Many of us are unable to attend daily Mass but wish we could! Now the Mass is as near as your television or Internet-connected device! Wow! Catholic TV provides a way to view the Mass each day on television or on your Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smart phone.
Priests celebrate the Catholic Mass daily at CatholicTV for television and online, on-demand, over-the-top, and on-the-go viewing. The Sacrifice of the Mass is the source and summit of the Roman Catholic faith, and is the center of The CatholicTV Network’s mission. Hear the words of the Gospel, reflect on the daily homily, and worship God in the Eucharist.
Now you may wonder, or someone may ask you: If I can watch Mass on my computer, phone or television, does that mean I don’t need to go to Mass on Sunday anymore? That’s a really good question. So the short answer is that attending Sunday Mass IRL (in real life) is one of the precepts of the Church, that is not fulfilled by viewing Mass on television or the Internet. Some people like to listen to the Sunday Mass on TV before or after they attend Mass IRL, to gain a deeper insight and reflection or just enjoy the Sabbath spending extra time with the Lord. And daily Mass is not an obligation but can be a very meaningful spiritual practice, where CatholicTV makes possible for those who cannot physically be at our parish 8 am Mass on Monday through Saturday, but that’s an extra, beyond the precept which is set as the minimum.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops expresses this concept with clarity and detail:
US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy reminds us that “all who are made children of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of his Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s Supper” (SC, #10).
Yet being a part of the Sunday worshiping assembly is not always possible for all members of the community. Some people have been hospitalized, home-bound, or imprisoned and do not have the opportunity to be physically present with a regular worshiping community. For this reason, many dioceses telecast the Mass and other liturgies as a way of reaching out to those who cannot be physically present for the community’s celebration of the eucharist. The televised Mass is never a substitute for the Church’s pastoral care for the sick in the form of visits by parish ministers who share the Scriptures and bring Communion, nor is it ever a substitute for the Sunday Mass celebrated within a parish faith community each week. However, televising the Mass is a ministry by which the Church uses modern technology to bring the Lord’s healing and comfort to those who cannot physically participate in the liturgical life of the local Church and who often experience a sense of isolation from the parish and its regular forms of prayer and worship.
(Just btw (by the way) Bishop Robert Reed, who now leads CatholicTV, way back when still Father Reed, served as All Saints Parish parochial vicar. That was in 1998, the year our parish was formed from the merger of four parishes: St. Rita, St. George, St. Joseph, and St. Michael. Kinda neat to know the Haverhill connection.)