Behind the Scenes

What is happening behind the scenes?

As many parishioners turn to online streaming of Mass, the video camera has become an essential church item.  Our churches closed for public liturgies in March amid the pandemic. The recording of Sunday Mass has continued even during the temporary reopening of our churches.  Who would have imagined our need for a camera to keep us connected?  Fr Brendan and Fr Trac now celebrate Mass with us in the comfort of our homes, arriving via a link in the parish newsletter to the parish YouTube Channel.  We can choose to participate during the live feed or at another time.

Preparation for Mass has changed somewhat.  The Mass setting must now fit within the camera frame, including the altar, lectern and presider’s chair.  Audio-visual checks before Mass have replaced opening church doors and turning on heaters and lights in readiness for worshippers to arrive.  Preaching now takes place in front of a camera lens and there is a post-production editing team!

Ever since lockdown restrictions commenced prior to Holy Week, small liturgical teams have assisted with Mass recording across the parishes.  For Surrey Hills Wattle Park, Mass was recorded in the chapel at Our Holy Redeemer in Surrey Hills.  Chris Collery coordinated the liturgy and music, supported by Kirsten Italiano, Nanette Giovannini, Joan Griffith, Janita Gallagher, Declan Keating, Joanna Kelly and regular readers.  For Camberwell, Balwyn and Deepdene, Mary, Andrew and Jacinta Ryan have been involved in recording from the outset as the reader, organist and cantor at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Deepdene.  Michael Ryan recently joined the team along with Nanette Giovannini.  Tighter COVID restrictions now only allow the recording of one Mass at Deepdene with limits on the number of people involved.

Jacinta Ryan will sing for the final time at Masses this weekend for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and Sunday Mass.  Jacinta is a violinist and returns to Stuttgart in Germany to continue her studies.  We are most grateful to Jacinta for her involvement in our Mass recordings and thank her for leading us so beautifully in song.  We wish her safe travels and every success with her studies.

With the challenge of not being able to celebrate Mass in our churches, the parish communities have embraced the use of technology to remain connected with one another.  As we tune into Mass each week, with our own priests in familiar surrounds, we are reminded of belonging to parish and the invitation for Spiritual Communion.  The Mass is now available to a faith community beyond parish geographical boundaries and to those who are unable to join us due to illness or physical limitations.

For now, the camera remains a tool to stay together, pray together and support one another during this time of social connection while physical distancing … ‘Lights, camera, action’.

By Tricia Norman

 

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Helen & Neville Curry

Thanks to Everyone involved in presenting Mass every weekend. It makes us feel that we are still connected with our parish each Sunday. Thank you to Jacinta for leading us in singing, Good luck with your future studies. Helen Curry

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Kerry Bourke

It is wonderful to be able to "attend" Mass every week, thanks to Fr Brendan and Fr Trac, along with the "camera crew" and our wonderful Cantor, Reader and Organist. It is not as good as being at mass "in the flesh", but it is so much better than no Mass at all. I really do miss receiving Communion!

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Trac

Hi Kerry. thank you so much.
we love to say Mass with all of you physically present too, but it is a challenging time for each one us. Let's us hold each other in our thoughts at this time.
Pray for you and your family.

Trac

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Janine Dobson

A very big thank you to Fr Brendan, Fr Trac and all the staff for connecting with us in such a creative, interesting, varied and informative way over these many weeks. We are reading the newsletters, "attending" Mass, enjoying the music, and reflecting on the homilies and weekly prayers.
Of particular significance is the quiet, no-fuss and remarkable way five Churches have now been brought "under one roof", giving us all a sense of belonging and knowing we are well equipped to grow in faith, an admirable achievement.

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Trac

Hi Janine.
Hoping you are doing well.
Also, hope to listen to your suggestions if you have anything, please share with us.
Praying for you and your family at this time.

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Yolanda Torrisi

I am absolutely loving being able to tune into Mass at home. For the first time in a very very long time due to work commitments that saw me constantly parked in seat 25H, Aluminium Tube, The Globe, I am now “attending” Mass every weekend “religiously”. This had not been possible for a very very long time. I do miss the morning tea interactions ... now I see the regulars on the Anniversary Trail. I do think there is a place for online connection with our faith going forwards.

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Trac

Hi Yolanda.
Hoping this small message finds you well.
Mass online indeed brings us to another level of being together and it reminds us how important we are in physically.
Hoping to see you in Anniversary Trail one day.
Keep well as always.

Trac

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Liz Tehan

Congratulations to all involved. We really do appreciate all that you have done to get this happening for our parish. We know it would have been a very steep learning curve. Thanks again.

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Trac

Hi Liz.
I hope you are doing well.
We also do appreciate your support too.
Let's us keep one another in our prayers and our thoughts at this time.
Trac

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