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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on May 18th, 2012

Dear Parishioners,

A couple of weeks ago, the priests of the diocese had a continuing education day devoted to the permanent diaconate.  As you have read in the Western Kentucky Catholic, our diocese is preparing to ordain eighteen men as deacons on September 15th.  This will be the first class of permanent deacons ordained for the diocese.  Here at the Cathedral, we have been blessed to have Deacon Dirck Curry with us for the past couple of years, so we have some experience of a deacon’s ministry.  This gives me the opportunity to thank Deacon Dirck once again for his ministry with us, and also to tell you that the diocese is now forming a new class for those men interested in discerning a call to this ministry.  We have one person who has applied, but I think we have several other potential candidates among our parishioners.  I invite you to give this prayerful consideration, and if you have any questions, get in touch with me or Deacon Curry.

Surely no one was surprised by President Obama’s recent declaration in favor of same-sex marriage since he has already taken other actions that erode the unique meaning of marriage. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the US Conference of Bishops stated “We cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society,” Cardinal Dolan added. “The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better.”  The Catholic Church upholds the sanctity of traditional marriage as being only between one man and one woman, and also teaches that any sexual activity outside of marriage is sinful. “I pray for the president every day, and will continue to pray that he and his administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Cardinal Dolan said. “May we all work to promote and protect marriage and by so doing serve the true good of all persons.”

I want to draw your attention to a new addition to our parish webpage: a widget from the Vatican News Service.  The widget opens a small rectangular window with four tabs.  One tab opens the latest news from the Vatican, another provides the Holy Father’s comments from his Sunday Angelus, the third accesses recent speeches of the pontiff, the fourth gives the daily news bulletin from the Vatican.  Let me know if you find this helpful.

Congratulations to Sam Rasp, a 2012 graduate of OCHS, who has been selected as a recipient of the Servant Leaders in Ministry Award (SLIM) by the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry.  Sam is involved in a wide variety of service activities to the parish, school, deanery and diocese.  The award will be presented to Sam at the 9:00am Mass today.  His parents are Ken and Kathy Rasp.

Love, Fr. John

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