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

Three Day Parish Mission 

Hosted by John Beaulieu

Featuring special musician John Paul Von Arx and guest presenter Mary Bielski

March 29th, 30th, and 31st at 6:30-8:00 PM EST

Webinar

“Growing in Grace: Launching A Virtual Discipleship Quad”

Hosted by John Beaulieu

with special guest Kristi Scheerbaum

April 2nd, 7:00-8:00 PM 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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YOUR VIRTUAL PARISH MISSION

If your parish had to cancel its Lenten mission don’t worry, we‘ve got you covered. You are invited to be a part of special three-night event. It is Your Virtual Parish Mission and it will give your Lenten journey a boost of grace and joy. The theme of the mission is: The Rosary, the Path of Discipleship. Every movement of grace that we need in our lives is revealed to us in the mysteries of the Rosaries. The lives of Jesus and Mary teach us the trust, humility, and obedience that we need to strive for. Through praying and meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, we can deepen our lives as disciples. Each night will include music, a reflection on what it means to be a disciple, a talk on a set of mysteries, and conclude with the praying of the Rosary.

 

Featuring special musician John Paul Von Arx and guest presenter Mary Bielski.

 

The mission is free, but you have to register for each night using the buttons below:

The Joyful Mysteries

Sunday, March 29th 6:30-8:00pm

The Sorrowful Mysteries

Monday, March 30th 6:30-8:00pm

The Glorious Mysteries

Tuesday, March 31st 6:30-8:00pm 

Spots are limited, so reserve your spots today.

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

Growing in Grace: Launching A Virtual Discipleship Quad

 

Don’t let social distancing leave you isolated. During this season where God has torn down so many of the worldly distractions that can consume our lives, He is ready to unleash grace in abundance on those who seek Him. That is why there has never been a better time to launch a Discipleship Quad. A Discipleship Quad is four people who pray, accompany, and learn together about what it means to be a disciple. It is much more than a Bible Study; it is your chance for your life to be transformed. Join Kristi Scheerbaum and John Beaulieu on this webinar as they cover how to build and launch a quad and go through some tech options for you to meet online during this time of social distancing. You don’t want to miss it.

 

April 2nd, 2020 7:00-8:00 PM EST

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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