As the coronavirus pandemic worsens and people are being asked to forgo Thanksgiving gatherings and shelter at home, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is reminding the faithful that several options are available to help keep them connected to the Church, including televised and livestreamed liturgies and a new page of Advent resources that will be available on the diocesan website beginning Nov. 23.
Although the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains, parishes throughout the diocese are following health and safety guidelines that allow for limited capacity in churches. Wearing a face mask, using hand sanitizer, observing social distancing and regular cleaning/sanitizing are among the safety precautions that are observed throughout the diocese.
The elderly, ill, homebound and those who prefer to worship at home during the pandemic can watch the weekly television Mass, which has been a Sunday morning staple for decades, at a new time and on a new channel.
The switch will allow viewers to tune into the Mass at a more convenient time on an over-the-air station that is accessible to even those who do not subscribe to cable TV. Those with cable TV should check the local cable provider’s listings to locate the channel number.
The Sunday TV Mass can be accessed on demand starting on Saturday evening and throughout the day on Sunday on the diocesan website.
In addition, the Mass can be heard on the radio, at 4 p.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. Sundays, on AM 1260 The Rock. Also, radio station WINT-1330 AM airs the Mass at 9 a.m. each Sunday and Cox Communications cable subscribers can view the Mass at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on channel 45.
Also, a livestreamed Sunday Mass is broadcast from the cathedral at 8 a.m. each week on the diocesan website. In addition, the noon Mass is livestreamed Monday through Friday from the cathedral on the diocesan website.
Many parishes offer livestreamed Masses on various days of the week on their websites, Facebook pages or YouTube channels. Check with the parish to determine times and broadcast locations.
And, as the Advent season approaches, a new webpage will debut Nov. 23 on the diocesan website that will offer a variety of resources to help the faithful make Advent and Christmas especially meaningful this year.
This new webpage will provide educational, formational and liturgical materials for parishes, parish staffs and families. In addition, information about how to connect with livestreamed and on-demand Masses will be available as will inspirational resources to help us fully enter into the season and prepare the faithful to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a welcoming heart.