Daily Mass for Australian TV

Mass will be broadcast on the Australian Catholic Television programming on the Aurora Community pay TV channel at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern, every day from this Sunday.

The channel, seen on Foxtel and Austar Digital Channel 183, has been broadcasting Mass For You At Home and Australian-made Catholic documentaries several days each week since March this year.

"Putting Mass to air is a service Australian Catholic Television is delighted to provide for those Catholics who may not have ready access to the celebration of the Eucharist in their local Catholic parish," said Fr Richard Leonard SJ, Director of Australian Catholic Television.

For 31 years the free to air Channel 10 has been broadcasting Mass for You At Home, currently at 6:00 am on Sunday mornings. Aurora Community Television gives the Church the opportunity to put the Mass to air throughout the week, and at more accessible times.

The Mass will be broadcast on Aurora Community Television every day at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm AEST.

He said the televised Mass did not take the place of the local parish celebration of the Eucharist.

"Over the years the people who have appreciated the TV Mass most have been in nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, prisons, and in regional and remote parts of Australia. Being on the digital service with Foxtel or Austar means there is not a place within the country we cannot reach", Fr Leonard said.

Meanwhile Catholic Church TV will also be screening a regular roundup of the activities of the Pope and the Vatican in "Octava Dies" (Eight Days), from this Sunday at 10.30am.

On a weekly basis the Vatican maintains a regular schedule of high-powered diplomatic negotiations, representations to international bodies and participation in global forums.

"Vatican television has the exclusive rights to the news footage that comes out of this smallest sovereign state in the world", said Fr Leonard SJ. "In Octava Dies Vatican TV has packaged the footage into a weekly magazine program.

"We get everything from the audiences the Pope had with Spiritual Leaders, Heads of State and Government, arriving and departing Ambassadors, humanitarian delegations and church groups, to the Bishops on their five yearly ad limina visits, special Masses and liturgical ceremonies, beatifications and canonizations and conferences the Vatican is sponsoring, or participating in."

In the Year of the Eucharist Catholic Mass now broadcast daily (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 27/6/05)
Vatican TV comes to Australia (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 27/6/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Bishops' Committee for the Media
Catholic Church TV schedule
Mass for You at Home (National Catholic Television Library)
Aurora Community Television

New Catholic presence on Pay TV (CathNews 29/3/05)

TV turns to religion (The Guardian 27/6/05)

28 Jun 2005