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Published on February 3rd, 2012

Dear Parishioners,

We had a great dessert social last Friday evening as we presented our Memorials phase of our campaign.  I want to say a special word of thanks to Mike Sullivan and Janice Scherm who explained the details to those who gathered.   Also, a word of gratitude to Garry Pierce our Pastoral Council Chair, and to those who provided and served the delicious cakes, pies, etc.  If you were unable to come, but would like to participate in the Memorials effort, you may contact Mike Sullivan or Chris Warren.

Last Monday evening, I attended my last OCS Council meeting as the Priest-Pastor.  The Council honored me with a contribution to our Restoration and Renewal Campaign in my name.  I am very grateful for this thoughtful gesture and can think of nothing that would have pleased me more at this time.  It has been a privilege for me to work closely with the Council and with all those who are so committed to making our Catholic schools as excellent as they can be.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I will be joining many others in Frankfort from throughout Kentucky to observe what is called “Catholics at the Capitol.”  It is an opportunity for us to meet with our state legislators and to share our views on legislation that they are currently considering.  The Church as a right to participate in the public square and to share our perspective on policies and laws.  The bottom line of our concern is always the dignity of the human person.

Please note the insert in the bulletin containing the letter from Bishop Medley regarding the recent decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which, if enacted, will force all employers, including Catholic institutions, to provide health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraception.  Such a law is a clear violation of our First Amendment rights of religious liberty.  I urge you, please take time to www.usccb.org/conscience to learn more about this important assault and how to contact our legislators to voice our concerns .  For now, the administration has delayed this legislation for a year.  In other words, they are giving us a year to decide how we can violate our conscience on this moral issue.

We are continuing our search for a Business Manager for the parish.  If you know anyone who is qualified for this position, please invite them to apply.  Thanks.

Love, Fr. John

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