Sermon on the Mount by Danish painter Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890).
Gospel for the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 16: 13-20
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Do you know these two indispensable men?
As historical figures, Peter and Paul are fascinating enough.
But they are not merely of historical interest, for they live on as saints whose tireless work, inspired writings, and holy witness—including their deaths as martyrs—continue to revolutionize the world.
How? Partly through modeling what it means to follow Jesus. Peter represents the kingly, leadership element in the Church’s life; Paul represents the prophetic, missionary, teaching element.
The two men had much in common. But they were also, as the video shows, a study in contrast:
What was Peter’s answer to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”
Where does Peter’s knowledge of Jesus come from?
How does Peter’s role in the early Church continue in the office of the Pope today?
After watching, PLEASE ADD A COMMENT sharing your thoughts, or ask any questions you have! We’d love to answer them!
Our first Thursday Student Mass of the year was this week!
This is our first time providing Thursday Mass outdoors, and thanks to the hard work of our Campus Ministry Staff we were able to host this great event while keeping everyone safe!
Thank you to all of our staff here at Newman for their tireless work in making sure all of our students are able to praise our Lord while staying safe!
Please pray for all students, here at UK and elsewhere, that they are able to complete their studies in good health.
For daily updates on COVID-19 cases at UK, please visit: https://www.uky.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-results.
Our Deepest Condolences
We extend our deepest sympathy to Tom Horst and his family upon the passing of his wife of 63 years, Ruth Horst. Ruth passed away last Sunday, August 16, and the wake service was held Thursday night, August 20. For Ruth, we pray, “Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.”
Baby Gianna continues to improve! Please continue to keep her in your prayers.
Marcia Little is recovering well from her recent medical procedure and appreciates everyone’s prayers and good wishes.
Please keep Sharon Ahern in your prayers as she undergoes further chemotherapy.
Please keep everyone in your prayers as several people have come to me asking for prayers due to loss of employment.
Catholic Diocese of Lexington Releases Names of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors
The Catholic Diocese of Lexington has released a list of priests accused of sexual abuse of minors. The list, released Aug. 14., a day after the diocese received it, was compiled by attorneys who had unlimited access to the diocese’s priest personnel files and the files of any reports of abuse made to the diocese. The review team also conducted interviews, talked with the diocesan Victims’ Assistance Coordinator, and met with the Diocesan Review Board.
“I, along with every priest in the Diocese of Lexington, am very sorry for what this report describes and apologize to every person who has ever been abused or injured in any way by one who was ordained to represent Christ,” wrote Lexington Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., in a letter accompanying the report, which he commissioned in December 2018.
The list, compiled by Lexington attorneys Allison Connelly and Andrew Sparks, is divided into categories of those with substantiated allegations against them (reasonable certainty that the allegation is true) and credible allegations (more likely true than not). The list also names those who served in the territory of the diocese but were listed by another diocese or religious congregation and one allegation that was found to be unsubstantiated.
Accusations against two priests in the Catholic Diocese of Lexington have been substantiated as having occurred in the time since the creation of the diocese in 1988. The reviewers found that the majority of clergy sexual abuse of minors in the territory of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington took place before the diocese’s creation. The territory of the diocese previously fell within the Diocese of Covington and the Archdiocese of Louisville.
The reviewers will also issue a second part to the report, which will include a deeper analysis of the phenomenon of clergy sexual abuse of minors and will provide recommendations for response. This report will soon be made available online. The full list of names can be found online now, along with a letter from Bishop Stowe.
BISHOPS LETTER: https://www.cdlex.org/documents/2020/8/BishopLetter081420.pdf
The Catholic Diocese of Lexington urges anyone who has experienced abuse in the Church to report it to the local authorities and to contact the diocesan Victims’ Assistance Coordinator, Laura Napora: (859) 338-5695 or email@example.com.
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 on Thursday, August 20. Thank you, Rahul and Rebecca, for your contribution of time to help us become better advocates of Christ.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Our building committee is hard at work creating a plan to complete siding for the part of the complex that we will keep long term.
Thank you to our building committee, and to all of our generous donors.
Be ready for some BIG news soon!!!
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!
Just a couple of important reminders.
Remember wearing a mask is required in the courtyard and building and must remain on at all times.
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 in previous weeks!
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 accept.
With us living-streaming the Masses, homilies are available on our website! On the home page ribbon just select homilies, or visit the Homily Playlist on our YouTube channel.
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!!!
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.