Public Masses have been reinstated since May, however, space is limited as we are observing social distancing within the church building. All attendees are asked to wear a mask or face covering, unless a health condition hinders them from doing so.
Some helpful hints for attending Mass at St. Mary’s during the pandemic:
(1) Be here early. Mass attendance is on a first-come-first serve basis. No reservation or ticket is needed. Our ushers assist everyone in finding a seat to safeguard against over-crowding.
(2) Don’t be late. Once Mass begins, the doors of the church are locked so that the ushers may focus on their own prayer and participation in the Mass.
(3) Bring your mask. While we try to have masks available, its always best to simply bring your own, just in case we run out.
(4) Relax. We do our best to mitigate as many risks as we reasonably can. Pews are wiped down after each Mass, restrooms are cleaned, and programs are disposed. Our hope is that you can find peace of mind in the Celebration of the Holy Sacrifice here at St. Mary’s during these trying times.
If you are concerned and have chosen to remain at home during this time, we understand and want to offer our support. While St. Mary’s doesn’t have the ability to live stream Masses at this time, below are links to the celebration of Sunday and Daily Mass.
Regular updates and policies from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend can be viewed by clicking here.
See below prayer recommendations for your use during this time:
An Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori
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. Amen.
Prayer to the Most Holy Redeemer (Anima Christi)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, embolden me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within thy wounds hide me.
Never permit me to be parted from you.
From the evil Enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
and bid me come to thee,
that with your saints I may praise thee
for age upon age.
Prayer to Our Lord Jesus Christ Crucified
Behold, O good and loving Jesus, that I cast myself on my knees before you and, with the greatest fervor of spirit, I pray and beseech you to instill into my heart ardent sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a most firm purpose of amendment. With deep affection and sorrow I ponder intimately and contemplate in my mind your five wounds, having before my eyes what the prophet David had already put in your mouth about yourself, O good Jesus: They have pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones (Ps. 21: 17-18).
The Prayer of Pope Francis to Mary during the Coronavirus 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.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.