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Spiritual Resources

This page will be regularly updated for resources during this time of the Coronavirus.

For the latest information about the resumption of Mass and access to churches please refer to our Facebook page

Mass Online

Mass will be offered daily and lived streamed here on the diocesan YouTube channel. To view the channel click here.

Prayer Resources

The Word Among Us Online www.wau.org provides free access to daily Mass readings and meditation. Click here to access

MAGNIFICAT – During this time MAGNIFICAT is offering free complimentary access to their online version. It contains Mass readings for each day and other prayers and reflections Click here to access

Pray as you go – daily prayer from the Jesuits that lasts about 10 minutes. Click here to access

Liturgy Training Publications is providing a multitude of resources for adults, teens and children. These can be found at: https://www.ltp.org/resources-during-crisis

These resources include:

  • Daily prayer : includes Psalm, Gospel, Reflection and Prayer
  • Children’s Daily Prayer: resources with prayers, Grace before meals, Prayer at the end of the day, Blessing for birthdays, sad days and home prayers
  • At Home with the Word © gives reflections on the Sunday Scriptures:
  • Liturgy of the Hours: daily prayer throughout the day and night.
  • Ideas for Teens and Youth Ministers

Evening Prayer of the Church

Evening Prayer of the Church will be loaded up for people to enter into. This will involve an audio file and a word document to read.

Listen to Evening Prayer of the Church for Thursday 28th May 2020.

General Resources

Creating a Prayer Table at home. Some suggestions about creating a prayer table in your home

Scott Hahn’s Quarantined Catholic Hub https://stpaulcenter.com/hub/

My Catholic Faith Delivered is an online subscription-based faith formation hub for Catholics from all walks of life. There is a variety of resources for parishes, families, adults and children. The Faith and Life programme is a fun, interactive programme for children. MCFD is offering all courses free for three months. Click here to access

Michael Hempseed has provided the resource below to schools called “Filling in the boredom with things that don’t cost much money”.

Children’s Resources

The Catholic Education Office have put together a ‘Prayer and Witness Challenge‘ and one will be released each week.

Our Diocesan Archives have developed some resources for children’s activities. 

Stations of the Cross for families with children: download, print and have the children draw the image of each Station of the Cross. Pray as a family-bubble.

The Cross of the Good Shepherd is an activity for children to create a Cross of the Good Shepherd for your home prayer table using this image. Parish celebrations of the Liturgy of the Word with Children often use this Cross of the Good Shepherd designed for our children.

My Lockdown Diary is available to download or to use online. Click here to access

Prayer for the Sick, the Dying and the Deceased

In light of our current circumstances with the pandemic and lockdown, the names of all our faithful who die over this time period are being sent to the Bishop. These people will be remembered and named in the Mass offered the following day on the Diocesan livestream. Priests in parishes will be sent the names as well and their Masses will remember our faithful departed as well.

When the pandemic has passed and we are able to gather again, a of a Book of the Names of the Faithful Departed will be made available to each parish where the deceased will be remembered in a Memorial Mass.  

Below you can download prayers for the sick, dying and the deceased:

Plenary Indulgence

On Friday 27 March Pope Francis led a Prayer from the Balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome

This included a meditation on the Word of God and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Pope Francis conferred the Plenary Indulgence and the “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing to pray for God’s mercy upon all who are afflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Read about the blessing here

View here a description of what a plenary indulgence is

Readings of the day

The daily readings for mass can be found here on the diocesan website
These readings are sourced from Universalis. You can visit this site for more resources including additional daily readings and the liturgy of the hours.

Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion is a Christian practice of desiring union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

St Thomas Aquinas has defined this as

“an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the
Most Holy Sacrament [in Communion at
Mass] and in lovingly embracing Him
as if we had actually received Him.”

Compose yourself as you would at Mass, desire the Lord’s presence in spirit, pray in thanksgiving for the gift of the Lamb of God, and receive the graces as if you had been able to partake in Holy Communion.

You can use this Spiritual Communion guide to assist you

Food for Faith

Fr John O’Connor offers daily reflections on his website and a reminder delivered to your email. You can see these reflections here.

The National Liturgy Office

The National Liturgy Office will be providing resources produced by diocese from around the country as well as links to resources from around the world.

NLO Website
Sunday Mass from around New Zealand
Adapting to Covid-19