Monday, October 31, 2011

El Dia de Los Muertes -- Nov. 2 is the Day of the Dead

All Souls' Day -- take a quick peek at the tradition of The Day of the Dead. See what the day means and how it is celebrated . . .

Day of the Dead | Religion & Ethics News Weekly  []

Check out this short video on YouTube also:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Why Catholic? -- Fall Mid-Season Check In

Hey, everybody. Well, we are getting deep into the Fall season of Why Catholic? -- on the topic of the Liturgy and the New Roman Missal. What's been the highlight in your group so far this season?

(Post some pictures too, if you can!)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Want to Pray Better? -- Pope Says New Missal Will Help

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The new English translation of the Mass is the result of a long process of international cooperation and is meant to help Catholics pray better, Pope Benedict XVI told Australia's bishops.  The new translation, which most Australian dioceses began introducing on Pentecost 2011, "is intended to enrich and deepen the praise offered to God by his people," the pope said Oct. 20. The morning after joining bishops from Australia for the inauguration of the Domus Australia, a pilgrim center in Rome, the pope welcomed the bishops to the apostolic palace and said the new liturgical translation was "the fruit of a remarkable cooperation of the Holy See, the bishops and experts from all over the world." He asked the bishops to help their priests appreciate the new text, and to help catechists and musicians do their part to make the Mass "a moment of greater grace and beauty, worthy of the Lord and spiritually enriching for everyone."
Australian Cardinal George Pell of Sydney is the chairman of the Vox Clara Commission, an international body established by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, to assist in the evaluation of English liturgical translations. The cardinal said, "I think a goodly percentage of the people didn't notice the difference" when he began using the new text at the Sydney cathedral. "There are pockets of dissatisfaction, but overwhelmingly the priests and people are happy and they will get used to it. The prayers are immensely richer . . . "

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Season Underway

The Fall season of the Why Catholic? program is underway throughout the Archdiocese.  Tell us how the meetings are going for your group. Looking forward to what you have to share.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Workshop on Advent Season

A workshop on the subject of Advent, sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Lifelong Formation & Education, has been scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

The details:

Advent: What, When, and How?

Presenter:  Maureen Grisanti Larison

Saturday, October 15 -- 9:30 to 12:30

Flaget Center, 1935 Lewiston Drive, Louisville

Explore the theology of Advent; the practical meaning of the Advent season; and a variety of Advent practices and catechetical resources to use with a variety of specific age-groups (K thru Adult).

Participation Fee:  $10.00

To pre-register, contact Linda at OLFE -- 502.448.8581 or

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bardstown, Nazareth, & Rural Areas -- ALMI Workshop on Oct. 22

A workshop that will go hand-in-hand with the Fall 2011 season of Why Catholic? -- and other church ministries -- is coming up soon.

Title:  "The Mass: Exploring Our Catholic Identity"

Date:  Saturday, October 22 (2011)  --  9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Presenter:  Rev. Thomas Richstattter, OFM

This workshop will be held in Crimmins Hall, in Nazareth KY -- a special offering for those serving the Church in the Bardstown, Nazareth, Mount Washington, and south regions of the Archiocese. It will be sponsored by the Archdiocese of Louisville Ministry Institute (ALMI). It has been designed for adults engaged in ministries related to Christian initiation, liturgy, faith-formation, sacramental preparation, music, and the Why Catholic? program (both small group leaders and group members).

(This workshop will be a reprise of the offering in Louisville on June 11, 2011.)

The fee will be $25 (will include lunch). Register with ALMI soon.

Phone --  502.448.8581  or  E-Mail  --

Monday, October 3, 2011

Prayer to Begin the Fall 2011 Season

The new season of  Why Catholic?  begins throughout the Archdiocese of Louisville this week. Let us pray, one and all, for the success of the program and the renewal of God's people, the Church.

A Disciple's Prayer

Loving God and Father, help us to be people of prayer, committed to the person and message of Jesus your Son.

Help us to grasp the integrity and beauty of the truths of our faith and the transforming power of your grace.
Nourish and strengthen us as people of faith, disciples of Jesus, committed to the mission of the Church, and eager to share the gospel without restraint.

Let our hearts burn within us as we catch glimpses of your heart in Jesus, for through him, we know your loving plan for us. We ask this through Jesus the Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit in one loving Trinity. Amen.