During this time of social isolation it is important that we pray and stay connected to our community. Please find below a range of online resources to assist with this. These include daily prayers and readings, prayer services, the Sunday Office, commentaries, homilies and reflections as well as Gospel based activities and resources to support personal and family prayer. Let us create prayerful solidarity with our community and the whole Body of Christ.
The Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart are pleased to pray for your intentions especially at this challenging and difficult time.
Your intentions will be prayed for and remembered by the Sisters and our Associates.
Daily Midday Mass from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Randwick
- Daily On-Line Midday Mass/Thursday Novena streamed on Facebook:
Spiritual Comfort for Troubled Times & Holy Week
As the world goes into lock-down, Emmaus Productions is offering families and communities the video and music resources below to support them spiritually during this extraordinary time as well as offering support to them in their celebration of Holy Week and Easter.
St Declan's Parish Youtube Channel
In a special edition of “The Pope Video“, the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected.
In a context marked by the global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, the Pope spoke on Wednesday, 11 March, to thank all those who pray in these difficult moments, regardless of their religious tradition. With a special emphasis on the sick and those who are suffering most, he asked that we all pray the prayer “Under Your Protection” to the Virgin Mary, imploring her protection:
“We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.”
Since it broke out in late 2019, COVID-19 has spread to 162 countries and territories, infecting more than 290,000 people worldwide and causing more than 12,000 deaths so far. This is why the World Health Organization declared on 11 March 2020 that the disease is already considered a pandemic.
Pope Francis is living these difficult moments for Italy and the world with faith and prayer. On the third Sunday of Lent, he prayed before the icon of the Salus Populi Romani to emphasize his closeness to those who suffer and to implore the special protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Later, on a pilgrimage to the site of the crucifix that was carried in procession to end the plague in Rome in 1522, he prayed for an end to the pandemic that is striking the world. During these days, he also implored the healing of so many sick people, remembered the many victims of these days and asked that their families and friends find comfort and relief.
In this special and universal message of Francis, which he shared through The Pope Video, he also thanks “all the men and women of good will who are praying for this moment, all united, whatever the religious tradition to which they belong”.
The invitation to prayer can be followed under the hashtag #PrayForTheWorld. To pray with Pope Francis you can access his official prayer profile on the Click To Pray platform (website, app and social networks). May the Lord help us these days to embody compassion in our daily gestures, in our closeness to lonely and exhausted people, in our gestures and through the means of communication we have at our disposal.
Vatican News Youtube Channel
- Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
- Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
- Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
- Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst
- The Holy See
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is supporting the prayer life of Catholics who are unable to attend Mass. Dioceses and other Catholic organisations are also providing material and access to livestreaming of Masses.
Catholics are encouraged to utilise the resources below to support your prayer life and especially to allow you to continue to keep Sunday as a day when prayer is prominent. Many Catholic organisations have been supportive in their provision of access to material that is sometimes only available via subscription. The Conference thanks St Pauls Publications in particular for allowing the reproduction of its Scripture reflections.
- Daily Mass on Demand -- CathNews YouTube Channel
- Daily Mass -- Archdiocese of Melbourne
- Mass for You at Home (Channel 10 -- aired 6am each Sunday)
- Masses on Demand and live webcasts -- St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane
- Sunday Mass livestream -- Archdiocese of Perth
- Daily Mass -- Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
- Daily Mass -- Diocese of Darwin
- Sunday Mass -- Diocese of Lismore
- Daily and Sunday Masses -- Diocese of Rockhampton
- Sunday Mass -- Diocese of Sandhurst
- Sunday Mass -- Diocese of Toowoomba
- Sunday Mass -- Diocese of Townsville
- Sunday Mass and Evening Prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament -- Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes
Prayers and Scripture
- Readings of the day -- Universalis.Com
- Prayers for Time of Pandemic
- Prayer resources for the coronavirus pandemic -- Archdiocese of Sydney
- Prayer from Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana
- Now what? Online Mass and other resources -- Archdiocese of Melbourne
- Spiritual Communion service -- Diocese of Bathurst
- Resources during suspension of public liturgies -- Diocese of Sale
- Sign up to receive daily Gospel reflections -- Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
- A four-part webcast series: How to Pray the Rosary -- Fr Paul Nulley
- Pray.Com.Au -- Madonna Magazine/Australian Jesuits