Prayers for the Pandemic and How to make a Spiritual Communion

Prayers

Let us together as a parish pray the rosary for an end to COVID19.  You may use the intercessions this week as a specific intention for each decade.
✝️ That a cure for the coronavirus may be found with all due haste.
✝️ For the Church, that Christ the light of the world may strengthen hearts of the faithful.
✝️ That Christ the light of the world may cast out rivalry, anger, and fear in the hearts of the people.
✝️ For the sick, the homebound, and all those affected by the coronavirus, that Christ the light of the world would kindle a fire of hope in their hearts and renew their faith.
✝️ For doctors, nurses and volunteers placing their lives in harm’s way during this crisis, that they may be strengthened and protected through Christ our Lord.

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An Indulgence amidst the Pandemic

The coronavirus seems unstoppable, but God’s grace is outpacing it already. The Pope’s office just released the following, when united in prayer during the current pandemic: 

A Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful affected by coronavirus, or subjected to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a soul detached from any sin, they spiritually unite through the media to the celebration of the Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, the pious practice of the Via Crucis or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Our Father, and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this proof in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards our brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the intentions of the Holy Father), as soon as it is possible for them.

Furthermore, the Apostolic Penitentiary willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, even to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or the reading of the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Via Crucis, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the cessation of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted, and the eternal salvation of the many whom the Lord has called to himself.


There is also a Special Novena which started Friday March 20 to pray for nine days for an end to the outbreak.

Making a Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion is probably a new concept for most of you.  In this time of physical separation from the Eucharist, we are being tested and must turn more towards our spiritual strength.  While we may be physically apart during this time, we want all of our parishioners to be assured we are all in this together.  
Having trouble wrapping your mind around the idea of Spiritual Communion, check out this short article from Fr. Francis Hoffman, J.C.D., Executive Director of Relevant Radio:.