Called Faith onLine, the service invites people to visit the Majellan website to hear a three-minute recorded message.
Topics to be covered include depression, building self-esteem in children, bullying, learning to forgive, saying no to drugs, coping with failure, dealing with parent-child conflicts, stress and managing grief.
The first messages will cover Lent and a new recording will be posted each week. The recordings will also be available on the Majellan Media app and eventually on ‘Smart Speakers’.
Faith onLine is based on a previous offering from the Redemptorists, Catholic Faithline, which was introduced in the early 1990s. This service also focused on issues confronting families, with people able to call a 0055 number to access a recording from a Redemptorist priest.
Majellan Media CEO Tony Biviano said it was hoped Faith onLine would be as successful as the original service, which ran until the early 2000s.
“As we’ve seen with the pandemic over the past two years, families and individuals have been struggling with a range of issues including mental health, financial problems and domestic violence,” he said.
“We believe the time is right to re-introduce the service but with modern and easy-to-access technology. Hopefully, many people will listen in as the need for assistance has increased dramatically since the start of COVID-19.”
Faith onLine can be accessed at www.majellan.media/faith-on-line/