Our Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak
ALL PUBLIC GATHERINGS FOR MASS, PRAYER, FAITH FORMATION, AND PARISH ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. CONTINUE READING FOR MORE INFORMATION.
ONLINE RESOURCES AND COMMUNICATION
We have online resources and communications available to our parish community to keep you connected and informed during this tumultuous time. Subscribe to our weekly Parish Updates email newsletter for formation and family resources to help you live your faith during isolation. We will also provide special editions of our weekly email with content and resources for prayer, growth and devotion during this time.
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NOVENA PRAYER FOR AN END TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
O Mary, full of grace, Patroness of this nation and Mother of the Church, in this time of illness and worldwide need we seek your intercession for the human family before your Son’s throne of grace and mercy. We ask for strength in adversity, health in weakness, and comfort in sorrow. Help us, O Blessed Mother, to be filled with confidence and trust in the tender compassion of our God. Let us not be afraid, like our own Saint Marianne Cope, who entrusted her life and ministry among the outcasts of society into the care of our Divine Physician. Continue to watch over all who are sick as well as those who care for them and give wisdom to all who are seeking a cure. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
SAMPLE PETITIONS FROM THE USCCB COMMITTEE ON DIVINE WORSHIP
For those who are suffering in the current outbreak of sickness that they might be healed, and for the happy repose of all who have died from this sickness in recent weeks; let us pray to the Lord.
For scientists, health professionals, public officials, and all who are serving the common good in this difficult and uncertain time, that they will be filled with wisdom and understanding; let us pray to the Lord.
That in times of illness our merciful and loving Father will strengthen our faith and trust in his goodness and divine providence; let us pray to the Lord.
That our compassionate Father would touch all affected by the current outbreak with healing and peace; let us pray to the Lord.
Out of concern for public health and following directives and recommendations from the Diocese of Syracuse, Department of Health, and CDC, ALL public gatherings (including Mass & Stations of the Cross) and parish activities and events at St. Mary's are cancelled until further notice.
PRIVATE PRAYER AND DEVOTION
The church will be open from 12:00pm - 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday for private prayer and devotion. However, we are encouraging people to remain home at this time and pray at home to eliminate the spread of this virus. If praying in the church, please maintain appropriate social distancing (at least 6 feet).
RECEPTION OF COMMUNION
With the suspension of Masses until further notice, we realize there is a desire to receive Holy Communion by many of the faithful. The Church encourages those who are not able to receive communion to make an act of "Spiritual Communion".
Spiritual Communion is a Christian practice of desiring union with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is used as a preparation for Holy Mass and by those who are not able to receive communion. See prayer below:
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.