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COVID-19 Resources

 

Resources for Ministry with Young Adults
in response to the 2020 COVID-19 global health crisis

 
This is a crowd-sourced working list of resources to assist in the work of ministering with young adults remotely through federal and state-mandated quarantines. It has been compiled by the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry (NATYAM), in collaboration with the Loyola New Orleans Institute for Ministry (LIM), and with contributions from Catholic ministry leaers from across the United States.

This list is also avaliable in a Google document format at https://bit.ly/yamcovid-19 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Inclusion on this list does not indicate any form of endorsement or approval; rather, it is a crowd-sourced collection of those resources that are known within and used by those active in the field of Catholic young adult ministry across the country. All hyperlinks worked at the time of publication. We cannot guarantee that they will work at a future time.

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USCCB NATIONAL ADVISORY TEAM ON YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

If the USCCB Ad-Hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry (NATYAM) can assist in any way, please contact them at yam@usccb.org. They are happy to help.

The recording of the initial National Young Adult Ministry Web Meet-Up (on Thursday, March 19, 2020) via Zoom and the link to this Google document of resources can be found here: http://cnh.loyno.edu/lim/usccb-and-lim-young-adult-videos 

NOTE: Here are two shortened links if you would like to send it to others: https://tinyurl.com/s9aqmo7 or you can use: https://bit.ly/yamcovid-19 

 

VATICAN AND USCCB COVID-19 RESOURCES

Pope Francis’ “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing (March 27, 2020)
Vatican News: Regular and Ongoing Updates on COVID-19 from the Vatican:
USCCB Response to Coronavirus 

Coronvirus COVID-19 Resources

ONLINE MASS

Vatican News Live Streaming Pope Francis’ Masses
Catholic TV Mass
Basilica National Shrine
University of Notre Dame Masses
St Patrick’s Cathedral New York
Adorecast – Live Perputal Adoration
San Fernando Cathedral San Antonio – Mass en Espanol
Word On Fire Daily Masses
St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans 
Daily Mass in Vietnamese
Assumption of Mary Parish | Avondale, LA
Daily Mass, Holy Hour on Thursdays
and Stations of the Cross on Fridays
With Your Spirit 
  • A national, searchable, crowdsourced database of parishes, dioceses, universities, etc. live streaming Mass, created by young adults

  • https://withyourspirit.org/

Please check your local diocesan website for lists of online masses availale locally 

WEBINARS AND OTHER E-RESOURCES - RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL

Catholic Apostolate Center
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Young Adult Day 2020
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
(NFCYM) COVID-19 Resources
Diocese of Gary Youth & Young Adult Ministry 
Marathon Catholic Youth Ministry: 
The Impact of COVID-19 on Ministry
Fifth National Encuentro Resources:
Available in English and Spanish
Catholic Family Resources (from Loyola Press)
Made for Love USCCB podcast
Seattle University Blog
Ignatian Solidarity Network 
Faith & Leadership 
Online Conferences
Online Retreats

PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY RESOURCES 

Pope Francis’ Prayer with Mary for COVID-19
USCCB COVID-19 Resources
Catholic Apostolate Center
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Prayers
The National Black Catholic Congress
  • The webpage has a list of resources for virtual evangelization

Liturgical Press
Magnificat
How to Pray the Rosary 
How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Jesuit Post
The Word on Fire Institute
USCCB Daily Readings
The Face of Prayer (with Bp. Frank Caggiano)
Dominican Friars on Sunday Readings
Adorecast – Live Perputal Adoration
Spiritual Communion
Light a Candle Online (from the National Shrine of St. John Neumann)
Read the Psalms
  • Psalms for comfort and support in hard times
    (Ps 4, 5, 9, 16, 18, 22, 23, 27, 30, 34, 40, 43, 46, 55, 56, 61, 77, 86, 91, 94, 116, 119, 139)

  • Read Psalm 23: http://usccb.org/bible/psalms/23/
    “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...”

Read the Gospels
  • Mt 11:28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.”  

  • Mt 6:25-34 “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? … But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” 

Read Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit (read the entire text online)
  • http://www.synod.va/content/synod2018/en/fede-discernimento-vocazione/-christus-vivit---post-synodal-exhortation-to-young-people-and-t.html

    • In particular read again CV chapter 4 on the great message for everyone:
      God loves you, Jesus saves you, Christ is alive!

    • A few selections that are appropriate during this crisis moment:

      • CV 109: If you are young in years but feel weak, weary, or disillusioned, ask Jesus to renew you. WIth him, hope never fails.

      • CV 110: Yet let me also remind you that, when we live apart from others, it is very difficult to fight against concupiscence, the snares and temptations of the devil, and the selfishness of the world. ...we can grow too isolated, lose our sense of reality and inner clarity, and easily succumb. ...for whenever you are united, you have marvelous strength. Whenever you are enthused about life in common, you are capable of great sacrifices for others and for the community. Isolation, on the other hand, saps our strength and exposes us to the worst evils of our time.

      • CV 115: For (God), you have worth; you are not insignificant. You are important to him, for your are the work of his hands. That is why he is concerned about you and looks to you with affection.

      • CV 127-128: Because he lives, there can be no doubt that goodness will have the upper hand in your life and that all our struggles will prove worthwhile… If we hold fast to him, we will have life, and be protected from the threats of death and violence that may assail us in life. Every other solution will prove inadequate and temporary. It may be helpful for a time, but once again we will find ourselves exposed and abandoned before the storms of life. With Jesus, on the other hand, our hearts experience a security that is firmly rooted and enduring.

      • CV 167: As an African proverb says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of fraternity (community). 

      • CV 174: Continue to fight apathy and to offer a Christian response to the social and political troubles emerging in different parts of the world. I ask you to build the future, to work for a better world… Above all, in one way or another, fight for the common good, serve the poor, be protagonists of the revolution of charity and service…

      • CV 177: Do not be afraid to go and bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away and most indifferent. The Lord seeks all; he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love. He invites us to be fearless missionaries.. 

Institute of Catholic Culture
A Virtual Retreat with Cardinal Seán
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston - Daily Reflections (English/Spanish/Vietnamese)
CorazonPuroNYC
Campana Life Savers - (Spanish)
Maryknoll Small Group Morning and Evening Prayers (Wednesday and Friday)
  • When a group gets too big, we use Zoom breakout rooms, so we can have small group conversations: Sign up here

Maryknoll online Lenten Reflections, for individual, family, or small eGroups
National Association for Lay Ministry COVID-19 Resources
Magnificat
Laudate App
Evangelical Catholic
Hallow App
Reimagining the Examen app
iBreviary App
Christus vivit: Knowing how to tell everyone that God loves you
The Three Great Truths 
That 1 Day
Beginning of Holiness 
How to Preach Like an Apostle

YOUTUBE RESOURCES

USCCB
The Jesuit Post
Catholic Campus Ministry Association
Busted Halo
Grotto Network
Jesuit Vocations

PLATFORMS FOR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

GoToMeeting
Zoom Conferencing
  • Great for hosting webinars, staff meetings, online gattherings, etc. 

  • https://zoom.us/

Microsoft Teams
GroupMe
What’s App
Google Hangout
Marco Polo
Flocknote
Telegram
Netflix Party

CREATIVE VIRTUAL/REMOTE MINISTRY IDEAS

  • Send cards to your young adults in the mail, encourage them to do the same with their elderly loved ones and others

    • Have your parish split up the list of the senior citizens and their addresses and have young adults write notes to them and send in the mail.

  • Call or email (or socially network with) your parents and grandparents, relatives, and any friends who may feel isolated, living alone, or who may be susceptible to the coronavirus to provide a kind word, to see what help they need, or to provide your love and support in these challenging days. 

  • Virtual Liturgy of the Hours and Lenten reflections online with small groups

  • If you are asked to telework, find a routine and pace that allows for the most productivity, yet does not overwhelm you. Be sure to distance your personal and professional lives at your new “home office.” 

  • Have compassion for those most at risk and advocate for vulnerable populations in society (the elderly, those in poverty, homeless persons, persons with disabilities, those already sick or hospitalized, those with compromised immune systems, among others) 

  • During Lent, take time on Fridays to pray the Stations of the Cross on your own or with your immediate family or household (or online with friends or colleagues), connecting your struggles with isolation with Jesus’ solitude in carrying his cross to Calvary 

  • Take time to watch a movie about the life of Christ and spend time reflecting on this image of Jesus and what it can teach you about your faith and your life 

  • If you are in a supervisor role in any way, be compassionate and understanding with your employees; allow work from home, as you are able; ensure a living wage for your employees and be conscious of the fragile nature of the economy on those in your care 

  • Fight against discrimination, especially towards Asian-Pacific Islander individuals and communities, during this crisis moment  

  • Create a prayer space in your home and teach young adults how to do likewise

  • Staying connected: Group Me App

  • Young Adults want to help - organize ways for them to drop off food to food banks and other places, helps alleviate some of their anxiety

  • Partner with S. Vincent DePaul for anyone who needs groceries or prescriptions delivered, young adults partner up with an elderly member of the parish and help (same person delivering their items

  • Go give blood

  • All parish staff make personal phone calls to check in on homebound and all parishioners 

  • Have some non-COVID-19 ways of reaching out, light-hearted ways to give people a brain break like video the Young Adult Talent Show Competition!

  • Have your young adult team take turns posting in social media (prayers, videos, uplifting posts, etc.)

  • Host a virtual retreat day through any video platform. Ask the retreat leader to give their reflections, offer “homework” for in between the reflections, maybe livestream Mass or adoration through the day, and provide a space for people to discuss in small groups through the day.

  • Create a resource for young adults to engage with Holy Week from home.

  • Offer “Happy Hours” for young adults to connect virtually for community and faith sharing.

  • Create a listing of Churches that are open for private prayer, adorations and drive through reconciliation.

  • Have young adults deliver food from the food bank to those who need it and have them reflect on why we serve as Catholics.

  • Organize a gratitude letter writing campaign to service providers - social workers, doctors, nursing staff, etc who are working overtime throughout this time

RESOURCES FOR MINISTRY LEADERS (IN THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS)

Article on Avoiding Parish Layoffs (via Patheos)
CARES Act Provision Backgrounder
CARES Act for Non-Profits
Emergency Fund for Music Ministry
New York Times

COLLEGE GRADUATION

  • Can the Church provide a baccalaureate type mass or prayer experience this summer for college graduates
  • Consider a live or virtual meet-up for recent college graduates
  • Support collegians as they enter into the working world

Resources for individuals

Resources for Women
Resources for Men
Resources for Psrents
Mental Health
Working from home

How to Help

  • Donate canned goods to your local food bank

  • Donate blood to the blood bank

  • Know how to sew? Make surgical masks to help with the shortage. Ask friends and family to donate materials!

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