FORMED Suggestions - Week of January 24th, 2021
Persecuted Christian Week - 2nd weekend of every month
Although thousands of miles may stand between us, our persecuted brothers and sisters are as much our family as our own flesh and blood - and we are called to bear their burdens with them. When we care for those suffering for the sake of Christ, we are caring for Christ himself. Please join together daily reciting the Companions Prayer
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
Maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
Deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 82 3-4
Masses, Stations of the Cross, Prayers, and Reflections - please scroll down
Novena for Difficult Times - can be said anytime!
Online Masses available:
1. Bishop Gary Gordon celebrates Mass online from St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, BC
Sundays at 10am and Monday-Friday at 7pm
2. TV Mass Schedule - National Catholic Broadcasting Council
3. Find a live-streamed or on-demand Mass and Homilies in this Online Directory
With this link, you will also find some great activities for the kids!
Pray as you Go - it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection (10-13 minutes)
The style of prayer is based on Ignatian Spirituality. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps the same basic format.
10 Comforting Bible Verses during COVID
by Kristi Bothur
Cat Chat - Triduum: Journey with our friend, Jesus
A lesson the CatChat man learned when he was 17 - beautiful ending!
Cat Chat - 10 Good Friday Activities for Kids
How Are You Doing? The world is on lockdown. We are physically separated from family members. We can't visit with those we love. And many people are locked out of Church! Do you feel alone? Today's video goes through how to recognize loneliness. You might be surprised. And 4 steps to overcome it.
The Jeff Cavins Show: "The Fear Behind Closed Doors"
Taped audio show: After the Crucifixion, the disciples shut themselves up in the Upper Room, in fear of their lives. Jesus came among them and said, “Peace be with you.” As we experience fear and uncertainty these few weeks, we ultimately must realize that everything will be OK if we put ourselves in God’s hands.
More Masses, Homilies, Podcasts, and Prayers at: https://ascensionpress.com/
What a great way to spend time together solidifying your Family's Mission Statement!
Abiding Together - is a weekly podcast hosted by Michelle Benzinger, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Heather Khym,
providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for people who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.
5th Sunday of Lent / Pope's Blessing reflection - by Sr. Miriam James Heidland
“Blessed is She” – a Catholic blog for women:
"We are a sisterhood of women who desire two things: prayer & community. He wants you to be filled up by His great love and mercy, and we want that for you, too. We are so excited you’re along for the ride".
Here are two recent Devotion samples:
"He Works Everything for the Good" by Sister Maria Kim Bui
"Filled with Grace or Nutella?" by Nell O'Leary
Fr. Mike Schmitz, chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, U of M, Duluth shares an engaging video here: (esp. minute 8:40 +)
An article from Ascension Press about spreading good news during these difficult times.
Stations of the Cross:
Abiding Together Podcast: Holy Week: The Stations of the Cross
Blessings of Praying the Stations of the Cross - Ken Yasinski
Pray the Stations of the Cross. "This version that we created comes from the meditations of St. Alphonsus Liguori and has been a tremendous blessing to me recently. On a special note - Janelle, my wife, is the female voice signing in it! In Christ, Ken"