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Deacon Bo Fugazzi is back from Florida and will be preaching at all Masses this weekend.
As you know, Deacon Bo’s wife Elizabeth passed away on February 20 of this year in Florida.  We are glad that Bo is now back home and we want to show him as much support as we can as he continues the grieving process and adjusts to life back in Lexington.

Gospel for the 15th week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 13:1-23
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
The disciples approached him and said,
“Why do you speak to them in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted,
and I heal them.
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
“Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
and the evil one comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

This Sunday at the 11:30 Mass this Sunday the following three will be confirmed and come into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church
They are Jachimike “Jachi” Onuoha,  Ronnie Withers and Jenny Millen.
They have waited a long time for this, especially with COVID-19.
Please keep them in your prayers.
Special thanks to Art Mize, who has help guide these wonderful people through the RCIA process and even during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Thanks Art!!!!

Allday Family Update
Below is a picture of Gianna Allday in the NICU at UK.  She is holding her own and is off the ventilator for the time being.  The picture you see shows how small she is compared to her parents hands.  I was blessed to be able to baptize her the other night on a Zoom baptism while many watched on.
Carrie the mom was recently released from the hospital!!!
Thanks for all your prayers!!!  And keep them up!!!!

The Grace Family
Congratulations to Dr. Amanda and Josh Grace.  Their arrival came early in the morning on July 7th.  So meet Savannah Rose who weighed 8 lbs and 8 ozs.
What great new life in our parish.

Wonderful and Hopeful Poem sent in by Parishioner Cynthia Leedham.
By Brother Richard Hendrick, OFM Cap.
Lockdown
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live. now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

WATCHING THE CURVE
Please be careful out there!!!  
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. 
Remember masks and social distancing!!!

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.
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
THANKS, GLEN for all your hard work streaming the Masses!!!

Remember to reserve seats for weekend Masses if you choose to come.
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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
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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.

Confession
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