Physically Separated, Spiritually United

March 23

Dear Friends,

As we hear about “Physical Distancing”, the phrase “physically separated, spiritually united” keeps coming to my mind. In these days of being physically separated, I do believe that it is urgent that we remain spiritually united!

We have a number of opportunities for prayer that I hope you will join us for.

“The family that prays together, stays together.”  This famous phrase of Fr. Patrick Peyton remains as true as ever. And, it is true for our parish family as well. I am really hoping that families with children of all ages will pray together more than ever during these days!

Facebook: All of the prayers in our parish church will be livestreamed on our parish Facebook page which can be found at facebook.com/stpacc/… Please remember that you don’t have to be signed up on Facebook to access these prayers. Also, if you can’t join us live, all of the events are also saved on the page for later viewing.

8:30 AM/ 9:00 AM Mass: Daily Mass will be livestreamed on our parish Facebook page Monday through Saturday at 8:30 AM and Sunday at 9:00 AM.

Daily Readings can be found at: http://www.usccb.org//bible/readings/

Here is a handy reference to the responses of Mass that can be printed and made into a booklet: https://www.stwilfridsbh.com/masscard.pdf

A Latin and Greek Guide for a guide to the minimal Greek and Latin we have in the Mass during Lent can also be downloaded.

Act of Spiritual Communion: I encourage you to pray this prayer (or one of the forms of it) while praying along with the Mass.

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 into 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.

Daily 3:00 PM The Chaplet of Divine Mercy: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed everyday at 3:00 PM. This is a powerful prayer imploring God’s Mercy upon the world. You will find a handy reference on how to pray the chaplet and an overview of Devotion to Divine Mercy on this website: https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet

7:00 PM The Holy Rosary: We will be praying the Holy Rosary Sunday through Wednesday at 7:00 PM and again on Saturday at 7:00 PM. Here are the prayers and a handy guide of the Rosary:http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/prayers-of-the-rosary.cfm

7:00 PM Thursday Holy Hour: On Thursday we will have a special Holy Hour. Click here for some basic texts we will be using.

7:30 PM Friday Stations of the Cross: Join us the Fridays of Lent for Stations of the Cross at 7:30 PM.

It is my hope and prayer that during this difficult time we will draw near to the Lord in new ways as a parish and experience His abundant love, mercy, and abiding presence with us!

With my daily prayers,

Fr. Wilson

P.S. The Parish Office is now closed for visitors and all of our administrative staff will now of course be working from home. If you have parish business, we encourage you to send an email (stpaulchurch@stpacc.org). You may also leave a message at 614-882-2109. Hopefully we will be able to return all calls and emails within one business day.

 

 

 

 

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