Greetings Everyone, at this time of challenge and need, we would like to assist you in your prayers at home. The prayer opportunities below are for your spiritual growth and well being. Many of you have asked about Spiritual Communion, let's pray this prayer together.
A New Letter from Fr. Dan
My Dear Parishioners,
I hope this note finds you well, healthy and at peace. The Lord has certainly gifted us with time for reflection. It can be a great time to discover new things about yourself, those you love, the world in general and perhaps even the Lord Himself. It’s hard to believe that our Lenten season is coming to close when, in many ways, the last time we were together it was just beginning! I am so glad we had time to celebrate a Lenten retreat. Matthew’s image of Jesus as our Emmanuel, God-with-us continues as the prayerful image I have used these past weeks.
Through the words and the faith of the Prophet Isaiah offered in last weeks we hear our God remind us that “I will open your graves and take you out of them “. In the Gospel we were shown how He would do it. It is through Jesus that we are empowered to rise from darkness. It is in Jesus in we find a resiliency that perhaps we have and an ability to get up and start again whenever we need. How appropriate for us that we are given the figure of Lazarus. Once again we are reminded that the words of Jesus have never been more true. Jesus spoke loudly to Lazarus “Lazarus come out” and the dead man came out! We’re reminded that Jesus speaks the same words to us. He invites us to step out of any fear and allow His light to shine through any anxiety.
The Celebration of Palm Sunday stands as testimony that in human life there are many experiences. There are moments of violence, betrayal, surrender, and regret. There are moments of celebration, exultation and joy. Through Jesus passion we are invited to pray with the fidelity that our God’s knows of these feelings and that through Jesus He gives us what we need to deal with all of them.
We pray with our own sense of helplessness, as did His loving mother and even his friends who denied him and abandoned him. We are praying intensely with our desires to be freed again from the slavery of forgetfulness. Remember always that He knows and loves you!
You have been in my prayer every day and I promise that will continue. Please do keep me in yours.
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Acts of Spiritual Communion
It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping him in his Body and Blood. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
A prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
The Jesuit Post - There are many great spiritual articles dealing with our faith in light of dealing with COVID-19
Readings for the week of April 5, 2020
- Sunday: Mt 21:1-11 / Is 50:4-7 / Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 [2a] / Phil 2:6-11 / Mt 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54
- Monday: Is 42:1-7 / Ps 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14 [1a] / Jn 12:1-11
- Tuesday: Is 49:1-6 / Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17 [cf. 15ab] / Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
- Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a / Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34 [14c] / Mt 26:14-25
- Thursday: Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 / Ps 89:21-22, 25 and 27  / Rv 1:5-8 / Lk 4:16-21
- s Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 / Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 [cf. 1 Cor 10:16] / 1 Cor 11:23-26 / Jn 13:1-15
- Friday: Is 52:13—53:12 / Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 [Lk 23:46] / Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9 / Jn 18:1—19:42
- Saturday: Vigil: Gn 1:1—2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a / Ps 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35  or Ps 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20-22 [5b] / Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 / Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11  / Ex 14:15—15:1 / Ex 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18 [1b] / Is 54:5-14 / Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 [2a] / Is 55:1-11 / Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6  / Bar 3:9-15, 32—4:4 / Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 [Jn 6:68c] / Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28 / Ps 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4 [42:2] or Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6  or Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 [12a] / Rom 6:3-11 / Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 / Mt 28:1-10
- Next Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 / Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23  / Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8 / Jn 20:1-9 or Mt 28:1-10