With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw nearly 1,000 sign-ups.
Mothering Sunday usually sees families across the country flock to places of worship to celebrate and pray for motherhood and families around the world. This year, churches and cathedrals were physically empty but virtually filled to bursting with parishioners logging in online.
Across the UK there were live-streamed Masses for the faithful to participate in, while CAFOD held its first-ever online children’s liturgy, broadcasting a Sunday reflection to over 500 families.
Speaking last week, Lynda, who joined with her family in East Dulwich, London, said: “We were all upset when Masses were cancelled, so it was so wonderful to have an uplifting liturgy, which was an utter pleasure to join and take part in. We’re all already looking forward to next week.”
CAFOD has a large range of online resources covering worship, prayer for adults, and prayer and education content tailored specifically for primary and secondary ages.
Jo Kitterick, CAFOD’s head of fundraising and participation, said: “Online sessions give families an opportunity to celebrate their faith in a way that is familiar at a time when we are being challenged and asked to do things so differently.
“During these tough times, it is so wonderful to be able to reach out to each other and virtually come together as a community and Catholic family.”
To find a link to the next Children’s Liturgy Live! session, as well as a recording of Sunday’s session, see: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy