Mass from various sources.
Attached is a modest Liturgy of the Word service for use at home. It is based on the readings for this Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Also attached is an explanation on “How to Pray the Rosary.” This may be a new form of prayer for some individuals or an opportunity for parents to teach their children about the beauty and power of praying the rosary.
Following is a reminder on where to find a televised Mass:
Daily Mass with Word on Fire from Bishop Robert Barron’s Chapel
Daily Mass from Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN
Sunday Masses for the homebound telecast from the Archdiocese of St. Louis (includes listings for both antenna and cable television, radio and online)
Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville - English and Spanish Masses available beginning March 22, 2020
EWTN: https://www.ewtn.com/tv/channel-finder (English)
Catholic TV: https://www.catholictv.org
If someone would like to begin the practice of daily prayer, there is an app that provides a new prayer session every day produced by Jesuit Ministries and is based on Ignatian Spirituality. https://pray-as-you-go.org/
Other resources for daily prayer:
“Give Us This Day” is providing free access to their digital edition and their mobile app. For more information go to https://offers.giveusthisday.org/free-resources
Family and Youth Resources
Loyola Press is offering free resources to families on faith, family and fun. They are also providing a resource to help teachers, catechists and parents explain COVID-19 to their children.
I will continue to provide additional support as needed. Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you.
Thank you for all that you are doing to protect the people in your parishes from the spread of this virus. I will pray for you and for those you love. Please pray for me and my loved ones, also.
Short thoughts for Holy Week
Thursday of the Lord’s Supper – 09 April 2020
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14. Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. John 13:1-15.
Who Washes Feet During Supper? Jesus did it first – something only servants and slaves did. Jesus did it because it was both important to him and model for us. What do we learn? Nothing is too menial for Christians. No act of hospitality is foreign to Christian behavior. No service is beneath our stature. In fact, because of Baptism into him, service is our mission. We spend time before the Eucharist tonight to remind us that in receiving him as Communion, we are nourished to be like him.
Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday) – 10 April 2020
Isaiah 52:13–53:12. Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25. Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9. John 18:1–19:42.
Who Would Be So Obedient? Jesus would – even unto death! This high priest – the mediator between God and all humanity – is not remote. He is near. He is close. He is one like us in all things but sin. He knows what our lives are like. He teaches us that obedience to God is to do whatever it takes to be faithful. Therein lies our salvation – doing what it takes, rooted in God’s saving grace.
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord – Saturday night, 11 April 2020
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter
Genesis 1:1–2:2. Genesis 22:1-18. Exodus 14:15–15:1. Isaiah 54:5-14. Isaiah 55:1-11. Baruch 3:9-15, 32–4:4. Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28. Romans 6:3-11. Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23. Matthew 28:1-10.
A Shocking First Morning. Two Marys come to the tomb at dawn and are shocked by a great earthquake, an angel coming like lightning, and soldiers shaken with fear. “Do not be afraid,” the angel says to the women. The same words spoken to mother Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds by other angels years before. The same words spoken by the Risen Jesus to his disciples after his resurrection. The same words spoken to us today. And every day.
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord – Sunday, 12 April 2020
Mass during the Day
Acts 10:34a, 37-43. Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23. Colossians 3:1-4. OR 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8. Sequence – Christians, to the Paschal Victim. John 20:1-9. OR Luke 24:13-35.
Acts of the Apostles. All during Easter Time, we read and hear the Acts of the Apostles. Those many acts are not mere history. They launch us into Church life today. This Risen Lord, present among us, is so astounding, we cannot remain our old selves. We, too, are new – because of Baptism, because of this new Easter Day, because Christ is within and around us. We, too, act in new ways.