How coronavirus is pioneering new ways of worship

25 March 2020

Online children's liturgy

Online worship gives families an opportunity to celebrate their faith in a way that is familiar at a time when we are being asked to do things so differently.

With the coronavirus pandemic causing masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for online worship. We hope our new weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session on Sunday saw over 500 families sign up.

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.

Everywhere from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral to Leeds Cathedral, and even St Illtyd’s in Merthyr Tydfil, live-streamed masses - and CAFOD held their first-ever online children’s liturgy, broadcasting a Sunday reflection to over 500 families.

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.”

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 to those who are feeling physically distant from the ones they love and their traditional places of worship - and virtually come together as a community and Catholic family.”

Virtual children's liturgy

The next Children’s Liturgy Live! session will take place on Sunday 29 March at 10am.

Find out how to register

Join us for Mass

Fr Liam Hayes will celebrate Mass streamed live with CAFOD and friends on Wednesday 1 April at 6pm.

We shall bring together our prayers, from and for our communities and partners our families and friends, both across the global south and throughout the UK.

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