“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you’.” Pope Francis on Palm Sunday
Holy Week message of Love, Hope and Faith from Pope Francis
For details on Holy Week at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, please click here
For details on Holy Week schedule for Word on Fire, please click here
For Holy Week at home resources from Liturgical Press, please click here
Para Misas y recursos en español, por favor, siga este enlace
Prayer offered by Pope Francis to our Holy Mother for protection
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
A message from His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan
We encourage you to read Cardinal Dolan’s essay on finding our way out of the dark vulnerable times, open here.
A message from the Director of Adult Faith Formation
This Holy Week let us take advantage of the time we have been given and immerse ourselves in prayer. The Lord wants to renew us this Holy Week. He wants to take our suffering and anxiety, and grief and give us His peace. Let us accept this invitation.
In conjunction with the Office of Liturgy, I’d like to share some resources with you. In addition to our previously recommended prayer resources for use when Mass is not available, you may find the following prayers and articles helpful:
1. Litany of Supplication: Please find the English and Spanish translations of the beautiful Litany of Supplication prayed by Pope Francis during his extraordinary Urbi et Orbi meditation and blessing on Friday, March 27, at the links above.
2. Prayer Resources: The following is a comprehensive and continuously updated list of prayer resources in both English and Spanish:
- Masses Online English | Spanish
- Online Prayer Opportunities English | Spanish
- Resources for prayer, worship and Mass in the home English | Spanish
- Prayer Resources for Catholics, parents and pastoral leaders English | Spanish
- Online resources for Parents English | Spanish
- Faith Formation Resources English | Spanish
- Resources for Children English | Spanish
- Resources for Pastoral Juvenil, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry and Campus Ministry English | Spanish
- Resources for Persons with Disabilities English | Spanish
- Mental Health Resources English | Spanish
- Tools for Ministering Online English | Spanish
Our Adult Faith Formation website has more resources as well.
3. FORMED.org has many resources for us to use during this Holy Week, many of them under the “Holy Week & Triduum” section.
Here are some recommendations:
FORMED Live: Understanding Palm Sunday
The Jewish Roots of Holy Week
Meditations on the Stations of the Cross by Ronald Thomas
FORMED Live: Jesus’ Death in light of Old Testament Sacrifices
The Paschal Mystery: The Mystery of Jesus’s Death & Resurrection
FORMED Live: Understanding the Stations of the Cross
As a reminder if your parish did not renew their Formed subscription this past Fall you can still access Formed content during this time of social distancing. Email us at Formed@archny.org to get connected.
I hope you find this helpful. God’s peace and blessings to you and your family.
Elizabeth Guevara de Gonzalez
Director of Adult Faith Formation Office
Archdiocese of New York
Additional Resources during Social Distancing
- Sunday Mass: a private Mass will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and will be available on many cable systems via the Catholic Faith Network and its website here, livestreamed on the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral website here, and broadcast on radio on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM (Channel 129). Here is a link for an act of Spiritual Communion
- Mass broadcasted through EWTN at 8am with an encore at 12pm Eastern in English. Click here for the full EWTN schedule of programming
- Mass broadcasted through EWTNespañol 8am and 4pm Eastern in Spanish. Click here for the full EWTNespañol schedule of programming
- Access to Perpetual Adoration, praying to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, virtually, through various online apostolates.
As we find ourselves spending more time in isolation I hope we take the opportunity to listen to God’s voice, we may be surprised at what we hear. I also encourage you to check in on your elderly neighbors. They may need help picking up some groceries or just someone to talk to.
I will close with sharing our Cardinal’s call for us to pray “for all who are sick, as well as doctors, nurses, caregivers, and all those working hard to combat the disease. We should also remember those whose lives have been otherwise disrupted, especially anyone who has lost income from a loss of work during this difficult time.”
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 is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. 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.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
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.
The following publishers have generously made their resources available to support prayer during these difficult days.
Liturgical Press: Give Us This Day. . .
Bayard: Living with Christ. . .
Adoration Around the Globe Join in praying with the Blessed Sacrament from chapels around the world.
*The following website is not affiliated with the Archdiocese of New York.
Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet on Catholic Faith Network on television and livestream
Unleash the Gospel Spiritual Closeness Spotify Playlist, songs that remind us to place our trust in God click here to listen.
Enrich your faith while at home:
Divine Mercy Chaplet. Every Friday at 3:00 P.M. via Zoom, click here
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Resources for Families
During this unexpected time of caution, while very difficult and trying, especially without being able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist and to come together as a Church, you may have found some unexpected blessings.
One of them may be having more time at home with your family. You may have said to yourself in the past “if I had more time”. The current situation we are in, may have given many of us some more time.
Here are some resources on FORMED.org for families.
Building Better Families
Me and My House
The Legends of Robin Hood
The suitcase: a story about giving
Maria Goretti: The Story of the Patroness of Modern Youth https://watch.formed.org/maria-goretti-the-story-of-the-patroness-of-modern-youth
The Animated Bible Series: The Creation https://watch.formed.org/videos/the-animated-bible-series-the-creation
The Story of Saint Patrick
La historian de San Patricio
If you have trouble accessing FORMED contact us at email@example.com
Feeling isolated? Consider getting online and praying together with your friends and family! Zoom is our current recommended way to do online ministry, but feel free to choose a platform of your choice. If you are unsure of how to use Zoom, check out the resources below.
Youth Faith Formation
Every Monday the Office of Youth Faith Formation will release a resource to support family catechesis, Family Faith at Home, https://archny.org/?page_id=19369
Young Adult Outreach
“CatholicNYC Presents” speaker series will go on Facebook Live through the CatholicNYC Facebook Page most nights from 7:30pm-8:15pm. https://www.facebook.com/CatholicNYC/
Your support is very important
Although public Masses may be suspended, our priests are responding to the current COVID-19 crisis through their ministry: celebrating daily Mass privately for all of your intentions and for all those affected by this virus, and praying for the health and safety of each of you and your families. Some of our pastors are even leading prayer services online. Be assured of all of our prayers, and be sure to check out your parish website and this website for faith formation resources. One of the resources available to you is FORMED.org. If your parish did not renew their subscription this past fall but would like to make good use of it now, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get you connected. Thank you to all of you who have been making donations to support your parish through WeShare online giving. Your support is incredibly important since our parishes have not been able to hold Mass publicly and accept your donations in person. If you would like to find out how to donate to your parish, contact your rectory office. We also encourage you to support the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal which supports parishes in need, the youth and adult faith formation offices, the seminary, retired priests home, and is absolutely essential to our operations. If you would like to make a gift online, you can do so here, or you can call 646-794-3300 if you would like to make a gift by phone. Thank you!