First Livestream Broadcast for the Archdiocese of Regina
Livestream & Camera Operator: Rev. Barry J. Anwender
Photos Courtesy of Fey Hipolito
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Blessed Sacrament Parish celebrated its annual Canada Day Mass with Archbishop Daniel J. Bohan presiding. This event is a joint effort of the Father Hugonard 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, the Father John Riffel 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, Santo Nino Council of the Knights of Columbus and Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Canada Day Eucharistic celebration highlights the Knights of Columbus fourth pillar of patriotism.
“The Order is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.”
This year July 1st was preceded by three days of torrential rains that resulted in severe flooding across several Regina subdivisions, as well as numerous municipalities throughout the south and eastern regions of Saskatchewan. The rain put a damper on the traditional pancake brunch with sausages, eggs and coffee, as well as the free face painting and popsicles for children that were planned to precede the Mass. Despite the rain and cancelled outdoor festivities, Blessed Sacrament church was packed with visitors who gathered to celebrate Mass with Archbishop Bohan.
“Blessed Sacrament Church is the oldest Roman Catholic Church building in Regina, and the city’s second oldest church still in use.”
In the spirit Regina’s Pioneer Catholics, this year’s Canada Day Mass was also the first event in the archdiocese to be broadcast as a livestream video feed on the Internet. The Archdiocese and Blessed Sacrament parish websites promoted the Canada Day event with URL links to Livestream.com who hosted the internet broadcast. Livestream.com reporting that 150 viewers watched the live video of the Mass from their computers, mobile phones and tablets.
“I had indeed noticed this on our website and took some pleasure in thinking about our “oldest Roman Catholic Church building in Regina ” leading the way here in things like Livestream … !!!!! The Livestream viewers continue to grow … the quality is wonderful–so clear—and a pleasure to watch.” ~ Loretta
“Saw the beautiful Canada Day Mass celebration. THANK YOU for filming it so all can enjoy … a spectacular end product, the sound was clear as a bell and your church was showcased beautifully. Blessed Sacrament really is a beautiful church.” ~ Sharon
Blessed Sacrament parish is home to Catholic immigrants from many countries. Several parishioners reported that their relatives watched the Mass on the internet from different provinces in Canada, as well as various countries around the globe. One week after the event, Livestream.com reported that 250 viewers had watched the archived event. You can watch the original livesteam broadcast of the Canada Day Eucharistic Celebration by clicking/tapping on the graphic banner below:
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