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Adopt a Grandparent for Christmas/A Community Service
Project:

 Did you know that over 40% of residents in nursing
homes never get a visitor? YOU can change that! For a
$30 donation we deliver a beautiful gift of cream & lotion to help with dry skin & help prevent bed sores for an elderly resident, your name can be placed on the
nametag. We will visit B-burg Nursing & Rehab Fri., Dec. 20 at 10am, sing carols & spend time with the residents.

Your gift if 100% tax deductible. Deadline is Dec. 10.  Call Charlene Lawson 422-2087

Did you Know

Adopt a Grandparent for Christmas/A Community Service
Project: Did you know that over 40% of residents in nursing
homes never get a visitor? YOU can change that! For a
$30 donation we deliver a beautiful gift of cream & lotion
to help with dry skin & help prevent bed sores for an
elderly resident, your name can be placed on the
nametag. We will visit B-burg Nursing & Rehab Fri., Dec. 20
at 10am, sing carols & spend time with the residents.
Your gift if 100% tax deductible. Deadline is Dec. 10.
Call Charlene Lawson 422-2087

Are you new to the parish?
Did your address change?
Are you a Young adult no longer in school

If you are new to the parish, please introduce yourself to Father Kevin & fill out your Welcome packet. For changes, registration cards are available at the doors of Church or by contacting the parish office.
Return them in the collection basket or to the parish office.

WLHN 95.3 FM Meade County Catholic Radio (MCCR)

A non-profit radio station which broadcasts the EWTN radio signal to the citizens of Meade County located in Kentucky. MCCR does not receive any financial support from the Archdiocese of Louisville. It is able to stay on the air due to the generosity of the listeners and the support of the four local parishes: St. John the Apostle, St. Martin of Tours, St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, and St. Theresa of Avila.

“Discussions” airs
Mondays/Fridays @ 5pm; Tuesdays/Thursdays @9am &  Wednesdays/ Saturdays @ 11am.
December will feature
Karen & Tom Benock from St. Mary’s as they recount how they have relied on their faith through many life, death & new life experiences.

Bridal Announcement:

The Record will publish a Bridal Issue Jan. 9. If you are planning your wedding between Jan. 11 & July 25, 2020 & would like your announcement in The
Record, fill out the form appearing in the paper or online
www.theRecordnewspaper.org. For additional info contact Rachel Rauh 502-471-2125 or rrauh@archlou.org.
Deadline is Dec. 2 at 12 noon.

Special Pieces

5 Reasons to Come Back to the Catholic Church

5. We hunger for meaning and purpose in our lives.
We all want answers to why we are here and what we were made for. The Catholic Church has the answer. God made us to know, love, and serve Him in this world, so we can be with Him forever in heaven. The Catholic Church helps us to fulfill this purpose that God has for all of us. And when we live out God’s will for us, we find extreme joy and peace in life.

4. We need God’s forgiveness and healing for our failings and God’s mercy to help us become better people.
Perhaps you’ve been carrying around deep spiritual wounds or painful sins that have burdened you for years. The Catholic Church gives us a way to bring our faults, failings, and hurts before God in the Sacrament of Confession, so He can take the yoke off our shoulders and bring us healing and peace, giving us a “new start” every time we need it.

3. Our families need to be built on a strong foundation of faith and we need to live in community with others.
You may have heard the phrase “a family that prays together stays together.” It is true! Many studies—and experience—have shown that families who live out their faith together are stronger and happier. If you want to give your children the greatest treasure in the world, give them the gift of faith. The Church also provides us with a community of faith-filled friends in which we can find support and strength for our life’s journey.

2. The Catholic Church has the Sacraments—and we especially long for the Eucharist.
It is in the Catholic Church that you experience the fullness of the seven sacraments, which Christ bestows on His Church to help fill us with grace to draw us closer to God. As Catholics, we have the ultimate privilege of receiving Christ in the most personal way possible—in the Holy Eucharist. Countless Catholics have returned to or entered the Church because of their longing for Jesus in the Eucharist. He longs to feed us with Himself!

1. Catholicism is TRUE!
The only really good reason to believe something is because it is true, and Catholicism is true! The Catholic Church is the one Church established by Christ 2,000 years ago (Matt 16:18). It is the Church to which God calls all of His universal family to belong. The Catholic Church offers us deep union with Christ through the Scripture, Sacraments, prayer, and community.

If you’ve been away from the Church, you are invited to come home! What are you waiting for? God is calling you to be a part of His universal family. We are Catholic. Welcome home.

Catechesis - About Liturgy 

LITRUGICAL GYMNASTICS

Some Roman Catholics take liturgical rubrics a bit too far. Like the Sadducees of ancient history, they focus on
the letter of the law and miss the spirit of it entirely. We see this quite often in concerns about the
Eucharist and the consecrated host and wine. What if a Eucharistic minister drops the host or someone
receiving from the cup spills some of the wine? Those who are overly focused on the letter of the law
respond with an answer that attends solely to the Body of Christ in the Eucharistic species while ignoring
completely the Body of Christ in the person of the minister or the communicant.

We absolutely must take care of the sacred gifts of the Eucharist. But the very reason we show so much
reverence to the Body and Blood of Christ is because Jesus was one of us, and through the Eucharist in
which we share his Body and Blood, WE BECOME ONE WITH HIM. If we bend over backward to follow the
letter of the law in order to honor the Body of Christ in the Eucharist while disregarding the spirit of the law
that calls us to care for the Body of Christ in the person before us, we have missed the point of the law altogether.

From “Living Liturgy”, the Liturgical Press
In Collegeville, MN; pg. 251.

People must confront their evil desires, beg God for mercy, pope says

Nov 21, 2018 , y Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

Vatican City — God handed down his commandments not for people to hypocritically follow the letter of the law with a proud and righteous heart, but for people to recognize the truth of their weaknesses and acknowledge their need for help, healing and salvation, "Blessed are those who stop fooling themselves, believing they are able to save themselves from their weakness without God's mercy," which is the only thing that can heal a troubled heart, he said Nov. 21 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.


"Blessed are those who recognize their evil desires and, with a penitent and humiliated heart, stand before God and humanity, not as one of the righteous, but as a sinner," he said. The pope continued his series of talks on the Ten Commandments, reflecting on the final commands, "You shall not covet ... your neighbor's wife" and "anything that belongs to your neighbor." The last commandments, he said, encapsulate the essence of all of God's commands -- that every sin or transgression stems from "coveting" and being caught up in evil thoughts and desires.

The commandments aim to set clear limits, which, if they are crossed, do great harm to oneself and to one's relationship with God and others, the pope said. But what compels people to cross those boundaries? he asked. All transgressions and sins, he said, stem from "one common inner root: evil desires." These desires "stir the heart and one enters the fray and ends up transgressing. But not a formal or legal transgression. A transgression that wounds, wounds oneself, wounds others."


He said Jesus explains in the Gospel of St. Mark that what is evil comes from what is inside a person, what is in their hearts -- evil thoughts like, "unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly." "Each one of us could ask ourselves which of these desires occurs often in me," as part of an examination of one's heart and recognition of the truth, he said.

The Ten Commandments will have no impact or effect if people do not understand the source of sin is inside them and the challenge is to "free the heart from all of these evil and ugly things," the pope said. God's laws could be reduced to just a "beautiful facade of a life that is still the life of a slave and not children" of God, he said. "Often, behind that pharisaical mask of asphyxiating correctness, something ugly and unresolved is hiding," he added. "Instead, we must let ourselves be unmasked by the commandments" in order to reveal one's spiritual poverty and be led to "a holy humiliation," recognizing one's failings and pleading to God for salvation. The laws of the Bible are not meant to "deceive people that a literal obedience (to the law) brings one to an artificial and, for that matter, unattainable salvation," he said. The law is meant to bring people to the truth about themselves -- to recognize their poverty and to authentically open themselves up to the mercy of God, "who transforms us and renews us. God is the only one who is able to renew our hearts as long as we open our heart to him. That's the only condition."


The commandments help people face "the disarray of our hearts in order to stop living selfishly" and become authentic children of God, redeemed by the Son and taught and guided by the Holy Spirit.

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