Wednesday, 18 March 2020 – Prayer and Penance in a Time of Epidemic

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 – Prayer and Penance in a Time of Epidemic

Prayer and Penance in a Time of Epidemic

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

These are anxious and isolating times. Though we cannot gather as a parish to offer the Holy Sacrifice, we are united in prayer as the suffering Body of Christ. It is important during this crisis to deepen our union with Jesus, so that we keep true peace of heart, come what may. The Dominican friars are praying for you each and every day, and we are doing everything we can to strengthen and support you during this difficult time. 

  • The church will be open for private prayer and devotion every day from noon until 9.00 p.m. During this time, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration.
  • Starting tomorrow (Thursday, 19 March), priests will be available to hear confessions in the church every day at 4.00 p.m., and will stay as long as there are penitents. 
  • The normal confession times won’t apply starting tomorrow. If you need to work out another time to have a priest hear your confession, call the parish office.
  • It is important that we remain safe and prudent, especially for the sake of the most vulnerable among us. So remember:
    • Keep several feet of distance from others, and spread out in the church.
    • If there are more than 25 people or so in the church, please wait outside.

We’ve been hard at work preparing to offer audio and visual content for you, including daily Mass audio recordings, prayers and devotions, discussions and lectures. We’ll be in touch each day, so will check your email and share it with others.

Please also consider giving using WeShare: we can’t take up a weekly collection, and without your help, we can’t support our community and those in need. Please click the button below to support St. Gertrude. 

Oremus pro invicem—let us pray for one another!

The Dominican Friars