How to develop your own domestic Church in your home.
One of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium (“Light of the Nations”), describes the family as the ‘domestic Church’ because it is the first place where young, baptized Christians learn about their faith. During this time when families will be spending more time in the home following the school closures it presents more opportunities for our domestic Churches to be nurtured.
With more and more elderly relatives becoming isolated for their protection, families, if able, can still be united through the wonders of digital technology, or simply a phone call.
Praying together as a family – set up a Whatsapp group, or a Zoom video conference call and put aside a time each day where you all join together for prayer.
Our Church is not just a building, now that we can’t meet on Sundays we stand together in new ways, because we are the Church.
Here are some resources that may help children, teenagers and young adults.
Church at Home resources
Resources for the Easter period until Pentecost
Easter Resources 2020
The Word at Home. Check out the new Top Ten ideas for in the home.
The Word at Home
Home Alone with St Jerome
What can the saints teach us about self-isolation? CBCEW asked a few to give us their wisdom via whatsapp.
From The Tablet, a compilation of online resources available to Catholics during this time of crisis.
Resources for Catholics
From the Celebrate Conference (Catholic Charismatic Events) team - packed full of useful information including Live Stream, Little Liturgies, Experience Liturgy at Home and more.
Divine Renovation has produced a parish Response Kit to the current situation that we are all in.
Divine Renovation: Ministering in the New Reality
Caritas Social Action Network and the St Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales) have released a toolkit to help Catholic parishes and groups develop safe, local responses to people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alone Together: A guide to isolation and social distancing from those who know.
Catholic Voices are presenting webinars during this time of crisis.
Blogs from the Catholic Truth Society - Spiritual Support in Isolation.
Catholic Truth Society
CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) resources for use at home.
CaFE at Home
Exploring the faith together as a family - YOUCAT is a great resource for all ages explaining the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Weekly Worship & Song led by Dan Callow and Emily Clarke from One Life Music.
One Life Music
A booklet by Alive Publishing
Inspiration in Times of Isolation
Encouraging families to pray together. An Examen for the Family from Pray as you Go.
An Examen for the Family
The Liturgy Office has prepared Prayers for use during a time of ‘flu and illness. This contains general prayers for health and also a note about Spiritual Communion and praying during Self-Isolation.
Join to pray the pandemic novena
Join the ongoing Novena invoking the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham to free us all from the Coronavirus. Starts on Monday 30 March and will continue until the world is free and healed of the terror of Covid-19.
Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham
Hozana online prayer community
The Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary took place on 29 March.
Each day there is to be a full programme of spiritual nourishment from Walsingham which we can all join in with. There is no need to feel alone. We can join in either communal or individual prayer at any time of the day or night.
There will be three Masses daily - 9.30am, 12 Noon and 6pm (Latin) along side the Divine Office, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Spiritual Reading, Talks and much more.
Walsingham Catholic National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady
Aid to the Church in Need invites you to pray the Rosary and to say the Regina Caeli
ACN Audio Prayers
While you may not be able to leave your house, with these virtual tours you can make a spiritual journey along an ancient pilgrimage route.
Take a virtual pilgrimage in the time of coronavirus
A selection of 3 Minute Retreats - Loyola Press (Free)
Take a 3 Minute Retreat
Abiding Together is a weekly podcast hosted by Michelle Benzinger, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Heather Khym, providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for people who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.
Abiding Together Podcast
CAFOD already has downloadable children's liturgy resources available for most Sundays throughout the year. While groups are unable to meet in parishes, they will also be offering a virtual children liturgy of the word at 10am on Sunday as a webinar.
Parents and children are encouraged to join CAFOD online for prayers and reflection on this Sunday's Gospel. The liturgy will be led by catechists who would usually be leading children's liturgy in their parish and will be based on our CAFOD children's liturgy resources.
CAFOD Children's Liturgy
Ten Ten is offering all families and schools the opportunity to access free prayer resources for the home and also have a video for children’s liturgy each week.
A mum in Westminster Diocese creates a children’s liturgy video on Saturday evenings for use on Sunday. For those that use Facebook there is a link to page so families in your parishes can create their own ‘watch parties’ and join together with other families.
Colour and Shape on Facebook
Colour and Shape on YouTube
Catholic Mom has useful printable worksheets.
Sacred Heart in Henley offers a course on St Matthew's Gospel. You can download the course guides and materials from the page, for use at home.
St Matthew's Gospel
A new weekly video with reflections from Mgr Daniel McHugh, Co-ordinator for Ethnic Chaplaincies
Mgr Daniel's Weekly Reflections
Daily Homilies from Fr Julian Green, Our Lady of Grace parishes. Fr Julian is now including questions for reflection at the end of his YouTube homilies for individuals and groups at home to think about/discuss.
Homilies from Fr Julian Green
Fr Simon Ellis, parish priest at St Margaret Mary in Perry Common, gives weekly Homily reflections.
Sunday 7 June: Holy Trinity Sunday
Reflection with Fr Simon Ellis
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