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Please note: The following program dates are subject to change or cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Belonging to Love: Conversations on Living Prayer in the Spirit of Saint Angela” online April 8
In a time of disconnection and division, many of us are experiencing a sense of separation from one another and even from our God. We turn to the prophetic wisdom of Saint Angela Merici whose foundational invitation to her community was to lead a life of contemplative presence. What is this way of abiding in God? How do we see and love God in all things? How are the Ursuline Sisters living this out? Come join us for a deep and lively conversation including prayer and story each month that will help you explore how to always abide in an awareness of God’s presence. These are free online Zoom presentations, but donations are appreciated. Our next program is on Thursday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. CST. It will be led by an Ursuline Sister as well as Maryann Joyce, director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center, Maple Mount, Ky. To register, call 270-229-0206 or email retreatcenter@maplemount.org or sign up online at https://ursulinesmsj.org/registration-form-for-sponsored-programs/ Note: Save these dates for future programs: May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9.

“A Day of Serenity and Solitude” online April 16
Join others online for “A Day of Serenity and Solitude” on Friday, April 16. Experience the gift of connection to the sacred with others who are intentionally spending a day of quiet reflection. We will begin the day together on Zoom for shared prayer, inspiration and suggestions for reflection. At the end of the day, we will gather again to share our experience and a closing blessing. An individual remote spiritual direction session is an optional part of the day. The event takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The retreat leader is Maryann Joyce, a trained spiritual director and director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center, Maple Mount, Ky. The fee is $25 for an online Zoom in your home. To register, call 270-229-0206 or email retreatcenter@maplemount.org or go online at https://ursulinesmsj.org/registration-form-for-sponsored-programs/ 

Ave Give-Back Fundraising Program benefits Catholic parishes, schools, groups
Ave Maria Press is offering a free, easy, and safe give-back opportunity for Catholic parishes, schools, and groups. Supporters shop online at AveMariaPress.com with a unique code and their parish or school will receive 30 percent of the proceeds of their purchase. Shoppers will also receive free shipping on their order. It’s that simple. A representative from each parish, school, or group that wants to participate in this special fundraising program must contact Erin Pierce, parish and curriculum marketing specialist, at epierce@nd.edu for a code that is unique to your organization. Share the code with supporters as often as possible. Ave can provide sample bulletin and newsletter copy, social media language, and customizable graphics so you can easily spread the word. Stock up for personal spiritual enrichment, Lent and Easter, and gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings, sacramental celebrations, and staff, teachers, and RCIA candidates. The exclusive code is good between March 1 and May 31, 2021. Parishes and schools will receive their fundraising check by June 30, 2021. This offer does not include Together for Life, textbooks, Joined by Grace, everyday volume discounts or other discount codes, the Parish Book Program, and other usual exclusions. For more information, parishes and schools should contact Erin Pierce at epierce@nd.edu, or check out AveMariaPress.com.

Diocese of Evansville Director of Catechesis
The Diocese of Evansville seeks an energetic and inspiring Director of Catechesis. The Director of the Office of Catechesis is responsible for continuing the mission of Jesus Christ through catechesis and evangelization throughout the diocese. This includes supporting a vision that encourages parishes to provide quality catechetical programs for all parishioners in keeping with the latest church documents, norms and directives. Qualifications include, but are not limited to: Fully participating and practicing Catholic

Advanced degree in theology, religious education or related field; Five years of successful experience in Parish Catechetical Ministry and an awareness of diocesan needs and objectives; Strong organizational, managerial and interpersonal skills that inspire confidence among Ordained, Religious, Catechetical Leaders, and other diocesan groups. A complete position description can be found in the Employment Opportunities tab on the diocese’s website http://www.evdio.org. Those interested should send a cover letter and resume to hr-catechesis@evdio.org

Nominate a catechetical leader today!
The Offices of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry are asking for nominations for the Bishop John J. McRaith Catechetical Leader Award. The recipient of this award will be announced sometime in the spring. Anyone in the Diocese of Owensboro may nominate an individual for this award. Nominees should be (or have been) professional ministers working for a minimum of five years in the Diocese of Owensboro in the field of catechetics. The deadline for nominations is April 23, 2021. Visit owensborodiocese.org/catechetical-leader-award for the digital nomination form or email robin.tomes@pastoral.org to have a form emailed to you. All nomination forms should be mailed to the Youth Ministry Office, 600 Locust St., Owensboro, KY  42301-2130 or emailed to robin.tomes@pastoral.org by April 23, 2021.

Nominate a teacher for 2021 Educator of the Year
Attention parents and students of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Owensboro: has a teacher changed you or your child’s life for the better? If so, nominate this teacher for the Outstanding Catholic School Educator of the Year! Anyone, with the exception of an immediate family member, may nominate an educator for the award. All information concerning nominees will be kept confidential, including the name of the person submitting the nomination. The educator must currently be employed in the Diocese of Owensboro and must have taught for a minimum of five years in the Diocesan Schools. The Outstanding Catholic School Educator must be a role model as an outstanding human being; have a major influence in the lives of students; show concern with the faith development as well as the physical, mental and emotional development of students; and encourage students to improve their abilities and talents. The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2021. A committee will serve as judges.  The winner will be announced at the 2021 Celebration of Catholic Schools event. This award is sponsored by the diocesan Catholic Schools Office and the Principals Association. Access the nomination form at owensborodiocese.org/educator-award.

Register now for Gasper River
Registration for summer camps are now open at our website, www.gasperriverretreatcenter.org.   Space will be limited this summer so please do not hesitate and get signed up early to reserve your spot!  Applications for volunteers and staff in training are open on our website until April 30.

Kindness Campaign: Sign up to share a little kindness
The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, Maple Mount, are continuing a unique fundraiser to support their ministries and spread a little kindness in the world. The Kindness Campaign provides 12 inspirational cards to be sent monthly to the person of the donor’s choice. You may wish to be kind to a health care or other essential worker, someone who is ill or homebound, a friend, a relative or a neighbor. This service will be provided for a contribution of $50 to the Ursuline Sisters. You are both spreading kindness and helping the Ursuline Sisters continue their ministries. The new cards will begin in June, but we can accept signups later. To request an order form, contact Carol Braden-Clarke at 270-229-2008, carol.braden-clarke@maplemount.org or sign up online: https://ursulinesmsj.org/kindness-campaign/

Free Natural Family Planning opportunity
Thanks to a partnership with the St. Augustine Institute, the Diocese of Owensboro is now offering FREE instruction in the Billings Method of NFP throughout 2021! This offer includes 5 sessions with one of our trained instructors and any Catholic married or engaged couple in our Diocese (where at least one spouse is a practicing Catholic) is eligible. Contact Martha Winn to begin today!  270-796-2972 or 270-791-9434.

Book for trauma survivors
A message from the Office of Safe Environment: Liturgical Press has a book titled You Have Set Us Free: Scriptural Reflections for Trauma Survivors, by Kenneth W. Schmidt. It is a well-written book of spiritual reflections for trauma survivors. It pulls together Jesus’s suffering, the pain of trauma survivors and the scriptures in a wonderful way. To learn more, contact the Office of Safe Environment at owensborodiocese.org/safe, or email Janice Hendricks at janice.hendricks@pastoral.org. The book may be purchased at https://litpress.org/Products/4712/You-Have-Set-Us-Free.

Current Issue

Publisher |  Bishop William F. Medley
Editor |  Elizabeth Wong Barnstead
Contributors |  Laura Rigsby, Tina Kasey
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