Although the Coronavirus continues to ravage the nation and the stay-at-home order has now been extended until April 30th, St. Mary Mokena continues to be at the forefront of providing you access to Mass, prayer, and other faith-based activities during these trying times.
Before moving on, it’s no surprise that suspended Masses mean fewer collections. Churches everywhere may start struggling to pay their bills without your support.
Please consider keeping up with your weekly commitments online at www.stmarymokena.org/online-giving. Thank you in advance.
Masses are being live-streamed by Father Dindo and Father Raed on the internet. Although you cannot receive physical Communion, we recommend reciting a Spiritual Communion.
- Watch St. Mary weekend Masses on Vimeo. They are now also available on YouTube. Weekend Masses are celebrated on Saturdays at 5:00 PM and Sundays at 9:30 AM.
- Watch St. Mary daily Masses on Facebook. Daily Masses are celebrated Monday-Saturday at 8:00 AM.
- All Masses are recorded, so you can watch them later if you miss the live-stream.
Unfortunately, the diocese announced that public Holy Week Masses will also be suspended due to the pandemic. St. Mary will still have live broadcasts for each day of Holy Week and Easter. Stay tuned for more information on where to tune in. See the current live-streaming schedule below:
Divine Mercy Chaplet
In addition to weekend Masses, St. Mary is broadcasting the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3:00 PM on the parish Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/stmarychurchmokena/.
Be sure to “Like” the parish Facebook page since there will be more updates and events announced there throughout this crisis.
Windows of Hope
To spread hope during the Coronavirus shutdown, St. Mary is inviting everyone in the community to participate in its “Windows of Hope” initiative by decorating their windows with a Christian display.
Displays can be anything from a poster with a simple cross drawn on it, to a painted design that can be washed off later.
Some ideas are:
- Printing an 8×11-inch version of the Divine Mercy image. Include a quote, such as “Jesus I trust in you.”
- Decorating a large poster board with a thank-you note or an encouraging Bible verse.
- Using construction paper or paper plates to make smiley faces or crosses.
- Painting a mosaic with washable paint.
We encourage you to post pictures of your decorated windows on Facebook and tag @stmarychurchmokena using the hashtag #windowsofhope so your friends and family can share!
Sacred Music Recordings
To inspire hope and comfort, St. Mary Choir Directors Anna and Simonetta Pacek are recording special music for the parish on a YouTube playlist, which can be heard below.
St. Mary School Virtual Activities
The parish school is organizing many fun online activities to engage students, teachers, and parents on Facebook. Visit www.facebook.com/stmaryschoolofmokena/ to join the party!
This pandemic is a unique and fluid situation, so keep checking back for updates on the latest from St. Mary Mokena.
“Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”