• Letter discovered behind St. Michael altar

    When construction workers pulled an altar away from the wall during the renovation of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Fairfield in fall 2010, Gene Nethery noticed something.

    “It was actually laying on the altar on the inside,” Nethery said.

    What he saw was a yellowed piece of paper, twice folded, tucked onto a ledge inside the altar of the Virgin Mary.

    “I couldn’t read the writing,” he recalled. He showed it to several of his colleagues but they could only decipher the date: May 8, 1902.

  • Faith Worship Center speaker

    Billy Thompson will minister at Faith Worship Center, 3160 Bloomfield Road, Bardstown, 10:15 a.m. Feb. 13. Thompson played basketball for U of L and was a member of the 1986 NCAA championship team. Thompson was also a reserve member of the Lakers team that won back-to-back NBA Champion- ships in 1987 and 1988. For more information, call the church office at 348-7380.

  • Community Choir Fest Feb. 20

    The Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Multicultural Ministry will host its annual Community Choir Fest 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 407 S. Third St., Bardstown. Choirs will be on hand to render songs of praise.

  • Absorbing your pain in my heart

    Being known as a religion writer, sometimes people write or call me to tell about their experiences with God.

    Sometimes they tell me of their theological ideas, which may or may not coincide with mine. Sometimes they tell of their own deep pain, past sin or present struggles.

    Around Christmas I found an envelope on my chair, marked “personal and private.” Hand-delivered and from a woman in the community, it contained a handwritten letter several pages long, written from the woman’s “prayer closet” during the early morning hours.

  • Religion Notes

    Touch of Faith Worship Center

    The Samaritans will minister in song at 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at Touch of Faith Worship Center, 200 John Rowan Blvd., above Clothes Corner. For more information, call 350-3748.

    Nelson Christian Church guest speakers

  • Shouldn’t we all want to be good samaritans?

  • Will you be ready for your new beginning?

    The Rev. Karl Lusk
    Pastor, Ascension Episcopal Church

    The Bible is full of beginnings; not only the universal one, when God speaks into existence the components of a magnificent cosmos, but other beginnings as well.

    Some of the beginnings in the Bible are known as call stories and they recount how somebody was invited by God to begin something new and unexpected. God calls this person to begin, and not only to begin, but — and here’s the hard part — to persist, to persist so that another beginning can take place.

  • Religion notes

    Speaker at Abundant Life

    Abundant Life Church of Bardstown, will have a special service 11 a.m. Jan. 30.

  • Loretto Motherhouse concert

    New Millennium Duo will be in concert 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx.

  • Sister’s Keeper program

    Sister’s Keeper will have a special program, “New Year — New Me,” 2 p.m. Jan. 29 with  guest speaker, Evangelist Janice Pryor,  at the Nelson County Public Library.

    Everyone is welcome to attend