Congratulations to our newest Confirmandi! They are Jachimike “Jachi” Onuoha, Ronnie Withers, and Jenny Millen.
Thanks, Deacon Bo for a great homily this weekend. We’re glad you’re back!!!
My spiritual director and homiletics professor in the seminary told me a story about his mother that I have remembered since he told it to me.
Fr. Siwek’s mother lived a very active life, but in the latter part of her life, she became bedridden. Fr. Siwek said that one day his mother told him that of all the wonderful things that she had done in her life, she thought that she doing more to help bring about the Kingdom of God now that she was bedridden than she had ever done in her life.
What was she doing so much now that she wasn’t doing in the past?
A lot more praying!!!!!
So remember that while we may be quarantined and shut down in many respects, we may have more time to pray that we’ve ever had in our lives.
And we have a lot to pray for.
Allday Family Update
Thanks so much for everyone’s prayers!!!! Gianni continues to do well in the NICU. Mom Carrie and the rest of the Allday crew were at Mass this weekend.
Wonderful news from the Cranfills
Hi, Father Steve! I’m going to begin by telling you how thrilled we are to have the courtyard access for Sunday Masses and to be able to receive Communion again. We are so blessed to have these options!
I also wanted to pass along that our daughter, Katie Lockard (a hospitalist Physician Assistant at St. Joe Hospital) and her husband, Seth (a Captain in the Lexington Fire Department) have decided to pursue the adoption of a child! They are both amazing individuals with enormous gifts and love. They have already been reviewed and approved by an Adoption Assistance Agency in Danville, KY. but I also wanted to share their quest with you. I am hoping you will keep them in your prayers but also pass this along to anyone who may be confronted with a situation where placing a child for adoption is the best solution.
Please share this with anyone else you think may be helpful in this search! We will keep you in our prayers as I hope you will us.
Special Prayers for Mike and Kathy Rossell
Mike Rossell, husband of our bookkeeper Kathy Rossell, broke his femur last evening and is in surgery this morning.
Given COVID restrictions, Kathy cannot be inside with Mike as he approaches this important moment. She will be called as soon as surgery is completed.
Please keep them in your prayers.
Special Prayers for Parishioner David Lane’s Brother-in-Law.
Kurt Sisco, David’s brother-in-law, has cancer and has been undergoing chemo for the past few months. He goes in for a pet scan tomorrow (Thursday). David asks for your prayers as his family deals with this tough issue.
Special Prayers for Director of Development Ryan Haley and his wife Lindsey.
Lindsey Haley, Ryan’s wife, was admitted to Central Baptist Hospital this morning for induction labor. So please pray for them as we all anxiously await the delivery of their second child, Solomon Haley.
Special Birthday Wishes
Today is Delma Smith’s, our ever faithful parish secretary, birthday today. Here she is seated with some beautiful sunflowers that some of the staff brought in for her. Have a happy birthday Delma, and thanks so much for all you do for the parish.
Also special birthday wishes to Fr. Lobo’s nephews in India!
This is Prince Vaz, age 7, and Christwin Vaz, age 3.
Mass Data for July 11th and 12th
Date Time In Church Courtyard Reserved Reserved %
July 11 6P 50 1 42 82%
July 12 9A 54 0 36 67%
11:30 118 5 62 50%
5P 34 0 22 65%
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
-or use this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZCNv6PnFvZbnTr6TpCEEUw
THANKS, GLEN for all your hard work streaming the Masses!!!
Remember to reserve seats for weekend 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
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.