Insert February 1 2015 - Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Two Upcoming Bake Sales
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School
“Odyssey of the Mind” teams will be
having a Bake Sale the weekend of February 7th and 8th
after all Masses. The “Odyssey of the Mind” students will
use the money to buy supplies to make their props and
backdrops.
Saints Peter and Paul Thrift Store Bake Sale: Our
Saints Peter and Paul Thrift Store is sponsoring a bake sale
after all Masses the weekend of February 14th and 15th –
just before Lent begins. Anyone wishing to donate baked
items can drop them off before Mass on either Saturday
evening or Sunday morning. Thank you for your support
and don’t forget to stop by and pick up a dessert for
Sunday’s dinner. Again, all proceeds from the Saints Peter
and Paul Thrift Store Bake Sale are used to help people in
crisis or emergency.
American Red Cross Blood Drive – You can save lives
and support Saints Peter and Paul School: The Western
Kentucky Blood Center will be at Saints Peter and Paul on
Wednesday, February 18th (Ash Wednesday) from 3:00 to
7:00 p.m. in our gym. Western Kentucky Regional Blood
Center will donate $5.00 to Saints Peter and Paul School
for each pint of donated blood while all donors will receive
a free t-shirt and cholesterol screening. If you would like
to assist at the blood drive by welcoming donors and
serving snacks, please let Libby know.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: A big thank you for a
very blessed year of Adoration. We would like to welcome
the following adorers who have recently adopted Hours:
Juan Uribe, Alma and Mark Reeder, Valerie Hobbs and
Heidi Wheeler. May God reward you for your time spent
with Him. The hours that are currently open are as
follows;
Mondays at 3:00 and 4:00 AM.
Wednesdays at 3:00 and 4:00 AM.
Friday at 12:00 AM (midnight).
God Bless, Bill and Jenny Rush, Co-ordinators
Catholic Men’s Conference
Saturday, February 7, 2015
St. Stephen Cathedral - Owensboro
Ticket price includes lunch
$30.00 – Adult
$15.00 Student (H.S. Senior and older)
Registration forms available on the table in the
narthex or in the parish office.
Bus departs from Saints Peter and Paul
Parking Lot at 6:00 a.m.
Fat Monday Celebration: This year we will be
celebrating our “Fat Monday” celebration at “Las Fuentes
– Authentic Mexican Restaurant” on Canton Street. Las
Fuentes Restaurant is opening just for us. Our menu is
quiet extensive and involves a selection of 4 Appetizers, 14
Entrees and 6 Desserts – You may find that choosing just
one from each category is the most difficult part. So, the
meal will consist of an Appetizer, Entree, Dessert and
Beverage (tea, water, soft drink, or coffee). Remember any
alcoholic drinks are the responsibility of each individual
person. The cost of this event is $25.00 per person. Come
by the sacristy after weekend Masses or during the week
see Libby at the parish office. To make your reservations –
the money and your menu selection is due at the time of
placing your reservation. This is always a fun-filled night,
Don’t Miss It!
Diocesan News
Fr. John Meredith’s New Mailing Address:
Rev. John Meredith, P.O. Box 190, Newburgh, In 47629
Father John has been assigned to prayer and penance and
would like to be of assistance to people of the diocese. If
you would like to send him a prayer request his email
address for your intentions is
[email protected]
Diocesan Town Hall Meetings: Bishop Medley invites
your input at Town Hall Meetings to be held across the
diocese. In preparation for the October 2015 Synod of
Bishops, Pope Francis is encouraging widespread
consultation in dioceses around the world on questions
concerning marriage and family life. Two remaining Town
Hall Meetings being held are:
1. Thursday, February 12 – Holy Spirit Parish, Bowling
Green, 6:00 -8:00 p.m.
2. Thursday, February 19 – Blessed Mother Parish,
Owensboro, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Your input will be conveyed to the Synod of Bishops in a
report submitted by Bishop Medley at the conclusion of the
listening sessions.
Upcoming Pilgrimage: You’re invited. Please join
Bishop Medley on a pilgrimage to the Catholic shrines of
France. Does visiting Lourdes, Nevers, Lisieux,
Normandy Beaches and Paris, France, interest you?
Bishop William Medley will be leading a pilgrimage to
these locations on October 8 – 17th of this year. For more
information please visit:
www.pilgrimages.com/bishopmedley. To book or for
questions, please contact Liz or Natasha at 800-206-8687.
Community News
Hospice: Pennyroyal Hospice will be holding a Volunteer
Training Session on Monday, February 16th and
Wednesday, February 18th in the Conference Room of the
Pennyroyal Hospice building at 220 Burley Avenue. The
class will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and finish no later
than 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for the training and
lunch will be provided. Both days are required to complete
the class. To register for the session, or if you have any
questions regarding becoming a Pennyroyal Hospice
Volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at
885-6428 or email to [email protected]
Father/Daughter Purity Ball: Alpha Alternative is
hosting their Seventh Annual Father/Daughter Purity Ball.
This year for those in kindergarten thru 5th grade, the
program will be held on Friday, February 20th and for 6th
grade through college, the program will be held on
Saturday, February 21st. The theme of this year’s ball is
“Guard your Heart” “Guard your heart above all else, for
it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23.
The Purity Ball will be held at the James E. Bruce
Convention Center. Each night the program will run from
6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The evening will include an ageappropriate program about purity in all aspects of life.
This is a formal event. The registration fee is $30 per
couple and $10 for each additional daughter. For more
information visit their website at www.alphapcc.org or call
(270) 885-3820.
Every Human Life is Sacred:
Excerpts from an address of His Holiness Pope Francis at the
Commemorative Conference of the Italian Catholic Physicians’
Association on the occasion of its 70th anniversary
There is no doubt that, in our time, due to scientific and
technical advancements, the
possibilities for physical
healing have significantly
increased; and yet, in some
respects it seems that the
capacity for “taking care” of the
person has diminished,
especially when one is sick, frail
and helpless. In effect, medical
and scientific achievements can
contribute to improving human
life, provided that they are not
separated from the ethical root of
these disciplines. For this reason Catholic doctors commit
to … a human and
spiritual mission, as a true lay apostolate.
Attention to human life, especially to those in
greatest difficulty, that is, to the sick, the elderly, children,
deeply implicates the mission of the Church. The Church
also feels called to participate in the debate which focuses
on human life, presenting her proposal on the basis of the
Gospel. In many places, quality of life is primarily related
to economic means, to “well-being,” to the beauty and
enjoyment of physical life, forgetting the other, more
profound, interpersonal, spiritual and religious dimensions
of existence. In fact, in the light of faith and right reason,
human life is always sacred and always has “quality.”
There is no human life that is more sacred than another:
every human life is sacred! There is no human life
qualitatively more significant than another, only by virtue
of resources, rights, greater social and economic
opportunities.
This is what Catholic doctors try to affirm. ...
[Their] work seeks to bear witness by word and deed that
human life is always sacred, valuable and sacrosanct. As
such, it must be loved, defended and cared for.
Professionalism, enriched with the spirit of faith, is a
further reason to collaborate with those — even from
different religious perspectives or thought — who
recognize the dignity of the human person as a criterion
for their activities. Indeed, while the Hippocratic Oath
commits [doctors] to always be servants of life, the Gospel
drives [them] further: to love life always and in any case,
especially when it requires special care and attention. The
predominant school of thought sometimes leads to “false
compassion” which holds that it is a benefit to women to
promote abortion; an act of dignity to perform euthanasia;
a scientific breakthrough to “produce” a child, considered
as a right rather than a gift to be welcomed; or to using
human lives as laboratory animals, allegedly in order to
save others. Instead, the compassion of the Gospel is what
accompanies us in times of need, that compassion of the
Good Samaritan, who draws near and provides concrete
help (cf. Lk 10:33). Your mission as doctors places you in
daily contact with so many forms of suffering. I encourage
you to take them on as “Good Samaritans,” caring in a
special way for the elderly, the infirm and the disabled.
Faithfulness to the Gospel of life and respect for life as a
gift from God sometimes require brave choices that go
against the current, which in particular circumstances may
become points of conscientious objection. This faithfulness
brings with it many social consequences. We are living in a
time of experimentation with life. But it is harmful
experimentation. Making children, rather than accepting
them as a gift, as I said. Playing with life. Be careful,
because this is a sin against the Creator: against God the
Creator, who created things this way. Many times in my
life as a priest, I have heard objections. “Tell me, why, for
example, does the Church oppose abortion? Is it a religious
problem?”
— “No, no. It’s not a religious problem” — “Is it a
philosophical problem?” — “No, it’s not a philosophical
problem.” It is a scientific problem, because there is a
human life there and it is not licit to eliminate
a human life to resolve a problem. “But no, the modern
school of thought...” — “Listen, in the old and the modern
schools of thought, the word kill means the same thing!”
The same is true for euthanasia. We all know that with so
many elderly people in this throwaway culture, euthanasia
is being performed in secret. And this is saying to God:
“No, I will end life, as I see fit.” A sin against God the
Creator: think hard about this.
St. Camillus de Lellis, in proposing the most
effective method to care for the sick, simply said: “Put
more heart into those hands.” Put more heart into those
hands — this is my hope as well. May the Blessed Virgin
Mary, Salus Infirmorum, support the intentions with which
you intend to continue your action. (Knights of Columbus
Chaplain’s Report, January 2015)