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A Message from Father John
My Dear Holy Family Catholic Community Parishioners, I write to you today to let you know of my concern and prayers during this worldwide pandemic that has, in many ways, touched us all…[click here for the full message]
UPDATED, Tuesday, March 31, 3:44 p.m.
ALL Masses, Adoration, Events and Activities are suspended until further notice:
- After the close of business on Thursday, March 26, the Parish Office will be closed until further notice. This is in accordance to Orange County directives. The Holy Family Gift & Book Store and Adoration Chapel remain closed until further notice.
- For funeral needs and pastoral care, call the Parish Office at 407-876-2211; voicemail will be checked regularly and messages will be returned.
- Our priests will privately celebrate Masses, which will be posted to CCTN’s Youtube (youtube.com/cctntv) and Facebook (facebook.com/cctnmedia) pages. The Sunday Masses will also be broadcast at 2 p.m. on Good Life 45. Good Life 45 is available on Spectrum Chs. 1045, 19; Xfinity Ch. 439, 17; DirecTV or Dish Ch. 45.
- Confessions are suspended until after the Coronavirus pandemic subsides. From Bishop Noonan:
- “In case of physical or moral impossibility in which a person cannot personally go to confession to a priest, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Code of Canon Law, a person is to make an Act of Contrition with a sincere desire to go to confession as soon as it is possible” (CCC 1484; CIC 960).
- St. Vincent de Paul will remain open to distribute only food BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Upon arrival, volunteers will bring the food out to the recipients’ cars; there will be NO entry into the food pantry and NO person-to-person counseling until further notice.
Update from Bishop Noonan, March 31
- Resurrection of the Lord, The Mass of Easter Day, April 12, 12:30 p.m. aired on WFTV Ch. 9
Prayers and Diocesan Resources
The Diocese of Orlando continues to update their website regarding liturgical questions, closing of schools, cancellation of religious education classes, and the ministry of Catholic Charities of Central Florida during this pandemic. We hope it will be helpful to our parishioners: https://www.orlandodiocese.org/under-your-protection-we-seek-refuge-holy-mother-of-god/
In this time, we turn to Mary, the Mother of God, and pray the prayer Pope Francis offered on March 11:
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
There are many other sources of prayer one can pray as a Catholic when participation at Mass is impossible. Below are some suggestions for praying with the Church:
WATCH THE MASS ON TV
Instead of just praying a single prayer of Spiritual Communion, do so within a broader context of prayer that includes Scripture, etc.
You may also do that within a context that includes others in your household, thereby emphasizing the importance of community. For example:
- Begin the prayer the way all Catholics begin prayer, with the sign of the cross.
- Read out loud the Readings for the day. (Click here, then click the date on the calendar in top right).
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
- Pray a prayer of spiritual communion.
- Conclude the prayer with the sign of the cross.
LITURGY OF THE HOURS
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, especially when one cannot participate at Mass, is a wonderful way to pray along with the entire church. Vatican Council II restored this prayer to be prayed by the laity as well as priests and religious. “The liturgy of the Hours is a public prayer of the Church and is a source of piety and nourishment for personal prayer.” The purpose of the Liturgy of the Hours is to “sanctify the day and all human activity.”
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours is a very ancient tradition of the Church. It allows us to engage in prayer as our day begins, during the course of the day and as the day ends.
Morning and Evening Prayer are the two most important hours of the day. This prayer is online for daily use at iBreviary.org.