Those who are too infirm to attend Mass have long made use of televised and webcast Masses. Whilst obviously “not the same” as being physically present, these services are very helpful to, and much appreciated by, those who make use of them.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane now streams live the 10am Sunday Mass from Saint Stephen’s Cathedral every week. I happened to check the site on Christmas Day morning whilst the Mass of Christmas was being streamed and was very impressed with the quality of picture and sound. The streams can be found at http://bne.catholic.net.au/asp/index.asp?pgid=12140.
There is also a section “On Demand Viewing” which currently has the recent presbyteral ordination of Father Lucius Edomobi. This streaming facility allowed Father Lucius’ parents, family and friends in Nigeria to watch his ordination live as it was happening here in Brisbane.