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.
Click on the links below for daily prayer and reflections for March and April
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.
To help families unleash the Gospel at home during this time of social distancing, we have curated a list of daily activities and resources they can use to encounter Jesus, grow in faith, witness to their faith and worship from home this Lent.
Go for a walk around your neighborhood or in a nature-filled area. Take time to breathe in the air and thank God for the goodness of His creation. Try to discover new life, signs of spring and signs of hope. Take comfort that God is in control, planting and growing beauty around us.
Join Mercy Through Mary, a National Young Adult Outreach of the Mary and Mercy Center in Ave Maria, Florida to pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
Post a sign in your front window with a Scripture verse to offer encouragement to others. Consider changing the verse each week.
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.
The video shows how the saints “assist” God. What are some ways God is calling you to help Him reach people?
Many turn to the saints to ask for prayers from them. Who do you ask to pray for you? Who are saints that you ask to pray for you? Why?
Take some time to learn more about a specific saint or the patron saint of something you are interested in. Not sure where to start? Check out more about our local saint, Fr. Solanus Casey.
Witness: Pray a decade of the rosary aloud as you walk through your neighborhood
Celebrate the Annunciation by reflecting on Mary’s journey while walking through your neighborhood.
How to: Grab a rosary (or use your fingers). If you only have time for one decade, consider praying the 1st Mystery of the Joyful Mysteries today: The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary.
Encounter: Family Praise and Worship Time
Spend some time encountering the Lord through music either by playing/singing or worshipping with recorded music.
How to: Bring your family talent together to form a musical ensemble and learn some praise and worship music. You can even create your own instruments. Another option is to find some old Vacation Bible School CDs or stream other praise and worship music (i.e., “Alexa, play some praise and worship music”) and praise God along with the music.
Some song suggestions include: “Holy Spirit” by Jesus Culture; “Your Grace is Enough” by Matt Maher; “Open the Eyes of My Heart” by Paul Baloche; “The Heart of Worship” and “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Matt Redman; “Here I Am To Worship” by Tim Hughes; and “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin.
Grow: Family Prayer Sticks
This is a fun activity that can help your whole family build the habit of prayer. The prayers you include can be both traditional and for the specific needs during this time, like praying for our neighbors, healthcare workers and those who might be sick.
How to: Find the steps using the link below. You will take popsicle or craft sticks and write your prayer intention on them. Don’t have that crafting supply? You can use strips of paper or another creative substitute. Use “prayer sticks” during a family meal having each person take turns sharing the intention on their stick.
Take time to unite your prayers with others and connect to the prayer from 52 Sundays this week.
How to: Call or video chat with a relative, neighbor, or fellow parishioner at a specific time to pray the Angelus together. Select a prayer leader and consider beginning your prayer with any prayer intentions you have. The Angelus is traditionally prayed at 6 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m. so consider praying at that time to unite your prayer with others around the world.
You may also subscribe to receive the Daily Readings from the USCCB in your email every morning.
- Music and Inspiration -
During difficult times, music can draw us closer to God and through his grace bring peace to our troubled hearts. May this playlist bring you healing in, and through Christ. May we unite our suffering with his, for the atonement of our sins and those of the whole world.