2010 Press Releases

Author Sallie Bingham to Read to St. Raphael Students
Catholic High School Placement Test
Mix It Up Lunch Day at Holy Trinity School
Saint Nicholas Primary Grade Students Welcome Louisville Author Anne Jewell
Catholic Charities’ Sister Visitor Hosts Open House
Congressman John Yarmuth Announces $3M for St. Bartholomew Senior Housing
Catholic Cemeteries Dedicates “In God’s Hand” Sculpture
Saint Lawrence Catholic Church $2.7-million renovation complete
Ascension School Holds Spring Enrichment Classes
Ascension School Students to Perform Musicals in May
All County Catholic Band to hold second annual concert
St. Francis of Assisi Middle School Students Learn From Refugees
Holy Week With the Students of Saint Nicholas Academy
Louisville Catholic Charities Program Wins Award at the Centennial Year Poverty Reduction Summit in Nashville
Saint Nicholas Student Earns Perfect Store in WordMaster Challenge
Ascension Students Go In Search of God
St. Nicholas Academy March Events
Catholic School Media Tipsheet 2-19-2010
Archdiocese of Louisville Welcomes 504 New Members
St. Nicholas Academy Receives Gift of Artwork
Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Louisville Donate $487,000 to Relief Efforts in Haiti
Saint Nicholas Academy Staff Compete in Wii Winter Olympics
Local Hair Salon Hopes to Help Cut the Need in Haiti
Our Lady of Lourdes Students Present Socks to Archbishop Kurtz
Archdiocese of Louisville Celebrates National Catholic Schools Week
Haitian Earthquake-Relief Activities and Plans
Prayer Service at St. Martin de Porres for Victims of Earthquake
St. Francis of Assisi School Fourth-Grader is in Soon-To-Be Released Film
Catholic Charities Accepting Donations for Victims of Haitian Earthquake
Catholic High School Make-Up Placement Test Held As Scheduled Tomorrow – January 9, 2010

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2010 For information, call Jean Ann May or Paul DeZarn,
St. Raphael, 502/456-1541

Author Sallie Bingham to Read to St. Raphael Students

(Louisville, Ky.) Sallie Bingham, award-winning poet and author, will be reading to seventh-graders at St. Raphael School (2141 Lancashire Avenue) on Wednesday, December 8, as part of the school’s volunteer guest reader program. Readings will take place from 9:30-10 a.m. and from 10:15-10:45 a.m.

A native of Louisville, Ms. Bingham graduated from Radcliffe College and currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the founder of the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.

Sallie Bingham published her first novel in 1961. Since then she has published several collections of short stories, novels, plays, collections of poetry and a memoir. Her stories have been published in Mademoiselle, The Atlantic Monthly, Redbook and many other periodicals and have been included in more than 15 collections, including Best American Short Stories and the O’Henry Awards. She was book editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville and has been a director of the National Book Critics Circle.

Ms. Bingham’s grandson, Michael Iovenko (grade 7), invited her to come visit his class, and she graciously accepted the invitation.

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November 22, 2010
For information: Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291


Catholic High School Placement Test – December 11, 2010

Students in 8th grade who wish to attend a Catholic high school during the 2011-2012 school year must take the Catholic high school placement test scheduled on Saturday, December 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students take the test at the high school they plan to attend. They must bring a $10 fee and two #2 pencils.

The placement test helps Catholic secondary schools determine the most appropriate course work and academic path for meeting the needs of each student.

For more information, call the Catholic School Information Line at 502/634-1315 or visit www.archlou.org/schools.

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For Immediate Release
November 11, 2010 Contact: Ms. Laura Probus, School Counselor
(502) 897-2785, ext. 150 or lprobus@ht-school.org


Mix It Up At Lunch Day – November 16, 2010

(Louisville, KY) Students at Holy Trinity Parish School (423 Cherrywood Avenue) are set to cross social boundaries during the ninth annual “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 10:55 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. The students will join more than 2 million others across the country in this event, which is designed to foster respect and understanding in schools. This is the fourth annual “Mix It Up” day at Holy Trinity School.

Mix It Up encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day with the ultimate hope that the message carries over into daily school life. The teachers pair a student with one or two other students whom they do not know well for the day. Many schools are planning similar barrier-busting activities throughout the day and throughout the school year.

More than 5,000 schools are expected to participate in this year’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day, which is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project.

Student organizers agree that Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to cross group lines and meet new people. Mix It Up also fosters school spirit and unity, raises awareness about social boundaries, and helps students meet different kinds of people and make new friends (and to realize we are all more alike than different).

The Southern Poverty Law Center launched Teaching Tolerance in 1991 to provide educators with free resources designed to reduce prejudice and promote respect for differences among our nation’s children. The Mix It Up program began in 2002.

During the celebration, students will be paired with a person they do not know well and will be provided opportunities and prompts to interact with and get to know their new friend better. Many of the teachers are tying the message into the curriculum as well, emphasizing the importance of fostering respect and understanding on a daily basis.

Entertainment will be provided as well on this day to promote the notion that “this day is different and important.” Musicians Tim Lickteig and Justin Lewis will perform in the HT Café at each lunch. Also available will be inflatables for the students to use as another way to spend time with their new friends and interact.

The lunch take place at 10:55 a.m. (7th and 8th grade), 11:20 a.m. (3rd grade), 11:45 a.m. (4th, 5th and then 6th grades), 12:20 p.m. (Kindergarten), and 12:30 p.m.(1st and 2nd grade).

Please join us.

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For Immediate Release
September 3, 2010 For Information, Call:
Carol Nord, Principal


Saint Nicholas Primary Grade Students Welcome Louisville Author Anne Jewell

(Louisville, KY) Saint Nicholas Academy is hosting an author visit for grades 1, 2 and 3. Anne Jewell, who wrote The Big Bat, a children’s book about the big bat located in front of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, will be the featured author. She will talk with the children about writing the book, how she got her ideas and how to get a book published. Ms. Jewell also is the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory’s Executive Director.

St. Nicholas librarian Beth Strobel will work with students in library class prior to this event to prepare the students for the presentation.

WHAT: Author visit with Anne Jewel, author of The Big Bat, a story about the big bat in front of the Louisville Slugger Museum.
WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Saint Nicholas Academy Library, 5501 New Cut Road
SCHOOL CONTACT: Beth Strobel, Librarian
St. Nicholas Academy

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August 27, 2010
Catholic Charities of Louisville
2911 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 637-9786 / (502) 637-9780 fax


Bart Weigel
Director of Communications
and Development
(502) 637-9786

Catholic Charities’ Sister Visitor Center Celebrates Renovation and Expansion

WHAT: The Sister Visitor Center will host an open house to showcase its newly renovated and expanded structure. Special guests in attendance will be Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.; Mr. Paul Hornung; and Ms. Judith Green, First District Councilwoman
WHEN: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 2-5 p.m.
2:30 p.m.: Blessing of the structure by Archbishop Kurtz, Placing of the Commemorative Cache and Recognition of Mr. Paul Hornung
WHERE: The Sister Visitor Center
2235 West Market Street
WHY: Portland native and longtime Sister Visitor Center supporter, Paul Hornung, has been instrumental in helping to generate the funding to increase the capacity of the center to serve those in need. The Sister Visitor Center, in collaboration with the Community Ministries, provides emergency basic needs services to residents of the Portland, Russell and Shawnee neighborhoods of Louisville. Last year the Center served approximately 800 households per month distributing food, clothing and household items and providing direct assistance for utilities, rent and medications.

Catholic Charities of Louisville Inc., a member of Catholic Charities USA and an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Louisville, provides services for people in need, advocates for justice in social structures and calls the entire Church and others of good will to do the same.

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Bart Weigel, Director of
Communications and Development
502-637-9786 The Housing Partnership, Inc.
333 Guthrie Street, Suite 404
Louisville, KY 40202
502-585-5451 / www.wearehpi.org


Lydia Prichard, Director, Fund
Development and Communications
For Immediate Release
August 17, 2010

Congressman John Yarmuth Announces $3M for St. Bartholomew Senior Housing

Louisville, Ky. – In front of the former St. Bartholomew school, Congressman John Yarmuth announced $3 million for Catholic Charities of Louisville and co-developer, The Housing Partnership, Inc., to develop the structure into 24 units of senior housing.

“Catholic Charities and the Housing Partnership continually make invaluable contributions to our community,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “I am thrilled that federal dollars will soon support this latest project, providing critically needed affordable housing options for Louisville seniors as well as spurring economic development and creating jobs.”

The funding is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Program, which provides capital advances to finance the development of low-cost housing for the elderly.

The building, built in 1942, was used continuously as a school until 2006, when St. Bartholomew, St. Barnabas and St. Pius X schools merged to form John Paul II Academy, located at St. Pius X. Since then the building has housed the Campenaro Mission, a Hispanic ministry, and Jefferson County Public Schools has taught English as a Second Language there. The parish has informed JCPS of the transition and is currently reviewing options to continue its ministry onsite.

“We are excited about the award,” said Fr. Peter Quan Do, Pastor at St. Bartholomew, “and happy to see that the building will continue to be used by the neighborhood.”

Since 2000, Catholic Charities has worked with parishes to adaptively reuse their vacant or underutilized parish properties for these types of projects.

“This work benefits the entire community,” said Steve Bogus, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. “It generates revenue for the parish while creatively reusing property to provide safe, affordable housing essential for our seniors, especially those with fixed incomes.”

This is Catholic Charities’ seventh senior housing project and fifth with the Housing Partnership, Inc., a local non-profit that works to develop affordable housing opportunities throughout the community.

According to Mike Hynes, President of The Housing Partnership, “We value our partnership with Catholic Charities. Together, we’ve managed to preserve buildings that have always been great resources for the neighborhoods in which they sit. At the same time, we’ve created more than 140 affordable apartments for Louisville’s lowest income seniors. The work on St. Bartholomew represents the latest successful development effort by our two organizations to provide affordable housing in an area with few options for extremely low-income senior citizens.”

In addition to creating low-cost housing, another one of the project’s goals is to be environmentally conscious. Plans include the recycling and reuse of materials from demolition into the rehabilitation of the structure and incorporating features such as a rain garden to capture water runoff and solar panels to power common areas.

Construction is expected to begin in 2011.

Catholic Charities of Louisville provides services for people in need, advocates for justice in social structures and calls the entire Church and others of goodwill to do the same. Since 2000, Catholic Charities has developed 156 units of low-cost senior housing.

The Housing Partnership, Inc., creates, sustains and promotes access to affordable housing opportunities. The Housing Partnership strives to be the premier organization that strengthens neighborhoods and improves lives through education, preservation and development of affordable housing.

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For Immediate Release
June 21, 2010
For information, call: Cecelia Price, 585-3291 or 417-7187 (cell) or Francisco Javier Fajardo, Executive Director, Catholic Cemeteries, 451-7710

Catholic Cemeteries Dedicates “In God’s Hand” Sculpture

(Louisville, KY) On Saturday, June 26, at noon, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., will dedicate and bless a sculpture—entitled “In God’s Hand”— that will be placed in the Holy Innocents section (Section 20) of Calvary Cemetery, 1600 Newburg Road.

The bronze sculpture, created by artist David Kocka, will form the centerpiece of a new memorial created for infants who are buried in the Holy Innocents section of the cemetery. One thousand 8” x 6” granite pavers will be placed around the base that holds the sculpture and will be available for parents to place memorial information about their deceased infants.

The pedestal of the sculpture contains quotes from Archbishop Kurtz, Archbishop Emeritus Thomas C. Kelly, O.P., Catholic Cemeteries Board chair Fr. Thomas A. Smith, and Deacon C. Robert Markert. Deacon Markert is the deacon for Catholic Cemeteries and presides at the monthly prayer services held for deceased infants.

As one of 17 service agencies of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Catholic Cemeteries has offered the sacred rite of burial in the Archdiocese of Louisville since 1851. A Catholic cemetery is a prayerful place and is considered an extension of the parish, providing a final resting place for those baptized into the Catholic faith as well as people of other faith traditions.

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Mary Doris McCubbins, (502) 396-1872

The St. Lawrence Catholic Church $2.7-Million Building Renovation Has Been Completed

(Louisville, KY) On Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. parishioners of St. Lawrence Catholic Church (1925 Lewiston Drive) will hold a dedication Mass in the newly expanded and upgraded 55-year-old-church building. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz will concelebrate.

This $2.7 million renovation was funded by the parish’s share of gifts to the Building a Future of Hope Bicentennial Campaign.

St. Lawrence parish opened in southwestern Louisville in 1953. Today, the parish serves more than 2,400 parishioners.

WHAT: St. Lawrence Catholic Church Dedication Mass
WHEN: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 2 p.m.
This will be the only Mass held at St. Lawrence on this weekend
WHERE: 1925 Lewiston Drive, Louisville, KY 40216

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For Immediate Release
May 14, 2010 For more information:
Mary Jo Ellis, Principal, 502/451-2535
Allysan Comstock, acomstock@aol.com

Ascension School Holds Spring Enrichment Classes

(Louisville, KY) Ascension School (4600 Lynnbrook Drive) is holding its second annual “Ascension Classes for Enrichment” (ACE) for Ascension students in grades K-8. Held on May 24 and 25, these classes will keep students engaged in learning; inform students about local charitable and business activities, hobbies, and issues; and provide summer enrichment information to students and families. To view a summary that summary lists information about each of the 40 enrichment classes, click here.

Ascension has recruited more than 20 charitable, civic, and business leaders to participate in this series of educational opportunities.

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April 26, 2010
Contact: Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291

Ascension School Students to Perform Musicals in May

Please run the following announcement in community calendars or air on public service announcements:

On Thursday and Friday, May 6 and 7, at 7:00 p.m. the fourth- through eighth-grade musical theater students at Ascension School (4600 Lynnbrook Drive) will present Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. This event will be held in the parish gym. The public is invited; tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.

On Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. Ascension School first through third graders will present Seussical the Musical Junior featuring Dr. Seuss’s’ beloved characters. This event, which will be held in the gym, is free and open to the public.

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For Immediate Release
April 16, 2010 For More Information:
Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291,
or Bart Weigel, Catholic Charities, 502/637-9786

All County Catholic Band to hold second annual concert

Please run the following announcement in community calendars or air on public service announcements:

On Wednesday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. the All County Catholic Band will hold its second annual concert. This will be held at St. Xavier High School’s auditorium, 1609 Poplar Level Road. The event is free and open to the public.

The All County Catholic Band features 90 students in grades 4-12 from area Catholic elementary and secondary schools.

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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2010 For more information, call:
Paula Watkins or Fred Whittaker,

St. Francis of Assisi Middle School Students Learn From Refugees

(Louisville, KY) During the 2009-2010 school year, St. Francis of Assisi School (1938 Alfresco Place) students in grades 6-8 have participated in an initiative called Peace Families. In partnership with Catholic Charities, students have been interacting with refugees from a number of countries. Students have listened to the refugees’ stories of escape and liberation from places where people routinely experience terror and violence, and they have learned and been changed by the refugees’ messages of hope, faith, courage and resiliency.

On Thursday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. the students will hold a closing ceremony with the refugees who have visited them throughout the year. Each visitor is bringing food from his or her country of origin for an international feast. Students and refugees will celebrate their friendships while they reflect, remember and eat wonderful food. This event will be held in the St. Francis Parish Hall, 1960 Bardstown Road.

The Peace Families program encourages students to learn to listen to themselves, others and God so that they may more clearly understand the call to be peacemakers. Through the stories of individuals who have been challenged by adversity or who have had the courage to reach out to those who are suffering, students are challenged to explore both global and local communities. Compassionate listening, service work and meditation (done during yoga) allows students to develop the awareness that will help them become morally cognizant people who are aware of the immense power that their words and actions have upon their relationships with God, themselves and with all other people they may meet.

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For Immediate Release
March 31, 2010
For Information, Call: Katherine Schloemer, 502-368-8506

Holy Week With the Students of Saint Nicholas Academy

Louisville, Ky. The season of Lenten prayer culminates with the holy days of Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The students will present a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross on Thursday, April 1st at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. the north campus, 4333 Hazelwood Avenue. The second grade students will present a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross at the south campus, 5501 New Cut Road, at 12:30 p.m. and the fourth grade at 1:15 p.m.

The “Washing of the Feet” prayer and re-enactment will be presented via SNA television at 2:00 p.m., with fourth-grade students leading the prayer. The students will leave the school in reverent silence.

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For Immediate Release
March 25, 2010
National Contact: Roger Conner, Senior Director,
Communications, Catholic Charities USA
(703) 236-6218 • rconner@CatholicCharitiesUSA.Org
Local Contact: Bart Weigel, Catholic Charities,
Archdiocese of Louisville

Louisville Catholic Charities Program Wins Award at the Centennial Year Poverty Reduction Summit in Nashville

Nashville, TN – Provide Help Create Hope, an anti-poverty program initiated by Louisville’s Catholic Charities in 2008, is receiving an award today from Catholic Charities USA. Catholic Charities USA is recognizing three innovative programs for best practices in Catholic Charities USA’s poverty issue areas: health, housing, hunger, economic security and education/job training. Each agency will benefit from $25,000 to invest in further development of its program.

The Provide Help Create Hope program of Catholic Charities Louisville helps local parishes respond more effectively and efficiently to those in need, whether that need is situational or chronic, and provides case management and other assistance directly to families and individuals, helping them re-establish stability and hope. While not neglecting those who have been in chronic need, the program focuses on those newly affected by current economic conditions. Provide Help Create Hope serves as a lead partner with the Archdiocese, its parishes and other community resources to bring the existing foundation and resources of Catholic Charities to shape and lead an effective response and reduce the instances of future crises.

This award presentation took place as Catholic Charities USA, the 170-member national human services organization committed to cutting poverty in half by 2020, joined by Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., convened one of ten Centennial Summits today at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville as part of the organization’s 100 year history. These summits are intended to bring together civic leaders, elected officials and all interested parties to address the devastation of poverty in the country.

Among the speakers during the day-long summit were Father Larry Snyder, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA; Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville; John Seigenthaler Sr., journalist, publisher and civil rights activist; Joanne Pulles, president, The HCA Foundation; Patrick Nolan, senior vice president, DVL Public Relations and Advertising; Candy Hill, senior vice president for social policy and government affairs at Catholic Charities USA; Dr. Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, Vanderbilt University; Howard Gentry, CEO, Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation; Renata Soto, president and founder, Conexion Americas; Patrick Willard, advocacy director, AARP Tennessee; and Patricia Hvidston, senior vice president for development and communications, Catholic Charities USA.

“In a country like ours, even in these tough times, it is simply unacceptable that close to 40 million people live in poverty,” said Rev. Snyder. “Catholic Charities agencies and Catholic Charities USA seek a sustained national commitment that will ensure a reduction in poverty. Together, we can lift each other up. Only collectively can we begin to change the face of poverty.”

The two other agencies receiving awards include:

♦ Elizabeth’s Homes (Catholic Charities of East Tennessee)
Through Elizabeth’s Homes, homeless families are able to obtain housing self-sufficiency, increase skills and/or income and achieve greater self-determination. The program empowers the family to acquire new skills, resources, greater income and a path out of homelessness.
♦ Adoption Support and Preservation Program (Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.)
The Adoption Support and Preservation Program provides in-home therapeutic services, support groups, parent training and community advocacy to families who have adopted children from the State of Tennessee’s foster care system. The therapy is designed to improve family relationships and resolution of past trauma and losses that may impede the child’s ability to function successfully.
The Nashville summit is part of a nationwide series that will culminate in Washington, DC, on September, 26, 2010. The summits provide a forum for thought-leaders, major influencers and citizens at large to come together and act on poverty.

Catholic Charities USA’s members — more than 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide — provide help and create hope for nearly 9 million people a year regardless of religious, social or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing myriad vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrates its centennial anniversary. For more information, visit www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org.

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For Immediate Release
March 12, 2010
For Information, Call: Katherine Schloemer, 502-368-8506

Saint Nicholas Student Earns Highest Honors in WordMasters Challenge

(Louisville, KY) Mason Johnston, a student representing Saint Nicholas Academy (4333 Hazelwood Road and 5501 New Cut Road), won highest honors in this year’s WordMasters Challenge—a national language arts competition entered by approximately 220,000 students annually. This competition includes three separate meets held at intervals during the school year.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the Challenge, third-grader Mason Johnston earned a perfect score in this year’s second meet, held in February. Only 93 third-graders in the United States achieved perfect results. Other St. Nicholas students who earned outstanding results include third-graders Taylor Hall and Noah Ruzanka and eighth-grader Karly Kindoll.

The WordMasters Challenge exercises students’ critical thinking skills by first encouraging students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level) and then challenging them to use those words to complete analogies that express various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the Challenge analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Though most vocabulary-boosting and analogy-solving activities serve high school students, WordMasters materials benefit younger students in grades three through eight. These materials particularly suit able and interested children who rise to the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

Dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools for 23 years, the WordMasters Challenge concludes its annual meets this April and awards certificates in June to those who achieved and/or improved the most during the school year.

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March 12, 2010
For further information, contact: Mary Jo Ellis, 502/451-2535

Ascension Students Go In Search of God

(Louisville, KY) On Friday, March 26, 2010, all students at Ascension School (4600 Lynnbrook Drive) will go on field trips in search of God and everyday miracles. The day begins with a pancake breakfast fundraiser, with the proceeds going to help a staff member’s grandchild who is in need of a kidney transplant. Destiny Jaggers weighs 16 pounds and must get to 20 pounds before she can go on the waiting list for a new kidney. The Ascension parish and school community see God in Destiny’s smiles and know her family has been blessed by her cheerful disposition.

After breakfast the students will gather with parents and staff in the church for Mass and then depart for various destinations in the Kentuckiana area. The Ascension Parent-Teacher Organization paid for bus transportation and entrance fees for all the students, and Drs. Perelmuter and Goldberg donated t-shirts. The school will provide sack lunches for students and staff.

Below is the basic schedule, followed by more details about destinations and service in which classes will participate. Call Principal Mary Jo Ellis at 502/451-2535 for more information.

6:30 a.m. Doors open for breakfast in the school cafeteria
7:45 a.m. Parents, students and staff attend Mass in the Church
8:45 a.m. Father Gary Padgett, pastor, blesses the buses that transport students to their destinations
9:00 a.m. Buses depart
2:30-3:30 p.m. Students return to Ascension
In Search of God Detailed Schedule – Friday, March 26

Class Depart Time Destination
Jr. K&K 9:30 a.m. •Arrive at Henry’s Ark on Rose Island Road; visit from 10-11 a.m.
Students are asked to donate a pet supply, i.e. bleach, towels, blankets, food, treats and toys, for the Humane Society.
•return to school at 11:30 a.m.
Grades 1 & 2 8:50 a.m. •Arrive at Passionist Garden (at Passionist Monastery on grounds of St. Agnes Parish), 1924 Newburg Road; visit from 9:15 a.m.-12 noon
•Arrive at Humane Society, 215 W. Market Street, New Albany; Grade 1 visits from 12:25-1:15 p.m
•Arrive at Super Pets, 2221 State Street, New Albany; Grade 2 visits from 12:30-1:15 p.m.
•Grade 2 to Humane Society from 1:20-2:10 p.m. and Grade 1 to Super Pets from 1:25-2:10 p.m.
•Return to school at 2:40 p.m.
Grades 3 & 4 9:00 a.m. •Arrive at Squire Boone Caverns, Corydon, IN; visit from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
•Return to school at 2:30 p.m.
Grade 5 8:45 a.m. •Arrive at Louisville Mega Caverns (Zoo); visit from 9:10-10:30 a.m.
•Arrive at Louisville Science Center; visit from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Students are creating a scavenger hunt to leave with the Science Center.
•Return to school at 2:00 p.m.
Grade 6 8:45 a.m. •Arrive at Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street, visit from 9:10–9:40 a.m.
•Arrive at St. Martin of Tours, 639 S. Shelby Street, visit from 10-11:15 a.m.
•Arrive at Epiphany, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road, visit and eat lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
•Arrive at Lake St. Joseph Sisters of Mercy Center, 5800 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood; visit from 1-2 p.m.
•Return to school at 2:30 p.m.
Grade 7 9:00 a.m. •Arrive at Home of the Innocents, 620 E. Gray Street; half of class visits from 9:30-11:15 a.m.
•Arrive at Little Sisters of the Poor, 15 Audubon Plaza Drive; half of class sorts food from 9:45-10:30 a.m. and then returns to Home of the Innocents with other half of class.
•Arrive at the Waterfront for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
•Arrive at Planetarium, Cardinal Blvd. & Second Street; visit from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
•Return to Ascension at 2 p.m.
Grade 8 9:00 a.m. •Arrive at Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, 110 N. Fifth Street, Bardstown; visit from 10-10:30 a.m.
•Arrive at St. Thomas Church, 870 St. Thomas Lane, Bardstown; visit from 10:45-11 a.m.
•Arrive at Abbey of Gethsemani, 3642 Monks Road, Trappist, Ky.; visit from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
•Arrive at Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Nazareth, Ky.; visit from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
•Return to Ascension at 3:30 p.m.

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For Immediate Release
March 9, 2010 For Information, Call:
Carol Nord or Katherine Schloemer, 502-368-8506

Saint Nicholas Hosts a Parent Meeting and Technology Showcase

The Saint Nicholas Academy Parent Volunteer Organization is hosting a parent meeting featuring technology at the school on Tuesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. at the 5501 New Cut Road campus. The meeting will be held in the library, and the public is invited.

Students and teachers from grades K-8 will demonstrate educational technology used in classrooms and labs. Tours will be given by the Panther Advisory Council, and refreshments will be served.

Saint Nicholas Academy Participating in Sam Swope JA BizTown

On Monday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saint Nicholas Academy fifth-grade students will begin the education component in preparation for Junior Achievement’s BizTown. This will take place at the 5501 New Cut Road campus in the school library. Students will concentrate on the fifteen businesses that operate in BizTown, including a bank, city hall, delivery center, newspaper, radio station, realty office, restaurant and three retail stores. These classroom lessons prepare students for one day of running a real town as an employee, citizen, producer and consumer. Each student plays an important role in one of 15 shops located in BizTown, such as a storeowner, accountant, utility worker, newspaper reporter or CEO. Sixty-one students from St. Nicholas are participating in this Junior Achievement program.

Saint Nicholas Academy Celebrating Lent

On Friday, March 26, students from Saint Nicholas Academy (5501 New Cut Road and 4335 Hazelwood Road campuses) will be saying the Stations of the Cross at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 1153 Charles Street, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

During the season of Lent, students at St. Nicholas regularly participate in the Stations of the Cross. During this prayer experience, which commemorates stops along Jesus’ journey from Pilate’s court to his death on the cross and placement in the tomb, seventh-grade students are paired with second-grade students, and eighth-grade students are paired with kindergarten students. This pairing helps the young students by giving them the individual guidance and attention needed to make the prayer experience meaningful and pleasant. Prayer and service are important components of the religion curriculum and are emphasized during Lent. Saint Nicholas Academy is dedicating the month of March to service to the elderly.

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For Immediate Release
February 19, 2010 For more information, call:
Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291

St. Aloysius School Receives Physics Grant

(Pewee Valley, KY) Ms. Theresa Murphy, a sixth-grade science teacher at St. Aloysius School in Pewee Valley (122 Mount Mercy Drive) won a $200 grant from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This AIAA Foundation “Educator Classroom Grant” will allow her to purchase materials for a hands-on unit on the physics of flight.

For this unit, which will begin in May of this year, sixth-grade students will be divided into groups of “scientists” who will be responsible for collecting enough data about aerodynamics to create a video explaining what they have learned about the principles of flight and the relationship among the forces acting on an airplane in flight. Each group will build a model of a hot air balloon to measure exterior and interior air temperatures and to determine mass and calculations of lift. Students also will build a “Big Betty” rocket with a B6-4 engine to discover how Newton’s “Third Law” enables flight. The data collected will be made into graphs to explain trajectory, velocity and acceleration. With the conviction that the ability to ask critical questions creates better citizens, leaders and persons, Ms. Murphy hopes this project will instill in students the initiative to ask “why” and “how” about phenomena such as flight.

For information, call: Mary Ann Hayslip, Principal, 502/241-8516.

St. Nicholas Holds Science Fair

Saint Nicholas Academy will be hosting a Science Fair on Tuesday, February 23, in the gyms at both the north (4333 Hazelwood Avenue) and south (5501 New Cut Road) campuses. The fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students in grades 6-8 will present experiments with supporting written documents and display boards. Topics of the projects include: plants, atomic energy, plasma, electricity, sound, light, motor building and pulleys. The public is invited to attend.

The students prepared for the science fair in class and in the SNA Science Club held after school. The St. Nicholas Academy Science Department develops and enhances students’ understanding of the importance of science in life and presents opportunities for students to consider career choices in the field of science.

For information, call: Kitty Schloemer, 502/368-8506.

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Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291 (office)
502/417-7187 (cell) 894-8481 (Home)

Archdiocese of Louisville Welcomes 504 New Members

(Louisville, KY) – Five hundred four individuals who are preparing to enter the Roman Catholic Church will be recognized during the “Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion” ceremonies at two locations. The first will be on Saturday, February 20, 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Parish (1000 N. Beckley Station Road). The second will be on Sunday, February 21, 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption (433 South Fifth Street).

During this rite, the Catholic Church acknowledges God’s call to these participants to enter this faith tradition, gives testimony as to their readiness, and witnesses the participants’ acceptance of God’s call. These individuals will formally enter the Church at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (April 3, 2010) or at other ceremonies during the year.

These men, women and children from 66 parishes have been participating in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for a year or more. There are two groups involved:

Candidates: Those baptized in another Christian tradition whose baptism will be recognized by the Catholic Church. This group will enter the church at the Easter Vigil or other ceremonies during the year through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. There are 303 candidates.
Catechumens: Those who have never been baptized. The individuals in this group sign their names to the Book of the Elect. By signing their names to this book, the participants are stating that they intend to enter the Catholic faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. The Book of the Elect will be presented to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at the Rite of Election ceremony. There are 201 catechumens.

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For Immediate Release
February 15, 2010 For Information, Call:
Kitty Schloemer, Principal, 502-368-8506

St. Nicholas Academy Receives Gift of Artwork

(Louisville, KY) St. Nicholas Academy was the recipient of a mosaic created by Angel Rabeneck, glass artist, and women at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. St. Nicholas was chosen as a place that gives children a brighter future and the hope is that some will partake in the gift given out of joy. The mosaic is being displayed in the Gillan building foyer at the South Campus at 5501 New Cut Road.
The artwork, entitled “Faith,” is a mosaic that was created to utilize the imagination and become more aware of Scripture. Favorite scriptural passages were written on the base of the mosaic as a reminder of who God is and how God’s words can be transforming. Three separate designs were created on what it means to have faith, hope and love — as written in 1 Corinthians 13. The women decided to share two of the mosaic designs with the community — “Faith” and “Love.” The “Hope” mosaic piece was kept at the prison’s chapel as a symbol of freedom.

Each woman working on the mosaics created a unique fused glass piece that framed in these three special words, reminding them how God brings persons out of the dark into the light (John 3:16-21). This was also reflected in the design of a single star on the sun of the “Faith” mosaic piece as believers are called by name into the light. Faith’s spiritual journey represented the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly to them, as well as droplets of water flowing into a stream, a stream of “living water.” (John 7:38)

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For Immediate Release
February 12, 2010 For More Information:
Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291,
or Bart Weigel, Catholic Charities, 502/637-9786

Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Louisville Donate $487,000 to Relief Efforts in Haiti

(Louisville, Kentucky) As of February 9, individuals, parishes, schools and other Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese of Louisville have donated $487,016.30 to Catholic Charities for Haiti relief efforts. Catholic Charities is sending all funds to Catholic Relief Services, which is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Catholic Relief Services alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries without regard to race, religion or nationality. Catholic Relief Services has been serving in Haiti for more than 50 years and has raised more than $38 million for its emergency response from Catholics in the United States. For more information about relief efforts in Haiti, go to www.crs.org or visit Catholic Relief Services on Facebook.

Founded in 1808, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville serves 200,000 Catholics in 111 parishes in 24 counties of Central Kentucky.

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Saint Nicholas Academy
5501 New Cut Road
Louisville, KY 40214
502-368-8506 / Fax: 502-380-5453

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2010 For Information:
Carol Nord, Head of School, 502/368-8506
Saint Nicholas Academy Staff Compete in Wii Winter Olympics

(Louisville, KY) Saint Nicholas Academy (South Campus at 5501 New Cut Road and North Campus at 4333 Hazelwood Avenue) is celebrating the Winter Olympics by hosting Wii Olympics among the staff. This competition will take place from January 27 to February 24.

Saint Nicholas Academy has two Wii Games and has purchased the Olympic CDs. Teachers are competing in events such as figure skating, large hill ski jumps, short track relay ice skating, ice hockey, curling and short track 1000-meter. Teachers assemble after school at the 5501 New Cut Road campus for competition.

Each teacher/staff member is assigned a country. Countries compete as teams and individuals. There are six countries with six members in each country. Closing ceremonies will occur on Wednesday, February 24, at 11:30 a.m. with a potluck luncheon. At this event each person will bring a dish representing his or her country.

For more information, contact Debbie Green at 502-368-8506 or dgreen@sna-panthers.org.

St. Nicholas Academy is one of 48 Archdiocese of Louisville Roman Catholic schools in seven counties of Central Kentucky. Four hundred ninety-seven students attend the school.

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For immediate release

Ramona Blair-Kareken, Owner
Scissorhands Salon
502-456-5335 / 502-558-6848 cell

January 29, 2009

Bart Weigel, Dir. of Communications and Development
Catholic Charities of Louisville
502-637-9786 / 502-550-9866

Local Hair Salon Hopes to Help Cut the Need in Haiti

WHAT: Scissorhands Salon is hosting Hair Cuts for Haiti, an all-day event to benefit the victims of the tragic earthquake in Haiti earlier this month. On Sunday, January 31, 2010, Scissorhands Salon will offer half-price hair cuts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds will be given to Catholic Charities of Louisville to support Catholic Relief Services’ ongoing efforts in the region.
WHEN: January 31, 2010, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Scissorhands Salon
1556 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY
WHY: With estimates of more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more left injured and/or homeless, the nation of Haiti continues to need assistance. Ramona Blair-Kareken, owner of Scissorhands Salon in the Highlands, felt compelled to do what she could. Praying and consulting her husband and close friends, she then knew to do what she does best: hair. Rallying her staff around the effort, they will give half-price hair cuts on this Sunday, providing the proceeds to relief efforts in Haiti.

Ramona Blair-Kareken has been a hair stylist for 40 years. She opened Scissorhands Salon in the Highlands with her daughter 16 years ago. Today it houses a staff of 13 stylists, including Ramona.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. CRS alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

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For Immediate Release
January 29, 2010 For information:
Laura Glaser, Principal, 502/895-5122

Our Lady of Lourdes Students Present Socks to Archbishop Kurtz

(Louisville, KY) On Thursday, February 4, at 8:15 a.m. Archbishop Kurtz will lead students at Our Lady of Lourdes School (510 Breckenridge Lane) in a prayer service in the church. At this time, students will present the Archbishop with a long string of socks that represents all of the socks collected by students for the men who are served at St. John’s Center for the Homeless.

Our Lady of Lourdes third-graders are in charge of organizing the prayer service. The students invited Archbishop Kurtz to join them in saying the Rosary because of his devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The students and their teachers decided to tie the prayer service into the school’s monthly service project, which in February is for St. John’s Center. The school sponsors a monthly service project to teach students about their responsibility to reach out to the poor.

Serving grades PK-8, Our Lady of Lourdes is one of 48 Archdiocese of Louisville Roman Catholic schools in seven counties of Central Kentucky. Four hundred thirty six students attend the school, which was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education in 2008.

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January 21, 2010
CONTACT: Cecelia Price
TELEPHONE: 502/585-3291
CELL: 502/417-7187


In the Archdiocese of Louisville, approximately 21,000 students and 1,700 faculty and staff at 48 Catholic elementary and secondary schools will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from January 24-January 30, 2010. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Dividends For Life.”

Festivities for the week include the annual liturgy at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 26, at St. Agnes Parish (1920 Newburg Road, Louisville). Student representatives from all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville will attend this liturgy, which will be celebrated by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.

At the liturgy, awards will be given, including the Distinguished Elementary Principal Award, which will be presented to Carol Meirose (St. Agnes Elementary School), the Outstanding School Volunteer Award, which will be presented to Karen Brown (Trinity High School) and the Religious Educational Excellence Award, which will be presented to Sue Neubauer (Ascension Elementary School), In addition, the recipient of the Fr. Joseph McGee Award for Outstanding Catholic Educator, Sheila Mattingly (St. Joseph School, Bardstown) will be acknowledged. The Father McGee award is presented each year at the Salute to Catholic School Alumni dinner, which will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.

The 48 Catholic elementary and secondary schools are located in seven counties in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Schools will be participating in many activities throughout the week. The following pages contain a sampling of activities and a listing of elementary open houses.

Year for Priests-Alumni Visit Our Lady of Lourdes

On Thursday, January 28 at 8:15 a.m. two archdiocesan priests — Fr. John Burke and Fr. Ron Domhoff — who are alumni of the school will visit Our Lady of Lourdes (510 Breckenridge Lane). Both graduated from the eighth grade in 1960. During this “Year for Priests,” Fr. Burke and Fr. Domhoff will describe their grade-school years and how this experience influenced their decisions to become priests. This presentation will take place in the church. Fr. Burke is pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, and Fr. Ron Domhoff is pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in southwest Jefferson County. Pope Benedict XVI declared a “Year for Priests” beginning on June 19, 2009 and concluding in June of 2010. This purpose of this observance is to deepen the commitment of priests to their ministry and to foster an appreciation for this vocation among all Catholics.
CONTACT: Ann Pifer, 502/896-0241, ext. 13

Holy Trinity Holds 8th Grade-Faculty Volleyball Game

Holy Trinity School (423 Cherrywood Road) will hold a faculty versus eighth grade volleyball game on Wednesday, January 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the school gym.
CONTACT: Jack Richards, 502/897-2785

Appreciation at St. Athanasius for Departing Pastor

On Wednesday, January 27, at approximately 9:00 a.m., St. Athanasius School (5915 Outer Loop) students will present cards to St. Athanasius parish’s pastor, Fr. Terry Bradshaw, who is leaving the parish to become pastor of St. Bernadette Parish. At St. Bernadette, Fr. Bradshaw is taking the place of Bishop-elect William F. Medley, who will be ordained Bishop of Owensboro on February 10.
CONTACT: Tina McWilliams 502/969-2345

St. Leonard Hosts Honor Guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On Tuesday, January 26, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, St. Leonard School (440 Zorn Avenue) will host Justin Bickett, who serves as an honor guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Justin, a Louisville native, is a graduate of St. Stephen Martyr Elementary (1997) and St. Xavier High School (2001). He entered the service after high school and was recruited after basic training to serve in this capacity. Mr. Bickett will talk to the students about the responsibility and training for this special honor. The event will take place at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the Church.
CONTACT: Linda Kinderman, 502/897-5265

Stretch and Grow at St. Leonard

On Thursday, January 28, St. Leonard School (440 Zorn Avenue) welcomes Pam Thorpe and her “Stretch and Grow” program as part of its Catholic Schools Week celebration. The program focuses on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and 30 minutes of exercise each day. The children in grades pre-K to 8 will learn exercises to do at home and tips about making healthy choices. The program will run every 30 minutes from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school gym.
CONTACT: Kathleen Willenbrink, 502/551-6165.

Catholic School Open Houses

In addition to the activities listed above, several schools are hosting open houses, registration and tours of their schools during Catholic Schools Week. The following schools are having open houses, tours or registration events during this week. (All schools are in Louisville unless otherwise noted.)

St. Agnes School, 1800 Newburg Road. Applications being accepted for grades K-8. Come to school office from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Kindergarten applications due February 1, 2010.)
St. Aloysius School, 122 Mount Mercy Drive, Pewee Valley. Kindergarten screening, Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m. (Required for incoming kindergarten students.)
St. Aloysius School, 197 South Plum Street, Shepherdsville. Open House/New Family Registration, Sunday, January 24, 2-4 p.m.
Ascension School, 4600 Lynnbrook Drive. Open House/Registration, Wednesday, January 27, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
St. Augustine School, 236 South Spalding Avenue, Lebanon. Registration is available all week during school hours (8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
St. Francis of Assisi, 1938 Alfresco Place. New student registration open until Wednesday, January 27, at 3 p.m. Register at office during school hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Gabriel School, 5503 Bardstown Road. Open House, Wednesday, January 27, 8-10 a.m.
Holy Trinity School, 423 Cherrywood Road. Open House/Registration, Thursday, January 28, 8-11 a.m.
John Paul II Academy, 3525 Goldsmith Lane. Open House, Tuesday, January 26, 5:30-7 p.m., and Wednesday, January 27, 8-10 a.m. Registration for new families begins February 1, 2010.
St. Margaret Mary School, 7813 Shelbyville Road. Registration for new students, Monday, January 25, 7:30-10 a.m.
Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, 529 East Liberty Street. Registration during school hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Must be entering grade 6 or 7 and qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program to be considered for admission.
St. Michael School, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive. Pre-registration Sunday, January 24, 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will be taken after this date, but first priority will be given to families who register by this date.
St. Nicholas Academy, 5501 New Cut Road. Open House, Wednesday, January 27, 9:00 a.m.
Notre Dame Academy, 1927 Lewiston Drive. Open House, Wednesday, January 27, 8-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Also, pre-registration on same day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes School, 510 Breckenridge Lane. Open House, Wednesday, January 27, 8-10:30 a.m.
St. Patrick School, 1000 North Beckley Station Road. Open House, Monday, January 25, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. New student registration on Thursday, January 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
St. Rita School, 8709 Preston Highway. Open House/New Student Registration, Sunday, January 24, 12:30 p.m.
St. Stephen Martyr, 2931 Pindell Avenue. Open House, Wednesday, January 27, 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

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January 15, 2010
For Immediate Release
Archdiocese of Louisville
Catholic Elementary and High Schools

Haitian Earthquake-Relief Activities and Plans (As of January 15, 2010)

St. Martha School
(2825 Klondike Lane, Louisville) St. Martha is giving uniform breaks today (1/15) and Tuesday (1/19) for a donation of a $1.00 or more. The donations will go to the Catholic Charities Haitian fund.
St. Augustine School
(235 South Spalding Avenue, Lebanon) St. Augustine School will be donating the school Mass collection to Catholic Relief Service (CRS). The money will be sent from Masses on January 21 and January 28.
St. Rita School
(8709 Preston Highway, Louisville) Yesterday (1/13) the principal told the students about the disaster on the morning broadcast; today (1/14) and yesterday the school said the daily decades of the Rosary for the victims and their rescuers. Today the faculty anchor showed where Haiti was located and the countries near it; she did mission work in the Dominican Republic. The teachers have talked to the students about the people of Haiti, especially the children. St. Rita is planning ways now to collect money and needed white sheets.
St. Xavier High School
(1609 Poplar Level Road, Louisville) *As an Xaverian Brothers-sponsored school, Saint Xavier is joining in solidarity with the other Xaverian Brothers schools to raise awareness, encourage prayer and support financially the people of Haiti during this crisis. (The Xaverian Brothers have personnel who sponsor or assist with several ministries in Haiti. Additionally, one of the Xaverian-sponsored schools, Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn, has a 40% Haitian population. Thus, St. X’s response is in common among the members of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools’ network.

*Announcements about and prayers for Haiti – yesterday and today (1/13-1/14).
*Announcement of a collection and prayer – Friday (1/15).

*Tuesday (1/19) – Morning prayer led by the Director of Campus Ministry and President; discussion of our XBSS connections, our plans at St. X and common efforts among the Xaverian schools.

*Tuesday and Wednesday (1/19-1/20) – Collections in homerooms; Campus Ministry and XBSS retreat students will count the receipts and prepare for the check to be sent to the Xaverian Brothers. The Sponsorship Office will combine each school’s efforts into one donation from the network.

*Wednesday (1/20) – All-day prayer vigil in the chapel (theology class groupings and individuals) coordinated by Campus Ministry.
Nativity Academy
(529 East Liberty Street, Louisville) The students, faculty and staff are collecting donations in order to make a monetary contribution to Haiti through Doctors without Borders.
St. Bernard School
(7500 Tangelo Drive, Louisville) St. Bernard parish will take up a collection to be sent to Catholic Charities.
Notre Dame Academy
(1927 Lewiston Drive, Louisville) Notre Dame Academy will be donating the money raised during its annual “Toss for the Cure” to the Haitian relief fund. The students obtain pledges for the scores they receive tossing bean bags onto a game board similar to corn hole. In the past, this money has been donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, MDA, St. Jude’s Hospital and MS. This year, the money will be donated to the Haitian relief fund. The “Toss” will take place Friday, February 12, from 8:30 to noon in the NDA gym.
St. Gregory School
(350 Samuels Loop, Cox’s Creek) St. Gregory has a sister parish in Haiti, La Chapelle, outside of Port-au Prince, and sends a weekly donation that is collected at the school liturgy to this parish. The pastor of this sister parish has visited St. Gregory, and the students have met him personally. Thus, it was personal and troubling for St. Gregory students to see the pictures of students on TV and in the paper, because they have a connection with the people in Haiti. St. Gregory will be doing the PeaceBuilders Penny Drive for the next month for a donation to the Haitian people as well as the regular weekly donation.
John Paul II Academy
(3525 Goldsmith Lane, Louisville 40220) “God Can” – At the beginning of the school year, John Paul II Academy initiated a “God Can.” As a reminder, students have heard that if they give their prayers, requests and concerns to God, he will watch over them. This is the premise of the “God Can.” It is a simple can that is located on the shelf outside of the school office. Everyone is welcome at any time to write down a prayer, intention, thanksgiving or concern and give it to God. At each weekly liturgy, the can is sealed and carried up at the offertory so that “God can” take these thoughts and prayers.

In light of the recent devastation in Haiti, members of the community of John Paul II Academy will center their prayers and intentions for the assistance and needs of the people of Haiti. In addition, students have been challenged to consider making personal sacrifices or doing extra chores over the next two weeks to earn money to donate the God Can for the people of Haiti. This was announced on the daily broadcast on a Friday morning, and by lunchtime $80.25 had already been collected. John Paul II is a blessed community, and it will strive to share the benefits it enjoys with those less fortunate.
St. Gabriel School
(5503 Bardstown Road, Louisville) St. Gabriel School is collecting $2.00 per child for a uniform break on Tuesday. This money will be given to Hand in Hand ministries to pay for a cargo delivery of first aid and other medical supplies.

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For Immediate Release
January 14, 2010 For Information: Cecelia Price, 502/417-7187
or Deacon James Turner, 502/778-1118

Prayer Service at St. Martin de Porres for Victims of Earthquake

(Louisville, KY) St. Martin de Porres Parish (3112 West Broadway) will host a prayer service on Saturday, January 16,at 3 p.m. for the victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. Persons of all faiths are invited to join Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Deacon James Turner (pastoral administrator of St. Martin de Porres), Rev. Celeve Izean of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Rev. Frantz Philippe of the Haitian Tabernacle, other invited clergy and the Haitian community for this time of prayer.

Approximately 23 Haitian families worship at St. Martin de Porres. Many have been unable to contact friends and family to determine their safety.
St. Martin de Porres is one of the 111 parishes of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, which extends through 24 counties of Central Kentucky.

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January 11, 2010
Paula Watkins, Principal, 502/459-3088

St. Francis of Assisi Fourth-Grader is in Soon-To-Be-Released Film

(Louisville, KY) Sam Hall, a St. Francis of Assisi School (1938 Alfresco Place) fourth-grader, has a role in the soon-to-be-released film, “Extraordinary Measures.” Sam plays the role of John Jr., the eldest son of John Crowley, played by Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, George of the Jungle, Encino Man).

“Extraordinary Measures” stars Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell. Brendan Fraser plays John Crowley, a biotechnology executive whose two youngest children are afflicted with Pompe disease, a rare, genetic and often fatal disease. Along with his wife, Aileen, (Keri Russell) Crowley raises money for research scientist Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford) and forms a company to develop a drug to save his children’s lives. The movie is set to be released on January 22, 2010.

Sam was chosen for the film after a nationwide search. He plays the only child of the Crowleys who did not inherit the genetic disease. He was gone for half of the last school year filming the movie in Portland, Oregon, and attended school on set with a studio teacher.

According to St. Francis principal Paula Watkins, “Sam is a very talented and humble young man, and we are very proud of him.”

This is Sam’s first feature film. He was seen this summer on the Nickelodeon network in a commercial for General Mills’ Trix Swirls, where he had the honor of saying one of the most famous lines in advertising: “Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids.”

Sam is the son of Mark and Beth Hall. He has two sisters. Madeleine (9) attends St. Francis of Assisi School and is also a featured extra in the film. His younger sister, Kate Hall (4) attends Keneseth Israel Preschool.

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For Immediate Release
January 13, 2010 For Information: Bart Weigel

Catholic Charities Accepting Donations for Victims of Haitian Earthquake

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, is responding to victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. The quake occurred 10 miles southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12 just before 5pm EST, also Haitian local time. Port-au-Prince, with a population of over 2 million, has been devastated.

CRS has made an initial commitment of $5 million for immediate use in the relief effort and is preparing for a major emergency response to this severe disaster. CRS is currently mobilizing food, gearing up its emergency capacity, and deploying prepositioned emergency shelter and hygiene kits in Haiti, as well as bringing supplies in from the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Catholic Charities of Louisville is accepting monetary donations to assist with this emergency and has sent an alert to the 111 parishes in the 24 counties of the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Those who wish to contribute should send a check or money order to:

Catholic Charities of Louisville
Haitian Earthquake
2911 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40208

Please note Haitian Earthquake in the memo line of the check or money order. All donations listed as “Haitian Earthquake” will be forwarded in full to Catholic Relief Services.

Individuals also may make donations directly to Catholic Relief Services at www.crs.org or by sending a check to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. CRS alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries without regard to race, religion or nationality.

Catholic Charities of Louisville Inc., a member of Catholic Charities USA and an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Louisville, provides services for people in need, advocates for justice in social structures and calls the entire Church and others of good will to do the same.

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For Immediate Release
January 8, 2010 For more information: Cecelia Price
502/585-3291 or 417-7187

Catholic High School Make-Up Placement Test Held As Scheduled Tomorrow – January 9, 2010

The Catholic high school make-up placement test will be held as scheduled tomorrow, January 9, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students in grade 8 who were not able to take the placement test in December may take this make-up test at the high school they plan to attend. Students must bring a $15 fee and two #2 pencils.

The placement test helps Catholic secondary schools determine the most appropriate course work and academic path for meeting the needs of each student.

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