Thank you for joining us for Mass! While your surroundings might look a little different than usual and there might be fewer voices singing with you, please remember that it is still Mass! Speak the responses out loud, stand, and kneel as usual, and be as reverent as you can.
In order to help everyone engage with Mass while at home, we have created a virtual worship aid! You can print it out or pull the aid up on another screen so you can follow along with the Mass as you watch.
This week's online Mass can be found below! To watch in full screen, please click on the "YouTube" icon in the bottom corner of the screen, then once you are on the YouTube website, click full screen in the bottom corner.
It is vital to keep your prayer life going during this difficult time. Gather your family and use the resources below to pray together!
- Hope in a Time of Pandemic offers insights into the Mercy World during this time of pandemic, linking grassroots experiences, theological reflection, and critical analysis.
- Take a moment to pray daily, weekly or monthly with this online prayer book
- Make a prayer of spiritual Communion
- Pray a Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other prayers, such as a prayer to Mary, Health of the Sick
- Read and meditate on the Sunday readings and other scripture passages
- Click here for beautiful prayers and more online resources that are perfect for at-home prayer.
- The Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish operates his own blog that covers timely topics on COVID-19 and the faith. Click here to read some of his blog entries.
- Formed provides an abundance of Catholic videos, podcasts, and materials all online.
- Click here for resources for parents and teachers.
- Click here for resources for individual prayer and professional development.
- Liturgy Training Publications has planned a number of virtual gatherings for the next few weeks. Their offerings include a number of virtual conversations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (topics include liturgy, music ministry, and Christian initiation), a virtual Way of the Cross, and a Holy Week Virtual Retreat. Each virtual gathering is free, but space is limited. Click here for more information, click here to sign up, and click here for other resources offered by LTP.
- LPI provides reflections every Sunday on its website. The reflections can be found here.
- Faith Walk provides Catholic reflections, podcasts, devotions, studies, and more! Explore the site here.
Please use the following links to help educate yourself on how to better love your neighbor.
- Pope Francis released a statement about the current fight for equality and the death of George Floyd, which can be found here.
- Here is the statement from the president of the USCCB on the protests occurring across the country as well as the death of George Floyd.
- Here is the statement from the Bishops of Missouri.
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture website provides tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation about race.
- The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry shares a guide on how to have a conversation about race.
- An article from the National Catholic Reporter about what white people can do right now. The NCR has a plethora of honest and valuable articles on racism in America that are very worth the read. Explore their website to find more.
- Rev. Bryan Massingale's article: “Assumptions about White Privilege and What We Can Do About It.”
- A video on Pope Francis and the US Bishops response to the death of George Floyd.
Books to read:
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, a leading scholar from American University, now on the faculty at Boston University
- A discussion guide to Kendi's book
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Every Friday Fr. Phil live streams on Facebook to connect with parishioners. He asks questions, offers things to reflect on, and spends time talking with our church community. You can find his videos here.