COVID-19 & OUR PARISH COMMUNITY-Link to the Latest from Bishop Noonan

COVID-19 UPDATES & DIRECTIVES

You may access the Diocese of Orlando website for specific updates from the Diocese & Our Bishop

https://www.orlandodiocese.org/under-your-protection-we-seek-refuge-holy-mother-of-god/

 

All Weekend & Weekday Masses, visitation to the Church and other public sanctuaries, and all parish liturgical events are suspended until further notice.

Catholics can make an Act of Spiritual Communion

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace.  Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshiping Him in His Body and Blood.  The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass.  Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,

I believe that You

are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen

 

As we have all been experiencing the reality of these troubling days, the whole world is in a rapidly changing coronavirus situation that none of us have experienced before now.  Every one of our lives is being affected in some way physically, emotionally, socially, and economically.  We are especially conscious of those in our communities and throughout the world who are most vulnerable to this virus and pray sincerely for them and their caregivers.

Let us please remember that during this stressful situation, we are a people of faith, especially as we are facing this health crisis in the season of Lent, which calls us to direct our hearts to a suffering Jesus on a cross.

Finally, when your spirit may be worn by all that is being demanded of you now in sacrifices, anxieties, and inconveniences, may we all remember the comforting promise of Jesus Christ who said to us: “Come, to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest; for I am meek and humble of heart [Matthew 11:28-29].”

Fr. Ben Berinti, CPPS, Pastor