REGULAR HIGH SCHOOL MEETING TONIGHT AT 6:30-9PM at St A’ s Upper Room in the Parish Hall

Hey everyone dont forget tonight’s meeting at St A in the upper room of the Parish Hall!

Tonight’s topic is To the Heights, talking about Pier Giorgios life n legacy and what it means to go on adventures! Bring a snack or drink to share! Keeping it simple,  pickup will be at 8:30 tonight, see you soon.

In Christ

John,  5024286757

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NCYC Payments due November 1, 2017!

THE DEADLINE FOR FINAL PAYMENTS WILL BE NOVEMBER 1, 2017.

Click HERE for the NCYC page!

Make checks to St. Athanasius with “Circle of Life – NCYC” in the memo. Mail to St. Athanasius, c/o John Sohl, 5915 Outer Loop, Louisville 40219.

  1. COST of NCYC – $175 per person, and we are fundraising the rest. Because of the success of our Talent Show, we were able to raise almost $900 toward our expenses, praise God! We are still in need of almost $3,000 so please pray for the success of these endeavors as we look for ways to pay back the parish for their generosity!
  2. MANDATORY Parent Meeting – Wednesday, November 1 @ 7pm, St. Luke (4211 Jim Hawkins Dr.). Final payments for NCYC will be due at this time, but please make sure to come for this very important meeting. Primarily this is about coming together in prayerful preparation for the encounter these young people are about to experience. We will also be discussing food, transportation, drop-off and pick-up locations, policies, etc. There MUST be one representative from your family in attendance of this meeting.
  3. SAINTS ALIVE – Practices are in full swing! We have 20-30 spots to fill in our shorts plays. If you’d like to be part of SAP, contact Tina Sohl @ 502-457-1074 or Mary Whitfill at 502-383-3295. Come every Wednesday or every Friday all fall (Sept-Oct) between 6:30-9pm at St. Luke to get involved in the Circle of Life!
  4. MISSION TRIP – We are officially going to Wichita, KS on July 15-21, 2017! Cost is $370 per person, and this will be a major fundraiser for EVERYONE. However, we are only able to reserve 12 spots for youth with 2 adults. Youth who would like to attend the mission trip must commit with a non-refundable $100 deposit no later than December 1, 2017. This will be first-come, first-serve. Those who sign up early will get a chance to fundraise the rest to offset their cost.
    1. IF THERE ARE STILL SPOTS OPEN through CHWC’s website later in the spring, we can add spots but those youth must pay the full $370 (plus late fees).
    2. A link to the Mission Trip details will be sent out before mid-October.

With that, we will have more to come soon enough!

In Christ, for Love & Life!

John Sohl, CYM

The Circle of Life Youth

502.428.6757

Reflections on the Sunday Gospel, 9/10/17

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew: Jesus said to his disciples: “if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.  If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’  If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.  If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”  

Yesterday’s gospel goes further than this, but I want to stop here.  This one little passages — five sentences — provides the solution to so many of the dramas and conflicts in the world today.  Don’t believe in simple solutions?  Maybe you haven’t given them a try.

The entire modus operandi of this passage is respect.  Simple, common respect.  You value the person’s privacy and reputation enough to pull him aside and say one-on-one to him, “Hey, you hurt me” or “Hey, you weren’t right in what you said earlier.”  Instead of immediately telling everyone else or confronting the person in front of a large group so as to create humiliation, you’re treating him the way you’d like to be treated — with respect.  This should send a clear message to the person.

But suppose he doesn’t listen to you, as will (sadly) most likely be the case.  Well then, that’s when you start asking for help.  Get just a couple people — people who are involved in the problem and who you can trust to keep level heads instead of flying off the handle if the person gets upset with them.  Then, have another private conversation/intervention.  Again, this shows respect for the person who hurt you — the golden rule isn’t hard to remember, y’all.

Suppose even this isn’t enough.  In the Gospel passage, it says to refer to the church.  Sadly, in our case, many people won’t listen to the idea of a God at all, let alone any authority from an organized church.  But perhaps there’s still some kind of higher authority in that person’s life, whether it’s a parent, a boss, a principle, an RA, or whomever.  Maybe it’s the police, who knows.  Go to this person, whoever it might be.  Give the case over to that individual — notice how you’re still not making a public humiliation out of it.  Even when the case goes to someone outside the situation, you’re still keeping it more or less private.

And some people still won’t listen.  So what does Jesus say to do next?  “Treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”  What’s your immediate thought about that?  Tax collectors and Gentiles — the ‘bad guys’ of the bible.  They were always the corrupt ones, the pagans, the dogs, and the unclean.  So treating your offender like a Gentile or a tax collector surely must mean to cast him out of your life and shun him for his action, right?  Wrong.  Look at what Jesus did to these people: he loved them, ate with them, cured their diseases, led them to conversion. . . but not once did he commend them for their ways.  He only commended them once they had faith in him and repented.

So what does that mean for us?  You guessed it: WWJD.  It sounds so cliche and Protestant, but it really is the way to go.  If that person who hurt you refuses after all your polite attempts to change or apologize and make amends, then your last resort would be to do what Jesus did: love the person as a child of God, respect him for who he is, but never commend him for his work.  This may take the form of talking or sharing less of your personal self with the other person (e.g. a former best friend would become simply an acquaintance).  It might hurt, the other person might view it as an injustice, but in reality, all you’re doing is treating that person as a child of God — one who has broken your trust, but a child of God nonetheless.

Respect.  Privacy.  The Golden Rule.  It means giving up gossip.  It means giving up drama.  It means giving up sleepless nights worrying about your reputation with another or angrily venting to whoever will listen.  It means giving up a toxic outlook on life.

It’s strange.  To many people, it’s unheard of.  And there will be many times it doesn’t seem to make sense because our emotions are our own worst enemies many times.

It’ll be hard, but I dare you to try it out.

Saints Alive AND Labor Day Mass ALL THIS FRIDAY @ St. Luke – 6:30-9pm

Hey Everyone,

  1. MASS this Friday – Due to last week’s rainstorm from Hurricane Harvey, we have rescheduled our Labor Day Mass for this Friday at St. Luke at 7pm. Please arrive by 6:30 to help prepare for Mass and bring food for afterward! Fr. Riccardo of the Fathers of Mercy has agreed to celebrate this Mass for us, including a great talk on the importance of Chastity in today’s culture.
  2. SAINTS ALIVE this Friday – After Mass, the Ambassadors for Life with Ed Harpring and Karl Dolson of the Archdiocese will be having a discussion about Fr. Riccardo’s talk. We will join in on this discussion and transition into our first Saints Alive auditions / casting. Some of the scripts will be completed by then so this will begin the process. This years Saints are as follows:
    1. St. Michael the Archangel + Our Lady of Fatima
    2. St. Kateri Tekakwitha + the North American Martyrs
    3. St. Vitalis of Gaza, Egypt
    4. St. Agnes
    5. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
  3. MISSION TRIP – Next Friday, September 15 is when registration opens for our high school trip through Catholic Heart Work Camp to Wichita, KS (July 15-21, 2018). Please pray we can get into this camp quickly. I will have more information about this by the end of the month.
  4. MARCH FOR LIFE – First $50 deposit is due October 30. Click on the link for more details. Parent meeting for this is tentatively set for Sept 26 @ St. A (Time TBA)
  5. SILENT RETREAT – Our first ever “Mobile Silent Retreat” for high school+ will be to New Orleans, LA to see the theatrical performance of “Garden” by Dumbox Ministries. This is tentatively set for the weekend of January 12-14, leaving after school and coming home Sunday evening. The play will be on Saturday.

More to come next week!

In Christ, for Love & Life,

John Sohl, CYM

502-428-6757