Posts Tagged ‘Post-COVID-19’

Pastoral outreach methods changed forever Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020
communication channels

During two months of social isolation, the work of American business has migrated, ready or not, into the home. If pajamas have become the new workplace attire and the sofa has been transformed into the new desktop, where does that leave a U.S. Catholic Church yearning to stay connected with its parishioners through Zoom liturgies Read more

I think religion in Ireland is getting a boost from coronavirus Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020
Ireland

Catholics in Ireland, who deserted their churches in droves in recent years, seem ready to return in some numbers. Far be it from me to make the prediction, but I have a feeling that religion in Ireland is getting a boost from coronavirus. There could be a massive upsurge in attendance at Masses in church Read more

Clergy, scientists grapple with thoughts of worship without congregational singing Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
singing

Considering worship without congregational singing are words the Rev. John Witvliet, an expert on Christian worship, never thought he would hear himself say. “Based on the science that we are learning about this week, we are urging and I am personally urging extreme caution,” said Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Read more

Clericalised lockdown liturgies leave baptised out in the cold Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on liturgical praxis has left us reeling! Significant liturgical decisions have left the liturgical ministry by all the baptised out in the cold and refocused the Mass as a clerical experience. John N. Collins addresses the issues of priest and presbyter and as a factor in clericalised worship decision in ‘“Is it just Read more

Eucharist during COVID-19: What have we learnt? Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020
eucharist

A pandemic being fought with a lockdown imposed on the whole population affects all areas of life. Organised religion normally involves congregations gathering, the word ‘church’ is based on the word ‘assembly’. The respiratory virus can spread with disastrous effects in a closely packed crowd and for very good reasons public gatherings were banned during Read more

Humanity may never again get a chance like this – let’s not squander it! Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020
humanity

While to a certain degree returning to “business as usual” will not likely happen, that does not mean the vast majority of humanity; those who hold most of the world’s wealth and power will not use every advantage at their deposal in trying to hold onto broken, corrupt, unjust systems – what St. Pope John Read more

Jacinda nearly succeeded in humiliating us, a worshipping community Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020

The Catholic parishes in Palmerston North, comprising the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Palmerston North, Our Lady of Lourdes and Foxton intended to live-stream Sunday Mass from the Cathedral. Under the current law, up to 10 people are permitted to make up the church service. With such a limitation, it became abundantly clear that the parishes would Read more

As churches reopen, mental and spiritual health care need attention Comments 0

Thursday, May 14th, 2020
churches reopen

As churches reopen and parishioners begin returning to their church buildings there’s a familiarity, but the environment might feel different because of new social-distancing measures. For example, in Houston, a young adult woman who went to Sunday Mass the first weekend in May when her parish reopened for public Mass, said her initial excitement changed Read more

Just because the economy is reopening doesn’t mean churches should Comments 0

Monday, May 11th, 2020
churches reopening

Some states are beginning to lift COVID-19 restrictions, like releasing residents from stay-at-home orders, reopening retail and hospitality businesses with limited capacities, and even allowing elective surgeries. Research has shown that many people are struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness. People are longing to get back to life as “normal” after weeks of physically Read more

How churches can reframe social justice now and after COVID-19 Comments 0

Monday, May 11th, 2020
social justice

As a faith leader, I firmly believe that God sometimes allows devastating events to impact our lives to help us redefine or rediscover our priorities and core values. Though the long-term effects of the coronavirus are yet to be determined, what is clear is that the crisis has forced every one of us to change Read more