Catholic churches and schools are discovering innovative ways to virtually connect with the faithful who are in quarantine due to COVID-19 mandates. This may indefinitely change the landscape of forming and sharing the faith with the domestic church beyond the pandemic.
During COVID 19, young people have leaped into offering random acts of kindness. The following are responses from youth who were asked: What random acts of kindness have you done during this pandemic that made you feel the presence of the Spirit working through you?
In a similar way, every life-committing vocation, such as marriage or consecrated life, starts like this — with a complete surrender of one’s self before God. What people may not realize is that discernment, indeed, every vocational discernment, begins like this too.
This past month working from our homes, the Office of Aging staff has reached out and called about 100 seniors throughout the Archdiocese. Many have family and parish community to ensure that they are cared for.
Even though we are in familiar territory, the present moment almost seems like venturing into the unknown. Facing the risk of COVID-19 is like dealing with an invisible threat. We must call on the Good Shepherd to bring us back together as a flock and to lead us out into the pastures of the world we live; in our communities and parishes.
With Daniel Cardinal DiNardo giving approval for priests to reopen their churches if correct safety protocols are in place, several Catholic churches opened their doors the weekend of May 2 to 3 with more expected to ease back into reopening by May 9 to 10.
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, with Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz, joined other bishops throughout the United States and reconsecrated the country to Mary as the nation continues to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.
When parishioners return to Mass, the church building will look the same, but the environment might feel different. New social distancing measures have changed the landscape of a church sanctuary, even as clergy encourage attendees of the unchanging nature of the Mass.
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