The Western Kentucky Catholic

Girls learn virtues, lives of the saints, via St. Therese-themed club

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Sixty-two little girls filled the hallway inside Owensboro Catholic School’s K-3 Campus in the afternoon of March 3, 2020, their voices raised in happy chatter as adult leaders organized them into a line. Though they were of varying ages – kindergarten through third grade – all had…

Hopkinsville parish kicks off anti-porn project with Safe Haven Sunday

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Hopkinsville recently launched a new anti-pornography program from the Diocese of Owensboro and according to parish team member Dee Dailey, “the response from parishioners has been good.”

Diocese of Owensboro’s list of 2020 parish picnics now available online

BY WKC STAFF Parish picnics and cooking teams are a longstanding tradition in the Diocese of Owensboro. Parishioners and non-parishioners alike gather to celebrate great food, fun games and lively fellowship during the warmest months of the year. The Diocese of Owensboro parish picnics list is available in The Western Kentucky Catholic each year, and…

Multilingual prayers, songs at vespers celebrating bishop’s 10th episcopal anniversary

Says he has seen diocese blessed by ‘continuing influx of new peoples’ BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC First sung by the cantor, and then repeated by the congregation, the refrain “Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, yesterday, today and forever,” flowed through St. Stephen Cathedral during the vespers (evening prayer) service on Feb. 17,…

A Word From Bishop Medley: Can it be that God dwells on Earth?

Editor’s note: On Feb. 17, 2020, the Diocese of Owensboro gathered at St. Stephen Cathedral for a vespers service in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Bishop Medley’s episcopal ordination. The bishop’s homily, which he gave at the service, is reprinted below. “Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above…

Parish music directors plan for ‘reverent, meaningful’ Triduum liturgies

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC While Easter won’t arrive until April 12 this year, parish music directors are already preparing for what one music director calls “the most important week in the life of the Church” – the Triduum, which comprises Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

St. Joseph Monastery hosts relic, icon for Passionist tri-centennial

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC An icon commissioned by the Passionist Fathers – along with a first-class relic of their founder, St. Paul of the Cross – has been traveling on pilgrimage around the world for the occasion of the Passionist congregation’s 300th anniversary.

It always ‘comes back to the Gospel’

Reaching 10th episcopal ordination anniversary, bishop sees community, evangelization, as ‘core’ to Church’s identity BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC When Bishop William F. Medley was a pastor serving in the Archdiocese of Louisville many years ago, he never “concretely thought of ever being anything but a parish priest,” said the bishop in…

‘We stand for the dignity of life,’ says bishop at Jan. 22 respect life Mass

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC As he presided at the Jan. 22, 2020 Mass commemorating the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Bishop William F. Medley stated that those gathered in St. Stephen Cathedral that day “stand for life – we stand for the dignity of life.”

A Word From Bishop Medley: Promoting a Church and World for All

Editor’s note: On Jan. 4, 2020, Bishop Medley presided at the opening Mass for National Migration Week at St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro. The text below is based on his notes from his homily, which was given in Spanish and in English. From January 5-11, 2020 the Catholic Church of the United States celebrates National…

Vocations Column: An invitation to pray for vocations

By Fr. Jason McClure, Office of Vocations “One of the reasons we have a shortage of vocations is we have stopped believing that priesthood is for real. It’s worth fighting for. It’s worth sacrificing for… I am not a dreamer. I am a man of faith.”