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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.

Two women receive 2020 catechetical leadership award

BY WKC STAFF This year, the Bishop John J. McRaith Catechetical Leadership Award committee struggled to select just one recipient for the annual recognition – so they were happy to award two people.

Heroes and trailblazers in Black Catholicism inspire us to be united, not divided

Office director reflects on Black Catholic History Month in 2020 BY F. VERONICA WILHITE, OFFICE OF BLACK CATHOLIC MINISTRY Each year in November we celebrate the history of Black Catholics and honor those of African descent who have and continue to contribute to the evangelization of Blacks in the Church. Many Catholics still do not recognize…

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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…

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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.

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.

‘Even if it’s tomorrow or a thousand years’ – ‘Unashamed’ faith of Logan Davis revealed wisdom beyond his 18 years

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Logan Davis’s sister, Haley Davis, is the one who discovered the journal. They hadn’t known that Logan had kept a journal. And “it wasn’t something that was filled with lots of pages,” said their mother, Karla Davis. But among the pages, they found the following words: “My…

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Beyond ‘flight, fight or freeze’ – Pandemic presents ‘real and complicated’ challenges to caring for your family’s mental health

An interview with Dr. Jill Sauerheber BY WKC STAFF  WKC: What particular mental health challenges have you seen impacting families, and individuals, as a result of the many months of pandemic in the United States?  I trust that most readers could create a top 10 list of the mental health challenges that families and individuals…

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‘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…

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Diocese of Owensboro School Food Service Approved to Serve Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students 18 and Under

  On Friday September 4, 2020 the Diocese of Owensboro School Food Services was approved by the Kentucky Dept. of Education, to begin serving free meals for both breakfast and lunch through the Summer Meal Program. Free meals will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and continue through the end of 2020, or until available funding…

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