The Festival of Faiths is sponsoring a series on compassion -- Sacred Silence: Pathway To Compassion, May 14-19, 2013 at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Galt House Hotel. The goal of this exploration is to provide an opportunity for spiritual growth for the largest possible assembly of people, with a special focus on the meeting of the Dalai Lama with Thomas Merton. The Festival features renowned experts on meditation and compassion, drawn from the faith traditions of the world and recent scientific research on compassion. Programs include daily guided public meditations, keynote addresses, films, and a dedication to Thomas Merton “in his own voice.” Featured guests include Richard Rohr, Arthur Green, Matthieu Ricard, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Laird AND MANY MORE! Tickets required for all events, though some are free. Check out www.festivaloffaiths.org or call 583-3100.
In recognition that everyone will be enjoying Kentucky Derby festivities this upcoming weekend, please remember that there will be no 5:30pm mass on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Regular liturgies will be held at 9am and 11:30am on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
The application submission period for the next diaconate formation class began with an information session last Sunday, April, 21, and will continue thru March 2015. The five-year program begins in July, 2015. Those men interested in exploring a call to the diaconate, and if married, their wives, are encouraged to attend an information session (however, that is not mandatory prior to submitting an application). [Click here] for information on the deaconate in the Archdiocese of Louisville.
You may have noticed something different during the “great amen” at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer at weekend liturgies, when a person with a plate of flowers and incense comes up the aisle and makes circular movements. This way of reverencing is called aarati [“AIR-uh-tee”], and is a form of homage common in India. Through aarati we give ourselves to God and to others using a plate of flowers and incense (or fire) as an expression of our love, devotion, reverence and surrender. It also demonstrates our connectedness in praise of God, a belonging to God and to each other.
We’re entering Holy Week… The Sacred Paschal Triduum
Note: No 5:30 PM Mass on Holy Saturday
Open Labyrinth Walk, March 27-31: Stop by our outdoor labyrinth anytime during the Triduum. Suggestions for your walking prayer focus during this sacred three days will be available for your use.
Holy Thursday, March 28:
Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 PM Celebrate Eucharist and Foot-Washing -- come have your feet washed and wash others’, and bring bread or other food for the hungry. At the conclusion there will be time for prayer in the Chapel of Reservation.
What: Lent Oasis Prayer Day When: Saturday March 9, 2013 (Starting at 9:00 AM) Where: Worship Center and Epiphany Grounds
In the spirit of Vatican II “resourcement,” you are invited to go back to the roots of our tradition of prayer and reflection, to rediscover sustenance for your spiritual journey. Come for the whole day, or any part of it...
What: Year of Faith Lecture - Same Call, Different Congregations: The Vision of Worship in Vatican II and Today Lecturer: Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB (President-Rector, St. Meinrad School of Theology) When: February 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM Where: Community Center
Fr. Denis Robinson will speak on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM, Same Call, Different Congregations: The Vision of Worship in Vatican II and Today.
Many who attended spoke about how much they appreciated his presentation in the fall, and hoped for more in the future.
Welcome to Lent 2013! This year we are hearing Luke’s gospel, filled with stories of journeys, describing Jesus on “the way” to Jerusalem, walking through death to life. We are called to follow the same path. As our vision statement acknowledges, we are on a “pilgrimage of faith” and we who follow Jesus come to find that Christ himself is the way.
We do not undertake this Passover journey alone; our individual and communal journeys are tied together. Luke’s gospel also welcomes the gentiles, the outsiders. Our Just Community focus this Lent is “Welcome the Stranger,” (the work of Undoing Racism, Honduras Mission, and Backside Ministries). Our Lenten readings remind us that we all sin, we all “miss the mark” – and we’re all called to repentance and conversion of hearts and lives. We need to be careful not to set ourselves above others – Jesus was tempted to “lord it over”, but refused to go that route. Lent invites us to look at that which we have shut out, so that we are able to welcome the new – renewed life, a changed perspective, a stranger or foreigner, an unexpected gift…
What: Distribution of Ashes When: February 13, 2013
During Morning Mass: 8:30 AM
During Evening Prayer: 7:00 PM
Where: Worship Center
Each year we start the season of Lent with a curious practice of having our foreheads marked with ashes in the sign of a cross. Ashes represent the total destruction of anything that is burned up by fire. It is the carbon that is left from such full and complete destruction. It is a substance that seems totally lifeless. Ancient people used this symbol by throwing dust or ashes upon themselves when confronted with devastating news like the death of a loved one. It symbolized their interior feelings of hopelessness when confronting death. Another symbolic action was the tearing of their garments. Ancient people usually only owned one or two sets of clothing, so such an action was also very devastating.