Reaching out and communicating to your communities is important at this current time. Even sending a simple video message to your parishioners via Flocknote is a great step in communicating with them!
While livestreaming or recording Mass and other video messages is not necessary, we highly recommend it, and we wanted to provide some insights that we’ve collected.
Because it is the easiest, least expensive, and most known social media platform known to much of your community, we recommend livestreaming through Facebook. Simply use a smartphone or tablet mounted on a tripod, and connect it to Facebook. If you let your parishioners know when you’ll be celebrating Mass they can go to your parish’s Facebook page to tune in.
One challenge is audio. Even though you may be the only person in the church, use your microphone and PA system so your voice can be clearly picked up by the microphones on your phone/tablet. If you have an external microphone that you can attach to your phone/tablet, it can be a tremendous help. These are relatively inexpensive and can be used for creating all sorts of videos now and into the future. You can do an internet search for options that work with your particular device.
We advise carrying out a quick test run before promoting that you’ll be live-streaming.
During the live-streaming of Mass you’ll need a producer who sets up and records the video and makes sure everything is streaming smoothly. We also advise having another Facebook page admin or editor on a computer ready to greet people before Mass and answer questions as they come across. An important task for this person will be adding your online giving link to the comments when it is time for the offertory.
After your Livestream video is completed, you’ll be prompted by Facebook to post it to your timeline so others can still view it in case they missed it live. You’ll also be asked if you would like to save the video file to your device, which you can then use to post on other social media platforms such as YouTube.
If you plan to Livestream Masses, please let us know and we will add it to our online list of parishes offering this service.
Currently, to be able to live–stream on a mobile device, your YouTube channel will need to have at least 1,000 subscribers. Note that this eligibility threshold does not apply to other live streaming tools. Creators who have less than 1,000 subscribers will still be able to live stream through tools such as desktops and webcams. As well, remember you can always upload recorded videos to YouTube, including your Facebook live videos you saved or downloaded to your mobile devices, which was mentioned above.
Livestream Step-by-Step Directions
Steps to create a Livestream on Facebook
Be sure you have a page role on your parishes Facebook page, preferably an admin level. If using your mobile device follow the steps below.
- Log into the Facebook application and go to your parish’s Facebook page.
- Click Create Post.
- Add your post’s copy.
- Select Go Live from the menu below on the bottom of the screen.
- Be sure to select the Go Live filter and not one of the other filter options.
- Press Start Live Video and give it a few seconds to begin.
- When your video is complete, click Finish in the bottom right corner.
- You’ll then have the option to post your video to your timeline and upload in HD, be sure both are selected.
- Before you press share, you can download this video file by clicking the “Save” button in the bottom left corner. The video will save to your device if you have enough free space on your device.
Steps to create a Livestream on YouTube
In order to create a livestream from YouTube, you need to have a Gmail account and YouTube channel. Follow the steps below to create a channel:
- ￼Login at YouTube.com and then click on the user icon at the top right of the screen.
- Click on the gear icon to get to your account’s YouTube Settings.
- ￼Click on Create a new channel.
- ￼Then choose “Use a business or other name”
- ￼Add your Brand name and click create.
- ￼Ensure that you’ve enabled your channel for live streaming. Webcam is compatible with Chrome 60+ and Firefox 53+.
- ￼Click the upload or camera icon in the upper right hand corner .
- ￼Click Go Live.
- At the top, select Webcam.
- ￼Enter a title and description, and select a privacy setting. You can also schedule your live stream for a later date.
- Click More options > Advanced Settings for more settings.
- ￼Click Save. Your camera will then take a thumbnail
- ￼Click Go Live.
- ￼When you’re done streaming, click End Stream at the bottom. All streams under 12 hours will be automatically archived. You can access previous, current, and upcoming streams in the Live Tab.
Looking for more information? Below are some helpful links:
Invite your flock to continue hosting their small groups. Tell them when your priest is available for confession and live stream adoration. You can use the resources listed above like Facebook or YouTube but look for free options using Zoom.com and Calendly.com to help with scheduling connected to your calendar
Consider virtually lighting candles for parishioners for a suggested online donation. The candle lighting could take place each day through livestream, offering parishioners another opportunity to engage with you online.
Stay in touch with your parishioners and remind them to give digitally. Record daily inspiration for your flock, record videos if you can’t livestream and send them because they miss you!
Flocknote is a FREE email and text messaging tool created for churches, ministries, teams and other community organizations. Whether it’s short messages or long newsletters, Flocknote’s the simplest way to send emails and text messages to groups – large or small.
If you are looking to set up an account for your parish or school, or if you simply need a refresher on how to use Flocknote you can sign up for an on the phone training call by clicking this link: https://calendly.com/caitlin-archden
You can also watch video tutorials on specific topics here: https://help.flocknote.com/