Posts from April 2020

Posts from April 2020

Guidance for the Celebration of First Holy Communion (FHC) and Confirmation

Guidance for the Celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation [In time of COVID-19] FIRST HOLY COMMUNION {those who have completed the required catechetical formation scheduled for First Holy Communion on 17MAY20 as originally planned} The First Holy Communion (FHC) Mass on 17MAY20 will be rescheduled. The plan of having a series of Masses specifically for First Communicants with fewer than 10 attendees has been rescinded due to HPCON Charlie directives. When restrictions on communal gatherings are lifted, a Sunday,…

Guidance for the Christian Initiation of Catechumens and the Reception of Non-Catholic Christians

Guidance for the Christian Initiation of Catechumens and the Reception of Non-Catholic Christians During the 2020 Easter Season [In time of COVID-19] THE CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CATECHUMENS  {Unbaptized person to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist}  Normatively, adults are baptized at the Easter Vigil (RCIA 23). This follows their election by the bishop on the first Sunday of Lent and the celebration of the three scrutinies and presentations of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer (see RCIA 19–21). Based…

RECONSECRATION OF USA to MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH – MAY 1, 2020

FROM THE DIOCESE OF HONOLULU: On Friday, May 1st, Archbishop Gomez, USCCB President, will lead the nation in a prayer at 3:00 pm EDT (9 A.M. Hawaii time) on which he will re-consecrate the United States to Our Lady under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church.  The Bishops of Canada, too, has chosen this day to offer prayers and to consecrate their country to Mary, Mother of the Church. “This will give the Church the occasion to pray…

Praying Together, Praying Apart: At-Home Prayers for Times of Healing, Illness, and Death

CLICK HERE: Praying_Together_Praying_Apart Part I:Prayers of Comfort, Hope, and Healing: These texts can be prayed by individuals, families, or other groups. PartII: Lucernarium for Healing:  Lucernarium, or “service of light,” grows out of the tradition in the early church of lighting lamps for evening prayer. This celebration of light rejoices in Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, the Light no darkness can overcome. Part III:Rosary for Healing with Luke the Evangelist: The rosary is a prayer pathway that invites…

USCCB President Calls for National Moment of Prayer on Good Friday

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children. Friday, April 10,…

Act of Perfection Contrition

Act of Perfection Contrition (Sacrament of Reconciliation) “Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even…