• Contemplative Prayer Day Nov. 19 at St. Catharine

    St. Catharine Motherhouse, located two miles west of Springfield, on U.S. 150, will have its monthly Contemplative Prayer Day 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 19. The day includes contemplative/centering prayer, meditative walks, silence, personal prayer, a presentation on the mystic:  St. John of the Cross (biography and prayer life) by Sr. Luisa Derouen, OP,  discussion on the presentation, brief sharing about the day and a blessing.  All interested adults invited. Bring a bag lunch. Cost: Donation. For more information, call Sr. Mary Otho Ballard, OP at (859) 284-5201.

  • Religion Notes Nov. 11, 2011

    Loretto Motherhouse concert

    Victoria Tsangari will be in concert 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Loretto Motherhouse. The recital, “Piano Poetry & Prose” is inspired by literature. Tsangari, visiting assistant professor of piano and theory at Kentucky State University, teaches studio and class piano, theory, and aural skills. Born in Cyprus,  she received the Advanced Certificate Diploma of the Royal Schools of Music (London) in piano at 16. She holds degrees from Lawrence University and the University of Oklahoma, where she studied piano and pedagogy.

  • Baptism reminds us of God’s love for us

    Last week my friend Mike got baptized.

    As the only adult being baptized, he was upstaged by some cute little kids and a baby, but he still shined.

    We baptize babies and grownups at my church because we believe baptism is not so much us declaring our commitment to follow Jesus, but it’s our declaration that we’re in desperate need of his cleansing.

    It’s one of two sacraments we celebrate, the other one being communion.

  • Religion Notes

    Witness choir anniversary

    Witness will have its 23rd choir anniversary 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at First Baptist Church, 315 N. Second St. Special guests will be Consolidated District Praise Team, Liturgical Dance Team from Taylorsville and Elements of Praise.


    Abundant Life to have guest speaker

    Joseph Walker, previously known as good ole’ Joe Walker, will be preaching at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at Abundant Life Church. He will be accompanied by his wife, Dena Walker. For more information, call the church at 507-3030.


  • Food for thought on our idols

    We were eating pizza — thin crust perfectly crisp, topped with ooey gooey decadent cheesy goodness that was just the right degree of meltiness.

    As our eyes rolled back in our heads in pizza ecstasy, my friend Tara said she had recently read that the sign of a culture in decline is its glorification of its cuisine and deification of its chefs.

    Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck anyone?


    Gospel sing

    Old Gospel Barn, 11286 Louisville Road, will have a gospel sing 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Special guests will be Blessed Hope, the Cumbos and more. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.


    Mill Creek Baptist revival

    Mill Creek Baptist Church’s Fall Revival will be 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 7 p.m. Oct. 24-26. Bro. Mark Combs will be preaching. Childcare will be available for babies through 12 years old.


    Sister’s Keeper


  • Death, life and hope all mixed together

    Ed Preston died Oct. 5. He lived across the street from us. He had been at the Hospice House and his wife, Lillian, asked my husband to watch over their house while she stayed with him.

    They were married 64 years. Ed turned 94 on Sept. 30.

    The evening of Oct. 5 — it was a Wednesday — I saw our other neighbor drive off with Lillian. When they returned a few hours later I knew something had happened.

    My husband and I went across the street, and as Lillian got out of the car she said, “Ed died.”

  • Living your faith is better than preaching it

    The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States states that while Americans have the right to practice a religion of their choice, no government body has the right to establish a religion.

    Based on that principle, one practice at football games in the south has come under fire from people who object to a minister praying on the public address system before the start of the game.

  • When you’re lost, its good to be found

    Tachycardia is a dangerously rapid heartbeat, arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat and dead is no heartbeat at all — and I had all three recently.

    That may be a slight exaggeration and a bit of melodrama, but the truth is I experienced severe panic recently.

    I lost my camera.

    And by “my camera” I mean the one the Chronicle gave me to use and not mine to keep.

  • All of us play the blame game at times

    My daughter, Alison, writes a blog, “The Neurotic Housewife” (www.neuroticalison.wordpress.com).

    Recently she fumed about a woman named Beverly who, unknowingly — or maybe not — “stole” her spot at the gym. Alison wrote: