We are so grateful to our Student Ministry for their continued efforts in welcoming our Catholic Wildcats back to our church!
Happy Birthday to FOCUS Missionary Jake Burns, praying it’s a joyful one!
Parish Directory Update
We are still in the process of completing photos for our parish directory, which has been stalled due to COVID-19. Please complete the survey question sent on Flocknote, or email email@example.com, to let us know if you would be interested in participating in a photo session later this month, September 26 & 27. This date was initially set because it gives families the option to use the photos for Christmas cards.
If there is not enough interest, we will postpone the session until after the pandemic settles. Our goal is greater participation while keeping everyone safe!
Please note that the photography company has taken several measures to make sure everyone stays safe, including more time slots, plexiglass separators, and sanitary precautions.
Some Help for Anxiety from Sr. Ellen Kehoe
What a last few months this has been! I know for each of us this pandemic has caused anxiety and uncertainty affecting families, students, children, those living alone, and the vulnerable.
For consolation, we can pray over numerous Scripture passages which tell us not to be afraid because God is with us. Let’s make a mantra inside ourselves of: “Be Not Afraid for I am with You.”
Let’s try to spend at least five minutes a day with some of these Scripture passages or numerous others that assure us God is with us during these anxious times.
Luke 1:26-56—Angel Appears to Mary
Luke 2:8-10—Angel to Shepherds
Matthew 1:18-25—Joseph puts aside fear
Matthew 6:25-34—Do not worry; Dependence on God
Psalm 118:6-7—The Lord is with me; I am not afraid
Psalm 3:1-9—Threatened but trusting
Psalm 91:1-16—Security under God’s Protection
Psalm: 34:1-23—God hears and is close to the brokenhearted.
Phil 44:7—Make your requests known to God
Thank you as always, Sister Ellen, for your spiritual insight!
Please join us in prayer and gifts of support for those who call upon us throughout our diocese.
Why do we have a Diocesan Annual Appeal?
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
As a designated Mission Diocese, the Catholic Diocese of Lexington and our parishes raise money each year to provide for those we serve through missions and ministry throughout our 50-county geographic area. WE walk alongside our brothers and sisters in mutual support and ask you to join us. All funds given to the Diocesan Annual Appeal are crucial to provide support for:
Charitable outreach in the forms of food, clothing, counseling, and emergency assistance in Eastern and Central Kentucky
Formation of a new generation of Priests and permanent deacons
Sustaining parishes including parishes with missions in remote parts of the diocese
Educating students in our Catholic schools
Programs and ministries that are beyond the resources of any one individual parish that are shepherded by the Chancery office
Why can’t some parishes support themselves?
“I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4
Our diocese encompasses 16,423 square miles with 59 parishes. Almost 40 of those parishes cannot pay for their operational and salary expenses from their offertory collections and fundraisers alone. Many of our parishes are in rural counties where less than 1% of the population are Catholic. While Catholics are low in number in these areas, the church is known as a source of comfort and support for all those who are in need. We are called to thrive in all our parishes through evangelization and our service of others. The Diocese of Lexington is committed to maintain an active and highly visible Catholic presence in these counties by walking alongside our sister parishes and missions that need support to serve their local communities.
We can transform lives through our Catholic faith with your help. With the complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, support is needed now more than ever. Please consider participating in the 2020 Diocesan Annual Appeal.
This year, an anonymous donor has challenged all the active priests in the Diocese of Lexington to give to the annual appeal. If 100% of our priests donate, the donor will match every dollar given! What a blessing!
Kick-off weekend is September 26 & 27. Thank you to everyone for your support!
Kevin Steele’s mother and long-time parishioner Martha Claire Hennessey Steele passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, August 30, at the age of 91. A private family funeral will be held at the Newman Center this Thursday, September 3. Martha’s funeral will be live-streamed on our CatholicWildcats YouTube channel.
For Martha’s obituary, please visit: https://milwardfuneral.com/
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Newman Center or the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 2808 Palumbo Drive #205, Lexington, KY 40509.
Please keep Martha and the entire Steele family in your prayers. For Martha, we pray,
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.
Bishop’s 2020 Wedding Anniversary Celebration Cancelled—But still Honoring Couples
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic makes it necessary to cancel our annual wedding anniversary celebration and reception originally scheduled for Saturday, October 17th, 2020, at the Cathedral. However, Bishop John still desires to honor those of you who are celebrating “jubilee” anniversaries in 2020, particularly those celebrating a 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 50+th anniversary this year. If you or someone you know is celebrating one of these jubilee anniversaries in 2020, please contact Claudia Green at the Catholic Center at (859) 253-1993 x228 to inform us. Please give your name, parish, mailing address, phone number, and original wedding date.
One More Step…Be the Bridge
With the recent racial unrest sparked by the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, Christ the King held a prayer service for racial justice and hosted a study group on the USCCB pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts. Our next step is to start building bridges through transformative encounters with an ethnically diverse group of people through a nationally recognized program called Be the Bridge (bethebridge.com). The group will be co-led by Christ the King parishioners Dr. Wanda Gonsalves and Ms. Roxanne Cheney.
Our Newman Center representatives Rahul Karanth and Rebecca Diloreto were in attendance for the virtual orientation in August. Monthly zoom meetings are scheduled to begin in September, most likely on the third Thursday of each month in the evening.
The group is currently looking for more participants! To join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s next for the Church from Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire
The COVID-19 pandemic has been, for countless people around the world, a great and unexpected trial.
But for Catholics, this trial is not only economic, social, or medical—it is spiritual. Plunged into a time of darkness and separated from the sacraments and their parish communities, the faithful are feeling isolated, disheartened, and uncertain about what the future holds.
This free eBook is an insightful and encouraging analysis of the coronavirus, shedding light not only on the Church’s present moment or similar crises of the past but also on the immediate future.
Download your FREE eBook Catholicism in the time of Coronavirus by visiting the link https://www.wordonfire.org/
Be Bold Update
Thank you so much for all your support on our Be Bold campaign. Things are moving quickly and in a very positive direction.
The Building Committee has met with the architects and plans are being drawn up concerning the new siding. Hopefully construction will begin in the next few months.
Big thanks to the Building Committee for all their hard work!
Later in September we will have some very exciting Be Bold news!!!
Mass numbers have really increased in the past few weeks! We are overjoyed at the opportunity to see you in-person again!
As Mass numbers increase, please consider reserving your seat in advance for weekend Masses. This helps our staff be properly prepared for each Mass. Thanks for your help!
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.