How to Participate in a Catholic Mass Online

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How to Participate in a Catholic Mass Online
Catholics today can go to mass online. (church image by Josef F Stuefer from

Traditionally, priests have made house calls to the homebound or hospital-bound to deliver the mass. However, the Internet age has changed even the way the Catholic Church reaches its parishioners. Whether you are confined to the home due to illness, injury, disability or any other reason, you still have an opportunity to attend mass. Many Catholics with online access can sit in the comfort of their own homes and participate in masses broadcast from the other side of the world.

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    Search for Catholic churches who hold mass online. You can use any search engine. Use keywords like "Catholic mass online" for an efficient search.

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    Browse church websites, reading about policies and practices. Some churches use streaming video, while some churches offer transcripts with pictures.

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    Choose your method of attendance, whether through streaming video or reading transcripts and viewing pictures. Choose a church that uses the method you prefer and whose mass you'd like to attend online.

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    Contact that church's priest for any additional guidance or prayer requests, or just to notify him of your online attendance. He will be able to meet any spiritual needs you communicate.

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    Prepare yourself for worship. Helpful ways to prepare for worship include placing yourself and your computer in a quiet, peaceful space, dressing appropriately, obtaining your Bible and rosary, and prayer. Some churches offer other preparatory activities like reading through the week's scripture readings, listening to the week's hymns, and prayers for the week leading up to Sunday.

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    Read transcripts of the mass or click to play the video of the recorded mass you chose.

Tips and warnings

  • Some websites require you to register using your e-mail address in order to view videos of the mass.
  • Some churches that broadcast mass offer daily masses in addition to masses held weekly.
  • If you are homebound due to illness, injury or disability, make sure to let your priest know your situation. He can bring you communion and do a one-on-one mass in person with you.
  • Online masses offer the convenience of attending mass at any time and in any place. For some parishioners, it is one of their only chances to attend mass. However, be aware that you will not be able to receive the Sacrament of the Altar by participating in mass online. Online mass offers a very different kind of fellowship opportunity than live mass offers.

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