We had a very successful K-Week welcoming back our students while keeping everyone safe. Please keep all students in your prayers as they go back to school, both in-person and virtually.
Thank you to all of our staff here at Newman for their tireless work in making sure all of our students are able to praise our Lord while staying safe!
For daily updates on COVID-19 cases at UK, please visit https://www.uky.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-results.
What’s Happening at Newman
Now that K-Week is over, we are starting our small student groups going over what it means to be a Christian disciple. Our first topic is prayer. Discussion will include:
- What is prayer?
- Look at Jesus’ Prayer life
- What is at stake in prayer?
- Intercessory prayer
- Meditative prayer
- Vocal prayer
- Praying scripture
Minister to Students Kevin Steele has also begun holding weekly study groups on Breaking Open the Word—a look at the upcoming mass readings and how they apply to our lives.
In this time of isolation, we are offering safe social activities on Tuesday nights, such as Movie Night and Trivia. Visit the Student page on our website for upcoming events.
Thursday night Student Mass in the courtyard has also been a huge success so far!
Sunday night Student Mass has resumed. Last week we had over 100 students safely participating. What a blessing!
Spreading the Word
To further catechize our Catholic students here at UK, we will be sending out regular videos from Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire concerning the major topics of the faith such as:
- Who is God?
- Do faith and science conflict?
- The Trinity
- How is God revealed to us?
- Who is Jesus?
What is the Church? (hint: it’s not a building)
If someone asked you, “What is the Church?”, what would you say?
Is it an institution? Structure? Gathering? A community of people? All of these and more?
The Church is not a human invention. It was started by Jesus himself. It is not a club, or simply an institution, or even a gathering of like-minded people.
The best way to describe it is in St. Paul’s language. He said the Church was the “body of Christ.”
What does this mean? Watch and find out:
What is the basic job of the Church? Why is it here?
How do we become part of the Church?
After watching, PLEASE ADD A COMMENT sharing your thoughts, or ask any questions you have! We’d love to answer them!
One More Step…Be the Bridge
With the recent racial unrest sparked by the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, Christ the King held a prayer service for racial justice and hosted a study group on the USCCB pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts. Our next step is to start building bridges through transformative encounters with an ethnically diverse group of people through a nationally recognized program called Be the Bridge (bethebridge.com). The group will be co-led by Christ the King parishioners Dr. Wanda Gonsalves and Ms. Roxanne Cheney.
Our Newman Center representatives Rahul Karanth and Rebecca Diloreto were in attendance for the virtual orientation last week. Monthly zoom meetings are scheduled to begin in September, most likely on the third Thursday of each month in the evening.
The group is currently looking for more participants! To join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More updates soon!
Be Bold Update
Thank you so much for all your support on our Be Bold campaign. Things are moving quickly and in a very positive direction.
The Building Committee has met with the architects and plans are being drawn up concerning the new siding. Hopefully construction will begin in the next few months.
Big thanks to the Building Committee for all their hard work!
Later in September we will have some very exciting Be Bold news!!!
Mass numbers have really increased in the past few weeks! We are overjoyed at the opportunity to see you in-person again!
As Mass numbers increase, please consider reserving your seat in advance for weekend Masses. This helps our staff be properly prepared for each Mass. Thanks for your help!
Fr. Lobo and I do hear confessions on an individual basis using proper social distancing. Just contact us for an appointment if you would like to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
There are limited office hours from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
Fr. Lobo and I will be available for any emergent spiritual needs or if you find yourself in a vulnerable situation concerning food or medication. My cell phone number is 859-285-9824 and Fr. Lobo’s cell number is 609-457-0049.