Additional Resources and Letter – please share

Dear Parishioners, 

Before the bishop’s announcement of the cancellation of masses, I had initially envisioned that we would be out two weeks and back by Holy Week / Easter. With the bishop’s announcement and the governor’s recent statement, I realize that it will be some time before we are able to return.  Because we are now going to be out longer, we will be sending you the additional Pflaum Gospel Weeklies for the next week (or two as circumstances become clearer) in the mail and email you the video links.

As people are settling into this period, more and more resources are becoming available to nourish your faith. Normally, most of these require payment of some sort, but as a way of supporting Catholics (and maybe getting some new customers) these are all free during this crisis. I want to point out a couple in addition to the ones I had previously sent to you in the last email / posting.

  1. Keep Watch and Pray


This is an online community formed in response to the Coronavirus. You join this community and together offer prayers for each other. The publisher, 4pm Media, has a series The Wild Goose, on YouTube. This series discusses the Holy Spirit. 

2. Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotional For Kids and for adults

This is the on-line version of the Living Faith devotional booklet which is very popular at Carlinville. In addition to the adult booklet, there is one specifically for children.

3. Encountering Christ – a free on-line Lenten course offered by Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Encountering Christ Join the distinguished faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary on a Lenten journey as we explore how we encounter Christ in Word, Sacrament, and in the daily events of our lives. This free non-credit course is designed for the everyday Catholic who wants to grow in their encounter with the Lord.

These are six sessions each lasting about an hour, structured the following:

Weekly lecture video – 20 minutes

Supplemental reading material – 30 minutes

Weekly online forum

Personal Assessment Quiz

(Please don’t be spoked by this being a “course”. It is really a weekly reflection series focused on encountering Christ.)

4. Be Opened – A Lenten program produced by the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia

Lenten Program – Evangelisation Brisbane The Lent program is a six session resource for groups or individuals that provides a process for reflection and discussion on the Sunday Scriptures during Lent.

I really like this resource. Although it is normally supposed to be used in small groups with a reflection booklet, the archdiocese has put the videos associated with this program on YouTube. The links to the videos are through this link. What I like about this is that for each Sunday of Lent, it has a personal reflection and a reflection on the Gospel.  The maximum time of each reflection is eight minutes. There are a variety of people (only one who is an ordained bishop) who share. I find these an excellent complement to the Sunday readings.

 5. Dynamic Catholic

Dynamic Catholic Events. Inspiring events that help you see yourself, the world, your life, your relationships, and your faith in a whole new way. LEARN MORE Free Books and CDs

This is a Catholic publisher. They have a lot of video courses which would normally cost of lot of money which are now free. They are offering:

Better Together – A Marriage Enrichment Inventory

Best Lent Ever – with Matthew Kelly (a popular writer)

Blessed – A video series for children

Starting Point – a parenting preparation inventory

Rediscover Jesus – A video series on how to get to know Jesus better

Decision Point – with Matthew Kelly – although we do not use this for Confirmation for eighth graders, some parishes do

Pray the Rosary – join in on praying the rosary

6. Divine Office

This is an app which I use to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. This is the daily prayer that is required of every ordained and consecrated religious person. It is a way of consecrating the day. Many lay people pray this as well. I like the app because it is easy to use. Just pray the words on the page.

7. Our diocese has just posted the times and places the masses are going to be live streamed in our diocese. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with the list of masses that I had sent you in the last email / post. However, if you want a more locally streamed mass, please use the following link:

Masses being LIVE streamed in our diocese – Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – Springfield. Daily: 7:00 am. Sacred Heart – Effingham. Daily: 8:30 am.

8. I did find the following two videos to be helpful for this time:

Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine – YouTube Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This Pascalian “mot” has come to my mind a good deal in recent days as our …

He gives a good reflection on the quarantine.

The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do – YouTube Get Merch designed with from Join the Patreon Bird Army 🐧 More infos and links are just a click away A huge thanks to the experts who helped us on …

This is a good summary of what the Coronavirus is and why we are being quarantined. It helped me.

I recognize that this might be a lot of information and resources. However, I think that having too many is better than too few. 

Choose a couple which are right for you and go through with them. 

Unless I find an exceptionally helpful additional resource, I will refrain from sending you more links beyond this email / post until after Easter.

If you are searching for a type of resource which you cannot find, please let me know and I will try and find it for you.

Remember, our website has the written and oral readings as well as a videotaped homily. This weekend, Deacon Denny will be offering the homily.

I will try various ways to keep in contact with you and support you in this time of trial. Please let me know how I can support you.

Keep the faith!

God bless

Fr. Mike