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Wedding Anniversary Mass: 

Couples celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20 & 25 years of marriage in 2019 are invited, along with their families, to an Anniversary Mass on Saturday, February 16th at 4:00pm at St. Raphael. Call the parish office to register. Deadline is Feb. 4th.

Parish Concil Members

Nominations are now open for (2) three year positions. All nominations are
subject to the approval of the pastor. Nominations are open until October 1.

The Parish Council is an advisory body to the pastor on areas of parish life. To serve on the Parish Council you must be at least 18 years of age; a fully initiated (Received the Sacraments of Initiation) registered member of the parish; and a Catholic in good standing. The new members will be chosen using a selection process rather than an election process. See the bulletin for more details. 

Upcoming formation/education activities and events: 

Contact Monica Lucas
Lenten Study: If you are interested in a Lenten study, led by Art Turner, please contact Monica to get on the list. Date and times to be announced.

Last Religious Ed: April 24
First Communion: April 28 (11am Mass)

Senior Mass: May 5 (11am Mass)

May procession: May 12 (11am Mass)

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.

2019 Meade/Breck Right to Life Membership Drive:

 Weekend of Feb. 2 & 3 before & after Mass in the Narthex. Membership dues are $20 family or $15 individual. Please support the local chapter.

Did you Know

The sign of the cross originated in the early church
probably starting with the sign being used during
baptism and when Saint Paul stated in Galatians 6:17
" that his body was marked with the sign of Christs cross".
We celebrate claiming ourselves for Jesus.
It is a confession of Faith to a renewal of baptism.
a mark of discipleship for a defense against the devil
and a victory over Self Indulgence.
A mini version of the Creed where you profess your
belief in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The sign of the
cross is an external sign of our faith as Roman Catholics.

Current Events

Social media workshop for parents and caregivers planned

Leigh Ann Yost will present “Your Digital Footprint” in the MakerSpace at St. Leonard School, 440 Zorn Avenue, Jan. 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The interactive workshop is designed as a crash course on social media for parents and caregivers. The workshop will include tips regarding healthy screen usage, monitoring screen time, and privacy concerns. There will be time for questions. All are welcome to attend.
For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Beasley at 897-5265 or

All Americans, both elected officials and ordinary citizens, “must stand together” to “call out and reject religious bigotry no matter where it comes from,” 

WASHINGTON (CNS) — said U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. 

We must “fight to protect the freedoms and principles that bind us together as Americans,” she said in an Jan. 8 op-ed for The Hill.
“Whether we think of ourselves as Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikh, Buddhists, Jews, atheists, agnostics, or anything else,” she said, “it is imperative that we stand united in our commitment to protect religious freedom and the right to worship or not worship, safely and without the fear of retribution.”

Gabbard, who is Hindu, said that “for too long in our country, politicians have weaponized religion for their own selfish gain, fomenting bigotry, fears and suspicions based on the faith, religion or spiritual practices of their political opponents.
In the op-ed, she said she objected to the treatment of Brian Buescher, a Catholic nominated for a judgeship for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is seen at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in this 2016 file photo. (CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters) During his Nov. 28 confirmation hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed concern about Buescher being a member of the Knights of Columbus because of the organization’s opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. She criticized the Knights for being “an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men.”  Another Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Marie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said the fraternal organization “has taken a number of extreme positions” and asked Buescher: “If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?” In her op-ed, Gabbard said that while she doesnot support Buescher’s nomination, “I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus.”

“If Buescher is ‘unqualified’ because of his Catholicism and affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, then President John F. Kennedy, and the ‘liberal lion of the Senate,’ Ted Kennedy, would have been ‘unqualified’ for the same reasons,” she said.
“Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that there ‘shall be no religious test’ for any seeking to serve in public office,” said Gabbard, who declared Jan. 11 she is going to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
She also criticized Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, for telling another Catholic court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, that “the dogma lives loudly within you,” during 2017 hearings for her nomination as a judge of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“No American should be told that his or her public service is unwelcome,” Gabbard said “While I absolutely believe in the separation of church and state as a necessity to the health of our nation, no American should be asked to renounce his or her faith or membership in a faith-based, service organization in order to hold public office,” she wrote. “The party that worked so hard to convince people that Catholics and Knights of Columbus like Al Smith and John F. Kennedy could be both good Catholics and good public servants shows an alarming disregard of its own history in making such attacks today,” she added.

This is “religious bigotry,” she said. “This is true not just when such prejudice is anti-Catholic, but also when it is anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Hindu, or anti-Protestant, or any other religion.”

She pointed to the “heartbreaking atrocity in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were murdered while worshipping at their synagogue” last October as “the latest reminder of the horrible potential consequence of prejudice and bigotry.”

A 2012 shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a 2016 shooting at a New York mosque “and too many others to list serve as devastating and atrocious reminders of what this kind of hatred and this kind of bigotry can lead to,” Gabbard said.

“Hatred and bigotry are casting a dark shadow over our political system and threatening the very fabric of our country,” she said.
A major in the Army National Guard who was first elected to Congress in 2012, Gabbard said that when she was deployed in the Middle East in 2005, she “saw firsthand the suffering and violence that is inherent to religious bigotry, adding that “insane sectarian divides and prejudices gave rise” to the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations.

“If we can all agree that we do not want prejudice and bigotry to rule our nation, then we must stand united to denounce it whenever it raises its ugly head … and fight to protect the freedoms and principles that bind us together as Americans,” she said.

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.