Being Church at Home
During this time of social distancing, we will provide materials below to help families worship, pray, and serve together at home.
- Watch Mass together as a family at the bottom of the St. Albert webpage. Live Noon every weekday, 8:30am on Saturday, 4:30pm on Saturday (as a Sunday Mass), 8am & 9:30am on Sunday
- Read the Sunday Mass readings as a family. (The Loyola Press always has age-appropriate activities based on the Sunday Mass Readings.
- Explore stories from the Bible.
- If you do not have a children's Bible, you can access scripture passages HERE and type the name of the story in the search box. The Good News Translation is an easier to read version that is acceptable for Catholics. This translation contains the Deuterocanonical books, which are books not found in Protestant Bibles.
- Spend some time sharing prayer prayer intentions
- Create a special prayer space at home - ask the children to help decorate!
- "Pop-up" Catechesis
This is a series of very short catechetical videos to help cultivate faith in the home. Families can subscribe and receive a new video several times a week.
Almsgiving / Service : Please consider the following acts of almsgiving and service, especially in this time of crisis when many families are struggling. (Many of these ideas come from the Cincinnati Archdiocese Office of Catholic Action.) If you have any other ideas to add to this list, please email Heidi at [email protected] .
- Many local Food Banks will be on the front lines of helping families and seniors get fed. Consider making a CASH donation to your local foodbank. Find your local Feeding America Food Bank Here.
- St. Vincent/ Catholic Social Services Food donations (including sack lunches, sandwiches, and casseroles)
- Consider donating to St. Vincent dePaul, Catholic Social Services, or your local charity.
- Make a meal or buy groceries for a more vulnerable or elderly neighbor.
- Buy gift certificates (possibly online) to use later from restaurants and other small local businesses you would normally patronize so they are still getting some income.
- Shoes for the Shoeless is organizing food box donations for families and elderly in need. Your family could volunteer to fill a box.
- Check in on (using technology) older adults and anyone you know is alone, isolated, or that you know or think might struggle with anxiety or depression as a global pandemic and pushes for social distancing can be extremely hard on someone with these struggles.
- An occasional phone call can make a difference.
- Write a letter or send a video message to someone in a nursing home
- For Parents: Donate Blood Check out this article on the blood shortage in Dayton
- Send an e-card to a child in Children's Hospital
- Make face masks for donation to the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association