During his 2018 homily during World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis emphasized that, “As believers, we must stretch out our hands as Jesus does to us.” In California, Catholics have responded swiftly and efficiently to the pleas for help in the wake of COVID-19 shelter-place orders.
As news, updates, and reactions on COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to dominate media, there are several updates on the Catholic front to note.
The rapidly changing nature of the pandemic has created a lot of fear and has made it challenging to find reliable information, but it is also dangerous to ignore the situation.
For the latest news on precautions and local changes, you should always check with your diocese:
Reliable Information on COVID-19
The Eucharist is central to the spiritual lives of Catholic. Attendance at Mass not only strengthens our soul but also provides us with an opportunity for Christian fellowship.
During the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, these resources will be helpful in maintaining our spiritual practices and coping with a difficult time.
We also need to find safe ways to reach out and interact with family and friends. Please do not be alone. Let family and friends know your needs or reach out to someone you think might be in need.
Even in the midst of today’s turmoil and uncertainty, the Church and other charities still need our financial support. Even more so now because our neighbors’ needs have skyrocketed.
Dioceses and parishes are meeting the challenge, scaling up assistance programs for emergency food, organizing volunteers to reach out to shut-ins and developing new ways of evangelizing in the digital age.
We all play a role in making sure our Church ministries continue during and after the coronavirus threat ends.
Dioceses Offer Catholics Resources to Continue Lenten Journey
In response to unprecedented measures taken by California and the nation to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), every Roman Catholic Diocese in the state has suspended the public celebration of Mass. Catholics around the world are in the season of Lent – in preparation for Easter, the most holy Feast of the liturgical year – making this necessary move particularly heartbreaking.
While it is remarkable that so many Californians are confined to their homes to stop the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, it is fortunate that social media and communication technology makes it easier than ever to reach out to others who might be anxious.
How do you stay healthy – spiritually, physically and emotionally – during such an unusual time?
From a faith perspective, the resources available online are tremendous. Many people already get an email with a daily reading or a short reflection. Such practices are especially widespread during Lent.