Latest update on COVID-19 Public Mass resumes Monday, May 25th! Learn More

COVID-19 Updates

The latest on COVID-19 and its impact at St. Catharine along with ways to stay connected online

Ways for you to remain spiritually connected in a time of physical distancing


Public Mass resumes Monday, May 25

Mass will be offered according to our normal schedule:


  • Sunday
  • Saturday 5:00pm (Vigil)
  • Sunday 8:30am • 11:00am • 5:00pm 


  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00am
  • Saturday
  • 8:30am


We will continue to livestream 11:00am Sunday Mass every week, and we will occasionally livestream Daily Mass.


Church open for personal prayer Monday, May 11

We will be opening the church for personal prayer beginning Monday, May 11. 


The church will be unlocked the following hours:

  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00am-3:00pm  
  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 12:00pm-5:00pm


Public Mass will resume Monday, May 25th


Receive text and email updates

If you would like to receive text message and email updates from St. Catharine text "gould" to 84576 or fill out the form below.


Livestream on Facebook and YouTube

During this time of physical distancing we want you to remain spiritually close to Jesus and His Church.


Please join us on YouTube or Facebook for Holy Mass, other times of prayer, Q&A opportunities, and much more:

  • Sunday at 11:00am
  • Monday-Friday at 7:00pm


On this page

Below you will find:

  • The latest updates from Fr. Dury
  • A helpful FAQ to answer questions you might have
  • Easy ways to begin online giving
  • St. Catharine social media


Latest update from Fr. Dury

Please pray this prayer composed by Pope Francis daily for the end to the COVID-19 pandemic:


O Mary,

You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need,

and we are sure you will provide

so that, as in Cana of Galilee,

we may return to joy and to feasting

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform to the will of the Father

and to do as we are told by Jesus,

who has taken upon himself our sufferings

and carried our sorrows

to lead us, through the cross,

to the joy of the resurrection.

Amen


Saturday, May 9, 1:15pm

church opening and public mass resuming

I have some great news to share with you! 


We will be opening the church for personal prayer beginning Monday, May 11. 


The church will be unlocked the following hours:

  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00am-3:00pm  
  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 12:00pm-5:00pm 


Public Mass will resume Monday, May 25. 


Masses will be offered according to our normal schedule:

  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00am
  • Saturday
  • 8:30am 
  • Sunday
  • Saturday 5:00pm (Vigil)
  • Sunday 8:30am • 11:00am • 5:00pm 


Those attending Mass are asked to abide by the following protocols:

  • Physical distancing before, during, and after Mass. Physical (safe or social) distancing is defined as maintaining six feet separation between others. Members of the same family are not bound by safe distancing. 
  • Those attending Mass are asked to wear a face covering, unless they are under the age of two. You are asked to bring your own mask. We will have some on hand if needed.
  • The reception of Holy Communion in the hand is strongly encouraged.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering the church. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, if possible, as our supply is limited.


In addition, the following precautions will be taken at Mass:

  • Our hospitality team members will be trained and asked to sanitize the pews after every Mass. Every other pew will be roped off to assist with physical distancing.
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be required to wear masks when distributing Holy Communion and use hand sanitizer immediately preceding and following distribution.
  • No hymnals or missalettes will be used. 
  • No sign of peace
  • No distribution of the Precious Blood
  • No passing around of the collection baskets. Baskets will be placed at the entrances of the church. You are encourage to give electronically at https://stcatharine.com/give
  • No altar servers or choir
  • The holy water fonts will remain empty. If you would like holy water, there is a container of holy water at the main entrance to fill your containers. 
  • Hosts in sacred vessels will be placed at the side of the altar for consecration and not immediately in front of the priest celebrant
  • The Quieting Room (Cry Room) will not be accessible due to its confining space 
  • Only 2 people at a time permitted in a restroom 


Please remember that Bishop Brennan has dispensed the Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Columbus and all other Catholics currently in its territories from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass until September 13, 2020.


Those who are “high risk” are especially those highly susceptible to COVID or those who manifest symptoms of COVID. Those “susceptible to COVID,” include those over the age of 70 or those who have serious health conditions. If you fall into this category, you may wish to remain home and watch the Mass live-streamed at www.stcatharine.com/youtube


We will continue to live-stream our Masses for the foreseeable future.


I hope to see many of you soon!

Fr. Dury


Wednesday, May 6, 4:28pm

My dear brothers and sisters,


In this month of May we are invited to turn in a particular way to Our Blessed Mother through our devotions and prayers. I was so happy to be able to pray this morning with a couple of our school children, our school principal, Mrs. Weisner, and second grade teacher, Mrs. Underwood, in veneration of the Virgin Mary. We live-streamed the crowning of the Blessed Mother as Queen of our School and Parish. It brings me back to my own grade school days (that seems like a long time ago)! Let us continue to ask for her intercession as we navigate through highly anxious and stressful times. 


In this month of Mary I invite you to consider praying at least one decade of the Rosary each day this month. Perhaps also you could consider joining us in praying a Rosary together as a family once a week after our Sunday live-streaming Mass. 


Speaking of Masses, it is our hope that later this month public Masses will resume.This Friday all the priests of the Diocese will be meeting with Bishop Brennan over Zoom to discuss the best methods by which we can do this safely. I can't wait to be able to offer Mass with many of you there! You are my family and I miss you very much.


Remember also that I am hearing confessions Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:30-6:30 in the school gym. If you wish to go, please call 614-458-8299. Inform the person you would like to schedule a time for confession and they will give you the list of times available. You do not need to give your name. More information on Confession Protocol can be found at https://stcatharine.com/confession


God bless you all and hope to see you soon!


Fr. Dury 


Wednesday, April 29, 4:43pm

Confessions resume friday, may 1st

My dear brothers and sisters,


I have some great news to report! Confessions will be made available this Friday around the Diocese!


I will be hearing confessions on Tuesday and Friday afternoon and evenings. Confessions will be on an appointment-basis only and will take place in the school gym. Please do not walk in for confession. We are following this procedure to help maintain a healthy and safe environment.


To make an appointment, call 614-458-8299. Inform the person you would like to schedule a time for confession and they will give you the list of times available. You do not need to give your name.


If you are not feeling well, please stay home. This is for the health and safety of all. You are also asked to wear a mask during your confession. In addition, we ask that you do not use this opportunity for confession to seek counseling. If you need to speak with a priest about counseling on a particular issue in your life, please make an appointment to discuss this with him outside of the confession setting.


Here are the specific steps for your confession:


1. Arrive in the church parking lot near the school gym entrance 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. We will be using the west door of the school gym. We ask you park facing the gym wall with the St. Catharine School logo on it.


2. Remain in your car until a volunteer signals that it is time for the you to come to the waiting location in the gym.


3. Wait at the gym door entrance (a small mat will identify the waiting place) until the priest is available. We will only allow one person in the waiting area of the gym at a time; all others with appointments must wait in their car.


4. Walk to the designated location behind the priest, remain standing, then confess your sins.


5. Please exit the building as soon as your confession has been heard.


Other confession times and locations are available as well. You can view these at https://www.columbuscatholic.org/confession-information


Here is a link to help prepare yourself for the Sacrament: https://www.catholic.org/prayers/confession.php 


I am praying for you all and hope that you will consider finding God's love and mercy for you in this wonderful Sacrament of healing. 


In Christ, 

Fr. Dury 


Tuesday, April 28, 11:54am

Public Mass suspended until may 29

My dear brothers and sisters,


In consultation with State health officials and Governor DeWine, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have decided to extend the suspension of public Masses until May 29.


I know that this is difficult news to hear and so it is for me as well. But there is light at the end of this tunnel!


Please continue to watch our live-streaming liturgies on YouTube or Facebook.


Some good news to report. It seems confessions may resume by appointment next week. I will be sending updates soon with more information.


Remember tomorrow is our patronal Feast Day! We will celebrate St. Catharine’s life and ask for her intercession in a special way tomorrow beginning with holy Mass at 7pm with special prayers to St. Catharine and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament immediately following. A School Mass will be offered at 9am as well for all of our teachers, parents, students and anyone else who wishes to tune-in! So please join us for this great celebration tomorrow! 


You remain in my prayers,


Fr. Dury


Thursday, April 9, 1:43pm

My dear brothers and sisters,


Happy Feast of The Lord's Supper! Today we celebrate the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, the Ministerial Priesthood, and the mandate of Our Lord to love and serve our neighbor. 


Please join us in this celebration as we offer the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7pm. This will be live-streamed at www.stcatharine.com/youtube and www.facebook.com/stcatharinecolumbus


On this day we recount the great example of Our Lord when he washed His Apostles' feet. I wish to share with you a couple ways that you too can serve and love your brothers and sisters.


First, you can give monetarily to our St. Vincent de Paul Society. This wonderful ministry of our parish helps those in need by giving them the resources they lack in order to keep their utilities on, pay their month's rent, eat, or acquire clothing. This ministry helps our brothers and sisters to experience the compassion and love of God. You can contribute at www.stcatharine.com/give click on "OSV Online Giving" and designate your gift to go to our St. Vincent de Paul Society. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Second, our Care on Call Ministry will be hosting a drive-thru food drive for local food pantries Saturday, April 18 from 10am - Noon. You're asked not to make a special trip to the store, but combine it with an already scheduled one. When you arrive please stay in your car, and one of our volunteers will take the groceries from the trunk of your vehicle. The food will go to so many who find themselves in difficult circumstances. Thank you and our volunteers so much!


Again, I wish you a Happy Feast Day as we celebrate the greatest gift we have ever received: Our Lord present in the Most Holy Eucharist. Soon you will be able to receive Him again.


In Christ,

Fr. Dury 


Saturday, April 4, 2:33pm

holy week and easter update

My dear brothers and sisters,


As we prepare to enter in the holiest of all weeks, we are readying ourselves to enter into the suffering and death of Our Lord. In many ways this Holy Week is unlike any other before, except for maybe the first one. Think about it. The disciples of Jesus thought for sure that Christ was indeed the Anointed One, the One Who was long awaited, the One Who came to save them. And then, Jesus is arrested and put to death. Many thought all was lost and that darkness, sin and death were victorious...until Easter Sunday. On that day, new life, new joy was finally realized! Can you imagine the joy in the hearts of the disciples when they realize Jesus is in fact alive?! The light always defeats the darkness in Christ Jesus.


And so we too perhaps feel the weight of suffering and like the Apostles feel despair. But my dear friends, despair not. The light is coming, victory is near. Put your faith in Christ and in His Divine Providence. In Christ, victory is ours!


I invite you to join us tomorrow as we begin Holy Week and enter into the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. We will offer Palm Sunday Mass at 11am. You can tune in at www.stcatharine.com/youtube


Here is the full Holy Week schedule:


Palm Sunday, 11:00am - Holy Mass

Monday, 11:00am - Holy Mass

Tuesday, 11:00am - Holy Mass

Wednesday, 11:00am - Holy Mass


The Sacred Paschal Triduum

  • Holy Thursday
  • 7:00pm • Mass of the Lord's Supper
  • Good Friday
  • 12:00 noon • Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (St. Joseph Cathedral)
  • 3:00pm • Chaplet of Divine Mercy Novena
  • 7:00pm • Stations of the Cross
  • Holy Saturday
  • 12:00 noon • Seven Sorrows of Mary Devotion
  • 8:00pm • Easter Vigil Mass (St. Joseph Cathedral)
  • Easter Sunday
  • 11:00am - Holy Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord


*All events live from St. Catharine unless otherwise noted


I also wish to encourage you to participate in a diocesan wide mission Monday-Wednesday of Holy Week. Father Michael Kelly, Director of Spiritual Formation, from the Pontifical College Josephinum will be leading this. Here is the schedule of topics and where you can listen or watch the live-stream:


Monday, April 6 - Our Response to This Particular Holy Week

Tuesday, April 7 - The Evil that Challenged the Last Supper

Wednesday, April 8 - The Blessed Virgin Mary Guiding Us Through Holy Week


Broadcasts each day at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM

Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.orgDiocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel. All the liturgies from St. Joseph Cathedral can be found at those same media outlets.


In addition, the Chrism Mass with Bishop Brennan from St. Joseph's Cathedral will be offered at 9:00am Thursday, April 9 and can be viewed or listened to via those same outlets listed above.


You continue to be in my prayers. I miss you very much, but I have faith that soon we'll be at the Altar of God together again.


Fr. Dury


Thursday, April 1, 3:14pm

public mass suspended through may 3

My dear brothers and sisters,


In an effort to continue to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and in light of the extension of the "Stay at Home" order by Governor DeWine, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have decided to extend the suspension of all public Masses until and including Sunday, May 3. I know this is a painful decision and please know that it pains me too, but this is all in an effort to save lives. I can't wait for that day when we can come back together as a family at the Altar of God and let's pray it comes soon!


I invite you to join us for our live-streaming Masses and liturgies on YouTube or Facebook Live.  I apologize for the live-streaming technical difficulties and we are working with our internet service provider to address these issues. Hopefully, they'll be fixed in time for Mass and Adoration this evening at 7:00pm. Thank you for your patience. 


Remember also to join us tomorrow for Mass at 7:00pm followed by Stations of the Cross and for Palm Sunday Mass at 11:00am. 


Please know you are all in my prayers, especially those ill with the virus and for our healthcare workers.


In Christ,

Fr. Dury 


Wednesday, April 1st, 5:22pm

holy week and easter schedule

My dear brothers and sisters,


I wish to thank you all again for your prayers and support for one another, especially for those suffering with COVID-19 and for our healthcare workers. We are a strong and united parish family and it is truly beautiful to witness the love of Christ in you.


I would like to share with you some information regarding Holy Week Masses and liturgies that will be live-streamed.


  • Palm Sunday, 11:00am - Holy Mass 
  • Monday, 11:00am - Holy Mass
  • Tuesday, 11:00am - Holy Mass 
  • Wednesday, 11:00am - Holy Mass 

The Sacred Paschal Triduum

  • Holy Thursday, 7:00pm - Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper from St. Catharine
  • Good Friday, 12:00 noon - Liturgy from St. Joseph's Cathedral
  • Holy Saturday, 8:00pm - Easter Vigil Mass from St. Joseph's Cathedral 
  • Easter Sunday, 11:00am - Holy Mass from St. Catharine


I also wish to encourage you to participate in a diocesan wide mission Monday-Wednesday of Holy Week. Father Michael Kelly, Director of Spiritual Formation, from the Pontifical College Josephinum will be leading this. Here is the schedule of topics and where you can listen or watch the live-stream:

  • Monday, April 6 - Our Response to This Particular Holy Week
  • Tuesday, April 7 - The Evil that Challenged the Last Supper
  • Wednesday, April 8 - The Blessed Virgin Mary Guiding Us Through Holy Week


Broadcasts each day at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM

Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.orgDiocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel. All the liturgies from St. Joseph Cathedral can be found at those same media outlets. 


In addition, the Chrism Mass with Bishop Brennan from St. Joseph's Cathedral will be offered at 9:00am Thursday, April 9 and can be viewed or listened to via those same outlets listed above.


Easter Sunday Mass will be offered by Bishop Brennan at St. Joseph's Cathedral at 10:30am and can be seen on NBC4. 


I hope that you will be able to joins us for these Holy Week liturgies. It is certainly a different Holy Week than we've ever experienced before, but let us strive to make it a fruitful one. Let us show our love for Christ and give Him thanks for dying and rising for us!


In Christ,

Fr. Dury


Friday, March 27th, 10:00am

My dear brothers and sisters,


Bishop Brennan has called us to a day of prayer and penance. Perhaps today you spend time reading a small Gospel passage, or pray the Rosary. Perhaps you give up snacks or Netflix today. Think about some ways you might make this a holy day lifting up your prayer and sacrifice for those suffering with COVID-19.


Please remember to join the Holy Father today at 1:00pm for a special liturgy and an extraordinary blessing. You may be able to watch this on the various TV outlets, or at https://www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live


You are also invited to join us for Holy Mass and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 7:00pm live on YouTube and Facebook


Remember also to tune in this Sunday at 11:00am for a live-streaming Mass and a special virtual tour of our parish center immediately following!


You continue to be in my prayers! Stay well my dear friends!


Fr. Dury 


Monday, March 23rd, 2:39pm

My dear brothers and sisters,


I hope that you are doing well and staying healthy! Please know that you are in my prayers every day.


I wish to invite you to join us for our live-streaming liturgies and events this week. It is my hope that these will bring you some peace and strength. Go to www.stcatharine.com/youtube to tune in.


Following Mass on Thursday evening we will be hosting a Q&A session. I invite you to send me your questions beginning today to my email at fatherdury@stcatharine.com. I will try to answer as many questions as I can. 


Also, Pope Francis has asked us to join him this Friday beginning at 1pm (EDT) in prayer for a very special liturgy. You can find out more by clicking here. I am hoping this will be broadcast on cable news channels and on EWTN. We will send a link for live-stream viewing options later this week.


Below you will find this week's schedule:


  • Monday, 7:00pm - Holy Mass
  • Tuesday, 7pm-8pm - Mass followed by Adoration and Songs of Praise and Worship 
  • Wednesday, 7-8pm - Mass followed by Stations of the Cross
  • Thursday, 7-8pm - Mass followed by Q&A 
  • Friday, 1:00pm - Liturgy with Pope Francis | 7:00pm - Holy Mass


On another note, I have to say how moved I was by the number of photos you all sent me this past week to put in the pews. It is a clear indication of how strong a family we are here at St. Catharine. I am excited to see you all again and hopefully soon!


In Christ,

Fr. Dury 


Saturday, March 21st, 11:35am

My dear brothers and sisters,


I wish to extend a special invitation to all of you to send us a photo of you and your family members for this Sunday's Mass. You can take a family selfie! I will then tape those photos on the pews, so that, while you can't be there in person, you can at least be present in some way. 


I miss seeing your faces and hearing your voices at Mass. I know it is difficult for you not to be able to be there. It is my wish that this might help alleviate that pain in some way. Email the photos to photos@stcatharine.com


Please also send photos of family members who perhaps don't have familiarity with computers. We want to make sure all parishioners are a part of this. We're all one family and I'd like for as many to be a part of this as possible.


Remember to tune in to our live-streaming Sunday 11:00am Mass at the link above.


Please know of my continued prayers.


In Christ,

Fr. Dury 


Friday, March 20th, 10:29am

My dear brothers and sisters,


The Diocese of Columbus, in consultation from State health officials, and in light of the most recent restrictions and necessary precautions required for public spaces, have come to the determination that parishes are not equipped to meet those standards.


As such, it has been decided, for the sake of your physical well-being, to close off all access to churches and parish buildings. No one is permitted to enter into any of these buildings at any time.


I am very sorry for this news and it pains me as well. Please stay home and pray with your family and stay tuned in to our live-streaming Masses and liturgies on our YouTube page. We will do the best we can to bring you Christ. Together, with the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, we will get through this trying time.


In Christ,

Fr. Dury 


Wednesday, March 18th, 10:53am

daily mass livestream at 7:00pm • sunday mass at 11:00am

Please note that daily Masses will now be live-streamed at 7:00pm and not 8:30am as announced earlier. We have come to learn that last night, for our St. Patrick's Day Mass, families really enjoyed eating supper together, then sitting down to watch Mass together. I received several pictures and videos from families who did just that!


Please join us tomorrow at 7:00pm for Holy Mass as we celebrate the great Feast of St. Joseph! Go to our YouTube page to tune in. This is a Solemnity, so perhaps ice cream sundaes for the kids?


Sunday Mass will still be live-streamed at 11:00am, as this is our most populated Mass each week.


I also encourage families to take advantage of the FORMED web site which has a rich library of audiobooks, movies (children's films as well), documentary and digital books, including some about St. Joseph. It also has an audio Stations of the Cross. 


It’s easy and free to register on this platform. Follow the steps below:


  • Go to https://formed.org
  • Click "Sign Up"
  • Click "I belong to a Parish or Organization"
  • Enter 8CDHQ3 (code is case sensitive) or just search for St. Catharine
  • Fill in the necessary personal information and click "Sign Up"


Please know I pray for all of you each day. Please stay updated right here at www.stcatharine.com


Yours In Christ,

Fr. Dury 



Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on Friday, March 27th


Wednesday, March 18th, 3:50pm


What about Mass?  

All public celebrations of Mass have been suspended at least through and including Easter. We will be live-streaming daily Masses at 7:00pm and on Sundays at 11:00am. We will try to live-stream Holy Week liturgies as well. You can go to our YouTube page to watch.


Will Confession be offered? 

Yes. A schedule for confessions will be sent out soon. Please keep in mind that extraordinary care will have to be taken to limit the possibility of viral spread; hence, the outdoor confessions yesterday.


*March 27th Update: At this time time we are unable to offer the Sacrament of Confession.


Please read what Pope Francis counsels us to do in a time when we are unable to go to Confession.


What about receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick? 

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, "This is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived." I will anoint anyone who fits this qualification, unless they are in a nursing home (I’m not allowed entry there for the time being).


If anyone is in need of Anointing of the Sick, please call 614-231-4509 and then press 4.


What about baptism? 

Baptisms are still possible based on pastoral urgency. However, in order to limit any potential spread of the virus to a vulnerable population, only small, private family Baptisms with only immediate family and godparents attending are allowed.


What about funerals? 

If at all possible, we ask that you schedule a memorial Mass at a time when the current restrictions are lifted. A shortened liturgy may be celebrated at the cemetery with immediate family members only, keeping in mind the call for social distancing. If a funeral Mass is celebrated, the attendees are limited to immediate family members only.


What about ministry to the sick and homebound? 

All ordinary in person visits to the sick and homebound have stopped for the duration of this emergency. This is out of necessity for their protection. Ministers to the homebound are being encouraged to contact the homebound by telephone and they are offering other means to bring them comfort and support. We will be inviting people to write to the residents of nursing homes soon.


How can I continue to support our parish offertory if all our Masses are being cancelled? 

May God bless you for your generous planning! You have several options to continue your offertory:


  • Option #1: Mail in your pre-printed weekly offertory envelope to:
  • St. Catharine Parish, 500 S. Gould Rd., Columbus, OH 43209. (Note: Your pre-printed Offertory envelopes came with only one mail-in envelope. If you will be mailing in your envelope on a weekly basis, you will need to use a larger mailing envelope to do this.)
  • Option #2: Hand deliver your weekly offertory envelope to our safe and secure drop box at the parish office.
  • Option #3: Head to www.stcatharine.com/give and sign up for electronic giving. It’s safe, secure, and convenient.
  • Option #4: Click the green icon in the lower right-hand corner.


My weekly offertory envelopes had one mailing envelope. Should I send back my offertory envelope in that?

Yes. Place the smaller offertory envelope inside that envelope. If you do this more than once, please use a business reply envelope and mail to us at the address above. The parish will also provide parishioners with a supply of pre-addressed return envelopes. Call (614) 231-4509 and leave a voicemail message requesting a supply.


How has the Covid-19 crisis affected our Parish Center building project?

So far, there has not been a disruption to the timeline and our construction crews continue to make very good progress! Since there is no weekly bulletin distribution, we will keep everyone apprised of our progress through the parish website and emails.


You're in my prayers,

Fr. Dury 



Spiritual Communion

Whenever we are unable to receive the Eucharist the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion, where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion.


Countless saints incorporated this type of prayer into their daily lives, not being satisfied with receiving Jesus in the Eucharist once a week or even once a day.


St. Josemaria Escriva encouraged everyone to make a spiritual communion as often as they could, “What a source of grace there is in spiritual communion! Practice it frequently and you’ll have greater presence of God and closer union with him in all your actions.”


St. Padre Pio also had a habit of making a spiritual communion throughout the day outside of the celebration of Mass. He desired to be always united with Jesus Christ in everything he did.


Below is a traditional prayer of spiritual communion that many saints have prayed over the years. It can be prayed if you find yourself at Mass unable to receive the Eucharist, or even in the midst of your daily work, lifting up your thoughts to God.


Adapted from Aletia.com

Act of Spiritual Communion