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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

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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

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

Archbishop's Leadership Briefing

March 23, 2020 – No. 23

I would like to update you about a few developments in our archdiocesan response to sexual abuse. First, however, I want you to know of my prayers during this COVID-19 pandemic, especially for those who are ill or have family members or friends who are ill. I thank you for the great cooperation you are exhibiting. I extend my deep thanks to all of our healthcare providers and first responders who sacrifice their health to serve us, to those workers serving the community by providing essential services, and to our priests and pastoral leaders who continue to reach out to those in need. Together, we will respond courageously to advance the common good in these very difficult days.

Here are some updates: 
Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR)
The March 19 issue of The Record included a story about the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR), which launched on March 16. In his May 2019 apostolic letter, Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis addressed the Church’s response to sexual abuse and the accountability of bishops, and he asked metropolitan archbishops to take the responsibility for receiving and assessing reports involving bishops. In June 2019, at their general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops of the United States approved the implementation plan for carrying out the directives of the Holy Father in the United States.

As part of this ongoing commitment to carrying out Vos estis, the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR) was established. The service is operated by Convercent, Inc., an independent, third party entity that provides intake services to private institutions for reports of sensitive topics such as sexual harassment through a secure, confidential and professional platform. Individuals may go to ReportBishopAbuse.org or (800) 276-1562 in order to make a report. (This information is on our archdiocesan web page at www.archlou.org/restoringtrust.)

When a report is received, it will be forwarded to the local metropolitan archbishop who has the responsibility for initially assessing the report. I am the metropolitan archbishop for the Province of Louisville, which includes the Diocese of Covington, Diocese of Lexington, Archdiocese of Louisville and Diocese of Owensboro in Kentucky and the Dioceses of Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee. In the event that a report is received that concerns me, the report will be forwarded to Bishop Roger J. Foys of the Diocese of Covington, who is the senior suffragan bishop of this province. The story in The Record (https://therecordnewspaper.org/system-to-report-misconduct-by-bishops-goes-live/ ) describes the process for receiving and investigating a report.

The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting service allows individuals to relay to Church authorities any reports of a U.S. Catholic bishop who has:
• Forced someone to perform or to submit to sexual acts through violence, threat or abuse of authority.
• Performed sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person.
• Produced, exhibited, possessed or distributed child pornography, or recruited or induced a minor or a vulnerable person to participate in pornographic exhibitions.
• Intentionally interfered with a civil or church investigation into allegations of sexual abuse committed by another cleric or religious. (This includes a cleric overseeing a diocese/eparchy in the absence of a diocesan or eparchial bishop.)

The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR) does not replace existing reporting systems for complaints against priests, deacons, religious, or laity. CBAR responds only to complaints against bishops for issues related to sexual misconduct. Those who have other complaints against a bishop, such as parish assignments or homily content, need to send those to the Archdiocese directly. Accusations of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, staff member, or volunteer should be reported to Martine Siegel, our Victim Assistance Coordinator (victimassistance@archlou.org) and to law enforcement.

I fully support this reporting service, which will allow individuals to report, even anonymously, incidents of abuse or of negligence by their bishop. The Church must shine the light of Christ on these issues as we continue to confront vigorously the horror of the sexual abuse of children or vulnerable people by representatives of the Church. In his document establishing the framework for this service – Vos estis lux mundi – Pope Francis reminded us that we must be “the light of the world.” I pray that this effort, along with all of the other measures previously established by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, helps us to realize this call.

Father Irvin Mouser and the Sisters of Loretto
I am sure that many of you saw The Courier Journal story regarding Father Irvin Mouser and his relationship with the Sisters of Loretto. I would like to share a bit of the background about this unfortunate situation.

Based upon accusations of the sexual abuse of minors, Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly removed Father Irvin Mouser from public ministry in 2002. Father Mouser was never criminally charged. Since that time, Father Mouser has been directed to lead a life of prayer and penance. Archbishop Kelly permitted Father Mouser to live in a private residence at the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse and directed him not to serve in active ministry as a priest.

With a special request from the Sisters of Loretto, Archbishop Kelly permitted Father Mouser to provide private and restricted ministry to the Sisters, primarily in the infirmary. The Holy See approved this exception. Father Mouser was never appointed as the chaplain for the Sisters of Loretto. During this time, he had a campus supervisor and an external supervisor from the Archdiocese who checked in with him periodically.

This year, a volunteer intern expressed concerns about some of Father Mouser’s activities at the Motherhouse – this complaint did not involve an accusation of abuse by Father Mouser. I appreciate and agree with the intern’s concerns. After I learned that Father Mouser’s activities exceeded the parameters approved by the Holy See many years ago, I asked him to leave the motherhouse campus, and I told him to abide by the restrictions imposed by a life of prayer and penance. Per our policies “If the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state has not been applied because of advanced age or infirmity, the offender will lead a life of prayer and penance. He may not celebrate Mass publicly or administer the sacraments. He may not wear clerical garb or present himself publicly as a priest. He will be directed not to have any unsupervised contact with vulnerable persons.” A new supervisor has been appointed, and Fr. Mouser is fully cooperating with the necessary changes.

We continue our promise to keep vigilant in preserving a safe environment for all we serve.

The 2020 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, for Latin-rite Catholics with Easter Sunday on April 12.

Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."-- Pope Francis

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to practice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).

In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

On these pages, you will find a variety of suggestions and resources to help you "raise up," "sacrifice," and "offer" during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment.

Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent. The U.S. Bishops' statement, "God's Gift of Forgiveness: The Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" can be distributed and shared in parishes. Dioceses are encouraged to make the sacrament available often during Lent and to use these resources to promote participation. We also have resources to help individuals who have not been to confession in a while "rediscover" the sacrament. 

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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