The Catholic Diocese of Armidale will be livestreaming mass every Sunday for the duration of the time churches are closed to the public, following the first successful livestreamed mass last week.
The first livestreamed mass from Saints Mary and Joseph Cathedral, Armidale, attracted more than 1700 views, both live on the day from the Cathedral parish Facebook page and through the video published on the Diocesan website.
"This suggests that whilst people would prefer to be personally present in the church, many are appreciative to be able to join the Mass in this virtual way," Bishop Michael Kennedy said.
"It has been a steep learning curve and we continue to work on improving things, however we are delighted with the positive response to our first foray into this technology."
Mass will be livestreamed every Sunday at 10am for the duration of the lockdown when churches are closed to the public.
All Holy Week liturgies will also be livestreamed from the Cathedral, starting on Palm Sunday (April 5) at 10am, then continuing on Holy Thursday (6pm), Good Friday (3pm), the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 11 (6pm) and Easter Sunday (10am).
All masses will be available live on the Cathedral Facebook page.
"I am pleased that the Diocese has been able to use modern technology to remain connected with our parishioners in this way," Bishop Kennedy said.
Priests and parish communities are continuing to stay connected through various electronic means. Priests are still actively providing pastoral ministry to their parishioners in accordance with all public health orders.
"During this time of pandemic, we look out for each other and join together in prayer," Bishop Kennedy said.
Links to the livestreaming is on the Diocesan website www.armidale.catholic.org.au.