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

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MAMA Church at Bethany House
PO Box 502
Mount Sterling, KY
40353

859-404-8374

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Learning to ‘Live Without’…

I was talking with my brother (by another mother) yesterday.  It’s always a good tonic to talk with him.  He gets me, and I get him.  We come from the same place, and yet we’ve formed different takes on things that help each other.

As we were talking, the topic turned to things that have been left behind in the pandemic.  He noted that pro football, basketball, baseball, and hockey have become something of a forgotten side note in most people’s lives.  And I realized that I haven’t watched a single college football game or kept up with the latest rankings.

It seems like this pandemic has forced us to realize – in daily living, not so much in philosophizing – what’s really important to us.  There are some routines and activities that I’ve clung to tenaciously.  There are others that I’ve actually forgotten that I’ve forgotten.  I suspect the same is true for you.

I’ve found this realization-after-the-fact to be quite comforting.  I’ve found it to be something like the exhale of relief after the last bag of junk from spring-cleaning has been set at the curb with the rest of the garbage.  The excess weight and worry have been lifted.  The unimportant junk of life has been given the heave-ho, and now I’m free to focus on my passions.

But there’s just one problem with this: The most important passions in our lives are not always of our own choosing.  Or maybe I should say it this way: Sometimes the most important passions in our lives come from around us and/or above us.  We don’t pick our families, and sometimes we don’t even really pick our friends.  And yet, they are the most important people in the world to us.  Likewise, we didn’t choose to be created and we certainly didn’t pick our Creator.  And yet, if we have listened with all our heart, soul, and mind, He will become the preeminent passion in our lives.

I’m so thankful for all those who taught me, by their example, that God must come first and that nothing else will be rightly ordered – and joy-filled or peace-filled – in my life unless He is my first passion.  And how do I know that their lesson has stuck with me?  Well, in the midst of this pandemic and the winnowing down of stuff and clutter in my life, Jesus is still on top.  And I don’t mean in just my words.  I mean (very, VERY imperfectly) in my deeds and actions.

By his grace, God still holds me tightly in his grip, a grip that no passing fad or dark pandemic can loosen!  There’s nothing I could ever imagine for myself that would remotely rival his plans for my life.  Likewise, there’s nothing I could ever imagine for myself that would remotely fulfill me the way He does.

Is Jesus your passion?  If not, he wants to be.  He may not be your first choice, but you’re His first choice.  Never forget that.

Father Todd



Monday, October 19, 2020

The Sunday Mass...

A NEW VIDEO from BETHANY HOUSE!!

Dear Friends,

If you would like to view Father Todd’s sermon only, go to the 25:30 minute mark.  To view the complete Mass, just hit “play”!



We pray that this video will be a blessing to you!  Maybe you aren’t able to physically attend worship right now (especially as we continue to deal with the Corona Virus).  If so, we’d be very pleased to know that you’re worshiping Jesus with us “virtually”!  This in-person Mass at Bethany House was celebrated on the nineteenth Sunday of Trinitytide – October 18, AD 2020.

This Mass contains the eighth in Father Todd’s series of sermons looking at Rod Dreher’s book “The Benedict Option”.  If you have questions you’d like to ask Father Todd or points you’d like to raise, please e-mail us at mamachurch4you@yahoo.com!  Father Todd is producing a weekly “Chapter Meeting” video in which he answers those questions and deals with the points you raise.  He would love to have your input!

Even though we are again celebrating in-person Mass (with Social Distancing), not everyone is comfortable attending in-person – whether for health reasons or other concerns.  So, even if you aren’t attending in person, you can still watch this video of Mass and receive Spiritual Communion.  At the point when you would normally receive Holy Communion, you can pray the following prayer to receive Spiritual Communion...

“Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament.  I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul.  And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart.  I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people gathered around every Altar of your Church, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul.  Never permit me to be separated from you.  Amen.”

If you feel comfortable doing so, come and join us sometime!  We are socially distancing and always wear our masks.  We gather for worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings!  :)

Always remember – We love Jesus and we love you, too!

Your Brothers and Sisters at Bethany House

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Sunday Mass...

 A new video from Bethany House!



Dear Friends,

If you would like to view Father Todd’s sermon only, go to the 29:15 minute mark.  To view the complete Mass, just hit “play”!

We pray that this video will be a blessing to you!  Maybe you aren’t able to physically attend worship right now (especially as we continue to deal with the Corona Virus).  If so, we’d be very pleased to know that you’re worshiping Jesus with us “virtually”!  This in-person Mass at Bethany House was celebrated on the Eighteenth Sunday of Trinitytide – October 11, AD 2020.

This Mass contains the seventh in Father Todd’s series of sermons looking at Rod Dreher’s book “The Benedict Option”.  If you have questions you’d like to ask Father Todd or points you’d like to raise, please e-mail us at mamachurch4you@yahoo.com!  Father Todd is producing a weekly “Chapter Meeting” video in which he answers those questions and deals with the points you raise.  He would love to have your input!

Even though we are again celebrating in-person Mass (with Social Distancing), not everyone is comfortable attending in-person – whether for health reasons or other concerns.  So, even if you aren’t attending in person, you can still watch this video of Mass and receive Spiritual Communion.  At the point when you would normally receive Holy Communion, you can pray the following prayer to receive Spiritual Communion...

“Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament.  I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul.  And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart.  I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people gathered around every Altar of your Church, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul.  Never permit me to be separated from you.  Amen.”

If you feel comfortable doing so, come and join us sometime!  We are socially distancing and always wear our masks.  We gather for worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings!  :)

Always remember – We love Jesus and we love you, too!

Your Brothers and Sisters at Bethany House

This Week at Bethany House...

Hello, Brothers and Sisters of Mary and Martha (and special friends, too)!

To say that things are un-ordinary at the moment would be the understatement of the decade!!  Each new day seems to bring with it uncharted territory and bewildering new realities.  This morning I opened an e-mail from the Secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety department (my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss) in which she shared with us that Governor Beshear and his family have been exposed to the Coronavirus.  Last Saturday I learned that my colleague in the EKCC Chaplain’s Office – Dr. Delsa Mock – has been quarantined due to possible exposure to the virus and that I would have to radically alter my work schedule.

I don’t know about you, but I find myself wanting to curl up in a ball and stay in bed until the growing shadow of this evil thing passes and “normal” returns.  I’ve been fighting both anxiety and depression in the midst of this.  I’ve been fighting to stay fully engaged both as a Jesus-follower and as a Jesus-bearer.  As I scramble to keep things covered, I know that I have to put top priority on following (listening to and heeding the voice of) Jesus.  If I fail to do that, I know that I will fall into a place of despair and gloom.  Now more than ever I need to hear his Word and to reflect upon it.  Likewise, because I know that I’m not alone in this struggle, I know that I need to continue bearing Jesus to those around me.  Now is definitely not the time for me/us to be isolated from others who are hurting, worried, upset, or angry.  Now is the time to “love [our] neighbor as [ourselves]”.

To those ends, I’ve begun doing some things to help me order my days and nights.  At 9:00 am you’ll find me praying Morning Prayer.  At Noon you’ll find me praying Midday Prayer.  At 3:00 pm you’ll find me praying Evening Prayer.  At bedtime you’ll find me praying Compline.  Sometimes, for Morning and Evening Prayer, when I’m pinched for time (because of the unusual nature of the times) I may only read the readings.  Sometimes I may only be able to pray the Psalm.  But always, I pause…because the need to be near Jesus presses in my troubled heart.

Also, as St. Benedict urges in his “Rule”, I’m learning to take extra care of my physical needs in these anxious times.  I’m keeping to a strict bedtime…no matter what tasks are unfinished.  I recognize that lack of good sleep is a cause of depression and anxiety in my daily life.  I also recognize that I need to be more careful than usual right now in what I eat and when I eat it.  With all the stresses that are laid upon us in these troubling times, we have to feed our bodies all the more carefully.  And, by the way, I have received word that I’ve tested negative for the Coronavirus!  So, if you feel comfortable doing so, I would invite you to join us for Mass on Sunday at 10:30 am!!

So, until we are together again (whether virtually or in-person)…

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and for ever!  Amen!

Father Todd

Saturday, October 10, 2020

An Important Announcement...

NO IN-PERSON MASS this SUNDAY…

Hello, Brothers and Sisters!

Two colleagues of mine may have the COVID-19 virus. They are currently in quarantine and I have been tested (awaiting the results). Because of that, there will be no In-Person Mass at Bethany House tomorrow morning (Sunday, October 11).

I will be recording “Virtual Mass” this evening or tomorrow morning and you can follow along via our e-bulletin – just send an e-mail to mamachurch4you@yahoo.com and we will send you a copy.

I have every expectation that we’ll be able to gather again on Sunday, October 18 for In-Person Mass!!

God bless you!

Father Todd

Saturday, October 3, 2020

This Week’s Chapter Meeting...

The “Chapter Meeting” on Thursday, October 1, AD 2020 - at Bethany House…

Hello, Brothers and Sisters of Mary and Martha (and special friends, too)!

Here’s the video from our latest “Chapter Meeting”, sharing thoughts about Chapter Six of Rod Dreher’s book “The Benedict Option”.  I hope you’ll find this conversation helpful and that it may whet your appetite for next Sunday’s sermon, in which we’ll explore Chapter Six!

If you have questions you’d like me to answer, please send me a Facebook message (the name of our Facebook page is “MAMA Church at Bethany House”).  Or you could send an e-mail to “mamachurch4you@yahoo.com”.

God bless you!

Father Todd



Friday, October 2, 2020

Another Benedict Option?!

Brothers and Sisters,

Here’s an assessment of our society’s predicament that’s very similar to “The Benedict Option”.  I would highly commend this video to your viewing.

Father Todd