Child abuse cases tend to rise in late July and early August as kids head back to school and mor e eyes are able to identify signs of possible abuse. Parish/School staff or volunteers are often the front lines when it comes to identifying abuse. Just three years ago Kentucky ranked 2nd in the nation in child abuse per 1000 kids. Would you … Continue reading Abuse Reports Rise In August
It is nearly impossible to be engaged in current events without hearing the phrase “children at risk.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of three children — now live in a home in which the biological father is absent. However, nearly every study conducted through the social … Continue reading Pastoral Care . . . Fathers Matter
by Martine Bacci Siegel It’s May and that's the month for Mother’s Day! Mothers are supposed to be treated with breakfast in bed, a bouquet of roses, time for bubble bath and pampering, right? But often the day doesn’t live up to the advertisements. So . . . let’s redefine the day. Let’s make it … Continue reading Let’s Make It “Family Day”!
Kentucky has more than 9,000 children in foster care – up from 8,000 less than 3 years ago! The raging opioid crisis is accelerating foster care with more cases of abuse and neglect at unprecedented levels. The Governor’s office is asking the Faith Community to get involved and become our “brother’s keeper.” According to a recent article in The … Continue reading May Is National Foster Care Month!
by Ed Harpring As we enter into Respect Life Month, (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops set aside the month of October to call attention to the dignity of human life) the urgency is greater than ever for Catholics to become even more engaged in becoming a voice for the voiceless. The theme for this … Continue reading Respecting Life In All Seasons . . .
by Martine Bacci-Siegel Summer is here and the importance of some time to step away can’t be understated. Stress, over time, has several negative effects on our well being. Some examples are our body's ability to resist infection, maintain vital functions, and even the ability to avoid injury. When we are stressed we become tired … Continue reading Summers are Therapeutic!
Join us at all masses at St. Patrick the weekend of July 8 and 9 or at St. Gabriel the weekend of July 15 and 16 for more information or to sign up for the upcoming Marriage Encounter Weekend on August 19th and 20th, 2017!
“Divorce is a detour, not a dead-end.” Do you know someone who is struggling with the pain of divorce? The “Journey of Hope” program is a proven means of providing hope and healing through the teachings and the sacraments of the Catholic Church. A new 15 week session of the program is beginning on August 3, … Continue reading Journey Of Hope Divorce Care Program – New Sessions Begin August 2017!
by Ed Harpring “Although I know well, Margaret, that because of my past wickedness I deserve to be abandoned by God, I cannot but trust in his merciful goodness. His grace has strengthened me until now and made me content to lose goods, land, and life as well, rather than to swear against my conscience. … Continue reading A Father’s Courageous Love – the Last Letter of St. Thomas More
by Martine Bacci Siegel As Father’s day approaches we’re reminded that active participation by dads is good for everyone. The kids become healthier adults. The fathers come to a fuller and more complex maturity. The mothers have a reliable co-parent to share the responsibilities and challenges as well as the accomplishments of parenting. How does … Continue reading “What’s A Father To Do?”