Living Catholic e-News April 2020
Bringing Easter worship to people’s homes
Tens of thousands of people tuned in to watch Easter services filmed live from St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Channel 44 and YouTube.
The Easter Triduum got under way with Holy Thursday Mass celebrated by Fr Philip Marshall, viewed on YouTube by 11,000 people, and ended with the Easter Sunday Mass celebrated by Fr Anthoni Adimai, also viewed by thousands online and many more on Channel 44.
Kristen Hamill, acting general manager of the community television station, said while it was difficult to measure the size of the audience, anecdotal feedback indicated there was very strong interest from the Catholic community. She said a number of nursing homes and church groups, as well as individuals, had contacted the station about the timing of the services.
Fr Marshall said while it was strange celebrating Mass in a near-empty Cathedral, he felt “very connected” to the faithful throughout the services.
Services celebrated by Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, in St Mark’s Cathedral, Port Pirie, were also filmed for viewing online.
The Archbishop-designate of Adelaide, Bishop Pat O’Regan, sent his greetings to the Archdiocese via an Easter video message.
Mass is being live streamed every day from St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral while churches are closed due to the coronavirus and can be accessed here.
See April e-newsletter here.