We hope that you stay safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty. In the midst of these difficult times, we are pleased to offer some resources so that our parishioners may continue to nourish their spiritual lives and stay in communion with one another.
IMPORTANT OFFICE UPDATE: December 8, 2020: Due to the continued high counts of COVID-19 cases in Erie County and the expected rise during and after the Christmas holiday we will be postponing all meetings and gatherings at Saint George until further notice. All liturgical activity including regular Masses, Funeral Masses and Confessions will remain the same. We will continue to distribute food from our food pantry every other Tuesday as this is an essential ministry to people in need. Office hours will remain in place (M-F 9am-3pm) but we ask that if you need to conduct business with the Rectory Office that you either call 864-0622 or email Gretchen Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org or Krista Jeffreys at email@example.com. If you need to drop something off at the Rectory Office such as offertory, donation to Food Pantry, Giving Tree Gifts, etc. we will gladly accommodate you.
Information on Masses, Funerals and Weddings
SPECIAL NOTE: On July 16, 2020 Governor Wolf released additional restrictions for indoor gatherings to 25 or under. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS. We will continue our protocols set forth on June 1, 2020 as seen below.
Beginning June 1, 2020 Saint George Church will be resuming a regular Mass schedule. There are strict guidelines for attendance which can be found at HERE.
Funerals and weddings will still occur, though with limited occupancy. Please call the parish office for more information.
If you are unable to attend Mass you can view live at 9:30am on Sundays on our parish youtube channel.
Watch Saint George Mass Online
Due to Masses opening up on June 1, 2020 Saint George will now only be broadcasting our Sunday 9:30am Mass on the Saint George Church YouTube channel.
Supporting Saint George Church Financially
St. George Church operates because of your generosity. Please consider signing up for Automatic Weekly Offertory Payments. Fill out the form below and mail it, with a voided check, to St. George Church. If you have any questions, please call our Business Manager Krista Jeffreys at 864-0622 ext. 350. You can also send in your envelopes by mail or make an online donation in the How Can I Give? section of this website.
Family Prayer Service for Sundays
Though we cannot attend Mass at this time, we are still asked to “keep holy the sabbath.” There are many ways one can continue to honor the sabbath. This family prayer service is one of those ways.
This prayer service includes a “spiritual communion.” When the Sacrament of Communion is not available, a spiritual communion allows the faithful to unite themselves spiritually to Jesus in the Sacrifice of the Mass which is still being offered every day by countless priests around the world. St. Teresa of Avila wrote that “the love of God will be greatly impressed on you” when making a spiritual communion. For more information on spiritual communions, visit check the “Spiritual Communion” tab on this page.
Before you begin this prayer service you will need to:
- Print out the readings for the day. They can be found by going to usccb.org and clicking on the proper date on the calendar on the right side of the page.
- Print out the Order of Worship.
- Print participant sheets. Those who participate in this service will need access to the prayers which they are asked to pray.
- Assign roles. The “Leader” will lead most of the service. The “Readers” will read the readings and the prayers of the faithful. You may choose to assign multiple readers for the different readings and prayers.
- Prepare the location for this service. It may be done anywhere in the family household, but it might be nice to light a candle and have a crucifix or other religious image present.
- You may consider singing a hymn at the beginning and end, though this is not necessary. There are many resources for hymns on the internet.
When deprived of the Sacrament of Communion it is laudable for the faithful to unite themselves spiritually to Jesus in the Sacrifice of the Mass which is still being offered by countless priests around the world for our salvation. St. Teresa of Avila wrote that “the love of God will be greatly impressed on you” when making a spiritual communion.
This prayer can be said privately or in a group. When said privately it need not take much time, and can be done multiple times throughout the day. St. Leonard of Port Maurice said that “If you practice the holy exercise of spiritual Communion several times each day, within a month you will see your heart completely changed.”
How to Make a Spiritual Communion
- Begin with the Sign of the Cross
- In prayer, form an intention for your spiritual communion. Please consider adding an intention for deliverance from our worldwide crisis.
- Make an examination of conscience.
- Recite an Act of Contrition. This is the traditional version:
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
- Pray the Prayer for Spiritual Communion.
As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy Mysteries, O my God! I transport myself in spirit at the foot of Thine altar; I unite with the Church, which by the hands of the priest, offers Thee Thine adorable Son in the Holy Sacrifice; I offer myself with Him, by Him, and in His Name. I adore, I praise, and thank Thee, imploring Thy mercy, invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage I owe Thee as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Savior.
Apply to my soul, I beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I desire to communicate spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy Flesh strengthen, and Thy Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that Thou, my divine Redeemer, hast died for me; may I die to all that is not Thee, that hereafter I may live eternally with Thee. Amen.
- Pray a private prayer of thanksgiving.
- End with the Sign of the Cross.
Diocese of Erie Resources
The Diocese of Erie has more prayer resources at ErieRCD.org/inspiration.html.