The Church will be open daily from 8:00am – 12:00pm
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 8:00am – 12:00pm in Church until further notice.
So many continue to remember Our Lady of Grace with your donations during this time of pandemic. Some have mailed their donations; others have come when the church is open for prayer and put their donations through the slot on the parish office door. We rely on donations to pay our bills and maintain our operations. As Vice President Mike Pence said, “churches have made the hard choice of suspending services…churchgoing Americans should continue their donations as ministries play a vital role in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.”
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Joe Davanzo, pastor
From Fr. Joe:
When Jesus said, “pick up your cross and follow me” he did not mean that we should go and seek suffering for the sake of suffering. He was telling us that it is how we bear our crosses that will determine the kind of disciple we are. May we as individuals and as a parish help one another to bear this common cross of enduring the coronavirus pandemic. May we keep one another in prayer and, as individuals and as a parish, grow stronger and more faithful as disciples of Christ.
Over these days, people have expressed their sadness at not being able to receive Communion. My heart is also sad by not being able to give Communion at Mass at this time. Please also know that part of our Catholic tradition, for those who are unable to receive the physical Body of Christ, is to unite oneself at Mass spiritually to Christ. We are very fortunate to have several options for spiritual union at the celebration of Mass.
- Daily Mass from St. Agnes Cathedral continues to be transmitted through the Catholic Faith Network (CFN). Go to https://www.catholicfaithnetwork.org/.
- Daily Mass is also available on EWTN. Go to https://www.ewtn.com/
While we currently don’t have the capability at Our Lady of Grace, some of our neighboring parishes offering live streams or uploads of Daily Mass. Here are the links:
- St. Joseph in Babylon is on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/stjbabylon and you can also access Mass from their homepage at https://stjosephsbabylon.org/
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst has a YouTube page with Sunday Mass, Daily Reflections and their Lenten Parish Mission at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAdQwshUS3K0p_qyw4E5eMw/videos .
Also, please know that by a rescript of November 24, 1922, The Sacred Congregation of Indulgences approved the following formula for a spiritual communion and can be used as a prayer:
“O Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me.
I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion.
Come nevertheless and visit me with Your grace.
Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like Your own. Amen”
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
Click HERE to learn more about Spiritual Communion.