Has Coronavirus Closed Your Church? Here are 3 Things You Can Do Instead


The Governor of Minnesota has declared a state of emergency and is discouraging public gatherings.

In response, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has offered a dispensation from our Sunday obligation.

While local parishes are still offering Mass, there are are valid prudential reasons to choose not to attend Mass during this pandemic:

  • If your home has a pregnancy.
  • If you have an underlying health condition such as obesity, respiratory issues, or an otherwise compromised immune system.
  • If you are over the age of 55 or live with someone whose age may contribute to their vulnerability.
  • Crucially: If you are sick and exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms.

So, what should we do if we have moral or physical barriers to going to Mass?

Here are 3 things you can do if this pandemic prevents you from going to Mass.

1. Go to Confession

Even if you are unable to attend Mass, you should be able to go to confession. Your spiritual health and well-being is infinitely more important than your physical well-being. So, if you can go to Confession then please do so. I would not recommend any face-to-face confessions and you should do your best to avoid close contact with other parishioners.

2. Do an in-home celebration of the Liturgy of the Word

You can actually find all of the readings for the Mass online. I’ve posted this week’s readings below but for now, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • This is not a public liturgy, it is only a private prayer intended for your family and does not replace Mass.
  • If you have kids, you can practice the different parts of the Mass as a way of teaching them about the liturgy.
  • Begin with the sign of the cross and the “I Confess” prayer.
  • You can even hold a procession around the house before you begin your celebration of the liturgy of the word (my son loves this)
  • If your kids are old enough, assign different readings to each kid.
  • Ask your family to reflect on the readings and discuss them as a family.
Click here to view Sunday readings for March 15

First Reading: Exodus 17: 3-7

3 So the people were thirsty there for want of water, and murmured against Moses, saying: Why didst thou make us go forth out of Egypt, to kill us and our children, and our beasts with thirst?

4 And Moses cried to the Lord, saying: What shall I do to this people? Yet a little more and they will stone me.

5 And the Lord said to Moses: Go before the people, and take with thee of the ancients of Israel: and take in thy hand the rod wherewith thou didst strike the river, and go.

6 Behold I will stand there before thee, upon the rock Horeb: and thou shalt strike the rock, and water shall come out of it that the people may drink. Moses did so before the ancients of Israel:

7 And he called the name of that place Temptation, because the chiding of the children of Israel, and for that they tempted the Lord, saying: Is the Lord amongst us or not?

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 95: 1-2, 6-7, 8-9

1 Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms.

6 Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that made us.

7 For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

8 Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts:

9 As in the provocation, according to the day of temptation in the wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, they proved me, and saw my works.

Second Reading: Romans 5: 1-2, 5-8

1 Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.

5 And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.

6 For why did Christ, when as yet we were weak, according to the time, die for the ungodly?

7 For scarce for a just man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some one would dare to die.

8 But God commendeth his charity towards us; because when as yet we were sinners, according to the time,

Gospel: John 4: 5-42

5 He cometh therefore to a city of Samaria, which is called Sichar, near the land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7 There cometh a woman of Samaria, to draw water. Jesus saith to her: Give me to drink.

8 For his disciples were gone into the city to buy meats.

9 Then that Samaritan woman saith to him: How dost thou, being a Jew, ask of me to drink, who am a Samaritan woman? For the Jews do not communicate with the Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered, and said to her: If thou didst know the gift of God, and who he is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou perhaps wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith to him: Sir, thou hast nothing wherein to draw, and the well is deep; from whence then hast thou living water?

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered, and said to her: Whosoever drinketh of this water, shall thirst again; but he that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall not thirst for ever:

14 But the water that I will give him, shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up into life everlasting.

15 The woman saith to him: Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come hither to draw.

16 Jesus saith to her: Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

17 The woman answered, and said: I have no husband. Jesus said to her: Thou hast said well, I have no husband:

18 For thou hast had five husbands: and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband. This thou hast said truly.

19 The woman saith to him: Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

20 Our fathers adored on this mountain, and you say, that at Jerusalem is the place where men must adore.

21 Jesus saith to her: Woman, believe me, that the hour cometh, when you shall neither on this mountain, not in Jerusalem, adore the Father.

22 You adore that which you know not: we adore that which we know; for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him.

24 God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth.

25 The woman saith to him: I know that the Messias cometh (who is called Christ). Therefore, when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26 Jesus saith to her: I am he, who am speaking with thee.

27 And immediately his disciples came; and they wondered that he talked with the woman. Yet no man said: What seekest thou? or, why talkest thou with her?

28 The woman therefore left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men there:

29 Come, and see a man who has told me all things whatsoever I have done. Is not he the Christ?

30 They went therefore out of the city, and came unto him.

31 In the mean time the disciples prayed him, saying: Rabbi, eat.

32 But he said to them: I have meat to eat, which you know not.

33 The disciples therefore said one to another: Hath any man brought him to eat?

34 Jesus saith to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work.

35 Do you not say, There are yet four months, and then the harvest cometh? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and see the countries; for they are white already to harvest.

36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life everlasting: that both he that soweth, and he that reapeth, may rejoice together.

37 For in this is the saying true: That it is one man that soweth, and it is another that reapeth.

38 I have sent you to reap that in which you did not labour: others have laboured, and you have entered into their labours.

39 Now of that city many of the Samaritans believed in him, for the word of the woman giving testimony: He told me all things whatsoever I have done.

40 So when the Samaritans were come to him, they desired that he would tarry there. And he abode there two days.

41 And many more believed in him because of his own word.

42 And they said to the woman: We now believe, not for thy saying: for we ourselves have heard him, and know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.

While laypeople cannot, under any circumstances, offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass so as to make Jesus truly present in the Eucharist, we can offer what’s called a “Spiritual Communion.”

This is a beautiful and simple prayer that can be offered every day and was a favorite of saints such as St. Padre Pio, St. Pope John Paul II, and St. Jose Maria Escriva when they were unable to attend daily Mass.

Click Here to View the Prayer of Spiritual Communion

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.


3. Spend more time learning about your faith.

While nothing nourishes your soul like the Eucharist and the graces you receive at Mass, we live in an age where knowledge of the faith is incredibly low despite the widespread availability of information.

Another problem is discerning what sort of information you find in a google search is accurate, faithful, and and well presented.

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Please know that we’re praying for you here at Classical Theist.

Stay safe both physically and spiritually.

God bless,

Jonathan L. Stute, M.A. MaPhil.