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June 2008

Farmer shares stories of faith, family

For Curt Arens, working the land of his grandparents' farm along Bow Creek near Crofton not only brings him pleasure and a source of income, but also deepens his Catholic faith.

Raised on that land, the 44-year-old Arens writes about learning how to farm and the importance of his Catholic faith in "Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land." His first book was published in January as part of ACTA Publications' American Catholic Experience series, which features first-person reflections by lay people.

Farmer shares stories of faith, family

For Curt Arens, working the land of his grandparents' farm along Bow Creek near Crofton not only brings him pleasure and a source of income, but also deepens his Catholic faith.

Raised on that land, the 44-year-old Arens writes about learning how to farm and the importance of his Catholic faith in "Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land." His first book was published in January as part of ACTA Publications' American Catholic Experience series, which features first-person reflections by lay people.

ROSS-Sister James Ann

ROSS-Sister James Ann, 89. Visitation 3 p.m., June 24 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel, Springfield, Ky. Funeral 10:30 a.m., June 25 at the chapel. Interment St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery, St. Catharine, Ky. Survived by nieces; nephews. Memorials to Dominican sisters, Office for Ministry Support, 2645 Bardstown Road, St. Catharine, KY 4006l-9435.

HUPP-Teresa E. (Weibel)

HUPP-Teresa E. (Weibel), 94. Funeral June 23 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Rose Weibel; sisters; brothers. Survived by husband, Maurice Hupp; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bill Kirshenbaum; two grandchildren; niece; relatives; friends. Memorials to Hospice House, Marian High School, Creighton Prep or Alzheimer's Association.

ROEDER MORTUARY

FELDMAN-Madonna C.

FELDMAN-Madonna C., 78. Funeral June 23 at St. Bernard Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Bernard; parents, Leo and Pauline Koch; brothers, Louis and Richard; sister, Natalia.

WRONA-Edward E. "Eddie"

WRONA-Edward E. "Eddie", 86. Funeral June 21 at Holy Cross Church. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum. Survived by wife, Edith Wrona; sister, Onnolee VanOutry; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Masses.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN

DWORAK-CUTLER

PLACEK-Patricia A. (Godek)

PLACEK-Patricia A. (Godek), Mass of Christian Burial June 21 at St. Frances Cabrini Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by brother, Michael Godek. Survived by daughters, Becky and Amanda; parents, Frank and Arlene Godek; sisters and brothers-in-law, Maryann and Steve Jordan, and Sandi and Dennis Cihal; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mark, Joe and Josie Godek, and Dan and Nicole Godek, Grainfield, Kan.; nieces; nephews; friends; family; Memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

Christians must balance prayer and action, pope says at weekly audience

VATICAN CITY - Christians must strike a fruitful balance in their lives by including both prayer and action, Pope Benedict XVI said.

People of faith can "run the risk of reducing themselves to being one-dimensional" either by retreating from the world to dedicate themselves to God and prayer or by totally immersing themselves in the world to help others, the pope said during his June 18 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Instead, believers must look for "a middle ground" by imitating Christ, whose life was dedicated to contemplation and action, he said.

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