Spiritual Resources

Here are some digital resources for you to explore.

Have you had a chance to listen to this podcast? The Bible in a Year podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz, walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way. It is currently the top podcast in the country on Apple Podcasts.

With this podcast, you will read the Bible in a year, learn how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story, become more confident in your understanding of Scripture, experience the power of God’s Word in your daily routine, and begin to see the world through the lens of Scripture. Each daily episode is about 20 minutes long.

Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet, you can jump in anytime and even listen to past episodes. Visit online at https://media.ascensionpress.com/all-bible-in-a-year-episodes/ to learn more or search for “The Bible in a Year” in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or Amazon Podcasts.

Join us Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 for a live recitation of the rosary on Facebook Live. Aaron Giard, our Faith Formation director, will be leading the rosary for all to watch and participate. Pray along and add your intentions in the comments box. Visit https://www.facebook.com/hriccatholic/.
Minute Meditations daily email (Franciscan Media)
OSV free newsletter: “Keeping the Faith Amid COVID-19.” Every week, you’ll get a list of stories from OSV and beyond to help keep you mentally and spiritually grounded during this time of uncertainty.  Click here for the link.https://reply.osv.com/covid-19?utm_campaign=KTF201210&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website offers many prayers and devotions for us. Below are a few ideas, but feel free to search the site: http://www.usccb.org/
Daily readings
USCCB social media sites
Reflections & Prayers during COVID-19
Archdiocese of Boston "Coffee & Donuts" YouTube video of the great things happening around the Archdiocese.
Archdiocese of Boston Year of the Eucharist website with introduction video.
Support from the Vatican in the form of a digital download: Strong in the Face of Tribulation
USCCB Resources for Prayer and Engagement during COVID-19
EWTN Spiritual Resources
Watch Mass online from the CatholicTV Network 
The Pilot Catholic newspaper online
Resources for virtual adoration
Reverse Stations of the Cross: Remembering the passion of Jesus through the eyes of his mother and his beloved disciples.
Archdiocese of Boston Social Media:
Cardinal Sean's Twitter account
The Pilot Facebook
The Pilot Twitter
Catholic TV Facebook
Catholic TV Twitter
Archdiocese of Boston YouTube channel
Evangelize Boston YouTube channel
Ideas for remote Mass at home
The Spiritual Care Association offers different resources for self-care, coping with anxiety, stress, guided meditations for children, spiritual exercises, etc.  Please visit: https://www.atimeforcompassion.org/.

How to pray the rosary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDfudIU-Li4

University of Michigan Prayer Resources

Sacred Space Daily Prayer

Catholic Mom website

Virtual adoration sites

The God Minute daily prayer (online and app information)

Crux Catholic online newspaper 

Blessed is She: faith inspiration for women 

Our Sunday Visitor Catholic newspaper 

Formed Catholic content (We have a membership. Just log on.)

Sonitus Sanctus (This blog is dedicated to bringing you free Catholic audio. "Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ." Rom 10:17)

Catholic Education Resource Center (Since its inception, CERC has been compiling an Internet resource library and publishing a weekly E-Letter made up of compelling articles on the big issues in the faith and culture category. CERC is educating a broad range of Catholics and inquiring non-Catholics about the positive role the Catholic Church has played and continues to play in the world. You can sign up to receive their weekly e-letter. )

Relevant Radio Bringing Christ to the world through the media (Relevant Radio is a non-profit lay apostolate that operates a growing network of Catholic radio stations in the West. They are dedicated to sharing the heart of the Christian faith and changing lives through radio airwaves.)

New Advent (Read the latest Catholic news from around the globe, get access to The Catholic Encyclopedia, The Bible, and other resources.)

America Magazine (America is a national weekly magazine published by the Jesuits of the United States. It contains news and opinion about Catholicism and how it relates to American politics and cultural life. It has been published continuously since 1909, and is also available online.  In 2015, America Media began operating The Jesuit Post, a website published by Jesuits in formation, and in 2017, America launched a podcast, Jesuitical, targeted at young Catholics.  To get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith, and culture, scroll to the bottom of their page and sign up for their newsletter.)

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts

The Pope on social media
Vatican Media Live YouTube
Vatican News Facebook

Resources for children 

 My Catholic Kids free activities 

Teaching kids the rosary

Loyola Press Catholic Kids

Catholic Icing Crafts for Kids

Apps for your phone or tablet

iBreviary "Pro Terra Sancta"
App for your phone: Pray the Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office), get today's Scripture readings for Mass, find great Catholic prayers, and access various rites such as "Blessing of a New Home", and follow along at Mass with the Roman Missal. iBreviary Apple  iBreviary Android.Catholic Calendar App for your phone: includes a liturgical calendar, complete with feast days and solemnities, complete mass readings and order, and liturgy of the hours. Catholic Calendar Apple   Catholic Calendar Android.

Click To Pray
Click To Pray is the official app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) that revolutionize praying. Connect yourself with thousands of people who pray every day for the challenges of humanity and for the mission of the Church as the Pope proposes in his monthly prayer intentions. With Click To Pray, prayer is now easier as you can do it at anytime and anywhere.
Click to Pray Apple     Click to Pray Android

Verbum Catholic Bible Study
Verbum is an app loaded with not only the entire Bible, Catechism, and Vatican documents, but also includes study resources and Bible reading plans tailored to what you want to learn and/or pray about.
Verbum Apple     Verbum Android

Lighthouse Catholic Media Bible
This app contains the entire text of the Bible in the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition.  This text is linked up with the Truth and Life Audio Bible, so you can purchase the awesome soundtrack for each book of the Bible if you wish.  The Gospel of John is included at no cost.  You can also download and listen to numerous audio tracks recorded and distributed by Lighthouse Catholic Media.
Lighthouse Catholic Media Bible Apple     Lighthouse Catholic Media Bible Android

Confession Guide
This app is based on the popular booklet Short Guide for Confession by Fr. James Socias which has helped many penitents prepare for and make a good Confession.Confession Guide - St. Josemaria Institute Android

Mass Explained
As the title suggests, the Mass Explained iPad app is a multimedia journey through the Catholic Mass — more specifically, the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the Mass with which most Catholics are familiar. It explores the roots of each section of the liturgy with its unique prayers and gestures. Packed with scriptural references, quotes from the Church Fathers, the Catechism and excerpts from councils and encyclicals, the publication is scholarly yet totally approachable and thoroughly entertaining.
Mass Explained Apple

The Bible App

The Echo App

Pray As You Go




A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

Most merciful and Triune God,
We come to you in our weakness.
We come to you in our fear.
We come to you with trust.
For you alone are our hope.

We place before you the disease present in our world.
We turn to you in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into your eternal home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in your care.

Jesus, I trust in you.
Jesus, I trust in you.
Jesus, I trust in you.


—Author unknown. Posted on AscensionPress.com.

Prayer during the coronavirus pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.