Resources to enhance your faith during Covid-19

How to enhance your faith during Covid-19 pandemic 

We are now living in unbelievable and unprecedented times in our world and Church. This will probably be the most penitential Lent we’ve ever encountered as we are forced to fast from the Real Presence of our Lord in Holy Communion and abstain from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself. Please persevere and be steadfast in your faith.

Perhaps this experience will cause us to be drawn more intimately to Him in prayer that we so long to be nourished by His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity when this crisis is over. 

Use the following tools to nourish your faith over this difficult time. 


Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Click here for Courageous Communion: Daily Living for Quarantined Catholics.

Click here for Holy Week in the Domestic Church: an at-home guide for individuals and families.

Catholic Herald

Information about the Coronavirus pandemic is changing rapidly, and resources, best practices and stories from a multitude of perspectives are being offered on various outlets – but, nothing hits closer to home for Catholics in southeastern Wisconsin than the Catholic Herald. Because of the need for Catholic connection, we are offering the digital e-edition of the Catholic Herald free of charge during this time of crisis.

Please send your name and email address to [email protected] to receive instructions on how to activate your free account.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Click here for Daily Readings.

Formed

FORMED provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device.

Parish Facebook

Connect with us on Facebook for additional resources and positive messages. 

St. Mary Parish YouTube

Subscribe to St. Mary Parish's YouTube channel to see all of our livestreamed Masses, other events and messages. 

St. Mary Parish has the technical capabilities to livestream and record Masses. 

Parish Instagram

Follow us on Instagram for additional resources, fun parish memories and positive messages. 

Vatican News

Follow along with the Vatican and Pope Francis. Don't miss things, like his plea for Catholics all over the world to pray the rosary at 3 p.m. CST on St. Joseph's feast day. 

Ascension Presents

Fr. Mike Schmitz

Explore more video series here

Sunday Homilies/Gospel Reflections

2 Guys and a Gospel Archdiocesan podcast

The Lanky Guys

Bishop Robert Baron Homilies

Prayer Resources

30 Day Walk with Jesus

Formed: Daily Lenten Reflections

Ascension Presents

iPhone Apps

Laudate Catholic App - Prayers, daily readings, Chaplet, confession guide, etc.

Holy Rosary - Audio Rosary

Scriptural Rosary - Audio Rosary that incorporates scripture passages

Relevant Radio - Talk radio for Catholic life; Local AM 1640

Reimagining the Examen - Traditional and adapted Examens

Blogs

CatholicMom.com - Blog resource with weekly Gospel reflections for the family along with worksheets, lesson plans, and coloring pages based on the Gospel.

CatholicIcing.com - Blog resource featuring crafts for children to help them ponder our faith and friendship with Jesus


For Kids

About Mass

St. Mary Wednesday Children's Mass - Livestreamed and recorded 8 a.m. Wednesday Mass is directed towards children. *YouTube should only be used under parental supervision. 

My Catholic Kids - Videos that teach children about the Mass.

Catholic Sprouts Podcast - Kid-friendly podcast on various topics like Saints, the Mass, the Virtues, etc.

Catholic Mass Online for Children - Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore offers a Catholic Mass Online for Children each Sunday at 8 am. These are recorded and can be watched on YouTube at a later time.

Teach your children how to make a spiritual communion - Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Ligouri: 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

The Magnificat free children’s missals    

Loyola Press - Developmentally suitable guides to each Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word

The Families at Home Blog - Offers guidelines for how to pray the TV Mass from Home

RCL Benziger - Offering free online access to its Order of the Mass Booklet for Children, including directions for making an Act of Spiritual Communion

Spiritual and Mental Health Resources

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA - Guides for speaking with your children about the COVID-19 pandemic

CoronoaVirus Through the Eyes of Faith - Loyola Press offers a Coronavirus Response Lesson to help children respond to the COVID-19 crisis through the lens of faith

Child Mind Institute - The Child Mind Institute offers many tips for helping kids to cope with the Coronavirus

Sacramental Preparation Resources

Formed, the Catholic streaming service from the Augustine Institute, produces a sacramental preparation program, called Signs of Grace, which is being offered for free during this period of social distancing: Signs of Grace

Ignatius Press is temporarily offering its Faith and Life Program for Grades 1-8 and its Didache Program for Highschoolers free online: Faith & Life, through Catholic Faith Technologies.

Dynamic Catholic offers a free  1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion Preparation Series called Blessed. It includes free online videos, a downloadable workbook, and teacher’s guide: Blessed

Sophia Institute for Teachers is offer Free Sacramental Preparation Lessons for at home catechesis: Sophia Instititue Lessons.  (You will need to create an account before clicking on the link.)

Podcasts

Saint Stories for Kids Podcast - Kid-friendly podcast featuring stories of the lives of the Saints.

Movies, Music, and Celebrating the Liturgical Year

The simplicity of Taize Songs make them perfect choices for children of all ages.  Find Lenten selections such as Jesus, Remember Me or Stay with Me, on your favorite music streaming service.  The Taizé Community Choir Album is a good choice. 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA is offering a wealth of resources tailored to a child’s developmental stage. These range from how to prepare a prayer table, praying with children at home, resources for celebrating Lent and Easter at home, developmentally suitable scripture passages, parent guides for cultivating the gift of silence, reflections on the Last Supper, the City of Jerusalem, the Resurrection, Baptism, and Celebrating Holy Week at Home: CGSUSA Resources

Formed, a Catholic, subscription-based streaming service made available by the Augustine Institute, offers online Catholic movies and books for adults and children.  Access is free for a limited time: https://formed.org. Check out the Liturgical Calendar in the Leader Resources section, to see selections suitable for each day of the liturgical year – a perfect way to live Lent and the Easter season with your children. 

*Fr. Linn loves this website! - Catholic Culture.org offers a wealth of resources for celebrating each day of the liturgical year with children.  Look under the Liturgical Year tab for prayers, activities, and recipes for each day and season: Living the Liturgical Year

The Families at Home blog offers lessons on the Mass: Lessons on the Mass

Elizabeth Foss offers free downloads of her Stories of Grace prayer journal for children.  This one is a series of reflections on the parables: Parable Prayer Journal

Daniel Mitsui offers beautiful free coloring sheets, suitable for older children: Coloring Pages for Older Children

Kendra Tierney shares how she plants to Celebrate Holy Week: Celebrating Holy Week

Ruah Woods Press is offering a 5 week free trial of their Theology of the Body Curriculum for grades K – 12: Theology of the Body

Please continue to check in, as we may be adding and updating resources.