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Letter From Bishop William F. Medley Regarding Sunday/Holyday Obligation and Liturgy Guidelines

Sunday/Holyday Obligation and Liturgy Guideline Updates | Effective June 11, 2021 My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we move beyond the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and access to the COVID-19 vaccine has become more widespread, the time has arrived for the good of all the faithful when the general dispensation from the…

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New Director of Faith Formation

The Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce the appointment of Dcn. Jay VanHoosier as the new Director of Faith Formation, effective July 6, 2021.   Dcn. VanHoosier comes to us from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Newburgh, Indiana, in the Diocese of Evansville, where he has been the Director of Faith Formation…

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A Rosary for Healing & Protection

The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. During this month we have provided below a special Rosary, by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, to be prayed.  Together, we can ensure that all children are safe from sexual abuse and can provide assistance and support…

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Priest Assignments for 2021

The priest assignments for 2021 are listed below. Please keep our priests and those they serve in prayer as these changes take place.  Parish Pastor Buckman, Rev. Thomas, Pastor, St. Mary Parish in Franklin and Christ the King Parish in Scottsville.  Effective June 8, 2021. Kulathumkal, Rev. Babu, Pastor, St. Pius X Parish in Owensboro. …

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A Statement from Bishop William F. Medley on Situation in Myanmar

(Also available in Burmese and Spanish below) The Diocese of Owensboro is enriched by the presence of migrants and refugees from the country of Myanmar, also known as Burma.   Last month the military in this country took control in a coup, arresting many democratic political leaders and activists.   Turmoil and uncertainty have followed in the…

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NCYC 2021 Announcement

From the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry After much conversation and discernment with Bishop Medley and other diocesan leadership, we have decided not to try to lead a diocesan delegation to NCYC 2021 in Indianapolis, IN Nov. 18-20, 2021.  There are too many unknowns regarding guidelines for travel and lodging at this time…

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A Word From Bishop Medley: Silent Night and Joy to the World

  Joy to the world. The Lord is come. Let earth receive her king. Let every heart prepare him room. Let heaven and nature sign. … Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright, Round yon virgin, mother and child, Holy Infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Diocese releases new policy for displays of priests removed from ministry

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Louanne Payne is the diocese’s Pastoral Assistance Coordinator, which means she answers the hotline for callers to report abuse by someone acting in the name of the Church. Payne explained that when a space is named after someone, or their picture is displayed in a prominent place,…

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Catholic schools and in-person learning

Wednesday evening a preliminary injunction was issued by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove saying that Governor Andy Beshear’s executive order closing all private and public schools to in-person learning beginning Monday, November 23, 2020, could not apply to private, religious-led schools across the state. While not a part of the lawsuit against Beshear’s emergency…

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Curbside Meal Service

During the school closures the following school sites will be providing free curbside meal service. Lunch and breakfast for the following day will be served to all children 18 years old and younger. The dates that meals will be available are November 23 & 24 and Monday -Friday beginning November 30th and running through December…

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A Word From Bishop Medley: Thanksgiving in a Time of Pandemic

If we played a word association game and said November, the most likely response is Thanksgiving. In Catholic circles we might also hear the replies of All Saints Day, All Souls, and prayer for the dead. Others might say pumpkin pie, harvest.