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¿Por qué ser católico?

A Journey Through the Catechism 

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz-12CROPPEDLIVE


The prophet Micah reminds us what God requires of a good life: “Only to do the right and to love goodness and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

During these last three years, the Why Catholic process has focused on the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a guide to understanding what we believe and how we pray as Catholic Christians.  We have explored the sacraments, prayer, the Creed, and the sacred liturgy.  During this final season, the Why Catholic process culminates with a focus on how we live as Catholics and how Catholic moral and social teaching serves as our guide to the choices and decisions we make on a daily basis.   In doing so, we will benefit from the inspiration, information, and tools to truly “walk the talk.”

“Live: Christian Morality” also will help us as we seek to be compelling witnesses to our faith in and through the Church. Pope Francis continually shows us how our actions, our gestures, and our decisions have the potential to communicate the love of Jesus Christ: “An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first, and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads, and welcome the outcast.” (Evangelii Guadium 24) As we strive each day to do the right, love goodness, and walk humbly with God, we always have the opportunity to bring the love of God and the joy of the Gospel to others. My prayer is that you will conclude this Why Catholic process with the confidence and missionary fervor to share the great gift of faith that you have received.

The beauty of Why Catholic? results from its process of meeting with a small group of fellow parishioners. Not only do you have the opportunity to study these truths, you also are invited to make personal connections and discuss the impact that your faith has on your daily life. Why Catholic? groups meet for six weeks, during the fall and Lent, usually in homes. Please know that it is not necessary for you to have participated in past seasons. Each season is self-contained, and all are welcome. 

Why Catholic? provides a wonderful way to deepen and enrich your knowledge and understanding of our Catholic faith.  New this year is an online version of Why Catholic, with additional resources, open to everyone, whether or not you are participating in a small group.  To find out about the online process or Why Catholic in general, contact Sal Della Bella, Director of Evangelization at 502/585-3291 or For more information about joining a small group, please be in touch with your parish.

Live…and be open to where the Spirit might be leading you.  May God bless you!




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Renew International Parish Login Pages

Click on the links below for the Why Catholic? Renew International parish login pages:



Login information for each parish was contained in the letter that was sent by RENEW when your parish first signed up. Instructions for using the web code for login can be found in the parish kit.

If you are still in need of your webcode, contact Sal Della Bella via e-mail or at 502-448-8581.


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