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Creating a Livestream Mass


Livestream Limitations

[“Religious gatherings: Under Order # 3 of the Stay at Home Order, all public and private gatherings of any kind are prohibited during the term of the Stay at Home Order (as may be extended). This broad, facially neutral prohibition on gatherings includes secular and non-secular gatherings.”] - Mayor Kirk Caldwell

The Mayor clarified that live-streaming of religious services in general is permitted.  HOWEVER they need to be limited to a minimum amount of people (e.g. preacher, camera person) and follow the “social distancing” practices.

Because this is a mandatory order by the Mayor, we ask that you minimize the number of people assisting at your livestream Masses as follows (the same is being done at the Cathedral Basilica):

  • Celebrant
  • One Lector
  • Videographer
  • One Musician

NO concelebrants
NO deacon(s)
NO server(s)
NO MC(s)


Permission for Readings and Prayers

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), and the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) are waiving any need to request permission to use readings or Mass prayers in a livestreamed liturgy.

More information from the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine on copyright permissions:

The copyright permissions office of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine has issued a policy on the reprinting and reproduction of Readings and Mass Prayers. 

Of special note is the section entitled  “Permissions for use of the Readings in English and the Mass Prayers and Readings in Spanish in Light of the Covid -19 Pandemic.”   It notes that “these policies apply only in the United States of America.”

  • Through December 31, 2020, no permission is required for livestreaming of Masses and the Divine Office via social media. As always, relevant liturgical law should be observed regarding the choice and use of texts.
  • Gratis permission is granted to include these texts in a downloadable or print worship aid through the conclusion of the current liturgical year (November 22, 2020). The texts must be reprinted verbatim and the appropriate copyright acknowledgment must be provided.
  • Permission will not be granted to project the readings or other Mass texts.
  • Families and individuals are encouraged to bring their own participation aids (hand missals, seasonal or monthly booklets, etc.) to Mass. Parishes or other groups may wish to coordinate bulk purchase and distribution of such resources if local health restrictions allow. “

 Please read the full text of the entire policy. It may be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/permissions/index.cfm

 Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) is offering a 50% discount on missals for individual use (1-4 copies) so that people may better participate in the liturgy when they are confined to their homes. [CODE   50OFF]

 Parish Ministers may receive a 15% discount on all digital products (excluding subscriptions).  [CODE  DIGITAL15]


Music Licensing Requirements for Livestream Masses

Beginning April 16, 2020

If your parish is new to livestreaming masses with music and doesn’t already have a license to do so your parish will need to obtain one. One License has just released a new Streaming Only license beginning April 16, 2020 which allows parishes to stream music from OCP and over 300 member publishers during your recorded and livestreamed masses on a variety of virtual platforms such as You Tube, Zoom, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.  See this helpful article which provides more details about options at One License:  https://news.onelicense.net/2020/04/13/looking-ahead-licensing-options-for-gratis-accounts-after-april-15/

Worship Aids and Projections

If you are also providing worship aids to your congregation or projecting lyrics on screens you will need to inquire about obtaining an Annual License with podcast streaming from One License.  More information about options can be found here at: https://onelicense.net/options-and-prices

Citing your Permission to Podcast/Stream

You are also required to cite your license each time you use music in your livestream mass. The podcast/stream must include the following words at the end of the service or on the website containing a link to the podcast/live stream: 

"Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-000000." (and insert your license number).

Reporting your Music Use Weekly

Additionally, with One License after the service is over your parish will need to report all music used and the number of services it was used for. There are helpful videos on the One License website that show you how report this information: https://onelicense.net/church-copyright-overview-video

OCP Parish Grant Applications

OCP Parish grant applications have been extended until June 30, 2020 and any awarded grants can be applied toward a One License if your parish needs to obtain one.  More info on OCP parish grants is available at:  https://www.ocp.org/en-us/parish-grants

If you have questions or need help, contact Mary DiCamillo, OCP Parish Ministry Consultant at maryd@ocp.org  or 1-800-548-8749 (ext 5324).


Resources to Create a Livestream