During this pandemic situation, churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues were open to their communities. However, due to multiple restrictions, the number of believers attending the services and prayer sessions at the religious buildings was comparatively low. But, as things started normalizing and wearing masks, sanitizing, and maintaining social distancing became parts of the new normal, communities began going to these religious buildings. Such situations call for drastic measures. So these places of prayer should take sanitation and security measures to ensure the safety of the visitors. Some of the must-have protocols and steps for these religious buildings are as below:
No Entry Without Masks
The first thing that the authorities of these religious buildings should make sure of is that the people entering them have their masks on. How would they ensure this? There are two main ways to ensure this:
Have Security Personnel At The Entrance
The security personnel at the gate should allow entry to only people who have their masks on properly. Apart from checking for face masks, the security personnel should also check the temperature, symptoms of illness, and sanitization of the people entering the building and restrict the entry for anyone they think might pose any danger to the other people entering the building.
Instead of having a person at the entrance who would also be at risk of infection, the religious buildings can have security cameras installed at the entry gate. From the recording room, the security personnel can ensure if some unauthorized person is entering the building.
Sanitization and Temperature Checks
Sanitization and temperature checks to be done at the entry point. The religious buildings can install automated temperature checks and disinfection lamps or sanitizer dispensers that each guest needs to pass through at the time of entry.
Regular Cleaning and Disinfection of the Premises
The premises need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly. As a healthier practice, the church or temple authorities can undertake the disinfection procedure more than once for these buildings. The disinfection process should be taken up after every prayer service and congregation to ensure the maximum safety of the people entering the premises. General cleaning of the premises, especially areas where maximum people touch things or gather should also be taken. Disinfection of doors, knobs, touchpads, chairs, benches, etc., should be regular part of the security routines.
People should not be allowed to sit close to each other during the prayer sessions. The seating arrangements need to be rearranged, and the placements made at a distance specified by the authorities. Spreading of the disease can happen if people are too close to those who are possibly infected. Hence, social distancing plays an essential role in stopping the spread of the disease.
The number of people entering the religious premises should also be regulated by the building authorities to ensure that there is no overcrowding at the premises. It is a great way to stop the spread of the infection or reducing its risk.
As unimportant as it may seem, washroom hygiene in a religious building or any public space is very essential. As many people prefer to go to the washroom before starting a prayer service, washroom hygiene becomes essential. To ensure the safety of the people, you should try to keep physical contact at the washrooms to a minimum. For this, you can install no-touch flush, taps, hand wash dispensers, and the like. Proper disposal of waste in the washroom should be facilitated.
Air disinfection measures such as HVAC systems should be installed by the authorities at the premises. The building authorities should ensure that the air that the visitors are breathing in is safe and recirculated regularly. Many organizations take the responsibility of disinfecting premises. The religious building authorities should collaborate with one such organization and get the premises disinfected daily.
All these protocols and more such measures can help the house of prayer to open up and welcome visitors. However, without these protocols, the risk of the spread of infection increases. Returning to prayer in 2021 might be a new challenge altogether, and only with a collaborative effort of the authorities and the cooperation of the visitors, the whole process of opening up becomes smoother. The house of prayers of different religions is opening up now with proper regulation of the crowd and precautionary measures to stop the spread of the disease. Security systems are also playing an essential role in the process. You can now pay a visit to these buildings without worrying about health risks.
Inspirational Catholic book author, famous ballet dancer, counselor, retreat leader, speaker and former atheist speaks of her new book: Of Men and Mary, How Six Men Won the Greatest Battle of Their Lives based on their experiences in Medjugorje.
Today, Joe shares insights from the past to gain clarity and understanding on what indispensable elements are necessary for understanding how to identify the correct companion for your vocation of marriage.
Homily of Fr. Chad Partain of the diocese of Alexandria from the Mass of August 26, 2018.
Ken talks with Ignatius Press president and CEO Mark Brumley about Hilaire Belloc’s “Characters of the Reformation” and the “YOUCAT Bible”. The Belloc book is available at: https://www.ignatius.com/Products/CHRE-P/characters-of-the-reformation.aspx and the YOUCAT Bible is available at: https://www.ignatius.com/IProducts/279243/youcat-bible.aspx
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Ken talks with Chene Heady author of “Numbering My Days: How the Liturgical Calendar Rearranged My Life” and Ignatius Press director of marketing Anthony Ryan Guadalupe Mysteries by Grzegorz Gorny and Janusz Rosikon (both books are published by Ignatius Press)
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Host Dr. Warren Hebert, DNP, RN, interviews Dr. Kashinath Yadalam, psychiatrist, who has been Principal Investigator on over 130 clinical trials and has published over 30 articles in various medical and mental health journals. Dr. Yadalam spoke of dementias, reversible and non-reversible, about different causes of dementia, and the latest research on Alzheimer’s Disease. He shared information related to clinical trials, the possibilities of finding a drug that will positively impact Alzheimer’s, and the fact that there are around 50 such clinical trials going on around the country at this time, one of which is in Southwest Louisiana. The website, www.dontforgetalzheimers.com, and the toll free number, (800) 256-3615, were shared for those interested in further information on the clinical trials. (Disclaimer- Neither Radio Maria nor the host of Family Caregiving is promoting or endorsing that listeners pursue this approach to treatment.)
Dr. Yadlam closed with and admonition that family caregivers take care of themselves, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He spoke of the importance of churches and congregations as a resources for information, support, and encouragement.
In the Jubilee Year of Mercy you can obtain a plenary indulgence (the complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sin). You may receive the plenary indulgence yourself, or offer it for the faithful departed.
To receive the Jubilee Year indulgence, you must fulfill the usual conditions, described below and perform the indulgenced work: passing through a designated Door of Mercy during the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy between Dec. 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. A Holy Door or Door of Mercy is opened in every cathedral around the world, as well as in particular shrines.
To receive a plenary indulgence the following conditions are necessary:
Baptized Catholics must be in the state of grace (free from mortal sin) who have the intention of gaining the indulgence.
A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must:
Have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
Have received confession within 20 days after performing the indulged work (pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy)
Have received Holy Communion;
Pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff within 20 days after performing the indulgenced work. This prayer is up to the individual but it is customary to pray the Profession of Faith (the Creed) or one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.
It is appropriate but not necessary that Confession, reception of Holy Communion and prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place a the time of the indulgenced work.
For those who cannot make a Pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy:
The sick and the elderly can obtain the indulgence as the Holy Father says, “For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of his Passion, death and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness. Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication, will be for them the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence.”
For the imprisoned, Pope Francis says, “They may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons. May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom.”
Even though we can only obtain one plenary indulgence a day, if you perform the required actions for other plenary indulgences on the same day, you can still obtain multiple partial indulgences.
thank you for your great participation at the Fall Mariathon 2015 that took place last week, from Monday, October 16 to Friday, October 17, 2015.
We have raised about $83,000 and still more is coming. You are aware of the costs involved in broadcasting and we are grateful for your support. Radio Maria is brought on-air thanks to your prayers and financial support.
This year we are celebrating 15 years of existence in the US. We thank you for your past support that has enabled us to bring you programs of prayers, Christian and human formation, news and music faithful to the teachings of Christ in Scripture and the Roman Catholic Church. We rely on your continued prayers and financial support in order to bring you live prayer and teachings for another 15 years and beyond.
May the Lord recompense you and your family for your love and generosity.
Thank you for tuning in to Radio Maria a Christian voice in your home.
Fr. John Tino
Director of Radio Maria US
Dear Friends of Radio Maria,
our Annual Fall Mariathon will take place next week from Monday, October 12 through Friday, October 16. During the Mariathon, we are glad to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Radio Maria in the US. You have been the backbone of this 15 years of Catholic Broadcasting. In order to continue our mission of bringing live prayer with Holy Mass, faithful Catholic teaching, human formation, music and news we need to raise at least $200,000. We need your prayers and financial support.
We are confident that you will support us as you have done in the past. The money that we raise will go towards the ordinary and extraordinary expenses for maintaining and improving the Radio facilities and services. Our plan is to improve our frequencies, the updating of our transmitters and the maintenance of our tower sites. We need to raise at least $200.000 to accomplish our plans.
I encourage you to please donate generously during our Fall Mariathon next week. With your help we can step into the next 15 years. Please call 1-888-408-0201 or log into radiomaria.us to make your donation now.
May the Lord through the intercession of Our Lady, recompense you with needed blessings for you and your family.
Thank you for helping Our Lady help us.
Hosted by: Greg Schutte Mondays, 11am (EST); 10am (CT)
Please join us in welcoming our newest member of the Radio Maria family. Greg received his Masters of Social Work from Ohio State University. He is a licensed Independent Social Worker and is the Director of Marriage Works, Ohio since 2008. He is an author of “Discovering Our Deepest desire,” a Catholic marriage enrichment curriculum. Greg has been married for 22 wonderful years and is the proud father of 7 children ages 19 to 4 years old. Greg has also been a member of the Catholic band ROMANS since 1996 and has two recordings: Come to Life and High Fidelity, along with several original songs. Tune in on Mondays at 11am (EST)/10am (CT). You are welcomed to call Greg toll-free at 866-333-MARY (6279) when he is live. Greg would love to hear from you.
Join us as we Celebrate the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with You. Blessed are You Among Women, and Blessed is the Fruit of Your Womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us Sinners, Now and at the Hour of Our Death…Amen. Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth…Pray for Us!
music brought two strangers, Janet Cargyl and Dan Davis together who have become friends producing a CD called: Janet Marie, Spirit Expressed. With occupations that help the culture grow in compassion, each contributes through their talents and love of neighbor.
“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affection and joyful hope swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils… I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love you more and more.”’ –Pope Saint John XXIII
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Holy Thursday special.
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Radio Maria will be broadcasting the Vigil Mass from the Catholic Faith Rally in Altoona, PA on Saturday, June 26. Listen in starting at 4:30/3:30c and join Catholic from around the Altoona/Hollidaysburg area as gather to celebrate our Catholic Faith.
There is a new Pro-Life program on Radio Maria. Tuesdays at noon eastern, 11:00am central Steve Koob hosts the program “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” an hour long program interviewing people involved in promoting and building the Pro-Life movement in America. Tune in each week for this exciting program.
From Monday May 17th through Thursday May 20th. Radio Maria will be holding it’s 2010 Spring Mariathon. Radio Maria is funded 100% by the generosity of our listeners and we need your help in continuing the ministry of Our Lady.
It costs approximately $66 per hour to operate the Radio Maria network. Can you help keep this needed ministry on the air? No pledge is too large or too small.
If you can help in any way, please call in or click the button on the right of the page to make a donation to the ministry of Radio Maria. Our toll free number is 1-888-408-0201.
The family of Radio Maria would like to extend to you a very happy Easter and we invite you to join with us in celebrating the triumph of Christ over death. We pray that your journey through Lent was fruitful and filled with many great blessings and that you have entered this holy season of Easter with a deeper faith and appreciation for the gifts from God.
Christ has promised us so many abundant graces through a devotion and commitment to God’s Divine Mercy. As we look into the Easter season; we begin to reflect on God’s Mercy and invite you to pray with us in the Novena to the Divine Mercy every afternoon at 4:10/3:10c between the Chaplet and Rosary.
On the evenings of April 4-7 we will be broadcasting a special Divine Mercy mini-series with Fr. Pablo Straub at 8:30/7:30c and on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 11) we will be broadcasting the concluding Mass from the Divine Mercy Conference in Lafayette, LA.
We hope that you will join us throughout this beautiful season as we celebrate the gifts of God and strive to grow ever deeper in our faith.
March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation and Radio Maria will be broadcasting a Mass and Talk from St. Mary Catholic Church in Dayton, OH. The Mass will be celebrated be Fr. Francis Tandod and will begin Thursday evening at 7/6c. Following the Mass, Fr. Bert Buby will present the talk: “What does the Gospel of James (non-canonical) say about Mary? Can/must we believe?”. For more information you can view the flier by clicking the link below.
Radio Maria is proud to present a six week Lenten series with Fr. Satish Joseph entitled Forgiveness and Healing. Fr. Satish will be exploring the scarring affects our past experiences have on our daily lives and how we can find healing and wholeness through the “abundance of life” that Christ offers us in Jn 10:10.
Tune in on Tuesday mornings at 11:30/10:30c for the live program and for the encore presentation on Sunday mornings on Radio Maria. You can also listen to past episodes by visiting www.radiomaria.us/forgivenessandhealing.
This Saturday Radio Maria will continue live coverage of the First Saturday Speaker Series from the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Chicago, IL. The broadcast will begin at 5:00PM central with the Holy Mass and will be followed by the recitation of the Holy Rosary.
After the recitation of the Rosary has concluded there will be a talk given by Fr. Peter Heidenrich entitled “Evil from Inside and Outside of the Soul.”
You can view and print a flier of the event by clicking on the image below.
Tune in every Friday evening at 5:00PM central for a new program entitled “Emmanuel: God with Us” with Fr. John Pardue. In this program, Fr. Pardue will take a look at how Christ makes himself present in our everyday live.