***UPDATES FROM PARISH OFFICE***
URBI ET ORBI
All the faithful are invited to join Pope Francis on Friday, March 27, for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing. The prayer and blessing will be broadcast by Vatican News at 6:00 p.m. Rome time, which is 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Holy Father will grant to all who participate in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi blessing.
Video link announcing blessing: https://youtu.be/o3uQJsO6bxk
CNS story explaining Plenary Indulgence: https://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2020/what-is-a-plenary-indulgence.cfm
Social media resources for parishes/schools: http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/usccb-president-reflection-and-prayer-during-coronavirus.cfm
Livestream of Urbi et Orbi: https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html
Dear Parishioner of St. Michael's Church,
During this challenging time we can find strength, comfort, and support in our faith community. While we cannot celebrate Mass together, we can pray for each other as we continue on our Lenten journey. The Church will be open for private prayer on Saturdays from 3:30-5:30pm and Sundays from 9am-Noon. The St. Michael's Prayer is very fitting at this time. If any Parishioners need to contact our staff, you can use regular mail, email, or leave a voicemail message. For Parishioners who are able, contributions can be made online, mailed to the office, or brought to the Church during the private prayer times. May God continue to bless our Parish.
Prayer for Spiritual Communion
While you watch and pray the Mass from your home, when you watch and pray the Mass from your home, when it comes time for Communion we ask you to be mindful of the following prayer:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You about all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now 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.
ALL MASSES IN THE DIOCESE OF ALBANY CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, FAITHFUL URGED TO TAKE TIME TO PRAY AT HOME
March 16, 2020
Due to growing concerns and medical advice related to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in social settings, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced that all regularly scheduled public Masses in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany — except weddings and funerals — will be canceled until further notice. Churches will, however, remain open for private prayer, pending further regulations.
In addition, all Confirmations have been canceled until further notice and will be rescheduled. Funerals and weddings may be attended only by close family and in accordance with social distancing and capacity requirements. Further restrictions may force a change in those guidelines as we go forward.
“Although we know how difficult it is for Catholics to be without the Mass and without the Eucharist, we must do our part to help ‘flatten the curve’ and stop the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Bishop Scharfenberger said when making the announcement. “I encourage the faithful to pray and fast as we continue our journey through this season of Lent. Try to include at least 15 minutes of daily intentional prayer, with family where possible and safe. Use the Bible, say the Rosary, watch Mass on TV, and please remember to pray for those who are suffering from the Coronavirus worldwide and for all those in the medical community who are on the front lines.”
The Diocese of Albany is keeping Catholics apprised of changes, updates and resources on its dedicated web page: rcda.org/coronavirus. In addition, a Faith at Home page includes links to livestreamed Mass, daily Scripture readings, saints of the day, and suggestions for creating a sacred space at home: rcda.org/coronavirus/resources.