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St. John the Apostle Parish is seeking a coordinator
of Religious Education for children. 

The ideal candidate should possess some experience, leadership skills, and a passion for working with children, their parents and Catechists. The coordinator will be responsible
for the religious formation of children in grades 1-12 as well as the ongoing education and formation of the Catechists who teach in the program that is
held on Wednesday nights.

This is a 16 hour per week position with no benefits. Salary will be based on the applicant’s educational background and/or years of experience in the field of religious education.
The Coordinator of Religious Education
needs to be someone:

• with the ability to coordinate and schedule weekly classes for children in grades 1 -12
• with excellent communication skills who can
successfully connect with others
• with at least 5 years of experience in parish religious education
• with a religious ed. /theology degree or Master
Catechist certification through the Archdiocese of
Louisville
• with a passion for the Lord and mission of the
Roman Catholic Church to evangelize and make
disciples

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.

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.

Current Events

Created by National Geographic, it details which apparitions are approved and which are still under investigation.

This map illustrates 500 years of Mary’s apparitions

The Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared to countless individuals since the very beginning of Christianity. Many of these visions have been recognized by the Church, while most are only accepted locally or eventually discovered to be not worthy of veneration.

It wasn’t until the Council of Trent in the 16th century that a more formal method of approving apparitions was established, which has been further refined during the past century. This has allowed the Church the ability to properly discern which apparitions are supernatural in nature and worthy of belief.

Even if the Church recognizes an apparition as worthy of belief, no Catholic is obligated to believe in any private revelation, such as an apparition. The Church simply says that a person can find spiritual aid from an apparition, if he or she so chooses.

Catholic writer and researcher Michael O’Neill has dedicated his life to compiling all of this information on his website Miracle Hunter, which contains a detailed catalogue of Marian apparitions and other miraculous events throughout history. National Geographic used the information O’Neill compiled to create a single map that contains all of the reported Marian apparitions that have occurred over the past 500 years.

Furthermore, National Geographic created a legend for the map that explains which apparitions are approved by the Vatican. Interestingly, they also highlight the dramatic increase in reported apparitions that occurred during the past 60 years. This reached an apex near the end of the 20th century, likely due to all the various “prophecies” about the end of the millennium.

The map is a useful guide for those interested in learning about the various locations of Marian apparitions and seeing how the Virgin Mary has appeared all over the world.

The Books of the Old Testament
Reflections on Sacred Scripture
by Jeffrey A. Mirus

https://www.catholicculture.org/ebooks/view_ebook.cfm?id=77

In the Spring of 2017, the author began to reread the Old Testament in order to note down the particular insights about each book which occurred to him as he entered the fullness of what Scripture calls man’s three score and ten. As the project continued, he began to write up his reflections and post them on CatholicCulture.org. The response being favorable, this grew into the project of commenting briefly on each book of the Bible. Two years later, the Old Testament has been completed, and there has been enough positive feedback to make the collected essays available as an ebook—offered in the hope that others too will find additional insights into God’s ways with the sons and daughters He so dearly loves.

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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