I would like to personally apologize for the delay in your (or your child) receiving the sacraments. After preparing all year, I was very excited for these celebrations, as I’m sure you were too. This Lent is definitely a time of surrender and sacrifice.
That being said, I didn’t want to leave you with nothing during this time. Below I’ve listed a number of resources to turn to during this time.
Mass & Mass Readings:
https://dwc.org/home/mass/ – Sunday Mass in our Diocese
https://www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live – Daily Mass at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
http://www.usccb.org/ – Daily Readings
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm – Audio of Daily Readings
https://us.magnificat.net/free – Daily Mass Readings and Liturgy of the Hours free from Magnificat (usually requires a subscription)
https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/act-of-spiritual-communion-339 – Act of Spiritual Communion (It is an ancient practice of the Church to make a Spiritual Communion when you cannot attend Mass – even when we aren’t in this crisis. In a vision, Our Lord explained it to St. Catherine of Siena by showing her two chalices: one made of gold, the other of silver. He told her that her sacramental Communions were preserved in the gold chalice and that her spiritual communions were in the silver chalice.)
https://virtualadoration.home.blog/ – Eucharistic Adoration Chapels with Live Webcams
http://bit.ly/schmitzm – A playlist of Fr. Mike Schmitz videos on Youtube. Fr. Mike Schmitz is a priest in the Diocese of Duluth-Minnesota and is excellent at sharing the faith.
http://bit.ly/sheenf – A playlist of Fulton Sheen videos on Youtube; another excellent evangelist
http://bit.ly/prayhome – a blog post with a number of activity ideas for all ages from an experienced Theology teacher
https://mycatholickids.com/ – a library of videos for kids to help better understand the Mass
https://trivia.stanneaz.org/ – play Catholic trivia!
http://www.thecatholickid.com/stations-of-the-cross-coloring-pages/ – color these pages, then hang them around the family room. Then every day at 3pm, commemorating when Jesus died on the Cross, gather together and pray the Stations of the Cross.
http://bit.ly/freeivyleague – Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
https://www.parents.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours/ – 12 Famous Museums offering virtual tours
https://www.cathdal.org/How_to_Handwash_(OUR_FATHER).pdf – How to wash your hands (Catholic Style!)
If you have any other resources you have found and would like to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they can be added to the website. Please continue to pray during these time, and continue to support our parish in any way you can. I will continue to pray for all of you, and look forward to worshipping together again.
God bless you, Ms. Gaby Taylor
Director of Religious Education