THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
(Daily Television Mass)
NOTICE: As a result of COVID-19 the call and mail volume into our office has increased significantly. In addition, at this time we are understaffed. Therefore, we kindly ask, if you wish to request prayer intentions for the television Mass, that you please use our mail-in or online resources. You can find complete information on our Prayers and Donations page. Additionally, due to the high volume of TV Mass prayer requests we are receiving on a daily basis, we are extremely backlogged and it may be three or more months before you see your prayer request on the TV Mass, unless you have requested a specific (special) date and it is available! Under normal circumstances, special date requests must be submitted at least two months in advance. Please note, for your security and to prevent fraud, we deposit donations on the same day that they are received. Please do not call our office to find out when your prayer intention will be on the TV Mass; because at this time WE DO NOT KNOW!
We thank you for your patience and understanding. Together, we will get through this! Stay Safe, Stay Home!
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.org (without spaces and no attachments please).
If you wish to participate as a member of our virtual television Mass congregation during The Celebration of the Eucharist, please email your photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the television Mass
The following note was enclosed with a recent donation to the Office of Radio & Television from a TV Mass Viewer in Farmington:
"To be honest, prior to the coronavirus, I didn't pay much attention to the TV Masses, since I could attend in person. However, with churches temporarily closed, I've been greatly appreciative of the opportunity to at least see Mass on TV. I can also now understand the value of the TV Mass for those who are homebound because of bad health. Thanks, Bruce"
About the television Mass
The Celebration of the Eucharist, daily television Mass, 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. As a thank you and in gratitude to those viewers who donate to support the television Mass, we include their prayer request for a loved one or special intention during the television Mass, if so desired. We believe that there is power in prayer and know that with the multiplication of all our voices who watch the television Mass on behalf of all those in need, our loving God will generously respond with his blessings. When we publicly share the name of a person for whom we pray, it is an invitation to thousands to pray with us on behalf of that person.
Priests from throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, and on occasion from the Dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich celebrate the television Mass on a rotating basis.
A 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, and worldwide streaming live and on demand.
The television Mass is simulcast daily at 10:00 a.m. on WCCT-TV (CW20) and WCTX-TV (MyTV9). It addition to the daily broadcast at 10:00 a.m., it is also broadcast at 5:00 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday on WCCT-TV.
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.
"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. They had been gathering dust in the new Cathedral of Saint Joseph basement 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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