“Stay physically distant so as to slow the virus down; socially connected through social media to encourage each other; and spiritually close to God through Spiritual Communion so as to never feel alone.”Things St Ignatius would have said
After 5 weeks of Lockdown, we enter a new stage of our journey together, and so we begin a new series called ‘Accompanying’ which will be broadcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tune in to our YouTube channel to find out more!
During the first five weeks of Lockdown, Fr Russell Pollitt SJ offered reflections and invited us to do something practical so that we could live spiritually in this challenging time. At other times he grappled with difficult and timeless questions about our faith. Subscribe to our page and join us on The Journey as we journey together in solidarity in this time of lockdown.
The Jesuit Institute will be offering audio reflections for the Sacred Triduum. They will be available on the website – FREE – for you to listen to.
TJP has many resources and stories to offer in this time of holy remembrance. Br. Sullivan McCormick, SJ, helps us reflect on the possibilities that come from our current crisis, “The pandemic approaches us not as a punishment but as an annunciation.” Louie Hotop, SJ, put together a series of guides for celebrating the Triduum at home. You can download the guide for Holy Saturday and use it for an at-home service tonight. I wrote a reflection about a fellow Jesuit currently in jail for nonviolent protest and how his witness is challenging me this week. Ryan Birjoo, SJ, compiled a list by different Jesuits of movies that aid reflection on the Gospel, especially during Holy Week. Jesuit rapper, Michael Martinez, SJ, produced a music video in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, Brian Strassburger, SJ, continues to lead a virtual retreat entitled Seeking God: A Jesuit Retreat. You can find each of his six talks and points for prayer on our YouTube page or download it as an audio podcast on Apple, Spotify, or Google.
The greatest resource, however, for this Holy Week and praying through the pandemic is our own personal prayer and relationship with Jesus. I hope that tonight you can reflect on the mystery of Christ’s rising. I encourage you to read or listen to the Easter Exsultet, one of the Church’s greatest prayers proclaimed at the Easter Vigil. You will hear the words, “Dazzling is the night for me and full of gladness.”
The following Dioceses and Archdioceses have published guidance for Catholics in their territory during this pandemic. Please find the applicable guidelines below:
Please let us know if you are aware of any other guidelines.
Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ was on the Eusebius McKaiser show on Radio 702 to explain these directives and spoke about how important it is, because of the Catholic Church’s Pro-Life beliefs, and in being our brother’s and sister’s keeper, to work for the Common Good and to obey the Government at this time.
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In terms of the recently gazetted Government Notice 417, section 5.4.1: