Supporting our parishes and parishioners

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Supporting our parishes and parishioners

The Archdiocese of Hobart has been embracing the challenge of supporting Tasmania’s Catholics following the suspension of public Masses and the closure of places of worship due to COVID-19.

Since March 22, Sunday Masses celebrated by Archbishop Julian Porteous in St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart have been live-streamed via the Archdiocese’s YouTube channel, with Tasmania’s parishioners encouraged to tune in. Around Tasmania, Catholics are prayerfully uniting themselves to the Sunday Mass from their own homes.

The special liturgies of Holy Week will also be live-streamed for the benefit of the faithful who normally turn out in droves to celebrate the most sacred week of the Church’s year.
These include Palm Sunday Mass, the Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday Mass, the Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, the Easter Vigil Mass and Easter Sunday morning Mass.

The live-streamed Masses have proved hugely popular with the March 22 Mass attracting more than 33,000 views with a local, national and international audience. Other novel ways of ministering to Tasmania’s Catholic faithful have also sprung up in the wake of COVID-19 social restrictions.

In the Huon Valley, the Sisters and Brothers of the Immaculata are leading a live-streamed Rosary at 10am from their chapel daily throughout the week; while in Newstead, Brazilian consecrated women from the Palavra Viva Catholic Community are live-streaming a sung version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet – a prayer particularly seeking God’s mercy – at 3pm each weekday.

The first of the Immaculata Community’s live streamed Rosaries was shared 28 times and attracted 1.6 thousand views. Both the live daily prayer sessions can be viewed on the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Facebook page.

Catholic priests throughout Tasmania have also been asked to celebrate Mass privately each day, praying particularly for the intentions of their parishioners and the health and wellbeing of our nation.
Parishes are also being offered support by the Archdiocese of Hobart as they – like so many other organisations throughout Australia – navigate the financial implications of COVID-19.

Catholic parishes traditionally rely heavily on weekly donations from parishioners which are taken up in a voluntary collection during each Sunday Mass. Not only are those collections no longer being held due to the suspension of public Masses, but – like so many Tasmanians – many of the Catholic faithful may themselves be facing an uncertain financial future.

The Archdiocese of Hobart has met with its priests and, as always, will provide the necessary pastoral and financial support to parishes.