If public Masses are cancelled, I will say a private Mass on Sunday, at 10:45 am, that we will live stream and put on the website. I will do the same on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. At this point I do not know how we will handle the special liturgies of Holy Week. We will have to await some kind of guidance from the bishop on that. There are presentations of the Mass on EWTN each day as well.

Here are some ways in which you can participate in the liturgies from home. Prayerfully reflect on the readings. You can go to www.usccb.org, which is the website for the bishops of the United States. At the top of the page you will see a number of topics. Click on Bible, and a scroll will drop. Click on Readings of the Day. You will see a calendar. Click on a date, such as March 22 (this Sunday). The readings for that day will appear. This is true for weekday Masses, as well as Sunday Masses.

Make a “Spiritual Communion.” A Spiritual Communion is for those who cannot be at Mass or for some reason cannot receive Communion when they are at Mass. Here is a prayer of Spiritual Communion that I found on EWTN’s website:

“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.”

If you cannot come to church to attend Mass, you can pray the rosary. On Mondays and Saturdays we pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. On Thursdays we pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. On Tuesdays and Fridays we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries, and on Wednesdays and Sundays we pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. There are some great websites on the Rosary that you can check out. The family rosary used to be a big thing in Catholic homes. All of this down time perhaps can be used to renew that practice. Father Patrick Peyton, known as the Rosary Priest, famously taught, “The family that prays together stays together.”

There are also many websites that will guide you through the Stations of the Cross. These are 14 meditations on the Passion and Death of Jesus on the Cross. They allow us to enter into his story, and to see how he has entered into ours. The Stations of the Cross are a uniquely powerful way to prepare for Holy Week.