Isolated, But Not Alone: The Diocese Goes Viral

Many pastors have moved to broadcasting Masses live on Facebook and their parish websites. Here’s a picture from St. Mel’s, Flushing. The parish’s live video views have increased by 1,000 percent after the coronavirus outbreak in New York City. Parishioners have contacted the rectory requesting even more spiritual sessions, like Rosary hours and the Stations of the Cross.

“VIVA ITALIA!” Father Michael Louis Gelfant, the pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish in Rockaway Point, streamed the hoisting of an Italian flag in honor of St. Joseph’s Day. He joked that, “It is the first time in the history of the parish, the Italian flag flies.” He finished with the “Prayer for Protection in the Time of Pandemic.”

The show must go on! WXBN is Xaverian High School’s weekly, student-run television station that brings the community all the school’s news. The devoted “Gen-Z” students recorded their entire show from their cell phones. During the broadcast, they explained how students are moving to distance-learning to cope with the coronavirus crisis and continue their studies.

Father Peter Purpura, the pastor of Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village, has been sending daily video messages to his parish community. The pastor has been challenging his parishioners to find ways to deepen their faith during this quarantine.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio put out his first Facebook video message to the faithful of the Diocese on St. Joseph’s Day. The Bishop asked for the saint’s intercession to not only be the protector of Jesus and Mary, but our protector during these times as well. Bishop DiMarzio plans to stream several videos a week from the chapel in the Bishop’s Residency.