The Christmas season has the power to bring out the best in all of us. Giving, gathering, and sharing, this time of year we become more Christlike than any other. It is almost paradoxical that our heightened joy during Christmas exists alongside the sadness that we can feel when we reflect on the state of the world during these cold, early nights. That sadness perhaps comes from the most Christlike parts of us.
Perhaps one of the greatest gifts Jesus gave to us is powerfully and dramatically presented to us in John’s Gospel – specifically, John 13:1-5. In the humble act of washing feet, Jesus teaches us how to serve.
A little boy was having trouble sleeping and his parent came into his room and said, “You know that God is always with you, right?” To which he responded, “I know Mama, but I want a God with skin on.” Often when we see God working in our lives, it is through people that are cooperating with God’s grace.
On Nov. 2, 2022, St. Raphael Church grounds was visited by many former family members who gathered for Mass and a blessing of the dead. Fr. Augusty Valomchalil, parish priest of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, presided at the celebration.
On the night of Dec. 10, 2021, I was not watching television and was not aware of the reports of tornado warnings across western Kentucky. Storms were never severe in Owensboro where I was that night, so I slept well. When I awoke on the morning of the 11th I checked into my regular news apps, and I began to learn of the devastation across our diocese.
It is with great pride that I write about the legacy of my parents, Pedro and Olga de Montejos. Many autumns ago, a devotion to El Señor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles) began with a Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Hopkinsville, Ky.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Western Kentucky would like to express the tremendous gratitude we have for our donors across our 32-county service area.
In this day and time, it has been increasingly difficult to feed the poor. Not to mention to help with everyday household bills and clothing for those in need. We are seeing more homeless than ever before. St. Mary Parish in Franklin, Ky., is a parish of 180 families.
I have long stood in awe of parents and those who adopt, who accept or seek out children born of others and make them their own flesh and blood.
The Office of Black Catholic Ministry would like to offer special congratulations to Rosary Chapel, an historically Black Catholic parish in Paducah, on celebrating their 75th anniversary in October. Rosary Chapel is the model of Black Catholic parishes exemplifying inclusion of all races and cultures while maintaining their identity!