Virtual Evangelization

Because of coronavirus, public Masses in the Archdiocese of Boston are suspended—depriving the faithful of the Eucharist and community, as well as faith formation opportunities. Social isolation is now the new normal. But God can even work in social isolation. Paradoxically, the saints tell us that the Lord is closest to us precisely in these times.

We are compiling virtual resources for evangelization and staying close to the Lord through prayer, study, and going deeper in our faith during this difficult time.  We hopes these materials will help you and your ministry at this time. 

Resources 

The Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship has created a YouTube channel through which we will be pushing video content, including the virtual retreat. Please consider subscribing. 

For resources in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, please visit our Virtual Evangelization Ethnic Communities page

Prayer

Study 

Giving

  • Write letters – yes with actually written words – to friends or families. Consider doing so especially for those who are elderly to offer a word of encouragement. Enclose a picture of you and your family. 
  • Check in with those who have family members in hospice or who have recently died. This is a particularly hard cross to bear right now with social-distancing keeping loved ones from their relatives in these moments. 
  • Write a note of gratitude and support to our priests! Start with the priests of your parish, but consider writing to senior priests living in retirement (such as those who are Regina Cleri Residence). 
  • Blood banks are in desperate need. Contact you’re the Red Cross to find out how you can safely help those in need. 
  • Consider giving to the Propagation of the Faith to support missionaries throughout the world, especially in these challenging times. 
  • Give to a pregnancy help center or a home for mothers (see this brochure for a starting point) in honor of the Solemnity of the Annunciation and the 25th Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae by Pope St. John Paul II
  • Don’t forget apologizing goes a long way. Apologize or forgive someone today whom you have had a falling out with in the past or had a tense moment with today. 
  • Pray with and for someone over the phone, Facebook Live, Zoom, Facetime, Google Hangouts or any other digital communication tool.
  • Please remember to give to your parish!
  • Bring food to a food pantry.
  • Go grocery shopping for an elderly person or someone who is disabled.
  • Write or call an elderly loved one. Our older loved ones are feeling isolated and lonely during this uncertain time.

Evangelization

  • Put an image of the Divine Mercy on your door and encourage others to do the same. 
  • Put a sign on the lawn or hang a banner that says “we are praying for you” or something similar. 
  • Talk about your devotion to Mary with someone; that Jesus gave us His Mother as our Mother. 
  • Talk with someone else about God’s love for you and them. Help them to be aware of and to “receive” His love in these difficult times. 
  • Watch a great movie about faith or read the book: The Hidden Life
  • Read these practical steps to sharing your faith and put them into practice virtually!  
  • Show mercy in the name of Christ! Practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Invite someone else to learn how to pray: The Prayer Process
  • Share The Evangelical Catholic's Next Step site with someone.
  • Reach out to someone, who might not have a relationship with God, and tell them you are praying for them.
  • For Parents: Check out the Blessed videos from Dynamic Catholic, especially for children who are finishing their preparation for First Communion. (The videos are free at this time).
  • Call a friend (or two) and watch the Mass on CatholicTV so you can pray the responses together and make a spiritual communion together.

 

Holy Week Resources

For Holy Week Resources to help parishes and families journey from home, click here.


Prayer for Spiritual 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.

 

Media Channels

Catholic TV
Stations of the Cross Catholic Radio Network
Relevant Radio 

Read Stations of the Cross's News Release here.

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