The unprecedented COVID19 pandemic presents massive challenges to people and communities around
the world. Scores of people have fallen sick and far too many have died. Many have lost their jobs;
universities are closing or moving online; companies and stores are shutting down; travel is suspended;
and people are told to maintain a social distance. Tragically, just as many of us feel the need for
community, and a connection to faith, we must isolate ourselves to stop the spread of the virus.
In addition to the medical, economic, social, and psychological dimensions of this crisis, the COVID19
Pandemic brings profound questions of faith.
● What does all this mean in the light of faith?
● What does it mean to “be a Christian” in this crisis?
● How can we witness to Christ when Masses are cancelled and church buildings are closed?
● How can we support the poor and vulnerable in the face of risk and uncertainty?
In front of these questions, technology offers Catholic students and professionals an opportunity to
make connections and break the barriers of social isolation. While it is not the same as in person
meetings, technology presents the chance to gather in online small communities. Here, we present one
model of organizing a small group online by using the Review of Life Method . This method can help us to develop an integrated Christian response to the COVID crisis by enabling us to better connect with
others and to connect the different parts of our deeper selves (e.g., social, spiritual, physical).
As lay movements, IMCS (for students) and ICMICA (professionals and intellectuals) believe in the role and responsibility of all the baptized to take active roles in the church and in the world. Just because we cannot go to Mass, does not mean we cannot live out the vocation of our baptism. Just because the parish doors are shut, does not mean the church is closed. The church exists in the hearts and communities of the faithful, even online. Now more than ever, people need community.
We invite lay Catholics to reflect on how they can connect with others in this difficult moment. As
movements, we remain ready to support Catholic university students, professionals and intellectuals
and to continue to connect small communities with each other across borders and cultures.
Download the guide on: COVID Online Group Guide 2 page