CatholicTV Mass: Holy Week, Easter Sunday, Every Day
For more than 60 years, the Mass has been the foundation of The CatholicTV Network. First, the Network produced special Masses, including ordination to the priesthood, holy days, and eventually a Sunday Mass each week. Today, the Network produces its own Mass and airs Masses from the Vatican, from papal visits around the world, and from around the country [including the National Shrine and Notre Dame] and Canada.
The CatholicTV Mass has been broadcast Monday through Friday since March 26, 1973. This devotional program has been broadcast over the air on local Boston affiliates, on cable, online, and on mobile devices and over-the-top platforms like Roku and Apple TV.
March 26, 2017 began the 25th year that a CatholicTV Mass has been broadcast Monday through Friday in some capacity, whether over the airwaves on Boston television stations, through cable, online, over-the-top, or on demand. The CatholicTV Mass airs live at 9:30 a.m. and is rebroadcast at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. weekdays. It is celebrated by priests of the Archdiocese of Boston and beyond from CatholicTV’s Chapel of the Holy Cross. It is available for on-demand viewing every weekday morning via CatholicTV.com, mobile apps, and streaming services. Saturday morning’s Mass airs at 9:30 a.m. from Toronto’s Loretto Abbey.
- The CatholicTV Network also broadcasts a full slate of Masses every Sunday. The CatholicTV Mass airs from our chapel at 8 a.m. on cw56 in Boston and is rebroadcast at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on CatholicTV. La Santa Misa, the Sunday Mass in Spanish, airs at 8 a.m., 5:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. and is made possible by Deacon Franklin Mejia, Padre Francisco Anzoategui, and the support of the Hispanic Apostolate of the archdiocese. The Network also airs a bilingual Mass from San Antonio’s San Fernando Basilica Sundays at 4 p.m.
- Other Sunday Masses include the broadcast of Mass from America’s Catholic Church, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Saturday at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Priests and choirs from parishes around the capital area are featured each week. CatholicTV also airs Masses from the National Shrine throughout the year, including the Prayer Vigil for Life and Catholic University of America Masses.
- Typically, the most watched Mass on CatholicTV is the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass from Notre Dame’s Sacred Heart Basilica. CatholicTV has proudly aired this weekly Mass since 2008.
- Of course, the most watched Masses historically are broadcasts of Masses with the pope. Beginning in 1979 with Pope St. John Paul II’s first Mass in the United States on Boston Common, CatholicTV has been airing papal Masses from around the world thanks to our partnership with Vatican TV and Radio. We have been able to bring Masses with Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis throughout the year from the Vatican and from the locations of their apostolic visits. This has included World Youth Days, visits to the United States, and journeys to other continents.
- Other popular Masses are episcopal ordination and installation Masses from around the U.S., including the ordination of Bishops Robert Reed and Mark O’Connell last summer. For the past 10 years, Masses from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention have been part of our coverage of this event, as well as Masses during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops annual fall assembly.
- The busiest days of the year for Masses in Catholic Churches and on CatholicTV are Christmas and Easter. Each year, we broadcast our regular Mass schedule on Christmas Day, as well as special Masses from the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
We encourage you to join us each day for Mass, watch homilies from CatholicTV celebrants, access the archive of Masses on YouTube, and download or bookmark the Catholic Mass responses for your convenience.
A version of this article was originally published in The CatholicTV Monthly.