Carrie Stone | April 7, 2020
Hearing the call to help their church community during the coronavirus crisis, Mark Witte, post-production manager in the Office of Digital Learning, and his wife, Heidi, both class of 2009 answered the call. The couple created an online Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Parents can access the online Gospel lesson via YouTube each Sunday, including Easter.
Blending the skills of Heidi’s teaching background and Mark’s film and digital production expertise, the Wittes launched their 20-minute online sessions last month to provide young parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church gospel messages and inspiration. The videos replace the live, in-person time Heidi normally offers each Sunday at the South Bend parish.
Originally created to address the needs of their home parish, the sessions are reaching thousands from Maryland to California on Heidi’s YouTube channel. More than 2,000 viewers watched her first session alone.
“I wanted to continue my service for our parish, for our five-year-old and for anyone’s children who are missing this time right now,” Heidi says.
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