Parish Census Currently we are conducting a parish census. With the onset of the Coronavirus, Father Robertson sent out a letter and an email. So many were returned because of incorrect addresses that it was clear we needed to do a census to get all of our information up to date. Volunteers are calling parish families for the vital information we need to communicate effectively with everyone. We especially need current addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and cell phone numbers. We will also be updating any sacramental records we are missing.
Read Sacred Scripture It is always good to reflect on the Scriptures as we do at every Mass. Since we cannot gather for the Sacred Liturgy in this present moment, we do have resources at hand to assist us in achieving this. You may have a bible of your own. The Church offers us a set of readings for each day of the year; a listing of these can be found here. You can find these complete readings here at the site of United State Conference of Catholic Bishops and in audio format here. The bishops of the United States also provided us with daily reflections on the readings offered by priests, deacons, religious, and the lay faithful; theses can be found here..
Pray the Rosary The Rosary is a very old and beloved prayer of the Church that we use to meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ and his Blessed Mother. Catholics turn to this prayer in times of trouble. This prayer can offer us solace and comfort in this troubled time. For a brief explanation of the Rosary and directions on how to properly pray it click here. Traditionally, this prayer was often prayed together as a family; perhaps during this time when we cannot gather together for Mass we can gather as a family to pray the Rosary. During the Season of Easter it is recommended that we pray the Glorious Mysteries.
Divine Mercy Chaplet The Divine Mercy Chaplet, is a devotion based on the apparitions of Jesus reported by Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938), a Polish religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. It is prayed using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. For a guide on how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet click here. To read an article from the National Catholic Register about the Divine Mercy Chaplet devotion, click here.