Thursday, 03 May 2012 09:34
By Tracy Winslow
WICHITA – U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Brian McCague thought he would miss his daughter’s First Communion when he received orders six months ago to deploy to the Middle East.
Not a chance.
McCague watched Emma receive her First Communion Sunday, April 22, at All Saints Church in Wichita, Kan., via a live feed through the internet.
“It was truly a memorable event for me as well as for my daughter, who was told that I would be watching from the camera and turned around to specifically look at the camera,” McCague said. “It just melted my heart that she knew that even though I was not physically there, I was able to participate in her event in some small way.”
The live stream idea came from McCague’s wife, Kelly, an employee of the Diocese of Wichita, who knew the diocese had live stream experience. They were able to share the special day with the help of Amy Pavlacka, director of Communications for the diocese, and Kirk Longhofer of the Douglas Production Group.
Kelly McCague said the difficulty of any deployment is not only the separation, but those special events missed in a child’s life.
“It meant so much for my daughter to know that even though she didn’t see daddy in the church, she knew he could see her. She told all her friends to wave to her dad, and pointed up to the balcony where the webcam was positioned. She was so excited!”
The link was also shared with Emma’s other classmates, so that any of them with grandparents or other family members out of town could watch as well.
“It was so great to be able to watch my daughter’s First Communion,” M. Sgt. McCague said. “It was amazing to see how packed the church was, and to – even from a distance – feel the closeness of this parish. It was spectacular and a nice feeling of home – even while deployed.”