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Advent Bible Study

 Join us on Sunday mornings at 10, beginning December 2 in room B of the parish center. We will study John 1-10, The Word Made Flesh. $10 fee for book. The sessions will continue a couple of weeks into January. Contact Monica Lucas or Judy Sipes to register. *There may be other groups meeting for Advent. Watch your email and church bulletin for more information.

Like online resources? Sign up to receive free daily emails during Advent and watch videos from Dynamic Catholic: https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever 

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. 

Paint Party

It’s time for our winter paint party! November 4, 6 pm.
$30 per person or $50 for two in the same family!! Bring your spouse, mom, daughter…
It’s always a lot of fun.
This is a fundraiser for our junior youth ministry summer trip.

Please let Monica know if you are interested and she will send you sample pictures of what we are looking at painting. You can help decide!
Please respond this week, if interested.  

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.

Bible Basics

Bible Basics: a 5-week series led by Art Turner from the Archdiocese, will begin Wed., October 10, 6:30-8 pm in the cafeteria. It will cover how the Catholic Church interprets Sacred Scripture, the understanding of certain terms like inspiration and biblical truth, parts of the Bible, how the Bible came to be/his torical development, how the Bible is the Word of God , and more. Contact Monica to register.

Upcoming formation/education activities and events


- Church Cleaning: Beth LaFrance, worship chair, will be speaking at the Masses on this weekend about how your
family can help our parish fulfill this ministry.
- Baptismal Prep: the next class is Nov. 8 at 7pm in room B of the Parish Ctr. You must be a registered member of the
parish & attend the class before the baptism. You may
attend before your child is born. Parents must attend,
Godparents are welcome. Call the office to register.
- Veterans: St. John’s Youth would like to invite all Veterans
& parishioners to the 11am Mass on Nov. 11 followed by a
potluck to honor their service. If you are a Veteran, please
contact Maria Williams 270-945-3953.
- Red Cross Blood Drive: TUESDAY, Nov. 13 from 3-7pm in the cafeteria. Bring your friends & give the gift of life.

Current Events

With the priest scandal on the news the past month, and still wanting to feel proud as a Catholic, many have had to dig deep in their hearts and souls to understand why they are C

Salute to Catholic School Alumni Dinner
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CLICK HERE FOR 2019 SALUTE HONOREE NOMINATION FORM

Mark your calendars for the annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni Dinner event to be held on March 27, 2019 at the Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom. This marquee event netted an all-time high $1,000,000 in tuition assistance last year for needy families in our Catholic school community. This is your chance to nominate a Catholic school alumni to be recognized as a 2019 Honoree. 

Catholic school alumni contribute significantly to the social, spiritual and economic fabric of the entire communities in which they live. The Salute to Catholic School Alumni is designed to spotlight the impact that Catholic schools have had on the development of many of this community’s most significant leaders. Held in March of each year, this community-wide event is sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation.

Award Nominations

To nominate a candidate for the Salute Award, complete the attached form. Please include the school(s) attended, occupation, accomplishments, community service, and a brief statement in support of the candidate for this award.

Selection

The selection committee will choose five to six alumni to honor at the Salute. The names of nominees not selected will be retained for consideration in future years. Names of those selected for awards will be publicly announced in January.

Award Selection Criteria

Candidates for recognition at the Salute to Catholic School Alumni are men and women who have attended a Catholic elementary school or high school in the Archdiocese of Louisville or another diocese around the world. They will have made significant contributions to their community, the region, the nation, or the global community through of significant accomplishments in athletics, business, communications, education, arts, public service, science, or service to others. Candidates will reflect the highest ethical standards and will exemplify in their lives the values and teachings of Catholic education.

Current pastors, principals, teachers and other employees of archdiocesan parishes, schools, and agencies are not eligible for the Salute award.  

POPE UPDATES TEACHING ON DEATH PENALTY, SAYS IT’S ‘INADMISSIBLE’ 


With approval from Pope Francis, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced it has changed its teaching on the use of capital punishment, saying it is “inadmissible.”

Previous Teaching
Previously, the Catechism allowed capital punishment if it was “the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.” It added that non-lethal punishment is preferred whenever possible and that cases requiring the death penalty “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” Despite this allowance in narrow circumstances, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis all affirmed their desire to abolish the death penalty, saying it was no longer necessary in modern society.

New Teaching
The new text recognizes that capital punishment was long considered an “acceptable, albeit extreme, means for safeguarding the common good.” However, it states that today there is “an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes.” Additionally, “more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.” Ultimately, the Church now teaches that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.”

Revision in Continuity with Preceding Magisterium
In a Letter to the Bishops, Cardinal Luis Ladaria explained that the revision of paragraph 2267 of the Catechism “expresses an authentic development of doctrine that is not in contradiction with the prior teachings of the Magisterium” and said “these teachings, in fact, can be explained in the light of the primary responsibility of the public authority to protect the common good in a social context in which the penal sanctions were understood differently, and had developed in an environment in which it was more difficult to guarantee that the criminal could not repeat his crime.”

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