Here are the texts of the prayers used during streamed Masses: the Prayer to St. Joseph and the Act of Spiritual Communion. Bookmark or print this page so you can pray along!
Prayer to St. Joseph
For the Year of St. Joseph, Bishop Ricken has asked all parishes to pray to St. Joseph each Sunday. Also, during this time when we are unable to partake of the sacrament of the Eucharist, all are invited to make an act of spiritual communion during Mass using this prayer:
Good St. Joseph,
As you led the Holy Family, watch over our families.
Help our family and all families to know and share God’s love.
In our family relationships, may we find healing and seek to be holy.
May our fathers help us to become faithful disciples of Jesus who share our love for Him.
As foster father of Jesus, watch over all who serve as spiritual fathers.
In a special way, bless our Holy Father, our Bishop, and our priests.
May they follow your humble example in their fatherly care for the people of God, the Church.
With Mary, you raised Jesus the High Priest.
You know our need for priests.
Please raise up good and holy priests from our families to serve the people of our diocese.
May our children and grandchildren hear and say “yes” to the call of Jesus, just as you and Mary did.
Good St. Joseph, pray for us.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
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.