Sunday, September 24, 2017

HAPPY 50Th ANNIVERSARY SAINT PETER CHURCH, MONTICELLO


I WOULDN'T MISS THIS ONE







I was the first resident pastor.




First Confirmation by Archbishop Thomas McDonough. Most of the parish was confirmed that day.



It really looked good today when I drove in. Even the hemlock tree on the right, that I planted many years ago was taller than the church!
The church was built by LAMP, Louisville Archdiocese Mission Promoters around 1967. It was served from Somerset originally. I was its regular tender from 1970-1975. I moved into the basement in 1975 and stayed till 1980. I became the first Catholic priest to live in Wayne County. I also took care of Good Shepherd Mission in Whitley City in McCreary County. It was staffed by several Sister of St. Joseph from Connecticut.



The sign I built about 40 years ago is still there! The coss had to be replaces recently , but not bad for 40 years!



My parting gift to the parish is this outdoor picnic shelter. The name they gave it was their idea!!!!!



The bishop of Lexington was the celebrant. Next to me, under the cross is Father John Birk who followed me as pastor. After us, St. Peter became part of the Lexington Diocese.



When I started in 1970, there were about 12 parishioners, mostly children. Now there are almost that many in the choir. We had no musicians back then, much less a piano! We got the organ, behind the piano, toward the end, but nobody could play it.




Sandy Bertram, one of the twelve parishioners when I arrived, was a child back then.
That's her - third from the left, front row, in the Conformation picture above.








R. J Martin, speaking to his wife Linda, were active parishioners in 1975. R. J. just recently retired from mowing the grass. That 40 years of church grass mowing!



The head table with the bishop, a deacon and four priests. Clericalism is not dead in Monticello yet!



I started with 12 parishioners. We grew to about 90. Today they have about 60 families.
About a third of the parish is Latino/Hispanic. They also have Vietnamese and Filipino parishioners.
This is one half of the room at the reception.



This is a terrible picture, but it the other half of the room. The table in the front is filled with Sisters who have served in Monticello. There were at least eight Sisters there, including Sister Rose Perry SCN and Sister Joan Wilson SCN.  Several more could not come because of age or distance.
Several communities of Sisters have served in the parish. They are the real under-sung heroes of the parish's fifty year history! When I was there, three Sisters of Notre Dame from Connecticut served with me. Some Sisters of Charity of Nazareth came down from Somerset for some programs. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

CELEBRATING AN ENDING


A GOOD-BYE PRESENTATION 
September 21, 2017 



Left to Right
Jessica Able, Reporter
Marnie McCallister, Editor
Father Knott, An Encouraging Word columnist from 2002-2017



My own "front page," with front page article, editorial and next-to-the-last column.
Marnie and Jessica even treated me to a nice lunch at the The Cafe.

FAN MAIL FROM MALAYSIA 



Dear "Record",

This is Walter Yurt, a former Louisvillian who has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for going on nine years. A few years ago, The Record published a story that I submitted to you all.

The reason for this email is I have attached a couple of photos that illustrate not only the love in which Father Ron Knott has written "An Encouraging Word" for so many years but also the love in which my mom has cut out each column and mailed them to me in Malaysia for all these years.

Mom will save up a bunch of the columns and send all at once and there has been more than one time that her mailings got lost in the mail, but for the most part, I am lucky that every couple of months I receive an envelope with a lot of encouraging words.

The photos I have attached are not all of the columns my mom has sent, but a selection that were able to fit on my apartment floor.

I thought that either the readers of "The Record" or Fr. Knott might be interesting in the story of how, even though I could read "An Encouraging Word" online, it's much better for me spiritually to read what both Fr. Knott has labored to write and Mom has labored to send.

I am blessed!

Walter "Tom" Yurt


THANK YOU FOR FIFTEEN WONDERFUL YEARS






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Friday, September 22, 2017

MY BELOVED ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES



BECAUSE OF ALL THE HURRICANES, I HAVE TO WAIT TILL DECEMBER 



The Flag



The New Argyle Airport




The Pastoral Centre



The Entry into My New CATHOLIC SECOND WIND GUILD Headquarters



The Bishop, Priests and Deacons of the Diocese of Kingstown, SVG



Some of the Pastoral Leaders.



Fergal Redmond, the Diocesan CPA


Daphne, Collitta, Pam, Des, Martin and all the Pastoral Centre Staff


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NOW AVAILABLE - HOT OFF THE PRESS - A REAL COLLECTORS ITEM



THANK YOU FOR FIFTEEN WONDERFUL YEARS








ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

Just click on the MY BOOKSTORE icon under the LINKS heading over on the right side of this page. There you will find this latest book and all fourteen of the other books in the series, as well as many others.  

They are also available for pick-up at THE RECORD office at
the Maloney Center at Shelby and Oak and at TONINI CHURCH SUPPLY on Breckenridge Lane. 



Sunday, September 17, 2017

A MOIST TOWELETTE, ANYONE?



Someone Gave Me One of These Years ago.
I Forgot I had it!
Do You Think It is Beyond Its Expiration Date? 



Friday, September 15, 2017