The Bishop of Raphoe has encouraged viewers to participate in daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ.
His call came as recent figures showed that daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ had an average television audience of 34,600. The broadcast is a response to the Covid-19 related restrictions on public gathering.
“As people throughout Ireland are complying with the restrictions that are required to arrest and reverse the spread of Covid-19, the broadcasting of Mass is even more important at this time,” said Bishop Alan McGuckian. “The daily broadcast is facilitating a spiritual communion of worshippers who, while not physically present within the church, are digitally united in faith.
“On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of people who would love to attend daily Mass, but who can’t get to Mass these days and who don’t have access to the internet, I wish to thank RTÉ News Now for broadcasting Mass. May I ask people to spread the word to those not aware of this special broadcast but who would love to participate at Mass on television. Do tell them that Mass is broadcast at 10.30am Monday to Friday,” Bishop McGuckian added.
Daily Mass is currently broadcast on RTÉ News Now at 10.30am, Monday to Friday.
According to Nielsen, the independent audience measuring service, since the first broadcast of Mass on RTÉ News Now on 19th March, and up to and including 31st March, there was an average audience of 34,600 television viewers.
This figure is in addition to the circa 2,300 live streams for Mass each day on the cathedral’s own webcam.
Picture: A 2015 archive picture shows the RTÉ logo at Bloom, Ireland’s largest garden festival, which took place at Phoenix Park in Dublin. (Niall Carson/PA).