Domestic Church: Online Mass

Friday 27 March 2020

Communications Office

During these unprecedented times, quite painfully, many Catholics will be unable to attend Mass. No doubt, this will only increase our hunger for Christ. We encourage you to continue your life of prayer and participation in the life of the Church despite this heavy cross. This page seeks to provide guidance to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Melbourne regarding their participation in Mass during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

What is a Dispensation from Mass? 

A dispensation from a diocesan bishop releases Catholics from fulfilling their Sunday obligation of attending Mass. In their letter dated 13 March 2020, the Bishops of Victoria dispensed the following groups from their Sunday obligation: those who feel vulnerable to COVID-19; those who are generally unwell; those are caring for those who are unwell; and those who think they might be at risk. On 18 March 2020, after prayerful consideration and reflection, the Bishops of Victoria announced the suspension of public liturgies and celebrations of Mass, until further notice for the health and safety of the community. In light of this, all Catholics in Victoria are dispensed from their Sunday obligation until further notice (canon 1248).

What should I do if I can’t go to Mass?

If you are unable to be present at a celebration of the Eucharist, we encourage you to participate in other ways such as spending time in personal and family prayer, reflecting on and praying with the Scriptures (particularly the Mass readings), praying a Liturgy of the Word with the Sunday readings, making a Stations of the Cross, praying the Rosary, making an Act of Spiritual Communion (see below) and participating in Mass online (see more below). Further information about opportunities for Sacrament of Reconciliation, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and times of private prayer in parishes will follow, however, churches will remain open. Please check with your local parish in the coming days for more information.

What is an Act of Spiritual Communion and how do I make one?

Catholics have long been encouraged to partake in the practice of “spiritual communion” if they are unable to receive the Eucharist for a particular reason (for instance – being homebound). Simply put, it is coming before the Lord in prayer – expressing our deep desire to be united to Him despite the fact that we are unable to be united to Him in receiving the Eucharist. In making an Act of Spiritual Communion we ask the Lord to give us the graces that would come to us if we were able to receive Him sacramentally (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity). 

How can I participate in Mass online?

Despite our physical distance, we can still participate in the celebration of Mass online. Many dioceses around the Archdiocese of Melbourne provide online streaming of Masses. Below are some links to some online Masses we encourage you to visit online. We also encourage you to think about how you might help those homebound and less tech-savvy to be able to access Mass online during this time. ​


Online Mass: Melbourne 

Daily Mass as St Patrick’s Cathedral

Live-streamed and uploaded to YouTube

Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne is available daily. The 1pm Mass is streamed live daily (Mon-Fri) and is then available as a recording on-demand until one hour prior to the next Mass. Sunday Mass is available, with the 11am Mass live-streamed and it is also available as a recording on-demand.

Sunday Mass at St James the Apostle 

Pre-recorded and uploaded to parish website by 10.30 am each Sunday

This family-friendly ‘home’ Mass concelebrated by Frs Jude and Silvio of St James the Apostle, Hoppers Crossing North, is in an intimate and personal setting. The readings are beautifully proclaimed and the homily enriching. The liturgy is further enhanced by recordings of familiar hymns and songs, encouraging the participation of viewers watching from their own homes. Triduum celebrations will be recorded and concelebrated by local priests. This Mass can also be accessed through the parish Facebook page.

Mass at Home with Fr Rob Galea  

Live-streamed and uploaded to YouTube

Fr Rob celebrates an informal Sunday Mass in a suburban Melbourne home, lovingly challenging you to deepen in your relationship with Jesus through charismatic and authentic preaching. Contemporary, three-part harmony arrangements of traditional hymns are led by musicians Gary and Natasha Pinto.

Vietnamese Mass Online 

Pre-recorded and uploaded to YouTube

Filmed at St Margaret Mary, Brunswick, these pre-recorded Vietnamese Sunday Masses are celebrated by a range of Vietnamese-speaking priests from the Vietnamese Catholic community in Melbourne. They feature music to enhance the Mass. Please note that a number of these Masses were pre-recorded before the most recent-social distancing measures were introduced.

Daily Mass at St Simon the Apostle 

Pre-recorded and uploaded to YouTube

Fr Kevin Dillon, of St Simon the Apostle, Rowville, is an experienced parish priest with an engaging manner and obvious love for the Mass and for God’s people. This daily Mass would be suitable for all audiences. The psalm response is shown on screen, and PowerPoint slides may feature in upcoming recordings. The weekday Mass (available from Tuesday to Friday) is recorded in a chapel, providing a more intimate setting; the Sunday Mass is recorded in the parish church. The Triduum services will also be available. A sound recording of the weekend Mass can also be heard on the Light FM radio station (89.9 FM) at 7am each Sunday morning.

Sunday Mass at St Mary’s

Pre-recorded and uploaded to parish website

These Masses, celebrated by Fr Steven Rigo at St Mary’s, Greensborough, offer a warm, engaging presider, prayerful atmosphere and insightful homily. They would be suitable for all audiences.

Sunday Mass at Resurrection Parish 

Live-streamed at 10am on Sunday, and also recorded and uploaded on Facebook

With Fr Gerard Keith presiding, the family Mass at Resurrection Parish, Kings Park, features live music and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Recommended for those seeking a lively parish-style Mass. Each Mass is also uploaded to the parish Facebook page.

Daily Mass at St Matthew’s 

Live-streamed on Facebook on weekdays at 8.30am, and on Sundays at 10am.

Fr Boy Galdo of St Matthew’s Parish, North Fawkner, celebrates the Eucharist daily, offering a traditional Mass and thoughtful homily. As well as being live-streamed, the Mass is recorded and uploaded to the St Matthew’s Facebook page for later viewing.

Daily Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St Benedict’s 

Live-streamed and uploaded to YouTube daily

Fr Daniel Serratore at St Benedict’s Catholic Community, Burwood, celebrates weekday Mass (Tuesday to Saturday) at 9am and Sunday Mass at 10am. St Benedict’s are also live-streaming Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every day. Masses feature contemporary music and lively, accessible homilies that encourages a genuine deepening of life in the Spirit. The ‘St Ben’s Live’ website is clear and easy to use, providing all the information and links you need, along with downloadable bulletins and children’s liturgy activity sheets.

Vietnamese Community of Our Lady of La Vang

Live-streamed and uploaded to parish website

The Vietnamese community of Our Lady of La Vang in Keysborough aims to spiritually serve and give support to the Vietnamese community by streaming both daily Mass and morning prayer. Morning prayer is at 7.40am and Mass at 8am from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, Mass is at 10am, and every Saturday common family prayers are posted on the website to be said at home at 7.30pm.

De Mazenod Family Australia

Live-streamed and uploaded to YouTube

The De Mazenod Family Australia is a ministry of the Australian Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Mass is celebrated by various priests from the Oblate community twice daily, and live-streamed and uploaded, along with evening prayer and oraison.

Daily Mass at St Philip's Parish

Live-streamed and uploaded to Facebook on weekdays (Monday to Saturday) at 7pm, and on Sundays at 10am

Fr Nicholas Dillon at St Philips, Blackburn North, celebrates a traditional Holy Mass, accompanied by sacred music, from Monday to Saturday at 7pm, and on Sunday morning at 10am. On Saturday, the Mass is celebrated according to the extraordinary Tridentine rite.


Online Mass: International

Pope Francis’ daily Mass

Pope Francis’ daily Masses are now available online through the Vatican’s website and YouTube channel. They are expected to continue to be available throughout the upcoming weeks.

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Mass for You at Home

This program has been allowing the faithful – particularly those with mobility problems – to participate in Mass from their homes for many years. Mass for You at Home is broadcast on Eleven and Network Ten on Sundays and Aurora Channel on Foxtel every day. It is also the fourth-longest running television show in Australia.

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Mass on Demand

Hosted through the CathNews YouTube platform, this is the first Mass of the Day at St Mary’s Church in North Sydney. It is uploaded each day, is available for 24 hours until it is replaced with the new Mass of the day. 

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Bishop Robert Barron 

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire – Bishop Robert Barron has been using new media to evangelise for over a decade. On his website or YouTube channel, viewers can find daily Mass alongside hours of intelligent and thought-provoking content on topics relevant to the faith.

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