The Archdiocese of Sydney Centre for Evangelisation has introduced some online initiatives to sustain and enrich the spiritual life of Catholics in lockdown. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
The initiatives cover a wide array of aspects of the Catholic faith – from preparing children for their First Communion through to helping parishes better use online meeting apps.
“As the doors of our churches remain closed and many parish events postponed, growing numbers of Catholics across Sydney have taken part in these online opportunities for prayer, formation and community,” SCE director Daniel Ang said.
“Just last Sunday, nearly 7,000 people watched the livestreamed Solemn Mass celebrated by Archbishop Fisher at St Mary’s Cathedral, a cathedral which in usual circumstances has a physical capacity of 2,000.
“Also, our online retreats, led together with the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia, have attracted over 450 participants to date, with our workshops for youth leaders and spiritual formation together with priests of our Archdiocese being well received.”
Mr Ang said he hoped the online initiatives would help to nurture the faithful during the pandemic.
“Whether you are a parent preparing your child to receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion, a parish secretary looking for tips on how to livestream parish Masses or develop e-newsletters to stay in touch with parishioners, or a parish looking to equip your leaders for a new chapter of ministry and evangelisation, I hope these offerings will encourage and inspire in these challenging times.”
Take advantage of these initiatives to connect with your faith online (The Catholic Weekly)