Join us at Bethany House for...

Mass on Sundays - at 10:30am (casual attire is our style)!

Rosary Prayer Group - at 6:00pm on the first Tuesday of the month!

Evening Prayer - at 7:00pm on Thursdays (followed by “Timely Topics with dessert and coffee)!

Come and join us!

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We’re located at 408 Levee Road in Mount Sterling, across from the MCHS football stadium.

Contact us at...

Saints Mary and Martha Church
at Bethany House
PO Box 502
Mount Sterling, KY
40353

859-404-8374
mamachurch4you@yahoo.com

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the Sermon from Mass on Sunday, July 15, AD 2018 (The Seventh Sunday of Trinitytide, according to the Church’s calendar).  You can hear God’s word proclaimed and explained via this video!


We’d also like to share the whole Liturgy of the Mass, in case you weren’t able to worship the Lord on Sunday, via this video!


We invite you to join us for worship on any Sunday!  We dress casually and worship begins at 10:30am at Bethany House – 408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling – across from the MCHS football stadium.

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House.  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

We love Jesus and we love you, too!

The Brothers and Sisters
of Mary and Martha

From My Heart to Yours...

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Mary and Martha,

Here’s a true mystery: We can be covered in the precious Blood of Jesus, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and still find ourselves longing for something we can’t quite name.  Saint Augustine said that “our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”  C.S. Lewis tells us that we are for ever searching for that missing something – and that something is heaven.

I am passing through a restless, searching season in my life.  I’m working as hard and as long as I can to play my God-appointed part in enlarging his kingdom (as all Christians are called to do).  But I’m finding that my heart wants to explode from restless beating.  My mind is consumed with finding that glimpse of heaven.  I would give anything to find the words that adequately express to the Lord how much more I want to see and know.

For now, the peace of the little vicarage deck and my cup of cappuccino must suffice.

Laudetur Jesus Christus!

Father Todd

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

“No More Excuses for Me”

A personal word from Father Todd…

Over the past few months (and especially the past few weeks), I’ve squeezed some pondering into the rocky events of life that Dcn. Emily and I have experienced (health issues, et cetera).  I’ve found myself, many more times than once, asking the Lord, “Can you give us a sense of peace, a season of just resting in you?  It’s been almost four years of struggle, rockiness, and lurching.”

This morning, as I awoke and got ready for work, I found myself asking a different form of that same question, “Lord, I’m tired of being part way ‘there’.  I want to live more deeply in relationship with you.  I want the interior of who I am, the interior of my life, to be more steady in you.  How can I get ‘there’?”

Almost as soon as I offered up that petition, the Holy Spirit began moving.  As I was getting ready to leave for the prison, I had the TV in our bedroom tuned to EWTN.  An episode of “Mother Angelica Live Classics” was playing and she was talking about excuses – the excuses we make to the Lord, to ourselves, and to others when we find ourselves moving away from God’s plans for our lives.

I realized in those moments – listening to a godly woman who was both bluntly honest and filled with the Lord’s presence – that I have been stalled in my conversion/sanctification.  For the past few years I’ve used the excuse of one ‘event’ after another to put off growing in the Lord.  I’ve used those events as excuses to give myself a break rather than excuses to go deeper with Jesus.

As I drove to the prison, the beautiful conviction intensified as I began to see how the Lord could have – and still can – use the undesired events in my life to deepen the peace of my interior life.  The Lord wants, as Max Lucado once said, to carve out a place of calm in the center of our life’s storms.  The only question for me, personally, is how I now begin to live out his intention within me.

There are some practical steps I can take – that I should’ve taken when the storms began for Emily and me nearly four years ago:

1. Keeping the main thing the main thing, as Dr. Maxey Dunnam used to tell us at Asbury Seminary.  This means a single-minded pursuit of listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit in all of life’s circumstances – in contemplative prayer (time spent silently before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle, the Jesus Prayer, the Rosary, et cetera) and especially in daily, dedicated time in God’s Word.  If God and his will for my life are the main thing, then I have to keep my focus where he is speaking to me – in his Word and in quieting myself before him.

2. Removing all the clutter that can be removed from my daily living.  Jesus told Martha that she was worrying about too many irrelevant things and that her sister, Mary, had chosen to be attentive to the better thing.  What was it that Mary chose that her sister did not?  To let the everyday tyrannies fall by the wayside and sit at Jesus’ feet.  I am a worrier.  I am a dutiful doer.  I am a task-finisher.  And, while those things can be laudable and are needed in expanding God’s kingdom, they are ultimately destructive when they pre-empt the building of God’s kingdom within my heart and mind.  No cart ever pulled the horse!

3. Filling my head with the right voices.  As a full-time Chaplain I am required to listen to as many of the two thousand voices in my prison as I possibly can.  They need to know that I’m there for them, hear them, and will challenge/guide/care for them.  As a parish priest I am required to listen to the voices of my flock, to care for and nurture and even challenge them.  As a husband, I am required to hear the nuances in Emily’s voice, to know and sense when she is in need and when/how I can be there for her.  I am not, however, required to fill my head with the voices of those who inhabit the airwaves and the internet.  In fact, I am required to do the opposite: I am required to test those spirits and to see whether they are serving themselves or the Lord.  I need to turn the radio/TV/internet off and to open myself to the Lord’s voice in his Word.  I also need to open myself to the witness of the saints by taking in the voices of those whose walk with the Lord was/is much stronger than mine.  I need to hear Oswald Chambers, C.S. Lewis, Mother Teresa, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Teresa of Avila, and so many more.

If I want a calm interior life in the midst of the storms that come, I need to actively go about building it.  If I want a sense of serenity in the face of life’s ordinary chores, I need to actively live with those who can teach me.  If I want my life to make a difference in an increasingly ugly and hostile world, I need to fly to the One who can equip me for the task.

No more excuses for me.

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the Sermon from Mass on Sunday, July 8, AD 2018 (The Sixth Sunday of Trinitytide, according to the Church’s calendar).  You can hear God’s word proclaimed and explained via this video!


We’d also like to share the whole Liturgy of the Mass, in case you weren’t able to worship the Lord on Sunday, via this video!


We invite you to join us for worship on any Sunday!  We dress casually and worship begins at 10:30am at Bethany House – 408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling – across from the MCHS football stadium.

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House.  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

We love Jesus and we love you, too!

The Brothers and Sisters
of Mary and Martha

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the Sermon from Mass on Sunday, July 1, AD 2018 (The Fifth Sunday of Trinitytide, according to the Church’s calendar).  You can hear God’s word proclaimed and explained via this video!


We’d also like to share the whole Liturgy of the Mass, in case you weren’t able to worship the Lord on Sunday, via this video!


We invite you to join us for worship on any Sunday!  We dress casually and worship begins at 10:30am at Bethany House – 408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling – across from the MCHS football stadium.

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House.  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

We love Jesus and we love you, too!

The Brothers and Sisters
of Mary and Martha

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Word from the Vicar...

To the brothers and sisters of Mary and Martha…

My heart is full tonight.  For several years it seemed like the ministry and mission of Saints Mary and Martha Church was simply stagnating.  It often felt as though we were searching for the will of the Lord, but not finding it.  In the fullness of time, though, as we returned to our core mission of prayer (contemplative and intercessory), the Lord began something new in our midst.

Today, as I offered my sermon, I was struck by the fact that the "new people" equaled the number of "usual people" - even though several of our "new people" couldn't be with us today!  Then, after Mass, I was struck by the way in which the new and the usual folks are blending into a growing family.

Both before Mass (as I was highlighting the upcoming feast of Saint Athanasius and the profound significance of his Christian witness) and during "Anglican 101" (as I shared about the difference between rationalism and mysticism, how our western minds have been trained to remove sacred mystery from our faith), I was struck by the joy of standing within the tradition of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

What's happening at Saints Mary and Martha is not insignificant.  What's more, it's no accident that Saints Mary and Martha is growing - both spiritually and numerically.  We are disciples who are being formed in the ancient and holy faith of the Church.  Being planted in that incomparably rich soil is going to naturally lead to growth in Christ.  It is the seedbed of truth and holiness.

Laudetur Jesus Christus, in saecula saeculorum!  Amen.  (Praised be Jesus Christ, now and for ever!  Amen.)

Father Todd

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the Sermon from Mass on Sunday, April 15, AD 2018 (The Third Sunday of Easter, according to the Church’s calendar).  You can hear God’s word proclaimed and explained via this video!


We invite you to join us for worship on any Sunday!  We dress casually and worship begins at 10:30am at Bethany House – 408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling – across from the MCHS football stadium.

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House.  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

We love Jesus and we love you, too!

The Brothers and Sisters
of Mary and Martha