Implementation of National State of Disaster at Our Lady of the Wayside, Maryvale
In accordance with the decisions stated by the Honourable State President on Sunday 25 March 2020 and further recommendations made by the South African Catholic Bishops Conference and His Grace Buti Thlagale, Archbishop of Johannesburg, at a joint meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Liturgy Committee the following decisions were made to be effected immediately:
Masses on Saturdays at 17:30 and Sundays at 08:00, 10:30 and 1730 are suspended until further notice;
Distribution of Holy Communion to the sick by Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is suspended until further notice;
Stations of The Cross on Friday evenings during Lent are cancelled;
Services of The Easter Triduum (ie Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) are cancelled.
Due to the nature of the national state of disaster Catholics are granted dispensation for not being able to attend the obligation Holy Mass of The Lord. Where possible Catholics are urged but not compelled to attend at least one daily Mass of their choice during the week. The elderly and those with respiratory and other medical related conditions should not attend.
The Mass times are as follows:
Monday at 18:00;
Tuesday at 06:00;
Wednesday at 18:00;
Thursday at 06:00 and 18:00;
Friday at 08:00 and 18:00; and
Saturday at 08:00.
Radio Veritas will also provide daily spiritual communion through broadcasts of weekday mass at 12:30 and at 5 masses over the weekend
Sat 12:00 in Portuguese and 18:00 in English; and
Sun 09:00 Sesotho/isiZulu; 11:00 English and 18:00 Sesotho/isiZulu
Parishioners are able to make donations (in lieu of offertory collection) at the weekday Masses.
The above matters will be reviewed regularly and any changes will be duly communicated to the parishioners.
Yours in Jesus Christ
John Anderson Chairman Parish Liturgy Committee
You are encouraged to spiritually prepare and “pray through” this purging period of Mass-less Sundays:
https://www.facebook.com/vaticannews/videos/ for daily mass broadcast at 8am our time.
The Jesuit Institute will broadcast Holy Mass on Sundays at 09.00 for the duration of this difficult time. This broadcast will be on jesuitinstitute.org.za. All you have to do is go to the website at 9am!
Watching Sunday Mass on television.
- Through television and internet, most of us have access to the celebration of Holy Mass, either nationally or locally. While watching the Eucharistic Liturgy on a screen obviously doesn’t provide the same existential blessing of being physically present, it nonetheless conveys significant secondary spiritual blessings through a virtual participation of the Eucharistic Liturgy.
When possible, obtain the scripture readings from the Mass. If you don’t have access to the liturgy via technology, prayerfully read and meditate upon the scripture readings from Sunday Mass. Offer your newly experienced sufferings in union with the sufferings of Jesus and Mary at Calvary, which is mystically though truly present and continued at every Mass.
- Make Spiritual Communions.
Spiritual Communions comprise classic spiritual practices which calls for an immediate renewal during our present Mass-less Sunday experience. A Spiritual Communion is a spiritual practice in which the Christian, after professing his or her belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, requests Jesus to spiritually enter the soul.
Saint Thomas Aquinas describes a Spiritual Communion as a holy desire to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, and a loving embrace from Jesus as though we had already received him. Saint after saint have recommended this powerfully spiritual practice. St. Catherine of Siena compared it to receiving Jesus from a “silver Chalice” instead of the gold chalice of the Eucharist, and St. Padre Pio spoke of great efficacy in spiritually uniting with Jesus throughout the day.
Pope St. John Paul II strongly recommends the practice of Spiritual Communions in Ecclesia de Eucharistia:
…It is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of “spiritual communion,” which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life. St. Teresa of Jesus wrote: “When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you” [The Way of Perfection, Ch. 35](EE,34 ).
The basic elements for a Spiritual Communion are as follows:
Express your belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist: “Jesus, I love you and I believe that you are really present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist.”
Express your inability to receive Jesus sacramentally in the Eucharist: “Jesus, unfortunately, I cannot receive you sacramentally in Holy Communion at this time.”
Invite Jesus to spiritually enter your soul: “Jesus, I now ask you to spiritually enter my soul” (followed a brief time of silence and receptivity to the spiritual entrance of Jesus into your soul).
Offer your thanksgiving: “Jesus, thank you for spiritually entering my soul. I love you, I praise you, and I adore you for your infinite grace and mercy.”
If you are able to watch the Mass on television, make your Spiritual Communion after the “Lamb of God,” when you would normally receive Holy Communion.
A prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I love you and I believe that you are really present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
I now ask you to spiritually enter my soul
Jesus, thank you for spiritually entering my soul. I love you, I praise you, and I adore you for your infinite grace and mercy.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
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