• PARSON’S PONDERINGS: Leadership on every level should work for common good

    Recently, several of us interviewed a candidate for a national disaster relief team on which we serve. One of the questions we asked was, “Have you ever been in a situation where you had a very different idea or opinion from others and how did that work out?” Her answer was both simple and profound and certainly applicable to situations that have recently come to light through various media outlets.

  • Blessing the boards

    In the community room at Nazareth’s Mother House, sisters gathered to sign messages of hope and blessing on boards that will be used to construct a Habitat for Humanity home in Louisville this summer.

    The house will be named “Wake up the World” for the theme of Year of Consecrated Life, and is a project sponsored by the Archdiocese of Louisville.

  • Missionaries escape second Nepal earthquake

    Larry Meade and his team of missionaries, who had been helping victims of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal, were en route from the Himalayan village where they had been working to the capital, Kathmandu, when the second quake struck May 12.

    Suddenly a huge rock rolled down the mountain and between their two vehicles.

    They barely escaped being crushed.

  • O’Neill to perform at St. Joseph

    Dr. Douglas O’Neill, first prize winner of the Dublin International Organ Competition, will perform an organ concert of music for Pentecost, on Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, 310 W Stephen Foster Ave. in Bardstown. Bassoonist Eve Witt will join O’Neill in music for bassoon and organ. O’Neill is the director of sacred music at Holy Trinity Church, Fredericktown, and Holy Rosary Church, Manton. All are invited. Admission is free.

  • Miscellaneous musings and random scribbles

    Once again, after going through my column ideas folder of scribbled notes on church bulletins, saved emails and starts of columns I haven’t finished, I’m turning these random bits of miscellany into today’s column.
 I hope some of these thoughts will be helpful to someone reading this.

  • Crowning of Mary and balloon rosary release at St. Joseph

    About 50 people prayed the rosary, sang and participated in the May crowning of Mary at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown on Wednesday, May 6. Following the crowning, there was a balloon rosary release involving high school students and children from the church. The rosary made of balloons drifted above the lawn of the cathedral and rested on the side of St. Joseph School.

  • Local missionary to Nepal: Village is destroyed

    The village in Nepal that Larry Meade of Faith Worship Center and his team of missionaries are visiting was devastated by the 7.9 earthquake that shook the Himalayan mountain kingdom on April 25.

    “There’s nothing left standing,” Meade said in a late-night phone call to a Kentucky Standard reporter.

  • Into the uttermost part of the world

    The earthquake that shook the world’s highest mountain range and claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people in Nepal last month has left thousands more without shelter, food, water and clothing.

    On Sunday, Larry Meade reminded the congregation of Faith Worship Center that in Matthew 25:40 Jesus said when they help someone who is homeless, hungry, thirsty or naked, it is the same as helping him.

    “It’s a heart-wrenching experience that these people are going through right now,” Meade said. “We cannot imagine.”

  • RELIGION NOTES: May 8, 2015

    The Rolling Fork Baptist Church on Ky. 462 in Gleanings will celebrate its 214th anniversary on Sunday, May 17, with a special service that begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a potluck dinner. The church will provide meat and the drinks. Dinner will be followed by a bluegrass gospel concert by the Exie Boys. Keynote speaker for the worship service will be Dr. Michael V. Carter, President of Campbellsville University. The members of Rolling Fork Baptist Church and its pastor, Dr. J. Dwayne Howell, invite all to take part in the celebration.

    Mother/daughter lunch

  • RELIGION NOTES: May 1, 2015

    Contemplative prayer service

    Ascension will be offering a Taizé service beginning Sunday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the worship area of the church at 211 N. Main St., in Bardstown. Taizé is a contemporary meditative/contemplative service centered in prayer, music and silence. The service is 30 to 40 minutes, and a background in meditation is not necessary. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested, contact Richard Fisher or Debra Galloway at ascension.rjf@gmail.com.

    Loretto Motherhouse piano concert