This past Sunday morning, the cantor sang a familiar psalm at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”
Usually, some 1,500 parishioners sing in response. Except this Sunday, the pews were empty. Instead, some 3,000 people were watching on Facebook.
“It’s definitely what I would call a new ballgame,” said Rev. Tom Rafferty, pastor at St. Anthony. “And I think it’s going to have an effect on how we do church long after this virus.”