A parish of the Diocese of Owensboro located in Whitesville, Kentucky

Adult Faith Formation

Liturgy of the Hours
Women’s Catholic Bible Study: Touching the Divine: A Study of the Gospel of John
Beginning October 4, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 PM PM
St. Mary of the Woods Parish Hall
Contact Susan Driskill (270) 929-6522 or Cindy Mattingly (270) 316- 8494 or visit the Walking with Purpose Website at walkingwithpurpose.com to learn more.

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Bible Study is held on Tuesday nights from 7:15pm – 8:30pm.

Based on a survey conducted by St. Mary of the Woods Parish, bible study was one of the most wanted programs by our parishioners. Please feel free to contact the Parish Office at (270) 233-4196 if you have any additional questions and we will be happy to help.

Eucharistic Adoration

St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church began Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration September 29, 2013. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Everyone is welcome to participate for a scheduled hour, or on your own time.

We are continually in need of adorers who will commit to spending one hour a week with our Lord. For more information or if you would like to participate in Perpetual Adoration please contact one of the following volunteers:

Quarterly Division Leaders:

Majella Mills(270) 233-548112:00am – 6:00am
Hope Brey(270) 314-16386:00am – Noon
Sharon Boarman(270) 233-9697Noon – 6:00pm
Dottie Pogue(270) 233-49436pm – 12:00am
Divine Mercy

What is Divine Mercy?

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy

How to Recite the Chaplet

 

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
  2. Optional Opening Prayers
    You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.(Repeat three times)
    O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
  3. Our Father
    Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
  4. Hail Mary
    Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
  5. The Apostle’s Creed
    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
  6. The Eternal Father
    Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
  7. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade
    For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
  8. Repeat for the remaining decades
    saying the “Eternal Father” (6) on the “Our Father” bead and then 10 “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” (7) on the following “Hail Mary” beads.
  9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
    Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
  10. Optional Closing Prayer
    Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Stewardship

It is difficult to teach or practice stewardship, unless we have a clear understanding of exactly what stewardship is. If we wish to embrace stewardship, we must gradually learn to embrace every definition or aspect of stewardship.

  • Scripture Based All of the teachings of stewardship come directly from the Gospels, the Old Testament and the letters of the New Testament. Stewardship is not a new fad, or environmental word. Stewardship is the way God has expected His people to live since the beginning of time.
  • Dependence on God Stewardship is recognizing that everything we have is a gift from God. We can take credit for nothing. Everything we have and everything we do is a result of some gift that God has placed into our hands.
  •  Gratitude Stewardship is living a life of gratitude – taking the time every day to recognize the gifts that God has given and to be grateful for them.
  • Giving Back Stewardship is returning a portion of our gifts to God. The gifts we return are our time, our talent and our treasure. We return these gifts not because God or our Church needs them but because we feel an overwhelming need to show our love and gratitude to God.
  • Transformative Stewardship is transformative. Once we embrace the stewardship message it changes the way we look at every decision we make. Stewardship becomes a total way of life.
  • A Love Response Once we allow God to truly take up residence in our hearts we become so overwhelmed by His abundant love for us that we just naturally feel the need to join our lives with Him and dedicate our time, talent and treasure to carrying out God’s work here on earth. Our generosity comes from within and not from any external pressure or reward.
  • Proportionate Giving Stewardship calls us to realize that each of us is called to give as God has given to us. We no longer base our giving on what others are giving. We no longer excuse ourselves from giving because we do not see others giving. Rather we give in proportion to all that God has given to us.
  • Spending Time with God Stewardship involves spending time with God. Recognizing that every day is a gift from God, we strive to spend some of each day with God, through prayer, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, scripture reading, quiet, meditation and other spiritual activities.
  • Sharing Talent Stewardship involves sharing talent. Recognizing that God has given each individual unique skills and talents so that together we can do the work of Our Lord, we strive to share our own talents and to encourage and welcome others to also use their talents to carry out the mission and ministry of the Church.
  • Giving Treasure Stewardship involves giving treasure. Giving time and talent does not excuse us from giving treasure. We know that throughout the Gospels, Jesus challenged us to give as it has been given to us. Recognizing the tremendous financial blessings that abound in our country, we strive to give at least 10% of our resources back to God, to support the building up of God’s kingdom. Although this level of giving may not be immediately possible, we are aware of what percentage we are giving back and regularly strive to increase the amount, taking small incremental steps toward giving a full tithe.
  • Trust in God Stewardship is trusting God. We believe that our generous God will always provide for us. None of us will ever have all that we want, but we will always have all that we need.
  • Accountability Stewardship calls us to recognize that just as in the Parable of the Talents, each of us will someday be asked by God to give an accounting of all that we have done with the gifts that have been given to us. Likewise, parish communities that embrace stewardship must be accountable to the community for the way in which the parish uses the gifts entrusted to it. Thankfulness Stewardship calls us to be ever grateful for the gifts that God has given. Not only are we called to be grateful to God, but we also must be grateful to one another. Just as we thank God every day, a stewardship parish must also show gratitude, recognition and appreciation to those who have given generously to the support of the parish.
  • Counter-Cultural Stewardship is counter-cultural. While society encourages us to continually strive for more and more, stewardship helps us to recognize that we already have more than enough. In fact, we have enough to share.
  • Discipleship Stewardship is discipleship. We strive to put God first in all things and to follow where Our Lord might lead.

Make a Commitment

  Daily Reflections

  Daily Readings

  • Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
    on October 23, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Reading 1 Rom 6:12-18 Brothers and sisters:Sin must not reign over your mortal bodiesso that you obey their desires.And do not present the parts of your bodies to sinas weapons for wickedness,but […]

  • Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
    on October 22, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Reading 1 Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21 Brothers and sisters:Through one man sin entered the world,and through sin, death,and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned.If by that one […]

  • Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
    on October 21, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Reading 1 Rom 4:20-25 Brothers and sisters:Abraham did not doubt God's promise in unbelief;rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to Godand was fully convinced that what God had promisedhe […]

  • Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    on October 20, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Reading 1 Ex 17:8-13 In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.Moses, therefore, said to Joshua,"Pick out certain men,and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be […]