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Catholic Worship at Villanova University

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Guidelines During Pandemic

In keeping with Villanova's CARITAS Commitment and archdiocesan guidelines, Campus Ministry seeks to foster the individual and communal faith of students, faculty and staff in ways that put community first and respect everyone's well-being. When we show care and caution in how we live and worship, we offer praise to God.

Accordingly, all in-person liturgies will be open only to members of the campus community

Watch Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of Catholic Worship: Community First. Each just a few minutes, these videos show how the campus community can take part in Mass until further updates are announced.

See below for more details about the celebration of Mass, the Mass schedule and other prayer opportunities. 

Each week, you may ask yourself, "Should I go to Mass in person?" Be sure you do the following:

Stay up to date with COVID-19 campus information and health and safety measures.

Monitor daily your symptoms, including temperature (see the CDC self-checker).

If you have one or more symptoms, are vulnerable to COVID-19, have recently traveled or need to quarantine for any reason, stay home.

You may view a livestream from St. Thomas of Villanova Parish.

Tempted to flop on your bed and "watch" Mass like it's a Netflix show? Here are some tips to help you more fully and reverently enter into the mystery of faith from your room.

Get "dressed" for church, whatever that looks like for you.

Set up a prayer table. Spread a cloth on your desk. Open a Bible to the day's Gospel or pull up the readings on your phone. Jot down petitions and put them in a bowl. Add a cross, rosary, plant or photo of loved ones. 

Enter the experience bodily. Sit, stand, bow your head, bless yourself. Pray aloud. Listen. Respond. Rest in God's love.

We know them by the first lines: Glory to God. Holy, holy, holy. When we eat this bread. Lamb of God. These are key prayers in the liturgy, but sometimes all the words don't come to us without music. Use these texts as a worship aid.

At the end is a Prayer for Spiritual Communion written for the Villanova community. When we can't receive Eucharist, we can be united spiritually with the Body of Christ.

Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
    have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
    receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
    have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

Sanctus

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Memorial Acclamation

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
we proclaim your Death, O Lord,
until you come again.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.

The English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Great are You, O Lord, and worthy of all praise.
You have made us and drawn us to Yourself,
And our heart is restless,
Longing for Your Presence.
Though we cannot now all gather in person,
Still, You ceaselessly call us around Your table,
Where the mystery of our life in You is offered.
Even now, while we cannot receive you sacramentally,
We pray that You pour Your love into our hearts.
As many grains form one loaf,
And many grapes, one cup,
So we may be one body in Christ.
Grant that Your love may animate our lives,
And sustain us in mind and heart in our journey towards You
That, with Augustine and all the saints,
We may make our “Amen” true.
Amen.

Pre-register for the Mass you plan to attend (you can do this step beginning the previous Monday; it is open only to members of the campus community).

Use the bathroom (church restrooms will be unlocked only for emergencies).

Practice good personal hygiene, including handwashing.

Wear a mask.

Print your e-ticket or have it ready on your phone. 

Plan to arrive 20 minutes before Mass begins. 

students lined up six feet apart outside church

Keep your mask on at all times.

Have your e-ticket for scanning. If you did not pre-register, please wait in the standby line.

Once you are admitted through the main doors, use the sanitizing station and follow the directions of the ushers for physically distant seating. Note. If you enter with your roommate, you will be able to sit together.

If possible, please stay in your seats until the end of Mass. Restrooms will be unlocked only for emergencies.

students kneeling six feet apart and wearing masks in church

 Sing with your heart, not your vocal cords. We will not sing as a congregation. Refer to these texts for prayers you are used to singing.

Say it with a nod, not a clasp. We will omit holding hands, passing the collection basket and other forms of physical contact. Note. A collection basket will be placed at the entrance.

At the Communion Rite, follow the instructions given regarding the reception of Communion or a blessing.

After ministers have processed, keep physically distant when exiting.

Leave through the main doors.

Avoid congregating inside or outside of the church so that the building can be sanitized and aired out.

Sundays (Until Classes Resume) 

No University evening Masses

St. Thomas of Villanova Church Weekend Mass schedule

Monday-Thursday (Until Work Completed in Corr)

12:05 PM | St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Attendance limited during pandemic

Guidelines

For spring 2021, confessions will take place in the Saint Monica Room. (To reach it, enter the main doors of church, turn left, walk toward the side wall and make another left.) You have the option of celebrating anonymously or "masked" face to face. Please be sure to

Maintain six feet of distance, including in line and during confession.

Wear your mask at all times (so still speak softly but extra clearly).

Try to keep you confession to five minutes (ten max); if you need more in-depth spiritual direction or support, please email Linda Jaczynski.

Use the wipes provided to sanitize your chair, kneeler, etc.

Fall and Spring Schedule 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays | 3:30–4:30 PM 

Thursdays | 8–9 PM 

Summer Schedule

By appointment only; please email Joseph Calderone, OSA.

We invite you to connect in spirit with other Villanovans through virtual devotions and personal reflection.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Check back for details when classes resume.

Submit a Prayer Intention

Whatever is on your mind or heart, your Villanova community will lift it up in prayer. Submit your petitions to be remembered at our Centering Prayer twice a week. Note. Names and requests are not shared aloud or posted publicly. 

Spend Time With Scripture

Read or listen to the daily readings and watch video reflections at the US Bishops’ website.

Journey With Augustine

Set aside time each week for video meditations presented by Art Purcaro, OSA, and based on Augustine's Confessions.

Find a Homily

Texts of Sunday homilies from Augustinians are available on the Province website.

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Liturgy Questions?

Contact Mathew Verghese.

Augustinian Vocations

Father Calderone in vestments at lectern

Are you or is someone you know discerning a call to be a religious priest or brother? Learn more about vocations to the Order of St. Augustine.