This Mass for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020 was livestreamed on Facebook from Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, Mississippi. The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Joseph Kopacz and Father Matthew Simmons. (English and Spanish versions are below.)
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Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-718704.
This Divine Mercy Sunday service was live streamed on Facebook on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, MS. For better visual quality visit https://www.facebook.com/JacksonDiocese/ Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-718704.
Superintendent Catherine Cook sent the following letter out to school’s regarding closure through the end of the 2019-2020 school term and Early Learning Centers through May 22.
April 15, 2020
Dear Catholic School Parents,
First, thank you, for your ongoing support of the Catholic school your child(ren) attends. Your support allows us to partner with you in a new way to provide Catholic education to our 3661 students across the Diocese. Please know that we recognize the added burden the Distance Learning has placed upon you as parents. We know that across the Diocese we have families that represent those that are struggling financially due to lay- offs, juggling working from home while supervising your children, and others working in essential businesses and professions that require you to go to work each day facing the coronavirus head-on. We know this “new partnership in education” has added to the stress this pandemic has placed upon us all. Each school has kept learning going forward for their students. I have been pleased to see the daily prayer, faith formation lessons, and Lenten prayer experiences provided to your children. We believe the learning experiences infused with faith formation is what sets Catholic school education apart. Our hope is that during this difficult time, the added prayers and reflections provided to your families through student lessons and social media have been a source of spiritual support for your family.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children.
Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Catholics traditionally mark the day with fasting, penance, and reflection on Jesus’ loving sacrifice. This opportunity to pray together during the coronavirus pandemic offers a special moment of unity for the faithful during a time when communities throughout the United States and worldwide are physically unable to congregate for Holy Week and Easter because of COVID-19.
Additionally, with special permission received from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.
A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Archbishop Gomez will be available on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: www.lacatholics.org and on the USCCB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usccb.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Covid-19 is straining us to the max and testing our faith and resiliency in every sphere of our lives. As our ministries are severely impacted let us reach out to our families who are hunkered down from day to day trying to stay safe and hopeful. Regarding faith matters, in the second half of the month of March all parishes, schools and social service ministries have responded by enlarging their digital communication skills and social media presence to shine the light of the Gospel. It has been a struggle, but we have not been powerless, evident in your proactive response and creativity. Thank you for your love for the Lord and his people. Clearly, we are striving to persevere in unprecedented circumstances, and I share with you the opening stanza at the outset of the Purgatorio in Dante’s Divine Comedy as a point of reference. “In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark wood where the straight path was lost. Ah, how hard a thing it is to tell what a wild, and rough and stubborn wood this was which in my thought renews the fear.” We are in this dark valley, yet during the days ahead we are most mindful that the Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, accompanies us in his goodness and mercy, anointing us in his Holy Spirit through faith, and filling our hearts and minds to the brim with his love. Let us return to the Divine Comedy because the final stanza of the Paradisio recalls the hope to which we are called in Jesus Christ risen from the dead. The poet had journeyed from shadows into the eternal dawn. “But by now my desire and will were turned, like a balanced wheel rotated evenly, by the love that moves the sun and the other stars.” May this love, Jesus Christ, the dawn from on high, restore our balance, shaken by the powerful unseen enemy.
As we look to Holy Week and beyond, once again it is necessary to highlight several constraints and suspensions in the time ahead.