In light of the fact that the Bishops Conference of England and Wales have instructed the faithful that at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches, the department for Family Life have put together a selection of resources to allow you to develop your own Domestic Church in your home.
Live Stream Mass
There are a number of places you can live stream Sunday mass:
Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford have a YouTube Channel http://ww.youtube.com /channel/UChlkkivPXvddwvUOQzd9itA
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham https://www.ordinariate.org.uk/
The Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady: https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/
Churchservices TV – live streaming from Catholic churches across the UK & Ireland http://www.churchservices.tv
Pray a Family Rosary / Make time for family prayer
A prayer for protection in time of a pandemic has been produced for free in prayer card form by the Knights of St Columbus here – https://www.kofc.org/en/resources/news-room/11036-protection-prayer.pdf
How to pray a Family Rosary – https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/mary/rosary/how-to-pray-a-family-rosary
Print some free children’s bulletins, colouring or worksheets
Catholic Children’s Bulletins for March – https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2020-March-Catholic-Kids-Bulletins-5062455
Catholic Children’s Bulletins for April https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2020-April-Catholic-Kids-Bulletins-5311897
http://thekidsbulletin.com – includes colouring, puzzle, worksheet etc all based on the current Sunday mass readings.
Gospel colouring worksheets for Sunday Mass – http://catholicmom.com/kids/catholic-gospel-coloring-worksheets-sunday-mass/
- Watch a weekly Gospel video with your children from Holy Heroes http://www.holyheroes.com
- Buy Youcat (the Youth Catechism) and use it to stimulate discussion with teens / older children.
- Make a Home Altar
Most of us have designated places to eat, sleep, work, exercise, and play at home – why not have a designated, special spot to pray, both individually and together as a family? A home altar serves as a central place for prayer and religious practice in a Catholic household. Further ideas can be found here –
and in this video –
- Watch The Way of the Cross with your children
- Watch this video about Palm Sunday and the Passion for children