A “Blue Christmas Mass” for those grieving during Christmas will be offered by Father Ronald Knott at Holy Family Church, 3926 Poplar Level Road, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. Grieving individuals, their friends and families — Catholic or not — from around the diocese and southern Indiana are welcome.

Services, devotions

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 639 S. Shelby St., and the Ordinariate Community of Our Lady and Saint John will host a Christmas Lessons and Carols service featuring the choir of St. Martin of Tours on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. A light reception will follow in the parish hall. The event is free and open to all ages.

A National Migration Week Celebration prayer service will be held Jan. 10 at 6:15 p.m. at Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South 5th Street. Local international restaurants will serve food afterward. For more information, contact Mark Bouchard at Catholic Charities at 637-9786.


The Widow or Widower’s (WOW) Organization will hold its Christmas lunch  and dance in Gallagher Hall at St. John Paul II Church, 3042 Hikes Lane, on Dec. 16 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost for the catered lunch is $10 per person, paid in advance. For more information, contact Rita Durbin at 458-6125. The next meeting will be held on Jan. 15.

“The Rosary — a Hazardous Practice” will be presented by Dominican Father Chris Eggleton at the Serra Club meeting on Dec. 17 at 11:45 a.m. at Golden Corral, 4032 Taylorsville Road. The cost of the luncheon is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.  For more information, call Jerry Gonsoski at 245-5392.

Support groups

On With Life, a support group for the widowed will meet Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Marian Hall, 4005 Dixie Highway. Call the Family Ministries Office at 636-0296 for more information.

Ups and Downs, a support group for those dealing with grief, depression, or any life issue, will meet Dec. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the conference room at St. Michael Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive. For more information contact Father Sullivan at 266-5611, ext. 2, or Ann Holloway, LMFT at 553-7386. The cost is $5.

The arts

Matthew Lane of Louisville and Mike Sasayama of Bardstown, Ky., will offer a diverse musical presentation for violin and piano at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

St. James Church, Bardstown Road at Edenside Ave., will host the Louisville Chamber Choir in their 2018 Christmas concert on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students and will be available at the door. For more information, please call Phil Hines at 502-451-1420.

Louisville Academy of Music Faculty on Tour, featuring Sara Callaway on violin, Dan Callaway on French horn and Jeffrey Jamner on piano, will play at Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., on Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The music ministry at St. Edward Church, 9608 Sue Helen Drive, will present Joseph M. Martin’s Appalachian Winter on Dec. 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The concert is free and is open to all. A reception will follow.

Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., will host a piano and organ concert given by Denine LeBlanc and Stephen Black on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Here and there

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1545 Louis Coleman Jr. Drive, will hold its annual community senior appreciation breakfast on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be food, games, gifts and fellowship.

All senior citizens age 55 and older are invited to attend.

St. Joseph Church Hispanic Community will host a Grand Posada on Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. on Jefferson and Hancock Streets, and will serve tamales to the homeless who live there. All are invited to attend.

Alumni events

The St. Xavier High School Alumni Association will hold its annual alumni retreat at St. Meinrad Arch-abbey in St. Meinrad, Ind., Jan. 26-27. All St. X and Flaget alumni are invited to attend. Benedictine Father Denis Robinson will lead the retreat. The cost is $145.

For information or reservations, go to www.saintx.com/alumniretreat or call 637-8485. Reservations must be made by Dec. 15.

Education and enrichment

“Beer and the Bible” will be presented by Deacon Pat Harris in the parish hall of All Saints Church in Taylorsville, Ky., on Dec. 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This free class, part of the parish’s Bible-related program, is open to people of all faiths, age 15 and older.

The presentation will be cancelled if Spencer County Public Schools are closed that day.

“Bone Box of James, the Brother of Jesus” will be presented by Deacon Pat Harris on Dec. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Church’s Gardiner Hall in Fairfield, Ky. This free class, part of the parish’s Bible Background program, is open to people of all faiths, age 15 and older.

The event will be cancelled if Nelson County Public Schools are closed that day.

The Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center, Maple Mount, Ky., will host a Yarn Spinners weekend on Jan. 5 and 6 for all who enjoy yarn spinning, weaving, rug hooking, knitting or crocheting. All skill levels are welcome.

The fee is $180 for two nights, $90 for one night and $25 for commuters. To register, call 270-229-0206 or  send an email to retreatcenter@maplemount.org.