During this time of crisis our faith is more important than ever. Here are some ways to help us keep our faith alive and strong.
- Participate in Virtual Mass through the Diocesan website – sdcatholic.org – click on the Sunday Mass or the Daily Mass button
- Participate in Virtual Mass through the Word on Fire website – wordonfire.org – https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
- Visit the Vatican Website for Pope Francis’ prayers and Masses for those who suffering from Covit-19 virus – https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html
- Make a Spiritual Communion: It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in 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.
- Use music to soothe your soul. Oregon Catholic Press, the company that publishes our missalettes, has posted several songs for support and consolation during these difficult times. Go to https://www.ocp.org/en-us/blog/entry/resources-for-parishes, scroll down and click on one of the following: “Healing in Christ” or “Songs of Hope and Inspiration.” Note: in some cases you may have to hit the “skip ads” button!
- Make virtual Stations of the Cross – Go to – com/video/virtual-stations-of-the-cross – for the traditional devotion in a virtual way to help you reflect on the mystery of Jesus’ death and what it still means to us today.
- Pray “A Prayer of Solidarity” prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.
- Visit the United States Conference of Catholic of Bishops for additional information and websites – http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/usccb-president-reflection-and-prayer-during-coronavirus.cfm