08 Apr 2020
Bringing Easter worship to the home
Media Release – Wednesday April 8 2020
BRINGING EASTER WORSHIP TO THE HOME
As Catholics prepare to celebrate Easter away from churches and outdoor venues, the Adelaide Archdiocese has partnered with community television station Channel 44 to bring worship into their homes.
The free to air television channel will commence its special Easter program offering with Holy Thursday Mass filmed live from St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Adelaide at 6.30pm.
This will be followed by TV broadcasts from the Cathedral of the Passion of the Lord at 3pm on Good Friday, the Easter Vigil at 6pm on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday Mass at 9am.
Easter services celebrated by the Bishop of Port Pirie Diocese, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, will be available online, along with daily Mass, at www.pp.catholic.org.au .
In addition, the Passionist Community at The Monastery, Glen Osmond, has pre-recorded the 2020 Stations of the Cross in the Sacred Garden. This can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/l26jKw-KHwM
While churches remain closed, the Adelaide Archdiocese is live streaming daily Mass at 12.10pm from St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral and at 10am every Sunday. They can be viewed live and on demand on the home page of www.adelaide.catholic.org.au or via Facebook or YouTube.
Adelaide Archdiocese Administrator Delegate Father Philip Marshall said in these extraordinary times it was important for Catholics to be able to maintain their religious devotions – even at a distance.
“It is definitely unusual for a priest to be saying Mass to an empty Cathedral, speaking to someone who is holding a camera, but these are unusual times,” he said.
“We have been heartened by the thousands of people viewing our online Masses and it is also pleasing to see clergy and parishes finding new ways to connect with their communities through Zoom and social media.”