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Cover photo for last Sunday’s homily on our uknewman website. 
With us living streaming the Masses, homilies are available on our website in video format.  On the home page ribbon just select homilies.
Again thanks to Glen for filming and Maggie for formatting.

Please be careful out there!!!  I went out to eat at a restaurant last night with a mask and proper social distancing and to me at least, what I was saw was people acting as if we weren’t still in a pandemic.  Cases are spiking in so many places and looking at our curve in Kentucky it is very difficult to tell if we are plateauing or getting ready for a spike.  I give my personal observation on this just to remind everyone to be careful.  We are certainly not out of this yet!!

Prayer for Peace and Comfort
Heavenly father,

We bow our heads and humbly seek your peace and comfort during this uncertain time.

Keep us free from anxiety, fill our hearts with love and understanding for our neighbors, and lift our hearts with your grace.

We pray in thanksgiving for all of our community members helping during this crisis and pray fervently for healing for those who are ill and suffering.

Lord, you led the Israelites out of Egypt and to the promised land, we have faith that you will also lead us through this trial. 


Special Prayers
Please keep the Allday family in your prayers.   Carrie in 25 weeks pregnant and has been admitted to UK for a serious obstetrical condition.  After great work by UK physicians mother is stable and the hope is to keep the unborn child (Gianna Catherine) in the womb as long as possible.

Our Condolences
We send our condolences and prayers to the family of Frances Alberta Beam Clements, who passed away on June 24th, 2020 in Lexington at the age of 85. Francis was the sister of parishioner Mary Steckbeck. Frances’ funeral service was held at Pax Christi Catholic Church this morning at 10 AM. For Frances, we pray, “Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.” May she rest in peace.

Our Condolences
We send our condolences and prayers to Dr. Lauze Volk and her children upon the death on June 19 of her dear mother Mrs. Ceralia Pierre in Atlanta.  Before coming with her daughter to the USA years ago, Ceralia attended daily Mass in Port-au-Prince and continued to be a very religious and good person.  In recent months she has been living in the Atlanta area with her son and has been declining in health. May we keep Dr. Volk and her children in our prayers.  May Ceralia now know the fullness of life forever.  May she rest in peace.

Recent Tweets by Pope Francis:
“Evil never gives peace. It causes frenzy first then leaves bitterness. Instead, God’s voice never promises cheap, easily acquired joy. He invites us to go beyond our ego to find that true good: peace.”
“Just as the Lord transformed Simon into Peter, so He calls each one of us, to make us living stones with which to build a renewed Church and a renewed humanity.”
“Jesus says to His disciples: “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt 10:38). There is no true love without the cross, without a personal price to pay. When borne with Jesus, the cross is not scary because He’s always at our side to help us.”

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.
To access the live-streamed Masses:
-Go to YouTube and search Catholic Wildcats for our Catholic Wildcats YouTube Channel

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 Data since Returning
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%
June 20            6P                    62                    2                      48                    77%
June 21            9A                   68                    4                      22                    32%
                        11:30               61                    5                      26                    42%
                        5P                    37                    0                      12                    33%
June 27            6P                    52                    1                      51                    99%
June 28            9A                   73                    0                      28                    38%
                        11:30               79                    2                      30                    37%
                        5P                    51                    0                      8                      16%

UK will be back in session a week earlier than they originally planned.  The start date is August 17.  We are starting to plan how things will look and function when school resumes.
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.

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.
In Christ,
Fr. Steve