Churches plan move online
PERTH churches are looking at moving Masses and services online to meet the Federal Government’s restrictions on gatherings.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered various facilities to close indefinitely at noon on Monday, including religious gatherings and places of worship.
Churches were already questioning if they would be able to hold Easter services after an earlier restriction of no more than 100 people at a gathering.
The Catholic Church had already suspended public masses before Monday’s announcement.
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe had warned parishioners that Easter may not be able to be celebrated in churches.
He said he knew it would distress some people.
“We have a duty to remain responsive to the advice and directives of our government and our public health officials,” Archbishop Costelloe said. “As both Catholics and citizens we wish to be responsible and co-operative members within our society.”
The Diocese was working on online streaming of Mass and Easter services from St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth and other churches.
Anglican Church Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy said she took part in several virtual services on Sunday.
“There are a number of issues that are being considered by the Bishops and senior staff for life going forward in the Diocese which require careful thought and planning,” she said.
Uniting Church WA general secretary Reverend
David de Kock said it was imperative churches complied with the new regulations. It was an opportunity for the church to “think radically” about how it could continue.
Ministers, pastors, elders and church councils have been encouraged to consider new ways of safely fostering social contact in their community, such as phone, email, Facebook and online resources.
The Church has made online worship services available on its website.
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe says the decision to suspend Masses will distress some people.