IDEAS TO INSPIRE, GUIDE & STRENGTHEN YOUR DOMESTIC CHURCH AT HOME
WEEK OF APRIL 5 - HOLY WEEK
As we enter into this most solemn Holy Week, unlike any other we have ever experienced, here is a summary/listing of the many ways you can bring this prayer into your home, the domestic Church.
- Each day one of our priests is offering a Scripture and reflection for everyone.
- You will be able to connect to the liturgies of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday on our homepage.
- Send a “spiritual bouquet” by taking the time on Palm Sunday to pray for all those affected by this most serious situation in our country, and right here in our city and neighborhoods. We remember especially those who are sick, those awaiting results of their testings, those who serve on the front lines (doctors and nurses, emergency personnel, safety forces, grocery store workers and all caregivers).
- On the front door of your home and/or your room or apartment, place some kind of a budding tree, shrub branch, pussy willow or something living to represent the tenor of the Palm Sunday entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. Let it help us to remind each other and our neighborhoods of this solemn feast. Perhaps read the Gospel of this day (Matthew 21:1-11) together as you place it on your door! We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the Body of Christ. We are the Church!
- Find a way to do some almsgiving, such as supporting our medical professionals and first responders or by supporting a food bank or shelter.
- Participate in Stations of the Cross. Below are a list of websites that will guide you through the Stations of the Cross from your home:
- Coloring Pages and Activities for Young Children
- If you have special intentions that you would like to be included in our prayers, please email these to [email protected]. We will print out all of the submissions and have them in a basket beside the altar during our weekly recorded Masses. We feel it is important to be able to turn to your community in faith during the most troubling times. Since we cannot be together to do so, we hope this invitation assists you on your journey.
- Bring some Lent into your home. Perhaps it would be a purple cloth on your table or a crucifix. The priest wears red on this day, so add a red ribbon to your display. It is Palm Sunday!
Additional ideas and resources to help you celebrate Holy Week with your families:
Gesu Catholic School: Holy Week Family Ideas >
Holy Week at Home is a resource for individual and family prayer. While not intended to replace Holy Week liturgies, these prayers allow for ritual experiences when public celebration of liturgy might not be possible.
HYMNS OF COMFORT & HOPE
Director of Music, Mark Ehrbar, along with members of our music ministry, have recorded a musical compilation of some of Gesu's favorite liturgical hymns to bring you comfort and hope during this challenging time. You can find links to the music, along with a virtual hymnal, on our homepage. Though we can't celebrate together, it is our hope that these will provide a sense of peace and familiarity during this time.
FREE CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
St. Mary's Press is offering you and your families free access to Kids’ Liturgy, their digitally-led Children's Liturgy of the Word program. Parents can log in using any internet-connected device and engage their children in the included children's songs, a gospel reading, an active reflection and prayer for a full liturgical experience. By presenting the Word in a format and language that children can understand, we can continue to strengthen their faith and enliven the whole church community – even as we are apart.
To access this free resource, please follow the instructions below:
1. Go to https://mlearn.smp.org
2. Copy/paste the following login information:
Username: [email protected]
* This is a universal login. Please DO NOT change the password!
You can also watch the free video walk-through of a Kids’ Liturgy session at the following link: https://vimeo.com/359125753.