Pope Francis leads the Special Urbi et Orbi blessing on March 27, 2020 in the midst of the pandemic
Pope Francis has written the preface to a new book entitled “Communion and Hope”, a book about hope during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Here are some excerpts and major points:
“Like a sudden breaking storm, the coronavirus crisis has caught us all by surprise, abruptly changing on a global level our personal, public, family and working lives.”
“This dramatic situation highlights the vulnerable nature of our human condition, limited as it is by time and contingency.”
Finding roots of happiness
“It reminds us that we have forgotten or simply delayed attending to some of the key issues in life. It is making us evaluate what is really important and necessary, and what is of secondary or only superficial importance.”
Solidarity in times of trial
“The crisis has shown us that, especially in times of need, we depend on our solidarity with others. In a new way, it is inviting us to place our lives at the service of others. It should make us aware of global injustice and wake us up to the cry of the poor and of our gravely diseased planet.”
Easter victory over death
“Easter brings us hope, trust and encouragement. It strengthens our sense of solidarity. It speaks to us of overcoming past rivalries so that we may see each other, above and beyond any differences, as members of one large family, where we bear each others’ burdens.”
Contagion of love
“I am grateful for the spontaneous acts of altruism and heroic dedication shown by carers, by doctors and priests. In these past weeks we have felt the strength which comes from faith.”
“But virtual transmission is no substitute for the living presence of the Lord in the celebration of the Eucharist.”
“Many found the presence of the Lord wherever two or three gathered in His name.”
“The presence of the Risen Lord in His Word and through the celebration of the Eucharist will give us the strength we need to resolve the difficulties and challenges that we will face after the coronavirus crisis.”
Renewed hope and solidarity
“Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the Lord will also accompany us in future through His word and through the breaking of bread in the Eucharist. And He will say to us: “Do not be afraid! For I have overcome death.’”
The secret to joy, according to Jesus
Everyone wants to be happy. It’s the one thing that unites us all. We all want joy.
But how do we find it? All the things we usually chase—money, pleasure, power, and honor—make us happy only for a little while, but then they fade. They don’t satisfy our deep need for joy.
Jesus offers a different way. What’s his path to happiness?
Find out in this short video:
- What is the meaning of “happy” or “blessed” as used by Jesus?
- How is this different than the culture’s view of happiness?
- St. Thomas Aquinas said that to be happy, love what Jesus loved while on the cross, and despise what Jesus despised on the cross? What did he love? What did he despise?
After watching, PLEASE ADD A COMMENT sharing your thoughts, or ask any questions you have! We’d love to answer them!
Pray Like Jesus
Jesus went off to pray by himself many times in the Gospels.
We can image his intimate connection with God during these special times.
.There are also times in the Gospel when Jesus reveals that his prayers are often intercessory prayers. One example is Jesus revealing to Simon in Luke 22 that he has prayed for Simon.
And there are times when the disciples heard Jesus in prayer and reported that he was praying intercessor prayers such as in Jesus’ High Priestly prayer in John 17.
And perhaps even more significant is that when Jesus teaches about prayer, such as when He teaches the Our Father and in his instruction in prayer in Luke 11, Jesus teaches intercessory prayer.
Our prayers do make a difference!!!!
We have it on the authority of the Son of God himself.
Please, during these times, please increase your prayer for so many things. Things in our world, in our country, in our state, in or community, in our diocese and in our parish and Newman Center.
And if you don’t mind, can you please pray for me.
Special Prayers for Marsha Little.
Please keep in your prayers Marsha Little who is facing some medical issues and asks for our prayers.
Marsha and Tom please know you are in our prayers
Allday Family Update
Both Carrie and Baby Gianna continue to improve. Please keep up the prayers.
This is a great article on parishioner Jennifer Curd and her hope filled article on her experience as a Physical Therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Thanks Jennifer for your witness. It is inspiring to all.
We will be teaming up with Christ the King in launching a new ministry on racial unity.
The details are still being worked out, so stay tuned.
Please send me pictures of your graduates headed off to college so we can show them our support and pray for them.
Prayers for our staff
Please add some special prayers for our staff, especially as we begin to plan for the return of the UK students to campus. This will present us with many challenges.
Also for the tireless work so many have put in making sure that everyone who comes to HSP/NC is safe.
Thanks for your support
Catholic Charities Programs and Response to COVID-19
We now brace for the unprecedented numbers of households seeking aid to prevent evictions and utility disconnections. No one agency can do it alone and we are proud of how other community providers and faith-based groups are working together. As we provide assistance in working to keep families housed, we will be negotiating with landlords and providing financial counseling to those who need to plan for future months of struggle.
We continue to need support to assure that families remained housed and are able to access essential items. Please share our needs with others:
1. Kroger gift cards
2. Household products, cleaning supplies, hygiene items
3. Financial contributions can be made online through this link:
You can also send gift cards and financial contributions via mail to: Catholic Charities, 1310 West Main St., Lexington, KY 40508. Please feel free to contact Ginny at email@example.com or at (859) 253-1993 x215
While we have not had to turn anyone away due to exceeding our capacity, it does help us plan better concerning personel if we have an idea of who is coming to each Mass. Our ticketing system is incredibly easy to use.
Thanks for helping us out!!!
BE BOLD CAMPAIGN NEWS
Thanks so much for all of your contributions to our Be Bold Building Campaign.
I finally have some news to report!!!
After 3 months of negotiations between our architect and the diocesan lawyers, a contract has been signed by the Bishop for us to proceed with the first part of Phase 1 and that is to replace the siding on the existing Church building. (Special thanks to Tim Wills, the attorney and our parishioner who was looking out for the interests of our parish).
More definitive plans for the outside of the building can be started. We had hoped to start this summer, but with the long negotiations with attorneys, that is not possible. More on the timeline as we know more. Thanks to the building committee who met this week to review everything and get us going forward.
With the holes in the exterior siding of the building, we did go ahead and proceed with the removal of several sections of the exterior of the building to see if there were underlying problems. With the sections they removed, there were thankfully no mold issues, but some of the wood beams at the base on some of the corners did have some water damage. So all in all, it was a much better report than we thought. It is important to do this first phase not just for aesthetic reasons, but primarily for building preservation before further damage occurs.
I will give much more details as things progress and where we are and where we want to go, including where we are on fundraising in the near future.
Our consultants told us that we could raise between 2 and 3 million dollars locally and we have over 4 million dollars in pledges and thank you for continuing to send in your pledges. As the diocese requires, we do have the cash on hand for this aspect of Phase 1.
So all of this great news after a long wait for the contracts to be signed.
And again, thank you!!!
WATCHING THE CURVE
Please be careful out there!!!
Cases are going up in our area and in our state. Now is the time to be more vigilant than ever!!!
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.
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.