have celebrated Mass in the Oratory on weekdays since 2011 but when the first lockdown began in March 2020 and the stay at home order was given, I streamed Mass each day from the shed though our website.
Up to 120 people joined me every day from Essex to Stornoway in the UK as well as in Australia, the USA and someone on a drilling platform in the South Atlantic.
When the next lookdown happened I decided against live-streaming because it is so impersonal.
I used Zoom which gives me the opportunity to meet the other people.
Everyone can see who else is with us at Mass and then, when Mass is over, we can chat with each other over a virtual coffee.
This proved a great success in bringing people together, and made us all feel less isolated.
The response from other people has been the driving force for all this.
While using Zoom to broadcast Mass is not ideal, in lockdown is offered a very valuable way to help people, especially those isolated and on their own.
It created an opportunity for people to feel part of the church family, even when we were all in lockdown and unable to get out and about.
There is even a spiritual side to this, that people are getting the nourishment of the Mass, albeit in a peculiar way through Zoom.
The social side is also important for peoples morale, just to feel that we have friends that we can meet up with and share the joy of Ordinariate Catholic worship.
People have said that this has been a life line during lockdown.
In an unexpected way Zoom has been an amazing success in so many ways and even now, as lockdown eases, and people can again be present with me in person for Mass in my shed, we continue to have others joining us through Zoom.
In February one of our Ordinariate members who lives by the side of Loch Ness suggested that we might use the Mass by Zoom from the garden shed as a way of promoting the Ordinariate in Inverness.
I agreed and one evening I had a call from a journalist from the Press & Journal (P&J), the daily newspaper for the north of Scotland and Regional Daily Newspaper of the Year.
She sent a photographer who was surprised at what he saw, and compared it to Orkneys famous Italian Chapel.
He stayed for 40 minutes taking photographs!
You can imagine my surprise when on the Saturday the P&J carried a full-page article with two large photographs.
I was even more surprised the following week when two national newspapers, the Scottish Daily Mail and The Sun, also carried the story - full page again with photographs.
Headlines like Father Shed, Son of Man Cave and Give us this day our Naily Shed left me speechless.
Pope Francis has made this year 2021 The Year of Saint Joseph, so I decided that perhaps it is appropriate that my shed, The Oratory of St Joseph, should be entered into the Shed of the Year competition!