This page last updated 5:30pm on April 6, 2020
Our practices as Catholics already provide us with skills and and experiences that we can use to deal with the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially when we are struggling or feel overwhelmed.
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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+ Participate in Holy Week liturgies via livestream or broadcasts Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 11 and find simple ways to celebrate the events of Holy Week in your home, for example Thursday make a special meal, Friday pray in front of a crucifix and reflect on the stations of the cross (click to access a video version online), Saturday light a candle after dark, Sunday greet your housemates by saying "He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!".
+ Pray a scriptural rosary of the sorrowful mysteries to reflect more deeply on the passion of Jesus Christ while you practice a traditional devotional prayer.
+ Look at a painting, listen to a piece of music, watch a video meditation or other beautiful depiction of the events of Christ's life, death, and resurrection to inspire you own way to give glory to God.
+ Review the basics of what we celebrate during Holy Week, especially what Triduum means.
+ Discover how others have dealt with social distancing over long periods of time, such as cloistered nun Sister Mary Catharine Perry.
+ Read Three Beliefs: A Guide to Maine Catholics about End-of-Life Decisions to refresh your understanding of Catholic teachings on the dignity of every person and life-sustaining treatment and care.
+ Fast from being busy, especially on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Pause for a few minutes at least once a day to connect with yourself and God, making space for feeling and sharing the hopes, joys, fears, and anxieties you are experiencing right now.
+ Invite your family and neighbors to "Share the Light" at 7:30pm Saturday, April 11. Stand outside your home with a lit candle, flashlight or other light source as an act of community solidarity and to remember that the Light of Christ overcomes all darkness.
+ Listen to someone's story of how he or she experiences waiting through suffering and holding onto faith, for example this reflection by Catholic musician Matt Maher
Click to access an archive of suggestions from past weeks