OUR STUDENTS SAYING THANK YOU FOR THE EASTER MATCH
UPDATE ON PUBLIC MASSES!
We will resume public masses at Holy Spirit Parish on the weekend of May 30 and 31, the weekend of Pentecost!!!!
The decision to start on this date was made by all the pastors in the Fayette Deanery and approved by Bishop John. We received the guidelines from the Bishop’s office on Monday and met via ZOOM on Tuesday.
After studying and discussing the guidelines, we decided that it would take some time to get everything and everybody in place to assure as much safety as possible during the pandemic. The dispensation from the requirement to come to Mass during the pandemic remains in effect per Bishop John for anyone who decides not to come to Mass.
I encourage those of you who have pre-existing conditions or are of an age of concern, to consider that this may not be the appropriate time to return. We will continue to offer live-streaming masses.
Holy Spirit staff involved in making all the preparations met today via Facetime and will start preparing for public masses. According to the guidelines, there will be restrictions on the number of those who will be allowed in the building at each mass, seating arrangements will be planned, social distancing expected, and sanitizing the worship space between masses, etc. have to be worked out. Masks will be required for attendance at public masses. As more information becomes available I’ll let you know.
Be looking for a survey to come out from Holy Spirit Parish asking if you plan to come back to Mass and the number in your family who may be attending. This will give us a better idea of how to plan to serve you better.
Daily Masses (except Saturdays) will be lived streamed from Holy Spirit Parish / Newman Center at 12:10 pm!!!
Sunday Mass will be lived streamed at 11:30 am!!!
To access the live-streamed Masses:
- Go to YouTube and search Catholic Wildcats for our Catholic Wildcats YouTube Channel
- or use this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZCNv6PnFvZbnTr6TpCEEUw
Vatican Invites All People to Day of Prayer, Fasting, and Works of Charity on May 14
LEXINGTON — People of all religions and people of goodwill are invited to join in a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity on May 14. This effort, announced by the Vatican, is aimed “to implore the divine to help humanity in overcoming the pandemic caused by coronavirus.”
“This is not, surely, a time for indifference, selfishness, divisions, because the whole world is suffering and must unite itself in facing the pandemic,” Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, wrote in a May 6 invitation to the world’s Catholic bishops.
“Pope Francis has repeatedly demonstrated the essential role of interreligious witness in meeting the challenges of our world today and facing them in solidarity,” said Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington. “This pandemic has made clear what the pope has been saying, that we’re all interconnected and that we shouldn’t pretend that we can separate ourselves and blame others as a way of righting injustice, oppression, and marginalization. In fact, these strategies and mindsets only make our problems that much worse.”
The Vatican clarified that the day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity will not include any public manifestations, but will be lived out by each person’s own interiorly placing himself or herself before God and his or her conscience.
What’s the best food for the soul?
That’s what the Eucharist is. And that’s what happens at the Mass. The Mass is a sacred meal, a banquet of God’s people in the presence of the Lord.
The Eucharist not only unites us to God but to other believers around the world.
Watch this short video to see how:
- What is special and unique about praying the “Our Father” after the Consecration and before Communion?
- How does our sacrificial offering of the Body and Blood of Christ on the altar very quickly come back to us enlarged and expanded?
- Bishop Barron quotes Henri de Lubac and says that, after the words of Consecration, the most sacred words of the Mass are, “Go, the Mass is ended.” Where do we go at the end of Mass and what are we supposed to do?
- What is your own unique “mission” in the Body of Christ right now?
Because of your generosity, our mission has been able to continue. Usually, our extraordinary Easter Match—which is so important to our ministry at the Newman Center—is coming to a conclusion now. However, due to the unique situation of this year, and not being able to have Easter Masses, we are extending the Easter Match to Pentecostal Sunday.
There are two ways to give to the Easter Match. You can write a check to Holy Spirit Parish The Newman Center with “Easter Match” in the memo line. So many of you have already done that, thank you! You can also visit our website uknewman.com and select “Support Our Easter Match”.
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.