This last week has been a mixed bag of weather, from sub-zero temperatures to ice glazing and blowing and drifting snow.
Some of the elderly residents of Manning, however, will no longer have to brave the elements to attend Mass at Sacred Heart Parish. Parish members, led by Father Paul Kelly, have invested in and installed a new video system that will allow Mass to be streamed live or recorded and played back at the Char-Mac Assisted Living Facility and the Plaza Nursing Home. This Sunday, Jan. 14, will be the inaugural use of the new system and residents in these facilities will be able to watch the service in the safety of their own home. Father Kelly says this has really come at a critical time, just when the first winter storm of the season has hit. “We are hopeful that all residents will be able to either watch live or access the recorded Mass later in the day or week at their convenience,” he says. A generous contribution from a parishioner made last fall was the inspiration for the project. The group reached out to Jackie Montgomery of Sound and Service in Carroll, who helped them identify their needs and develop the system. The streaming and recording service will allow viewing of Sunday and daily Masses, typically held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, funerals, baptisms and weddings. Their goal is to be able to adapt the system to offer viewings to traveling parishioners or friends and family members unable to attend ceremonies and Masses.