Religious Education: News
Dear Religious Education ‘Ohana,
St. Joseph Church wants to assure you that, guided by the Diocese of Honolulu, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have taken steps to keep your health a priority.
We just got a directive from our bishop that states: “Public celebration of Mass will be canceled in all locations, effective at noon on March 17 through Tuesday, March 31, inclusive. I am dispensing all the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays during this period AND All other gatherings of people in our parishes and schools are to be canceled (through March 31, inclusively) so that social distancing can be practiced. Consideration should be given to meetings via social media platforms, if needed.”
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/FAITH FORMATION GATHERINGS (CLASSES, RETREATS, PARENT MEETINGS, ETC.) ARE TO BE CANCELED EFFECTIVE MARCH 17 – MARCH 31. WE WILL NOT RESUME CLASSES AS PLANNED FOR MARCH 28 & 29. ALL RCIA classes, YOUTH MINISTRY, SUNDAY RE CLASSES, MEETINGS, REHEARSALS, ETC. ARE CANCELLED AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH.
I will keep you posted of any new developments as well as how we will proceed with sacrament preparation and ongoing faith formation sessions.
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of (Your) People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. AMEN.
WAYS TO KEEP FAITH STRONG AT HOME!
- Virtual Stations of the Cross
- A list of resources is also available on the Diocesan Office of Religious Education Website.
- Youth Ministry & Young Adult Ministry Resources - COVID - 19 https://www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/ymresources
Pray the Rosary
Yours in Christ,
CHRISLYN A. VILLENA
ST. JOSEPH CHURCH DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS ED
KEEPING HOLY THE LORD’S DAY
When it is not possible for us to attend Mass, here are some ways we can keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Set up a Home Altar
Create a sacred space with a crucifix, Bible, rosary.
Watch Sunday Mass via Livestream
Mass will be celebrated without the congregation and live-streamed from the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and can be accessed at:
https://www.facebook.com/HonoluluCathedralBasilica or www.hictv.com. In addition, other parishes may livestream the private Mass of the priest, so check your parish’s web-site to see if this service is offered. Mass is also live-streamed on www.ewtn.com
Make an Act of Spiritual Communion
For various reasons we may be prevented from receiving the Eucharist at Mass. We may have broken the one hour fast, be in a state of mortal sin, or we could even be homebound, unable to leave our home to attend Mass.
In these cases the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion:
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. Amen.
Spiritual Act of Communion
Reflect upon the Sunday Readings as a Family
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Loyola Press Sunday Connection: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/