COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR THE CHURCH IN SOUTHERN AFRICA


“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

The Journey

Welcome to The Journey! In this series Fr Russell Pollitt SJ will offer reflections or invite us to do something practical so that we can live spiritually in this challenging time. At other times he will grapple with difficult and timeless questions about faith. Subscribe to our page and join us on The Journey as we journey together in solidarity in this time of lockdown.


Resources about Spiritual Communion and Faith

Holy Week Resources

  • Are you worried about NOT going to confession this Holy Week? Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ explains why you need not worry HERE.
  • The Jesuit Institute is offering an online directed Triduum retreat. Cost: R300. You can register HERE or by emailing retreats@jesuitinstitute.org.za.
  • Palm Sunday Mass will be broadcast at 09h00. The presider: Fr Russell Pollitt SJ. Watch it HERE.
  • The Holy Week Triduum Services will be broadcast from the Jesuit Institute website as follows:
    • Holy Thursday at 18.00
    • Good Friday at 15.00
    • Easter Sunday at 09.00
  • Sung morning Prayer of the Church for Palm Sunday is available HERE.
  • Are you looking for a way to live this Triduum? The Jesuit Institute will be offering audio reflections for the Sacred Triduum. They will be available on the website – FREE – at the following times:
    • Holy Thursday. 9 April 2020 at 17.00
    • Good Friday. 10 April 2020 at 08.00
    • Holy Saturday. 11 April 2020 at 08.00
    • Easter Sunday. 12 April 2020 at 08.00
  • Holy Week Gospel Wordsearches for Children from the Jesuit Institute

Resources

Diocesan Guidelines during COVID-19

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.


Other Resources

We also have a page containing Medical Information, and official Information about the Coronavirus disease, as well as Government contacts for official information.

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Please share the following graphics on your social media, or print out and use in your workplace and home. Sources are from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the South African Government.

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