One Body, One Spirit in Christ (Eph 4:4)
Pope Francis offers advice about how to face the daily challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic:
"We need to rediscover the concreteness of small things, the small acts of kindness shown to those who are close to us, family, friends. We need to realize that our treasure lies in small things. There are tiny gestures that sometimes get lost in the routine of everyday life, gestures of tenderness, affection, compassion, that are nevertheless decisive, important”, he says.
The Pope gives the examples of sharing “a hot plate of food, a caress, a hug, a phone call... These are familiar, attentive gestures regarding everyday details that make life meaningful, and create communion and communication amongst us".
Accessing Prayer Resources
You may wish to begin your prayer by lighting a candle and/or preparing a prayer focus with a cross or crucifix, bible, flowers etc. While people may choose to watch Mass online or on TV, why not consider praying together.
Reading the Scripture passage aloud with your family or friends and then spending time in discussion and prayer will assist in us feeling connected in faith.
The Lectionary readings for each day are reminders that although we may be physically isolated and unable to celebrate Mass together, we can still be joined in prayer as members of one Body who are always united in Christ.
- The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has a list of online links to - Pray at home
- Participating in Mass online - See our Mass suspension page
We pray that Pope Francis will appoint a new bishop and shepherd for our Diocese.
Prayer for a new Bishop
Click here to read the Entrustment Prayer (PDF).
Resources for Easter Season and Pentecost
Emmaus Productions are pleased to provide complimentary access to their video and liturgy resources for adults and children
Easter Hope and Pentecost Expectation Resource Kit click here or go to
Want to Pray and Sing with the Sunday Readings?
Marist Music has beautiful audio clips of the responsorial psalms and Gospel acclamation. It’s easy to access! Just visit www.maristmusic.org.au and click on Pentecost Sunday Year A Chants and Psalms and select the psalm or chant of the particular Sunday in Eastertime.
Seeking Stillness Gospel reflections by Gen Bryant on YouTube -Playlist
No Greater Love -audio and sheet music http://www.maristmusic.org.au/no-greater-love
Shelter Me - New Hymn in response to COVID-19 by Fr Michael Joncas. Free download and use until 31 March 2021. You can download the sheet music from bit.ly/2V9gxFG and access the music video on YouTube.
- National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June (ending with Mabo day on 3 June). Attached is the Prayer of Aboriginal People composed for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Alice Springs in 1986. The Pope told the gathering of indigenous people “‘You are part of Australia and Australia is part of you. And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others.’” This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week is In This Together. Visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/ for information.
- Commemorating Pentecost Sunday by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ https://tinyurl.com/Pentecost-Sunday
- Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home by Pope Francis, has its 5th anniversary on Sunday 24th May. Pope Francis has invited everyone to take part in the Laudato Si’ Year which began last Sunday and ends on 24 May 2021. The Pope announced a special prayer dedicated to the Laudato Si’ Year. Check out other resources at https://laudatosiweek.org/
- Novena for Peace and Healing - Download the novena prayers for each of the nine days. Prayer at home on via a video link with your prayer group.
- Prayer for a Pandemic – this beautiful prayer captures the heart of Catholic social teaching where we are aware of and pray for the plight of others. See attached prayer by Cameron Bellm (pdf).
- Love has not been Cancelled - Reflection by by David Haas See http://stmarksaurora.net/covid-19-response/more-reflections and scroll down. Other reflections also on this page.
- Pray the Rosary in May. Pope Francis invites us to pray the Rosary during the month of May. He has written some prayers for the intercession of Mary, to be used as stand alone prayers or prayed at the end of the Rosary. (click here) (Download document pdf)
- Heart to Heart e-Seminars (around 30 minutes) from Canberra-Goulburn Diocese. Archbishop Chris Prowse is presenting this series of over 4 weeks, leading you into a deeper relationship with Christ during this time of isolation. See https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/hearttoheart/
- Pentecost Piligrimage - Catholics are invited to join others worldwide on a spiritual pilgrimage to Pentecost. Register for free to receive a series of talks which are uploaded twice a week from speakers around the world, including Australia (including Archbishop Porteous, Hobart, Fr Ken Barker MGL, Founder and Moderator of the Missionaries of God’s Love, Robert Falzon, Cofounder of menALIVE, and Daniel Ang, Director of Parish 2020, Sydney Archdiocese) Join here
Daily Prayer, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Hours, Mass readings and Scripture Commentaries
- LiturgyHelp has offered free access to the daily Mass readings, Roman Missal texts and Commentaries. Please use the special website link for the Diocese of Sale (instructions download)
- Daily Prayer visit Pray.com.au -they are offering a 14 day program for those in isolation through until Easter.
- Magnificat has apps which can be downloaded for your device both iOS and Android apps. See Magnificat
- Give Us This Day -Digital edition
- Universalis –daily readings link
- Break Open the Word (Sunday readings) from Liturgy Brisbane click here
- Sunday Homilies –are available at Word on Fire available by the Thursday before each weekend.
- Praying the Rosary at home –See the Rosary Centre and Confraternity -how to pray the Rosary guide
- Faith Circles - a program at the Diocese of Wollongong has downloadable weekly Scripture resources with prayer, reflections questions and a reflection by Pope Francis. Download from website or subscribe to get free links in your email inbox. click here to sign up.
- Archdiocese of Melbourne has a collection of Prayers in time of pandemic
For Families and Children
Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.
The Collect from Mass in Time of Pandemic, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 30 March 2020.