Covid-19 Celebrating Sunday at Home

Celebrating Sundays as a Domestic Church

5th Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020

It’s not easy keeping Sundays special in quarantine. Here are some suggestions:

Be up to speed on Perfect Contrition & Spiritual Communion:

Know your options if you are unable to go to Confession or receive Holy Communion because of the coronavirus.  CLICK HERE  for an excellent summary from the Archdiocese of Seattle. 

Tune-in to an online Mass:

St. Thomas Aquinas:  8:30am Sunday Mass with Fr. Raja will be live-streamed on Facebook at 8:30am and recorded for viewing later via Facebook or the parish’s YouTube channel:        
- Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/eastcountycatholics/  
- YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTwpImvqQf9q_DGE1mWFlQA

Celebrate a Liturgy of the Word at home:

Magnificat has produced an elegant Celebration of the Word to guide your Sunday prayer in the absence of Mass.

Reflecting on the Word at home:

Formed.org has a short video reflection for each set of Sunday readings:  Opening the Word. Use parish code 3FRM2C if you have not yet accessed your free subscription.

Celebrating Sunday with Children:

MagnifiKid! is online also:  click here to access the edition for all Sundays in April.

Benziger’s Sunday Celebrations offers a script for your family to use at home. 

Loyola Press’ Sunday Connection provides the Sunday Mass readings with background and commentary; click on the “Family” tab for suggestions on family activities for children. 

Triduum Resources (in case you want to revisit the holy days):

     - See the bulletin for Apr. 9-12 for a day-by-day guide to celebrating all the Triduum liturgies
       at home. 

     - Formed.org has a new :30 video Triduum: A Spritual Pilgrimage. This is a contemplative 
       documentary, beautifully shot on-location in the Holy Land so viewers can better understand
       the most important days in human history. 

     For children:

     - Magnificat has Triduum prayers for children:  daily prayers and reflections

     - Benziger's Triduum Reflections offers discussion points for you and your children.

     - Formed.org is showing the animated Stations of the Cross with Brother Francis

There are many more great resources out there but we’re trying to help, not overwhelm (there’s been enough of that this past week!). Please share your favorites and we will pass them on next week. Feedback welcome at ted@stthomascamas.org.