For the first time from this Sunday, 29 March, Masses at St Chad’s Cathedral will be live streamed on a daily basis.
The launch Mass of this new live streaming facility will be at 11am for the Rededication of England to Mary.
Archbishop Bernard Longley will celebrate this Mass, concluding with the prayers of Rededication.
The Catholic Church has been planning from late 2017 to rededicate England as Mary’s Dowry on Sunday 29 March – the Sunday following the feast of the Annunciation.
The original dedication of England to Mary was made by King Richard II in 1381 at Westminster Abbey.
The 2020 rededication was due to be held simultaneously in the Walsingham shrine and in all churches and cathedrals in England, but given the current coronavirus pandemic it will now be an individual event taking place in homes up and down the country, and via live streaming such as at St Chad’s Cathedral.
Live streaming of Masses at St Chad’s Cathedral will then continue as follows:
Monday to Friday – 12.15pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11am
Liturgies during Holy Week will also be live streamed. The principal ceremonies will be celebrated in the Cathedral by Archbishop Bernard and all are welcome to participate through the live stream facility.
Palm Sunday (Sun 5 April) – 11am
Daily Mass (Mon 6 and Tues 7 April) – 12.15pm
Mass of Holy Chrism (Wed 8 April) – 11.30am
Mass of the Last Supper (Thurs 9 April) – 7.30pm
Solemn Liturgy, Good Friday (Fri 10 April) – 3pm
Easter Vigil Mass (Sat 11 April) – 8pm
Easter Sunday Mass (Sun 12 April) – 11am
Easter Monday Mass (Mon 13 April) – 10am
Mgr Timothy Menezes, Dean of St Chad’s Cathedral, said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted we now have a live streaming facility at St Chad’s Cathedral.
‘Now more than ever we want people to be able to access Mass and to feel a part of the Church even when they cannot physically attend.
‘So many priests have enabled their people to continue to belong to the Eucharistic parish community through live streaming. Now people can share that same sense of belonging to our Diocesan family.
‘Moving forward we will be able to live stream special occasion Masses too, for example ordination ceremonies and Masses of Thanksgiving.
I’m sure we will also see more live streaming events with Archbishop Bernard and our Diocesan schools, such as last October’s Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary event.’