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  • Glenda 3 years

    Interesting perspective. I can see where they are coming from in saying that it is not the church.
    However, I am not sure that I agree entirely. I look forward to being able to go to Mass again even if initially we have limited numbers present. I would feel very lost without the option of an online Mass, because I still feel connected even though none of my local parish are involved in the online Masses. In between Masses I phone/email/SMS parishioners and community members, and I have been in zoom meetings with three other church groups that I am involved with – so I don’t feel like I have lost the community. The biggest loss is not being able to go to Communion and household distractions whilst I am participating in online masses or chat groups. When the online masses first started they seemed really great, and I have participated in more than I normally would. As time goes by I do feel some of the emptiness mentioned in the article above.
    I would like to see these type of online Masses used in rural areas where small congregations can watch Masses in their own church, elsewhere in the Parish and have communion at the same time. So they would have community and Mass – whilst we have a shortage of Priests. (ideally the Priest could alternate venues each week so that everyone has face to face time with the Priest).

    • Daryl John Burnet 3 years

      Good post Glenda. I live in a rural area and appreciate your words.

  • Gary Potts 3 years

    Not the ‘church of 1960s’, even 1970s, but online masses existed well before the advent of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Brew 3 years

    My concern is that we are not allowed in the Church to pray before the Tabernacle. St John Vianney, Padre Pio and other ‘saints’ always insist that a daily visit at least to the Holy Eucharist was necessary, even spending ten hours before the tabernacle.
    I miss it, The Mass and the opportunity to pray in God’s company-house.
    Daily mass attendee.

  • Ann 3 years

    The Church’s will be open this week for private prayer.I still feel connected to our community keeping in touch  with an online column from our parish centre and an online Mass from our parish with our priests. we connect with each other by phone zoom and in other ways. I take the bishops point but in this this of stress and uncertain times it is not helpful to those suffering job loss or lack of food.