This page last updated 9:30pm on March 25, 2020
Our practices as Catholics already provide us with skills and and experiences that we can use to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic faithfully and constructively.
On this page, you will find ideas and links to resources you can use to channel time and energy in positive ways while you adjust to more time at home, to fewer outside activities, and to the concerns raised by social distancing or health measures. With the help of God and each other, we will continue to pray, learn, and connect across Maine, united in the Body of Christ.
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+ Reflect on the Sunday readings through the Children's Liturgy of the Word Participate in Mass from home. Click to access a recording of the liturgy from March 22 provided by Pflaum Plublishing
+ Review a list of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy then reflect on how you already practice these or could do them in a different way in these challenging times.
+ If you or someone in your household is participating in a religious education program or preparing for a sacrament, read over and talk about what you have done to celebrate what you have already learned and identify questions you still have.
+ Minimize anxiety by limiting your news intake to only a few of high-quality sources. Include at least one that offers local information like communications from local civic leaders, the Maine CDC, local news outlets, or the Diocese of Portland.
+ Participate in the a virtual group experience like the Pope Francis' "urbi et orbi" blessing on March 27 or the March for Life watch party of the short-film "Cresendo" via Facebook Live March 27 at 7:00pm or the Be Not Afraid online conference
+ Move in some form of physical activity (as you are able) at least once day to refresh your body and connect with how this current situation is impacting the precious gift of life God has given you.
+ Reach out to a parent with children at home to lend support and a listening ear. If you hear the family is struggling, encourage them to reach out to the parish or another trusted resource like Catholic Charities of Maine or the Fred Rogers Center Support for Helpers During Coronavirus or .
Click to access an archive of suggestions from past weeks