Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Livestreaming and Video Messaging

Don't Panic. Be Informed.

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 wanted to provide some insights that we’ve collected. 

Facebook

This is the easiest and least expensive method.  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.

A quick test run is advised, before promoting that you’ll be live-streaming,

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.

YouTube 

To be able to livestream 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. Posting to YouTube can be beneficial because everyone has access to view the video, unlike Facebook which requires viewers to have an existing Facebook account.  

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 and editor level. If using your mobile device follow the steps below.

  1. Log into the Facebook application and go to your parish’s Facebook page.
  2. Click Create Post.
  3. Add your post’s copy.
  4. Select Go Live from the menu below on the bottom of the screen.
  5. Be sure to select the Go Live filter and not one of the other filter options.
  6. Press Start Live Video and give it a few seconds to begin.
  7. When your video is complete, click Finish in the bottom right corner.
  8. You’ll then have the option to post your video to your timeline and upload in HD, be sure both are selected.
  9. 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:

  1. Login at YouTube.com and then click on the user icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Click on the gear icon to get to your account’s YouTube Settings.
  3. Click on Create a new channel.
  4. Then choose “Use a business or other name”
  5. Add your Brand name and click create.
  6. Ensure that you’ve enabled your channel for live streaming. Webcam is compatible with Chrome 60+ and Firefox 53+.
  7. Click the upload or camera icon in the upper right hand corner .
  8. Click Go Live.
  9. At the top, select Webcam.
  10. Enter a title and description, and select a privacy setting. You can also schedule your live stream for a later date.
  11. Click More options > Advanced Settings for more settings.
  12. Click Save. Your camera will then take a thumbnail
  13. Click Go Live.
  14. 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:  

 Tip#2. Be available 

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

Tip# 3. Use Flocknote  

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!