Courage in Isolation

We have gathered a few resources for members of Courage and EnCourage who are seeking pastoral support and guidance during this time of isolation. Please check back as we continue to develop this page.

Stay connected

As our members know, friendship lies at the heart of our apostolate. During this time of social distancing and isolation, we want to help our members stay in touch!

Virtual Meetings

In the absence of in-person meetings, a growing number of chapters have been making use of video conferencing platforms to hold “virtual” Courage and EnCourage meetings with their Chaplains.  Read more in the article Staying Connected During Isolation.

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Courage on Call

Courage On Call is a phone bridge of the Courage Apostolate whose aim is to reach out to men and women who experience same-sex attraction and wish to live chastely, but do not have access to a local Courage chapter or prefer an alternative to our online forums.

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Online Support

Connect with other members of Courage and EnCourage through our online forums!

  • Courage Online
  • Ladies of Courage
  • EnCourage Support
  • EnCourage Spouses
  • Courage Young Adults
  • Courage and EnCourage Together
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Find us on social media

Sacraments and Prayer

Find information and guidance* on growing in the faith during this time of limited access to the Sacraments

The Eucharist

In her wisdom, the Church encourages those who cannot receive the Eucharist to make an Act of Spiritual Communion. Saint John Paul II reminded us of the value of this, citing the words of Saint Teresa of Jesus: “When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, n. 34).

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While we believe that the Sacrament of Confession gives us the fullness of God’s mercy, we know that God is never far from the one who seeks Him, and His power to forgive extends far beyond the confessional. If for these days the Sacrament of Confession is not able to be scheduled, you can make an act of perfect contrition before God. “Perfect” contrition comes from a pure love of God above all else. “Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible” (CCC #1452).

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*These resources have been adapted from pastoral guidelines set by the Diocese of Bridgeport regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

Stay informed

Read our most recent updates on the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to Courage International and EnCourage

August 3, 2020 UPDATE: As Courage International continues to monitor the developments relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome the easing of restrictions in some areas, which may allow us to move forward with some of our previously scheduled gatherings. This is important to us because, while virtual meetings and events have allowed our members to stay connected, the convenience of online meetings cannot replace the spiritual and emotional benefits of meeting with one another in person.
We remain mindful that the situation surrounding the pandemic is subject to change at any moment, and it is our priority to ensure the health and safety of our members. Know that any of our upcoming in-person events may still be cancelled, per the directives of local health departments. For events which are not cancelled, we ask participants to please respect the policies of the venue at which the event is taking place with regard to social distancing, hand sanitizer, and masks.
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