HELP COMMUNICATE: FOR THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE EMAIL
There are a number of parishioners for whom we do not have an email address. If you are aware of them, (or if you are who is happening to read this) please encourage them to call the parish office and give us their email address so they can receive timely communications regarding their parish. At the very least, please forward parish communications/emails to them.
For some parish households, we do not have an email address because they do not have one and do not use email. If you are aware of someone like this, please print them off a hard copy and give it to them so they can be informed.
VIDEO FROM BISHOP FOYS
For a good introduction to things as we begin to resume Masses, I encourage you to view this video from Bishop Foys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxjTeuECXnE&feature=youtu.be
PUBLIC MASSES RESUME MAY 20
Tomorrow we will resume public Masses at Saint Agnes. The schedule for Masses will be the same as it was before we had to suspend having public Masses. Weekday Masses will be at 6:30 and 11:30 AM, Monday through Friday and at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning. Sunday Masses will be at 4 PM (Saturday), and 8:30 and 10:30 Sunday mornings.
MISTAKE IN THE LAST EMAIL
Please note that there was a mistake in last week’s mailing. In one place it mis-stated that Sunday Masses would be at 8:30 and 11:30. This was wrong. Masses on Sunday morning will be at 8:30 and 10:30.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND RED TAPE
We have to maintain social distancing for our Masses. The church has been “marked” with red tape, indicating which pews should not be used. Every other pew has tape across the ends to remind people NOT to use them. The pews that are not taped on the ends may be used, however people should not sit in the area marked by the red tape that is on the pew right in front of them. This strip of tape is 6 feet long and observing this will help groups sitting at each end of the pew keep the recommended 6 feet (minimum) separation. Persons from the same households can sit together (closer than 6 feet) and so can sit across an entire pew.
We encourage persons of the same household to attend the same Mass and sit together, so as to maximize the use of the space.
SIT NEAR THE FRONT FIRST
For weekday Masses, we do ask people to fill the pews from the front. That is, to use the pews closest to the front, all the while maintaining the social distancing described above. Also for weekday Mass, please use only the pews in the main body of the church. This way, our volunteers can be more confident that they are wiping down the pews that were used and won’t have to wipe down all the pews in church, just to be sure.
For the distribution of Communion in both the Main Body of Church and the Annex:
I. People should exit their pews from the side-aisle side,
II. Come forward to the front, maintain the 6 feet social distancing (observe the red tape marks on the floor),
III. Walk across the front toward the center aisle,
IV. Receive communion from the Priest or Deacon at the head of the center aisle,
V. Return to their pew down the center aisle observing distance from the person in front of you.
There will be only one minister, a priest or deacon, at the head of the aisle. He will alternate from side to side those he is giving Communion to, so as to allow for spacing as people return to their pews down the middle aisles.
SANITIZING AFTER EACH MASS: YOU CAN HELP
After each Mass, the pews will be wiped down, as will the door handles, railings and bathroom. We will need help doing this after every Mass, both on Sundays and the other days of the week. Cleaning supplies will be supplied. For the time being, we ask volunteers to bring their own mask. It is easy to sign up. For more information and to sign up by going to the following link:
As mentioned here last week, right now my biggest concern is what may happen when we reach capacity with the seating and people have to be turned away. I don’t like that idea, but we will have to enforce the social distancing… In other words, we have to follow the protocols, and this may involve turning people away. So please be patient as we try to get all of this worked out. With the social distancing measures, the capacity of our church decreases from about 900 to about 150.
WEAR A MASK TO MASS
I encourage everyone to where a mask to Mass. This is something we all can do to help reduce the chance of spreading the virus, to ourselves, our families and to anyone we may come in contact with.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED…
People ask about dispensations. In general, you only need a dispensation from something when you don’t have a good excuse. If you have a good excuse, that is your “dispensation” so to speak. This is true for Mass. If you are concerned about giving the virus, or getting the virus, than by all means play it safe. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is particularly good advice in these circumstances. While we are resuming Masses, this does not mean everyone should come to Mass. If you have underlying health concerns due to age, heart conditions, respiratory conditions, diabetes, etc. I would encourage you NOT to come to Mass until the overall conditions improve.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember and pray for the repose of the souls of those members of our parish who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving of their lives while in service to our country:
∙ Ensign Paul Bertke, US Navy, 1966
∙ Staff Sergeant A. Edward Dickhaus, Jr., US Army, WW II, France, 1944
∙ Sergeant Eugene Finke, Jr., US Army, WW II, 1943
∙ Staff Sergeant Jack Kleeb, US Army Air Corp, WWII, New Guinea, 1944
∙ Private Fred Kluemper, US Army, 1941
∙ Staff Sergeant Daniel Tyler Lee, US Army, Afghanistan, 2014
∙ Reverend Father Captain Henry B. Stober, Chaplain, US Army, WW II, Japan, 1945
∙ Sergeant James Todtenbier, US Army, Viet Nam, 1969
∙ Private Chester James Wartman, US Navy/Marines, Viet Nam, 1969
∙ Captain Paul Wenstrup, Air Force, 1951
∙ Lt. John “Jack” Wiechman, US Navy/Marines, WWII, 1942
NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET, SO PATIENCE and GENEROSITY
I’ve mentioned before, and it bears repeating… Some experts caution that the worst is yet to come. As I write this (May 19) the death toll is over 90,000.
LIVE-STREAMING FROM SAINT AGNES?
Regarding the live-streaming project: We may be up and running by next weekend, at least partially. As of this writing (May 19) we have received over $2,000 in donations to help pay for the project. (Thank you very much to these generous donors!) This leaves a balance of about $3,500. Every little bit will help. If you would like to contribute to the live-streaming project, just clearly mark you gift and mail it to the parish office (1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011-2779) or drop it in the drop-box slot on the parish office porch.
Again, this capability should make our Masses and other worship services in our church accessible to anyone who has a computer or Facebook access. Also, it will make it possible for people who are out of town to view weddings, funerals, and more in the parish.
ASSISTANCE FOR ST. AGNES PARISHIONERS
Dear Parishioners, just a reminder that the St. Agnes Christian Service Committee may be able to help if you have been affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns and are in need of assistance with utilities, rent, mortgage, food, medicine, or other needs. Many individuals and families who never thought they would need help are now finding themselves in difficult financial situations. The Christian Service Committee has been assisting St. Agnes parishioners for almost 50 years, All information is kept confidential and only known to the five members on the committee. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please email the rectory with your contact information and one of the committee members will reach out to you.
Sincerely, St. Agnes Christian Service Committee (Carol Allison, Steve Lorenz, Dave Rechtin, Kevin Schwartz, Ted Vogelpohl)
THIS SUNDAY: ASCENSION OF THE LORD
In November of 1998, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States voted to allow the bishops of each ecclesiastical province in the United States to determine whether the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord was to be celebrated on the traditional fortieth day after Easter – a Thursday – or on the Seventh Sunday of Easter. This decision was subsequently confirmed by the Holy See (Rome).
The Diocese of Covington is part of the Louisville Province, which includes all of the dioceses in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. (Cincinnati is in the Ohio province.) In 1999, the bishops of the Louisville province discussed this issue and for pastoral reasons decided to transfer the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, beginning in 2000.
Gospel Reading: (Matthew 28:16-20) Since this is “Year A”, we read from the Gospel of Matthew. These verses are the last lines in the Gospel of Matthew. The disciples are assembled on the mountain in Galilee to which Jesus had summoned them through the women He had appeared to earlier on that “first day of the week.” Jesus is depicted as addressing his disciples in very formal language: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore…”. Jesus simply commands the disciples to go forth and make disciples of all peoples, Baptizing them “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” and teaching them all that He had taught them. To this day, these words of Jesus are the required words for Baptism: “I Baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus also assures His disciples (and all future generations) that he will always be with them (Jesus is still Emmanuel): “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus’ actual ascension is not described. There is just this description of His final appearance to the disciples.
First Reading: (Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11) For the Feast of the Ascension, the first reading is always this account of the Ascension from the opening verses of The Acts of the Apostles. In fact, this reading is the “introduction” to the Acts of the Apostles. This passage also points the disciples–and us–to Pentecost. Jesus instructs his disciples (and their descendants) that they are to be his witnesses “in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Two thousand years later, this is our charge from Jesus, to be faithful witnesses to God’s love, revealed in Jesus, “to the ends of the earth.” The Acts of the Apostles will describe the initial spread of that faith from Jerusalem to Rome.
Second Reading: (Ephesians 1:17-23) In this beautiful passage, Paul expresses his wish that the Christians of Ephesus be given (by God) a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of Jesus, “that you may know what is the hope that belongs to His call, what are the riches of glory in His inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power for us who believe…”
SEE YOU IN CHURCH!
And hopefully soon. Let us continue to pray for each other and all in need.
God bless you,
Father Mark Keene, Pastor