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St. Joseph with Mary and the Child Jesus

Happy Father’s Day.

Gospel for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 10:26-33

Jesus said to the Twelve:

“Fear no one.

Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,

nor secret that will not be known.

What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;

what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;

rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy

both soul and body in Gehenna.

Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?

Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.

Even all the hairs of your head are counted.

So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Everyone who acknowledges me before others

I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.

But whoever denies me before others,

I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

Father’s Day Blessing

Heavenly Father,

you entrusted your Son Jesus,

the child of Mary,

to the care of Joseph, 

an earthly father.

Bless all fathers on this Father’s Day

as they care for their families.

Give them strength and wisdom,

tenderness and patience;

support them in the work they have to do,

protecting those who look to them,

as we look to you for love and salvation,

through Jesus Christ our rock and defender.

And may Almighty God Bless You, +

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit


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.

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!!!

We are making the effort to live-stream all weekend masses so someone sitting in the courtyard can follow the Mass

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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

My Favorite Father’s Day Homily

I gave this homily on Father’s Day in 2012.  I especially like it because it is a story from Kentucky!!!

I thought I would include it in this Father’s Day weekend message.

Happy Father’s Day to everyone.

The story of Patrick Henry Hughes is quite a story.

Patrick was a college student from Louisville—

and he loves music—

he loves to play the piano.

It’s interesting though, 

when people see Patrick’s stumpy little arms, 

when they see his thick stubby little fingers, 

they figure that he’ll be lucky 

to even bang out chop-sticks on the piano.

But wow, are those people ever wrong.

When Patrick sits down at the piano—

he just lets it rip.

He wows the audience—

he wows them with works as diverse as Mozart, 

and Ray Charles and Duke Ellington.

He’s good enough to have performed 

at a Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill in Washington—

and he’s even had the chance to tickle the ol’ ivories

on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

But Patrick plays more than the piano.

He’s also is a very talented trumpeter.

Patrick was a student at the University of Louisville,

and because of the incredible musical gifts 

that the Lord has given him, 

he was invited to join the U of L marching band.

An especially proud moment for Patrick 

was when the University of Louisville football team 

was invited to the Orange Bowl in 2009.

It was there that Patrick was able to perform on national TV

with the rest of the members of the U of L marching band—

it was at the Orange Bowl 

where Patrick received national media attention.

I have held back a very important fact about Patrick—he’s blind.

He was born with an incredibly rare eye deformity. 

Patrick was born without any eyes.

And that’s not the only physical challenge in his life.

Patrick also has a birth defect 

that doesn’t allow his elbows or his knees to function properly. 

He can’t straighten out his arms—

he can’t straighten out his legs.

They’re also issues with his spine.

Patrick has had two titanium rods surgically attached 

to his spine to correct his rather severe scoliosis.

So Patrick is not only blind, 

he’s also confined to a wheelchair.

So how in the world, we might ask—

how in the world was Patrick 

able to attend the University of Louisville 

and play in the 220-member Cardinal marching band.

Keep in mind now that Patrick never missed a class—

Patrick never missed a band practice or a performance.

When Patrick played in his high school marching band,

during the half-time show,

members of the band would roll his wheelchair  

out to the forty-five yard line where they just parked it.

So during the performance, 

the rest of the band would simply march around him.

But how in the world was Patrick able to perform 

the way he did at that Orange Bowl in 2009?

How was he able to play the trumpet 

and at the same time be involved in 

all the intricate maneuvers—

all the moving around on the field—

all the spinning and twisting and turning that’s required 

during a major college band’s half-time performance—

while being blind and confined to a wheelchair?

How could he do it?

Well, he could do it because of his dad.

You see, Patrick’s dad was almost always at his side—

taking him to all his college classes—

and helping him to practice and to perform 

in the Cardinal marching band.

“I never had any doubt [that] Patrick could do it,”

his father said, 

“the only question was whether I could do my part.”

Patrick’s father pushes his wheelchair all over the field—

jogging and spinning and turning—

maneuvering the wheelchair around so 

that Patrick’s position is just right 

in the always moving and complex band formations.

“The rehearsals started 

in the dead of August,” Patrick’s father  recalled,

and it was hotter than fire. 

I felt I was in pretty good shape, 

but pushing a 40-pound [wheel]chair 

with a 150-pound guy through the grass 

is quite a workout. 

When I tried to push forward, 

the wheels would [try to] dig into the turf. 

I was sweating like a dog.”

I bet he was.

I bet he was.

”Once we got over the shock when Patrick was born, 

we got on with the business of living,” the elder Hughes said. 

“We saw his intelligence and personality 

at such an early age and realized Patrick was a special kid. 

We wanted him to have as full a life as possible, 

no different from what we want for our other two sons.”

When Patrick was two, 

his father put him in a high chair next to the piano 

and started to teach him how to stroke the keys. 

By five, he was playing children’s songs 

and taking lessons from a blind piano teacher. 

When he got to middle school, 

his parents decided it was just too hard 

to have both of them working day jobs. 

”It was tearing our family apart,” Mr. Hughes said. 

“We were both chasing our careers, 

and we weren’t around enough. 

Patrick’s father quit his job 

as a systems analyst in 1999 

and worked the overnight shift at UPS 

so he could spend his daytime hours at Patrick’s side. 

Hughes would go into work at 10:30 p.m., 

work until 5 a.m., sleep from 6 to 11 a.m., 

and then got his son to his first class at U of L by one in the afternoon.

Any bitterness, any regret at making these sacrifices for his son?

Not at all.

”It’s been a dream come true for me, 

watching all of this happen with Patrick,” he said.

Writing about that 2009 Orange Bowl, a reporter said,

“The most inspirational team in the Orange Bowl this year . . . 

is not [the] Louisville or Wake Forest [football team]. 

It is the team of Patrick Henry Hughes and his father . . .

who will perform a feat more remarkable 

than anything displayed by the extraordinary athletes 

on the Dolphin Stadium field.”

And she’s was right!  She was really right!

This story of Patrick and his father,

helps, I think, shed some light 

on parables of Jesus that we just heard.

One of the unmistakable themes in these parables 

is the theme of God’s compensating grace— 

God’s compensating grace in building up of the Kingdom. 

The Kingdom of God starts from something small 

and seemingly insignificant—like a mustard seed—

but with God’s grace—and with time, 

blossoms into something grand—

something magnificent.

And in the other parable, the building up of the Kingdom

is aided by a confused, and not so perfect farmer.

A farmer who doesn’t even harrow the ground—

a farmer who just scatters the seed 

instead of planting them in rows—

a farmer who after scattering the seed, just sits and watches—

but with God’s compensating grace—and with time,

a full harvest is produced.

You see, that’s what Patrick’s father represents—

He represents God the Father’s compensating grace in building up the Kingdom.

Patrick, small and seemingly insignificant to some,

and certainly imperfect in many ways,

is aided by the grace, by the help, of a loving father.

An that just like us, you and me—

in our smallness and insignificance, in our imperfections,

we too are aided by the Father’s compensating grace in building up the Kingdom.

You see, the real work of the Kingdom—

the real work—is in the hands of God.

And because of that—

we can all let go of some of our anxieties.

Because of that—

we can all take great comfort 

and we can all have great hope.

Because of that—

we can all just pick up our trumpets—

and play.

More “Words have Power” reflections coming

Due to time constraints at the Parish, I will not be sending out an update every single day, but promise to keep you informed of everything happening at our parish and Newman Center.


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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.

In Christ,

Fr. Steve