Resources for Catholics During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Many Dioceses, parishes, and Catholics have begun to feel the effects of remaining at home due to the coronavirus. Below is a list of resources for Mass, prayers and reflections to help us all during this trying time.
Please note, this list will be updated as more resources become available.
From the Vatican:
Pope Francis's COVID Emergency Fund for the Pontifical Mission Societies
USCCB Responds to Coronavirus
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):
With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity; that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God.
God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives.
United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace.
We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good.
Mass with Fr. Anthony M. Bozeman, SSJ at St. Raymond and St. Leo Catholic Church
Mass with Fr. Sidney Speaks, SSJ at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
St. Alphonsus Liguori
PRAYER TO MAKE A
St. Thomas Aquinas defined “spiritual communion” as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him. Saint Teresa of Avila wrote: “When you cannot receive Communion and cannot attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.”
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An Act of Spiritual Communion