The Western Kentucky Catholic

God had a ‘different plan’ for church musician now celebrating 25 years at parish

An interview with Matt Gray, music and liturgy director at Immaculate Parish BY WKC STAFF What brought you to Immaculate Parish? My mother, Bonnie Gray, was very instrumental in getting me to play music from a young age. (I started playing keyboard at five years old, self-taught). She also sang in choirs my entire childhood…

Overcoming pandemic’s ‘hurdle’ to become the best priests possible

Prayer, community help seminarians persevere BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Many aspects of day-to-day life have changed for the eight men currently studying and discerning the priesthood in the Diocese of Owensboro, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A Word From Bishop Medley: Living the Christian life radically

Apart from Mary, Mother of God, perhaps no other saint venerated by the Church is as well recognized as Francis of Assisi whose feast day is celebrated on October 4.  In fact, given a tradition of blessing animals on this feast, you may find numerous Protestant churches adopting this practice as a celebration of all…

Catholic school faculty, staff and students ‘ecstatic’ to be back

With semester in full swing, safety is top priority for in-person classes BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Perhaps the experiment didn’t go as planned, but for Joan Butterworth, the science teacher at St. Paul School in Grayson County, not finding microscopic life forms in her students’ petri dishes was a great sign.

Like a friend you’d known your whole life

Gasper River remembers ‘wonderful witness’ of camper Logan Davis BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Logan Davis’s faith journey received a life-changing boost after experiencing Eucharistic Adoration at Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center, when he was but a middle schooler.

‘Active listening and striving to understand’

How Catholics can help heal society’s wounds of division and disunity BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC From arguments over the upcoming presidential election, to varied attitudes toward the COVID-19 pandemic, to conflicting perspectives when addressing the racial divide in the United States, the year 2020 has shown at least one thing shared…

A Word From Bishop Medley: The Triumph of the Holy Cross

The one symbol most associated with Jesus and his Church is the cross. The image marks churches, schools, hospitals.  A cross, often with an image of the body of Jesus and thus called a crucifix, is to be found in hundreds of millions of homes around the world. We wear crosses on our persons as…

‘God was still there…’

Postponed by pandemic, RCIA classes of 2020 joyfully enter the Church BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Despite needing to postpone their entry into the Catholic Church due to the COVID-19 shutdown and restrictions, those going through RCIA in spring 2020 proved to be a “wonderfully resilient group” according to one parish’s director…

Having fun and staying safe while growing in the Catholic faith

‘Gasper on the Go’ provides camp experience at parish sites BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC It is an understatement to say that Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center is “significant” for the Reffitt family at St. Stephen Cathedral. “It has become a huge part of our children’s lives,’” said mom,…

A Word From Bishop Medley: An abundance of charity

My dear sisters and brothers, As communities across our country and indeed the whole world have struggled to adapt in an age of pandemic, almost all places have found it necessary to implement guidelines and restrictions. These have included stay-at-home directives, distancing guidelines, and the wearing of masks in public or any place where one…

‘Hope and poignancy’ at 2020 Chrism Mass, postponed for 10 weeks due to pandemic

  BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Owensboro looked different this year. Christopher Grief, diocesan seminarian currently interning at St. Stephen Cathedral, told The Western Kentucky Catholic that “amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, life as we know it has been altered.”

Gasper River to bring traveling day camps to youth around western Kentucky

‘Gasper on the Go’ to take place in eight cities within the diocese BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC 7/2/2020 Update: Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center announced on June 30 that due to lack of registrations, all but two locations have since been cancelled. They will be in Owensboro on…