Many of us are asked to stay home and avoid crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. To help families and individuals to keep the faith alive, grow in relationship with Jesus and continue to observe this Holy Season of Lent while at home, we offer families and individuals the resources below:
Participation of the Faithful during Holy Week – suggestions for families and individuals to accompany watching Holy Week liturgies via online streams or on TV or by listening on the radio.
- Tiny Saints has published free printable activity sheets for families and children who are missing Mass, school and might be stuck at home. In a Facebook post, Tiny Saints wrote that its reasoning behind the move “is to help us all find a reason to smile and stay focused on Jesus, even when we might be tempted to worry.” As of now, the company only has one free printable, but it plans to have more available soon.
- Catholic Sprouts: Catholic mom Nancy offers a mix of prayer, saint stories, Scripture, and daily living designed for kids and young families. https://catholicsprouts.com/Getting-Started
- My Catholic Kids My Catholic Kids is offering free access to their children’s video library during this time of national emergency. These videos help young children understand and engage with the Mass.
- Saint Stories for Kids: Chantal Baros recreates saint stories, told in an engaging style and intermixed with sound effects for kids. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/saint-stories-for-kids/id1448514363
- Good News Book Shop, based in South Florida, provides clean reads and faith filled books that will inspire youth to read more, laugh more, learn more, and grow in their faith and relationship with God each day. https://goodnewsbookshop.com/
For Teens and Twenty-Somethings
- Sunday, Sunday: Life Teen evangelist Mark Hart talks about the Sunday readings with an emphasis on how to apply the lessons of scripture to everyday life. https://lifeteen.com/media/podcast/sunday-sunday-sunday-podcast-mark-hart/
- The Crunch: Ethan (a FOCUS missionary) and Patrick (a youth minister) have weekly conversations about what it means to live the Catholic faith as young adults, https://patln3.wixsite.com/thecrunchcast/about
- Franciscan Media offers a weekly e-newsletter called “Faith and Family” which draws families closer to the heart of Jesus through Scripture readings, reflections, guided discussions and activities. Click here to subscribe.
- 52 Sundays is a dynamic guide for families to keep the Lord’s Day holy, including family prayer activities, devotions and meals. The guide is intended to augment Sunday Mass participation, but is also a great resource for families unable to attend Mass. Printed copies of the 52 Sundays guidebook are sold out, but families can sign up for email updates and download a free digital guide here. (Archdiocese of Detroit)
- www.FamilyRosary.org – click on the “Resources” tab and you will find eBooks, Rosary instructions and Rosary app, and Daily Prayer Reflections and much more. At the top you’ll find a link to our Blog where you will find our Daily Homilies and much more. During these challenging times, you can join us LIVE for Rosary and Mass starting at 11:30 am ET Monday through Friday on our Family Rosary Facebook Page.
- Households of Faith Resources
- Free Prayer and Mass Texts for March and April: View Give Us This Day online at no charge for March and April. This resource includes brief daily Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, inspirational lives of saints, daily Mass texts, and reflections. Click here to read the issue online or download it to your computer. Also, in light of the fact that many are unable to attend Mass, Magnificat is offering complimentary access to the online version of its prayer book. Magnificat includes the daily liturgy, saint of the day, spiritual reflections and prayers.
- Nextstep is a fairly new Catholic discipleship guide that helps you grow in your faith. Currently, their program of steps is totally free. Each step is designed to be finished in two weeks or less.
- Praying and Reflection on the Sunday Gospel: To view a “Question of the Week” that centers on the Sunday Gospel for youth, young adults and families, click here.
- MAGNIFICAT is providing temporary, complimentary access to its online versions of its daily prayer resource in English and Spanish.
- FORMED: During these challenging times, FORMED is extending complimentary access to for all parishioners in the Diocese of St. Petersburg for 40 days. Click here to sign up.
- eBreviary: A temporary webpage is available for downloading a printable PDF for the Liturgy of the Hours each day. Click here to view/download.
- Diocese of St. Petersburg Prayer Resources: Health and Healing and General Prayers