Services, devotions

St. Albert the Great Church, 1395 Girard Drive, will offer “Hope and Healing,” an evening of prayer, music and reflection for those affected by the disease of addiction on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

The Angela Merici Center for Spirituality will offer the contemplative experience of Taizé prayer on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 3175 Lexington Road. The cost is a free-will offering. Enter via the accessible entrance at the rear of the Motherhouse. For more information, call 896-3945 or email amc@ursulineslou.org.

The Archdiocese of Louisville Marian Committee will hold the First Saturday Devotions of Our Lady of Fatima each month, beginning Dec. 7 in the Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Kindred Hospital, 1313 St. Anthony Place. For more information, visit www.archloumarian.org.

St. Albert the Great Church, 1395 Girard Drive, will hold the First Saturday Devotion on Dec. 7, beginning with Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by the rosary with meditation and confession at 9 a.m.

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville will pray Solemn Advent Vespers on all Sundays during Advent, Dec. 8, 15 and 22, at 4:30 p.m. Vespers will be in the Motherhouse Chapel, 3175 Lexington Road.

Missions, retreats

The Angela Merici Center for Spirituality, 3175 Lexington Road, will offer “Loving One Another,” presented by Ursuline Associate Lisa Steiner, on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is part of the center’s Sabbath Moments series. The cost is $10. Enter via the accessible entrance. Those who wish to join for a time of fellowship afterward may bring a lunch. For more information, call 896-3945 or email amc@ursulines


The Catholic Single Young Adults Club for single adults 21 and over will eat at Cheddars, 3521 Outer Loop, on Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. For more information or directions, call 969-2272.

Support groups

Ups & Downs, a support group for those dealing with depression, grief, anxiety or any life issue will meet at St. Michael Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive, on Dec. 26 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Park in the back of church. All are welcome. Cost is a $5 donation. For more information, contact Ann Holloway, LMFT at 553-7386.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones meets on Sundays in the Raphael Room of St. Raphael Church, 2900 Bardstown Road, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The next meeting is Dec. 15. For more information, visit www.palgroup.org, email Michelle Cable at mmeeks13@bellsouth.net or call Mary Lebangood at 609-0926.

GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing), a peer led support group, welcomes people of any faith who have lost a loved one due to substance misuse. The group meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose building of Holy Trinity Church, 501 Cherrywood Road. The next meeting is Dec. 9. For more information, contact Mary Wuerdeman at marywuerdeman@comcast.net or 770-265-0772.

The arts

Called to Create, a local Catholic arts group, is offering an online fine arts auction through Dec. 9. Proceeds will help fund ministries run by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Nicaragua. Visit www.accelevents.com/e/rck9410 to view the artwork, learn about the friars and place a bid.

Here and there

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 11501 Maple Way, will hold an indoor sale on Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Approximately 20 vendors, selling vintage jewelry, clothing, household items, and Christmas decorations, will be present. Donations will be accepted for the animal shelter and for the Franciscan Kitchen. For more information or reserve a booth space, contact Elsie Burden at 502-249-3643.

St. Patrick Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, will hold a Nativity display on Dec. 14 from noon to 7 p.m. and on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than 300 Nativities from around the world will be on display. The event will include a silent auction, live music and refreshments. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds benefit Water With Blessings. For more information or to make a donation, call 749-5492.

A Red Cross blood drive will be held at St. Patrick Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Thomas More Church, 6105 South Third St., will host a Christmas craft fair and breakfast with Santa on Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Booth space (10’x10’) is available. Contact Benida Crask at 366-1463.

A holiday bazaar will be presented on Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the Catholic Enrichment Center, 3146 West Broadway, and its Girl Scout Troop #1483. Vendors will sell African attire, oils and soaps, jewelry, hot beverages and baked goods. Girl Scouts will provide gift-wrapping services. Donations are welcome. For more information, contact the Catholic Enrichment Center at 776-0262.

The Fort Knox Cursillo is holding the annual Louisville Cursillo End-of-year Celebration Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at St. Brigid Church in Vine Grove, Ky. Guests are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share; meat and drinks will be provided. For more information, call Pat Williams at 270-351-3788 or Ken Jackey at 502-554-1763.

School & alumni events

Sacred Heart Academy, 3177 Lexington Road, will hold an open house for prospective families from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Tours of the school and campus will be available.

The Flaget Alumni Association will hold its next monthly general membership meeting on Dec. 11 at the Elks Lodge #8 at 2826 Klondike Lane across from St. Martha Church. This month will be the annual Christmas luncheon.
The event will begin at noon with a short business meeting followed by lunch. There will be no charge for those who have paid their 2019 dues. Alumni, former students, friends of alumni and the school and guests are invited to attend. For more information, call Mike Lally at 822-3746 or Terry Meagher at 245-6167.

The Ursuline Academy class of 1956 will hold its quarterly luncheon at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at Rafferty’s, 988 Breckenridge Lane. To register, call Joan Echsner at 262-4959.

Education and enrichment

St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 5505 Bardstown Road, will offer “Expecting Jesus,” an Advent Scripture evening for adults that will explore the Old Testament prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus, on Dec. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Loft 1. Karen Purnell will present this brief survey of what the People of God were expecting before Jesus came. The event is free; registration is not required. Attendees are asked to bring a Bible.

The Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, will offer free Introduction to Meditation workshops on Dec. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information or to register, go to www.earthand
spiritcenter.org, call 452-2749 or email info@earthandspirit

Deacon Pat Harris will present two programs:

  •  “Second Vatican Council: Decree on Ecumenism” Dec. 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Benedict Hall at All Saints Church in Taylorsville, Ky. It is part of the parish’s Bible-related study program.
  •  “Mary and Communion of Saints” Dec. 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Gardiner Hall at St. Michael Church in Fairfield, Ky. It is part of the parish’s New Catholic Faith Series
    Both classes are free and open to people of all faiths age 15 and older. Participants can earn catechist and deacon education credits. The classes will be canceled if county public schools are closed or dismiss early.

The Office of Multicultural Ministry’s Thea Bowman Institute will be held on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Catholic Enrichment Center, 3146 West Broadway. Father John Judie will present, “The Africentric Perspective of Scripture.” The cost of the session is $25 per person, which includes materials and lunch. For more information or to register, call the Office of Multicultural Ministry at 471-2146.