The St. Jean de Brebeuf Jesuit Community of St. Louis will live stream its community Masses beginning on Wednesday, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, from SLUH's campus.
The Brebeuf Jesuit Community Mass schedule includes:
- Monday-Friday: 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:00 a.m.
- Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
A special schedule for the celebration of the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday will be announced at a later date.
St. Jean de Brebeuf was a 17th century French Jesuit, martyred in 1649, after many years of heroic work with the Huron people of imperial French Canada. The community and its residence on SLUH's campus was placed under St. Jean’s patronage when it opened four years. The painting above the altar is of St. Jean and a relic of the saint is displayed beneath the painting.
The Brebeuf Jesuit Community, whose members serve at De Smet Jesuit High School, SLUH and Saint Louis University, includes eight Jesuits (six priests and two Jesuits in formation).
According to Fr. David Suwalsky, SJ, the community superior, “Our mission and the mission of all Jesuit works throughout the world is to proclaim the Greater Glory of God – Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. The Brebeuf Jesuit Community is blessed with the opportunity to not only celebrate the Eucharist but to also share our celebration. We may be physically separated from one another, yet the Lord is drawing us closer together, too. Streaming our liturgies creates connection and communion by other means so that we may continue to pray with each other and for one another during these challenging times.”
The Brebeuf Jesuit community is following the directives of Archbishop Robert Carlson concerning the celebration of the Eucharist in a religious community. Much like the constraints on a family in their home, we cannot follow the norms of “social distancing” in the residence. However, the Brebeuf community is following every precaution that has been recommended, both for living in community as well as for the celebration of the Eucharist.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) maintains a robust website. One may find the daily Mass readings by going to the USCCB home page and clicking the date on the daily readings calendar found on the right-hand side of the home page.
All Catholic Christians who cannot attend mass in person but who choose to participate by viewing a Mass on line or on television or listening to the celebration of a mass are encouraged to make a spiritual communion. Prior to the celebrant’s reception of the Eucharist, he will recite Pope Francis’ prayer for spiritual communion, which the Holy Father recites daily when celebrating Mass at St. Marta’s chapel in Vatican City. >>> Learn more about spiritual communion.
Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus shares his reflections in response to the question, “what part of the path to God does COVID-19 show us?” in a four-minute video.
The Brebeuf Jesuit Community encourages everyone to support their local parish, especially if your parish is streaming Mass on line, particularly on Sundays. The liturgies of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis are also streamed daily. The 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church is also streamed and the homilies are archived on the College Church website.