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.

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

RSS Presentation Ministries
  • ARE YOU LOVING? - One Bread, One Body, Sep 19, 2018
    St. Januarius 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 | Psalm 33:2-5, 12, 22 | Luke 7:31-35 "There are in the end three things that last: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love." —1 Corinthians 13:13 Without love we are nothing (1 Cor 13:2), and we gain nothing (1 Cor 13:3). "The man without love […]
  • WHO'S WHO IN CHRIST'S BODY - One Bread, One Body, Sep 18, 2018
    1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 7:11-17 "The body is one and has many members, but all the members, many though they are, are one body; and so it is with Christ." —1 Corinthians 12:12 If you were on a football team, would you know what position you played? If you work […]
  • THE FOOD OF UNITY - One Bread, One Body, Sep 17, 2018
    St. Robert Bellarmine 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33 | Psalm 40:7-10, 17 | Luke 7:1-10 "Do this in remembrance of Me." —1 Corinthians 11:24 The early Church met in homes for the first several centuries of its existence. The liturgical form of the Mass was still evolving. Thus, the admonitions St. Paul mentions in today's first […]
  • JUST YOU - One Bread, One Body, Sep 16, 2018
    24th Sunday Ordinary Time Isaiah 50:4-9 | James 2:14-18 | Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9 | Mark 8:27-35 "Whoever would preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will preserve it." —Mark 8:35 Jesus' first question to His disciples was not "Who do you say that I am?" […]
  • EVER CLOSER TO THE CROSS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 15, 2018
    Our Lady of Sorrows Hebrews 5:7-9 | Psalm 31:2-6, 15-16, 20 | John 19:25-27 | or Luke 2:33-35 "Near the cross of Jesus there stood His mother." —John 19:25 The cross, because it was an instrument for executing criminals, is naturally repulsive to us. Nevertheless, Jesus wants us near His cross. He even wants us […]
  • HE WINS! - One Bread, One Body, Sep 14, 2018
    Exaltation of the Holy Cross Numbers 21:4-9 | Philippians 2:6-11 | Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38 | John 3:13-17 "Because of this, God highly exalted Him." —Philippians 2:9 The cross is the ultimate symbol of shame and defeat, both the public shaming of a criminal and an agonizing, slow death. Jesus overturned the defeat of the cross […]
  • Water and Care of Creation - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth
    SIMPLE AND PRECIOUS ... Water ... is a very simple and precious element, yet access to it is, sadly, for many people difficult if not impossible. Nonetheless, "access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and ... is a condition for the exercise of […]
  • HIM - One Bread, One Body, Sep 13, 2018
    St. John Chrysostom 1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13 | Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 23-24 | Luke 6:27-38 "There is one God, the Father, from Whom all things come and for Whom we live." —1 Corinthians 8:6 After the consecration at Mass, at the finale of the Eucharistic prayer and just before Holy Communion, we pray in reference […]

  Daily Readings

RSS DAILY READINGS
  • Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time September 19, 2018
    Reading 1 1 Cor 12:31-13:13 Brothers and sisters:Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.But I shall show you a still more excellent way.If I speak in human and angelic tonguesbut do not have love,I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.And if I have the gift of prophecyand comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;if […]
  • Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time September 18, 2018
    Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of […]
  • Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time September 17, 2018
    Reading 1 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33 Brothers and sisters:In giving this instruction, I do not praise the factthat your meetings are doing more harm than good.First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Churchthere are divisions among you,and to a degree I believe it;there have to be factions among youin order that […]
  • Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 16, 2018
    Reading 1 Is 50:5-9a The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear;and I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;my face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting.The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set […]