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ALL Masses, Church activitives are currently cancelled throughout the Archdiocese of Kingston until further notice.  ***  Catholics are dispensed by the Archbishop from the obligation of attending Mass on Sunday.
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Telephone: (613) 354-5354     *     Fax: (613) 354-2558

E-Mail: stpatrick.napanee@gmail.com  *  Website: www.stpatricksnapanee.ca

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HOW SHOULD I SPEND MY SUNDAYS WHEN PUBLIC MASSES ARE CANCELLED?


• Read the Sunday Mass in your missal or watch the Mass on television

• Spend time with your family actually talking about the Scriptures

• Pray the family Rosary attentively on Sundays. But pray the family Rosary with the intention of making this a family tradition that will stick every Sunday, perhaps even every day.

• Make the daily Rosary mandatory for your family, your teens might complain at first, but it will eventually become the most peaceful time of their hectic day. The Rosary is only 20 minutes long, meaning it’s only 1.38% of the day. And it nearly guarantees your family’s salvation if you look at the promises Our Lady made to St. Dominic.

• Make a spiritual communion with a long preparation and a long thanksgiving. My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St. Alphonsus Liguori) In fact, many saints prayed that spiritual communion (where you can literally imagine you’re receiving Holy Communion as you pray it) every hour on the hour. In fact, someone once told me that St. Maximilian Kolbe made an act of spiritual Communion every 15 minutes of his waking day!

• Unite the suffering of missing a few Masses in March 2020 to the hundreds of thousands of persecuted Catholics who never get to go to Mass. If some of the strongest Catholics in the world do not have the privilege of attending Mass as they languish in prisons, then surely we Western Catholics should be extremely thankful if we get Holy Mass 49 out of 52 Sundays a year. Unite your unsatisfied hunger for the Eucharist over the next few weeks to the many persecuted Christians in prison. There have been 70 million Christian martyrs in 2000 years of history, but nearly 50 million of them have died in the past 100 years. That means most Christian martyrs of history are our contemporaries, not the contemporaries of the ancient Roman Empire!

• Find a priest to hear your family’s confessions. The traditional mind of the Church in times of plague puts the emphasis on baptism and confession. These latter two sacraments are more necessary for salvation, at least in times of emergency.

• Read the catechism to see how seriously God takes the 3rd Commandment as an all-Sunday commitment. God actually expects the entire day to be sacred. Spend the rest of the day with your family. Imagine how close God can draw your family to Him if you commit all of Sunday to be family time instead of work time or sports time. Spend the next few weeks without Mass actually reading the catechisms and the Popes on how families should spend Sundays. Come up with a “game plan” that future Sundays (when Masses are resumed) are not simply focused on a 60 minute Mass where everyone quickly runs in their own directions. Set expectations that Sundays are now exclusively for God, the parish, the family, recreation and to a limited degree: friends (provided they join your family with their families.)