Pastoral Care for Families at Home

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In response to the latest developments due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), this page will be providing pastoral and spiritual resources for our families at home.

Holy Week at Home

Together in prayer and spirit, we prepare to live our Catholic Faith at home during this Holy Week. Our Ministry of Adult Formation has prepared A Guide for Celebrating the Holy Week at Home. Additional guidance for families may be found here.

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I Love you above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday

Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

While we are unable to gather together as a parish family due to the current Health Emergency, we can still commemorate our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem as we begin to observe the holiest week of the year.

​Blessed Palms will be available this Saturday from 3:00 to 8:00 pm, and Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm in the Narthex.
View Complete Palm Sunday Invitation by Fr. Troy.

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Turning to the Light

A Holy Week Spiritual Reflection by Adult Formation

I have come as light unto the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. ~John 12:46

All of Lent is ultimately a turning toward Christ, the light of the world. As flowers naturally turn toward the sun for its warmth and energy, so does the Church eagerly turn to the Son for his grace and glory. In the early rites of baptism, it was common to have the newly anointed catechumen turn from the west to the east as a sign of leaving behind the darkness in order to embrace the dawn. As the Church enters Holy Triduum at the end of Lent, this turning toward the Light of the World reaches its spiritual and liturgical climax. We follow Christ to Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), we gather at his table (Holy Thursday), we stand beneath his cross (Good Friday), and we keep faithful vigil at the tomb of his resurrection (Easter Vigil). 

March 29, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Lent, the penultimate before the glorious Paschal Triduum and Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, is here and contains a great amount of material for our assimilation.

The Fifth Sunday of Lent ushers in the “mini-liturgical” season of Passiontide which includes the Fifth and Sixth Week (Holy Week) of Lent. In dioceses in the United States, as in much of the World, the practice of covering crosses and images throughout the church from now until the Easter Vigil is frequently observed. Read Complete Sunday Reflection by Fr. Richard Hinkley.

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March 27, 2020: Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Join Pope Francis in prayer and receive his extraordinary “Urbi et orbi” blessing and plenary indulgence at 12:00 noon CST. Read more.

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The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. 
~ Psalm 34-23

March 25, 2020: Solemnity of the Annunciation

In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke we learn that the angel Gabriel came to Mary and announced that she was to be the mother of Jesus. Greeting her, he said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” (Lk 1:28) Troubled by this greeting, Mary did not know what to make of it. Gabriel assured her of God’s love for her and told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary… you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” (Lk 1:30-31) Read more on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.

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March 22, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Lent

A little light breaks into Lent this Sunday

Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, takes its name from the Latin word which begins the entrance antiphon (introit) for this day. Laetare means rejoice, and this Sunday is marked by a relaxation of the penitential character of the Lenten season. Read more on What is Laetare Sunday.

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Daily Spirituality

In an effort to continue the practice of our faith when all parishes in our Archdiocese have closed due to restrictions around the coronavirus, we invite you to:

Youth Formation Now Online

Social distancing has SJV’s Youth Formation Office going digital! Our office  is pleased to announce that through collaboration with our wonderful volunteers, CCE is now online. Join us for video lessons, crafts and even weekly music class.

Not enrolled in CCE this year? No problem! Your family can join us on this digital journey by filling out this quick online form.

Notes from Music Ministry

Our Music Ministry is recording beautiful Hymns and Musical Meditations to accompany our families at home. We are delighted to share their recordings for this the Fifth Week of Lent, March 29, 2020

March 29, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Lent


March 22, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Lent

Follow this Hymn with Lyrics


Performed by SJV Sanctuary Choir

Additional Resources

To help our SJV families to stay safe and healthy during these trying times, our Social Service Ministries have compiled these Important Resources During ‘Stay at Home, Work Safe’ Order.

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Find more resources at US Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB website.

Read the full Transcript of Pope Francis “Urbi et orbi” on Friday, March 27, 2020.  The Pope meditates on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark 4:35

Find more resources at US Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB website.

With firm purpose you maintain peace;
in peace, because of our trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever!
For the Lord is an eternal Rock.

~Isaiah 26:3-4