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March 29-April 4, 2020
Holy Week Schedule — April 5-10, 2020
KEEPING SUNDAY SACRED
Although public Masses have been suspended in our diocese, there are still many ways we can give ourselves and our families to the Lord on Sunday.
If you are living on your own, please remember that your prayers are joined with the mystical Body of Christ, on heaven and on earth — prayer is always an invitation to enter into community.
If you are home with family, please consider praying and doing these activities with one another. This is a unique opportunity to nourish the live of your domestic church (your family!).
- Watch Sunday Mass at home and make an act of spiritual communion (below). Masses will be livestreamed on our diocesan website.
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most holy Eucharist. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
- Pray the Rosary. It is traditional to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries on Sundays in Lent.
- Pray before bed.
- Make a sacred space in your home. Set aside a wall, corner, or room for family prayer. Get creative!
- Reach out to those who are isolated. Send a letter or make a phone call to the older people in your parish or community or those in nursing homes.
- Light a candle in your home to represent the light of Christ and your family’s intentions.
- Sit down for a Sunday meal. Challenge everyone to put away those phones! You can discuss the Sunday Gospel together or simply share your experiences during this unique time.
- Make good use of those screens! Watch some Catholic content online — there are lots of excellent movies, study programs, and YouTube videos for all ages. Some suggestions:
A Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic
you always brighten our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith.
O loving Mother,
you know what we need,
and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee.
Intercede for us with your Son Jesus,
the Divine Physician,
for those who have fallen ill,
for those who are vulnerable,
and for those who have died.
Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others
and for those who are tending to the sick
and seeking a cure.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who took upon himself our
suﬀerings and carried our sorrows,
so as to lead us, through the Cross,
to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
Under thy protection we seek refuge,
O Holy Mother of God.
In our needs, despise not our petitions,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis
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