• Children of the red-light district: Volunteers share experience in India

    Police had just brought three of the girls in that week. One had been working the streets with her mother. One had been pulled from a marriage hall where she was to be wed to a middle-aged man. Another had escaped the clutches of her grandfather, who she had been sold to as a sex slave. At just 6 years old, these girls had suffered unfathomable trauma.

    These children were three of several that volunteers through the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth became acquainted with over a 10-day immersion trip to India in November.

  • Religion Notes: Dec. 5, 2014

    Bardstown Community Chamber Orchestra concert Dec. 14

    The Bardstown Community Chamber Orchestra will present a holiday concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 211 N. Third Street.

  • ‘Is God powerful?’

    A few weeks ago, I got an email at work with the subject line: “Is God powerful?”

    I thought the email would be about God’s power, but it was a political come-on to people of faith to vote for a certain candidate, who supposedly was God’s choice and to please send money.

    Actually, the email lost me at “the great state of Pennsylvania is wrestling with its destiny,” since I live in Florida.

    Not that I don’t care what happens in Pennsylvania, but Florida has enough issues to keep me awake at night.

  • Religion Notes: Nov. 28, 2014

    Nazareth Retreat Center online

    The Nazareth Retreat Center will have an Advent Online Retreat Nov. 30-Dec. 24. Throughout the weeks of Advent, Sharon Gray, SCN, will send reflections based on the major themes of Advent, using Scripture, tradition and contemporary life realities. There will be opportunities to respond online. There is no fee for this retreat. Call 348-1513 or cmckean@scnky.org to register.

  • Psalm of Thanksgiving

    Dear God,

    Every year at this time I sit down to compose a psalm of thanksgiving, my thanks and gratitude to you for another year that has passed.

    The biblical writers say we should give thanks in all things, in good times and bad. Even in bad times, you are still good. You are gentle and kind; you do not break a reed that’s been bruised. You do not crush a spirit that is wounded. So, thank you, Lord, for your kindness and your mercy.

  • RELIGION NOTES: Nov. 21, 2014

    Old Gospel Barn

    Old Gospel Barn, 11286 Louisville Road will have a gospel concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Guests are duo Pat and Troy and the Cumbos. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

    New Beginning VBS

    New Beginning Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, for children ages 5-12. The theme is International Spy Academy. For more information, call (502) 233-1352.

    Children’s Choir

  • Giving has a bigger impact than buying

    By the Rev. Karl Lusk

    The Black Friday ads are out in force. In fact, Black Friday sales started two weeks ago. It’s also worth noting that there are at least a dozen big box store chains that are not beginning Black Friday until Nov. 28 and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow employees and families an opportunity for thankful time together. I’m thankful for their leadership in helping us focus on more important thoughts about happiness than shop until we drop.

  • A life dedicated to Christ
  • Religion Notes: Nov. 14, 2014

    Faithful Citizenship Luncheon

    All are invited to participate in the Central Kentucky Area Faithful Citizen Luncheon at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at St. Thomas Parish Center, 870 St. Thomas Lane in Bardstown. The event is free. Drinks are provided, bring a brown bag lunch. If inclement weather, the event will follow the Bardstown City Schools’ decision. For more info, or to RSVP, contact Catholic Charities Nazareth Office at 331-4545 or schmuckrsm@scnazarethky.org.

    Contemplative Prayer Day

  • Anatomy of an apology

    The Huffington Post online site posts a “cute kid note of the day.”

    One of the most popular notes is called “I Am Sorry Ben.” It goes:

    “I am sorry Ben. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I feel like crap.

    I love you and I was trying to hit Chris. I hate my choice I made. I rally (sic) hope you except (sic) my apollogee (sic). When I throo (sic) the sizzors (sic) I was aiming for Chris. I hope you start to feel better soon.”