You are welcome at any time to live-stream Mass from your car and approach the Church for communion after Mass if you are vulnerable or immune-compromised. Please be assured that all Newman Center staff and missionaries are fully vaccinated!
Masks are currently required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals as per the Bishop’s guidance. Masks are available in the Narthex. Please take care of yourself! We will update this page if anything changes (or join our Flocknote community for regular updates).
Bishop Stowe to End the General Dispensation as of the First Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2021
Effective Sunday, November 28, 2021, Bishop Stowe, OFM Conv. will officially end the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Those who are vulnerable or immune-compromised because of age or health reasons are under no obligation to attend Mass at the risk of their well-being. Parishes should continue to offer the celebration of the Mass via live stream for those who cannot risk attending Mass in person at the present time. The full decree with an accompanying reflection on the importance of Sunday Mass and the moral obligation to attend by Fr. Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul in Danville, is available below.
We received the following message from the Diocese regarding mask requirements on July 30th:
As Covid infections continue to rise and with greater understanding of how easily the Delta variant spreads, effective immediately the mask requirement for all people at Mass, all liturgies, and all other meetings that take place on parish grounds is reinstated. Furthermore, congregational singing should be greatly reduced or eliminated until further notice. All people eligible for vaccination should also seek it as soon as possible.
We received the following message from the Diocese regarding staff vaccination requirements on August 17th:
Employees at the Catholic Center of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment, starting on Sept. 1, Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. of Lexington announced on Aug. 17. Pastors who choose to implement this policy at the parish level on Sept. 1 have his support; further mandates may be forthcoming. The bishop also reinstated the policy of requiring masks for all employees at work at the Catholic Center.
“This is an urgent matter of public health and safety. There is no religious exemption for Catholics to being vaccinated, and Pope Francis has repeatedly called this a moral obligation,” said Bishop Stowe. “The health care system is now overwhelmed by a crisis caused primarily by those who refuse to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated. This is unacceptable, and our diocese now joins those employers who have already made this basic commitment to the common good a requirement.”
The Catholic Center is located on W. Main Street in Lexington. The Catholic Diocese of Lexington covers 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky, with 59 parishes and missions serving some 46,000 Catholics.
COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus, we pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance, we pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, we pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.