St. Michael School students, above, prayed during the Catholic Schools Week liturgy in January. The Catholic Elementary School Plan, announced last fall, will help more students attend Catholic schools this fall. (Record File Photo by Jessica Able)

Students to receive $4.3 million in tuition aid

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor Last fall, the Archdiocese of Louisville, its 111 parishes, and the Catholic Education Foundation pledged to make Catholic elementary school education more accessible to families. According to a status report issued in late May, that plan is on track. As of mid-June, a total of $4.3 million in tuition assistance […]

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Encyclical is ‘marching order,’ archbishop says

By Marnie McAllister and Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” reminds people that “we have a shared responsibility for one another” and calls for “urgent action,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said during a June 18 news conference in Washington, D.C. The archbishop, speaking as president […]

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Parish efforts help boost annual appeal

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer To say the 2014-2015 Catholic Services Appeal campaign was successful would be an understatement. The annual appeal — which funds programs from supplying food to those in need to educating future priests — raised $3,245,500. That’s 105% or $145,500 more than the goal of $3.1 million. This year’s campaign […]

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Creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all […]

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St. John Paul II Church to open in November

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer Two parishes less than two miles apart in the Hikes Point and Bon Air neighborhoods will merge into one parish later this year. St. Barnabas Church, 3042 Hikes Lane, and St. Pius X Church, 3521 Goldsmith Lane, will merge and officially become St. John Paul II Church effective Nov. […]

Participants in the Teens and Twenties Encounter Christ program prayed June 12 at the Flaget Center before a trip to the TEC Congress in Illinois. They are, from left, Chad Rasmussen, Alonzo Chavez and Fermin Luna. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

Retreat proves life-changing for young adults

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor A retreat program that started in Michigan 50 years ago has been life-changing for a couple dozen young adults in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Last weekend, they traveled to Illinois to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Teens and Twenties Encounter Christ, known as TEC, and meet its creator, Father Matthew […]

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Faithful asked to witness for religious liberty

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer In the spirit of martyrs like St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist and Sts. Peter and Paul — who remained faithful in the face of persecution — the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has once again called on the faithful to show their commitment to religious liberty […]

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Hope in the Lord — Beauty saves the world

Here is my homily for the opening Mass of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring meeting, held on June 10 in the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis: How grateful we bishops are to you, Archbishop Carlson and all the priests, deacons, men and women of the consecrated life, and all faithful who are gathered […]

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Read encyclical with ‘open heart,’ pope asks

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Appealing to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said June 17, the day before […]

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World Refugee Day celebrated June 12

World Refugee Day was observed with a celebration including a parade of nations at the Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services office on West Market Street June 12. The event also featured performances by different refugee groups and a buffet of international foods.

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Mexican priests minister to Hispanics

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer As boys growing up in the mining state of Guanajuato, Mexico, both Father Carlos Conde and Father Ismael Hernández said they’d always admired priests, but never thought they’d become priests themselves. That was a couple of decades ago. Last month, the priests — both from the Diocese of León […]

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Three are ordained to priesthood

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor The Archdiocese of Louisville gained three new priests May 30, bringing the total number of diocesan priests to 141. Fathers Peter Bucalo, Jason Harris and Shayne Duvall were ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Assumption by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz on that sunny Saturday morning. Worshippers, whose […]

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Sacred Heart Academy honored with national award

Sacred Heart Academy honored with national award

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) based in Washington, D.C., has honored Sacred Heart Academy with the 2015 Circle of Excellence bronze award. The school was recognized for it recruitment video titled “All My Life,” which “highlighted the mission and spirit of SHA,” according to a press release from the school. “News […]

From the Archives

This Lent, let’s temper our eating habits

This Lent, let’s temper our eating habits

In this opinion piece from The Record archives dated Jan. 23, 1975, Alice Walsh, a member of St. Martin of Tours Church, offers an early take on what’s now known as the “slow food movement.”

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Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. Visiting both Cuba and the United States on the same […]

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Sister Ann Roberta Powers, pioneer in India, dies

Sister Ann Roberta Powers, pioneer in India, dies

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Ann Roberta Powers, one of the pioneers who founded the order’s first missions in India, died June 27 at Nazareth Convent in Mokama, India. Sister Powers, a native of Cloverport, Ky., was 90 and had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 71 years. Sister Powers taught elementary school […]

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Archbishop Kurtz discusses synod in video

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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Mercy presents award for education to Joe Bergamini

St. Xavier High School teacher Joe Bergamini has been selected to receive Mercy Academy’s Educator of the Year Award. The award, presented annually at Mercy’s commencement ceremony, honors an innovative “leader in Catholic education in Jefferson County” who is a scholar and cares deeply for students, an announcement from the school said. Bergamini, a teacher […]