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!

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.

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.

Flocknote: Have Your Emails Stopped?

Flocknote is our communication tool the parish uses to send emails and texts, informing the parish of upcoming activities and announcements. If you have not signed up for Flocknote yet, it is easy and just takes a few minutes. https://staloysiuspwv.flocknote.com/everyone.

Having problems receiving emails? Did your emails stop?

There are a few reasons you may not be receiving emails, or your emails may have stopped:

The emails may be going to your spam folder:
Please add mail@flocknote.com to your address book or safe sender list to make sure that the emails are not being sent to your junk or spam folder. If the emails are appearing in your junk folder, be sure to mark them as ‘Not Spam’ or ‘Not Junk’.

Your email address may not be verified: 
If you joined Flocknote on your own and you weren’t added by an admin of your church or organization, Flocknote sent you a verification email to make sure you were the owner of the email address and that there weren’t any typos in your email address. If you never verified your email address, the system will not send the emails to you. In order to verify your email address, please login to Flocknote and click the ‘verify’ button located under your email address. Or you can email us at help@flocknote.com and we can verify it for you.

Your emails may have been bouncing back to us:
When there are multiple reports of problems delivering emails to your email address, Flocknote will mark your address as not verified and will stop sending emails to that address. When your address is not verified, Flocknote will not send emails to you. Email a Happiness Engineer at help@flocknote.com and we’ll be happy to get you verified! Adding mail@flocknote.com to your address book or safe sender list should prevent your email provider from bouncing the emails back to us or marking them as spam or junk.

You may be forwarding the emails and becoming unsubscribed:
Emails sent from Flocknote always contain a link in the bottom right hand corner to ‘Unsubscribe’. This link is unique to the original recipient of the email. If you forward the email to anyone, they will have the power to unsubscribe you. Instead of forwarding the emails, we encourage you to share a link to the note instead.

Still having trouble?
If none of the above resolved your email delivery problem, please send an email to us at help@flocknote.com and we can check in on things for you. We typically respond in less than an hour (if you send your email during office hours)

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

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