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Resources for Catholics During the Covid-19 Epidemic

March 18, 2020 - As the world continues to make sense of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have collected some resources that you can use during this tumultuous time. 


Prayer Video from Pope Francis

On March 17, 2020, Pope Francis said a special prayer at mass for the elderly who are some of the most vulnerable to this virus. 


Events at Parishes

While most people will not be able to go outside to attend mass, some of our parishes are livestreaming and recording masses for the faithful who are avoiding groups.

Live Streaming

Liturgies Monday through Friday

  • Our Lady of Hope, Portland, ME: 9 am & 7 PM Click here
  • The Church of St. Francis Xavier Xavier daily mass is live streamed at 12:05pm: Click here

Saturday liturgies:

Our Lady of Hope, 8 AM Saturday, masses can be viewed here.

Sunday Liturgies

Recorded Liturgies

Recorded Homilies

Social Media Options at Parishes            

Options in Spanish can be viewed here 

Liturgical Events

Our Lady of Hope will stream the Stations of the Cross at 6 PM on Friday, March 27. View them here.

Religious Education

  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish is asking their religious education parents to engage in homeschooling of their children. The Parish uses www.faithfirst.com
  • St. Raphael the Archangel has virtual faith formation for middle and high school students

Prayer and Reflections

  • Holy Trinity has gathered some Prayer Resources and a blog for the care of the whole person.
  • The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City has a breaking open God's word on Friday Evenings and Saturday mornings (space is limited because it is done through Zoom, info can also be found on their Facebook page. 
  • St. Peter, Charlotte Reflections

Teleconferencing

  • The Church of St. Francis Xavier in NYC, RCIA continues to meet using Zoom.

Phone Trees

St. Peter Church, Charlotte, N.C., has instituted a phone tree that reaches out to seniors. The Pastoral Council is organizing volunteers to assist seniors. 

Supportive Groups

St. Peter's Church's Charlotte Mothers’ group is using Facebook to give each other ideas for creatively working with children at home.  They encourage each other with inspirational messages and offer assistance. 

Other Activities

  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Washington, D.C., with have Palm distributed 'drive-by' style. Parishioners are invited to drive in front of the church on Palm Sunday from 8:00-10:00 am.
  • St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill has Adoration and silent prayer at the church on Sunday mornings.  

A Meditation for the Anxious During Covid-19

The Jesuits Conference has shared a brief meditation to calm anxious nerves amid a global pandemic. Click here to view the reflection.


St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Epidemics

Fr. Fred Betti, SJ, associate pastor at St. Michael’s Church in Buffalo shared a prayer card for St. Aloysius Gonzaga who is the patron of victims of epidemics because of his work in caring for plague victims. Click here to view the card.


Coronavirus Resources from ISN

The Ignatian Solidarity Network has collected Covid-19 resources including reflections, prayers and updates from ISN Network institutions. Click here to view those resources.





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