Young Catholic Professionals, a national and non-profit organization that helps young adults in their 20’s and 30’s connect with one another and grow in their Catholic faith, is coming to Louisville. An informational happy hour will be held on Oct. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs room at Hopcat, 1064 Bardstown Road. Appetizers will be provided. For more information, contact Julie McGrath at
or Stephen Sherman at

Services, devotion

The Office of Multicultural Ministry of the Archdiocese of Louisville will host its inaugural Swahili Mass (Kiswahili Misa) at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at St. Martin de Porres Church, 3112 West Broadway. Father Deogratias Ssamba will preside. A light reception will follow in the Catholic Enrichment Center adjacent to the church. All are welcome.

Mission, retreats

St. Martin of Tours Church, 639 S. Shelby St., will hold a men’s evening of recollection on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and a women’s morning of recollection on Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m. The sessions will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, spiritual talks, quiet prayer, confession and Benediction. The spiritual director is Father David Carr, the associate pastor of St. Martin of Tours.

The Mount St. Joseph Conference and Retreat Center will hold “Falling in Love, Staying in Love, and Finding God in it All,” a weekend retreat for married couples presented by Jerry Shen and Bridget Brennan, on Oct. 26-28. The cost is $360 per couple and includes the retreat, meals and overnight accommodations. Register online at ursulinesmsj.org or contact Lisa Sills at 270-229-0206 or lisa.sills@maplemount.org.

St. Bernard Church, 7500 Tangelo Drive, will hold its 17th Koinonia Retreat from Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. through the afternoon of Nov. 11. Participants will return home each evening. The cost of the weekend is $40. Contact Maria Miles at 594-3223 or Jennifer Britton at 551-7569 to register.

Young adults

Louisville Young Catholics will hold its final Christ in the City of the year at 7 p.m. Oct 26 at Little Sisters of the Poor, 15 Audubon Plaza Drive. A trip to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park will follow the holy hour.

Support groups

Ups & Downs, a support group for anyone dealing with grief, depression or any life issue, will meet on Oct. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive. For more information, contact Father Richard Sullivan at 266-5611, ext. 2 or Ann Holloway, LMFT, at 553-7386. The cost is $5.

Volunteer opportunities

Blood and platelet donations are needed. Red Cross blood drives are planned in the Archdiocese of Louisville at the following locations:

St. Patrick Church,
1000 N. Beckley Station Road, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DeSales High School, 425 Kenwood Dr., Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Edward Church, 9608 Sue Helen Drive, Oct. 24 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1960 Bardstown Road, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments can be made by using the blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Hand in Hand Ministries will host an Urban Immersion open trip experience Nov. 8-9. Volunteers will work with homeowners on a variety of home repair projects in the neighborhoods surrounding the Hand in Hand office in Portland. Participants will stay in the Hand in Hand Urban Immersion Retreat Center. Cost is $50 and includes project materials, accommodations, a t-shirt, and one meal. For more details, email allison@myhandinhand.org or call 459-9930.

Here and there

The Francis Center is collecting clothes to benefit the homeless men served by Schuhmann Center. Items that are needed include sweatpants, jeans, khakis, sweatshirts, socks, underwear and shoes. Items can be dropped off at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Oct. 20 at St John Paul II Church, 3525 Goldsmith Lane, or at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses at the St. John Paul II main campus, 3042 Hikes Lane, on Oct. 21.

St. Martin of Tours Church, 639 S. Shelby St., will hold a Fall Choir Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Louisville Chorus’ 80th season opening concert will be held at St. Brigid Church, 1520 Hepburn Avenue, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. The cost is $23 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students.  For more information or to purchase tickets, go to louisvillechorus.org or call 968-6300.

The Australian-American Historical Trumpets and Kettledrum Ensemble will give a concert at Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Admission is free.

A Halloween Big Band Dance to benefit Knights of Columbus and Franciscan Kitchen will be held Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 4801 Progress Blvd. Cost is $20 per person and includes two drink tickets. Costumes are optional. For reservations, call the Franciscan Kitchen at 581-0140 or Alan Kissel at 553-2504 or visit www.franciscankitchen.org.

The Catholic Single Adults Club will gather at 3 p.m. on Oct. 21 to play putt-putt and then will eat at Qdoba at 5 p.m. For more information and locations, call 969-2272.

CanaVox reading group information session will be held on Oct. 23 at 10:00 a.m. and Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Fante’s Coffee Shop, 2501 Grinstead Drive. Deacon Stephen Bowling, director of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese of Louisville will be in attendance.

Coffee and Compassion will be held at Nazareth Home, 2000 Newburg Road, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. Sir Francis N. Njuakom, director of Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance Cameroon, will share about his work to address the cycle of poverty in Cameroon by empowering the women and elderly. RSVP to Donna Bell by Oct. 26 at 459-9681 or dbell@nazhome.org.

The African American Catholic Day of Reflection and the African American Catholic History Celebration will be held Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Catholic Enrichment Center, 3146 West Broadway. The registration fee prior to Oct. 22 is $30 for adults and $15 for youth in grades one to 12. After Oct. 22, the cost will be $40 for adults and $20 for youth.

For more information or to register, call the Office of Multicultural Ministry at 471-2146.

St. Ann’s Confraternity will hold a chili supper in the basement of St. Stephen Martyr Church, 2931 Pindell Avenue, on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m Proceeds will benefit their ministry.

Alumni events

The Ursuline Class of 1951 will hold a luncheon at O’Charley’s, 962 Breckenridge Lane, Oct. 25 at noon. For more information, call Peg at 896-1680 or Mary at 491-3510.

Education and Enrichment

Contemplative Outreach of Louisville is offering an Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop at the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center’s barn, 1924 Newburg Road, on Oct. 21 and 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Choose either time. Follow-up sessions are available.

To register, call 452-2749 or go to https://earthand

The Archdiocese of Louisville Ministry Institute (ALMI) will present the following programs:

“Introduction to Christology” Nov. 7 and 14 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at St. Paul Church, 6901 Dixie Highway. The cost is $10.

“Catechists: Mentors of Prayer” Nov. 15 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Ascension School library, 4600 Lynnbrook Drive. The cost is $10.

Registration must be completed prior to class to ensure availability. To register, contact Lynn McDaniel at 636-0296, ext. 1267, or lmc
daniel@archlou.org. Checks may be made payable to ALMI.

“The Archaeological Search for Jesus in Galilee” will be presented by Deacon Pat Harris in the parish hall of All Saints Church in Taylorsville, Ky., on Oct. 22 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.

“Hebrew Bible Introduction/Terminology” will be presented by Deacon Pat Harris on Oct. 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Church in Fairfield, Ky. This free class, part of the parish’s new Bible Background program, is open to people of all faiths, age 15 and older.