Online Masses and Liturgies
Sharing the Holy Mass and the Gospel Message online
Looking for spiritual resources and prayers? Visit our online prayer guide.
As parishes continue to add new Mass times and adjust schedules based on the needs of their communities, we encourage you to check the websites of your local Catholic parishes to find out when and where you can watch the liturgy online.
Parishes and ministries are broadcasting the Holy Mass online, on radio and television as the Archdiocese is "inviting all to become One in Christ" and join the Universal Church around the world in prayer.
Just like for any other Mass, tune in a bit earlier to prepare for Mass -- striving for "fully conscious, and active participation" in the Sacred Liturgy -- and to figure out any issues. All times are local. Several streams support TV video casting (Facebook, YouTube, etc.); look for the cast logo in these livestreams. All can be viewed on a phone, tablet or computer.
View Today's Readings - Liturgy of the Word
- Order of Mass texts, readings, Liturgy of the Hours - Courtesy of GiveUsThisDay
- Sunday - 10 a.m., English - Catholic Extension, Chicago, Illinois - Website
- Sunday - 11 a.m., English - Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC - Website
Pope Francis - Moment of Prayer and the Urbi et Orbi Blessing - March 27, 2020
Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” on March 27 to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In his meditation, the Pope reflects on Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”
Live from the Vatican
The Vatican continues to regularly stream live events, including Masses celebrated by Pope Francis, the Angelus and other liturgies. Most events are in Italian, with the Vatican City +6 hours ahead of Central time. When no event is happening, the stream shows a live shot of St. Peter's Square. Videos are then archived at Vatican News.
Did you know that Catholics can make an Act of Spiritual Communion?
It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshiping Him in His Body and Blood.
The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily. When unable to receive Holy Communion, pray the prayer below:
A prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
(Source: Archdiocese of Detroit)
Livestreaming information and resources
From the USCCB: In light of the health precautions that may become necessary in the coming days and weeks, the USCCB, CCD, and ICEL are waiving any need to request permission to use readings or Mass prayers in a livestreamed liturgy. This applies to both English and Spanish readings and orations.
From OCP: Permission is granted to include OCP music in your recorded Services which will be streamed or broadcasted through your Church website. This permission is granted at no charge during this unprecedented time when we cannot gather to celebrate in large groups. We ask that you post the copyright lines for any OCP songs included in the streamed celebrations on the website which streams the Service. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leanna Boyd in the Contract & Royalty Administration Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Digital Prayer Resources and Livestream Mass Guidelines (PDF)
- Tips on Livestreaming the Mass from USCCB (PDF)
- Faith on Facebook Toolkit (PDF)
For the latest Archdiocesan updates on COVID-19, visit the online Health Updates web hub.