As communities across the world are impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), we pray for those impacted, and those working to treat those infected.
“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14
We know that not be able to attend Mass at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish will be a challenge in the weeks to come and we would like to provide to you the resources below for worship and prayer during this difficult time.
REFLECTIONS ON THE SUNDAY SCRIPTURES
Read At Home with the Word™ to help guide you to a deeper understanding of the Sunday Scriptures, providing readings for this liturgical year, insights from Scripture scholars, and action steps.
Pray every time you wash your hands.
Saying The Our Father takes exactly the amount of time we should spend washing our hands. We can say it for the people affected and for the end of the virus, and also for the "invisible heroes", like the garbage collectors, the people who work at the power plants and for the water department, the factory workers who will go back into their plants to produce life-saving medical equipment and supplies, the truck drivers who bring the food to our stores, etc.
Prayer to Saint Rocco
O Great St. Rocco, deliver us, we beseech you, from contagious diseases, and the contagion of sin. Obtain, for us, a purity of heart which will assist us to make good use of health, and to bear sufferings with patience. Teach us to follow your example in the practice of penance and charity, so that we may, one day enjoy the happiness of being with Christ, Our Savior, in Heaven. Amen.
Take time today to rest in the Lord. You can spend your time inside or outside; just find a space that works for you and your family members.
How to: Set aside a period of time in silence (15 to 30 minutes) to spend time with the Lord in prayer. Before you begin, watch the video “God Calls Us to Pray” from FORMED. This video gives some meditative music, images, insight and reflection questions to consider in your time of prayer.
Grow: What it takes to be called a Saint
Take some time to learn more about the path to sainthood and reflect on saints that have special meaning to you and your family.