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Fratelli Tutti: Walking Together in a Divided Nation

Full Video ‘Fratelli Tutti: Walking Together in a Divided Nation’ Dialogue Between Cardinal Gregory, Bishop Stowe Now Available Online
WASHINGTON/LEXINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for dialogue and understanding, which are essential for humankind, said the archbishop of Washington and the bishop of Lexington, Kentucky in a recent video discussion on issues facing the United States and the Church today. The February 5 event, sponsored by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, is now posted online in its entirety.
The “Fratelli Tutti: Walking Together in a Divided Nation” webinar brought Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington into dialogue with Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington, on the pandemic, politics, poverty and how the teaching of Pope Francis —particularly in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti —shows a path forward.
“When we enter into dialogue with someone, we are opening ourselves to a relationship… we open ourselves up to the possibility of a mutually beneficial exchange,” said Cardinal Gregory. Bishop Stowe said he has been struck by recognizing that “we don’t have many opportunities where we’re taught how to dialogue. We want to convince somebody of our opinion, we’re thinking ahead to how we’re going to convince them.”
The full video can be viewed online: https://youtu.be/YfbsmAxURrY
For more information on the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, visit: https://catholicroundtable.org
The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 655,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 91 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.
The Catholic Diocese of Lexington covers 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky, with 59 parishes and missions serving some 46,000 Catholics.

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Due to weather, there will only be a noon Mass at St. Joe’s

Diocese Announces Resumption of Public Masses With Directives and Guidelines

Diocese Announces Resumption of Public Masses With Directives and Guidelines
LEXINGTON — The Catholic Diocese of Lexington will resume public Masses, effective May 20, following the “Healthy at Work: Guidelines for Places of Worship,” as well as directives and guidelines for all public celebrations of liturgy provided by the diocese. The directives and guidelines were posted on the diocesan website on May 15, along with a letter from Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., to the people of the diocese.
“I do not want anyone to mistake the resumption of public Masses as a sign that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, because it is not,” wrote Bishop Stowe. He added, “Please note that this is not simply a return to how we celebrated before the outbreak of the pandemic. Churches will only be able to admit 33 percent of the occupancy of the building and social distancing will need to be maintained at all times.”
Parishes in Lexington, Ashland, Campton, Hazard, Jackson, Lawrenceburg, Morehead, Mount Sterling, Owingsville, Richmond and Winchester will resume public masses May 30-31; all other locations will resume May 23-24.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues in the Catholic Diocese of Lexington until further notice, and elderly people and other vulnerable populations are encouraged to continue to participate via livestreamed Masses, possibly attending weekday Masses as a safer alternative as well.
A few of the measures required for all liturgies also include: Social distancing of six feet between people not living in the same household must be followed at all times; masks are to be worn by the congregation and by ministers at all times when not speaking, reading or singing as part of their ministry; holy water fonts are to remain empty; hand sanitizer is to be available; there is to be no physical contact during the Lord’s Prayer or during the Sign of Peace; hand sanitizer is to be used before the distribution of Communion; Communion is distributed only in the form of bread and given to communicants only in the hand; there are to be no choirs.
The directives can be found online in English and Spanish.

La Diócesis Anuncia la Reanudación de las Misas Públicas con Directivas y Pautas

La Diócesis Anuncia la Reanudación de las Misas Públicas con Directivas y Pautas
LEXINGTON – La Diócesis Católica de Lexington reanudará las Misas públicas, a partir del 20 de mayo, siguiendo las “Sanos en el Trabajo: Pautas para los Lugares de Culto”, así como las directivas y pautas para todas las celebraciones públicas de liturgia proporcionadas por la diócesis. Las directivas y pautas se publicaron en el sitio web diocesano el 15 de mayo, junto con una carta del obispo John Stowe, OFM Conv., Dirigida a la gente de la diócesis.
“No quiero que nadie confunda la reanudación de las Misas públicas como una señal de que la pandemia de COVID-19 ha terminado, porque no es así”, escribió el obispo Stowe. Agregó: “Tengan en cuenta que esto no es simplemente un regreso a la forma en que celebrábamos antes del estallido de la pandemia. Las iglesias solo podrán admitir el 33 por ciento de la ocupación del edificio y el mantener su sana distancia o distanciamiento social deberá mantenerse en todo momento”.
Las parroquias de Lexington, Ashland, Campton, Hazard, Jackson, Lawrenceburg, Morehead, Mount Sterling, Owingsville, Richmond y Winchester reanudarán las Misas públicas en el fin de semana del 30 al 31 de mayo; todas las demás ubicaciones reanudarán el fin de semana del 23 al 24 de mayo.
La dispensa de la obligación de asistir a la Misa dominical continúa en la diócesis católica de Lexington hasta nuevo aviso, y se alienta a las personas mayores y a otras poblaciones vulnerables a continuar participando a través de Misas transmitidas en vivo por Internet o televisión, posiblemente asistiendo a Misas entre semana como una alternativa más segura también.
Algunas de las medidas requeridas para todas las liturgias también incluyen: mantener en todo momento su sana distancia o distanciamiento social de seis pies o dos metros entre las personas que no viven en el mismo hogar; la congregación y los ministros deben usar cubrebocas o mascarillas en todo momento cuando no estén hablando, leyendo o cantando como parte de su ministerio; las fuentes de agua bendita deben permanecer vacías; el gel antibacterial o desinfectante de manos debe estar disponible; no debe haber contacto físico durante el Padre Nuestro o durante la Señal de la Paz; el gel antibacterial de manos debe usarse antes de la distribución de la Comunión; La Comunión se distribuye solo en forma de pan y se da a los comulgantes solo en la mano y en completo silencio; no habrá coros.
Las directivas se pueden encontrar en línea en español y en inglés.

Updates 2020
Confessions resume in the church on June 13th at 3:00 PM. Please follow the blue line and stand on the Xs.
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