The Archdiocese of Brisbane launched this online parish in December 2021. The online parish was introduced to provide Catholics with the opportunity to practise their faith through a digital format, as many people have become accustomed to throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fr Peter Branelly has been appointed as the online parish priest and will be the regular face that this online community sees every week.
Fr Peter Branelly will be seen on the Archdiocesan social media channels weekly, inviting prayer intentions, describing the lives of saints on their feast days and featuring in other opportunities to connect with parishioners online.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge says that “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. We’ve always thought of a Catholic parish as something that has a geographical base around a church but the last two years have made us think about life differently. Covid-19 has changed many elements of our lives and we know that some of our parishioners began to watch Masses by livestream in early 2020 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.”
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