Bishop Thanks TV Mass Volunteers
December 15, 2022
ROCKFORD—Lectors, cantors, musicians and priests who celebrate the weekly Mass on television gathered so they could be celebrated by Bishop David Malloy at special breakfast for them Dec. 7.
Bishop Malloy thanked them for helping to continue one of the diocese’s longest-running apostolates for the sick and homebound. The volunteers received new diocesan directories and lector workbooks to help in their preparation for the Masses. 
The Catholic Mass has been broadcast on WREX-TV since Jan. 23, 1966. The Mass has been coordinated by the Office of Communication and Publications since 1982.
The year of 2022 was a significant year for the TV Mass ministry because the program is no longer produced at the WREX studios. Due to programming changes at WREX, the Mass needed a new location for filming so production of the weekly Mass was moved to the Immaculate Conception Chapel inside the Diocesan Administration Center.
“The change gives the Mass a more sacred atmosphere and our viewers tell us they really appreciate the change. We really appreciate the patience and cooperation of all our volunteers who helped make the transition and continue to assist in this important weekly outreach,” Bishop Malloy said.
The weekly Catholic Mass is made possible in part by contributions to the Catholic Communication Campaign, part of the Diocesan Combined Appeals. Priests currently seen celebrating the TV Mass are Fathers Aaron Downing, Jack Reichardt and Akan Simon. Bishop Malloy will be the celebrant for the Mass to be broadcast on Dec. 25. The Mass can be seen each Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on WREX-Channel 13, the local NBC affiliate.
Anyone interested in becoming a lector, cantor or musician should call the Office of Communication and Publications at 815-399-4300.
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