Parishes across archdiocese streaming Masses, prayers

| March 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than 40 parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are making Masses available online through Facebook, YouTube and their websites.

Many are offering daily Mass in addition to weekend Masses, making it possible for Catholics to participate in Mass every day during Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order, which continues through April 10.

Some parishes, such at Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis, are also livestreaming Stations of the Cross. Masses are available in English and Spanish. St. Agnes in St. Paul is also offering Mass in Latin, in both the “Novus Ordo” form the Church has used since 1965, and the “Extraordinary Form,” which follows the typical form used from 1570 to 1962, also known as the Tridentine Mass.

A list of parishes offering Mass online is available at archspm.org/live.

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Archbishop Bernard Hebda suspended public Masses throughout the archdiocese. March 18. Catholics who watch Mass are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, since many are unable to receive the Eucharist at this time.

On Facebook and other social media, Catholics have commented about the novelty of watching Mass in different forms than the one they usually worship, or about the way watching their own parish’s pastor livestream Mass helps them feel connected to their parish community. Some Catholics are turning Masses into Facebook “watch parties,” and extended families are joining together to stream the same Mass, even though they’re not together in person.

Usually armed with no more technology than their smartphone, priests are also livestreaming other devotions, such as the Angelus, or offering short reflections.

During Holy Week, the archdiocese is offering an online Holy Week retreat that will include morning prayer and Lectio Divina, evening talks and liturgies, including the Triduum liturgies celebrated by Archbishop Hebda or Bishop Andrew Cozzens.

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