Fr. Lou's homily for Sunday, August 13 in which Simon Peter tries to walk on water:
Why would anyone get out of a perfectly good boat into a storm, to step on water, at the invitation of someone who may or may not be a ghost? What kind of faith does that take? What kind of trust? If you can't imagine, I think I know someone you could ask.
Ask the people of Charlottesville, Virginia. Ask the clergy who stepped out of perfectly good churches. Ask the people who left perfectly safe homes and apartments and dorm rooms. Ask the people who linked arm in arm in prayer, facing down angry white men with clubs and semi-automatic weapons. Ask them if they thought they might sink, might drown, might be swept away by the storm.
And then ask about their outrage, and their anger. At the storm that very nearly tore our nation apart more than 150 years ago. At the storm that very nearly tore our world apart more than 70 years ago. At the storm that came unbidden to their home wearing the emblems and shouting the slogans of years gone by.
And you will hear of the faith, of the trust, needed to risk walking on water if that's what it takes. To get out of the boat.
We need to hear that story. Because the storm of racist hatred has never left our country. It has hidden in paramilitary groups, and suburban basements, in country clubs and, yes, churches. It has hidden. But never left.
Before the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, specifically said that its purpose was "to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump." In response, President Trump abdicated his responsibility once again to disavow Duke, and to unite the country against such hatred. Instead he accused the white supremacists AND the people who stood against them.
The storm of racist hatred is growing. And with reason.
We need to hear the story of why people left safety to stand against that storm. Because we must join them. Because opposing this growing storm will take us all.
Yes, we are in perfectly good churches, perfectly good houses, perfectly safe lives. Yes, we might sink, or get swept away. Some in Charlottesville did.
But this storm threatens who we are as Americans, as Christians, and as human beings.
Jesus is calling.
Get out of the boat.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Lou's mother, Helen Speckner Meiman. Please remember in prayer Fr. Lou and his family. May God grant Helen eternal rest and let His perpetual light shine upon her.
Fr. Lou's mother's obituary:
Meiman, Helen Marie Speckner, 86, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2017 at Nazareth Home Clifton. She was a long time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and an
adopted member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry O. Meiman.
She is survived by her children Rev. Louis Meiman, Ed Meiman, Rose Fawcett (Chad), Henry Meiman (Betsy); grandchildren Elena, Katie, Layton, Carly, Henry and Laz.
Her funeral Mass will be Friday, 11am at St. Francis of Assisi, 1960 Bardstown Road, with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday 2-8pm at Rattermans Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may go to Nazareth Home Clifton (Sacred Heart Village).
-This is Fr. Lou's favorite picture of his mother, taken by him on her 83rd birthday.
Happy birthday to those celebrating a birthday during the month of August.
We will “Make a Difference” in August for Mother Infant Care.They are in need of diapers (all sizes).Thank you for your contributions.Please place the donations in the designated basket in the back of church.
Rome'n Seniors set to see "Mamma Mia" Sunday, July 23rd, 6:30pm, at the Kentucky Center. We may be able to get more seats for $56.50 each.
This Wednesday, July 19th at 2pm: Our Annual “Ice Cream Social” for the residents of Nazareth Home Charity Court Memory Care Area. Our SFR/STL seniors’ summer outreach is a beautiful way to celebrate by bringing joy to those who can’t get out. Hank Evans, STL music director, will provide a sing along. Please RSVP to Deanna with what you can bring, i.e. cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. We need help too, with prepping and serving of the ice cream and drinks. How wonderful it is to be able to serve others!
Join us and welcome Fr. Lou!
Sign-ups are in the back of church.
Well. I've been at my new parishes two and a half weeks now. And I have yet to unpack a box. Of course last week had a holiday in the middle so I had to stay home and grill out and watch fireworks and go to "1776" at Iroquois Amphitheater and sing all the songs and say all the lines and annoy those around me except they were doing the same thing. So I didn't unpack any boxes yet but I need to unpack the boxes but not before I learn names. So many names at two places. I need to learn them but I suck at names but I need to figure it out but there are techniques to learning names but I need to learn the techniques but I need to learn the numbers. The safe combinations and the alarm codes. I need to learn the alarm codes or the police will come and take me away but there's another thing I need to do but I can't even remember what it is but I need to figure out how to do that. No I should have already done it because there's another thing coming that I really need to get done but the world is in such a mess and I need to figure that out I should be able to figure it out I'm older than the president at least I was older than the last one and that's old enough to figure out something and fix it Julius Caesar was dead before he was my age and he had ruled Rome and fixed it only he didn't really fix it and that's why they killed him but I should be able to fix it and ...
"I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the little ones."
Thank you Jesus.
I give you praise Lord of heaven and earth. The NRSV translates it I give you thanks. But it's not really either. It's a word that wasn't used much in Ancient Greek. Except in one place. The Septuagint. The Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. The translation used by the early church. The translation used by most Jews at the time of Jesus. Because, like our own day, most Jews lived in Alexandria or Athens or Rome, not Jerusalem. It was a word used over 400 times in the Septuagint. To translate the Hebrew word barakah. Blessing.
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
Hamotzi lechem min haaretz.
Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth, who have given us bread from the earth.
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth who have given us the fruit of the vine.
Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth who have commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.
Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth who have brought us to this holy season of Passover.
Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth who have opened our eyes to this new day.
Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth who have hidden from the learned and the clever what you have revealed to the little ones.
The Christian Jews the gospel of Matthew was written to would have heard it in the very rhythm of the words. Jesus is praying a blessing. A blessing over our anxieties. A blessing over our worries. A blessing over our frustrations and tensions. A blessing most of all over our cleverness and learning that we need to fix things. To save things. To be in control.
He's pouring grace upon grace upon us that we might become again the little ones. The ones who understand by not understanding.
My grace professor in seminary used to say that to understand the concept of divine grace you must experience the ludic dimension of life.
Neither did I. Until I realized that ludic came from the Latin word for play. He was saying that no one gets God's grace unless they remember how to play. How to do something useless and without purpose simply for joy. To be little ones again. To be childlike.
How else to grasp love poured on us without purpose, without our earning it. Without our ever being able to earn it. Without earning even being in the equation.
Just because God loves. Us.
So much we get wrapped up in getting it done. Whatever it is. Even when it is God's Kingdom. And we forget where the Kingdom begins. With our doing nothing. With God loving. With grace.
So take a deep breath and let go. Jesus just told us, "I got this." You don't need to save the world. That's already been done.
"All shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be well." Julian of Norwich wrote that 900 years ago. You know what? It's still true.
So walk through a sprinkler. And dance a little when you do. Go outside when you hear the ice cream truck and get yourself something really cold and really sweet. Get a blade of grass and stretch it between your fingers and blow on it until it squeals and whistles. Be little. Find grace.
It's midsummer. Jesus just told us it's all really going to be OK. So it's time to go outside. And play.
We gladly share with you that we recently sent a check for $3,813.75 of your donations to our sister parish Our Lady of the Assumption in Porus, Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.
Together with the $5,408.01 check we sent in August 2016, this makes $9,221.76 this fiscal year. We should be well pleased with ourselves!
Rev. Charles Dufour, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese: “Through your support, we are able to continue to respond to the many needs of the infirm, aging, and families who lack basic necessities like food, clothing, and shelter. We are also able to continue to provide opportunities for education and formation in the faith. May God continue to bless you for your commitment to the people of our Diocese.”
This is a long overdue “thank you” to our collection counters. Even though we hardly ever (or never) tell you thank you, you faithfully show up weekly to do “your thing” and we do appreciate it. Thank you to Carole Sheehan, Ed Farmer, Bob Rowan, Gerry Heatherly, Cliff Rompf, Bob Adams, Joe & Debbie Zimlich and Jim Carrico.
Please remember in prayer high school youth Lilly and Justin as they participate in the Christian Leadership Institute all next week. CLI incorporates experiential workshops, planning practicums, team building, and prayer to teach and cultivate skills that foster servant leadership in a Christian context.
Happy birthday to those celebrating a birthday during the month of July.
We will “Make a Difference” in July for United Crescent Hill Ministries.They are in need of Backpacks (no wheels, girls and boys), Crayons (box of 24), Washable Markers (box of 8), Pencil box or pencil pouch, Pocket folders, Scissors, Ink pens (blue or black), & Highlighters.Thank you for your contributions.Please place the donations in the designated basket in the back of church.
We would like to recognize 2 people who have been a special part of our Family Religious Formation Program, open to the Holy Spirit and their call to service.LINDA HARRISMany of you know that we provide a Nursery for families during our Sun. morning Masses. Families with young children are grateful that we can offer this service, especially because “Miss Linda” is there to care for their little ones. Our nursery opened in 1992 with Linda Harris as its 1st Monitor. At the time her grandson was a preschooler.For the last 25 years “Miss Linda” has been the heart and soul of the nursery. Extending her love and care for each child, whether they were crying and needed to be comforted or needed diapers changed , Ms Linda was there to help. As one new Mom recently shared, when her son came home last week all he could talk about was what Ms Linda said. So obviously she was a STAR for him as you are for all the families.BRIDGET APPLEBERRYLast year we began the tradition of recognizing one of our catechists as the CATECHIST OF THE YEAR. This year’s award goes to Bridget Appleberry. Bridget began volunteering as a catechist in 2004 when her oldest child was in preschool. She has taught almost every year since. She has taught all the grades, preschool to Jr High, and has just completed her 11th year as a catechist.Bridget has taught by word and example, sharing her love, faith, gifts and creativity to engage her students and to help them know and live their faith, including guided meditations and other forms of prayer. She has been a helper to new catechists and was always there to help with Family events.
Please welcome Monika Vowels, our new Business Manager. Monika joined our team on May 8 and has jumped right into learning about her new job. She belongs to St. Peter the Apostle Parish and attended Pleasure Ridge Park High School. She has two sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren. She attended the University of Louisville, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a CPA and CIA. She has worked in the accounting field in various positions over the past 17 years. On days she is not working, she likes reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is very excited to join our communities, so stop in sometime and welcome her to our parishes.
It is time to nominate a parishioner(s) for the Pastoral Council. You may get a nomination form for the 2017 St. Frances of Rome Pastoral Council in the back of church or the Parish House. Please read the article below before you make a nomination.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTION PROCESS
The members of the Pastoral Council shall be nominated by members of the... community, give consent to be a member of the Council, and drawn by lot at a regularly scheduled parish liturgy.
- The election process will begin by calling forth nominations to serve and replace the upcoming vacancies.
- Those agreeing to serve will come to a Pastoral Council orientation meeting to explain the function and duties of a Parish Council Member.
After this gathering, a final list of nominations is presented to the parish with a draw lot at the Sunday liturgy. The new members will officially begin their term July 1.
Congratulations to our 2017 high school graduates: Allie George, Mathew Miles and Leland Woock. We are so proud of you!
Next weekend we will have a second collection to benefit the Crusade for Children. Our Archdiocese has contributed more than $7 million dollars since 1955, and many of our families and schools have benefited directly. Those who wish to donate may bring contributions to Mass or to the parish office. If giving by check, please make your check payable to St. Frances of Rome and write “Crusade” in the memo line. Thank you so much!
We will “Make a Difference” in June for South Louisville Community Ministries.
They are in need of tuna fish and peanut butter.
Thank you for your contributions.
Please place the donations in the designated basket in the back of church.
Happy birthday to those celebrating a birthday during the month of June.
Continued prayers for our St. Frances of Rome and St. Leonard Community members who are sick, in a nursing home, or homebound for May 2017.
Happy birthday to those celebrating a birthday during the month of May.
WE ARE PLEASED TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT ARCHBISHOP KURTZ HAS APPOINTED FATHER LOUIS MEIMAN AS THE NEW PASTOR OF ST. FRANCES OF ROME AND ST. LEONARD PARISHES.
A NATIVE OF LOUISVILLE, FATHER MEIMAN COMES TO US FROM ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH. HE CELEBRATED THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION IN 2012.
HE SERVED AS A CHAPLAIN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE FOR 20 YEARS, AND SERVED FOR MANY YEARS AS CHAPLAIN AT ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL. HE DID THEOLOGY STUDIES AT THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF LOUVAIN, BELGIUM, BUT IF YOU ASK HIM WHERE HE WENT TO SCHOOL (LIKE ANY OTHER LOUISVILLIAN) HE’LL NAME HIS HIGH SCHOOL: TRINITY!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING FATHER MEIMAN AROUND JUNE 21ST, AND WE HOPE HE FINDS A REAL HOME HERE WITH US AT ST. FRANCES OF ROME AND ST. LEONARD.
OF COURSE, IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT WE WILL TRULY MISS FATHER BJ, AND WE WISH HIM ALL THE BEST ON HIS FUTURE VENTURES.
We will “Make a Difference” in April for Day Spring.
They are in need of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and shaving supplies.
Thank you for your contributions.
Please place the donations in the designated basket in the back of church.
Happy birthday to those celebrating a birthday during the month of April.
Spend some time with the Lord this Lent with Eucharistic Adoration.
Happy birthday to those celebrating a birthday during the month of March.
The Male A Difference charity for the month of March is the House of Ruth. They are in need of paper towels, toilet tissue, laundry detergent, kitchen towels, shampoo, and socks. Please place the donations in the designated basket in the back of church. Thank you for your contribution and remember, together we can make a difference!
Be sure to get a copy of The Little Black Book for the lenten season on Ash Wednesday. It contains daily reflections based on the Passion according to John, making this lent more meaningful.
Be sure to pick up a Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl in church. Please give generously this lenten season.75 percent of your gift supports CRS’ programs around the world. Some examples include:* Agriculture projects help farmers improve harvests* Water and sanitation projects bring clean water to communities* Microfinance projects support small businesses* Mother and child health projects offer health and nutrition services* Education projects provide resources and training25 percent of your donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in our own community. - http://www.crsricebowl.org
Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating a birthday in February!
You should have already received your stewardship packet for 2017-2018. Please look it over, pray and discern how you want to give your time, talent and treasure to our community at St. Frances of Rome. We are grateful for all the gifts we have already received that allows us to continue to minister and serve you.
Families with children ages Birth to 1st Grade are invited to join us.
Happy birthday to those celebrating a birthday in the month of January!
Our Make A Difference charity for the month of January is the St. John Center for homeless men. They are in need of jersey gloves, socks, and hooded sweatshirts. Please place your donations in the designated basket in the back of church. Thank you for making a difference!
In the event of inclement weather, please note the following:
DURING THE WEEKDAY - If Catholic Schools are CLOSED, there will be no 8:30 a.m. Mass and the Parish Offices will be closed. If Catholic Schools are on a DELAYED schedule, there will be no 8:30 a.m. Mass and the Parish Offices will open on a delay.
DURING THE WEEKEND – Check with our website, Facebook page and parish phone greeting (call 896-8401) for closure announcements.