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Masses online as churches close


The Catholic Church in SA is offering ways for parishioners to recreate the church in their homes and ‘connect’ for worship, in light of closures and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Taking advantage of the new ways to participate in Mass, about 1600 people watched the Palm Sunday Mass which was live streamed from St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral via the Archdiocesan website yesterday. Thousands more watched replays only minutes after the Mass ended.

From today, Monday April 6 daily midday Mass (12.10pm) will be streamed live and can be viewed via the Archdiocesan website or on Facebook and YouTube.

During Holy Week community television station Channel 44 will broadcast Mass live from the Cathedral. Services that will be covered are Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday 6.30-7.30pm), Passion of the Lord (Good Friday 3-4pm), Saturday Vigil (6-7pm) and Easter Sunday (9-10 am). Channel 44 is available on free to air TV in the metropolitan area. Country people can access the services online at or

Port Pirie Diocese is recording daily Mass with Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ and local clergy, for viewing at

Prayer, online Mass resources and the latest coronavirus protocols are also available on the Archdiocese’s website.

Administrator of the Adelaide Cathedral parish, Fr Anthoni Adimai SdM said at these extraordinary times it was important for Catholics to be able to maintain their religious practices – even at a distance.

“It is definitely unusual for a priest to be saying Mass to an empty Cathedral, speaking to someone who is holding a camera, but these are not usual times,” he said.

“Our first priority is the health and safety of our parishioners, but we also want to ensure that their faith continues to be nourished.


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