COVID-19 Specific Information
JST's COVID-19 Updates page
SCU's COVID-19 Resources and Updates page
SCU's International Student Services' COVID-19 page for information regarding visas and travel
GTU's Coronavirus Resources page
GTU Library Services during Shelter-In-Place.
Prayer and Liturgy Resources
Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Daily Mass is livestreamed from their facebook page.
St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco is livestreaming Sunday Masses.
Daily Mass online offers livestreams of Mass all around the world which you can log on to at the specific time of the Mass.
Catholic Current from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops lists various online sources for livestream and recorded Mass and other prayer resources.
The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College invites you to participate in Twelve Weeks in Manresa: Spiritual Exercises for our Times, a virtual retreat in daily life based on the Spiritual Exercises, from June 7- August 30. The retreat uses a text offered through Jesuit Sources: “Finding Christ in the World: A Twelve Week Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life,” by Joseph Tetlow, S.J., and Carol Atwell Ackels. The book is an extended adaptation for praying with the Exercises. It provides daily content for prayer and space for taking notes. In addition to the book, which will guide your daily prayer, there are two additional components of the retreat: optional presentations on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, led by Fr. Casey Beaumier, S.J., and optional small group faith sharing. Please let Paul Kircher (email@example.com) know by Thursday, May 28, if you are interested in participating in a small faith-sharing group virtually with others from JST. The faith-sharing groups are an optional component of the retreat. Furthermore, when registering for the retreat, you have the option of requesting to join a randomly assigned group, or indicating that you are in your own group already.
Life, Love, & Light: Reflections by Veronica Mary Rolf: In this new series of contemplative podcasts, author and medieval scholar, Veronica Mary Rolf, delves into the wisdom of the beloved mystic, Julian of Norwich, who "sheltered in place" as an anchorite for twenty-five years! Weekly podcasts explore how Julian’s Revelations of Divine Love may sustain and inspire us through this pandemic and offer Guided Meditations to practice at home. Please join us in making this "Virtual Retreat with Julian of Norwich." It is free and available to all at https://lifelovelight.buzzsprout.com/.
Liturgy Training Publications is offering a weekly retreat on Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m., based on the upcoming Sunday readings.
Prayer, Communal and Private
Prayers During the Coronavirus Pandemic from jesuitresource.org
You Are Not Alone: Faith Resources from the Ignatian Family on COVID-19
You can help make visible our love and hope for God’s creation and our neighbors by participating in a virtual celebration of Earth Day and Laudato Si’. You can be the one good person that restores hope to many who desperately need it at this time. The Hope for Creation Initiative invites you to submit prayers, meditations, stories, essays, statements, reflections, art, poems, songs, photos, videos, etc. that lift your love and hope for God’s creation! Submissions may be your original work or you may submit something that you found inspiring or moving. If not original, please give the source or attribution. Submissions will appear on the “Hope for Creation” webpage and may (with permission) be used during the time between Earth Day (April 22) and Laudato Si’ week (May 16-24) in a social media campaign lifting Catholic climate action. Submissions should also be accompanied by an action you pledge to take to care for creation in 2020. For action ideas, go here.
Examen for Life during COVID-19 created by Susan Haarman, JST alumna
Online Liturgy of the Word with Future Church on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, 4:00 p.m. It includes praying together, listening to the readings, viewing the weekly preaching from Catholic Women Preach, and breaking out into small groups to respond to a question based on the readings or preaching. (please note that each Wednesday will be a "repeat" of the previous Sunday).
Pray as you go daily video prayer from the Jesuits in Britain.
Complimentary Online Access to Give Us This Day
Complimentary Online Access to Magnificat
Complimentary Online Access to Sunday Liturgies from Living with Christ
Virtual resources for mental health for JST students:
Fred Piazza, clinical psychologist who spoke with the JST community on April 28, offers this guide to mental health during COVID-19: COVID-19: Keeping Good Mental Health in a Time of Uncertainty.
SilverCloud: This is a clinically proven online mental health platform, available through August 2020 to all JST-SCU students. To sign up, please visit gsh.silvercloudhealth.com/
BetterHelp: BetterHelp provides professional counseling by licensed therapists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via phone, video-conferencing, text, or chat. JST students on the SCU health insurance plan may access this free of charge at this link. If you are not on the SCU student health insurance, this service is available for $40-70/week at this link.
As well, see our Health and Wellness page: Health & Wellness.
The Smithsonian Institute is offering free zoom sessions on Meditation and Mindfulness, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, 9:15-9:45 a.m. (PT).
SCU Mindfulness Meditation: Take time each morning to center yourself. Join us each morning, Monday to Friday, 9:00-9:30am on Instagram live, to experience various forms of mindfulness meditation. @scuspirit
Meditate Together is a free online 30-minute group meditation, part silence, part guided meditation, Monday-Friday until May 1.
The lights may be down at the War Memorial Opera House, but we're about to turn things up on your screen. We're proud to announce our first online opera broadcast, starting Saturday, May 9, with Arrigo Boito’s classic Mephistopheles. Mephistopheles streams right here on Opera is ON for free starting Saturday, May 9, at 10am Pacific, until 11:59pm, the next day. No registration is necessary.
Opera on the Couch
Opera Philadelphia is sponsoring a Digital Festival, Opera on the Couch, with a new one starting each Friday night in May. The starting time tonight is 5:00pm PT (8:00 in Philadelphia). These are mostly new operas, debuted since 2016, except for Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Livestream link.
London's National Theatre is streaming a new play every week, starting on Thursdays at 11:00am. Click here for more information.
A different Andrew Lloyd Webber musical streams each week on The Shows Must Go On!, a new YouTube channel devoted to this project. Each show goes live on the channel on Friday at 11am, and usually remains viewable for 48 hours afterward.
Drew Holcomb, Americana guitarist from Nashville, posts a cover song every day in a series he is calling Kitchen Covers. They can be accessed in this Instagram feed.
The Gilman District's Shoh Gallery is now showing "How to Breathe," a virtual art gallery that turns piece by piece in a meditative roll. The works are beautiful and intriguing.
The Metropolitan Opera is offering nightly Met Opera streams from their archives. The broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT and continues until 6:30 p.m. the next day. Met Opera Streams
Various museums from around the world are offering virtual tours of their exhibitions and art. Visit YouTube at #Museumfromhome or #museummomentofzen.
Resources through JST/SCU
JST students who are experiencing food insecurity because of the shelter-in-place order may request assistance with the SCU Bronco Pantry. Please indicate that you are from JST.
JST students who are experiencing financial need as a result of COVID-19 developments:
- Please see the SCU Financial Aid page for information on the SCU Special Assistance Fund, and submit the request at this link.
- Those who require additional support may also apply for JST Supplemental Assistance at this link. The application deadline is April 27, 2020. For more information, please contact Paul Kircher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources in the Community
Guide to Food Resources in Alameda County
- Food Helpline (for anyone residing in Alameda County, no verification required) for information on food pantries and hot food services near you
- CalFresh (formerly food stamps, for US citizens, legal permanent residents, refugees)
- Meals on Wheels (for seniors who are homebound)
- Senior Brown Bag (for low income seniors over 60 years of age)
United Way Bay Area
Call 2-1-1 to speak with a local trained specialist who can connect you to services providing food, shelter, childcare, legal assistance, and more.
Other Forms of Assistance
Alameda County Rapid Response Resources
This document lists websites and information on essential help during this time. It indicates relaxation of government and business rules regarding wait times, scheduled payments and other forms of assistance, including:
- Apply for CalFresh (formerly food stamps)
- EBMUD and PG&E moratoriums on service disconnection and bill reduction
- Rules for state disability and unemployment insurance for reasons of COVID-19
- Extension of state and federal tax filing deadlines
- AC Transit and BART changes in policy
- Cellular service hardship policies
Service and Advocacy
In light of how Coronavirus is worsening inequality. the Ignatian network proposes ways we can help.
The Catholic Worker is still sponsoring breakfast on Sunday morning for the homeless at People's Park and on Center between Martin Luther King and Milvia. J.C. Orton has asked for 2-3 people to come help serve on Sunday. Be at People's Park by 7:30 and at Center by 8:00. Questions? Contact J.C. Orton, 510-684-1892, email@example.com.
Berkeley Mutual Aid Network connects individuals more at risk of developing serious complications from COVID-10 to low-risk individuals who can help supply their daily needs. If you need assistance or can offer assistance, check it out. Their website also has a list of non-profits and community organizations needing volunteer assistance.
National Daily Health Survey to track and fight the spread of COVID-19, conducted by Stanford Medical Center. They will use the information to inform local and national responses, such as redirecting medical resources or improving policies and public guidance.
Theological and Ethical Resources
The Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition at USF has put together these resources on Catholic Social Thought and COVID-19.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network's website: Responding in Prayer, Reflection, and Solidarity: Coronavirus Resources.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' website: featuring a Spotlight issue on COVID-19 and a recording of the webinar, Triaging COVID-19: The Ethical Allocation of Life-Sustaining Resources.
Pax Christi's website: Pray, Study, Act, including a shared movie night on Wednesdays.