Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, the Dioceses of Rapid City and Sioux Falls came to the joint decision that all gatherings in Catholic facilities, including all daily and Sunday Masses, be suspended until further notice. In accordance with this directive, all public liturgical, social, and educational activities will be suspended at Blessed Sacrament. We are being asked to give up some of what we love the most for the sake of the common good; nonetheless, the current events are calling us to increase our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We have compiled a list of online resources for individuals and families to continue to live liturgically during this time.
Welcome to FAMMILY Formation: Formation, Activity, Meal, and Media Ideas in the Liturgical Year. The next video will be available Wednesday to help you live out the Triduum.
Formation: Prayer Altar/Space
Using CGS Preparing a Space at Home
Prayer Card Samples
Activity: Palm Braiding/Easter Egg (tomb, blessing)
Meal: Pretzel/hummus, flatbread
Media: Return of the King (3rd LOTR movie)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
This podcast is hosted by Kerri Mecke-Lozano. Kerri has been involved with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd since 2010. She is certified in Level I, II, and III, and is in the process of becoming a certified formation leader by CGSUSA. She has worked in atria in both the United States and in Haiti. Kerri has a sociology degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has completed the CGS Heritage course from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St Louis, MO.
This pdf offers tips on how to create a space for prayer in your own home.
K-5 Faith Formation
EDGE & Lifeteen
Thousands of teenagers from across the country are gathering on Sunday nights for the BIGGEST YOUTH NIGHT EVER. It’s called ProjectYM Live and each week it’ll feature some of the biggest speakers and worship leaders in the Catholic youth ministry world. Our parish is signed up to participate – all your teenager has to do is head to PROJECTYM.COM/WATCH this Sunday at 7pm Central.
- The broadcast starts at 7pm CDT, but plan to have your student log in a few minutes early to make sure they’re on when it starts.
- They can access the event on any device with a web browser – but the faster the connection, the better.
- Though this event is geared at teenagers, you are invited to watch along with them!
We have been using Lifeteen resources for our weekly Wednesday night program. Lifeteen has adapted their content for families to dive into the Sunday readings together using Summit. These weekly sessions are designed to be done as a family and are written to be facilitated by parents for teenagers and include adaptions for younger children, as well.
Lifeteen is also offering a Global Life Night! Beginning next Sunday, March 29th, they will be hosting a series of global Life Night experiences on YouTube. These 30 minute sessions will feature speakers, musicians, and a live host to engage with the online community. The first series will look at the theological virtues – beginning with hope. All weekly meetings will happen live at 3pm MDT and will remain live on their YouTube channel for viewing afterward.
Adult Faith Formation
Magnificat Magazine features the complete readings for each Sunday, weekday, and feast day Mass; daily reflections on the Gospel from the Church’s greatest minds and a snapshot on the lives of the saints. During this challenging time, Magnificat is providing complimentary access to their online version to help people pray from home. This resource is available in both English and Spanish here.
FORMED is a revolutionary online platform providing access to credible Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, children’s resources, and video-based studies. There are also Faith Formation programs designed to support Sacramental Preparation including: Reborn, Forgiven, Presence, and Symbolon. For free access to this comprehensive resource go to blessedsacramentchurch.formed.org. Click “Register now” to join for FREE! If you are looking for a particular resource, please contact Jillian or Bridget. The site is also offering virtual bible studies during this time.
- All Things Catholic
Dr. Ed. Sri: He has an episode titled, “Missing Sunday Mass,” and he will be airing one on Tuesday, March 24 addressing the thought and questions he’s received during these turbulent times.
- Catholic Stuff You Should Know –Fr. John Nepil
- Abiding Together—Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, and Sr. Miriam
- Ascension Press Presents—The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
- Catholic Answers Live
- Word on Fire—Bishop Robert Barron
- Catching Foxes—Luke and Gomer
- Pints with Aquinas—Matt Fradd
- The Gathering Place—Blessed is She ministry
- Hobo for Christ
Spiritual Sustenance for All
A resource for your family to live liturgically all year round. This site it put together by a parent and includes tips for how to incorporate the practices of Lent and the Easter Triduum in your home, including Stations of the Cross coloring pages for kids—we have these available at the parish if you want to pick up a hardcopy. The site also offers suggestions for meals, daily schedules, prayers, and parenting tips. There is a lot here!
This article champions others that have lived during times when they could not receive the Eucharist. The entire site offers resources and articles highlighting the lives of the saints. There are also other inspiring stories and lifestyle suggestions.
This website includes daily videos and reflections your family can watch together.
Beautiful and fun packages to help you build a Catholic culture in your home! The monthly crates include: two activities a month for feast days, a memento, a print with a prayer/verse/or quote to learn for the month and hang up in your home, and a Spotify playlist to fill your home and car. There are monthly crates available, as well as one for Lent and Advent.
A news source which offers updates and news through a Catholic lens.
Another website with texts on Christian life, electronic books, summaries of Catholic Teaching, and video series.
In an effort to continue the practice of our faith in these trying times, you are invited to join Bishop Barron within his chapel for daily Mass, celebrated either by Bishop Barron himself or by Fr. Steve Grunow. The video will be posted below at 8:15am ET each day. It can be accessed here.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
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.
CatholicMom.com offers articles, activities, printables, and morefor your family, classroom or organization to help you grow in your Catholic faith.
Find more resources from our Diocese including ways to watch the Mass on tv and online.
Stations of the Cross
This printable Stations of the Cross booklet is so handy. Children love having their “own copy” and even coloring the beautiful pictures of Jesus on His Way of the Cross.
Sophia Institute for Teachers offers many resources including a printable PDF containing the Traditional Stations of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori.
Catholic All Year offers a printable Stations of the Cross coloring book. You get a 16 page pdf file, that can be printed as individual pages, or as a booklet (which uses 4 pieces of paper).
Drawn 2B Creative offers tons on of free printables including Stations of the Cross. Have fun exploring!
Do you want good, wholesome Catholic content? Enjoy your free access to formed.org. The Catholic Fatih. On Demand.
RECLAiM Sexual Health offers a science-based, Catholic Online Recovery Program and other resources for those who desire to reclaim God’s plan for their lives and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography or other unhealthy sexual behaviors.
God, I invite you into this temptation. Please remove from me any desire to look, lust or fantasize in this situation. Amen
Bloom For Catholic Women offers therapeutic and Catholic-based online courses for women healing from the trauma of discovering their husband’s sexual and/or pornography addiction. We’re dedicated to helping Catholic women gain confidence, hope, and resilience through professional therapeutic support, spiritual insight, educational resources, and an empathetic community.
Newman Centers are residence and Catholic ministry centers at non-Catholic universities throughout the world. These centers provide pastoral services and ministries to their Catholic communities, in particular to the Roman Catholic student population within universities throughout the world. Newman Centers were named in honor of Cardinal John Henry Newman and were inspired by Newman’s writings. The first Newman Center was established in 1893 at the University of Pennsylvania. Fill out a student connection card here.