The Domestic Church
The Catholic Church teaches that the family is the "Domestic Church." It is the first place where children learn the faith- by the words and example of their parents. We have a unique opportunity during this COVID-19 pandemic to be the Domestic Church in a way we haven't before and live more liturgically in our homes.
Televised/Online Mass Schedule for the Homebound
WSYR - Ch. 9 – Syracuse, Sundays at 6:30 am
WKTV - Ch. 2 – Utica, Sundays at 6:00 am
Spectrum Cable Public Access Channel Syracuse Ch. 98 - Saturdays at 8:30 pm
St. Patrick's YouTube - Saturday Vigil Mass at 4pm & Wednesdays at 11am
Syracuse Diocese YouTube -Daily Mass at 12pm
Reflect on the Word of God
Before participating in the celebration of Mass, take time to meditate on the Scripture readings that will be proclaimed. Visit the US Catholic Bishops' website: usccb.org and click on the calendar of daily readings. You can also use the following resources which include the daily readings, prayers, reflections and more:
For the Homebound or those unable to receive Holy Communion:
When Holy Communion is distributed during Mass, pray the following prayer:
Jesus, I believe that Your 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.
Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office
Don't know anything about this devotion? Fr Jeremy Driscoll, OSB explains in this video. This form of prayer sanctifies our day and makes every moment an offering to God. All the faithful are encouraged to pray the Divine Office. Use iBreviary for the prayers of the day.
Nourish Your Spiritual Life
FORMED- Catholic movies, study programs, audio and ebooks for adults and kids. The parish communities of St. Patrick's & St. James have a joint subscription to Formed for our parishioners. Click here for instructions on how to sign-up.
St. Paul Center- Bible studies, audio & video presentations, books
Ascension Presents- From Catholic Publisher, Ascension Press, short videos from Catholic presenters on a variety of faith topics.
Word on Fire- Bishop Robert Barron, of the Catholicism Series, has a new film series out: The Sacraments.
The Augustine Institute exists to help you and your loved ones better understand, live and share your faith.
Lighthouse Catholic Media- multi-media resources to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith
A new app from the creators of Formed. The Amen app is the free Catholic prayer app that inspires your daily conversation with God through faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture. Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute. Available on Google Play and The App Store.
Stress or Family Difficulties?
The Office of Family Life recommends CatholicCounselors.com They are offering Tele-Counseling.
St. Luke's Institute offers resources for mental & spiritual health.