NIGHT PRAYER
LIVE, FRIDAYS, 7:00 p.m.

Share the news: we are adding another weekly live event to our offerings.

Beginning Friday April 17, Fr. Bill, Fr. Nathan, and the seminarians will take turns leading us in Night Prayer on Facebook . What a beautiful way to start the weekend!

This email is dedicated to explaining what Liturgy of the Hours is, and how we all can participate. Please plan to join us in prayer tonight and every Friday, on Facebook, HERE!

Saint Pius X Catholic Parish, dedicated to renewing all things in Christ, is committed to evangelization through prayer, service, sacrificial giving, faith formation, and community.
LITURGY OF THE HOURS
with Seminarian Sam

The Liturgy of the Hours is the prayer of the universal Church. It is also known as the Divine Office , and is obligatory for clergy and religious (priests, nuns/sisters, monks/brothers, and deacons) to pray every day as part of their sacred promises. However, the Liturgy of the Hours is also encouraged for the laity! You can pray this prayer, and join with the rest of the Church in common every day!

The prayers are a “meditative dialogue on the mystery of Christ,” primarily using psalms, hymns, readings from scripture, and formal prayer. You can join us in this prayer, beginning on Friday, April 17. The "SPX home-school" seminary students will pray evening prayer each Friday live on the parish Facebook page. And they are inviting each of you to participate as well!

Seminarian Sam will go into more detail about the seven prayers (or offices) that make up the Liturgy of the Hours in the video below, as well as offer tips on how to prepare your Breviary (the book of prayers that guides us in praying the Divine Office), and some tips for first-time prayers. Sam and his seminarian classmates also offer some reflections on how praying this prayer has changed them (starting at the 6:00 minute mark) - click below to find out more!
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Use the Liturgy of the Hours to Nurture Families Meghan Murphy-McGill offers reflections on the Liturgy of the Hours and family life, including some suggestions for making it part of family life.

Pray the Liturgy of the Hours with your Kids Jerry Windley-Daoust offers suggestions for modifying the Liturgy of the Hours for your family life, especially for Morning, Noon, and Evening Prayer.

"If the Liturgy of the Hours is too long for your family, try praying one psalm from Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer and concluding with an Our Father. You might also try praying Night Prayer together as a family (5-10 minutes)."
-Michael Rubbelke, Director of Adult Faith Formation
RESOURCES FOR ADULTS

iBreviary iBreviary has the texts for the Liturgy of the Hours available for free. You can access iBreviary on the internet  here , or you can download the app through links at the  homepage  (iOs and Android compatible).

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a short overview of the Liturgy of the Hours and its five offices  here .

This  short video  from the University of Notre Dame (and moderated by
Msgr. Michael Heintz!) looks at what the Liturgy of the Hours is and how to stay faithful to it.
REFLECTIONS AND MUSIC

Jeremy Hoy, Director of Liturgy and Music, has been recording a video series with colleagues at Saint Pius X, providing reflections and piano performances featuring familiar musical arrangements that correspond to the reflections.

The most recent in the series, "Reflection on the Resurrection" features Seminarian Holden Berg with a reflection and Jeremy Hoy on piano.


To access all videos in the series, visit: StPius.net/AtHome .
COVID PRAYER

The following prayer will replace the parish stewardship prayer at Mass until further notice.

Mother of Divine Love, we entrust to you our nation and world, our families and loved ones, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

In this time of trial and testing, hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful.

For those already afflicted, obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.

For those working to help the sick and bring an end to this crisis, obtain the strength to continue their work.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, conform us to the will of the Father, remind us always of the love of your Son, Jesus, and bring his peace to our land and to our hearts.

Amen.
Saint Rocco, protector against the plague and all contagious diseases, pray for us!
We don't know what financial challenges lie ahead for you, or for our parish. Despite the fact that we cannot gather together for Mass, Saint Pius X continues to embrace our mission  to renew all things in Christ  thanks to your ongoing generosity and commitment. Please visit the website to learn more about online giving and to sign up,  StPius.net/OnlineGiving  or mail your offering to 52553 Fir Road, Granger, IN 46530.  
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