Spiritual Enrichment

Consecration to St Joseph
In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it’s time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph! Fr. Donald Calloway brings to life the wonders, the power, and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Universal Patron of the Church and the Terror of Demons in his book Consecration to Joseph Join many around the globe in beginning this 33-day consecration preparation on Feb 15th to finish on the March 19th the Solemnity of St. Joseph (or join the next one that begins March 30th!) There is a 33 day video series that accompanies the book preparation posted daily on the Consecration to St. Joseph Facebook page and their YouTube channel. In this Year of St. Joseph, join the 33-day consecration to meditate on each of St. Joseph’s titles and the graces he can bring to your life!

Ascension Press
Ascension press has produced countless resources, from Bible Studies, to Sacramental Prep Resources, to books, videos, and podcasts….all designed to help you encounter the living God. They have a large library of free digital resources that includes videos by Fr. Mike Schmitz, the CFR’s, Jeff Cavins, Jack & Bobbi Angel, to name a few, as well as several podcasts and timely articles that go into topics important to our faith. For 2021 they are also doing a Bible in a Year reading/podcast program with Fr. Mike and Jeff Cavins with a podcast that includes the reading of Scripture according the to the Bible Timeline for that day and a short reflection. This website can be accessed from your home computer, tablet or smartphone. Ascension Presents.

Word On Fire
Bishop Robert Barron, founder, and his team, touch on a wide range of subjects, including Jesus, prayer, science, movies, atheism, the spiritual life, the Sacraments, the fate of the Church in modern times, beauty, art and social media. Bishop Barron reveals in his numerous digital videos why the Church matters today and how Catholics can intelligently engage in a skeptical world. This website can be accessed from your home computer, tablet or smartphone. You may also access 750 videos on a variety of topics on his YouTube Channel, Bishop Robert Barron. Wordonfire.org.

Blessed Is She
Blessed is She is a sisterhood of women who want to grow together in their Catholic faith. They create beautiful and accessible resources, products, and experiences to foster community and deepen faith, both online and in person. You can subscribe to their daily devotions with Mass Readings, join one of their Regional Facebooks to connect with local women, read their blog for inspiring articles, listen to their Gathering Place podcast and join them on Instagram for weekly Bible studies and more inspirational content.

Podcasts and Apps

Catholic Life Lessons Podcast by Norm Rich. The Catholic Life Lessons podcast contains short reflections on passages from scripture and the Catechism combined with real life stories, research and concepts in psychology. It is a weekly podcast that brings theological concepts to our daily lives.

Bible In A Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz. In the Bible in a Year podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way. Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible teacher Jeff Cavins.

The Chosen The Chosen is the first-ever-multi-season TV show about the life of Jesus. Created outside of the Hollywood system, The Chosen allows us to see Him through the eyes of those who knew him. No matter where you are at in your journey with Jesus Christ, this show is for you.

Pints With Aquinas If you could sit down with St. Thomas Aquinas over a pint of beer and ask him any one question, what would it be? Every episode of Pints With Aquinas revolves around a question, a question that St. Thomas addresses in his most famous work, The Summa Theologica. So get your geek on, pull up a bar stool, and grab a cold one! Hosted by Matt Fradd

Hallow App Hallow is a Catholic prayer app that offers audio guided meditation sessions to help us grow in our faith & spiritual lives and find peace in God. Explore over 500 different sessions on contemplative prayer, meditation, Catholic Bible readings, music, and more. Please note: you can only access Hallow through the app, downloaded to your tablet or smartphone.

The Gathering Place We’re bringing you The Gathering Place, a podcast from Blessed is She. We will gather together with you at the table to talk about what YOU want to talk about, ask about, share about. You’ll also hear Teachable Tuesday and other audio clips just for you!

Prayer and Scripture

The Daily Divina
This free daily email from The Catholic Telegraph links to the readings of the day and offers a brief scripture meditation. Parishioners can sign up here: thecatholictelegraph.com/digital-subscriptions.
Time needed: 5-10 minutes

Universalis
The Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office—the Work of God, is the official set of prayers marking the hours of each day. Priests are required to pray the Office each day, and the laity are also encouraged to pray the Divine Office. Join Catholics from around the world each day in prayer: universalis.com.
Time needed: Depending on which Hour of the day you’re praying, about 15-20 minutes.

Sacred Space
This prayer website guides users through a 10-minute session of prayer centered on a passage of scripture. Other features can be found at the bottom of the homepage under More Sacred Space for retreats, Living Space—Bible Commentary, Novenas, Praying with the Pope, the Chapel of Intentions and Remembrances where you can submit your intentions and departed: sacredspace.ie
Time needed: 10 minutes, or longer if you wish to explore other reflections.

Scripture Study

Understanding the Scriptures
This podcast is composed of 30 episodes, each between 72-80 minutes, and covers the entire Bible. Each episode covers one of the 30 chapters in the textbook Understanding the Scriptures by Dr. Scott Hahn (part of the Didache series.) Listeners to the podcast do not need to purchase the book, though it can be beneficial to purchase a copy and follow along: Catholicboard.com.
Time needed: As much as you’d like! You can start and stop the episodes on demand.

E-Newsletters
April 6, 2020 Video: Introducing Fr. Paul Ruwe; Holy Week Resources; Send a Card To A Nursing Home Resident

April 4, 2020 Video: Celebrating During These Uncertain Times; Holy Week Resources; St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter in Desperate Need of Meals