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A Christmas message from the archbishop

Christmas is almost upon us! During this holy time, I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, whose birth we will celebrate as together we prepare for a blessed Christmas within our families. Speaking of families, about 15 years ago I was a pastor of a parish in Bethlehem, Pa. One day after school, […]

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Ascension Church hosts ‘living’ nativity

The Church of the Ascension, 4600 Lynnbrooke Drive, presented a ‘living’ nativity Dec. 14. Several families took turns portraying the holy family. Several hundred people stopped by between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Vicky Chism, the director of youth and adult formation at Ascension, said. Chism said the live nativity was an “opportunity to come […]

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Pope Francis credited for urging U.S., Cuba to normalize relations

By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Pope Francis personally appealed to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro this year to encourage both leaders to normalize diplomatic relations, a senior Obama administration official said. Speaking on background, the official told reporters Dec. 17 that the pope followed up the personal appeals with […]

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St. Frances of Rome families prepare for Christmas

Children enrolled in the St. Frances of Rome Church religious education program, above, began preparing for Christmas at a family Advent workshop late last month. The children and their parents visited stations set up in the Clifton Center (the parish’s former school building) to learn about this holy season. In the photo at left, Sarah Miles, […]

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Parishes celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

Numerous parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Louisville celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe by hosting Mañanitas (an early morning celebration and service) and evening Masses to honor the patroness of Mexico on Dec. 12.

Ricky Thompson, a formerly homeless veteran who lived at St. Thomas More Church for about year, helped hang clothes at the parish’s Twice Blessed Thrift Store early last month. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Church gives shelter to a homeless man

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Ricky Thompson and his dog, Max, had no place to go when a blast of polar air descended on Louisville in October of 2013. So they hunkered down outside St. Thomas More Church on South Third Street, wet and cold. Julie Stieren, who works at the parish, spotted the […]

Second-graders Brandy Paisano, left, and Emily Roussel, right, took part in a lesson about bartering at St. Rita School last week. Brandy’s mom, Blanca Salinas, looked on. Brandy is one of about two dozen Latino children now attending the school, thanks to an initiative to increase their enrollment. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

School plan looks to address changing needs

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor St. Rita Church in Okolona, home to a large Latino community, nearly doubled its enrollment of children from Latino families at its parish school this year. The school’s principal, Neil Hulsewede, said that reaching out to those families made sense, but the idea was fraught with challenges. The Catholic […]

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Hope in the Lord — The Immaculate Conception, the protection of human dignity

This Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, marked my 15th anniversary as a bishop. I love that I was ordained for service to Christ and his people on this special feast of the Blessed Mother. Some confuse the Immaculate Conception with the conception of Jesus, which we celebrate on March 25, the Annunciation […]

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Fr. Donald R. Goetz dies at 72

Father Donald Raymond Goetz, 72, a retired priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville, died unexpectedly Dec. 4. He had been a priest for 46 years. Father Goetz retired from active ministry in 2012 and at the time of his death was serving as the sacramental moderator of St. Boniface Church. It was a ministry that […]

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New website designed for Catholic ‘seekers’

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor The Archdiocese of Louisville has created a new website — CatholicSeekers.org — for people interested in the Catholic faith. It’s designed for those who have stepped away from the church and those new to the faith. The site features five local Catholics who describe their experiences with the church. The […]

Holy Spirit School students and students from other Archdiocese of Louisville schools prayed together during the annual Catholic Schools Week Mass held at St. Edward Church Jan. 28. (File Photo by Jessica Able)

School plan will be funded in several ways

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor The Archdiocese of Louisville’s new Catholic Elementary School Plan — expected to double the amount of tuition aid available — will require new sources of funding for Catholic schools and their students. The new funds will come from the Archdiocese of Louisville’s 111 parishes, the archdiocese itself and from the […]

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Louisville man receives donated kidney

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer This Advent season Austin Bryan has a renewed sense of gratitude. On Oct. 6, Bryan received the gift of life — a new kidney. Last year, Bryan, 29, was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure and was in desperate need of a kidney. His father, Rick Bryan, a member of […]

The line for the weekly St. John Vianney Church food distribution was long — as usual — on Nov. 21. The parish pastor, Father Anthony Chinh Ngo, began the program of distributing collected food on Fridays nine years ago, and what began as a program helping about 30 families now provides food assistance to about 300 families. (Record Photo by Glenn Rutherford)

St. John Vianney program helps hundreds

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor The parish of St. John Vianney is one of the jewels of the Archdiocese of Louisville, and on Nov. 21 — a sunny, if cold, late autumn day — it was at its sparkling best. Since it became managed by its predominately Vietnamese population, the people of St. John Vianney […]

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Nativity, Bellarmine begin iPad partnership

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor A partnership between Nativity Academy at St. Boniface and Bellarmine University has placed new Apple iPad Air tablet computers in the hands of each student at the independent Catholic middle school. “This has been in our strategic plan for three years — the ultimate goal of one to one […]

Members of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Youth Advisory Board perform hand motions to the song “I’m Trading My Sorrows” at the Nov. 22 Quest youth rally held at Bellarmine University’s Frazier Hall. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Teens gather for Quest youth rally

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Teens gathered at Bellarmine University’s Frazier Hall on Nov. 22 were told by keynote speaker Jesse Manibusan to “stand up, reach out and serve others.” Manibusan was speaking to 350 teens and adult participants, representing 44 parishes across the archdiocese, as part of Quest — a daylong youth rally sponsored […]

People hold signs during an immigration rally in front of the White House in Washington Nov. 7. With the midterm elections over, organizers of the rally said they want President Barack Obama to act immediately on immigration reform to "provide immediate administrative relief covering the broadest number of 'aspiring' Americans." (CNS/Bob Roller)

Millions could benefit from Obama’s new immigration policies

By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service  HYATTSVILLE, Md. — The meeting room in the middle of Maryland’s most immigrant-dense ZIP code Nov. 20 was full of people who epitomize the problems President Barack Obama is trying to address with executive action. Families with roots in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala — some with U.S. citizen children, […]

A man displays a sign during an immigration march and rally near the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington Aug. 28. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

As Obama unveils program, other efforts aim to help Central Americans

By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — As millions of immigrants celebrate the possibility of protection from deportation under a new Obama administration plan, among those who cannot take advantage of it will be the 68,445 families and 68,541 unaccompanied minors who were apprehended at the border in the last fiscal year. The children […]

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New school plan expands tuition assistance

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Under the new Catholic Elementary School Plan, students in the Archdiocese of Louisville have access to four sources of funding to defray the cost of tuition. They are:  Tuition assistance from the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF).  New tuition vouchers from the Archdiocese of Louisville.  A new tuition discount program for […]

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Young men attend discernment dinners

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer La GRANGE, Ky. — About a dozen young men gathered for an evening of discernment and discussion with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at Immaculate Conception Church on Nov. 16. The event was the last in a series of “St. Andrew Dinners” sponsored by the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Vocation Office. […]

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz announced the new Catholic Elementary School Plan to local news media at the Chancery Nov. 6. (Record Photo by Glenn Rutherford)

School plan aims to increase accessibility

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor If you thought Catholic education was financially out of reach, church and school leaders recommend that you take another look — especially at a new elementary school plan intended to double the amount of financial aid available to families. The Archdiocese of Louisville announced a broad new plan last week […]

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St. Patrick celebrates ‘Blue Ribbon’ award

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer St. Patrick School hosted an all-school assembly Nov. 7 to celebrate its recognition as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. The school at 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, which has an enrollment of 673 students, was one of only 50 private schools across the country to be named a […]

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Pushup event supports veterans

Jack Chauvin, a seventh-grader at St. Margaret Mary School, organized “Pushups for Charity: Louisville” in recognition of Veteran’s Day Nov. 8. The Louisville event is part of the national Pushups for Charity campaign, which kicked off last May 17, on Armed Forces Day. Seventy individuals performed 14,321 pushups, which nearly tripled Chauvin’s goal of 5,000 […]

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Teachers honored for their service

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Lifelong Formation and Education — one of the agencies sponsored by the Catholic Services Appeal — honored 222 Catholic educators at a luncheon Nov. 6. The event honored educators who have served 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years. Leisa […]

Father Mark Spalding, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, held up images of Fathers Michael Wimsatt (left), director of the Vocation Office, and Father Christopher Lubecke, associate pastor of Holy Trinity. The images were part of Father Spalding’s promotion of the Catholic Services Appeal. (Photo Special to The Record)

CSA more than halfway to $3.1 million goal

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) has set a fast pace this fall, reaching 58 percent of its $3.1 million goal Nov. 4. At this point last year, it had reached 49 percent of its goal, said Matthew Schuhmann, coordinator of the archdiocese’s annual fundraiser. So far, the appeal has […]

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Holy Spirit School celebrates ‘Blue Ribbon’

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer For the second time in recent years, students, faculty and staff at Holy Spirit School celebrated being named a U.S. National Blue Ribbon School. The school was previously honored in 2007 with the Blue Ribbon distinction by the U.S. Department of Education. The entire student body and members of […]

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Archdiocese honors wedding anniversaries

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Giving thanks for their “faithful witness of married love,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz led about 300 people in the renewal of their marriage vows at the Cathedral of the Assumption Nov. 2. The Archdiocese of Louisville’s annual Wedding Anniversary Mass, which drew a standing-room only crowd, honored 151 couples celebrating […]

Jared Hedden and Will Riddle, both eighth-grade students at St. Martha School, passed out candy at the Open Hand KItchen Oct. 29.

St. Martha students distribute candy at soup kitchen

Eighth-grade students at St. Martha School distributed candy at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen, 1026 S. Jackson Street, Oct. 29. Some students dressed in Halloween costumes as they passed out the candy they had collected for the event. The Open Hand Kitchen serves free lunch and dinner daily to anyone […]

Middle school students practiced a step dance in a class Oct. 27 at the Family Success Center, located on the Smoketown campus of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Success center aids students after school

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Children served by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul now have a new facility where they can gather after school to eat a snack and get help with their homework. The new 11,500 square-foot Family Success Center on South Preston St. officially opened at the end of September […]

DeSales High School's former monastery was razed Oct. 18. The school has begun a campus-wide renovation and improvement project. (Record Photo by Glenn Rutherford)

DeSales High School is now free of debt

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor In 2004 DeSales High School was $2.6 million in debt. Now, thanks to the efforts of the school’s administration and staff — and with a lot of assistance from the Archdiocese of Louisville — the boys’ high school on Kenwood Drive is debt free. DeSales has been an archdiocese-sponsored, self-sufficient school […]

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Archbishop Kurtz blesses St. Edward School addition

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz celebrated a morning Mass at St. Edward School in honor of the parish’s 130th anniversary Oct. 23. Following Mass, Archbishop Kurtz blessed the school’s recent addition which houses a new media center and science lab. The 3,840 square-foot addition on the south end of the school also houses a ticket office, […]

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Hope in the Lord — Synod reflections

Writing from Rome last week at the end of the Synod on Challenges Facing the Family in the Context of Evangelization, Archbishop Kurtz shares three movements that he sees resulting from the synod process: Looking back on this extraordinary synod, I was very inspired by the Holy Father’s heart of compassion and desire to walk […]

A tapestry of Blessed Paul VI hangs from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica during his beatification Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. The Mass also concluded the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Blessed Paul, who served as pope from 1963-1978, is most remembered for his 1968 encyclical, "Humanae Vitae," which affirmed the church's teaching against artificial contraception. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis beatifies Blessed Paul VI

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the “great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a “humble and prophetic witness of […]

Bishops and cardinals attend the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-CONTRACEPTION and SYNOD-ISLAM Oct. 9, 2014.

Vatican releases ‘Message of the Synod Assembly’

The following message was released this morning by the Vatican Information Service: Message of the Synod Assembly on the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation Vatican City, 18 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the […]

Students at St. Aloysius School in Pewee Valley, Ky., released blue balloons at the school's 'Blue Ribbon' celebration Oct. 15. The school was named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

St. Aloysius School celebrates ‘Blue Ribbon’

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The entire student body of St. Aloysius School in Pewee Valley, Ky., stood in the shape of a giant cross and released nearly 400 blue balloons into the soggy sky Wednesday, Oct. 15. The balloon release was part of the school’s celebration of its recent national award from the United States […]

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CSA donations already ahead of last year

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer The staff of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Stewardship and Development is encouraged by the impressive start of the 2014 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). While the archdiocese is only a few days into this year’s appeal, gifts and pledges already total more than a half-million dollars. That represents […]

The St. Xavier Community Choir, comprised of faculty, staff, students and alumni, sang at the school's 150th anniversary Mass Oct. 11 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. A program followed at the Galt House Hotel. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

St. Xavier celebrates anniversary with Mass, dinner

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of St. Xavier High School gathered Oct. 11 to celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary. The evening began with Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street. A dinner and program followed at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. In […]

Bishops and cardinals attend the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-CONTRACEPTION and SYNOD-ISLAM Oct. 9, 2014.

Family synod midterm report: Welcome gays, nonmarital unions

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to Catholic teaching, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals. “It is necessary to accept people in […]

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Vicar for Hispanic ministry will aid clergy

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Father Joseph Rankin, pastor of St. Rita Church, has been named to a newly-created position in the Archdiocese of Louisville — vicar for Hispanic ministry. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz announced the appointment during the archdiocese’s second annual Encuentro Hispano, a gathering held late last month for Hispanic and Latino Catholics that […]

St. Agnes School Principal Julie Daly shook State Representative Jim Wayne's hand at the school's 'Blue Ribbon' celebration.  This is the third time St. Agnes has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

St. Agnes celebrates at ‘blue ribbon’ event

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer St. Agnes School, one of four schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville to be named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, celebrated its latest honor with an outdoor assembly for students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the school on Oct. 1. St. Agnes […]

Emily Ridge, a 2014 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, has been selected to receive the WLKY Bell Award Youth Service Honor. Ridge, second from left, volunteers as a mentor with the Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services. She assists newly-arrived refugees, such as the Afghani family above, with everyday tasks. (Photo Special to The Record)

Sacred Heart graduate wins youth Bell Award

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Emily Ridge, a 2014 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, has been named a recipient of a WLKY Bell Awards Youth Service Honor. The awards are sponsored by the WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation and will be presented at 6 p.m. tonight, Oct. 9, at the Galt House Hotel in […]

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Archbishop Kurtz discusses synod in video

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz discusses the importance of joy in teaching church doctrine on the family in a video produced by the Catholic News Service Oct. 6. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family is currently taking place at the Vatican and will conclude Oct. 19.  

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Catholic Charities marks 75th anniversary

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Thanking God for the “gift” of Catholic Charities, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption Sept. 28 to mark the 75th anniversary of the organization. Catholic Charities of Louisville staff, volunteers and members of the Board of Trustees attended the morning Mass, which was […]

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Exonerated inmate discusses death penalty

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Seven years, eight months and 26 days. That’s how long Gary Drinkard spent in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Drinkard, a former Alabama death row inmate, spoke Sept. 26 about his experiences at an event titled “All life is sacred and valued,” hosted by the Social Justice […]

El arzobispo Joseph E. Kurtz dio su homilía durante la Misa del segundo Encuentro en la Arquidiócesis de Louisville el 27 de septiembre en la parroquia St. Pius X (Foto especial para The Record por Ruby Thomas)

About 300 attend second Encuentro

By Ruby Thomas, Special to The Record The second annual Encuentro Hispano brought together close to 300 Hispanic Catholics from pre-school age to older adults. They spent the day on Sept. 27 at St. Pius X Church worshipping and taking part in faith formation workshops all with the purpose of strengthening family evangelization. The word […]

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Four local schools win Blue Ribbon honor

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor Four elementary schools within the Archdiocese of Louisville have been named U.S. Department of Education 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Though the schools of the archdiocese are regular winners of such national recognition, this year marks the first time that so many schools have been honored in the same year. This year’s […]

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CSA campaign sets goal of $3.1 million

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor Last year’s Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) came within a hair’s breadth of its $3 million goal — in fact it fell just about $30,000 short. Since the CSA campaign came on the heels of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Building a Future of Hope fundraising effort, those who lead the campaign, including […]

Holy Spirit School students and students from other Archdiocese of Louisville schools prayed together during the annual Catholic Schools Week Mass held at St. Edward Church Jan. 28. (File Photo by Jessica Able)

School surveys examine Catholic identity

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Catholic school parents and guardians, students and faculty are being asked this week and next to take two surveys intended to show how well their schools foster a Catholic identity. The surveys are the first of two sets planned for this school year. All Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic elementary schools […]

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Hope in the Lord — A masterpiece of God’s creation

You can imagine how thrilled I was to see the front cover of the folder created for this year’s Respect Life Program, held every October. There, under a quote of Pope Francis now familiar to many, is the photo of a child with Down syndrome. How appropriate! This photo brings back my wonderful relationship with […]

Joe Schultz, center, a member of Immaculate Conception Church in La Grange, Ky., was among about 150 young adults who attended the annual Young Adult Mass with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz Sept. 14 during St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church’s regular 7 p.m. Sunday liturgy. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Young adults flock to St. Elizabeth for Mass

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Members of Louisville Young Catholics (LYC) and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church filled the Schnitzelburg parish to capacity Sept. 14 for the fifth annual Young Adult Mass. The liturgy, celebrated by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and several local priests who work with young adults, was followed by the Louisville […]

Jerid Miller, director of lifelong formation at St. Margaret Mary Church, presided over an early portion of a six-hour “Play Like a Champion Today” workshop on Sept. 14. The program, developed by the University of Notre Dame, is designed to help schools, coaches, parents and students put fun and Christ back into the center of athletic competition. (Record Photo by Glenn Rutherford)

Program aims to put Christ, fun into sports

By Glenn Rutherford, Record Editor A room full of people at St. Margaret Mary Church — at least 150 of them — missed their Sunday professional football games to learn what it means to “Play Like a Champion Today.” The program was developed at the University of Notre Dame in 2006 by a professor named […]

Archdiocesan News

Charities help people in need this Christmas

Charities help people in need this Christmas

By Marnie McAllister, Record Assistant Editor Nearly 2,000 children will have toys to open on Christmas morning thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donors who have assisted Catholic Charities’ Sister Visitor Center and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The two Catholic charities collected thousands of gifts to give away this season […]

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U.S. Catholic Filipinos say pope’s visit to Philippines will bring hope

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — Filipino Catholics living in the United States say the pope’s upcoming visit to the Philippines will be a big boost for their homeland that has experienced so much suffering. “After all the travesties” the country has faced, the visit will provide a “flicker of light and a glimmer […]

Obituaries

Dominican Father James Murray dies

Dominican Father James Murray dies

Dominican Father James Murray died Dec. 17 in Columbus, Ohio, after a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 93 and in his 65th year as a priest. Father Murray, a native of Lowell, Mass., professed vows as a Dominican in 1944 and was ordained a priest in 1950. He served in Rhode Island, New York, […]

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Archbishop’s Oct. 13 blog from Rome

In his latest blog post, Archbishop Kurtz describes two experiences from the synod in Rome and shares a video from Canada’s Salt and Light that takes a look “inside the synod.” … It is getting more difficult to choose the best experiences to write about, but I would like to share two from yesterday. At […]