This could almost be an “armchair liturgist” piece–asking what your parish does or what you would do were you in charge.
Over the years, I’ve served in a few parishes that regularly filmed the Sunday Mass. Sometimes, it’s been done pretty poorly. One pastor insisted the videographer stay in a glassed-in booth and get the sound directly from the sound board.
In my present parish, we had an ailing video camera. We used to hire a local guy to transfer it to digital for airing on the community access channel. Almost two years ago, a generous parishioner donated a nice digital camera and some editing software. Now we have a crew of people to film, and we’ve got a few people (though it’s usually me) doing editing and production.
It’s a good bit of work, but the question sits before us:
In the YouTube Century, do people still watch tv? The community access station recently shifted up the dial to about channel 86. The cable provider makes that part of “basic,” but you can’t get the Mass via the airwaves anymore. Our previous pastor (extremely supportive of the effort) laughed that the only people who told him they watched him on tv were Lutherans. I’m sure we have others who do, but how many in a city of 55,000? A hundred? Ten? Three Lutherans?
What do you think? Are the shut-ins helped by a televised Mass? Are they better served by a slick EWTN production?
This weekend, we taped First Communion at the Saturday Mass. I have 23 copies to burn: one for City Hall, and the others for parents.