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Using your smart phones, tablets, and computers to grow your faith!


St. Dymphna Do you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, and worried with the pandemic, the election, and the unrest in our country? In this episode of the Catholic Talk Show podcast, they discuss how you can manage anxiety through prayer and the saints, and offer practical tips for participating in online streaming Mass. Catholic Talk Show podcast

Saint Dymphna is one of the Saints recommended as a comfort. She is the patron saint of of those suffering nervous and mental afflictions. You can read more here catholic.org/saints Her Chaplet is found here rosaryandchaplets.com Her Litany is here on YouTube Her Novena is found here natshrinestdymphna.org and here: praymorenovenas.com


Every November, the Church offers the faithful an opportunity to offer a plenary indulgence for the a soul in purgatory. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican has issued a special decree extending the plenary indulgence for the souls in purgatory throughout the month of November. The decree asks the faithful to visit a cemetery and pray for the deceased, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the Holy Father. Additional information and suggested prayers can be found at CHURCHPOP.COM

A wonderful discussion of Purgatory and the role of indulgences as "salutary remedies for temporal punishment due to sin" can be read at Purgatory

You can find the official definition of indulgences in the Catechism of the Catholic Church found here: Indulgences


November is the month of All Saints and All Souls. Check out this calendar for the Saint of the Day: franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/calendar Click on the name on the date for information about that Saint.


EWTN The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. EWTN has a new page on their website dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, https://www.ewtn.com/ourladyoftherosary.

Scroll down to sign up for a free eBook, Mother Angelica's Rosary Meditations. You can read the history of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, read the 15 promises of Our Lady, enjoy a video of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and watch a video Rosary for Kids.

“Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” – St. Padre Pio


Blue Army Our Lady's Blue Army is a public association of the faithful devoted to spreading the authentic message of Fatima. Join them for the celebration in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary on the anniversary of the 6th apparition at Fatima. Events begin streaming live at 12 noon. Find links to Facebook, YouTube and on the website at https://www.bluearmy.com/. Follow the Rosary procession, speaker, Holy Mass, Eucharistic procession, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and more.
You can join the Blue Army of Our Lady meetings in the church on Tuesdays after the Noon Mass.


Relevant Radio"Relevant Radio” is essentially Catholic podcasting in an app. This is a free app that grants access to all the shows produced by Relevant Radio, available in live streaming or downloadable content. It also includes audio prayers, a Confession “helper,” and Catholic news from around the world. It’s perfect if you’re looking for ways to fill long commutes or travel with something more uplifting. Find the APP or listen at https://relevantradio.com/listen/get-the-app/.


Pray As You GoDo you struggle to find dedicated, quiet time in your life? Pray As You Go is available as an App and as a website on your computer. The 15 minute (or less) segments are a perfect way to start your mornings as you drive to work. The music is beautiful and the reflections are encouraging and thoughtful without being too deep for a 6:30 a.m. commute. “Pray As You Go” also offers audio prayers, Imaginative Contemplation Exercises, an audio Rosary & Stations of the Cross, and an audio Examen. The App is free for iOS and Google Play. The website is found at https://pray-as-you-go.org/home/


MariansThe Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary is a fraternal community of consecrated life in the Roman Catholic Church. The members of the Congregation are perhaps best known for their work promoting the message of Divine Mercy. They are also known for their devotion to Mary Immaculate, dedication to praying for the poor souls in Purgatory, and active service to the Church. Their website is found at www.marian.org. Download or view PDF format of Marian Helper magazine issues. You can request that the magazine be mailed to you at home.


LegoA fun website for family use can be found at www.catholicplayground.com. You will find coloring pages, dot to dot pages, as well as activities, recipes, crafts, and book reviews. One of my favorite sections is on playing with Legos and retelling stories of our faith.. There is a section dedicated to the saints & feasts celebrated each month. If you recreate any of these projects, send us a photo so we can share your work and inspire other families.


CatholicKidTheCatholicKid.com is a new website launched to provide free printable Catholic coloring pages and games for children. They have Pre-K and Kindergarten worksheets for the alphabet and numbers all with a Catholic theme. They have a wide choice of printable coloring pages for many Catholic feasts and services including the Stations of the Cross. They say that they are adding new pages often. Even some of adults in our parish might enjoy the joy of learning new prayers while you color.


Divine Mercy Our Lord gave the Divine Mercy Chaplet to us and promised, “Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy....

The Divine Mercy App from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception is available for iOS and Android at www.thedivinemercy.org/apps. I love to set this app on auto and let it play while I drive. While you are there, pick up the Mary App for a great version of the Rosary.

If you prefer the song versions of the Chaplet or video images for meditation, search on "Divine Mercy video." You'll find a selection of spoken and sung versions of the Chaplet. You can also search "Divine Mercy EWTN" to get their broadcast versions. These can play on your computer and on your phones.


Holy RosaryOur Blessed Mother left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary. "Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces." Read more of Her promises at http://www.themostholyrosary.com/15promises.htm


My favorite iphone app is Holy Rosary - Standard Edition by Joe Meineke. This app will play the daily rosary without any interaction from you. This means that I can pray while I wash dishes or while I drive to church. It makes it very convenient to get in your daily rosary. There is a version available for android also called Holy Rosary by Joe Meineke. Remember, Our Lady of Fatima said "Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it." (Our Lady, July 13, 1917)


Catholic Online SchoolA fascinating resource for Catholics can be found at https://www.catholiconline.school Catholic Online School offers FREE classes, lessons, instructional videos, educational resources and a personalized learning experience that allows learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Over 5,000 free lessons offer instruction on the Saints, Religious Education, K-12 instruction, Moral Theology, the Blessed Virgin, Ancient History, Novenas, etc. We all have an obligation to continue our learning in Catholic teaching and tradition.


MissalAs we begin to resume the celebration of Mass at Our Lady of Fatima certain changes are being made to help keep us all safe. The hymnals/missals will be removed from all pews since they can't be sanitized. However, you can bring a copy with you if you would like the familiarity of having the readings and prayers available. Both Magnificat (https://us.magnificat.net/free) and Word Among Us (https://wau.org/subscribe/) offer printed copies of their monthly missals. If you prefer to use your phone, digital versions of each are also available for iOS and Android. Other Apps include iMissal ($4.99), Laudate (free), and iBreviary (free) which also includes the Liturgy of the Hours. Some of these apps are available for Kindle Fire as well. Search for these titles in your App Store.


During this time of self-isolation many of us have turned to streaming services. A valuable resource available from EWTN offers ON DEMAND content. The daily programming like Daily Mass, News and the Rosary are available for free from any device that can access the Internet. Their children's series like Tomkin and The Friar are free to use. Other items, like their Documentaries (including the recent one on Saul Alinsky, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing), are available for rent or purchase. Find it all at https://ondemand.ewtn.com/


All members of our Parish now have FREE access to all of the Catholic media located at FORMED.ORG. Enter our Parish Code K3QZK6 and then create an ID using your email.

A new video series that is available is called The Faithful Traveler. There is a series that visits sacred sites in the Holy Land and another series that visits Catholic shrines and places of Pilgrimage in the US along the East Coast. While we are stuck at home sheltering in place these series give us an opportunity to travel and maybe even plan a vacation trip for when this is all over. Find these and many other interesting videos at https://watch.formed.org/documentaries.


During this period of self-distancing, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has posted a video of Bishop Brennan addressing the current challenges. They have included a great list of online resources for our use. Access these at https://dwc.org/ .

Another resource for daily prayer is found at https://mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/. This website provides a Google calendar of live-streaming Masses from around the world. If you click on the name of a church, you can join the sacrifice of the Mass at a time that works for you. Some of the links don't work but many of them do. The site also contains a link to Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

If you enjoy a Mass celebrated in Latin, check out the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, https://lms.org.uk/, for live streaming of Mass. I believe that the times are local to England so adjust accordingly.

The Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a Decree granting a special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic, 20.03.2020. "The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them." You can read the Decree and the conditions for receiving the Plenary Indulgence at http://press.vatican.va/content.


CatholicTalkShowThe Catholic Talk Show is an interesting podcast produced by Ryan DellaCrosse, Ryan Scheel, and Fr. Rich Pagano. The show is hilarious, entertaining, and informative! Topics include: “Is it Time For Vatican III?,” “20 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Catholic,” “7 Secrets Catholic Exorcists Want You To Know,” & “Why Are So Many People Sad & Depressed?” Check it out at catholictalkshow.com/ or search Facebook, YouTube, or iTunes.


As Fr. Paul mentioned during his "Word of God" sermon, we all have a responsibility to continue our education in our Catholic faith. A great resource is provided us by the Parish through the FORMED online library. The procedures to access FORMED have changed. Access formed.org and select sign up. Search by our zip code 25705 in the "Find your parish or organization" list. Enter your email address and the system will send you an email link to login. If you have already signed up, select Sign In.

FORMED is accessible from your computer, from your iOS and Android phones, from Apple and Android TV Apps, as well as a ROKU Channel.


Have you ever received an email from Fr. Paul asking you to do something for him, like write a check for him or buy a gift card? Have you received a text asking for funds to help bail out a friend or acquaintance from the church? Or maybe a text asking you to respond to a survey or to "click a link"? Have you received a phone call or voice message asking you to transfer funds? These are all types of phishing requests that have been seen in our community. They are from criminal elements attempting to use your good will for their evil ends. Always contact the Parish Office to verify anything of this type. If you'd like to learn more about the dangers of phishing check out https://zd.net/3838zBz and http://bit.ly/3a5ZZE8.


The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has rolled out a new website, #FaithlnWV, highlighting the Catholic communities in our state. FaithlnWV.org is an online pathway to stories, photos, and videos of how our people in West Vu-ginia are following Christ in their actions and choices. #FaithlnWV is about hope rising above the odds, being a blessing, and leading by example. It is choosing to find the good in others, and letting others see Christ in you. Ultimately, it is having faith in God the Father above all.

Learn how our brothers and sisters in Christ are doing His work. Let's celebrate their love, joy, strength, and resilience through the website. Do you know an exceptional Catholic in West Virginia, someone or a group who is a shining example of #FaithlnWV? Email your feature idea to jbibey@dwc.org.

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