As the culture opens us more, please remain safe and vigilant. The virus is still out there and cases are actually going up in many areas!!!
For those choosing not to come to Mass, be patient and be safe. This will pass and we can all receive the Body and Blood of Christ together again.
Daily Masses (except Saturdays) will be lived streamed from Holy Spirit Parish / Newman Center at 12:10 pm!!!
Sunday Mass will be live-streamed at 11:30 am!!!
We are making the effort to live-stream all weekend masses so someone sitting in the courtyard can follow the Mass
To access the live-streamed Masses:
-Go to YouTube and search Catholic Wildcats for our Catholic Wildcats YouTube Channel
-or use this link:
THANKS, GLEN for all your hard work streaming the Masses!!!
Remember to reserve seats for next weeks Masses if you choose to come.
Thanks for everyone’s patience and understanding.
The Bishop has stated that we can increase our capacity for Mass to 50% occupancy as long as social distancing is maintained. When we reconfigured our Church we had this increase in mind and set up for more than the 30% capacity. With social distancing, the capacity for Holy Spirit Parish is 143.
Just a couple of important reminders.
Remember wearing a mask is required to enter the building for Mass and the masks need to remain on during the entire Mass.
Again, thank you for your cooperation as we strive to keep everyone safe.
Don’t forget the courtyard option, we had several take advantage of that this weekend.
Remember, each weekend will require a new reservation to be made.
Please come as early as you can so we can get everyone seated and
know how many walk-ins we can bring in.
What to expect when returning to Mass
Mass Attendance since re-opening
Date Time In Church Courtyard Reserved Reserved %
May 30 6P 55 2 43 77%
May 31 9A 84 0 79 94%
11:30 64 3 33 49%
5P 38 1 25 64%
June 6 6P 58 1 52 88%
June 7 9A 53 0 44 83%
11:30 60 2 46 74%
5P 47 0 27 57%
June 13 6P 44 0 47 109%
June 14 9A 58 0 45 77%
11:30 54 0 52 96%
5P 28 0 25 89%
Some that were in the courtyard this past weekend were not counted.
Daily Mass is averaging around 20.
Former business manager Tim Enoch’s sister, Cathy Enoch Igo, passed away yesterday at the age of 78. Please keep Cathy, Tim and all of the family in your prayers,
Bishop’s Document on Racism
Here is an excellent document and study guide on racism from the Catholic perspective by the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.
WORDS HAVE POWER
“If your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.
-St. Vincent de Paul
Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.
-St. Gregory Nazianzen
You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.
-St. Therese of Lisieux
Love God, serve God; everything is in that.
-St. Clare of Assisi
Detraction is one of the biggest traps that we fall into when it comes to using the gift of speech in a way that is consistent with the Gospel. Whereas calumny involves telling an untruth about another person, detraction is the sin of disclosing another person’s faults and failings without a good reason to do so. The sin of detraction takes the true faults of someone and makes them casual conversation topics. Most gossip involves the sin of detraction.
“Do unto others” is a good reason to avoid the sin of detraction. We would not want someone spreading our faults and failings without good reason, and as such, we should not do that to another person.
And like rash judgment, detraction can make us feel good about ourselves while sitting high in the judgment seat of others, all the while forgetting that we too have many faults and failings.
A good rule of thumb is not to say anything about a person that you would not say if the person were present. And really search your motives for revealing someone else’s faults and failings. Will such a revelation help the person in some way or if the person’s faults could cause harm to another? Is this just so I feel good about myself? Is this a form of revenge or not loving our neighbor? Is this good for the environment that I work in? Is this good for my soul?
Exposing the faults of others, especially celebrities, athletes or politicians has almost become a past-time in our digital culture. Again, “do unto others” and avoid participating in this activity as if it were the plague.
Detraction, as is calumny, poison for any environment,
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.