How to Hold a Sunday Prayer Service as a Family
Join Masses On-line
From the Diocese of Wilmington
- The Diocese of Wilmington will livestream Sunday Mass each week on Saturday evening at 4 PM from the Cathedral of Saint Peter on the Diocese’s YouTube channel. Please be sure to “subscribe” and click the bell icon to be notified when they go live. This Mass will remain available for viewing throughout the week.
- Many of our parishes are also live-streaming their Masses. Check this list from The Dialog to connect to your parish.
Masses in Languages Other Than English
- V Encuentro: List of Masses Online in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese
- ASL Masses
- Posted on Saturday after 6 PM: Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Saturday, 7:30 PM on Facebook Live: Archdiocese of Edmonton, Canada
- Sunday, 9:15 AM on YouTube: Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts
- Sunday, 11 AM on Facebook Live: Diocese of Rockford, Illinois
- Sunday, 11:30 AM on Facebook Live: Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan
- Sunday, 11:30 AM on Facebook Live: Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California
- Diocese of Omaha, Nebraska
- Virtual Adoration allows one to access a variety of online adoration chapels throughout the world
Other Prayers & Resources
- Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary
- The Face of Prayer (Interactive prayer website. Can Text PRAY to 55778 to receive daily prayers from Bishop Caggiano.)
- Light a Candle Online – Light a digital candle and share your prayer intentions from your home.
- Prayer for a Pandemic
- Lectio Live (Wednesdays at 6 PM EST) – Life Teen
- Liturgy of the Hours – Find morning, daytime, evening and night prayers online.
- Magnificat: free complimentary access to Mass readings and prayers during the time of the pandemic: https://us.magnificat.net/
- Daily Readings – USCCB
- Lecturas del Día – USCCB
- Making a Spiritual Communion
- What is Spiritual Communion? Is it Worth It?
- Daily Examination of Conscience (Examen App) – Ignatian Spirituality
- Virtual Stations of the Cross – CRS Rice Bowl, narrated by Bishop Barron
- Via Crucis – CRS Rice Bowl
- Spiritual Reading + Prayers in a Time of Quarantine – Blessed Is She
- Getting Something Out of Virtual Mass – video by Robert Feduccia
- Resources for prayer, worship and Mass in the home English | Spanish – V Encuentro
- Online Prayer Opportunities English | Spanish – V Encuentro
- USCCB Resource Page for Coronavirus
- The Church At Home: Celebrating the Liturgy of Domestic Church Life
- Participating in the Mass from Home During the Coronavirus Quarantine – Catholic Year
- At Home Retreats (1st Communion, Confirmation, Family) – Diocese of Kalamazoo
- 3 Minute Retreat – Loyola Press
- Guided Prayer Audio Tracks – Becky Eldredge
- Give Us This Day Digital – Give Us This Day (another great resource for daily Mass readings and reflections)
- Praying the Stations of the Cross at home (courtesy the Knights of Columbus)
- Formed – Subscription-based one stop for Catholic media
- Breaking in the Habit – Free talks & reflections from a Franciscan friar for those who want to become a better disciple & discern their vocation.
- The Eucharist in Scripture – Free 6-lesson online study, presented by Dr. Scott Hahn, to unlock the meaning of covenant, sacrifice, and sacrament as understood in the Bible.
- Fr. Mike Schmitz – Homilies preached by Fr. Michael Schmitz, Chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Catholic Campus Ministry.
- Franciscan University of Steubenville – Free online series including Franciscan University Presents (as seen on EWTN) and Keeping the Faith with the Friars.
- An Intro to the Sacred Liturgy – Free beginner’s guide to understanding the Catholic Mass presented by the Liturgical Institute.
- Solidarity on Tap – Enjoy fellowship and hear powerful reflections from members of the network engaged in work for justice—from a screen near you!
- The Thomistic Institute – Free Quarantine Lectures series (will run as long as the quarantine does) as well as a free Aquinas 101 course and CREDO, an RCIA catechesis.
- The Wild Goose – Free 14-part online series, presented by Fr. Dave Pivonka, on discovering a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Resources for Young Adults
- Blessed is She – Dive into prayer together, and grow in love as daughters of the King
- The Catholic Feminist – a place for Jesus-loving women who want to be inspired, involved, and intentional
- The Catholic Gentleman – living with virtue and holiness in the modern world
- Catholic Stuff You Should Know – four Catholic Priests lightheartedly explore various Catholic topics
- Fr. Mike Schmitz – Fr. Mike’s popular Ascension Presents video series in audio form
- The Jeff Cavins Show – Jeff Cavins shares personal tips for living as a modern-day disciple of Jesus Christ
- Let Love – Looking at life through the lens of love with the Sisters of Life. You are loved. You are made in God’s image, and your life matters. Let’s talk about it.
- Pints with Aquinas – Every episode of Pints With Aquinas addresses a question St. Thomas answers in the Summa Theologiae, as well as other works of his.
- The Word on Fire Show – a weekly podcast from Bishop Robert Barron on faith and culture
- Hallow (apple android) – a subscription-based Catholic meditation app to help you find peace and grow in your spiritual journey
- Laudate (apple android) – a free all-in-one resource for matters of faith (prayers, Daily Readings, Liturgy of theHours, and more)
- Pray as You Go (apple android) – a free daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go
- Reimagining the Examen (apple android) – a free app with thoughtful reflections so users can review their day with God wherever they are
Stay Connected to the Diocese of Wilmington YA Community
Resources for Young People
- Be Not Afraid Conference – Runs for 30 days starting 3.20.2020. You can join any time, & those who join later will be given access to all earlier material
- Busted Halo: Videos that you can watch on sacraments as well as Church teachings
- Resources for Teens – Scott Hahn shares a compilation of resources for teens.
- Sunday, Sunday, Sunday LifeTeen Podcast – reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Mass readings and discussing how they apply in our lives.
- Video Catechism – Monthly video catechism series for teens and discussion guide for leaders.
- Life Teen – Blog “My Faith” – Living as a Catholic during COVID-19
- Life Teen – VLOG “Here’s the thing…” – Living without the Mass during COVID-19
Messages of Hope
- The Life You Were Made For – Real Life Catholic with Chris Stefanick live streams on Facebook Live 8pm ET on Wednesdays
- NCYC 2019 Keynote – Sr. Bethany Madonna’s Keynote at NCYC 2019
- NCYC Playlist – A playlist featuring Hillsong Worship, Cory Ashbury, Phil Wickham, & others
- The Story’s End Changes Every Page – Chris Stefanick speaks on our hearts rooted in hope eternal
Resources for Children
- Holy Heroes : Fun videos of all kinds
- The Kids’ Bulletin | A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.Printable Kids Sunday bulletins with activities.
- Light Saint Stories:A weekly podcast of stories for kids about the Saints, from the creator of Shining Light Dolls, Chantal Baros. Join us each week for a new short story
- https://youtu.be/ZfR2Rk7e198: Catholic Church Tour for Kids
- Brother Francis Online – Animated series that teaches children the basic principles of the Catholic faith
- Catholic Words & Games – Flash cards & fun games to help teach Catholic Vocab words
- Catholic Brain – Interactive games, ebooks, video lessons, quizzes and more. Free access for 30 days. Need mom or dad for original sign in.
- St. Anne Trivia Game: How well do you know your Catholic Faith?
- QUIZ: Are You Smarter Than a Catholic 5th Grader?: Catholic trivia game
- All Catholic Trivia Quizzes and Games More Catholic games!
Supporting Parents and Families
Talking about COVID–19
- Coronavirus Response Lesson – Loyola Press (student /teacher worksheets)
- Talking to Kids About the coronavirus – Child Mind Institute. (A 3 minute video & 8 quick tips for how to talk to kids about the virus.)
- Explaining coronavirus to young or autistic kids and addressing emotions – multiple languages available!
- Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 – National Association of School Psychologists
- Explaining coronavirus to young kids and addressing emotions – multiple languages available! (A 12 page story book for young children explaining the virus on a very elementary level.)
- Comic Exploring the new coronavirus – based on a radio story from NPR education reporter Cory Tuner. (An 8 frame comic for kids)
- Catholic During COVID-19 – Leah Murphy, Life Teen.com (An article talking about your responsibility, what church looks like now, and how to stay rooted.)
- Help students overcome their fears of coronavirus – Greg Stier blog post (An article with 4 action steps to help teenages deal with the threat of the virus and wrestle their fears to the ground.)
- Accompanying Families with Teens While Social Distancing – recording of discussion with Roy Petitfils, licensed counselor (A 40 minute video sharing insights and answering questions of parents, etc.)
- Stress Management Tips – Gabriella Silva, Fuller Youth Institute (Tips broken out into 6 categories to help with stress management.)
- As The World Is Shutting Down, What Can We Do Today? – Amanda Grubbs, Life Teen (A short article about the focus of today & those around you.)
Prayer & Faith Formation at Home
- Family Resources – The Leadership Institute, Diocese of Bridgeport
- Family Prayer and Activities – Loyola Press (Articles)
- DamascusLIVE – Tune in daily for Prayer Lab @ 10:30-11am ET; Worship & Intercession @ 3-4pm ET; Night-Live @ 7:30-8:30pm (30-45 minute videos.)
- The Pillars of the Church – McGrath Institute for Church Life (Sign up for free, self-guided online course led by Notre Dame theology faculty that explains the basic doctrines of the Catholic Church as they relate to its four pillars.)
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Multiple resources for various groups: children, families & catechists.)
- Free online resources to use at home during Covid-19 outbreak – Bayard (Multiple resources for various groups: children, families & catechists.)
- Free eBooks – Sadlier Connect (U: SadlierStudent | P: ReadyToLearn!) (Free resources with sign in for teachers, students and families.)
- Busted Halo: Resources for keeping the faith in your home.
- MagnifiKid!: Magazine for Kids 6-12. Free electronic issues, coloring pages, and more
- Saint Mary’s Press/home activities:Saint Mary’s Press: Activities and Ideas for you and your elementary school children
- Here to help: parent resources for teens at home: Saint Mary Press: Activities, videos, and ideas for you and your middle or high school children.
- Virtual Stations of the Cross : Stations to pray with your family at home.
- Look to Him and be Radiant – each tab of this website has free activities and crafts for children of all ages
- Catholic Icing – Catholic crafts and more for kids & families
- Challenge Patches from Catholic Sprouts. A program that offers kids an opportunity to earn patches for doing amazing Catholic things.
- Domestic Church :A go-to page for keeping your home Catholic in these times:videos, articles and more.
- Sunday Connection: Reflections on Sunday readings with age appropriate
- Our Catholic Faith : Prayers, Saints, activities for Families and more from Loyola Press
- Catholic Central : Videos for family learning about the Catholic Faith
- At Home | Archdiocese of Baltimore: Resources for family life
- The Catholic Toolbox : Crafts, activities, and more to do with your kids
- Free Catholic Crafts for kids: printables and activities to do with your children
- Gospel Weeklies by Pflaum – A variety of video links are posted to coordinate with the lessons for the week
- Resources for Catholic Educators– Lesson Plans, Religious Education, Teaching Tools and Links
- Alive In Christ | Helping children to know, love, and live our Catholic faith resources, lesson plans and Sunday readings
- Catechetical Resources – Sadlier Religion’s seasonal and thematic resources to support professional development and faith formation in class and at home
Activities & Schedules while Staying In
- Tips for Managing Cooped Up Teens – Roy Petitfils (13 tips from NFCYM.)
- Checklist of Things to Do at Home – NCYC Social Media Post (Printable checklist of over 30 things to do.)
- Ungame: a Great family communications game (Buy on Amazon) (The link is to the wikipedia definition of this game, you will need to look up separately on Amazon.)
- 10 ways to Survive (and Thrive) Through Days of Quarantine – CatholicMom.com (Quick article.)
- How to homeschool during the coronavirus crisis with free resources – Today (Article with 10 tips including videos and social media links.)
- FaithandRealLife.com (Various short videos.)
About Working from Home
Recursos en Español
- Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – National Association of School Psychologists
- Recursos para Padres y Familias – V Encuentro
- Recursos para Niños – V Encuentro
- ¿Qué es la Comunión Espiritual? ¿En verdad vale?
- Misas en línea – V Encuentro
- Lecturas del Día – USCCB
- ¿Qué es la Comunión Espiritual? ¿En verdad vale? – for Padre Rafael Capó
- Via Crucis – CRS Rice Bowl
- Recursos para la Oración, Adoración y Misa en el Hogar – V Encuentro
- Adoración, Alabanza, Rosario y Estaciones de la Cruz en línea – V Encuentro
- USCCB – Resource Page for COVID-19
- State of Delaware Coronavirus Page
- State of Maryland Coronavirus Page
- CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)
- What you Need to Know
- Facts about COVID-19
- How COVID-19 Spreads
- Prevention & Treatment
- People at Higher Risk and Special Populations
- What to do if you are sick
- Stigma and Resilience
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Communication Resources
- Interim Guide for Community and Faith-Based Organizations
Use Your Head—Slow the Spread
All are advised to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid contact with sick people
- If you are sick, stay home and call your health care provider
Practice social distancing — keep distance between yourself and others and avoid crowds
All are also advised to practice social distancing. Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Social distancing can take many forms, depending on your lifestyle and your family and work situation, and can include the following habits and steps:
- Avoid handshaking, hugging and other intimate types of greeting
- Avoid non-essential travel (your health care provider may have specific guidance for your situation)
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
- Work from home if possible for your work situation
- Avoid unnecessary errands — consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to your house through online delivery services or through family or social networks
Practice the 2nd Greatest Commandment: Love your neighbor
- Check in on isolated or vulnerable family members and neighbors and offer to help with specific tasks such as shopping, child or pet care, cleaning, etc.
- If in a position of authority, allow workers to work from home or take time off, limit large gatherings, follow government guidance, etc.
- Thank those on the front lines who are protecting us, such as health care workers, police, firefighters. Be gentle and kind with them.
- Pray for all those affected by the crisis.
Coping with Anxiety
- Stress Management Tips – Gabriella Silva from Fuller Youth Institute
- Tips for Managing Cooped Up Teens – Roy Petitfils
- Care for Your Anxiety – Shine
- Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About Covid-19 – Seattle Children’s
- Roy Petitfils.com and Helping Teens with Anxiety (Facebook recording) – Therapist at Pax Renewal Center, focused on teens
- Accompanying Families with Teens While Social Distancing – recording of discussion with Roy Petitfils, licensed counselor
- Reflection and advice: The Catholic Apostolate Center has some good reflections on dealing with anxiety, and also allows for the opportunity to email prayer requests.
- Teens and anxiety from a Catholic perspective
Resources for Pastoral Ministers
Resources for Online Meetings and Gatherings
- Video Conferencing and Telecommunication – What are the options to stay connected and how do I know what works best for me?
- Facebook: Best practices for faith-based groups to create/maintain a page, live stream, and connect with members via Facebook.
- How to Use: Facebook Live (PDF with instructions) (Video)
- How To Use: FreeConferenceCall – Free conferencing tool
- How to Use: Google Hangout (PDF with instructions)
- How to Use: GoToMeeting (Links and Videos) and Pricing (free 14 day trial then must pay)
- How To Use: Microsoft Teams (Video) (required sign in)
- How to Use: Zoom (PDF with instructions), Best Practices, and Pricing (remote meetings and chat platform; free with restrictions)
- How To Use: Edmondo – Distance learning toolkit to manage classroom & engage students
Tools for Virtual Ministry
- Maintain a Safe Environment – Keeping with Safe Environments Online
- Tools for Ministering Online English | Spanish – Links to various platforms for and articles about ministering online
- How To: Virtual Small Groups – How to Lead a Small Group Remotely + Online
- How To: Virtual Youth Night – Simple Steps to Creating a Virtual Youth Night