News Category: Parish News

Ash Wednesday

Ashes this year will distributed by sprinkling them on each person’s head. 

Following is a brief explanation of this practice:  Sprinkling ashes on the top of the head recalls the biblical practice of putting on “sackcloth and ashes” as an act of penance. For example, we read in the Book of Nehemiah: “On the twenty fourth day of this month, the Israelites gathered together while fasting and wearing sackcloth, their heads covered with dust” (Neh 9:1). While the custom in the USA has been to mark the forehead with a cross, sprinkling the ashes on the head remains the custom in other parts of the world such as Spain and Italy. However the ashes are received, the interior repentance expressed by this exterior act is at the heart of the action.

Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Mass with the distribution of ashes
12:10 pm Mass at St. Joseph Church
5:30 pm Mass at St. Anthony Church

Important Announcement

The parish has learned that last weekend, Saturday, January 9th at our 4 pm Mass someone was present who was in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID 19 and Sunday, January 10th at our
10:30 am Mass two people were present who have tested positive for COVID 19 this week . Because of the guidelines in place for social-distancing, wearing face masks and using hand sanitizer, there is no need for undue concern. The parish shares this with you, however, so that you may closely monitor your health for any symptoms (e.g. a fever, dry cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, etc.).

Should you begin experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your healthcare provider as soon as possible. You also should contact your local health department and the parish office.

Saint Meinrad Pastoral Formation Workshop

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Mission and Missionary Discipleship



If you have worked in parish ministry for more than five years, you have heard the buzzwords “Evangelization,” the “New Evangelization” or “Missionary Disciple.” So, what is new about evangelization? Why is this different?
Is this just another program for me to run?

What if I told you that there is nothing “new” about evangelization and this is different from things we have done in the past? And, no, it is not a program. What I want to show you takes a paradigm shift in our thinking.
It is hard, messy work. However, if given the time to grow and implement, it will change the culture of a parish. The Prize that we speak of is the making of disciples who make more disciples!


Joe Bland is a pastoral associate at St. Mary of the Woods in Whitesville, KY. He has over 18 years in ministry with parish ministry, teaching high school and undergraduate theology and is the former Director of Evangelization and Family Life for the Diocese of Owensboro. Joe is a 2006 graduate of Saint Meinrad with his MA in theology.

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