Ed Scott

Update from Fr. Dale – 5/27/2021

May 28-31, 2021
Feast of the Holy Trinity

Memorial Day Weekend

Greetings!

As we enter another holiday weekend, I am sending you another message of updates.  For the sake of clarity, we are starting to rescind those things that we had to do with/for COVID.  One of those things is (A) taking down some of the ropes on the pews.  We will leave two sections for distancing and the middle sections will be available up for open-seating.  (B) the Baptismal font is now ‘useable’ again for everyone and (C) the markings on the floor for distancing… are gone. 

Until further notice, those fully vaccinated are welcomed to de-mask and all others are asked to wear a mask while in the church.  BTW, the Cry/Kids/Family Room, which has been opened for use for the last few weekends, is always available to you with our very young parishioners.

I would also like to invite you to the June 12 celebration (in lieu of a summer parish picnic).  Besides the excitement generated by the Super Raffle, EVERYONE is invited to come and visit under the tents STARTING AT 9:00 AM until sunset.  Food and drink will be available for purchase for (A) the lunch hour of hamburgers, hot dogs and brats as well as (B) a fried fish meal after the 5:00 PM mass. 

The primary purpose of Spring Fling is for everyone to get-together and, in some cases, get reacquainted with each other… maybe since the first days of the pandemic.

There will be music and eats and a few games of chance to enhance the day.  Please feel free to bring your lawn chairs and sit under the provided tents.  This is YOUR day!  Invite your family and friends to come for any part of it.  I would love to see you.  A premier Volleyball Tournament event, under the guidance of Wally and Julie Adams, will also be happening in a far corner of the parish campus to enjoy.  Donations for it are most welcomed and appreciated!

As always, thanks for your stewardship of time, talent and treasure. 

May you have a safe holiday weekend and I personally look forward to seeing you at one of the three permanent weekend masses… especially the First Communion and Confirmation families!

Peace,

Father Dale

WhoWeLostKY.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               Contact:  Martha Greenwald

                                                                                                Phone:     502.648.8630

                                                                                                Email:     martha@whowelost.org

New Site Launches to Honor the Memory of Kentucky’s Covid-19 Victims

WhoWeLostKY.org offers users writing tips

and a place to submit stories about loved ones

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 30, 2021) – A new website, WhoWeLostKY.org, has launched to offer the family and friends of Kentuckians lost to Covid-19 an opportunity to memorialize their loved ones by writing and sharing stories. The site provides free, practical writing guidance and templates, as well as an active online submission option.

WhoWeLostKY.org hopes to support resiliency and connection by ensuring that those who died are not forgotten. The social isolation caused by the pandemic has changed mourning ceremonies and customs, leaving people few options beyond social media to communicate and share expressions of grief. The therapeutic benefits of writing are well known. Participating in this project can help a mourner’s healing process as they access important memories.

“Many people feel insecure about writing, perhaps due to past negative experiences in school or due to fears about their abilities,” said Martha Greenwald, a writer, educator and the Founder/CCO of WhoWeLostKY.org. “We want everyone to feel comfortable participating on the site. We encourage them to write stories to share or just keep for themselves. No writing expertise is needed. We also want to be sure friends and colleagues of those who died come to the site and post stories too. Grief affects everyone, not just family members,” Greenwald noted.

The site is designed and developed by Greenwald and a team of distinguished professionals in the fields of digital technology, education, psychology, culture, and religion. The materials featured on the site are sensitive to the difficult topics being addressed and are designed to be easy to use. The site will regularly post new materials to inspire reflection specific to different times of the year. Further plans for the future include online writing workshops and a print anthology compiled from user-submitted stories.

Full details of the site and a contact form can be found by visiting the URL above.

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Guidelines for Mass

Guidelines for Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church 2020

First and foremost, Archbishop Kurtz has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend MASS on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation for the Archdiocese of Louisville until further notice.  Anyone over the age of 65 is encouraged to continue attending MASS as found at www.archlou.org/COVID-19 and ease into your return at your convenience at a later time.   

You are encouraged to take your own temperature before coming to MASS. If you are sick you need to stay home at this time.  As we have been doing, one can share Spiritual Communion at a virtual MASS.  It is strongly encouraged to protect one another and follow the guidelines of the Commonwealth and wear a mask or face covering at all times (and gloves if you choose).  Masks are available at the exits; homemade and bought.   

Doors will be propped open upon your arrival.  In order to fulfill ‘social distancing’, our church seating is that families are directed to sit together in one pew.  Every second/third pew is reserved for that purpose.  All individuals are asked to sit at least 6 feet apart at Mass.  Since our church officially seats 750, we are allowed to use approximately 200 seats per MASS in keeping with Commonwealth guidelines.  In order to comply, a third mass of 11:00 AM is being added to the schedule (until at least the end of September).  Seating will be first come, first served.  

Please take and use an Order of Worship found at all entrances.  Please discard them after the MASS in trash receptacles at the exits.  All song books are in storage.

Hand sanitizer is made available at all three exits (Foamy IQ which is a foam disinfectant). 

The collection of tithing and donations will be taken during Communion.  Please place your donations in the basket provided by the usher.  Thank you for sharing.

Please ‘stagger’ your exit from the church so as to keep ‘social distance’ when leaving.  For those who wish to visit at the end of mass, please do so outside… for now. 

Thank you for complying with these rules and guidelines.  They come from four sources: the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Archbishop and Archdiocese of Louisville, the faith-family of SFX and Father Dale Cieslik, pastor.  

God bless!  Pray unceasingly for a vaccine to COVID-19.

Mass of the Air

As an alternative to attending Mass, Catholics may watch the 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).

Other resources for virtual masses include the following:

  • Cathedral of the Assumption 12:00 noon Sundays – watch live or recorded here.
  • St. James Parish (Elizabethtown) – has the Sunday Mass by 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, here (YouTube) or here (parish website).  The Mass also airs on Comcast CH 2 at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Mass with Pope Francis here.
  • Word on Fire Daily Mass posted by 8:15 a.m. each day. See here.
  • Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.) Mass live streamed each Sunday at 12 Noon here.