Christ The King School
Holy Week Resources
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:31
Palm Sunday Live Stream
We will stream the following Masses from the Cathedral:
- Friday - 8:00 AM Fr. Paul (English)
- Saturday (Palm Sunday Vigil)
5:00 PM Fr. Paul (English)
- Sunday - 11:00 AM (English) Bishop John
Celebrate Holy Week at Home
We will stream the following Masses from the Cathedral:
- Diocesan Chrism Mass (bilingual)Tuesday, April 7 at 10 AM (Bishop John)
- Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper (bilingual),
April 9 at 7:30 PM (Bishop John)
- Good Friday: English at 3 pm and Spanish at 4:30 pm (Bishop John)
- Easter Vigil - 9 PM - Bishop John Stowe (bilingual)
- Easter Sunday:
- 11 AM - Fr. Paul Prabell (English)
- Noon - Bishop John Stowe (Spanish)
#DioLexGives – A Day of Online Giving – April 9, 2020
The Diocese of Lexington is hosting an online Day of Giving on Holy Thursday, April 9th, in an effort to drive donations to our greatest needs. The focus for this day is Parish Offertory and Catholic Charities. This is in keeping with the spirit of the Liturgy for Holy Thursday, the beginning of the Sacred Triduum. The Mass of Holy Thursday traditionally calls for a procession of gifts for the poor as the antiphon, "where true charity is dwelling, God is present there" is sung.
Catholic Charities is in dire need of emergency assistance support for families who have lost their income due to shutdowns. We expect the requests for assistance to drastically increase as the weeks of sheltering-in-place continue. Click on the red banner to donate to Catholic Charities
Holy Week at Home (Link in Picture)
While the Cathedral and others will be streaming many Holy Week services, masses, etc. - here is a great resource from Liturgical Press and our Diocesan Worship Office. These prayers are not intended to replace the liturgies of Holy Week. Rather they are a sincere effort to cultivate some of the rituals and spirit of Holy Week in our own homes when public celebration is not possible. Include the family in planning and holding these services in your home.
Family Rosary with Fr. Ray Stratman
Fr. Ray has now completed the full series of rosaries that includes all four sets of mysteries.
The series has been captured here on YouTube for use with your family at your convenience. What a great way to help your children learn how to pray the Rosary.
Thank Fr. Ray the next time you see him.
Bishop Outlines Conditions for General Absolution and Perfect Contrition
LEXINGTON — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and instructions issued by the Vatican, there may arise conditions under which Catholics in the Diocese of Lexington may receive general absolution, obtain forgiveness of sins through perfect contrition or obtain a plenary indulgence granted to those suffering from COVID-19. Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., outlined these conditions in a letter all priests in the diocese on March 25.
“Thank you for your creative ministry to the people of God during these most challenging circumstances. I am appreciative of all those who are reaching out to the faithful by phone, through videos and other means of social communication, and sharing the great message of our faith — that God is with us,” Bishop Stowe wrote.
While priests in the diocese continue to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, hearing confessions by appointment and observing the necessary social distancing measures, a practice that will continue until there are different directives, the bishop also addressed the possibility of making use of general absolution, a practice by which absolution is granted to a large group of people, usually who are in danger of death.
According to guidelines from Rome and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “if conditions become such that gatherings of patients in a hospital ward or a place functioning as a hospital ward are in need of absolution, general absolution could be offered with a simple explanation by the priests of how the penitents are to participate,” Bishop Stowe wrote.
The bishop also shared that, in the tradition of the Catholic Church, when sacramental confession is not possible, perfect contrition obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones. The bishop outlined the requirements for perfect contrition: the love of God, the sincere desire for forgiveness and the commitment to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation when possible.
Finally, Bishop Stowe outlined the conditions under which the Vatican has granted special indulgences related to COVID-19, both to those suffering from the virus and to health care workers, family members and all those exposed to contagion. Per the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a plenary indulgence removes all temporal punishment due to sin.
Creating Crafts or Artwork to Teach about Holy Week?
Stay tuned for a special presentation of the Stations from our 8th Graders!
Online Giving Facilitates Support for Parishes During Pandemic
LEXINGTON — Catholics across the Diocese of Lexington can still support their parishes by giving online. Public Masses have been suspended in the diocese since March 16, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so parishes have not been taking up collections. Bobbi Silver, development director for the diocese, addressed this concern in a letter to the Catholics posted on the diocesan website.
“Even though we cannot be together, I ask you to continue supporting your parish,” wrote Silver. “Just like our home budget, the bills for utilities, for insurance, and for other operations will continue. If you are financially able, please support your parish. You can mail your gift directly to your parish or donate online to the parish directly.”
To facilitate this, an online giving page has been established to allow direct online donations. The full amount of each gift goes to the parish or mission, and there is no fee to the donor or the recipient church for this service.
“Our priests continue to celebrate the Mass, and pray for us; let us continue to pray and fully support them, our families, neighbors, coworkers and parish communities as much as we can,” wrote Silver.
For the full listing of parishes and missions with links for online giving, visit: www.cdlex.org/give-to-your-local-parish
Reminders about our CTK Parish response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Following diocesan guidance and directives, we will continue the sacramental life of the Church as best we can, which now must include a growing domestic church component. I encourage you to take advantage of the resources offered through various apps, websites and Catholic television and radio. Here at the Cathedral we will continue on our Lenten Journey in the following way:
- Mass will be celebrated PRIVATELY and BROADCAST through Facebook Live on the following schedule:
- Tuesday at 5:30 PM
- Friday 8:00 AM
- The homily will be geared toward elementary school age to encourage family viewing.
- Saturday VIgil Mass at 5:00PM
- Stations of the Cross and other devotions are cancelled
- Confessions by appointment will be the policy of all eight of our parishes in Lexington.
- We priests are willing to talk on the phone about spiritual issues and we here at Christ the King are open to setting an appointment with people seeking to go to confession, and we would meet in our office parlor, with appropriate safe distance between us.
- During this time frame, Father Mark will be in Kenya on a home visit planned for some time.
- Fr. Damian (609-457-0034) and I (859-227-6001) will be available for appointments.
- Baptisms and Funerals can be arranged through the parish office
- The Adoration Chapel will remain open for now but with the Blessed Sacrament reposed in a tabernacle.
- With this change, there is no longer a requirement for an adorer to be present at all times. Therefore, all senior citizens and anyone with any underlying physical condition should not be coming to the adoration chapel at this time. There is no reason to feel any guilt for not coming to adore.
- All who come to adore must practice appropriate social distancing while in the chapel. We have placed a hand-sanitizer on the table out in the hallway as you approach the chapel. Please feel free to bring disinfecting wipes to use both before and as you leave the chapel.
- All other parish programs, events, in-person meetings, are suspended until further notice.
- With the exception of the adoration chapel, the rest of the Cathedral and school will be locked until further notice.
- Our parish office will be closed during this period but the phone messages to the parish (859-268-2861) and E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be monitored and responded to on a daily basis by our Parish Administrative Manger, Joe Buckman.
We will continue to update you as needed in the coming days and
weeks through our parish E-mail and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
If you do not currently receive our parish E-mails, click here and you can sign up in less than a minute. We typically send no more than two E-mails per week (Monday and Friday morning). It's probably the best way to stay abreast of further developments in our response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Catholic on Purpose
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