Welcome to The Upper Room!

In the midst of the chaos and fear that has been unleashed by the coronavirus, there has been one thought that has not just sustained me but given me moments of pure joy and gratitude. That is that God is greater! Greater than our fears, greater than our anxiety, greater than our sadness.  And while we are not able to receive Our Eucharistic Lord or physically gather to pray, we can connect with our Great God and with one another through technology and the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

After Jesus commanded His apostles to wait for the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father, they gathered and prayed and waited.  And in His time, God was faithful and unleashed power on the Church. HE wants to do the same for us today!

 

This page exists for you to come, pray with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and receive more of the grace and power of the Holy Spirit so that you won’t just survive, but thrive during these challenging days. Explore this page and see all we have to offer.  Right now we have:

 

 

And we will be adding more each day.

 

Be assured of our prayers for you and your loved ones.  If there is something we can add that would enhance you prayer, please send me your requests/ideas to [email protected] and we will see what we can do.  May God bless you abundantly!

 

John Beaulieu

Director of Evangelization and Engagement

Christian Outreach Office

Upcoming Online Events

Daily Prayer (Beginning April 7th)

“Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots”

Hosted by John Beaulieu

Daily, 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. EST

Webinar

“It’s a Matter of Trust: The Path to Finding Peace in a Time of Chaos”

Hosted by John Beaulieu

April 7th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST

Webinar

“Word Gifts: Letting God Speak Through Us,

Part 2”

Hosted by John Beaulieu

with special guest Mary Bielski

April 9th, 7:00-8:00 PM EDT

LIVE MASSES

Join us for daily Mass from the Holy Spirit Friary at Franciscan University.

Mass will be streamed live Sunday through Saturday  at 12:05 p.m. EST.

 

Find the daily readings here.

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You can still receive communion.

When we cannot make it to mass in person, we can still make an Act of Spiritual Communion, in which we express our faith in Christ and in His Presence in the Eucharist, and we ask Him to unite Himself with us. The basic elements of an Act of Spiritual Communion are an Act of Faith; an Act of Love; a desire to receive Christ; and an invitation to Him to come into your heart.

 

The following texts present one modern and one traditional translation of a popular form of an Act of Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori.

ACT OF SPIRITUAL 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.

Let us pray the Litany of Humility during this season of purification, that we can return to God with humility and receive the blessings of being His people.

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being honored,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being praised,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being preferred to others,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being consulted,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being approved,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being humiliated,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being despised,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of suffering rebukes,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being calumniated,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being forgotten,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being ridiculed,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being wronged,

Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being suspected,

Deliver me, O Jesus. That others may be loved more than I,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be esteemed more than I,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be chosen and I set aside,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be praised and I go unnoticed,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be preferred to me in everything,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Amen.

Our God is our Rock, Fortress, and Deliverer. Let us pray the Litany of Trust, abandoning ourselves to Christ’s love and protection during this challenging time.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7

From the belief that I have to earn Your love … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear that I am unlovable … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the false security that I have what it takes … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute … Deliver me, Jesus.

From all suspicion of Your words and promises … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You … Deliver me, Jesus.

From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will … Deliver me, Jesus.

From anxiety about the future … Deliver me, Jesus.

From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past … Deliver me, Jesus.

From restless self-seeking in the present moment … Deliver me, Jesus.

From disbelief in Your love and presence … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being asked to give more than I have … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of what love demands … Deliver me, Jesus.

From discouragement … Deliver me, Jesus.

That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me … Jesus, I trust in you.

That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me …Jesus, I trust in you.

That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You … Jesus, I trust in you.

That You are with me in my suffering … Jesus, I trust in you.

That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next …Jesus, I trust in you.

That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church…Jesus, I trust in you.

That Your plan is better than anything else … Jesus, I trust in you.

That You always hear me, and in Your goodness always respond to me …Jesus, I trust in you.

That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others …Jesus, I trust in you.

That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked …Jesus, I trust in you.

That my life is a gift … Jesus, I trust in you.

That You will teach me to trust You … Jesus, I trust in you.

That You are my Lord and my God … Jesus, I trust in you.

That I am Your beloved one … Jesus, I trust in you.

Amen.

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Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots

“Eve, by her disobedience tied the knot of suffering for humanity; Mary, on the contrary, through her obedience has undone it.” – St. Irenaeus

The coronavirus has brought a wave of suffering upon the world that has left many people bound in fear and anxiety. The best way to end this suffering is through prayer. That is why we are asking all people of faith to join us in praying the Rosary.

 

On Tuesday, April 7, Steubenville Conferences will be beginning a novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots. We will be offering, through Facebook Live, two opportunities each day to join in the novena. The first will be at 8:00 a.m. and the second at 6:00 p.m.

 

We are inviting all of you to join us in praying for the victims of the coronavirus, the easing of the pain it has caused to so many, and for a vaccine to be discovered. Most importantly we will be praying for our conversion and the conversion of our world that we may live in the healing grace that Christ won for us on the cross. We will also be asking for your particular intentions each day so that we can pray for you specifically.

 

To join in the Rosary, click below.

If you cannot pray the Rosary with us during one of the live-streams, you can still join us in your own time. You can access the novena prayers here. Our modest goal is to have 1,000 people join us in this effort. With your faith and help, I know we can do much better. Please spread the word. Please join us in prayer.

PARTNER RESOURCES
The Quarantined Catholic Hub

The St. Paul Center is offering a variety of resources for isolated Catholics:

  • Sunday Bible Reflections
  • Life-Changing Video Bible Studies
  • Scott Hahn In Your Living Room
  • Podcasts
  • Blogs
  • …And more
Forty Days of Devotion

Franciscan University provides all the resources for you to have the best Lent ever:

  • The video series: Metanoia 
  • Franciscan Voices blog
  • Lenten music playlists
  • Lenten wallpapers
  • Lenten podcasts
  • …And more

 

Other Live Events

Shrines of Pittsburgh is streaming a host of different services:

  • 8:00 PM EST – Adoration & Sung Night Prayer (Daily)
  • 7:00 PM EST – Stations of the Cross (Friday)
  • 12:00 PM EST – Holy Rosary (Monday-Saturday)
  •  8:30 AM EST – Daily Mass (Monday-Saturday)
  • 11:30 AM EST –  Holy Mass (Sunday
UPCOMING WEBINARS

It’s a Matter of Trust: The Path to Finding Peace in a Time of Chaos

 

In the garden, Adam and Eve let their trust in God die and disobeyed Him, bringing sin and death into the world. Are journey of conversion involves restoring our trust in our Father. In times of challenge, like our current circumstances, our trust in God can be shaken. This webinar is for everyone who wants to celebrate and be reminded of the amazing love of Christ and His rock-solid trustworthiness. John Beaulieu will share the amazing story of God’s faithfulness through his mother’s passing, his wife’s cancer, and his son’s near-death car accident. Plus he will share practical tips on remaining anchored in Christ even through the roughest storms.

 

April 7th, 2020 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST

 

Word Gifts: Letting God Speak Through Us, Part 2

 

Word gifts, including prophecy, words of knowledge, and speaking in tongues, are all encouraged by St. Paul in the New Testament. Are these gifts still needed in the Church today? How do you exercise these gifts? On this webinar, John Beaulieu and Mary Bielski will conclude their discussion spiritual word gifts and their role in the lives of Catholics today. Come discover and learn more about these powerful gifts.

 

April 9th, 2020 7:00-8:00 PM EST

 

 

 

 

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DISCIPLESHIP QUADS

SHARE TOGETHER, CARE TOGETHER, GROW TOGETHER

 

One of the hardest parts of dealing with the coronavirus and the disruption it is causing to millions of lives is the isolation and loneliness that so many people are experiencing. You are invited to explore how a Discipleship Quad can help you connect with fellow Catholics and empower you to grow together as disciples of Jesus. All the resources needed to build and launch a Quad are available for free on our Discipleship Quad page.

 

If you are already in a quad, we have added important information on various forms of free technology that you can use to keep your Quad active during these challenging times.

 

If you are interested in learning how to start a Discipleship Quad, please visit out Discipleship Quad page and browse through our tutorial videos and free resources.

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