Pastor Q&A: Father David A. Hamm
Q: What church do you pastor and what is your role (lead pastor, worship pastor, etc.)?
A: St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Mitchell – Holy Trinity. I am the pastor.
Q: How long have you been with your church?
A: one year
Q: Church info (service times, address, phone, website, etc.)
A: Sunday Masses: 10:00 am (English); 1:00 pm (Spanish); 1444 Highway 165; 334-855-3148; holytrinityal.org
Q: How did you get into ministry?
A: I went to a college seminary and was ordained a priest in 1975
Q: Are there any upcoming events or ministries you'd like to mention?
A: We celebrate Holy Week with services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday as well as Easter Sunday. These days are the highlight of the year.
Q: What is your life verse from the Bible and why?
A: “And now, brothers, I beg you through the mercy of God to offer yourself as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is god’s will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 This passage gives me a direction for life, leading to union with God. In response to the love of God that has been poured into our hearts, I offer myself not just once, but each day, to the Lord. In addition, the Lord is continually calling me to be transformed. Continually calling me to listen to his word. Continually, helping me to become the person that he wants me to be.
Q: Where should new believers begin when reading the Bible and why?
A: I often get this question. I advise people to start with the ‘shorter’ books of the bible. I like people to read Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Not only is it short, but it is a very encouraging letter. In addition, it contains the core teaching of the early church and a guide for our life. This is the ancient hymn found in Philipians 2:5-11. Our attitude as believes should be that of Christ. He emptied himself, humbled himself, accept even death on a cross. And because of this, God exalted him. Yes, Jesus Christ is Lord!
Q: What is unique about your church?
A: We begin and end all of our prayers: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen” This is a statement of our belief. Our belief is also summed up in a longer Creed: the Apostles Creed. Our response to our belief is the way we worship. This is summed up in the Seven Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist (Sacraments of Initiation), Reconciliation, Sacrament of the Sick (Sacraments of Healing), Holy Orders and Matrimony (Sacraments of Service). The was we live our life in Christ can be summed up not only in the Decalogue (10 Words to live by) but also in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). And finally our prayer, which is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God, can be summed up in the prayer that Jesus taught us, the Our Father.
Q: What is your favorite passage or book to preach and why?
A: In the Catholic Church, we have four passages from scripture at each Sunday Mass: one from the Old Testament, a response Psalm, a reading from the New Testament, and a reading from one of the Gospels. These readings are on three year cycle, so each Sunday I look at the assigned readings and then use these readings to address the needs of the community. John Chapter 6 is a favorite.