Happy 6th Week of Easter!
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Sunday Mass will be lived streamed at 11:30 am!!!
Daily Masses (except Saturdays) will be lived streamed from Holy Spirit Parish / Newman Center at 12:10 pm!!!
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
A great quote Albert Camus’ The Plague by Dr. Bernard Rieux, the narrator and central character who works tirelessly to lessen the suffering of those around him even though the plague is overwhelming:
“This whole thing is not about heroism,” he says. “It may seem a ridiculous idea, but the only way to fight the plague is with decency.”
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!!!!
At this time, we will continue with our regular weekend Mass schedule (Saturday 6 pm, Sundays 9, 11:30, and 5) and Daily Mass at 12:10.
Some of the guidelines from both the state and the Bishop:
-Attendance at each individual Mass or liturgy is limited to no more than 33% of regular occupancy, and there must be 6 feet of space between people not living in the same household.
-in our case, that is a maximum of 130 people at each Mass
-The number may be less after we arrange seating respecting the 6 feet of space. We will start rearranging the seating on Monday, so we should know more about the final occupancy then.
-We will be sending out a survey early next week, asking you if you plan to come to Mass and how many from your family will be attending. This information will help determine the number of occupants.
-Once we have an idea of how many will; to return to public mass, we will know if we need to adjust the Mass schedule. As of now, we are planning on keeping our regular Mass schedule.
-We will continue to live-stream the 11:30 Sunday Mass and the daily Mass at 12:10 except Saturdays.
-We are looking into a system where you can schedule to come to a particular Mass so we won’t have more people congregate than we can accommodate, and you will be assured of a safe seat. We’ll keep you updated on this.
-Masks are to be worn by the congregation and we suggest you bring your own hand sanitizer, even though we will have hand sanitizer available.
-Masks are to be worn by ministers at all times when not speaking, reading, or singing as part of their ministry.
-Elderly and vulnerable populations are encouraged to participate in live-streamed masses.
-Those who have a fever or flu-like symptoms are asked not to attend Mass.
-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.
-Communion is distributed only in the form of Bread and given to communicants only in the hand.
-There is to be no physical contact during the Lord’s Prayer or during the Sign of Peace.
-Gloves are not to be worn by the ministers or recipients of communion.
– Assembly is to be instructed that there will be no vocal words at the distribution of communion, the minister will hold up the sacred host and the communicant will bow.
We miss and we love you; AND we want to keep you safe!!!!
More to come as things develop!!!
From a new book entitled Catholicism in the Time of the Corona Virus by English sociologist Stephen Bullivant.
After showing the incredible Christian response in earlier pandemics, everyone essentially fled except the Christians, the author writes:
The fact that informal, untrained bands of ordinary Christians are no longer our best hopes of surviving the present pestilence is itself the best possible proof of their historic victory.
For it is thanks to them that the revolutionary Christian ideals of charity and mercy—however imperfectly realized in this or that time—gradually won out over the prevailing, and far more callous, norms of the Greco-Roman world.
It is perhaps difficult for those in our (ever more) post-Christian world to quite grasp how brutal life could be in the pre-Christian one. Yet so much of what is now taken for granted— from public hospitals and hospices to famine relief charities and social security—were avowedly Christian innovations.
Read about parishioner Dr. Susanne Arnold co-leading a Clinical trial at UK concerning COVID-19
“UK Launches Clinical Trial to Evaluate Novel Treatments for COVID-19”