Welcome to the Celebration of the Eucharist (television Mass). Here you will find information about the television Mass including how to have prayers and/or intentions listed, and how to support the television Mass through donations to the Office of Radio & Television. You can also view today's television Mass. If you would like further information about the television Mass or to request donation envelopes please e-mail us at TVMass @ ortv-hartford.org (without spaces and no attachments please) or call (203) 758-7367.
About the television Mass
About the television MassThe Celebration of the Eucharist is produced by the Office of Radio & Television. The daily televised Mass reaches out to the homebound, and especially those who have been disconnected from their local parish communities through illness or age. Its purpose is to provide for the spiritual well-being of those who may need the prayers of the church community at challenging times in their lives. Viewers send in their requests for prayers for the living or deceased and special intentions. The names of those remembered are scrolled at the beginning of Mass, and a limited number are included during the Prayer of the Faithful, thus allowing the viewer to take an active role in the celebration of Mass. Priests from throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, as well as priests from the Dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich celebrate the television Mass on a rotating basis. Past winner of a Catholic Communication Campaign "Proclaim Award" for excellence in television programming, the television Mass is viewed throughout Connecticut, as well as parts of Massachusetts and New York. The Mass is broadcast everyday at 10:00 a.m. on WCCT-TV and can also be seen Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 a.m. on WCCT-TV.
The television Mass is broadcast live Monday - Friday. If you would like to participate in the live broadcast congregation, please plan to arrive at our Prospect studios no later than 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. If you have a large group that would like to be a part of the congregation, please call ahead so that we can be sure we can accommodate your group.
Broadcast air time for The Celebration of the Eucharist is made possible by Counterpoint Communications, Inc. Studio facilities and broadcast equipment for The Celebration of the Eucharist are provided by Counterpoint Communications, Inc.
If you would like to request a DVD of a television Mass you can now complete your request online by completing the following form and clicking the Pay Now button. Payments are securely processed through PayPal on its secure servers. However, you do not need a PayPal account to order a DVD online, you may use any major credit card or your PayPal account, if you have one. Charges will appear on your bank/credit card statement as "PAYPAL *ORTV WJMJ". Otherwise, you can view and print our program request form and mail it to the address on the form. You will receive your DVD in approximately 2-4 weeks.
"Go forth and build my Church." How many people throughout the course of Christian history have heard the Lord say "build my Church"; from the Apostles to Saint Francis of Assisi to us today, we are called to build up the Church. A different opportunity awaits us; however, in that through the television Mass we reach more people than the Apostles or Saint Francis could have hoped to reach in a lifetime. This makes our responsibility all the greater in building up the Lord's Church. The new television Mass chapel debuted and was dedicated on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2006, during a special one hour Mass presided by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell.
The television Mass chapel brings back the lost memories of the old Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, that was destroyed by fire on December 31,1956. Only a few of the original 72 magnificent stained glass windows, created by German and Austrian artists of the famous Tyroles Art Glass Company of Innsbruck, Austria, survived the fire, and they were gathering dust in the basement of the new cathedral for 50 years! Some of the survivors have become the focal point of the television Mass chapel. The remnants of fire smoke and soot, dust and grime, were removed by the craftsman of St. Joseph's Workshop in Waterbury, to reveal their vibrant colors and intricate designs. No repairs were made... any broken or missing glass was left as is. Special colored gels were used for any missing glass. The cleaned windows were then set in wooden panels of cherry, crafted to form the walls of the television Mass chapel.
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