The Church urgently needs the deep breath of prayer …
(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, no. 262)
Come, Holy Spirit!
Resources for families and individuals to keep Jesus at the center during times when access to the sacraments is limited (and at all times!). As increased access to the sacraments returns, let us give thanks to the Lord and continue to keep Him at the center of our hearts and lives.
For the homebound and those unable to participate in-person in the celebration of Holy Mass on Sundays and throughout the week, please see links for local Masses and those available through EWTN.
Consider participating in these local online devotional opportunities.
Special Prayers During This Time
- Special Indulgences Related to COVID-19
- Strong in Tribulation: A collection of prayers, messages, and reflections from Pope Francis.
- Pope Francis’ Prayer for COVID-19
- Pope Francis’ Litany of Supplication: Pray the prayer the Pope prayed for the world during his special Urbi et Orbi blessing and prayer service (also available in Spanish and other languages).
- Pope Francis’ Prayer Service and Urbi et Orbi Blessing of March 27: Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi (to the city [Rome] and to the world—in other words, to everyone) address and blessing on Friday, March 27, in the face of the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.
- Prayer to Our Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, from the USCCB: For Spanish and Vietnamese versions as well as other resources, see here.
- Prayer for a Pandemic
- Pray the Rosary Everyday: Pray the Rosary with the Little Sisters of the Poor for an end to the health crisis and pandemic. Consider also joining this Million Rosary Movement to pray the Rosary in solidarity with many others around the world.
When the Sacrament of Confession is not readily available, we are still called to examine our consciences before the Lord and ask His forgiveness for any sins. The Church teaches that among the penitent’s acts, contrition holds the first place. Perfect contrition—that arising from love of God or charity—can “obtain forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1452).
- To learn more about the Church’s teaching on contrition, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- Read Pope Francis’ remarks on the significance of making a perfect act of contrition during this time of COVID-19.
- Act of Perfect Contrition – Read for more information on making an Act of Perfect Contrition.
When receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist is not possible, making acts of spiritual communion on Sundays and every day, especially in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, is a wonderful way to keep close to our Lord in the Eucharist and to express our desire for Him.
- Bishop Konzen’s Video Message on Making an Act of Spiritual Communion
- Act of Spiritual Communion – by Alphonsus of Liguori
- Four Steps for Making a Spiritual Communion – Infographic by Catholic Link
Liturgy of the Hours
“Pray without ceasing” with the Church. The Liturgy of the Hours is a wonderful way to pray with the Church throughout the day. Various websites, resources and apps are available. Visit iBreviary as an example.
- Divine Mercy – Resources for the home to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and to explore more information about the Divine Mercy devotion.
- Family Rosary – Pray the Rosary daily as a family, as Venerable Fr. Patrick Peyton promoted, the family that prays together, stays together.
- Consecration to Jesus through our Blessed Mother Mary with St. Joseph – Learn more about how the Archdiocese (and the Church in the U.S.) has entrusted itself to Mary and St. Joseph’s intercession and protection.
Other Prayer Resources
- Magnificat – Morning prayer, daily Mass readings, reflections, saints stories, evening prayer and night prayer. Available also in Spanish.
- The Word Among Us – Daily Mass readings and reflections. Available also in Spanish.
- Give Us This Day – Daily Mass readings, prayers and reflections by Liturgical Press.
- Next Step: Pray Every Day – resource from Evangelical Catholic. See more next steps here.
- 52 Sundays – A guide for living out the Lord’s Day from the Archdiocese of Detroit.
- Worship at Home – Offers a family prayer service for Catholic Sunday Worship At-Home each Sunday while Masses have been suspended or while dispensations are still in place. Especially helpful for families with children Pre-K – grade 5.
- Catholic Current – See this USCCB webpage for more resources for prayer and engagement during coronavirus.