Catholic churches around the world are closing, with Masses and other parish services cancelled by many bishops. These are prudent and necessary measures designed to keep people healthy. But they come at some cost: For many people, this removes one of the most consoling parts of their lives—the Mass and the Eucharist—and isolates them even more from the community at a time when they most need support.

What can one do instead? Well, there are many televised and live streamed Masses available, as well as ones broadcast on the radio. But even if you can’t find one, you can pray on your own. When you do, remember that you’re still part of a community. There is also the longstanding tradition in our church of receiving a “spiritual communion,” when, if you cannot participate in the Mass in person, you unite yourself with God in prayer.

from Faith in the Time of Coronavirus by Fr. James Martin, SJ

friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

Good morning! Below you will find the link to watch Palm Sunday Mass at St. James with Fr. David Hankus as the celebrant. In addition, below that link you will find three things: (1) The Order of Service for Palm Sunday Mass so you may download and print it to follow along with the Passion Reading and sing the hymns; (2) Fr. David’s Palm Sunday homily, so you may download and print it; (3) An Act of Spiritual Communion you may pray.

REVISED UPDATE FROM OUR DEACON TO BE, MIKE FITZPATRICK

We inadvertently left out the link to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry website in Wednesday’s edition of the Check-In. It is: https://www.glenellynfoodpantry.org

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER

The collection that is taken annual for the Holy Land every Good Friday has been postponed until September. If you have already contributed to this fund, your donation will be processed. If you have not, we will all be invited to do so in September of this year. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES FROM THE DIOCESE OF JOLIET

This week’s edition of God, Family and Friends created for all parishioners by our diocese focuses on Holy Week activities that may be enjoyed at home. Download it below:

STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS

We have invited our pastoral staff members to share with you a spiritual resource that each has found helpful during our shelter-in-place days. Today we hear from Gina Wiedman, Youth Minister:

“My Lenten resolution this year was to offer up in prayer throughout the day, the intentions of someone whom I tagged in my calendar. But I must confess, I needed to give myself a bit of a reminder through the day, so when I got via my phone the calendar reminder of who that person was, I did not delete that request. Then, every time I took a look at my phone for the rest of the day, I would see that reminder and pray for them. For my daily fill of faith, I have found sites on Facebook like Ascension for a variety of quick videos by many great speakers that give me a challenge for each day. That, along with daily Mass helps to feed my soul.”

And Gina would like to invite your teens to join Youth Ministry on Sunday Night for these online activities:

Sunday Night zoom-eeting 6:00pm-7:00pm

Show & Tell – Can you guess the cartoon game? Be sure to join us this Sunday when we will have a show & tell of one of your coolest’ items – then  break into a wild & weird game of naming cartoon characters. Prizes will be awarded. Password will be required for this meeting. Parents are welcomed to view, too:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/319222247?pwd=dCtIeVEwMmI1ZjRlNVVabmxXMWhlUT09

Meeting ID: 319 222 247Password: 771640

Followed by………

Project YM Live

With, oh my gosh, I am SO excited….Fr. Mike Schmitz!!!!  After our Zoom-eeting, simply log in to https://live.projectym.com and be amazed & ready for prayer, music, games, and a super talk of faith by Fr. Mike!!


monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

Good afternoon!

We begin today by sharing the photo above with some of the Holy Father’s words from his address last Friday from Rome. His message in its entirety is very powerful and moving and can be accessed in text form here: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/03/27/read-pope-francis-urbi-et-orbi-address-coronavirus-and-jesus-calming-storm

The entire prayer service may be watched here:

PALM SUNDAY MASS, the TRIDUUM and EASTER

We have confirmed that you will be able to watch a recording of  Palm Sunday Mass in our beloved church, celebrated by our very own pastor, Fr. David Hankus on our new parish YouTube Channel. The following week, we will offer the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum, as well as Easter Sunday. Watch this week’s Flocknotes for more information and for a link.

HOLY SATURDAY BLESSING OF FOOD BASKETS

Fr. David to Offer Easter Food Basket Blessings on Holy Saturday at 12 Noon Utilizing a Drive-Through Method

On Holy Saturday at 12 Noon, parishioners are invited to arrive in their cars in a drive-through manner to the front of the church, where Fr. David will bless your Easter Food Baskets.

If you would like to participate, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1)      For the sake of safety, please enter the church parking lot from Fawell Blvd, not from Park Blvd.

2)     Cars should line up by 12 Noon in a line which will drive slowly by the front of church, where Fr. David will keep a six foot distance from all cars.

3)      For the safety of all people, please remain in your cars.

4)     Keep your basket on the passenger side of your car, either held by a passenger or set on the seat if you are alone.

5)     As you prepare to drive up to Fr. David, please roll down the passenger side window, pause for a short prayer and sprinkling of the baskets with holy water.

Once all the cars that are lined up at 12 Noon have received their blessing, Father will be finished.

Thank you for your cooperation as we seek to find ways to bring you joy, hope and love as we prepare for Easter!

DUPAGE PADS CURRENT NEEDS

As DuPage PADS continues their outreach to some of the most vulnerable in our community, they are looking for donations. To make a monetary donation, click here: https://fundraise.dupagepads.org/campaign/covid-19/c277612

To donate goods, please refer to the flyer below with an updated list of their current needs and drop off times:

RESOURCES FOR YOU

The Diocese of Joliet would like to share a wonderful resource entitled, “God, Family and Friends” in support of all families. We hope that it will offer hope, encouragement and support at this time. 

May God bless you and keep you close to His heart!


video of prayer with the holy father and the urbi et orbi blessing

We apologize that the link we provided in today’s check-in failed to link to the Holy Father’s Prayer today. Below is a corrected link where you may watch it in its entirety.

All participants who participate in the prayer receive a Plenary Indulgence before the Holy Father imparts the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

friday check-in from St. james the apostle parish: sunday resources

“But this I will call to mind; therefore I will hope: The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; They are renewed each morning—great is your  faithfulness!”

[LAMENTATIONS 3:21-23]

As the sun rises on a new day, we remember that God’s loving presence and compassion are ever new and we call upon Him to hold us, our loved ones and the world in His mercy. In today’s edition, we will give you an update on a few prayer resources, as well as help you prep for this Sunday with the list of readings, Fr. David’s homily and a link to your Sunday bulletin.

Pope Francis Invites Us to Pray at 12 Noon Today

Join Pope Francis on Friday, March 27 for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing live from St. Peter’s Square. The prayer and blessing can be played back here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXTCW-WaIs4

All participants who participate receive a Plenary Indulgence before the Holy Father imparts the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

Our Diocese is offering Daily Masses Online at:

9:00 a.m. celebrated by Fr. Burke Masters and Fr. Ryan Adorjan at https://www.youtube.com/user/dramadude12; and
11:30 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Pates, at https://www.youtube.com/c/DioceseofJolietIL

Other Ways to Attend Mass from Home

EWTN.com has daily Mass as well as recitation of the Rosary and other devotional programs. Mercy Home for Boys and Girls also televises Sunday Mass (you can go to mercyhome.org/Sunday-mass for more information. The televised Mass is normally on Sundays at 9:30 AM on WGN – channel 9.) Relevantradio.com is also a good source of Catholic devotional material.  They also have Masses streamed from their website. For more local options from within our diocese, visit http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/bishop/content1.php?secid=74

Act of Spiritual Communion by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri:

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.

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent:

Reading One: Ezekiel 37:12-14

Reading Two: Romans 8:8-11

Gospel: John 11:1-45

This Sunday’s Bulletin:

To access this Sunday’s bulletin, click here: https://stjamesge.org/sample-page/bulletin-archive/

Father David’s Homily

To access Fr. David’s homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, click here: https://stjamesge.org/fr-davids-sunday-homilies/

Questions? Needs? Suggestions?

If you have any questions you would like answered in Monday’s check-in, please email lisa@stjamesge.org. Needs? Suggestions? Let us know!
May God bless us all and keep us close to His heart. Have a blessed weekend!

join pope francis on friday at 12 noon cst for a special urbi et orbi blessing

Join #PopeFrancis on Friday, March 27 for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing live from St. Peter’s Square. The prayer and blessing will be broadcast on the Vatican News website (https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html) at 6pm Rome time, 12 pm CST. The Holy Father will grant to all participants who participate in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.


wednesday check-in from st. James the apostle parish: resources for your use

Good Afternoon!

Today’s edition will address some of the most recent questions and requests we received through Flocknote, as well as share with you some new positive actions we can take right now to embrace this time as one in which we can make our love known in new ways.

Monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: resources for your use

We pray this check-in finds you safe and healthy, figuring out a sort of “new normal”, while always remembering that the Lord is near and His love never changes.

Although we are apart physically at this time, the faith family of St. James has never been closer spiritually. Your light and love continue to shine brightly in these tough times and it is such an encouragement to so many.

Based upon some suggestions you’ve taken the time to generously offer, we will be checking in with you on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with some (hopefully) helpful resources for your spiritual growth as we continue the Lenten season.

Today’s edition will address some of the most recent questions and requests we received.

prayer for protection from coronavirus by pope francis

a prayer for peace from autom press

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from ascension press

A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic
Most Merciful and Triune God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.
We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.

Amen.

from the united states conference of catholic bishops website:

March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity — that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God.

God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives.

United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace.

We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good.

In this time of need, I invite all the faithful to seek together the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I share this prayer with you:  

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.


Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, bishops, prayer, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop José H. Gomez.

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
     We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
     We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
     We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
     We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
     We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
     We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
     We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decisionmakers,
     We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
     Grant peace.
     Grant comfort.
     Grant healing.
     Be with us, Lord.

Amen.

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From our pastor, Fr. David Hankus:

There are some wonderful resources available to you on line and on television. EWTN.com has daily Mass as well as recitation of the Rosary and other devotional programs. Mercy Home for Boys and Girls also televises Sunday Mass (you can go to mercyhome.org/Sunday-mass for more information. The televised Mass is normally on Sundays at 9:30 AM on WGN – channel 9.) Relevantradio.com is also a good source of Catholic devotional material.  They also have Masses streamed from their website.  

We must remember that even though we are excused from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass until further notice, the time that we would normally spend in church (about one hour) should be spent in prayer, participating in the Mass online/television and spiritual reading. 

For spiritual reading materials and programming, please go to www.FORMED.org You should see the registration box for parishioners. Type in the parish code: DHTGWY. Now set up your username and a password. You will be all set to use the great programs on FORMED.org anytime, simply by logging in.

from p.praymorenovenas.com:

As churches around us have closed or canceled public Masses and if you are spending more time at home we wanted to share a few online options with you so that you can still watch Mass — and have a fruitful Lent.

Here are a few options for you:

+ You can watch Mass on EWTN’s live feed here. It looks like they have Mass at 8 am EST and 12 pm EST on Sunday. Daily Mass throughout the rest of the week is at the same time. Here’s their schedule.

+ You can also make an act of Spiritual Communion by saying a prayer like this one:

“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.”

+ You can find a live broadcast of perpetual Adoration here.

+ And you can watch, listen or read through the video presentations of our online Lenten Retreat here.

Here are some of the presentations that might be especially helpful right now:

Hope in a Faithful God

St. Joseph – Protector and Father

Overcoming Lies of the Devil, and

The Faith and Doubt of St. Thomas – a guided-meditation.

Finally you can join me (Annie) in praying the Rosary here.

to search for a mass on television:

Visit Heartofthenation.org to search for a Mass time on television near you.

a litany of trust from the sisters of life

Litany of Trust

The Litany of Trust includes the following petitions and more.

  • From the belief that I have to earn your love, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From anxiety about the future, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From the fear that trusting you will leave me more destitute, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From the fear of being asked to give more than I have, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • That your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me, Jesus, I trust in you.
  • That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on you, Jesus, I trust in you.
  • That you are with me in my suffering, Jesus, I trust in you.
  • That your plan is better than anything else, Jesus, I trust in you.

Written by the Sisters of Life (www.sistersoflife.org)

from the knights of columbus

Additional Resources

Act of spiritual communion by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri:

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.

There are also online resources to find the Daily Readings and Mass prayers:
http://usccb.org/bible/readings/
https://us.magnificat.net
https://giveusthisday.org/Free

On Facebook at America Magazine – The Jesuit Review they are offering a Daily Faith Sharing everyday at 3 p.m. where they break open the Gospel of the day.