Resources for Prayer and Worship in a Time of Quarantine

Across the province, regular public worship services have been suspended. In this time of trial we find ourselves even in more need of God’s grace. Listed below are resources that the Catholic community have provided to support us. Please share this information. We are not alone, we are one body, united in Christ. Many of these ideas have been adapted or borrowed from Catholic Current.


Online Masses and Adoration

Vatican News Live Streaming Pope Francis’ Masses  

Archdiocese of Toronto Live Streaming Mass from St. Michael’s Cathedral (7:30 am EDT)

Salt + Light Media provides the Daily TV Mass produced by the National Catholic Broadcasting Council four times a day at 6:30 am, 11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 10:30 pm

University of Notre Dame Masses  

St. Patrick’s Cathedral New York 

Adorecast – Live Perpetual Adoration 

Word On Fire Daily Masses 

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.

Amen.


Daily Readings

Living With Christ App You can download the App that has daily readings and prayers.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Living with Christ is offering free prayer resources and downloads of the daily Mass texts.

Daily Readings – Audio – from the New American Bible (US Bishops)


Prayers

Prayers for Healing compiled by CARFLEO


Statements by the Church

Vatican News

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Covid-19 News updates including Cardinal Collins’ statements from the Archdiocese of Toronto

Links to other Ontario Dioceses

Building Family Bonds during COVID-19 (US Bishops)

Family Life in a Pandemic (US Bishops)


Additional Resources

Resources to help with worship and catechesis have been kindly shared by the following:

Growing in Faith Growing in Christ Digital Resources

Augustine Institute: Free subscriptions of FORMED for 40 days

Bayard: Living with Christ

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (for parents)

Catholic Faith Network

Dominican Friars on Sunday Readings

Liturgical Press: Give Us This Day

Loyola Press Faith Formation and Grammar and Writing Games

Fishers of Faith

Stump the Shepherd

Voyages in English

Vocabulary in Action

Exercises in English

Magnificat English Spanish

The Word Among Us English Spanish


Ideas suggested by Catholic Current

Spiritual Tips & Ideas

Family rosary at home for Coronavirus victims

Praying the divine mercy chaplet for an end to the pandemic

Read the daily readings

Live-stream the Mass (many places are offering this)

Pray the Divine Office

Use social media to share your how your family or community is praying

Host a video live-stream for members of your parish to pray the rosary

Take time on Fridays to pray the stations of the cross on your own, connecting your struggles with isolation with Jesus’ solitude in carrying his cross to Calvary

Watch a movie about the life of Christ and spend time reflecting on this image of Jesus and what it can teach you about your faith and your life

Practical Tips

If you are asked to telework, find a routine and pace that allows for the most productivity, yet does not overwhelm you. Be sure to distance your personal and professional lives at your new “home office.”

Be conscious of your mental health during this time of great anxiety. Be kind to yourself, be calm, and be patient with yourself and others. Consider this online mental health support resource.

Keep in touch with friends and family, especially if you or they live alone.

Offer to help neighbors and friends who might need assistance with shopping.

Incorporate some exercise into your day. Many gyms and apps are offering free services.

Learn something new and take time to explore your hobbies that you haven’t had time for until now.

Utilize the public library’s online content and eBooks.

Spring cleaning! Work on fixing up or organizing an area of the house.

Practical Tips for Families

Establish your new family schedule– allow kids to have a real impact on what their days are going to look like. be intentional about things like screen time, getting outside, and physical activity.

It’s a great time to teach everyone in the family to cook! There are great things like homemade pasta that you probably never have time to make.

Have a family dance party!

Have a kid that hasn’t learned to ride a bike yet? This is the perfect time.

With the library closed, take advantage of their free services like Hoopla and Overdrive to have access to eBooks and audiobooks.

Nature hiking.

Start indoor seeds (Now is a great time! Get some native wildflower seeds or vegetable seeds and start them inside and they will be ready to plant in May!)

Spring cleaning! Work on fixing up or organizing an area of the house.

Painting (outside if it’s nice).

Have the kids prepare a play to perform in the evening.

Using a platform like Nextdoor, organize people to place something in their windows so that families can go walking around the neighborhood and count how many they can find.

Build a fort!

Have a formal tea party one afternoon.

Do an elaborate baking project and share it on social media.

Use up all of those art and craft kits that have collected from your kids’ birthdays!

Play 1 board game as a family each week

Look up 1 new card game each week and play it.

Reach out!

Call or email (or socially network with) your parents and grandparents, relatives, and any friends who may feel isolated, living alone, or who may be susceptible to the Coronavirus to provide a kind word, to see what help they need, or to provide your love and support in these challenging days.

Offer to get groceries or other necessities for those who cannot go out.

Check on friends who live alone to see if they need anything

Have compassion for those most at risk and advocate for vulnerable populations in society (the elderly, those in poverty, homeless persons, persons with disabilities, those already sick or hospitalized, those with compromised immune systems, among others)


Edifying Quotes from Christus Vivit

“The Church is not distant from your troubles, but accompanies you with affection. The Lord is near you and he takes you by the hand.” 

“[The elderly] carry the memory and wisdom of life to hand down to others, and they participate fully in the Church’s mission. Let us remember that, in God’s eyes, human life always retains its value far beyond any discriminating vision.” 

“May you always find in faith, nourished by the Word and by the Sacraments, the strength needed to love God, even in the experience of illness.” 

“Because he lives, there can be no doubt that goodness will have the upper hand in your life and that all our struggles will prove worthwhile.  If this is the case, we can stop complaining and look to the future, for with him this is always possible.  That is the certainty we have.  Jesus is eternally alive. ” (Christus Vivit, 127) 

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