Faith Resources for Catholics during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
God desires to draw you to himself now more than ever. See the list of resources below for ideas on ways that you and your family can continue to encounter Jesus Christ and to grow in faith, hope, and charity during this time.
St. Paul's will live-stream Mass from the church at the following times (all times EDT):
Sun.: 10:30am, 12:30pm (Spanish), 5:30pm
All Masses can be streamed on the Hoosier Catholic page on Facebook or Youtube.
Mass can also be found in the following places:
A Family's Guide to Watching Mass Remotely
Click here and choose today's date on the calendar to read the daily readings. You can also subscribe to receive a daily email with the readings here.
Magnificat has made access to their online version free. You can sign up for a free account in English or Spanish. On the same page, they provide a PDF for the upcoming Sunday with all the prayers and explanations for a family to hold a Celebration of the Word.
Formed is like Catholic Netflix - tons of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, audio, programs, and studies to help you to grow in your faith!
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A CATHOLIC READING LIST
Looking for something to read while you're at home? Begin with Scripture, especially the Gospels, taking time to read slowly and to pray with what you read. After that, see the list below for some ideas. Free editions of many of the books can be found online:
The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a'Kempis
Abandonment to Divine Providence, Jean Pierre de Caussade
An Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales
Ascent of Mount Carmel, St. John of the Cross
Dark Night of the Soul, St. John of the Cross
The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis
Interior Freedom, Jacques Philippe
Time for God, Jacques Philippe
Life of Christ, Ven. Fulton Sheen
Interior Castle, St. Teresa of Avila
Story of a Soul, St. Therese of Lisieux
LIVES OF HOLY MEN AND WOMEN
Confessions, St. Augustine of Hippo
Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine, Benedict XVI
Lives of the Saints, Alban Butler
St. Francis of Assisi, G. K. Chesterton
St. Thomas Aquinas, G. K. Chesterton
He Leadeth Me, Walter Ciszek
The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton
THEOLOGY / BASICS OF THE FAITH
The Everlasting Man, G. K. Chesterton
Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton
Summa of the Summa, Peter Kreeft
The Four Cardinal Virtues, Josef Pieper
Theology for Beginners, Frank Sheed
LITERATURE / FICTION
The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
Diary of a Country Priest, George Bernanos
Father Brown Mysteries (several collections), G. K. Chesterton
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
The Narnia books (seven books), C. S. Lewis
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller
Collected Works, Flannery O'Connor
The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
Kristin Landravsatter (three parts), Sigrid Undset
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
LITURGY OF THE HOURS
The Dominican friars at St. Paul's will live-stream their communal Liturgy of the Hours on Facebook, Monday-Friday. Office of Readings and Morning Prayer is at 8:30am, Evening Prayer at 6:15pm.
To follow along with the prayers, download the iBreviary app (Apple, Android) or click the banner below:
CONFESSION AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Sacraments of Confession and Anointing of the Sick will only be made available to those in danger of death.
When a person finds themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution because they can’t connect with confession, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, (1) flowing from their love of God, (2) expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (like praying the act of contrition) and (3) with the intentional to go to sacramental confession as soon as it is offered, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones.
Outside of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, contact your local priest to determine what opportunities for these Sacraments are available.
Many Adoration chapels offer live webcams for the faithful to pray. A collection of such webcams can be found here.
DOMINICAN FRIARS, PROVINCE OF ST. ALBERT THE GREAT
The friars of the Central Province (which includes the friars at St. Paul's) offer two video series connected to the readings at Mass:
A WORD OF HOPE
Brief daily reflections to bolster our faith through these trying times of the coronavirus.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
An overview of the readings for the upcoming Sunday's Mass meant to help Catholics to deepen their understanding of these Scripture texts.
Both series can be found on the province's Youtube page.
The Thomistic Institute, based in Washington, DC, exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church, and in the wider public square.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about Catholic theology, but didn't have the time? Aquinas 101 is a series of free video courses from the Thomistic Institute that help you to engage life's most urgent philosophical and theological questions with the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas. In the end, you'll be able to read Aquinas on his own terms and to master the essentials of his thought.
The Thomistic Institute has also put together a series of "Quarantine Lectures" in order to provide a forum where students and others can encounter the truth of the Catholic intellectual tradition - and experience a real communion in the truth. Several lectures will be held each week - see their website for information on dates and times.
All can be found on Apple, Google, and Spotify.
The Catholic Feminist: Claire Swinarski talks with different women who use their gifts to build up the Church.
Fr. Mike Schmitz: short, lively reflections on a variety of topics
Godsplaining: Dominican friars of the Eastern Province tackle matters theological, philosophical, and cultural in light of the Catholic tradition. BONUS: a weekly lectio on the Sunday readings during the pandemic.
Pints with Aquinas: Matt Fradd discusses St. Thomas Aquinas and his writings in an engaging, approachable way.
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology: Scripture scholar Dr. Scott Hahn offers reflections on the Sunday readings.
Word on Fire: Bishop Barron reflects on the intersections of Catholic faith and the wider culture.