Message from Msgr. Schwanger

Pastor

Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

With Carnival Central open our attention turns toward the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and our hearts are full of gratitude for the gift of Mary as our mother and patroness. The Festival always opens the celebration and the Healing Mass on February 11th closes it in a most beautiful and powerful way.

From a certain point of view, our Livestreaming is our celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The cameras and the livestreaming service that make it possible for us to broadcast liturgies, processions, and events from Our Lady of Lourdes are paid for with funds that we raise at the Festival and we livestream to bring the healing power of God’s Spirit among us to our sick, suffering, and homebound brothers and sisters.

In 2019 there were a total of 23,124 views of Our Lady of Lourdes events on Livestream. Some of the peak viewing times included Holy Week and Easter, the Healing Masses, and Christmas. We have a loyal following for Sunday Masses and monthly processions. Most viewed is our Grotto Live Web Cam, followed by the 11:45 and 1:30 Sunday Masses, and the Adoration Live Web Cam. I think this shows that we are reaching those who would otherwise not be able to be with us.

Most people watch from their desktop but there is also a significant number that use their mobile devices. Seventyfive percent watch live broadcasts with the other 25 % watching replays. Of course, most viewers are in the United States, but we also have people checking in from the United Kingdom, Germany, Colombia, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Brazil. All together very interesting!

Congratulations to us all! I hope this help us to realize the importance of the work we do and of a successful Festival. God bless.

Msgr. Schwanger
Pastor