— Church name: Immanuel Baptist Church
— Location: 6009 Pershing Blvd., Kenosha
The Rev. John J. Richetta spent 50 of his 60 years of priesthood serving at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Kenosha.
So it was only fitting that he celebrated his 60th Jubilee Mass at the church and reveled with his former parishioners at the reception in his honor on May 16.
My family reads newspapers. We always had the Kenosha News and sometimes would get one of the Milwaukee or Chicago papers, and my dad read the Wall Street Journal daily. I even got the Kenosha News delivered to me when I was away at college. (Note to my sons; this did not require the use of telegraph machine and Pony Express rider.)
So it is with a decades-long simmering excitement that I welcome you to my new Kenosha News column “Matters of Life & Death.” Last month’s column didn’t really suggest a direction that this space would take, so you are probably wondering who I am and what kinds of topics we will explore together here.
TWIN LAKES — While members and staff of the Calvary Congregational United Church of Christ always welcomed people from all walks of life, the church has become the only congregation in Twin Lakes to officially welcome gay, lesbian and transgender people.
In January, members voted to become an Open and Affirming Church, the United Church of Christ’s designation for ministries and church bodies that “make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.”
Gazing upon the new life-sized statue of Pope John Paul II in the courtyard next to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4816 Seventh Ave., you may not notice the base it stands on. But it’s an important detail to the history of the parish.
The base was created from the five cornerstones of buildings of the old St. Casimir Parish campus, which is located in the 1000 block of Washington Road.
Church name: St. John’s Lutheran Church
Location: 3833 Eighth Ave., Kenosha
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was born and raised in Gretna, La., on the banks of the Mississippi River. Hurricane Katrina sent him and his family north, away from the backyard where he played football, away from his friends, from his church, his school and from everything that is important to an eighth-grade boy.
Their home destroyed, the Lacy family roamed from place to place, at one point living with strangers until they finally saved enough money to move into a trailer home outside Baton Rouge. The transition was difficult for young Lacy, but he focused his energy on football and schoolwork; he later left for college at the University of Alabama where he became the running back for the school’s football team.
In the next month or two, Pope Francis is expected to issue an encyclical on the environment.
In anticipation of this letter from the pope to his bishops, Steven J. Coleman, a Catholic educator with a scientific background, will share his wisdom about climate change and Catholic teachings on the care of creation in a presentation titled “A Catholic Response to Global Warming.”
In her home state of Illinois, Jennifer Carlson grew up thinking that Lutheran pastors were always male.
Fast-forward a few years and the Rev. Jennifer Carlson might want to reassess that youthful opinion of her life’s calling.