Thank you to all who have supported the “Candle for a Cure” campaign thus far. The campaign will continue until such time we are able to return to the church.
A special opportunity exists to light a candle for the cure during Holy Week—in particular the Easter Vigil. Because the church goes “dark” on Holy Thursday night through Holy Saturday (to signify Our Lord Jesus entering into his Passion and Death), we are hoping that at the Easter Vigil—the highest of Masses in which we celebrate the Resurrection—that Father Rafal can light every candle in the church. The candles will all be white and gold. There is an added intention option on the Light a Candle for Cure site to specifically request an Easter Vigil candle, so please go to this link (also found on our website) and select the intention “Light an Easter Vigil Candle.” *There are a total of 304 available candles. A list of those who light Easter candles will be on the altar for the duration of the Easter week Masses and remembered at each Mass from the Easter Vigil until April 19th.
As we acquire more information about the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 and status of Masses and Adoration Chapel closings in the Diocese of Joliet (and surrounded dioceses), please utilize the following resources for supplement in your prayer life and for the opportunity for Spiritual Communion at an Online Mass:
Prayer for Spiritual Communion:
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.
More information on making a spiritual Communion is available here.
Access to MAGNIFICAT
During this difficult time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. To help them sanctify their day and to keep walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church, we are honored to make our online version of MAGNIFICAT temporarily available to everyone for free.
Rosary Army Live Rosary - 7pm (CT) Daily Rosary Army will pray a Scriptural Rosary for your intentions, as well as to an end to the coronavirus pandemic, for the unemployed and underemployed, for all first responders and medical personnel, and for more peace for each of is in the world right now.
FORMED 40 free days of FORMED presented by the Augustine Institute is now available. Content includes: Lighthouse Catholic Media talks; study programs; Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told, 33 Days to Morning Glory and The Wild Goose; movies for adults, kids, teens, and the whole family; audio dramas; audiobooks and ebooks for all ages; Lent materials; "Faith at Home" (for this time of shelter-in-place) and more.
Relevant Radio - "Prayer vs. Pandemic"
The "Prayer vs. Pandemic" campaign asks people to sign up to pray daily until the pandemic ends with the goal of getting more people praying than there are coronavirus victims. They are tracking the numbers, and posting on a world map where the pray-ers are located. Join the movement and track the progress of prayer today!