PORTLAND---A new feature on the website of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Portland (www.ladyofhopemaine.org) is providing the parish with a chance to stream the beauty of the Catholic faith into the wider community outside the walls of its churches.
The parish is now live streaming Masses at St. Pius X Church, located on 492 Ocean Avenue in Portland, on Mondays through Fridays at 9 a.m., Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., and Sundays at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
“We believe the expense is worthwhile in the important ministry of reaching out to parishioners who are unable to come to church and welcoming others to join us,” said Fr. Paul Sullivan, S.J., pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish.
In late April, the camera equipment was installed at St. Pius X and the first broadcasts have been a success, enabling interested parties to watch the live Masses on their computers, iPads, and smartphones.
“We will also be able to live stream special events like parish gatherings, adoration, and the St. Brigid School graduation,” said Andy Litcher, the parish’s IT coordinator. “Live streaming means that relatives and friends across the country can see and hear this important event and others."
Our Lady of Hope is the latest Maine parish to embrace technology to better serve its parishioners and connect with new followers, including the Parish of the Holy Eucharist which now uses “Facebook Live” to broadcast many of its Masses at Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth, St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Sanford which posts videos of Sunday Mass, Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston which shares audio of Sunday homilies, and many others.