• Religion Notes: Dec. 26, 2014

    Christmas concert

    Nancy and Vernon Cherrix will give a Christmas concert at Loretto Motherhouse on Tuesday, December 30, at 10:30 a.m. They will play piano duets of Christmas songs. All are welcome. Admission is free.

    Old Gospel Barn

  • God never says, 'Oops'

    A man local to me, named Ed, will never forget his 76th birthday, Sept. 22. He and his wife, Marno, took a cruise as a birthday celebration. While at sea, Ed started bleeding internally and ended up in the ship’s infirmary, where they gave him blood transfusions. Meanwhile, word got out among the other passengers, many of whom volunteered to donate their own blood.

    However, the infirmary ran out of blood bags, so even though Ed had donors, the donors couldn’t donate.

  • Religion Notes: Dec.19, 2014

    Christmas Sunday services

  • The holidays aren’t bright for everyone


    guest columnist


    As you read this, Christmas Day will be but six days away; Hanukkah began four days ago, and Kwanzaa begins on Dec. 26. In fact, if one begins with Hanukkah on Dec. 16, it ends on Dec. 24; Christmas begins then and runs until Jaunary 6 (the 12 days of Christmas), and Kwanzaa begins on Dec. 26 and runs until January 1. Three holiday seasons that span almost three weeks of time.

  • Relationships key to influencing lawmakers, Floyd tells Baptists

    Building trusting relationships with state lawmakers and other elected officials is crucial to influencing legislation, state Rep. David Floyd told a group of Baptist preachers and staffers this month in Louisville.

    Floyd, a Bardstown Republican and a deacon at Parkway Baptist Church, spoke to the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Committee on Public Affairs Dec. 2 about how the group could weigh in on issues likely to come before the General Assembly in January.

  • RELIGION NOTES: Dec. 12, 2014

    Nazareth Retreat Center online

    The Nazareth Retreat Center will have an Advent Online Retreat until 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.

    Bardstown Community

    Chamber Orchestra

  • Christmas Eve and mixed emotions

    By Mike Bradford

    In my youth, Christmas Eve was such a different experience from what that special evening is now. Yet, what I do and enjoy now on Christmas Eve is touched, colored and shaped by things from way back then. It’s like that for most folks. How about you?

  • 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.