Happy 50th Anniversary Father Jack!

On May 16th we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Father Jack’s ordination. Thank you for the many cards and letters that parishioners sent in to the parish office. Father Jack received your wonderful sentiments, and was in awe of the overwhelming response.  You have each touched his heart in such a special way.  He asked us to share the following letter with the parish. Please take a moment today and say a prayer of thanksgiving for Father Jack! 

New Parish Office Hours

The Parish Office is open with limited hours.  The office is open 10am-2pm Monday thru Friday. To help the staff continue to practice social distancing, the Parish Office staff will have limited office hours, in addition to working from home.  If you are looking to contact a particular staff member, please contact them directly to schedule an appointment.  As always you are welcome to leave items for staff members at the front desk if a staff member is not in the office that day.  Thank you for your patience as we navigate how to safely minister to our parish community.

Safety Procedures For Mass

As we reopen Church for the public celebration of Mass, I want to bring to your attention some policies and procedures that we will do to protect one another in the midst of the pandemic.

  1. Archbishop Kurtz has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for the Archdiocese of Louisville, until further notice. Anyone who is sick or living with someone who is sick should stay home, as should anyone who feels vulnerable for other reasons. For this reason we will continue our online Masses so you may continue worshiping at home.

Before the Mass:

  1.  Before you come, you may want to take your temperature.  Please bring a mask for everyone who comes.  You will be asked to wear a mask while you are in Church.  Do not come if you are sick, or if anyone in your household is sick.
  2. You will enter the main Church through the front doors near the Baptismal Font.  The other doors are for exit only.
  3. When you arrive, you will be counted.  We are allowed 330 people in the main Church.  
  4. You will be seated in a staggered fashion to keep a distance of six feet from someone who is not in your household.
  5. Only one person allowed in the restroom at a time-(children with their parents, of course.)  Please use the restroom before you come.   The restroom must be cleaned after each use.
  6. Hand sanitizer will be at each doorway.

During the Mass:

  1. There will be no offertory procession of the bread and wine to the altar
  2. There will be no sign of peace offered to each other.
  3. The precious blood will not be offered.
  4. For the Eucharistic procession, we ask that you keep a safe distance from someone not in your household.
  5. All ministers of Eucharist-ordinary and extraordinary-will wear masks during the distribution of the Eucharist.

After the Mass:

  1. Please do not congregate for social purposes in the Church building.  Stay a safe social distance from those not in your household.
  2. If you bring an offering (thank-you!)  you may leave it in a basket near the exits.
  3. We could use many volunteers after Mass to wipe down the tops of the pews and some other surfaces to clean our facility.

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

Hot Off The Presses!

The latest parish newsletter is here!  Check it out, to learn all about upcoming events, especially during Lent!  Also, read about all of the great things that have been keeping all of us busy at St. Aloysius. Click the link to view the newsletter.
 http://bit.ly/nlfeb20

Continued Support Needed for Capital Campaign

In effort to continue complete transparency, we would like to give you an update on specific numbers and information regarding our Capital Campaign.

By December of 2017, we received cards pledging to support the campaign from 409 of our parish families. We needed to raise, and still do, $2,000,000. The pledged amount received by those participating families came close our $2,000,000 goal.

We would like to share with you what this looks like today. Seven cards were received indicating pledges, with no further activity. Thirty-seven cards came with an initial offering, and no further activity. Thirty pledges have not had activity in the last 6+ months. Five cards were received from families who are no longer members of our parish.

We have made significant gains toward paying off our debt. Some of the initial pledges were fulfilled by the end of 2019. At least eighteen families who have fulfilled pledges are still contributing to the campaign. Finally, we have seventeen families that are making regular contributions who did not submit a pledge card.

To date, we have an outstanding loan balance of $433,854.58. To achieve our goal to become debt-free and to build a stronger and brighter future for our parish, the campaign will need to see continued support.

We are now in the final year of our campaign. We know that the success of the Capital Campaign is important to all of us as a parish family. If we all continue to work together as one community, we will achieve our goal.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

Fish Fry Season Is Coming!

Lenten Fish Frys – Save the dates.

Where: St. Aloysius Cafeteria

When: Ash Wednesday, February 26
Fri., Feb 28 – April 3 (Every Friday) NO FISH FRY ON 4/10 WHICH IS GOOD FRIDAY.

Time: 5-7:30

Menu: Fried Fish, Baked Fish, Rolled Oysters, Shrimp, Pizza, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Hush Puppies, Jalapeño Hush Puppies, French Fries, Onion Rings and Cheesesticks

Beverages: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Water and Beer

Dine-in; Carry-out and Drive Thru

No Fish Fry on Good Friday!