The Redemptorists’ annual St Gerard Majella family feast day blessing and celebrations in Melbourne will be livestreamed for the first time on Sunday, October 18. Source: Majellan Media.
The strict lockdown in Melbourne due to COVID-19 will prevent families from attending the event which has been held at Majellan House in Brighton since the early 1960s.
This year it will be livestreamed on Facebook on Sunday, October 18, from 2.30pm, enabling families from across the globe to join in.
Majellan Media chief executive Tony Biviano said while life for many had been difficult this year, the pandemic had presented a new opportunity to take St Gerard to the world.
“This is an exciting development that will potentially take St Gerard’s important legacy of preaching ‘the word of God to the poor’ to families in different countries,” Mr Biviano said.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to join us online and be part of the celebration. The livestream will hopefully have even more significance for the faithful who have been unable to attend Mass this year because of coronavirus.”
St Gerard is the patron saint of mothers, expectant mothers and the unborn. His feast day is October 16, but the blessing at Majellan House is held on the closest Sunday to that date each year.
In the lead up to the event, people have been encouraged to send in their intentions (prayers) for St Gerard so they can be included in the liturgy.
Details: Majellan Day prayers
St Gerard's blessing live streamed (Majellan Media)
Majellan Day prayers and resources (Majellan Media)