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Services, devotions

A “Fortnight for Freedom Mass” will be celebrated on June 23 at 5 p.m. in the chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor, 15 Audubon Plaza Drive.

The “Fortnight for Freedom,” an annual two-week observance dedicated to promoting religious liberty, runs from June 21 to July 4 this year. People are asked to pray, reflect and take action during the observance, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph invite the public to join them for eucharistic adoration on the second Sunday of each month from 4 p.m. to 5 pm. at the Motherhouse Chapel, located 12 miles west of Owensboro on Hwy. 56. Adoration concludes with evening prayer. Upcoming dates are July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8. The Ursuline Sisters also have adoration that is open to the public on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Marian Center will host the rosary at 11:30 a.m. and Mass at noon on June 24 in honor of Medjugorje. Light refreshments will follow the services.


Single Catholic men ages 18-35 are invited to attend a vocation retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Ky., Sept. 1-4. Retreat attendees will be able to experience life at the abbey and listen to vocation talks by monks.

There is no cost for the retreat and a pickup at the nearest bus depot or airport can be arranged. Contact Father Anton at vocations@monks.org or 502-549-4116.


The Serra Club will host a luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m. on July 3 at the Golden Corral, 4032 Taylorsville Road. The speaker will be Charlie Hulsman, chairman of the Catholic Committee on Scouting. He will provide an update on the committee.  The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.  For more information, call Jerry Gonsoski at 245-5392.

Ups and Downs, a support group for those dealing with depression, grief or anxiety, will meet June 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the couch room at St. Michael Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive. A $5 donation is requested. For information, call 553-7386.

For information, call Father Richard Sullivan at 266-5611, ext. 2.

The arts

Soprano Sarah Hoeppner and pianist Adrienne Fontenot will present “Songs of Hope and Healing” at the Loretto Motherhouse Chapel July 1 at 7 p.m.

The Baroque Trumpet Concert will take place at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., on July 8 at 7 p.m. The concert, which is free, will feature baroque trumpet soloist Friedemann Immer from Germany and an ensemble called Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.

Here and there

The Francis Center at St. John Paul II Church, 3042 Hikes Lane, will offer free exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. beginning June 27. The program is open to everyone, but designed for those 60 and older.

For more information, contact Donna Kenney at 459-4251, ext. 12.

The Red Cross will hold  blood drives at St. Agnes Church, 1920 Newburg Road, on June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 760 Eastern Pkwy. July 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph will hold the next Evening with an Ursuline dinner and presentation July 11 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Mount St. Joseph Conference and Retreat Center, located 12 miles west of Owensboro on Hwy. 56. The cost is $20. Preregistration is required by contacting Kathy McCarty at 270-229-0206 or kathy.mccarty@maplemount.org.

The Passionist Community is sponsoring a “Journey to Africa” trip to Kenya and Tanzania in January. Attendees will visit and experience savannahs, lodge at Passionist retreat centers and learn of poverty in the region. The trip dates are Jan. 10-28, 2018. The cost is $2,450, which includes everything except international air travel into and out of Nairobi, Kenya.

For itinerary, payment information and to register, visit earthandspiritcenter.org/journey-to-africa.html or call the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center at 452-2749.

Education and enrichment

Senior nutrition is the subject of the next presentation in St. John Paul II Church’s quarterly Senior Series. It will begin with a Communion Service at 11 a.m. on June 28 on the parish’s campus at 3042 Hikes Lane. A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m, and the presentation will begin at noon. Lisa Zahradnicek, a registered dietician, will be the speaker.

Admission is free, but donations of a few dollars are welcome. For reservations, contact Chaplain Jim Laemmle at 459-4251, ext. 24, or jlaemmle@stjpiiparish.com. 

St. Bernadette and St. Albert the Great churches will present a program called “Gospel of John:  Jesus as Witness to Truth” on June 26.

Sessions will be from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Church, 1395 Girard Drive and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Bernadette Church, 6500 Bernadette Avenue. The presentation is part of the parishes’ adult enrichment program. Presenters will be Deacon Pat Harris, Sandy Holloway, Larry Fielding and Lynnette LeGette.

The Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Ind., will present “Monasticism in the 21st Century: A View from the Trenches,” July 2 to 3 at Monastery Immaculate Conception.

Cistercian Father Michael Casey from Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia will give a series of lectures on the Benedictine tradition and how it has evolved since the sixth century. The program will also examine monasticism and the Rule of St. Benedict.

The cost is $175 and includes a room and two meals or $125 for commuters. Registration is due by June 29. For more information, call 800-880-2777 or visit www.thedome.org/events.