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Statue of St. Anne, The child Mary and the Child Jesus from our gathering area
From the Bishop John
Chrism Mass
The Catholic Diocese of Lexington will stream its Chrism Mass on the Tuesday of Holy Week, April 7, at 10 a.m. While the suspension of public Masses remains in force across the diocese, Catholics are encouraged to follow the Facebook Live broadcast of this diocesan event, courtesy of Lexington’s Cathedral of Christ the King: www.facebook.com/pg/ctklexky/videos
At the annual Chrism Mass, celebrated in dioceses all over the world, bishops bless and distribute the three sacred oils that will be used in parishes throughout their dioceses for celebrating baptisms, confirmations and the anointing of the sick. Diocesan priests also renew their promises of obedience to their bishop. In this case, the oils will be distributed to parishes and missions in the Diocese of Lexington after the Mass, and priests will renew their promises remotely.
“This Mass will be an opportunity for our local Church to pray together as one and can serve as an opportunity in religious education for parents currently homeschooling their children in the midst of this pandemic,” said Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington. “This Mass will also give us an opportunity to reflect on the healing presence of Jesus Christ in the Church as we bless the oils that will be used to anoint the sick in the year ahead.”
Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter)
As the Church also approaches Triduum, the holiest days of the year leading into Easter Sunday, Catholics are encouraged to pray along at home, following either the live stream from Christ the King.  Some rituals of the Triduum, such as venerating the cross on Good Friday, can be celebrated by families in their homes. Bishop Stowe will celebrate live-streamed services for Holy Thursday night (April 9), two on Good Friday (April 10), in English and Spanish, and a modified Easter Vigil the night of April 11.
Resources for praying the Triduum can be found on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/triduum/index.cfm
This year the diocese will not be able to celebrate the Rites of Initiation as usual. The baptisms of the Elect and the receptions of candidates into the Catholic Church, normally celebrated at the Easter Vigil, will need to be postponed until they can be done safely and with some representation of the community present.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
It will be helpful in more situations to inform the faithful that it is our Catholic tradition that when sacramental confession is not possible, perfect contrition obtains the forgiveness of sins, even mortal sins (cf. CCC #1452). Perfect contrition simply requires: the love of God, the sincere desire for forgiveness, and the commitment to receive the sacrament of reconciliation when possible.
Bishop John also encouraged priests to offer individual confessions employing appropriate social distancing and by appointment in order to reduced social interaction.  Fr. Lobo and I have been doing this and will continue to offer the sacrament.  To arrange an appointment just call one of our cell numbers.
My cell phone number is 859-285-9824 and Fr. Lobo’s cell number is 609-457-0049.
Indulgences
The Holy See has offered special indulgences related to the COVID-19, recognizing the special opportunity to unite our suffering to the redemptive suffering of Christ.
A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus who are subject to quarantine by order of authorities either at home or in the hospital, if with a spirit of detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, the praying of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion or even simply to recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and make an invocation to the Blessed Mother, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the intention to fulfill the usual conditions (confession, reception of communion and prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible
Health Care Workers, Family Members and all those Exposed to Contagion may obtain the same plenary indulgence under the same conditions.
A plenary indulgence removes all the temporal punishment due to sin (CCC, #1471).
Thanks Bishop John.
As a Parish and Newman Center please keep Bishop John in our prayers as he shepherds us during these most challenging times. 
While it’s very disappointing that we will not be able to celebrate the Triduum in person and at our parish, we must have the confidence that what we are doing with social distancing and social isolation is having a positive effect and saving lives.  We will still be united in spirit and virtually when possible.
This too will pass!!!
To sign up for our Holy Spirit Parish / Newman Center prayer campaign to end the pandemic, please email Maggie at NCFrontDesk@cdlex.org
While there are many prayers to pray (we will continue with some suggested prayers in our parish updates) we wanted to have some simple and well-known prayers for us to pray at any time of the day as a parish.  So our parish prayer team will be praying a “Glory Be” and “Our Father” and a “Hail Mary” daily for the end of the pandemic and all who are affected by it.
Please keep our staff in your prayers as our ministry increases significantly after the spring break.  CCD, RCIA, Campus Ministry small groups, our reaching out to each other and those in need, providing spiritual counseling, and providing the sacraments all continue.
Students:
Now that college classes at UK have gone virtual, continue to grow in your spiritual life by going virtual.  Our small groups Bible studies and Discipleship program continues online.
To join, email Joseph McGinnis at joseph.mcginnis@focus.org
Even though there are no public masses, Fr. Lobo and I still offer non-public masses every day with the primary intention of our masses being for our faith community and for the world.
I cannot wait until we can worship face to face again at Holy Spirit Parish.  We miss you!!!
While there will be no office hours at Holy Spirit Parish/ Newman Center because of the pandemic, 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.
Remember, as always, stay close to Jesus and His Mother so we can be a source of love, patience and kindness.  And stay strong and stay focused.
In Christ,
Fr. Steve

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