Churches We Have Visited Online
All who have responded to the request for information about churches visited online during the time of Coronavirus lockdown have said that, while they are glad to have Mass online, they long for a return to our own parish church with Fr Graham and access to the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
We initially joined Mass from Holy Apostles, Pimlico, London with Fr Pat and 2 other clergy. We now join in Mass from Bishop Eton, Liverpool with Fr Buckley, who was our parish priest at Erdington Abbey in the 1980's. It is said in the Redemptorist monastery's Chapel, so you feel you are there in the little Chapel with Fr Tim and Brother James. He has a lovely singing voice, and as the author of the Freddy Freckles children's faith books, engages the whole family in worship. The Mass is pre-recorded on Saturday and accessed on YouTube by entering Bishop Eton Mass (LS and JS)
We have largely kept to the Diocesan parishes, although we did venture to America during the first week. Most of them are average, some not very inspiring. Without a doubt our ‘favourite’ is Fr Tom Farrell at Christ the King Parish, Coventry. He & his newly ordained assistant preach very well. Everything is always done with clarity & dignity. None of this walking around while finishing off prayers. (JN)
Two parishioners have taken opportunity to virtually attend Masses in a range of churches, many of them Cathedrals with bishops presiding at the Mass. These included St Chad's, Westminster Cathedral, St Mary's Pro Cathedral Dublin, The Shrine at Knock, The Birmingham Oratory for a Latin Mass, the Shrine at Walsingham (today midday) for the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage from Home, and Our Lady of Consolation, Donnycarney, Dublin said to be exceptional. (MF and FF)
I tune in on Sunday to Our Lady and All Saints Church, Stourbridge to hear Mass from Father Des. The church holds very fond memories for me as I attended the infant/junior school of St Joseph's which is next door to the church, now it is the community centre.
My faith was nurtured at the church, Mass on Thursday morning and benediction Friday afternoon. I received all the sacraments at the church apart from marriage. I find Mass with Father Des very intimate and calming in these troubling times and only wish we could receive the Blessed Sacrament. (DB)
I have been joining the vigil Mass on Saturdays from Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield at 6.00. Felt very at home and much like St Peter's. Each week recorded hymns with a lovely Irish male voice are used at certain points - entry etc. But Mass itself is in the main spoken rather than sung by the solitary priest aside from the Alleluia. And unlike Bishop Barron you don't feel on top of the altar which always makes me feel intrusive specially at those quiet points in the Mass. >> https://www.churchservices.tv/suttoncoldfield
I have also joined St Bridget's, Northfield and will do again. Similar feeling to above.Miss our own parish community and sharing the experience together but a comfort to know we can celebrate spiritually and focus the mind. (NR)
We have ‘explored’ Mass on line at a number of parishes in the diocese, St. Edward's Selly Park, St. George and Teresa, Dorridge, St. Ambrose Barlow, Hall Green, and we did try to stream on Easter Sunday from St.Chad's but had to give up as signal kept breaking up. Also, of course, Bishop Barron’s Mass and homilies, which I thoroughly enjoy find very thought provoking. One thing that has dictated our choice is the time of Mass, and although we feel that to live stream any Mass is a bonus, on balance we thoroughly ‘ enjoy’. If that is the correct word, Mass from St Ambrose Barlow, as Fr. John seems to have a mastery of diction and pronunciation, which is a bonus for those of us a little hard of hearing. We pray that things will get back to normal soon, and we can return to worship at St. Peter's. (PC and LC)
After searching for a church that we knew from time past and finding that none we had attended before coming to Bromsgrove was online at that time, we decided on St Dunstan's, Woking, Surrey. It was a church we had visited only once when two of our grandchildren were receiving their First Communion. We were very happy with the set up of the technology which was not too remote from the altar as it is rather at St Chad's which we 'attended' on Easter Sunday. The priests are very clear and give interesting homilies, perhaps one of them a little long (!). On Wednesdays I watch the Mass from Bishop Barron's private chapel and like the closeness and intimacy of the altar and priest. (JL and EL)