Transitioning to a Virtual Church

Dear Little Flower Parish Family,

          This weekend we approach the first Sunday since the suppression of public Masses due to the Coronavirus. But it’s not really called Suppression Sunday. This is actually the 4th Sunday of Lent, called Laetare Sunday, which is Latin for ‘Rejoice”. 

This sudden change [I’m still feeling the whiplash of it] has caused us to quickly and creatively reimagine how we communicate and gather as a church family. It has to be virtually for now. Perhaps virtual forms of communication and engagement seem foreign and intimidating. Well, I assure you I feel the same.

The last few days I’ve been researching and trying to figure out how to Facebook Livestream the Mass. I was finally successful and today was able to livestream the Saturday daily Mass from our rectory chapel. Only to have the internet glitch half-way through and cut off the livestream!…thanks Cox! Well, I tried. And tomorrow I’ll try again.

Transitioning to a Virtual Church 1

I invite you to join me on this crazy, wonky tech journey as we try to express our communion, belonging, and rejoicing in a new way. 

  1. Facebook Livestream Masses: For now our goal is to livestream Mass every day (Monday-Sunday) at 9:30am. If you can’t tune in for the livestream, know the videos can be accessed on demand from our Facebook Page at whatever time of day you prefer. This is perhaps the only benefit to virtual Mass over in-person: you get to ‘attend church’ when it’s convenient to your schedule…even in your PJ’s…I promise I won’t judge. Our Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/ptlittleflower
  2. For now, the parish office continues to remain open Monday-Friday from 9:00am until 3:30pm. It’s realllllyyyy quiet. So feel free to stop by [less than 10 at a time] and say ‘hi’.
  3. Moving forward, we are going to open the church from 7:00am until 2:30pm Monday–Friday for private/personal visits to the Blessed Sacrament. I would ask that you please be respectful of social distancing and the federal guidelines of no more than 10 people in the church at any one time. We are working too on setting up opening times on the weekend and I will update you with that info soon. 
  4. We’ve got a few other things in the works too for prayer and [drive-thru?!]Confessions, but for the sake of clear communication, we are going to move these emails to a weekly basis on Sundays. Think of them as your new Sunday bulletin! Also, we are going to be utilizing our Facebook page more for up-to-the-minute communications.
  5. Finally, I want to encourage you to please continue to give financially to support our parish. Without a weekly offertory our parish cannot exist. If you would like to give online, please visit our webpage: https://www.ptlittleflower.org/giving/
    If you’re not comfortable giving online know that you can drop off your donation in the office Monday-Friday from 9:00am–3:30pm by placing it in the basket at the glass reception window in the lobby, or by mailing it to us at:
    6495 Lillian Highway
    Pensacola, FL 32506   

          I assure you that you all continue to remain in my daily thoughts and prayers. If you have some additional thoughts on how we can connect digitally, I’m all ears.

In Christ,

Staff Signature | Fr. Matt Worthen

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