The USCCB’S Call to Prayer In the Face of the Pandemic

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity; that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God.

God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives.

United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace.

We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good.

In this time of need, I invite all the faithful to seek together the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I share this prayer with you:

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Pope Francis’ Prayer To The Holy Mother During Pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Important Message For Our Parish Family

As we journey through this time of uncertainty together, we will remain committed to providing our parishioners with guidance and support. If you are in need of help, please reach out and let us know. Our parish family continues to be our number one priority. 
In the upcoming days, please look for prayer resources that will be provided using this Flocknote notification system. If you know someone who is not currently registered to receive notifications, please send the parishioners name and email address to Melissa Brown at mbrown@staloysiuspwv.org. You can also register online at signup.flocknote.com.
To view our weekly bulletin online, please visit DiscoverMass.com. Enter our church name and zip code (40056).
If you would like to set up a Faith Direct account to continue to support our church and Capital Campaign financially, please visit our church website https://www.staloysiuspwv.org and click ‘Give Online’ to create an account. You can also drop your contribution by the parish office during normal business hours. 
We will be providing more resources and outreach information in the days to come. 

LORD, you are a strength for your people, the saving refuge of your anointed.
Psalms 28:8

Public Celebration of Eucharist Postponed

In light of yesterday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Archbishop Kurtz is calling upon all priests to suspend the public celebration of the Eucharist, effective immediately and until further notice.

In his message to priests, Archbishop noted his conversations with pastors over the weekend. Pastors communicated to him both the concern of those parishioners who attended Mass as well as the great consolation that the Eucharist provides for so many.

Archbishop asked pastors to communicate to the faithful options to assist them during these difficult days, such as Mass of the Air and the recitation of the Holy Rosary and to find creative ways to keep churches accessible for prayer, provided there are clear safeguards in place that honor the need for social distancing. The Office of Worship will be surveying parishes about ideas and resources to be shared with all parishes.

The guidance of the Center for Disease Control that people not participate in gatherings of more than 50 people also applies to parish events and meetings. Many parishes have already begun to address large gatherings, such as Lenten fish fries, through cancellations or offering only take-out service.

Further guidance will be issued shortly on other issues related to this directive, such as questions about funerals, weddings, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and social service outreach to parishioners in need. Information about the archdiocesan response to the COVID-19 pandemic is at www.archlou.org/covid-19.

Archdiocese of Louisville
March 16, 2020

A Letter From Father John : Yes we will have Mass This Weekend

We wanted to inform you that Masses are as scheduled this weekend.  People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible. Archbishop Kurtz emphasized that the obligation to attend Mass does not apply for serious reasons, such as illness and other vulnerabilities due to age,underlying health conditions, or anxiety.Anyone with symptoms of communicable disease should stay home from Mass as an act of Christian charity toward fellow parishioners.

  Remember that Mass of the Air is also another option.  It is broadcast: -11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the Faith Channel (Spectrum channel 19) and streamed on the Faith Channel at www.faithtvlive.com. -10:30 a.m. on WHAS-TV (channel 11) and whas11.com under the “Live Video” tab. -9 a.m. on WBKI-TV (Spectrum Channel 7). -10 a.m. on WNKY-TV (channel 40), Bowling Green, Ky.
Our parish is taking extra cleaning precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Our cleaning company will perform a complete cleaning of the Church this evening.  This will include wiping down pews, railings, and door handles with hospital grade disinfectant.  The Chapel will also have this same cleaning done on Monday and Thursday.  The school will have the same deep cleaning as well as extra measures by our staff.  Multiple rounds of cleaning are scheduled for the next three weeks.  We would also like to encourage volunteers from the parish to help with cleaning if they feel comfortable.  We are inviting small groups (no more than 10 people, include 2 adults if it is children under 18) to come and do some extra cleaning.  This is a perfect way for young people to get service hours as well.  Contact the parish office for more information.  
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this together.  As always please feel free to contact the Parish Office with any questions or concerns you may have.  We are planning on the Parish Office maintaining regular hours. (M-Th 8-4pm and Fri 8-3pm).

Masses Are As Planned for 3/14-3/15

In consideration of Governor Beshear’s recommendations and with the current directive from Archbishop Kurtz, We WILL HAVE regularly scheduled Masses this weekend. We recommend prudent decisions regarding prevention and appropriate social distancing. We implore those who are ill and those with compromised health issues to stay home and pray with the church through Mass Of The Air. It is broadcast:

  • 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the Faith Channel (Spectrum channel 19) and streamed on the Faith Channel at www.faithtvlive.com.
  • 10:30 a.m. on WHAS-TV (channel 11) and whas11.com under the “Live Video” tab.
  •  9 a.m. on WBKI-TV (Spectrum Channel 7).
  • 10 a.m. on WNKY-TV (channel 40), Bowling Green, Ky.

The current situation is dynamic, and as we continue to monitor COVID-19, we will alert you to any changes regarding parish schedules from the Parish Office.

Fish Fry on 3/13 Drive Thru Only

⚠️We will have Drive-Thru only and will add a second line for convenience.⚠️

👉 First Drive-Thru line will be the normal one that starts at the chapel and goes past the Eagles Nest.

👉 New line will begin from Mount Mercy and go down the road by the gym.

We will have someone helping to direct cars.

📌 Drive-Thru hours are 5:00 – 7:30 pm.
📌 We accept Credit Cards

Please be patient with wait times and with our decision on this as this can be a rapidly changing situation.

Please share with others. Thank you