Participate in the celebration of Holy Mass on Sundays and throughout the week. See links for local Masses and those available through EWTN.
Participate in these 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: Urbi et Orbi (to the city [Rome] and to the world—in other words, to everyone) addresses and apostolic blessings are normally reserved for solemn occasions such as Christmas and Easter. Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi 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 – the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s explanation on the new Act of Perfect Contrition.
Spiritual Communion: 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
Resources for families and individuals to keep Jesus at the center during this challenging time when access to the sacraments is limited.
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.