St. John’s will be streaming Mass on Sundays at 10:30am and on other days at a yet to be determined time.

First, please keep in mind that there is no obligation to watch Mass given the restrictions associated with COVID-19. Nevertheless, watching and praying with us is a wonderful way to stay connected to your Catholic Illini community. Your priests love you and are praying for you!

A word of caution: Attending Mass online is really hard since we are not in our usual sacred space and without all of its beautiful elements. So be patient with yourself; it is worth the effort!

How to prepare to have the best possible experience:

  • Attire
    • Dress as you normally would for Mass.
    • On Sundays, dress up a little bit to help get your mind and heart in sync.
  • Location
    • Prepare a special place on which to set your phone, tablet, or computer
      • Set out a crucifix or other religious imagery.
      • Light a candle or two if you have one.
      • Spread a little tablecloth on which to set your device.
      • It might be helpful to sit on something more like a dining room chair rather than dad’s recliner or the family couch.
      • Create a still and quiet environment as much as possible.
  • Mind & Heart
    • Use a devotional such as an app like Magnificat or iBreviary to follow along with the readings. Or simply google “catholic mass readings.”
    • While challenging, avoid distractions as best as you can just as you would do at Mass in the chapel.

Attending Mass

  • Participate just as you would when attending Mass (stand, sit, kneel, repeat the proper responses, etc.)
  • Instead of receiving Holy Communion, make an act of spiritual communion such as this one composed by the 18th century saint, St. Alphonsus Liguori:

    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.
  • Once Mass is completed, spend a few moments in silence trying to recall something from the scripture readings or the homily, something you can take with you and even share with others.