At this time, we will be communicating most regularly through our parish Facebook page (@SJDanville). You can FOLLOW us to receive our regular updates. Also, you can go to our parish YouTube page (St. Joseph Church, Danville, PA --https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYRgR5C3jawaU2DjJQxX1kQ) to view recorded Masses and other offerings. Sunday and weekday Masses will be posted there by 10 am at the latest each day. Our parish website (www.stjosephdanville.org) will also be kept up-to-date with information.
While watching Mass, you will not be able to physically receive Holy Communion. In such cases, the Church recommends that we make an act of “spiritual communion”. Here is a prayer you are encouraged to pray during the time of Holy Communion at Mass: “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.”
Here’s something I shared on our parish Facebook page – why not LIKE and FOLLOW us?
“This afternoon the gravity of this pandemic started to hit me. I was feeling anxiety, anger, and fear. I tried distracting myself from these emotions for a while, really to no avail. So I did what should’ve done first… go to the Lord in prayer. Of course just crying out to Jesus about whatever you’re thinking or feeling is a great way to start prayer. Then, I got the inspiration from the Holy Spirit to just ask God for a word. What popped into my head out of thin air was Philippians 4:7. I had no idea what that verse said, so I looked it up. You can see that this verse tells us what happens when we seek to do versus 4 to 6. And so that’s what I did... lifted up my petitions to the Lord with thanksgiving for His faithfulness to provide. And His peace began to just come to me in abundance! It’s precisely what I needed to hear, and perhaps you do too. Also, great advice from Saint Paul is given to us in verses 8 & 9 about where we should put our mental energies going forward. Praise God for his goodness — the Father shows us His love even in small details like this!”
Although our parish penance service is cancelled on March 30th, for those who would like to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, simply call me at (570) 275-2512, EXT. 2, and I will give you further directions about how we will arrange for this.
GOD BLESS YOU.
IN CHRIST'S LOVE,