who were victims of bitter slavery in Egypt.The New Testament begins with Matthew's story of Joseph and Mary's escape to Egypt with their newborn son, Jesus.

Jesus reiterates the Old Testament command to love and care for the stranger, a criterion by which we shall be judged: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me" (Mt 25:35). More examples can be found here.

The Catholic Church advocates immigration policies based on Christian teaching rooted in human rights and the dignity of every human being. As Catholics, we are called to welcome the stranger, but also to respect the law. We are morally bound to respect the dignity of every human person, but this cannot create civil disorder. As faithful citizens, we have the responsibility to promote Church teachings and to advocate for immigration reform that promotes the common good. Immigration, because of its many complexities is a social issue that many well-informed Catholics may still disagree upon the best strategy for reform.

In a recent article, Archbishop Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles succinctly stated, "That is what's at stake in our immigration debate - the future of this beautiful American story. Our national debate is really a great struggle for the American spirit and the American soul. How we respond will measure our national character and conscience in this generation."

Remain steadfast in faith.


Coordinator of Pro-Life Ministries

"Conception to Natural Death"


Respect Life Events, News and Updates:

  • Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass with Fr. Peter Gautsch
  • President of U.S. Bishops' Conference to Senate: 
    Support for Roe v. Wade 
    Should Not Be Used as a Litmus Test for Judicial Nominees
  • Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh:
     A Conservative Judge, Formed by Faith
  • 2018 Natural Family Planning Awareness Week 
  • Angels in Disguise Giddy Up Gala - Churchill Downs 
    July 26th
  • Family Event - Focus on Parenting  
  • St. Joseph of Arimathea Society
  • Action Request - to Send Letter in Support of Ethical Vaccines 
  • Bishops Attacked by Pro-Government Mob at Basilica in Nicaragua 
  • Sunday Readings and Homily by Bishop Barron  

Feel free to share your comments at Archdiocese of Louisville Family Ministries

Please Join Us to Pray for the Unborn, & for Change of Hearts for Mothers & Fathers

310 Abortions in June at the Louisville Abortion Facility

1,842 Abortions 
in 2018
Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass 
7:00 a.m on Saturday, July 14th-
Fr. Peter Gautsch
Cathedral of the Assumption
Please join Archbishop Kurtz to celebrate and promote the Sanctity of Life this Saturday, July 14th at the Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass.
I hope you will join us this Saturday, July 14th. Your prayers can leiterally help save baby's lives and the souls of mothers and fathers.  Our sacrifice and prayers are always answered!

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Monthly Mass:
  • Saturday, July 14th, 7:00a.m.
  • Cathedral of the Assumption
  • Mass, Rosary procession, Benediction

President of U.S. Bishops' Conference to Senate: 
Support for Roe v. Wade 
Should Not Be Used as a Litmus Test for Judicial Nominees
July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), wrote to the members of the Senate on July 6, urging them not to use support for Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for judicial nominees in their deliberations about the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.

The letter makes clear that the USCCB "does not support or oppose confirmation of particular presidential nominees." Instead, the letter expresses "grave concerns about the confirmation process...being grossly distorted by efforts to subject judicial nominees to a litmus test in support of Roe, as though nominees who oppose the purposeful taking of innocent human life are somehow unfit for judicial office in the United States."

"By any measure," the Cardinal says, "support for Roe is an impoverished standard for assessing judicial ability. For forty-five years, Roe has sparked more informed criticism and public resistance than any other court decision of the late 20th century."

The letter points to decades of polling showing that most Americans oppose Roe's policy of unlimited abortion, to a growing number of state legislatures passing pro-life laws, to mainstream medicine rejecting abortion, and to many legal scholars who support abortion who have criticized Roe for not being grounded in the U.S. Constitution.

"If a Supreme Court ruling was wrongly decided, is widely rejected as morally flawed and socially harmful, and is seen even by many supporters as having little basis in the Constitution, these are very good reasons not to use it as a litmus test for future judges. Further, a nominees' faith should not be used as a proxy for their views on Roe. Any religious test for public office is both unjust and unconstitutional."

For more on the U.S. Bishops' pro-life efforts, including information on Roe v. Wade, visit: 

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh:
 A Conservative Judge, Formed by Faith

Assessing the background of President Trump's new pick.
Brian Fraga

Pro-life leaders and legal scholars are praising President Donald Trump's decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kavanaugh, a practicing Catholic who serves meals to the homeless as a volunteer for Catholic Charities and coaches CYO basketball in the Washington, 

D.C., area, would succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who will retire July 31. Kavanaugh, 53, who clerked for Kennedy and before that served as a staff secretary and senior associate counsel for President George W. Bush, is well-respected as a jurist with a legal philosophy of interpreting the Constitution as it is written.

"He's a person of the highest intellect, very much in the mode of Neil Gorsuch," said Robert George, a constitutional scholar and the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, referencing Trump's first appointment to the Supreme Court.

To read more click here.

2018 Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign that highlights the anniversary of the papal encyclical "Humanae Vitae," which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

To learn more about NFP or register for a course in the Archdiocese of Louisville, go to  Natural Family Planning information - Archdiocese of Louisville. 

Down-Syndrome Support
Angels in Disguise Giddy Up Gala - Churchill Downs 
July 26th

Come celebrate the gift of Down Syndrome! Enjoy a sit-down dinner, silent & live auction.

Tickets are $75.00. Tables sit 8.
Doors open at 5:30. Event begins at 6:00.
Please enter at Gate 17.

- Dress is business formal to semi-formal.
- There will be a live and silent auction, wonderful meal and a live band. 
- By pre-registering, you can skip the registration line for "pre-registered" check-in to get your table     number.

If you are an Angels family, we will have a separate VIP check-in table for the Angels! 
We look forward to seeing you!
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at

Thank you!

Family Event - Focus on Parenting  

Please Pray for These Abandonded and Homeless Souls

St. Joseph of Arimathea Society

Action Request - to Send Letter in Support of Ethical Vaccines


TO:             Diocesan Respect Life Directors, State Catholic Conference Directors

FROM:         Greg Schleppenbach, Associate Director

DATE:          July 11, 2018

SUBJECT:    Ethical Shingles Vaccine Update

The only vaccines readily available in the United States for some contagious diseases (e.g., rubella and Hepatitis A) have been manufactured using fetal tissue from induced abortions. This creates a problem of conscience for some Catholic parents.  
As recommended by the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2005, a long-term solution lies in working to ensure that future vaccines and other medicines are not based on cooperation with practices that demean human life. This applies to products based on abortion, as well as to projected therapies from destruction of human embryos for their stem cells.   

The FDA recently approved a new shingles vaccine that does not use aborted fetal cell lines, and has given it a preferential recommendation over the only other available, and morally problematic, shingles vaccine on the market. 

joint letter from our colleagues at the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) and the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) provides more detail and some helpful suggestions. It is our hope that, with some encouragement, the manufacturer of this new vaccine may consider creating other morally acceptable vaccines.
Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Vigneron, Chairman of the Committee on Doctrine, recently wrote to all bishops sharing this same news, and encouraging them to share this information with diocesan leaders, and especially with Catholic health care leaders. 

In addition to these template letters, we are including a template thank-you letter (below) to GSK that could be used by any Catholic individual/family.  
Any encouragement to create additional morally acceptable products will certainly be strengthened if we can show a market demand for such alternatives.
Thank you for spreading this good news, and for sharing your own gratitude with the manufacturer. We welcome these opportunities where we can illustrate that, contrary to popular opinion, the Church is not opposed to scientific advancement. 
Sincerely in Christ,
Greg Schleppenbach
Associate Director

Template for Letter:

Thank-You Letter to GlaxoSmithKline from individual Catholics
Patrick Desbiens Senior Vice President
GSK US Vaccines
5 Crescent Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19112
Dear Mr. Desbiens,
            I write to thank you and your colleagues at GlaxoSmithKline for the development of your new shingles vaccine, Shingrix.  I am grateful because I learned that your new vaccine was not derived from cell lines linked to elective abortion, and I intend to share this good news with my friends and family.
            As you are probably aware, many Catholics do not wish to use vaccines or medicines produced from cell lines linked to elective abortion.  Shingrix will most certainly alleviate those concerns and I hope that our use and promotion of this vaccine will provide GSK with an incentive to pursue other vaccines and medicines that have no connection to elective abortion.
            Again, I commend you for your efforts and look forward to sharing this good news.

Religious Persecution
Bishops Attacked by Pro-Government Mob at Basilica in Nicaragua
Three bishops were surrounded July 9 when they tried to enter San Sebastian Basilica in Diriamba.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - A group of bishops in Nicaragua who went Monday to free a group of protesters who had taken refuge in a basilica the previous day were themselves assaulted by a pro-government group.

Protests against President Daniel Ortega that began April 18 have resulted in more than 300 deaths. The country's bishops have mediated on-again, off-again peace talks between the government and opposition groups.

Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua, 69; his auxiliary, Bishop Silvio José Baez Ortega, 60; and Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, 50, apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua, were surrounded July 9 when they tried to enter San Sebastian Basilica in Diriamba, about 25 miles south of Managua.

Their route was blocked, and the pro-government groups called them murderers and liars. Among those trapped in the basilica were volunteer medics. Bishop Baez posted a tweet showing a cut on his arm and saying, "Besieged by an angry mob who wanted to enter the Basilica of San Sebastian in Diriamba, I was wounded, hit in the stomach, robbed of my episcopal insignia and verbally attacked. I am well, thanks be to God. The basilica was liberated, and those who were within."

To read more click here.

Sunday Readings and Homily by Bishop Barron

by Bishop Robert BarronJuly 15, 2018

For many people in the West, liberty seems to trump everything. We avatars of the egodrama, we worshippers at the altar of freedom, say that our choice is supreme. We don't want anyone to constrain our pursuit of money, success, power, influence, safety, or physical health. But what matters in the end is not to place our wills in the position of ultimate concern. Everything in nature, history, science, and our careers is, in the end, summed up in Christ.

Mass Readings
Reading 1 - Amos 7:12-15
Psalm - Psalm 85:9-14
Reading 2 - Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel - Mark 6:7-13

Archdiocese of Louisville, PO Box 1073, Louisville, KY 40201

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Are you an emergency first responder? 

The Parish Council is working to compile a list of Police, Fire Fighters, EMT’s, Doctors, Nurses, Safety Professionals, and any emergency responders who are SFX members. This list will be used to identify professional responders during possible campus emergencies. 

Please contact the parish office 538-4933 or email



Friday, June 8, 2018


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- Focus on Religious Freedom Week -
Religious Beliefs Compel Courageous Father to Stand up for His Faith

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." MT 5:11
On June 4th, the Supreme Court decided the much-anticipated Religious Freedom case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who declined in 2012 to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. For six years Jack Philips suffered for his Christian beliefs, including death threats, defamation of his character, and the loss of half of his business.

In an interview Philips recounted that the worst thing about his notoriety were the hateful remarks that his wife and daughter received. "In all of this, the threats against me or disparaging comments, the worst part is that I have to answer the phone so they're not threatening my wife or my daughter when they pick it up," Phillips said. "They don't wait to see who's on the phone. You pick up the phone, they're already talking."

Phillips, a devout Christian, said repeatedly throughout the case that he would have no issue serving gay customers in a context outside of a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. In adherence to his religious beliefs, he also refuses to make Halloween cakes, products with alcohol, and cakes for bachelor parties.

Phillips remained adamant that he never refused service to the couple; rather, he invited them to select anything in his store. But Phillips says he had to say no to becoming personally involved in the couple's wedding because he opposes same-sex marriage and the Bible proscribes homosexual relations.

Ironically, it was the Colorado Civil Rights commissions that exhibited a discriminatory and bigoted view against Christianity. Justice Anthony Kennedy said some commissioners "disparaged Phillips' faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust."

The epitome of enduring unjust maltreatment was the charge by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Justice Anthony Kennedy said some commissioners "disparaged Phillips' faith as despicable and compared his religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust."

It was perhaps the ultimate irony in the assault on Phillips' battle for religious liberty. His father was not only wounded fighting the Nazis during the Second World War, he participated in the actual liberation of a concentration camp. Phillips said he was deeply wounded when his Christian opposition to same-sex marriage was somehow construed by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission as being morally equivalent to a Holocaust criminal. "For her to compare standing for my faith and not making a cake to Hitler's atrocities just is unspeakable," Phillips said.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following joint statement:

"Today's decision confirms that people of faith should not suffer discrimination on account of their deeply held religious beliefs, but instead should be respected by government officials. This extends to creative professionals, such as Jack Phillips, who seek to serve the Lord in every aspect of their daily lives. In a pluralistic society like ours, true tolerance allows people with different viewpoints to be free to live out their beliefs, even if those beliefs are unpopular with the government."

Coincidentally, or providentially, Archbishop Kurtz, the chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty recently announced the observance of Religious Freedom Week from June 22-29, 2018. Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018, which begins on June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, and ends on June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

"Religious freedom allows the space for people of faith to serve others in God's love in ministries like education, adoption and foster care, health care, and migration and refugee services. We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world."

Many threats to Religious Freedom stand before us including:
* Pregnancy Help Centers forced to promote abortion - The state of California is forcing medically-licensed pregnancy support centers, in direct contradiction of their mission and beliefs, to provide information to clients about publicly funded abortion. A national pregnancy resource center advocacy group, National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA), is challenging the law, arguing that it violates the centers' rights to free speech and free exercise of religion.

* Nurse is forced to participate in abortion against her Catholic beliefs - The case of Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, R.N., who was forced by her employer to participate in a late-term abortion against her deeply-held beliefs. Threatened with losing her job and even her nursing license, she had to be present for the bloody dismemberment of an unborn child and then account for all the body parts. That was a major violation of her conscience rights. She then found she had no right to go to court to keep this from happening to others. Watch her story, Stand with Cathy for Conscience Rights. . . on YouTube, and share it with your friends & social networks.

* Discrimination against Catholic adoption services - Catholic Charities agencies around the country have long provided adoption and foster care services to the neediest children. Catholic Charities takes on the most difficult placements, including older, abused children and children with special needs. When placing children with couples, Catholic Charities ensures those children enjoy the advantage of having a mother and a father who are married. Catholic Charities of Boston, which had been one of the nation's oldest adoption agencies, faced a difficult choice: violate its conscience, or close its doors. To be licensed by the state, Catholic Charities of Boston would have to obey state laws barring "sexual orientation discrimination." Because marriage had been redefined in Massachusetts, Catholic Charities could not limit its placements to married couples. Catholic leaders asked the state for a religious exemption but were refused. Catholic Charities of Boston was forced to shut down its adoption services.

* Persecution of Christians - In the midst of the turbulence in the Middle East, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expresses solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer from the conflict and persecution in the region. The Church stands at the service of all people in the Middle East, both Christians and Muslims.

As Blessed Pope Paul VI states in Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae, "Religious freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power... no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others..."

On Friday, June 22, 5:00 p.m., the Pro-Life office of the Archdiocese of Louisville will sponsor an opening Religious Freedom Week Mass at the Little Sisters of the Poor (15 Audubon Plaza Drive, Louisville, KY 40217). The memorial Mass for SS. Thomas More and John Fisher on June 22 (their feast day) will recognize how they bore witness to the truth (and paid for it with their lives). Fr. Pat Dolan, (Brigadier General) Army National Guard Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains and Moral Theologian will celebrate this special Mass.
I hope you will join us and encourage your fellow parishioners to attend.

Remain steadfast in faith.

Ed Harpring
Coordinator of Pro-Life Ministries
"Conception to Natural Death"
Respect Life Events, news and Updates:

  • Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass with Archbishop Kurtz
  • 'Human Rights Disaster': China's Persecution of Christians at Highest Level Since Mao
  • Sisters for Life's 10th Annual Life Celebration  - Fathers Day Walk for Life
  • St. Joseph's Children's Home Golf Outing  
  • China's Disastrous One Child Policy Wants You to Think it Changed - it Didn't
  • Fr. Michael Gaitley - Mercy and Mary Retreat at St. Margaret Mary 
  • Catholic Medical Association Praises American Medical Association's First Step in Maintaining Opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide
  • Bishop Barron Speaks at Google  

Feel free to share your comments at Archdiocese of Louisville Family Ministries

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass with Archbishop Kurtz
7:00 a.m on Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 
Cathedral of the Assumption
Please join Archbishop Kurtz to celebrate and promote the Sanctity of Life this Saturday, June 9th at the Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass.
In April, with Fr. Gary Padgett celebrating, we were blessed with three mothers changing their heart about abortion, and choosing Life for their unborn children. With the Helpers of God's Precious Infants, we have the divine powerhouse of the Holy Mass, Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration to win this spiritual battle for Life.  After all, "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Eph. 6:12
As Catholics, who believe in the sanctity of Life, what else could we ask for? More participants mean more grace to save more babies, mothers and fathers.
Our prayers do matter and the results mean saved lives.  Isn't that worth getting up early for?  
I hope you will join us this Saturday, June 9th.

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Monthly Mass:
  • Saturday, June 9th, 7:00a.m.
  • Cathedral of the Assumption
  • Mass, Rosary procession, Benediction
 Christian Presecution
'Human Rights Disaster': China's Persecution of Christians at Highest Level Since Mao

 - The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Watchdog groups say the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in 
China is at its most intense since the Cultural Revolution, as churches are shuttered, Bibles confiscated and believers arrested at rates not seen in decades.
Evidence of the crackdown was in plain view this week, when police raided Early Rain Covenant Church, an underground parish in the southwestern Sichuan province, to preempt a memorial service commemorating the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of anti-government protesters.

According to ChinaAid, an advocacy group that documents human rights abuses in the communist nation, 17 people were violently detained, including Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, who attempted to block the door.

Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid, said the number of people arrested in China for exercising their religious freedom "has reached the highest level since the end of the Cultural Revolution." He cited internal figures showing a nearly fivefold increase in the number of Christians who were persecuted by the government last year.

"For Christians alone, last year we documented persecution against 1,265 churches, with the number of people persecuted over 223,000. And that is just the tip of the iceberg," Mr. Fu said. "In 2016, there were 762 cases of persecution, according to our documentation, with the number of people persecuted 48,000. It really is almost five times [as much]."

To read more, click here.

Sisters for Life's 10th Annual Life Celebration 
Fathers Day Walk for Life 

Please join with the Sisters for Life for a celebration of Life. 

Saturday, June, 16th 7:00a.m.

Walk to EMW Abortion Faclilty.

Walk begins at Sister for Life
643 South 6th Street
Louisville, Ky 40203
(across from St. Louis Bertand)

 Please come, swing a club or two, and join us for a day of great golf, food and drink, contests, and raffles. 
More importantly, support SJO and our kids!

- A special chance during the outing to visit with some amazing kids SJO serves every day. They may even help your team score!Lunch, cookout dinner, 2 drink tickets per golfer, plenty of refreshments available and located throughout the golf course.

- Scramble format

 - Unique on-course contests, including a Putting Contest which all participants* have the opportunity to qualify for and sink a putt for $5,000! Up to 5 winners (*Amateurs only)
 - Par 3 - Hole in One contest* for a chance at $20,000 ($10k for you and $10K for SJO!       *Amateurs only)
 - Raffle baskets
 - All-inclusive golf goodies depending on level of Sponsorship.


June 18, 2018 - Monday
Glenview Golf Course - 10965 Springfield Pike - Cincinnati - 45246
Registration opens at 10:30AM
Lunch and warm up at 11:00AM
Shotgun Start at 12:00PM
Cookout Dinner-Final Putting Contest-Awards beginning at 4:30PM
For questions about sponsorships or the outing please contact:
Jim Jenkins at (513) 741.3100 

Fr. Michael Gaitley - Mercy and Mary Retreat at St. Margaret Mary 
"EXPERIENCE the TIME of MERCY with Father Michael Gaitley! 

Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring Mercy & Mary Retreat, featuring bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and acclaimed speaker Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

Take time to recharge and refocus as you learn the secrets of this "Time of Mercy." Join us for a full immersion experience into Divine Mercy and Mary. Enjoy talks by Fr. Gaitley, Mass, Adoration, testimonies with the Marian Missionaries, and much more!
To register click here.

Catholic Medical Association Praises American Medical Association's First Step in Maintaining Opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide
May 8, 2018 

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) is urging its members and other healthcare professionals to contact the American Medical Association in support of maintaining its opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) by not amending the AMA's long-standing Code of Medical Ethics.

The AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) recently recommended that the AMA uphold their opposition to PAS and to not alter its current Code of Medical Ethics.

"We congratulate the CEJA for its recommendation. While this is very encouraging it is not a complete victory," said Peter T. Morrow MD, President of the CMA. "We are asking our members to directly contact the AMA in support of their on-going opposition to physician assisted suicide."
To read more click  here.

 The Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Couple to Couple League to Host 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is teaming up with Couple to Couple League to host a family conference this summer that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. Mark your calendars to join us July 6-7, 2018 at the Sharonville Convention Center for "Families, become what you are!" 

Great speakers, including Christopher West and Janet Smith; Spanish track; full programming for children; Family Fun Day on Friday afternoon; family concert on Friday evening; daily Mass, Adoration. Visit for full details and to register.

Bishop Barron Speaks at Google 
Bishop Barron was recently invited to speak at the Google headquarters (aka the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA. He addressed a room full of Google and YouTube employees on how religion doesn't shut down the questing intellect, but in fact opens up our minds, causing us to seek the fulfillment of our deepest longings.

Archdiocese of Louisville, PO Box 1073, Louisville, KY 40201