• Former Archdiocese leader dies at 80

    The former leader of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Thomas C. Kelly, O.P., passed away Wednesday at his home in Louisville. He was 80 years old.

    For a quarter of a century,  Kelly served as the leader of the archdiocese from 1982 until his retirement in 2007, when  the Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., became the Archbishop of Louisville.

  • Religion Notes: Dec. 16, 2011

    New Beginning Christmas Eve Service

    New Beginning Baptist Church will be having a Christmas Eve candlelight service 11 p.m. Dec. 24. Everyone is invited. Christmas morning services will be cancelled the following morning.


    St. John Christmas dinner

    St. John A.M.E. Zion Church, 219 E. Brashear St., will have a Christmas Dinner 11 a.m. Dec. 18 following the morning service at the Abraham Lincoln Post 167, 202 Downs. All members present and past and their families are welcome.


    St. John Christmas service

  • Being OK with flunking sainthood

    Nancy Kennedy
    guest columnist

    This week I turned 57.

    I thought by this age I’d get the hang of the whole sainthood thing. The Protestant definition of a saint is simply a follower of Jesus.

    However, that doesn’t seem enough. There should be more to it than that. For instance, by now I should have at least the beginning buds of a halo or be able to say no to temptation eight out of 10 times — or two out of 10!

    But the truth is, I still struggle.

  • Religion notes: Dec. 9, 2011

    Nelson Christian Christmas service

  • Learning ‘rest’ of life’s story

    In the past few years, my husband and I have made it a tradition to eat Christmas dinner at a nearby inn that serves a humongous buffet.

    Without fail, every time we go I bemoan the fact that my stomach can’t accommodate large quantities of food.

    I’ve seen people eat stacks of pancakes the size of Rhode Island and whole sides of beef and think that maybe I can do that too, but I can’t.

  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth celebrate 200 years

    Much of this history was taken from the monologue the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth used in its opening ritual ceremony Saturday. The ceremony kicked off the celebration of the congregation’s 200th anniversary.


    In 1812, Bishop David sent out a call for young women to come teach the children in Nelson County.

  • Behold, the saving lion

    Early one Saturday morning I was on the treadmill at the gym watching “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on the TV in front of me.

    TLWW is the first of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia allegorical series about a wonderland that’s taken hostage by an evil witch.

    In the part of the movie that caught my attention, the boy, Edmund, finds himself in Narnia, in the snow, shivering in his pajamas, robe and slippers.

  • Religion Notes for Dec. 2

    Kids at the Creek ministry

    “Kids at the Creek,” a children’s ministry of Mill Creek Baptist Church, will host a “Supper with Santa” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children. The cost includes chili and/or hot dogs with all the fixings as well as a drink. Each child can decorate their own Christmas cookie and hear the story of Christmas read from the Bible by one of Santa’s helpers. Santa will appear after the story. Be sure to bring your own cameras for photo opportunities with Santa.

  • Nazareth Sisters to celebrate 200 years of history Saturday

    On Dec. 1, 2012, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth will mark the 200th anniversary since its founding on the rural church property at St. Thomas Church farm.

    But the Sisters aren’t waiting until then to start celebrating. In what will be a year-long series of events leading up to the 200th anniversary, the SCN family will kick off its bicentennial celebration 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Crimmins Hall on the Nazareth campus.

  • Catholics to experience change in Mass

    After saying Mass for 31 years, the Rev. Bill Hammer, St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, has it down pat. But he might need to refer to his notes to deliver Mass this Sunday.

    Catholics in Nelson County and throughout the English-speaking world can expect a few permanent changes in the language Sunday.

    The English Mass is changing for the first time in 40 years starting this weekend, which is also the first week of Advent. It will be the first change to the Roman Catholic Mass since the second Vatican Council.