Places of worship were among some of the many venues forced to close as part of the fight in tackling the spread of Covid-19 – but thanks to live-steaming technology, faith communities can still ‘congregate’ during the lockdown.
International development charity CAFOD plans to hold their first live-streamed Mass, celebrated by Fr Liam Hayes, this evening, Wednesday 1st April, at 6pm BST.
This Mass will virtually bring together the Catholic community around the country – and even the world.
Jo Kitterick, CAFOD’s Head of Fundraising and Participation, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have such committed and compassionate supporters, who in the face of coronavirus, have looked to keep us together as a faith community.
“I’m sure we can’t fail to be moved by the news reports of how the virus is affecting everyone’s daily lives not only here but around the world.
“We are now hearing about the catastrophic situations that will arise if there was an outbreak of Covid-19 in developing countries with weak healthcare systems, or in a refugee camp with limited handwashing facilities.”
Covid-19 has now spread to every continent except Antarctica, with confirmed cases in several African and Asian countries where CAFOD works.
Ms Kitterick continued: “Social-distancing may cut us off physically, but strength lies in our ability to gather together still as a community, to reflect and pray for families and friends and for our sisters and brothers who face an uncertain future as the world tackles Covid-19.”
The charity hopes that the Mass will gather people to pray for all those working on the frontline in the fight to stop the spread of the virus.
“This is an opportunity for us to pause, and reflect, wherever we might be in the world and regardless of faith, to join us for this special Mass”, said Ms Kitterick.
CAFOD will be live-streaming mass this evening, Wednesday 1st April at 6pm, BST. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7761211093732591885
Picture: CAFOD logo.