Archdiocese of Brisbane launches first online parish

Brisbane

Brisbane Archdiocese has launched an online parish to engage the thousands of Catholics who practise their faith through a digital format, with Fr Peter Brannelly appointed the first online parish priest.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the innovation was sparked by the continued interest in online Masses even though COVID-19 restrictions have eased to enable churches to welcome back parishioners.

The online parish will be led by Fr Peter Brannelly, who will be a regular on the Archdiocese’s social media platforms engaging viewers across southeast Queensland and beyond.

The online parish begins this Sunday when the new liturgical year starts with the Advent season leading into Christmas celebrations.

Many Catholic dioceses and parishes provide a livestream of Masses but the Archdiocese wanted to go a step further and create an online parish that can be a central meeting point in the same way a physical parish brings together its community. The Archdiocese is not aware of any other formal online parish community in other parts of the world.

“We’ve always thought of a Catholic parish as something that has a geographic base around a church and perhaps a school but the last two years have made us think about life differently,” Archbishop Coleridge said.

“COVID-19 has changed many elements of our lives and we know that some of our parishioners began to watch Masses by livestream early last year and that’s continued.

“They are still watching and may not be able to make it to a physical parish so we decided that we would come to them by forming a dedicated online parish community with a priest who will engage with them regularly.”

As the first online parish priest of Brisbane, Fr Brannelly will provide members of the online parish community with a familiar face they can engage with every week.

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