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Faith Formation from Home

FAITH FORWARD

The Archdiocese of New York is implementing new measures to make sure the safety of the faithful is a priority during this time. As many parishes in the upper counties are reopening we encourage you to visit the link below for a full summary of the FAITH FORWARD initiative.

Beyond Trauma

As we make our way out of quarantine, many of us have suffered loss of family members, friends, loss of employment, and loss of hope. This is a time for healing and our Lord is here to help us through it.  The Trauma Healing Institute created a booklet called Beyond Trauma: A Catholic Guide to Spiritual First Aid. You may find this booklet helpful. Here is a link to find it: /https://beyonddisaster.bible/ (scroll all the way down).

For more information go to: www.traumahealinginstitute.org  or https://www.americanbible.org

Más Allá del Trauma

A como vamos saliendo de la cuarentena, muchos de nosotros hemos sufrido pérdidas de familia, amigos, empleo, y esperanza. Es un tiempo para sanación y el Señor nos quiere ayudar. El Instituto de Sanación de Trauma creo un libro, Más Allá del Trauma: Primeros Auxilios Espirituales Católicos Para Sobrevivientes, excelente recurso para la comunidad. Para verlo siga este enlace (y baje al final de la página): /https://beyonddisaster.bible/

Para más información visite la página  www.traumahealinginstitute.org  o https://www.americanbible.org

Prayer offered by Pope Francis to our Holy Mother for protection during this pandemic

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.

as you did at Cana of Galilee,

We are certain that you will provide, so that,

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.


We encourage you to read Cardinal Dolan’s essay on finding our way out of the dark vulnerable times, open here.


Here are some resources for Mass and prayer online.

FORMED.org has many resources for us to use, that include movies, audio-books, children materials, talks, etc.
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.


  • 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
  • Access to Perpetual Adoration, praying to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, virtually, through various online apostolates.

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.

Amen.


Resources for Families

Here are some resources on FORMED.org for families. 

Building Better Families 
https://watch.formed.org/building-better-families

Foundations
https://watch.formed.org/foundations

Me and My House
https://watch.formed.org/me-and-my-house

The Legends of Robin Hood
https://watch.formed.org/the-legends-of-robin-hood

The suitcase: a story about giving
https://watch.formed.org/videos/the-suitcase-a-story-about-giving-by-jane-meyer

Maria Goretti: The Story of the Patroness of Modern Youth https://watch.formed.org/maria-goretti-the-story-of-the-patroness-of-modern-youth

Prayer
https://watch.formed.org/videos/prayer

The Animated Bible Series: The Creation https://watch.formed.org/videos/the-animated-bible-series-the-creation

The Story of Saint Patrick 
https://watch.formed.org/videos/the-story-of-saint-patrick

La historian de San Patricio
https://watch.formed.org/videos/san-patricio

If you have trouble accessing FORMED contact us at formed@archny.org


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. 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!


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