PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR SURVEY which you should have received asking if you plan to come to public Masses beginning on the weekend of May 30th and 31st.
If for some reason you can’t open the survey, please email Maggie at email@example.com and she’ll resend the email.
Also, you’ll be asked to tell us how many from your household plan to come with you and which Mass you plan attend.
Please help us serve you and keep you safe by filling out the survey as we begin to make for definitive plans for public Masses.
We miss you, we love you and we want to keep you safe.
We’ll know more about seating and the number of Masses after the survey!!!
I’ll be taking a couple of days off before we have the big push to get everything ready to reopen; so this will be the last update for a couple of days!!!
Great quote from St. Francis de Sales sent in by parishioner Glenn Gremillion:
“Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”
Happy 6th Week of Easter!!!
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
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 (Saturdays 6 pm, Sundays 9, 11:30, and 5–we may add Masses after seeing the survey) and Daily Mass at 12:10.
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.
As I write this, private Masses are being said in churches, chapels, rectories around the globe. Intentions are being remembered. Sacrifices are being offered. The vital spiritual work of the Church is continuing, often in places where no one can see; sometimes it is being recorded on an iPhone or streamed on social media. Most of the world doesn’t even know it is going on.
But it is.
And thank God for that.
Faith Community Unites at “Drive-In Rally” to Take Action for Affordable Housing!
WHAT: Community members will attend a socially distant “drive-in” rally to challenge local leaders to stand up to budget cuts to affordable housing in Mayor Gorton’s proposed FY2021 budget.
WHERE: Parking Lot of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 601 Hill-N-Dale Road, Lexington, KY 40503. Please park in the lot off of Clays Mill Road. There will be signs to direct you.
WHO: All are welcome to “drive-in” their cars with one household per car. All LFUCC Members have been invited to attend. Our speakers include Fr. Dan Noll, Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary; Pastor Joseph Owens, Shiloh Baptist; Pastor Adam Jones, Open Door Church; Pastor Nathl Moore, First African Baptist.
WHEN: Thursday, May 21st at 7 pm (Please arrive at 6:30 pm to park!)
BUILD pressed for the creation and funding of the Affordable Housing Fund for over 7 years, eventually getting a commitment from Mayor Jim Gray and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in 2014. Since that time, the Affordable Housing Fund has created or restored 1,700 units of affordable housing. The city’s $2 million/year of funding has leveraged over $141 million – proof that it’s a great investment that’s bringing dollars into our local economy.
At a time when we’re being asked to stay #HealthyAtHome, people need affordable housing now more than ever! Yet, Mayor Gorton proposed cutting funding for the Affordable Housing Fund by $1.8 million (a 90% decrease). She also proposed eliminating almost all funding to social service agencies and almost a 50% decrease for the Office of Homelessness. These budget cuts will come at the expense of human life, while also costing the community more in public safety, corrections, health care, and other services in the future. This is a life and death issue that will cost more money than it saves.
A city budget is a moral document that expresses the values of our community. Mayor Gorton balanced her proposed budget by cutting services and housing to our most vulnerable residents. The proposed budget is mean-spirited and short-sighted. Many of our essential workers – the very people that we are calling “heroes” – can’t afford to live in Lexington because of high rent. This budget does not reflect Lexington’s values. We will “drive-in” to show our love for our neighbors!
This event is organized by BUILD, Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action, a diverse, multi-issue coalition of 26 member congregations in Lexington. BUILD is different from other groups in the area because we do not engage in direct service programs, but rather we press decision-makers to implement policies that will ensure that all of our community members are treated with fairness and justice. BUILD addresses issues of poverty and injustice in Lexington/Fayette County.
For additional information, or to set up an interview, please call (973) 768-0417.
SAFETY NOTICE: We are taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe from the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 at this event. Our speakers will be following social distancing recommendations, including maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet of separation between people, wearing cloth masks, using hand sanitizer before/after speaking, and maintaining strict cleaning of all surfaces. Our speakers will be broadcast over a sound system. We are asking all attendees to please remain in your vehicle and don’t socialize through your vehicle’s windows, except at a distance of more than 6 feet and while wearing a cloth mask. The event will also be live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/BUILDlex so you can watch it from home.
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.
Once public masses resume, there will be limited office hours from 11:00 am to 2pm using masks and appropriate social distancing.