BELLS OF HOPE
As we approach the Easter Season, in which we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord from the dead, which is the reason for our hope, the Bishop of Brooklyn is strongly encouraging that, during this COVID-19 pandemic, every parish in Brooklyn and Queens that has outdoor bells should ring them at 3 PM daily, beginning Friday, April 3 and continuing until further notice, commemorating the hour of the death of the Lord and of Divine Mercy. The faithful should be encouraged to pray in silence at that time.
PLEASE NOTE that the laws of fast and abstinence ARE IN EFFECT for Good Friday. There is no dispensation given for Good Friday. (The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.)
*PLEASE BE ADVISED: As per Bishop DiMarzio, all masses, including special masses such as Funeral Masses and Weddings, will be cancelled until further notice. Rectory Offices are closed as well.*
The Bishop has dispensed all catholics in Brooklyn and Queens of their obligations of attending Sunday mass and of abstinence on Fridays for Lent for the rest of this year.
**Please be sure to check-in on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly or immunocompromised.**
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- - - Prayers for this troubling time - - -
Close To Those In Quarantine
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, united with Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the world's people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us.
He who took our suffering upon Himself, and burdened Himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of Resurrection.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
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 in 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.
Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.
Mary: Health of the Sick
Our help is in the Name of the Lord. Let us continue to place our trust in Him. May Mary, our Mother, intercede for us all in this time of our need!
We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.