Faith Formation During Coronavirus Outbreak

Families are highly encouraged to participate in alternative faith formation activities at home. Materials will be posted on this page for families to use in lieu of public class gatherings. Below you will find suggested activities, videos, readings, and other resources on various topics for each ministry. Check back often for updates! 

Parishioners are highly encouraged to make use of our parish’s FORMED subscription! FORMED is a wonderful resource for all sorts of videos, audiobooks, and e-books to help people of all ages grow in their faith. As a member of the Proto-Cathedral, you have access to this site for free! To access FORMED, please visit www.formed.org and click sign in or sign up. If you are signing up for a new account, click “I belong to a parish” and make sure you indicate that your parish is “St James 218 W 12th St Vancouver WA.” 

Watch or Listen to Daily Mass: 
Watch Archbishop Etienne’s daily Mass livestreamed here. 
Watch an English translation of Pope Francis’s daily Mass (and other prayers) here.
Watch a recording of Daily Mass from EWTN here.
You can listen to daily Mass live on Mater Dei Radio, broadcast at noon, at 88.3FM. Listen online to Mater Dei Radio here

Make a Spiritual Communion: Here’s one suggested prayer to use for times when we can’t receive Holy Communion.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Children’s Faith Formation

Sunday Connections from Loyola Press – Provides parents with helpful background information on the Sunday Readings, questions to discuss as a family, and age-appropriate activities for students. You’ll find every Sunday of the year. This is a great way to help keep holy the sabbath while we can’t come to Mass. 
Saint of the Day from Franciscan Media – You’ll find a story of a saint for every day of the year. Find more saint stories to share with your children with Saint Stories from Loyola Press
Feeling crafty with stir-crazy kids? Check out some simple craft ideas from Catholic Icing
Top Ten Ways to Survive and Thrive Under Quarantine – from CatholicMom.com
Time for some screen time? Check out Brother Francis videos on FORMED. Be sure to sign into your FORMED account to follow the link. Check out some other FORMED video listings for kids here

Talking to Your Kids (and others!) about Coronavirus

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus – from the Child Mind Institute
A comic exploring Coronavirus
Explaining Coronavirus to Young Children (especially 7 and younger) and addressing emotions – multiple languages available
Helping your teens overcome their Coronavirus fears – from youth minister Greg Stier
Caring for Your Coronavirus Anxiety – a great resource for teens and adults to find peace in uncertain times, from two psychologists

Youth Ministry

Join us for ProjectYM Live – for a livestreamed youth night for middle school and high school students across the country! Livestream begins Sunday, March 22 from 5pm-6pm Pacific time, and continues on Sundays! 

Head to www.ProjectYM.com/watch on Sundays a few minutes before 5pm Pacific time.