Resources to Stay Connected Spiritually

Opportunities for Mass

 

Live Stream Mass Opportunities:

 

The Abbey at St. John's University in St. Cloud Minnesota, offers daily Mass at 5 p.m., Saturday Mass at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.  https://saintjohnsabbey.org/live

 

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is live-streaming the 8 a.m. weekday Mass and the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass. The updated schedule for Holy Week can be found there.

 

Celebrate Mass with Pope Francis daily. 

Pope Francis is celebrating televised Mass at his residence at the Vatican daily and it can be seen on CatholicTV at 12:30 pm. The Holy Father said “In these days, I will offer Mass for those who are sick from the coronavirus epidemic, for the doctors, nurses, volunteers who are helping them, for their families, for the elderly in nursing homes, for prisoners”.

 

The Order of the Mass:

 

RCL Benziger knows that many local Catholic communities are experiencing the Sunday Liturgies online. To support families in their participation in the Mass, RCL Benziger is providing the Order of Mass and the Act of Spiritual Communion for adults and children in both English and bilingual Spanish/English.

The Order of the Mass

Liturgy of the Hours
from Liturgy Training Publications
 
Many of us now face the inability to attend Mass and pray as a community. While we may not be able to celebrate the Eucharistic liturgy together, we can continue to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours in our homes as families and individuals.

The
Liturgy of the Hours is the daily prayer ritual of Christians that sanctifies and consecrates time. It is the prayer of Christ and the Church, and its celebration connects us deeply to Christ's Paschal Mystery.

This form of prayer may be unfamiliar to many of your parishioners. LTP has prepared easy-to-use resources that will introduce this ancient prayer to Catholics and encourage them to pray Morning Prayer each Sunday. These resources include:
  • An overview video about the Liturgy of the Hours
  • An introductory video about Morning Prayer
  • A worship aid with prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 22, 2020)
  • Music sound files
Visit this website to access these resources.  
 
As Masses continue to be suspended, these resources will be updated each week to provide your parishioners with the proper texts for each Sunday, helping them to participate more fully in the liturgical life of the Church.
 
The staff at LTP joins you in praying for good health and for all those who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Living Faith

In light of the tremendous disruptions of our daily lives due to the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus, we want to help you find comfort, peace and healing in your faith both now and during the challenging days and weeks ahead. To that end, we are making Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotions along with La Fe Viva and Living Faith Kids free to access online through the end of March.

You can get free, temporary access to all of our daily devotionals here:

Living Faith January/February/March 2020

La Fe Viva January/February/March 2020

Living Faith Kids March 2020

May these resources lead you to greater prayer and reflection, helping you to seek the Lord with confidence, knowing that he will never abandon you. We pray that good health and peace of mind will be yours as we look forward to a time when these health concerns will be eased. May we also keep in mind what we are often told in Scripture, to “be not afraid.”

Please spread this bit of good news with everyone you know and let us all continue to share our blessings of faith, hope and love with each other.

A Prayer Amid A Pandemic

 

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their health and strength through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true       concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

                                                                                             

                                                                                         -Author: Kerry Weber

 

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