by Melanie Miller

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A week after Christmas, after months of preparation, my two youngest children received their First Holy Communion. I had always assumed that while welcome at mass, this particular avenue of grace would always be closed to them because of their disabilities. Jude was born with severe cerebral palsy due to an injury at birth and his older sister, Josie, has profound autism.

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Resources for Catechesis for Persons with Disabilities

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has extensive resources for catechesis (and inclusion in parish life):

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Curriculum is a time-tested, traditional resource for sacramental preparation:

There are several options in the Inclusive Catechesis Resources from University of Dayton’s Institute for Pastoral Initiatives:

Loyola Press publishes various adaptive and inclusive catechetical materials:

For more information about catechesis of adults or children with disabilities contact Maureen Larison, Consultant for Adult Formation and Initiation, at mlarison@archlou.org or 502-636-0296 Ext. 1269.

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A Catholic Response to Violence- June 29, 2017

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First Apparition of Our Lady- May 13

On May 13, 1917, Lucia dos Santos, Francisco, and Jacinta Marto were, respectively, ten, nine, and seven years old. As we have said, the three children lived in Aljustrel, a hamlet of the township of Fatima.

After three apparitions of the Angel of Portugal in 1916, the children began to receive visits of a luminous Lady who later identified herself as “The Lady of the Rosary.” In Catholic language, “Our Lady of the Rosary” is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God made man.

The apparitions took place on a small property belonging to Lucia’s parents called Cova da Iria, about a mile and a half from Fatima.

The three seers were playing at Cova da Iria on May 13, 1917 when they saw two flashes like lightning, after which they saw the Mother of God above a holm oak. She was, according to the description of Lucia, “a Lady dressed in white, more brilliant than the sun…” Her face, indescribably beautiful, was “neither sad nor happy, but serious,” with an air of mild reproach. Her hands, joined together as if she were praying, were resting at her breast and pointing upward. A rosary hung from her right hand.

The seers were so close to Our Lady – about a yard and a half away – that they stood within the light that radiated from her.


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RCIA Team Day with Dr. Galipeau

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Archdiocesan Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Appearance of Our Lady of Fatima


The Archdiocesan Marian Committee, in collaboration with the Worship Office and the Office of Multicultural Ministry, invite you to join Archbishop Kurtz and the priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Louisville for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.  Our Lady of Fatima brought us a message of peace, prayer, and penance from Heaven. The celebration will be held at the Cathedral of the Assumption on Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, beginning at 10:30 a.m.  It will feature a multicultural Rosary and a Mass with the rarely-seen “Order for the Crowning of an Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” which makes available a special plenary indulgence. Please join our archdiocesan celebration!

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Fatima 2017- 100 years

The Heart of the Message of Fatima
by Virginia M. Kimball

Pray, fast, confess, receive the Eucharist, and be devoted to the Immaculate Heart

​One hundred years ago, in 1917, three years into World War I, the world was in chaos. Christianity was being attacked from all sides by atheists and secular anti-church movements. The month was May, and Pope Benedict XV, moved by profound worry, sent out a petition to all Catholic bishops, asking for a litany of prayer to the Virgin Mary, whom he deemed “the Queen of Peace.” Only eight days later, on May 13, remarkable apparitions of Our Lady began in a remote area of Portugal. Mary, the mother of Christ, came to three shepherd children. Their lives were simple but filled with hope and unbreakable faith. They would be forever changed by Mary’s message.

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Parish Catechetical Leadership Institute- 2017


Registration Deadline: May 29, 2017.
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Overview of Catechetical Ministry Part II

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Introduction to Spirituality

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The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord



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