Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Thursday April 30, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 276
Reading 1ACTS 8:26-40
The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,
“Get up and head south on the road
that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.”
So he got up and set out.
Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,
a court official of the Candace,
that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,
in charge of her entire treasury,
who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.
Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip,
“Go and join up with that chariot.”
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said,
“Do you understand what you are reading?”
He replied,
“How can I, unless someone instructs me?”
So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
This was the Scripture passage he was reading:

Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who will tell of his posterity?
For his life is taken from the earth.

Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
“I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
About himself, or about someone else?”
Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
he proclaimed Jesus to him.
As they traveled along the road
they came to some water,
and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water.
What is to prevent my being baptized?”
Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water,
and he baptized him.
When they came out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away,
and the eunuch saw him no more,
but continued on his way rejoicing.
Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news
to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Responsorial Psalm66:8-9, 16-17, 20
R.    (1)  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Bless our God, you peoples,
loudly sound his praise;
He has given life to our souls,
and has not let our feet slip.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the tip of my tongue.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 6:51
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:44-51
Jesus said to the crowds:
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.

At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint April 30 : St. Marie de l'Incarnation and Founder of the Ursulines in Canada

Marie de l'Incarnation, née Marie Guyart, founder of the Ursuline order in Canada, mystic, author (born 28 October 1599 in Tours, France; died 30 April 1672 in Québec). With two Ursulines and Madame de la Peltrie, Marie landed at Québec 1 August 1639 and established a convent in the lower town (courtesy Library and Archives Canada). Marie de l'Incarnation, née Marie Guyart, founder of the Ursuline order in Canada, mystic, author (born 28 October 1599 in Tours, France; died 30 April 1672 in Québec). Life in France and Spiritual Vocation
As a child, Marie Guyart, daughter of a master baker, showed unusual spirituality. Her husband, Claude Martin, died in 1619 after two years of marriage, leaving her with a six-month-old son and a bankrupt business. Urged to remarry, she withdrew into secluded meditation and prayer and on 24 March 1620 experienced a mystical and emotional "conversion." She decided to withdraw from the world, but her sister and brother-in-law called on her to help their failing carrier business. Under Marie the business prospered but visions continued to haunt her.
Founder of the Ursuline Order in Canada
In 1632, though heartbroken at leaving her son, she entered the Ursuline cloister at Tours. She took her vows in 1633 and taught Christian doctrine for six years. From her reading of the Relations des Jésuites and her visions, she concluded that her vocation was in Canada. With two Ursulines and Mme de la Peltrie, she landed at Québec on 1 August 1639 and established a convent in the lower town. In 1642, it moved to a permanent stone building in the upper town. She worked zealously at educating French and Aboriginal girls, wrote numerous theological and spiritual treatises, an Iroquois catechism and Algonquian and Iroquois dictionaries (see Aboriginal Languages), and kept abreast of public affairs. Although cloistered, she received many notable visitors at her monastery. Canonization
In 1980, Marie de l’Incarnation, François de Laval, and Jose de Anchieta (the “Apostle of Brazil”) were officially declared “Blessed” by Pope John Paul II (this process is known as beatification and is often a step towards canonization, or the declaration of sainthood). On 3 April 2014, Pope Francis declared all three saints, using a process known as “equivalent canonization,” which does not require the verification of miracles made through the saint’s intervention. The canonization was celebrated on 12 October 2014 during the Thanksgiving mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec, led a delegation from Québec which attended the ceremony.
Text : Catholic Encyclopedia

Saint April 30 : St. Pius V a Dominican Pope and Reformer who helped the Poor and Died 1572

St. Pius V

Born:17 January 1504 at Bosco, diocese of Alessandria, Lombardy, Italy
Died:1 May 1572 in Rome, Italy
Canonized:22 May 1712 by Pope Clement XI
Patron of:Bosco Marengo, Italy
Born at Bosco, near Alexandria, Lombardy, 17 Jan., 1504 elected 7 Jan., 1566; died 1 May, 1572. Being of a poor though noble family his lot would have been to follow a trade, but he was taken in by the Dominicans of Voghera, where he received a good education and was trained in the way of solid and austere piety. He entered the order, was ordained in 1528, and taught theology and philosophy for sixteen years. In the meantime he was master of novices and was on several occasions elected prior of different houses of his order in which he strove to develop the practice of the monastic virtues and spread the spirit of the holy founder. He himself was an example to all. He fasted, did penance, passed long hours of the night in meditation and prayer, traveled on foot without a cloak in deep silence, or only speaking to his companions of the things of God. In 1556 he was made Bishop of Sutri by Paul IV. His zeal against heresy caused him to be selected as inquisitor of the faith in Milan and Lombardy, and in 1557 Paul II made him a cardinal and named him inquisitor general for all Christendom. In 1559 he was transferred to Mondovì, where he restored the purity of faith and discipline, gravely impaired by the wars of Piedmont. Frequently called to Rome, he displayed his unflinching zeal in all the affairs on which he was consulted. Thus he offered an insurmountable opposition to Pius IV when the latter wished to admit Ferdinand de' Medici, then only thirteen years old, into the Sacred College. Again it was he who defeated the project of Maximilian II, Emperor of Germany, to abolish ecclesiastical celibacy. On the death of Pius IV, he was, despite his tears and entreaties, elected pope, to the great joy of the whole Church.
He began his pontificate by giving large alms to the poor, instead of distributing his bounty at haphazard like his predecessors. As pontiff he practiced the virtues he had displayed as a monk and a bishop. His piety was not diminished, and, in spite of the heavy labours and anxieties of his office, he made at least two meditations a day on bended knees in presence of the Blessed Sacrament. In his charity he visited the hospitals, and sat by the bedside of the sick, consoling them and preparing them to die. He washed the feet of the poor, and embraced the lepers. It is related that an English nobleman was converted on seeing him kiss the feet of a beggar covered with ulcers. He was very austere and banished luxury from his court, raised the standard of morality, laboured with his intimate friend, St. Charles Borromeo, to reform the clergy, obliged his bishops to reside in their dioceses, and the cardinals to lead lives of simplicity and piety. He diminished public scandals by relegating prostitutes to distant quarters, and he forbade bull fights. He enforced the observance of the discipline of the Council of Trent, reformed the Cistercians, and supported the missions of the New World. In the Bull "In Coena Domini" he proclaimed the traditional principles of the Roman Church and the supremacy of the Holy See over the civil power.
But the great thought and the constant preoccupation of his pontificate seems to have been the struggle against the Protestants and the Turks. In Germany he supported the Catholics oppressed by the heretical princes. In France he encouraged the League by his counsels and with pecuniary aid. In the Low Countries he supported Spain. In England, finally, he excommunicated Elizabeth, embraced the cause of Mary Stuart, and wrote to console her in prison. In the ardour of his faith he did not hesitate to display severity against the dissidents when necessary, and to give a new impulse to the activity of the Inquisition, for which he has been blamed by certain historians who have exaggerated his conduct. Despite all representations on his behalf he condemned the writings of Baius, who ended by submitting.
He worked incessantly to unite the Christian princes against the hereditary enemy, the Turks. In the first year of his pontificate he had ordered a solemn jubilee, exhorting the faithful to penance and almsgiving to obtain the victory from God. He supported the Knights of Malta, sent money for the fortification of the free towns of Italy, furnished monthly contributions to the Christians of Hungary, and endeavoured especially to bring Maximilian, Philip II, and Charles I together for the defence of Christendom. In 1567 for the same purpose he collected from all convents one-tenth of their revenues. In 1570 when Solyman II attacked Cyprus, threatening all Christianity in the West, he never rested till he united the forces of Venice, Spain, and the Holy See. He sent his blessing to Don John of Austria, the commander-in-chief of the expedition, recommending him to leave behind all soldiers of evil life, and promising him the victory if he did so. He ordered public prayers, and increased his own supplications to heaven. On the day of the Battle of Lepanto, 7 Oct., 1571, he was working with the cardinals, when, suddenly, interrupting his work opening the window and looking at the sky, he cried out, "A truce to business; our great task at present is to thank God for the victory which He has just given the Christian army". He burst into tears when he heard of the victory, which dealt the Turkish power a blow from which it never recovered. In memory of this triumph he instituted for the first Sunday of October the feast of the Rosary, and added to the Litany of Loreto the supplication "Help of Christians". He was hoping to put an end to the power of Islam by forming a general alliance of the Italian cities Poland, France, and all Christian Europe, and had begun negotiations for this purpose when he died of gravel, repeating "O Lord, increase my sufferings and my patience!" He left the memory of a rare virtue and an unfailing and inflexible integrity. He was beatified by Clement X in 1672, and canonized by Clement XI in 1712.
(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

St. Catherine - The Bride of Christ - Insights into a Great Love of Jesus we can Learn - by Dr. Gary D. Knight

The bride of Christ

Dr. Gary D. Knight

Saint Catherine of Siena can be recognized as a quintessence or ‘icon’ of the bride of Christ, the bride who - because of marriage anticipated – is His own mystical body: the Church. Catherine was presented to Jesus in a vision by His mother, and a ring placed on her finger. In ‘real life’ the ring was painful stigmata that brought her out of this ‘vale of tears’ at 33 years. But she received the gift of the quill miraculously, writing as compellingly as any doctor of the Church. How great that appellation is: ‘doctorus’ in Latin means teacher. Who could teach the mystical body that holds the keys of heaven, but an exemplar entirely docile to the Holy Spirit?

The ‘real life’ and ‘vale of tears’ are parenthesized for reasons that Catherine might assert. When having visions of hell, purgatory and heaven, she was in a death-like trance; yet these illuminations were more real to her than our waking hours, as is fitting for Last Things as compared with a land of exile rather like the den of Lost Boys. The world in its ‘real life’ so far from God, often runs along the line of a nightmare. Most remarkably, the professed virgin who would shun any incubus (archaic for bad dream) was led to embrace the temporal with Christian vigour, even fire.

Have you ever felt inclined to picture these passing things as a diseased reverie, or been more oppressed than by hot temperatures: like a feverish dream from which it seems better (if possible) to awake? Pity indeed those who feel it without relent and who choose to force the nocturnal hand; for as Shakespeare put it what ‘dreams’ may come? As a Christian he did not mean imaginings, but something more like the inverse of the unconscious state, where a decision to end it is part of a great delusion. That was due caution.

Catherine certainly recognized that hard realities are oppressive to distraction, delusional like the pain of an abscessed tooth with no anaesthetic in sight. And instead of remaining in cloister as she had done for a three year preparation, basting in interior light, she went into the darkness of the world: the poor, the suffering, the ignorant, and provided charm, calm and counsel along with her ministrations against distress. In this she was an incarnate daughter of Mary.

On earth the parent of a spouse is an ‘in-law’ parent; but in the heaven the relation of love surpasses ‘law’ and legalities, so that the mother of Christ is equally a mother of those who are united to Him more closely than a bride and groom. More closely because even spouses here cannot entirely share each other’s mind and affections, not even each other’s bodily strengths and afflictions (though some come close). In Christ, all is shared.

So the spouse of Jesus, daughter of Mary, rather than remaining in her hyperdulic trances, went forth just as Mary went out to visit her elder cousin Elizabeth to assist her in late-life childbearing – which couldn’t have been easy as John was a kicker and leaper even three months before birth. Her husband might even play on muteness as maybe including deafness (we don’t hear of him running out to greet Mary at her hailing). No more welcome guest to the toiling could be a daughter of Mary.

Perhaps this is why consolations found in this life are so lasting or meaningful: on the surface you wouldn’t expect that telling a few salutary prayers at a bedside would much help the dying, or arm their beloved behind. But it does. Think of your own nightmares: in panic being chased down by a wolf, the appearance of an open door too narrow for the beast is very heartening. Getting to it is even more so. And life is like that.

It is of value to insinuate ourselves in Catherine’s mind. She knows like few others that in so many ways life is a chimera, and an arduous one at that. She knows that the hints of peril we find in shame or defeat are magnified beyond all proportion on an eternal scale .. and that has a bearing on why we have a conscience at all. Yet she applies the commission received from her Spouse to go out and make disciples among all, by piercing their gloom with the hope from springs eternal. She willingly makes a temporal detour from real reality, to reach into this miasmic world and shed His light.

What does that teach us about what her Spouse did in the first place? In the vision of her Mystical Marriage, as she called it in her memoirs, Jesus showed Catherine, as He did his apostles, the glorified wounds from which had poured the price of human salvation. Salvation from what? From the exile of Eden, dominating fear of death, weakness of will, proclivity to neglect God our life, and this dream-like darkening of mind. From this incarnate ‘reality’ of exile under a darkening sun Jesus the Light had to lead souls who follow to His agony and death beyond all telling, with eclipse and quake, graves open, curtains torn, and all things gone quiet – yes, even the birds. He had to express our whole torment: “why have You turned from me?” and a mind on the edge – “I thirst”. In forty days of preparation he had never even said “I’m hungry”. This was in extremum if ever it was.

The passion of Christ is (among infinitely many other things) a reflection on the woeful power of our ‘passions’, our heavy-laden emotions with power to sway our minds without even our knowing or clear acknowledgement of their vacillating power, just as in a dream. “Weep not for me, but for your children” He said on the via dolorosa, showing the compassion of a God-Man who could see our days coming when the ‘woods would be dry’ rather than green, and when the unimaginable is being done, while then and there Deicide was perpetrated. “What will they do when the wood is dry” He asked, and it was not just cryptic reference to the new-cut limb he was bearing on a shoulder.

Jesus always showed compassion for us, who are living on the outside, past the perception of inner reality. “The (sleeping) spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”.  “How often would I have gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks” but your (distracted) will was elsewhere. “If you knew Who it was asking you for a drink, you would instead ask Him for a draught of living water”. “Their lips are close but their hearts are far away”. “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”. “You of little faith; why did you doubt?” Even Nicodemus, a ‘teacher in Israel’ could only find answers at night-time, hearing ‘you are only in gestation’: “you must be born from above”.

So this is the reality of those being formed in the mind of Christ. We are only in gestation, like the child yet unborn. That is why so often the confines and bumps of this life seem like a reverie, even a threat. Yet in this state behind the veil, we are fully human and called to the Life that is the Way, the Truth, as Jesus characterized himself saying “the Truth shall set you free”. Like his herald still in his mother’s womb, we can hear that voice and begin to be active, gesturing at the dance which transcends even graces we receive in the now. If we are just as tended-to by Mary as in the prenatal days of John, Catherine came to know it, and went forth in haste.

Prayer: Dear Lord our God
May we be so inspired and enamoured of the life and ministrations
of your beloved saint, Catherine of Siena, who armed by the undying
hope of seeing You as she does now face to face in Love, went forth
doing all the good that she could find to do .. to the poor,
the suffering, the aged, the infirm, the ignorant and the neglected,
without omitting to converse in civil and national political life
or to communicate with bishops including the successor of Peter,
we may, in some measure like her, embrace the oppressions of
this temporal life increasingly full of injustices and insults
against not just You and your saints but humanity as your creation,
and carry forth to our brothers and children and spouses and elders
the fullness of expectant hope in that birth from above
that comprises our salvation and Your eternal embrace.

Betrothedly Yours,  a servant and friend of St. Catherine of Siena.

Bishops of Switzerland Issue Guidelines for Re-Opening of Church Services - FULL TEXT

Framework protection concept of the Swiss Bishops' Conference for the conduct of public services

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On April 16, 2020, the Federal Council announced its plan to gradually relax the measures to protect against the coronavirus (COVID-19) in three stages (April 27 / May 11 / June 8).
From April 27, 2020, according to Art. 6 Para. 3 Letter 1 COVID-19 Regulation 2, Amendment of April 16, 2020, access to facilities for funerals in the family circle and their implementation are again permitted, provided that these facilities and Events have a protection concept in accordance with Art. 6a of this regulation:
  1. By developing and implementing a protection concept, the operators of these facilities and the organizers of these events must ensure that the transmission risk for event participants and those working in the facility or at the event is minimized (Art. 6a para. 1).
  2. The protection concept must comply with the health and labor law requirements of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) (Art. 6a para. 2).
In accordance with the Federal Council's plan for gradual relaxation, public services are only possible at a later date, to be determined by the Federal Council.
The Swiss Bishops' Conference (SBK) as an association of the bishops and territorial abbots of the Roman Catholic Church in Switzerland hereby issues - taking into account the requirements of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) and reducing the likelihood of transmission of the coronavirus (COVID 19) to a minimum of their dioceses and territorial abbeys the following framework protection concept with typed targets, which give the individual dioceses and territorial abbeys an orientation for their individual protection concepts and which they have to adapt to their specific circumstances in cooperation with the responsible cantonal authorities.
She understands the hope of many believers and also supports them to be able to celebrate public services again soon. However, the protective measures are necessary and sensible in order to gradually normalize church and spiritual life in our country in a responsible manner. The restrictions correspond to a well understood self-love and neighborly love. It will certainly take a while until a full ecclesiastical and religious life. Public services are only part of what it means to be a Christian. It also includes the many family and neighborly forms of religious life, prayer and worship at home.

(A) Protection concept for church funerals in the family circle (valid from April 27, 2020)
The death of a person is not only a cause for grief for the relatives, it is also always a social event. He touches the whole community according to the word of the apostle Paul: "If one member suffers, all members suffer" (1 Cor 12:26). Caring for the dead and the bereaved is an important part of every community.
a) It is allowed to say goodbye to the family. The bereaved family decides who belongs to the family circle.
b) The requirements of the Federal Council and the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) regarding hygiene and distance must be strictly observed.
c) The funeral services (earth and cremation) are kept as simple as possible and celebrated with as few people as possible. With regard to the total number of participants, only the choice of location - in the case of larger families - is a limiting factor, especially since the requirements regarding distance and hygiene must be observed. This is mandatory between the bereaved family and the people accompanying them (pastor, sacristy, undertaker, ...). The persons responsible for the premises inform the grief family in advance of the maximum number of participants.
d) In the case of a person who died from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the requirements of the state authorities must be followed.
e) If possible, the funeral services are held outdoors (at the grave) with a station as a liturgy. However, if the distance and hygiene rules cannot be observed or if there are other reasons for a celebration in the church, the funeral can also take place in the church in compliance with the protection concept for public services. It is also possible to offer family members a Holy Mass in memory of the deceased for later.

This protection concept will apply from April 27, 2020.

(B) Protection concept for public services (valid from the time approved by the Federal Council)
Services provide spiritual support and guidance for believers in the difficult living conditions of the current crisis. In view of the first easing measures in other areas of public life, the Swiss Bishops' Conference is also in favor of easing the ban on public services, especially in view of the constitutional guarantee of individual and collective religious freedom. Of course, the Catholic Church is committed to the applicable government regulations, especially the regulations regarding hygiene and physical distance.

1. Before the service
a) The contact points are to be cleaned and disinfected, as well as any existing sanitary facilities.
b) The holy water pools remain empty until further notice.
c) Posters with the distance and hygiene rules of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) must be placed at clearly visible places inside and outside the church.
d) The entrance doors must be clearly marked and other doors blocked with a clearly visible marking. Nonetheless, for fire protection reasons, all doors must be able to be opened from the inside and outside at any time.
e) Access to the gallery is blocked off; it can only be entered by the organist and - if the spatial possibilities allow it - by one or a few instrumentalists.
f) The faithful are guided with signposts to the clearly marked, open entrance doors (avoid using the door handles). The state-prescribed distance and hygiene rules must be observed. This is checked by persons commissioned by the parish.
g) At the entrance to the church, the faithful clean their hands with a virucidal disinfectant. - People commissioned by the parish provide donors with a sufficient amount of disinfectant and ensure complete hand disinfection.
h) Access to the church is limited to a maximum of one third of its ordinary visitor capacity. In any case, the individual believers must be allocated a space of at least 4 m 2 . Appropriate measures are taken to ensure that the necessary distances are maintained (for example: blocking every other row of seats; removing chairs; colored marking of the seats, ...).
i) In order to avoid having to reject believers in front of the church during well-attended services, registration procedures with place reservations are recommended. If believers are not admitted, they are advised to switch to another service (worship in a different place or at a different time, possibly during the week).

 2. During the service
a) The faithful take a seat at the marked places. Their seats are offset from the seats in the front or rear free row. - Persons commissioned by the parish monitor compliance with these regulations. - families are not separated.
b) There is the same scope for the use of choirs, groups of singers and instrumentalists as for those in the secular cultural sphere. Cantor chants (alternating between a solo part and short parish verses) and quartets are recommended. The community chant is reduced.
c) The head of the service carries out his office with valets, provided there is enough space at the altar.
d) If there is enough free space, lecturers can be used. They have to be instructed accordingly.
e) Do not pass the collection baskets through the rows of seats; instead, the faithful can throw their collections into a container at the exit when they leave the church.
f) The Eucharistic figures (bread and wine) must also be covered during the high prayer (Palla). The head of the Eucharist disinfects his hands at the beginning of the gift preparation. Only the head of the Eucharist communicates at the chalice. Concelebrants communicate "by intinctionem".
g) Before handing out the communion, the communion donors disinfect their hands. The dialogue "The Body of Christ" - "Amen" is spoken together before going to communion. The communion is distributed in compliance with the hygienic regulations. Clearly visible adhesive tapes are to be attached to the floor, which mark the prescribed minimum distance of 2 meters.
h) The exchange of the greeting of peace is dropped.
i) The distance rules must also be observed for word-God celebrations, other word services, daytime liturgies or group celebrations. Symbolic actions with any objects that cause physical contact are prohibited (especially holy water).
j) During the entire service, persons commissioned by the parish stand at the entrance and exit doors so that they can be opened without delay if necessary.
k) Baptisms, first communion celebrations, confirmations and weddings are only possible if the rules regarding hygiene and social distance are strictly observed. Postponable celebrations are postponed if possible after consultation with the families.

3. After the service
a) People commissioned by the parish open the exit doors.
b) The faithful leave the church in accordance with the order laid down by the parish and in accordance with the rules of distance, and they refrain from gathering in front of the church. - A person authorized by the parish controls this.
c) All contact points must be cleaned and disinfected, as well as any existing sanitary facilities.
d) The church remains open for individual visits during the day.

4. Stay away from worship
a) Prayer should be cultivated or rediscovered primarily at home in families, but also by single people.
b) Believers who are sick or feel sick are asked to stay away from the service. You can, however, receive communion at home while observing the protective measures by specially trained and commissioned persons.
c) Believers who feel unwell during the service must leave it immediately.
d) Believers who belong to the particularly vulnerable according to Art. 10b Para. 2 and Appendix 6 COVID-19-Ordinance 2, Amendment of 16.4.2020, are advised to stay away from the service. If there is an urgent need, they are advised to attend church services with only a few participants - in other words, weekday church services - while strictly observing the state's protective measures.
The attendance at the church service and the protection against infection should be guaranteed equally. That is why the Swiss Bishops' Conference calls on all believers to do their part to curb this pandemic.

This protection concept applies from the point in time approved by the Federal Council and applies until further notice.
Where this concept of protection cannot be fully adhered to, public services are prohibited.

Freiburg, April 27, 2020

Bishop DDr. Felix Gmür

Dr. Erwin Tanner-Tiziani
Secretary General

Pope Francis says "I urge everyone to be witnesses of the risen Christ who shows his disciples the now glorious wounds..." Full Text + Video

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Catechesis on the Beatitudes: 9. " Blessed are the persecuted for justice, because of them is the kingdom of heaven " ( Mt 5:10)
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
With today's audience we conclude the journey on the Gospel Beatitudes. As we have heard, in the latter the eschatological joy of the persecuted for justice is proclaimed.
This bliss announces the same happiness as the first: the kingdom of heaven is of the persecuted as it is of the poor in spirit; so we understand that we have reached the end of a unitary path unraveled in the previous announcements.
Poverty in spirit, tears, meekness, a thirst for holiness, mercy, purification of the heart and works of peace can lead to persecution because of Christ, but this persecution is ultimately a cause for joy and great reward. in the skies. The path of the Beatitudes is an Easter journey that leads from a life according to the world to that according to God, from an existence guided by the flesh - that is, by selfishness - to that guided by the Spirit.
The world, with its idols, its compromises and its priorities, cannot approve of this type of existence. The "structures of sin", [1] often produced by the human mentality, as foreign as they are to the Spirit of truth that the world cannot receive (cf. Jn 14:17), can only reject poverty or meekness or purity and declare life according to the Gospel as an error and a problem, therefore as something to be marginalized. So thinks the world: "These are idealists or fanatics ...". So they think.
If the world lives on the basis of money, anyone who demonstrates that life can be fulfilled in the gift and renunciation becomes a nuisance for the system of greed. This word "annoyance" is key, because the only Christian testimony, which does so much good to many people because it follows it, annoys those with a worldly mentality. They live it as a rebuke. When holiness appears and the life of the children of God emerges, in that beauty there is something uncomfortable that calls for a stand: either to let oneself be questioned and open to the good or to refuse that light and harden the heart, even to the point opposition and fury (see Sap2,14-15). It is curious, it attracts attention to see how, in the persecutions of the martyrs, hostility increases to the point of fury. Just look at the persecutions of the last century, of the European dictatorships: how we get to the fury against Christians, against the Christian testimony and against the heroism of Christians.
But this shows that the drama of persecution is also the place of liberation from subjection to the world's success, vainglory and compromises. What is it that rejoices those who are rejected by the world because of Christ? He rejoices that he has found something worth more than the whole world. In fact, "what advantage is there that a man gains the whole world and loses his life?" Mk 8,36). What advantage is there?
It is painful to remember that, at this moment, there are many Christians who suffer persecutions in various areas of the world, and we must hope and pray that their tribulation will be stopped as soon as possible. There are many: today's martyrs are more than the martyrs of the first centuries. We express our closeness to these brothers and sisters: we are one body, and these Christians are the bleeding members of the body of Christ which is the Church.
But we must also be careful not to read this bliss in a victimistic, self-pitying key. In fact, contempt for men is not always synonymous with persecution: just shortly after Jesus says that Christians are the " salt of the earth ", and warns against the danger of "losing flavor", otherwise salt "for nothing else" it is necessary that to be thrown away and trampled by people "( Mt 5:13). Therefore, there is also a contempt that is our fault when we lose the flavor of Christ and the Gospel.
We must be faithful to the humble path of the Beatitudes, because it is what leads to being of Christ and not of the world. It is worth remembering the journey of Saint Paul: when he thought he was a righteous he was in fact a persecutor, but when he discovered that he was a persecutor, he became a man of love, who happily faced the suffering of the persecution he suffered (cf Col 1.24).
Exclusion and persecution, if God grants us grace, make us resemble Christ crucified and, associating us with his passion, are the manifestation of new life. This life is the same as that of Christ, who for us men and for our salvation was "despised and rejected by men" (cf. Is 53: 3; Ac8.30 to 35). Welcoming his Spirit can lead us to have so much love in our hearts that we offer life for the world without compromising on its deceptions and accepting its refusal. Compromises with the world are the danger: the Christian is always tempted to make compromises with the world, with the spirit of the world. This - rejecting compromises and going down the path of Jesus Christ - is the life of the Kingdom of heaven, the greatest joy, true joy. And then, in persecutions there is always the presence of Jesus who accompanies us, the presence of Jesus who consoles us and the strength of the Spirit who helps us to move forward. Let us not be discouraged when a life consistent with the Gospel attracts people's persecutions: there is the Spirit who supports us, on this path.

[1] See Address to participants in the workshop "New forms of solidarity fraternity, inclusion, integration and innovation" , 5 February 2020: "The idolatry of money, greed, corruption, are all" structures of sin "- as John Paul II defined them - produced by the "globalization of indifference" ".

Je suis heureux de saluer les personnes de langue française. In célébrant saint Joseph travailleur, le 1 er mai prochain, je confie à la miséricorde de Dieu toutes les personnes frappées par le chômage dû à la pandémie actuelle. Those Seigneur soit la Providence de tous ceux qui sont dans le besoin et nous incite à leur venir en aide! Que Dieu vous bénisse!
I am happy to greet the French-speaking faithful. Next Friday will be the feast of Saint Joseph the worker: through his intercession, I entrust to the mercy of God those affected by unemployment because of the current pandemic. May the Lord be the Providence of all the needy and encourage us to help them! God bless you! ]
I greet the English-speaking faithful joining us through the media. In the joy of the Risen Christ, I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father. May the Lord bless you!
I greet the English-speaking faithful connected through the social media. In the joy of the Risen Christ, I invoke upon you and your families the merciful love of God our Father. The Lord bless you! ]
Herzlich grüße ich die Gläubigen deutscher Sprache. Die göttliche Macht des auferstandenen Christus, dessen Glieder wir sind, möge in uns immerdar die Freude des Evangeliums und die Kraft, es wahrhaftig zu bezeugen, lebendig halten. Der Herr begleite euch mit seinem Frieden.
I warmly greet the German-speaking faithful. May the power of the Risen Christ, of which we are members, keep the joy of the Gospel alive and the strength to be true witnesses of it. The Lord accompany you with his peace .]
I cordially greet you to the words of the language that you sign to the través de los medios de comunicación social. The soul to follow the senda de las bienaventuranzas, haciéndolas vida con quienes tienen cerca y sufren, de modo particular en estos momentos de adversidad y dificultad. The Señor will concede experimentar, in the medium of the circunstancias that the toca vivir, a great alegría y paz interior. Que Dios los bendiga.
Saúdo os ouvintes de língua portuguesa e confio ao bom Deus a vossa vida e dos dos vossos familiares. Rezai também vós por mim! Que as vossas famílias se reúnam diariamente para a reza do terço sob o olhar da Virgem Mãe, para que nelas não se acabe jamais o óleo da fé e da alegria, que brota da vida dos seus membros em comunhão com Deus! Obrigado!
I greet the Portuguese-speaking listeners. I entrust your life and that of your family members to the good God. You too pray for me! I urge your families to gather daily for the recitation of the Rosary under the gaze of the Virgin Mother, so that the oil of faith and joy, which flows from the life of those in communion with God, will not be exhausted in them .]
أحيي جميع المؤمنين الناطقين باللغة العربية ، المتابعين لهذه المقابلة عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي. إن التطويبات هي مسيرة قداسة ، نسير فيها لنصبح تلاميذًا حقيقيين للمسيح. إنها الطريق الوحيد لنصير مثله ، وننعم بملكوته ، وننال الفرح الحقيقي. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم دائما من الشرير!
I greet all the Arabic-speaking faithful who follow this audience through the means of social communication! The Beatitudes represent a path of holiness, on which we walk to become true disciples of Christ. I am the only way to follow His example, to become like Him, and thus welcome His Kingdom and obtain true joy. The Lord bless you all and always protect you from the evil one! ]
Drodzy Polacy, serdecznie pozdrawiam każdego z was i wasze rodziny. Pojutrze rozpoczniemy maryjny miesiąc maj. Pozostając w domach z powodu pandemii, wykorzystajmy ten czas do odkrycia na nowo piękna modlitwy różańcowej i tradycji nabożeństw majowych. Z rodziną, bądź indywidualnie, wpatrujcie się w każdej chwili w Oblicze Chrystusa iw serce Maryi. Niech Jej matczyne orędownictwo pomoże wam przetrwać czas tej szczególnej próby. Z serca wam błogosławię.
Dear Poles, I cordially greet each of you and your families. The day after tomorrow we will begin the Marian month, the month of May. Staying in the houses because of the pandemic, we use this time to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary and the tradition of Marian functions. In the family, or individually, at any time fix your gaze on the face of Christ and the heart of Mary. Her maternal intercession will help you face this time of particular trial. I bless you from my heart .]
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I greet the Italian-speaking faithful. Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, co-patron of Italy. This great figure of woman drew from communion with Jesus the courage of action and that inexhaustible hope that supported her in the most difficult hours, even when everything seemed lost, and allowed her to influence others, even at the highest civil and ecclesiastical levels, with the strength of his faith. May his example help each one to know how to unite, with Christian coherence, an intense love of the Church with an effective concern for the civil community, especially in this time of trial. I ask Saint Catherine to protect Italy during this pandemic; and that it protects Europe, because it is the patron saint of Europe, that it protects all Europe so that it remains united.
I address a special thought to young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds. I urge everyone to be witnesses of the risen Christ who shows his disciples the now glorious wounds of his Passion. I cordially bless you.
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US Bishops Release Special Prayers to Join In May 1st Consecration to Mary - FULL TEXT

USCCB Release: Renewing the Consecration of the United States to the Care of Our Blessed Mother 
As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother.

Through a collective dedication or entrustment of a nation to Mary, an act of consecration is meant to be a reminder to the faithful of the Blessed Mother’s witness to the Gospel and to ask for her effective intercession before her Son on behalf of those in need.

The consecration on May 1. . . follows a similar action of the bishops’ conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) who consecrated their nations to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter Sunday. This prayer reaffirms and renews previous Marian entrustments, and it unites us in solidarity with our Holy Father, who recently established the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, as a source of protection and strength.
Archbishop Gomez will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 pm EDT and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation. A liturgy guide will be available to assist the faithful who may join in by tuning into the USCCB’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. . . .

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Renewal of the Consecration of the
United States of
America to the
Blessed Virgin Mary
May 1, 2020
This prayer of consecration will be offered on behalf of the entire country
by the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The prayer of consecration incorporates language used in consecrations
 of Popes Pius XII, John Paul II, and Francis,
and also from prayers from Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Use this text to pray along with Archbishop Gomez.
Making the appropriate adaptations, other bishops can use it to renew the
consecration of their dioceses,
pastors their parishes, and families or individuals their own households.
When prayed in common, a leader might say the parts in bold,
and others might read the Scripture passage and lead the decade of the Rosary.
The prayer of consecration could be proclaimed by the leader alone or prayed together.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.
When our Risen Lord appeared to his disciples on Easter Sunday he said: “Peace
be with you.” We can be confident that he desires this same peace for all the
members of his body, the Church, and for the people of the entire world.
In this difficult time we turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
and Queen of Peace, to ask that she intercede with her Son for all those who
are affected in any way by this pandemic. As we renew the consecration of our
country and of ourselves to the Mother of the God, we implore her maternal care
for her children.
Let us pray.
O God, Father of mercies,
whose Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross,
chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother,
to be our Mother also,
grant, we pray, that with her loving help
your Church may be more fruitful day by day
and, exulting in the holiness of her children,
may draw to her embrace all the families of the peoples.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the
wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple
there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he
said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took
her into his home.
The Gospel of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God. 
Recalling Jesus’ words as he hung on the cross – “Behold, your mother” – we
meditate on the fifth sorrowful mystery of the Rosary, The Crucifixion and Death
of Our Lord.
Our Father
10 Hail Marys
Glory Be
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
Let us now entrust our country and ourselves once again to the
Virgin Mary’s care:
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,
you are the fairest fruit of God’s redeeming love;
you sing of the Father’s mercy
and accompany us with a mother’s love.
In this time of pandemic we come to you,
our sign of sure hope and comfort.
Today we renew the act of consecration and entrustment carried out by those who
have gone before us.
Archbishop Gomez:
With the love of a Mother and Handmaid,
embrace our nation which we entrust and consecrate once again to you,
together with ourselves and our families.
A Bishop for his diocese:
With the love of a Mother and Handmaid,
embrace this diocese which we entrust and consecrate once again to you,
together with ourselves and our families.
A Pastor for his parish:
With the love of a Mother and Handmaid,
embrace this parish which we entrust and consecrate once again to you,
together with ourselves and our families.
Families, groups, or individuals:
With the love of a Mother and Handmaid,
embrace us as we renew our consecration to you,
together with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
In a special way we commend to you
those particularly in need of your maternal care.
Mary, Health of the Sick,
sign of health, of healing, and of divine hope for the sick,
we entrust to you all who are infected with the coronavirus.
Mary, Mother of Consolation,
who console with a mother’s love all who turn to you,
we entrust to you all those who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.
Mary, Help of Christians,
who come to our rescue in every trial,
we entrust to your loving protection all caregivers.
Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy,
who embrace all those who call upon your help in their distress,
we entrust to you all who are suffering in any way from the pandemic.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom,
who were so wonderfully filled with the light of truth,
we entrust to you all who are working to find a cure to this pandemic.
Mary, Mother of Good Counsel,
who gave yourself wholeheartedly to God’s plan for the renewing of all things in Christ,
we entrust to you all leaders and policymakers.
Accept with the benevolence of a Mother
the act of consecration that we make today with confidence,
and help us to be your Son’s instruments
for the healing and salvation of our country and the world.
Mary, Mother of the Church,
you are enthroned as queen at your Son’s right hand:
we ask your intercession for the needs of our country,
that every desire for good may be blessed and strengthened,
that faith may be revived and nourished,
hope sustained and enlightened,
charity awakened and animated;
guide us, we pray, along the path of holiness.
Mary our Mother,
bring everyone under your protection
and entrust everyone to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
As we conclude this consecration, we ask the blessing of Almighty God:
Let us pray.
Bestow the grace of your kindness
upon your supplicant people, O Lord,
that, formed by you, their creator,
and restored by you, their sustainer,
through your constant action they may be saved.
R. Amen.
[Bishop or priest:
And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, ✠ and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever. R. Amen.]
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life. R. Amen.]
As is customary, we conclude our prayer with a Marian hymn:
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
has risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.