In This Time of Pandemic…
Prayer, First, Last, and Always!
All Christian prayer is in a sense, intercession. When we pray we put ourselves in the presence of God who has the power to save us. It is not a matter of getting God’s attention, but rather, giving God ours. In that way, we place ourselves in a position in which God’s power and God’s mercy can work for us. Prayer changes situations: people are strengthened and even healed; family and friends find a way out of desperate situations; the terrible isolation that accompanies suffering yields to consolation and hope.
- Be an intercessor! Pledge to pray for others each day. If you do sign up to be an intercessor, you will receive a list of people who have asked for intercessory prayer. To respect privacy, you will be given first names only and a general idea of each person’s need (sickness, grief, worry about family, financial insecurity, recent death, etc.). Pray for God’s grace to fill the life of each of these people in need. You can let the parish know that you want to be an intercessor by email or by leaving a message at the parish office. Make sure that we have your name and a way to contact you.
- Make a request for prayer for yourself or for someone you know. Contact the parish through e-mail or by telephone message. Please share only first names with a brief description of the need.
- Read Scripture daily. The Scriptures read at Mass each day are easy to find. Reading Scripture meditatively is a way to let God speak to you. The words on the page will find a place in your heart and become an inner word, telling you that you are loved; you are called; you are never alone. To find the Scripture readings the Church offers each day at Mass, you can go online to http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings.
- Pray the rosary each day. The Rosary is both meditation and intercession. As you ponder each mystery of the rosary, you learn to see Christ through his mother, Mary’s eyes. As you pray, you open to His sorrows in this time of sorrow; you open up to the joy that is always there for those who are close to Him, and you reflect on the glory that the world cannot see. When you pray the rosary, be sure to offer your prayer for particular intentions, either the rosary as a whole or one intention for each of the five decades. Many believers have found the rosary to a wonderful, sustaining prayer, both meditation, and intercession.
- Join the Mass online. The parish cluster web site has several suggestions for daily Mass live-streamed. We are live-streaming the celebration of Sunday Mass in the parish from the chapel at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. Please help us to improve our transmission of Sunday Mass by following us on YouTube (Click Here for our Channel)! This brief video will tell you how:
- Visit the Blessed Sacrament. The Mass live-streamed isn’t the same as being in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Our two small chapels are open for visits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Drop by Sts. Peter and Paul’s or St. Mary’s to spend a quiet, loving moment with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
- Confessions and Anointing of the Sick: We are keeping times for the Sacrament of Confessions: Saturdays between 4 and 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Church and at St. Mary’s. Please note that Confessions can be celebrated in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole at St. Mary’s. For now, English only at St. Joseph’s. If you know of anyone in need of the Sacrament of Anointing the Sick, or for any special need, call Fr. Washabaugh at 860-281-2595
For more Spiritual Communion Resources, visit the Norwich Diocesan Webpage: