Important Update on Activities at St. Patrick Catholic Church
to Ensure the Health and Safety of Our Parishioners and Community
UPDATE: St. Patrick's Mass will air live on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
You can find it on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/St.PatrickLexingtonVA
or by clicking the link or icon if you do not have a Facebook account.
You can also find it here on YouTube.
UPDATE: We are thankful that we now have the technological capability of “livestreaming” the following liturgical services:
Friday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. – Stations of the Cross. Click here for Prayers for the Stations of the Cross.
Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. – Palm Sunday Mass. On Palm Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m., blessed palms will be placed in the proper containers at the footsteps of our front piazza staircase. Please practice social distancing when driving through, stopping and picking up a few pieces of palms for your families and loved ones.
Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. – Holy Thursday Mass
Friday, April 10, 12:15 p.m. – Stations of the Cross. Click here for Prayers for the Stations of the Cross.
Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy
Saturday, April 11, 8:000 p.m. – Great Easter Vigil
Sunday, April 12, 10:30 a.m. – Easter Sunday Mass
All weekend and weekday Masses are suspended until further notice. Bishop Knestout has granted a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days for all the faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.
UPDATE: Bishop Knestout is pleased to announce our first ever diocesan-wide virtual Holy Week Mission! This engaging Mission will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night of Holy Week from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. It will feature three dynamic priests from our Diocese, music and choirs from across the Diocese, and four lay speakers. During the Mission, there will be an opportunity for discussion and activities for families at home. To access it and for more information go to richmonddiocese.org/holyweekmission.
Additional precautions being taken are:
Fr. Joe will hear confessions on Saturdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., on the back parking lot. There will be drive through confessions if only one person is in the vehicle.
All access to our church, undercroft, and Parish House is restricted to staff only.
Religious Education classes are suspended until further notice.
St. Patrick Preschool is closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. See you in September!
All in-person meetings and group activities are suspended until further notice.
You can listen to Fr. Joe's and Kathleen's two celebrations of Sunday Scriptures on 96.7 fm 3WZ radio which also can be live streamed on your computer and smartphone at 3wzfm.com/. Kindle My Fire with Kathleen Nowacki-Correia airs Sundays at 8:30 a.m., and Fr. Joe's program airs at 10 a.m. These programs present two Catholic opportunities to hear God's Word on Sunday mornings. UPDATE: Links to last weekend's program are below. Weekly Sunday Mass is also available online at adw.org/tvmass and ewtn.com/tv/watch-live/united-states.
UPDATE: The Pizza Fundraiser is Happening! St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus will be teaming up with Domino’s Pizza of Lexington to raise funds for the citizens of Rockbridge County with intellectual disabilities this Monday, April 6. Domino’s will donate a generous
percentage of all sales on that day to KOVAR. KOVAR is a charitable organization administered by the Knights which provides grants to organizations assisting our fellow citizens with intellectual disabilities. This is a fun and easy way to help our community. Please thank Domino's Pizza of Lexington for their on-going support of KOVAR and the Knights of Columbus.
Also, while homebound, take advantage of our free parish subscription to FORMED for the best Catholic movies, e-books, study series, webinars, and top speakers! Go to formed.org, scroll down, click Register, enter parish code T2WDQ3, your personal email, click Submit, and fill in your information for free access.
Thank you to our parishioners and friends for your continued financial stewardship during this difficult time. With public Masses suspended, please consider giving online at offertory.richmonddiocese.org or through our direct debit program at Direct Debit.
March 24, 2020 Message from our Pastor:
"Those who trust in the Lord are like a tree planted beside the water…
In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still produces fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:8
Dear Parishioners of St. Patrick's,
May the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones!
Preparations being put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community present us with both challenges and opportunities. The priority of St. Patrick's is to care for our families and minister to them in every way we can.
As you know, the Diocese of Richmond has suspended all public Masses until further notice. Bishop Knestout will be updating us regularly. You can check the diocesan website for these updates at richmonddiocese.org/coronavirus.
Through all of this, St. Patrick's will remain a community of faith that trusts in the Lord and shares His blessings with each other. We are moving forward with new ways to minister to our parish families, including:
1. Having drive through Confessions on Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the parish parking lot as long as only one person is in the car.
2. Providing worship resources on our parish website at stpatrickslexington.com.
3. Working toward livestreamed Masses. More information on this soon.
We are committed to making the most of this time and help draw families closer to Christ. In times of crisis, people look to Christ and his Church. St. Patrick's will be here to serve.
There are three things that I’m asking you to do right now, today:
1. Pray. Remember God does not abandon his children. Please join me in praying for the following:
· All the sick and suffering around the world, and families affected by the coronavirus
· Those who are struggling financially because of this crisis
· First responders, medical personal and all government leaders
· Our parish, your pastor, bishop and the Holy Father in Rome
2. Visit our parish website often at stpatrickslexington.com for the latest updates and worship resources.
3. Continue to support our parish - online. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the continued financial stewardship of parishioners and friends during this difficult time. With public Masses suspended, I am asking every family to consider supporting the parish financial through on-line giving:
b. On the giving page, choose "St. Patrick - Lexington (567)" in the dropdown list.
c. Please consider setting up a recurring gift to help our parish for the future.
You can also support our parish through our direct debit program. Please see the parish website for more information.
If you need assistance with either giving option, please contact Leslie Straughan at 463-3533 or officestpatrickslexington.com. God bless you for your generosity!
I will continue to provide updates, primarily through our parish website and occasionally through email.
Please know that you are in my prayers. Have faith! Let us rally together behind what is most important in our lives – God, family, and our St. Patrick's community.
Fr. Joseph D'Aurora
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221 West Nelson St.
Lexington, VA 24450
P.O. Box 725
Lexington, VA 24450
Through the grace of God, we, the members of Saint Patrick’s Parish, accept the task of proclaiming the Gospel, seeking the Kingdom of God, and building our community on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
We are a dynamic community of believers in Jesus Christ who celebrate our Catholic faith in active worship, live out our faith in our daily lives and in service to those in need. Our parish enables all its members to grow in their relationship with Jesus and with one another.
Suspended until further notice.
Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays for 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and
Joining the Church
On Wednesday evenings, our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) group meets. RCIA is for those interested in becoming Catholic or receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, and includes adults, college students, and children who have reached the age of reason. This programs run from mid September to May, but the period of inquiry can begin at any time.
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