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Sunday, May 24, 2020: We are sorry that due to technical difficulties, there were problems with the transmission of the live streaming Mass today. The homily for that Mass can be found on the Corpus Christi page of this website.

Online Giving is now available for every parish in the Diocese of Peoria.  You can continue to support our parishes during this time of public health crisis by clicking the here or the picture above.  

Also, check out the video below to see how easy, safe, and secure it is.  

ANNOUNCEMENT:  THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION DURING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS VIA DRIVE-UP/WALK-UP OPTION

Two Communion Stations will be offered for the distribution of Holy Communion while the church buildings remain closed. Both stations, drive-up and walk-up, are accessible from the North parking lot of Corpus Christi Church. Please enter the north parking lot from the Prairie Street or Thompkins Street entrances - the traffic circle/fire lane will be for exit only traffic. Communion ministers will be wearing a mask and gloves for your protection and their own protection. Masks are not required for those receiving in their car.

 

For those who do not wish to leave their cars because of age, physical aptitude, or concern pertaining to COVID-19, please remain in your cars to receive Holy Communion. Car traffic will enter into the NORTH entrance of the traffic circle/ fire lane at the direction of those directing traffic then proceed safely to the Communion Minister. After occupants of the vehicle have received Holy Communion, the driver may proceed safely toward the Prairie Street exit and enter Prairie Street traffic flow in their preferred direction at the driver's discretion.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS TO RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION IN YOUR VEHICLE

  • It is highly advised that you watch the live stream of Mass prior to receiving Holy Communion
  • You should keep the one hour fast prior to receiving Holy Communion
  • Radio should be off to assist in creating a prayerful space to receive the Blessed Sacrament
  • Holy Communion should be received in the hand, using the proper method, by sticking both hands out the window of the vehicle.
  • Only those nearest the windows will be able to receive Holy Communion in the vehicle. Vehicles with more than four occupants should consider using the walk-up station.
  • Masks may be worn until the time of reception, but not required in your automobile.
  • The parking lot and cue for both Communion stations should remain a prayerful space before and after receiving Holy Communion. It is not a social space or place of conversation. Please be mindful of others around you who wish to receive Holy Communion in a prayer manner by being courteous and not interrupting their prayer.

 

For those able to park and walk, they may walk to receive Holy Communion near the base of the Northeast staircase of Corpus Christi Church, nearest the rectory. Pedestrian traffic will walk toward the church on the sidewalk leading to the rectory/office. Walk-up communicants will return to their vehicles in the parking lot via the North sidewalk and by crossing the traffic circle back to the backing lot. Please keep safe and comfortable distance (at least 6') between your party and other communicants. Communion ministers will be wearing mask and gloves for your protection and their own protection. Masks are recommended for the communicants until they arrive at the communion station.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS TO THOSE RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION VIA WALK-UP OPTION

  • It is highly advised that you watch the live stream of Mass prior to receiving Holy Communion
  • You should keep the one hour fast prior to receiving Holy Communion
  • Holy Communion should be received in the hand, even if using the communion rail, using the proper method.
  • Masks may be worn until the time of reception.
  • The parking lot and cue for both Communion stations should remain a prayerful space before and after receiving Holy Communion. It is not a social space or place of conversation. Please be mindful of others around you who wish to receive Holy Communion in a prayer manner by being courteous and not interrupting their prayer.
 
It is with great sadness that we must inform you that due to the increased precautions during this public health crisis our parish churches and
 Perpetual Adoration chapel have been requested to be closed to the public. 
You may desire to still be near the Blessed Sacrament, these two parking spots at the Adoration Chapel are the closest you can get to a Tabernacle if you wish to pray from your vehicle. Father Miller and Father Rose hope to explore a better option.

Galesburg Catholic 

has a new Adoration 

option on the grounds of IHM. 


Be sure to stop by and visit our Lord!

RESOURCES FOR CATHOLICS
COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS

Spiritual Communion 
in Time of Coronavirus

Cy Kellett:
Hello again, and welcome to Catholic Answers Focus. I am Cy Kellett, your host, and I hope all is going well, that you are getting through this time of coronavirus without it being too eventful or interesting. Maybe a little bit of boredom now is good. Of course, in many places people are not able to make it to Mass now. If folks over 60 for example, I think probably a bad idea to go to Mass and some places Masses are, in fact closed. We thought we’d spend some time with Father Hugh Barbour, a Norbertine priest, former Prior of St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County and our chaplain, to talk about something called spiritual communion. Father Barbour, thanks for being with us.

Fr. Hugh Barbour:
Great to be here.

Cy Kellett:
Some of the saints I had noticed, because I read up a little bit about this before coming into this conversation with you. Jose Escrivá in particular and also Padre Pio recommend regular spiritual communion. What is it that they’re recommending? What is that?

Fr. Hugh Barbour:
Well, the term spiritual communion refers to, and of course it recommended by St. Josemaría who is the founder of Opus Dei as you know, and then Padre Pio of course, but by many, many, many saints and the church herself. Included in indulgences has an indulgence for those who make a spiritual communion in the midst of their day’s activities. What it is very simply is an act, an interiorly expressed or exteriorly expressed act of desire to receive the Blessed Sacrament and to receive the effects of the Blessed Sacrament. That is, what are the effects of the Blessed Sacrament? Well, they are spiritually speaking the equivalent of what the effects of food are. It is nourishment or strengthen for the soul. And then of course, since the sacrament contains Christ himself, a closeness or union or sweet union, personal union with the Savior himself. The spiritual communion is nothing other than an act of desire for this nourishment and for this sweet union with Jesus as he is present under the appearances of bread and wine.

Whenever we make a prayer or an act interiorly of desire for that sacrament, we receive the grace of the sacrament. It’s not a small thing. That is because how do we receive the sacrament when we receive it visibly? We receive it by faith and love. That is, the visible sign is not the what of what we receive. Jesus in his body and blood, in his soul and his Godhead is the what we receive and that is accessed by faith and charity. Whenever we focus our love and faith on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we receive the effects of the sacrament. It’s a very powerful thing, much more powerful than we would think. It’s not like a second best, you know, well, if I can’t get to Mass, I can make a spiritual communion...


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Living the Faith without Sacraments

Churches are closing, Masses are being canceled, bishops are dispensing the faithful from the Sunday obligation, priests are becoming increasingly unavailable for confession and anointing of the sick. This year, the Holy Week liturgies will be celebrated in Rome without the faithful in attendance. During this outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Catholics are beginning to grapple with a new reality: a loss of access to the sacraments while the world struggles to contain the disease to manageable levels through quarantines and social distancing.

Non-Catholic Christian communities and non-Christians are also facing a loss of public worship in their churches and houses of worship. For many of them however, they’re able to worship on their own from home. The Catholic eucharistic liturgy, though, is very much centered around gathering in a church and is dependent upon a priest confecting the Eucharist. Life without Mass and the sacraments for an indefinite period is frightening.

We may not be able to remember a time when Catholics were entirely cut off from access to the sacraments, but the Church remembers such times in its history.

When foreign missionaries were kicked out of the country in the sixteenth century, Catholics in Japan survived for over 250 years without access to priests. They had baptism and matrimony, which can be celebrated by laity in the absence of clergy, but no other sacraments. Japanese Catholics survived so well under these conditions that a thriving underground Catholic community was there to greet the missionaries when they were allowed back in Japan in the nineteenth century—a country in which the rest of the world assumed that Christianity had died... CLICK HERE to continue reading.


from Catholic Answers Daily

Since public Masses have been suspended and if you are spending more time at home we wanted to share a few online options with you so that you can still watch Mass — and have a fruitful Lent.


Here are a few options for you:


EWTN

Live Monday-Saturday at 7:00 am on the EWTN Global Catholic Network
(rebroadcasts at 11:00 am, 6:00 pm, and 11:00 pm)


Live Sunday Mass is at 7:00 am
(rebroadcasts at 11:00 am & 11:00 pm)


Watch online LIVE on EWTN.com or on any mobile device. Watch online RECORDINGS


Catholic TV

Live Monday-Friday at 9:30 am on The CatholicTV Network (rebroadcasts 7:00 pm & 11:30 pm)


Watch online LIVE on CatholicTV.com or on any mobile device.


Notre Dame Mass

Celebrate the Catholic Mass live from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame's campus in South Bend, Indiana


Watch online LIVE Sundays at 10:00 am

all times Eastern