Parish Newsletter August 2021

We are excited to share our latest Parish Newsletter! In this issue we celebrate the return of choir, discuss Eucharistic Adoration, highlight our recent mission trip to Nashville, look forward to upcoming events, and much more! To read the newsletter just click HERE. In this issue you will see the year end financial information, ways to get involved, and back to school information. Check it out!

The Newsletter for May 2021!

We are excited to share our latest Parish Newsletter! In this issue we celebrate our success with the capital campaign, say goodbye to our two associate pastors, start planning for the future, and more. To read the newsletter just click here.

Fr. Toan’s Assignment and Mass Schedule Change

Due to an unexpected and pressing pastoral need, Fr. Toan has generously agreed to a request from Archbishop Kurtz to begin his assignment early as Pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Brandenburg on May 15.  Fr. Toan is grateful for your welcome and for his time serving here. Please keep him in your prayers during this important and unexpected transition.

Fr. Toan’s early departure will also affect our Mass schedule more quickly than expected. May 16, will be our last 5pm Sunday Mass.

Health and Safety Guidelines for Mass

In light of new guidelines given by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the growing number of people vaccinated, Archbishop Kurtz has established new guidelines for worship and parish life in the pandemic. Below is a description of how these changes will have an impact on our worship and parish life:

Proper distance between households has been reduced to three feet. During the pandemic, we will keep the space in our church usually marked for the CLOW room open, to create more space in our Church.

1. Very soon, we will start the offering of gifts at the Liturgy. We would prefer volunteers to be fully vaccinated, and to sanitize their hands before and after the offering of gifts. Two gifts will be offered, that is the bread and wine that will be consumed by the priest.

2. Beginning May 19, daily Mass will resume in the Chapel. We will require a separation of three feet for people, the wearing of masks, and proper hand sanitizing.

3. Confessions on Saturday morning will resume in the Chapel reconciliation room. The priest and the penitent must keep a distance of three feet.

4. Although the rule for social distance has been revised, we continue to require the use of masks or facial coverings in Church, and the sanitizing of hands.

5. We will continue to keep the Church building, the Chapel, and all spaces on our Church property properly sanitized.

6. The Archbishop continues to dispense from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays, and Holy Days of Obligation for the Archdiocese of Louisville.  We will continue to stream our Masses virtually, and have them available on YouTube. We will still make available Eucharist outside Mass on Sundays from 12:30 PM until 1:00 PM.

Even though the dispensation is still in effect, we welcome and encourage EVERYONE to return to Mass in person as soon as they are comfortable doing so.  Our hope is that as more people receive vaccinations, that comfort level will increase.

After the Mass:

Please do not congregate for social purposes in the Church building. Stay a safe social distance from those not in your household. If you bring an offering, you may leave it in a basket near the exits.

Cleaning Volunteers

As part of our continued efforts to allow everyone to worship comfortably and safely, we are looking for volunteers to help sanitize the pews and other frequently touched surfaces after each Mass.  Cleaning supplies, including gloves, are provided.  Volunteers can pick up the supplies in the ushers room. A staff member will meet you in the back to go over what needs to be done. Thank you for your help to keep everyone safe and healthy in our parish community.

Holy Week and Easter Mass Signups

This year, due to the pandemic, we must limit the number of people in the church for each of the Holy Week Liturgies. Please note that the obligation to attend Mass remains lifted by Archbishop Kurtz and virtual options will be available.  If you do plan to attend in person, please sign up online via the QR code below.  You will receive a confirmation email that you signed up. If you do not get a confirmation email double check that you have submitted your information or contact Chris Tolbert (music@staloysiuspwv.org).

Ash Wednesday Procedures

This year Lent begins on Wednesday, February 17, Ash Wednesday. Mass will be at 8:15am in the Church.  At 7pm we will have a Liturgy of the Word service with distribution of Ashes; also in the Church.


Many people are not aware that Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of obligation. However, Ash Wednesday is typically a day that most Catholics attend Mass and receive ashes on their forehead. This year due to COVID ashes will be distributed a little differently. Below is a message from the Office of Worship explaining the new procedures and giving you a bit of history and context.


In accordance with instructions from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, there will be some changes to the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.At the appropriate time in the liturgy, the priest will bless the ashes and then, aloud to the whole assembly, say the words indicated in the Missal: “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This is said only once and not individually to each person. Ashes will then be distributed to the faithful in the form of sprinkling on the top of the head. This method avoids direct skin contact between persons. While most Americans are more familiar with the placing of ashes on the forehead in the shape of a cross, the sprinkling of ashes is very common in Catholic cultures around the world.

The ministers and the faithful wear masks throughout this rite of distribution of ashes. While waiting in line, social distancing protocols (similar to those in place for distribution of Holy Communion) should be observed.The Church considers the blessed ashes to be a “sacramental” – a tangible sign that inspires reverence as we enter into the holy and penitential season of Lent. While this is an important sign of our faith, it is by no means a requirement. Those who feel uncomfortable may simply choose not to receive ashes this year.

The First Newsletter of 2021!

We are excited to share the first Parish Newsletter of the new year. In it you will find year end financials, information about our school and preschool, and all of the important info you need to know about Lent. You can access the newsletter here: https://bit.ly/NLJan21

The Church’s Response to COVID-19 Vaccines

On December 14, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. In their statement, the bishops address the moral concerns raised by the fact that the three vaccines that appear to be ready for distribution in the United States all have some connection to cell lines that originated with tissue taken from abortions.

“Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community.  In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”

To read the full article click here.