Tips for Watching Mass at Home & Keep Holy the Sabbath Day:

 

 

 

We can all agree that this is a very difficult and unusual time for everyone. The one thing that is most important, especially right now, is our Faith and keeping Christ at the very center of our lives. Although many of us are mourning the loss of being able to participate fully in the Mass and be present with Jesus in the Eucharist, we still have the gift of technology and the ability to still keep our Sundays holy even while remaining at home. 

 

Here are a few tips and articles about ways you can keep your Sundays Holy and pary along with the Mass as it is live-streamed online:

  • Dress Up - put on your Sunday best - as humans this puts us in a different mindset and to set apart Sundays from every other day.
     

  • Find a good spot in your Home - a place with Sacred Art (Crucifix, paintings, statues etc.), a place with good wifi (for the live stream)

    • set up chairs in front of the TV and a home altar next to the TV (with religious items on and maybe a purple or white cloth or towel as a table covering) 

    • find a Holy Water bottle (if you have one at home, include this on your home altar and bless yourselves before and after you watch the Mass)
       

  • Print off the readings or look them up in a family Bible beforehand so you can follow along with the readings
     

  • Have realistic expecations and don't be too hard on yourself - give it your best while working with what you have
     

  • Say all of the prayers - actively participate to the fullest extent while at home

 

 

More videos/articles for more tips:

Links to Watch the Mass Online during Covid-19:

 

The Holy Mass with

Fr. Mike Schmitz

(Ascension Press)

Online Adoration:

 

 

Interested, in sitting with our Lord in Adoration, but can’t leave your house?

 

Here are some Adoration Videos/Live Streams you can watch on your TV or Computer.

  • Live Streamed Adoration: (these are silent recordings for the most part)

  • Recorded Adoration (this one has Praise and Worship Music – you do not need to have Facebook to watch this)

    • SEEK Adoration  (2hr. 15 min)

      • Adoration begins around the 5:00 minute mark
         

  • Tips for watching Adoration Online:

    • sit in a comfortable position, but not someplace where it will be easy to fall asleep

    • set a time to begin and end prayer and stick to it

    • Make sure you have a few essential things within reach:

      • Your Bible

      • A Journal

      • A Pen/Pencil

      • Spiritual Readings

      • The Daily Readings or Upcoming Sunday Readings

      • ​A Rosary

    • Have a rough idea of how you'll spend your time (but also be open to the Holy Spirit)

      • pray through the daily readings or upcoming Sunday readings

      • Begin reading from one of the Gospels and journal what sticks out to you

      • Write a letter to Jesus or Mary about what's on your mind, things your grateful for, things your confused about, concerns, cares, desires etc.

      • Pray a Divine Mercy Chaplet

      • Pray a Rosary

    • turn your phone on silent
       

  • Watching with children?

    • Print off some Catholic coloring pages (some printables ones are found HERE)

      • have them sit on the floor and quietly color

    • or have them draw a picture of Jesus or for Jesus while the TV/Computer is on Adoration

    • Find them a few books to read quietly
       

  • Start with just doing this for 10-15 minutes a day or maybe start by doing it on Sundays – hopefully it will give you some quiet time too.

 

Pray the Stations of the Cross:

 

 

 

There are many different ways you can pray the stations of the cross at home. 

 

You can watch and pray along with them online:

 

Pray them by following these different prayers:

 

Your Children can color them by using any of these printable coloring stations:

 

Celebrating Holy Week at Home:

REMEMBER: These are just ideas, do not feel pressured to do all of them or even a few of them, but I would encourage you to pick one to do, it's easy for all of the days to blend together when we are stuck at home. We are the Easter people! Easter is the greastest Celebration (even more than Christmas) that we have in our Catholic Faith and the days leading up to Easter (The Triduum) prepare our hearts and souls for welcoming the Risen Christ on Easter! Father will be live streaming all of the Triduum Services and Easter Masses online so watch for those!

 

 

 

A Few Great Websites with many ideas for celebrating Holy Week and Easter in your home, ideas below were inspired by these sources. 

Holy Thursday:

  • Wash one another’s’ feet in your family, find a kitchen bowl, fill it with some warm water, grab a towel and remind one another of how Love always serves. 
     

  • Make unleavened bread (or just make yeast bread) – try this Blue Ribbon Wheat Bread.
     

  • Watch Prince of Egypt on Holy Thursday to remember the Passover. 
     

  •  Make a Last Supper scene with Catholic Icing’s printable.
     

  • Watch Brother Francis: The Mass and talk about how the Last Supper was the first Mass. (directions for FORMED can be found if you scroll down on this page)

     

  • Cover all religious art in your home, pictures, Saint statues, crucifix, Last Supper pictures, etc. with a purple cloth or purple material (or purple paper, tissue paper etc. get creative!) - this makes us even more aware of Christ's passion on Friday, and you feel the longing for Christ and Heaven a bit more - uncover everything on Easter morning! :) 
     

  • Make an Easter Wreath in preparation for Easter!
     

  • Watch Mass online with Father Matthew HERE.
     

  • More Holy Thursday activities can be found at Catholic Icing. 

 

Good Friday

  • Fast and abstain from meat all day. Avoid meat and eat one full meal and two small meals that together equal less than the one full meal.  
     

  • Celebrate a Tenebrae Service at home. Click HERE for a PDF of how to do it. 
     

  • Pick up your cross. Whatever chore you hate? Try to do it with love and without complaining.
     

  • Taking up those small crosses in our life day to day will help us remeber the greatest Cross. 
     

  • Try to have 3 hours of quiet in your homes from 12pm-3pm on Friday (these are the hours when Jesus hung on the cross.)
     

    • Make it a "game" if you have small children and let them gather many items that they think they can stay quiet doing for 3 hours (books, coloring pages, quiet toys etc. and play the "Silent Game"
       

      • Encourage older kids and yourself to turn off phones, music, screens and "noise" that typically brings you comfort or distraction, take this time to pray, read, reflect, journal, etc.
         

      • Silence is God's first language. 1 Kings 19:11-13
         

      • Try turning off the lights in your house or keeping just a few on.
         

      • If possible, go all day without TV, music and social media 
         

  • Make a crown of thorns out of flour, water and toothpicks and set it on your table with a purple cloth or fabric under it. Or if you don't have one just display the crown of thorns. How to make Crown of Thorns (click HERE)
     

  • Pray the stations of the Cross with your family. (see above section for places to pray along online)
     

  • Serve Hot Cross Buns for breakfast. Recipe HERE.
     

  • If your children are teens or older, consider watching the Passion of the Christ on Good Friday (this is a very gruesome movie and not for young children!).
     

  • Make a paper crown of thorns (from Catholic Inspired - HERE).
     

  • Give your children a hammer and nail and let them pound the nail into a piece of wood to illustrate the brutality of Jesus’ Passion.
     

  • Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
     

  • Begin the Divine Mercy Novena (This Novena can be found HERE and will conclude on Divine Mercy Sunday!) 
     

 

HOLY SATURDAY

  • Read stories with your children. Easter Vigil is packed with Scripture, so fill the day with favorite stories you would have heard at church.
     

    • Take turns reading with your spouse, your kids, or a friend over the phone.
       

      • To counter today’s news full of fear, fill your head with words of love and hope
         

  • Saturday is a day of emptiness, waiting, and grief. Pray for all those who were hoping to be baptized today or enter into the Church, but will have to wait now that churches are closed.
     

    • Reach out and call someone who has recently lost a loved one and is experiencing grief.
       

      • Or write them a letter/draw them a picture.
         

    • Take time to remember those that have gone before you, who you are waiting in anticipation to see again in Heaven.
       

  • Pray the sorrowful mysteries as we wait for the return of Christ, continuing to meditate on His Sacrifice for us. 
     

  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and continue your novena found HERE.
     

  • If you usually go to the Easter Vigil, then watch it online with Fr. Matt HERE and begin your Easter Celebration afterwards



 

EASTER SUNDAY!!

  • Watch a Livestreamed Mass on TV and get dressed up in your Easter best, do your hair, put some make up on, shower etc. (It'll make a difference of how you feel the whole day - I promise)

  • Feast on food! (Sugar for breakfast! Candy for lunch! (Headaches by dinner ;)  ))

    • Let yourself celebrate, even if you’re stuck at home. Enjoy each bite you eat today

    • Dig out those cake mixes that you've been saving, find leftover Valentine's candy, eat all the chocolate chips, etc. Even small "silly" things like this will help you and your children feel the joy and celebration of Easter!

  • Share whatever food or funds you can with those around you who are hungry right now.

  • Listen to music, have a dance party, fill your home with joy and laughter.

  • Uncover all of your religious art and put up decorations (have a party - CHRIST IS RISEN!!)

  • Pray the GLORIOUS MYSTERIES! And reflect on all that Christ has done for us! 

  • Feast with others. Drink up some small beauty in your life right now, however imperfect it may be. Let yourself behold the people you love, even if it’s via Zoom this year.

    • Try to see them with God's eyes, even for 10 seconds. You'll be amazed what you find when you gaze with grace.

  • Make a stain glass window in your home!

    • As Catholics we celebrate Easter for 50 days!! And the Easter Octave (the days between Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday - the Sunday after Easter) we should celebrate all as though they were Easter Sunday! 

      • so have no fear in decorating now! It can remain up for 50 days (at least) to spread joy, hope and love!

      • Find directions HERE

 

 

 

ABOVE ALL, REMEMBER THIS:

GOD IS STILL HERE AND CHRIST IS STILL RISEN!

EVEN IF EASTER LOOKS NOTHING LIKE WE ARE NORMALLY USED TO AND THE CELEBRATIONFEELS A BIT LESS THIS YEAR.

OUR LACK OF ABILITY TO CELEBRATE DOES NOT AFFECT CHRIST'S ABILITY TO RISE FROM THE DEAD AND SAVE US!

TURNS OUT, THE FIRST EASTER HAPPENED IN A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN, TOO. 

 

Daily Readings, Prayers & Liturgies for Adults:

 

 

 

Many companies are offering their publications and subscriptions for free online for you to have acess to they daily Mass readings, reflections and meditations. Here are a few:

 

Also, these phone apps are always free and will also provide you with the daily readings, liturgy of the hours, scripture, prayers and reflections. 

Prayers and Scripture for Kids:

 

 

 

 

Holy Heroes:

Help prepare your children for the Sunday Mass. Holy Heroes has free coloring pages and scripture readings that coincide with the Sunday Gospel. 

Plaum Publishers: Children Celebrate: 

Access activities and readings for each Sunday (most ideal to print off and use) 

Online Entertainment for the Whole Family:

 

 

 

 

FORMED has hundreds of videos for both children and adults. Their videos are well done and entertaining! (FORMED also has hundreds of free Catholic resources!) 

Directions to Sign Up: HERE

Adventures in Odyssey:

This is not a Catholic specific vidoe series, but it used to be an online radio series by Focus on the Family. It emphasizes moral and virtue and solves mysteries as well. Good whole-hearted and clean entertainment for school-age kids.

(they are offering 28 days free viewing to anyone)

 

Online Animated Children's Books

The Weight of a Mass

Explains the significance (weight) of a Mass by telling a tale of a poor woman and a rich baker.

Take it to the Queen

A story that emphasizes the sigificance of Mary as our Queen Mother. 

Online Webinars, Conferences and Retreats You Can Join:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will link them here as I hear of them. (many have been happening online, so keep an eye out for them.) 

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