June 10, 2009
The Sunday TV Mass, on air for over 55 years in the Washington metropolitan area, is moving to a new channel and time starting July 5, 2009. The Mass, which has been airing on WHUT-32 at 8:30 a.m., is moving to WDCW (“The CW”), where it will air on Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
This spring, WHUT, a public television station, announced that it would no longer carry the Mass after July. The Mass, which is produced by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington, has aired on WHUT for the past 13 years. To assist viewers in making the transition to a new station, the Mass will air on both WHUT and WDCW during July.
“We have had a great relationship with WHUT for many years, and are sorry to leave the channel,” said Susan Gibbs, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Washington. “At the same time, this is a wonderful opportunity to offer the Sunday TV Mass on a larger outlet and at a time that is more convenient to many of our viewers.”
“The Sunday TV Mass allows for those who are homebound to spiritually participate in the Catholic Mass. It is our hope that this station change will result in providing even more people with access to the televised Mass, especially those who are suffering and who may feel isolated,” said Joelle Santolla, director of communications for the Diocese of Arlington.
The Sunday TV Mass is one of the oldest in the nation and has aired in the Washington metropolitan area for 56 years. Over the years, it has become popular not only with the homebound, but with other Catholics who watch while getting ready for church and even among non-Catholics.
The Mass is videotaped in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The priests, parish choirs, lectors, congregation and other participants come from local parishes in Washington, DC; suburban and southern Maryland; and northern Virginia.
Director of Communications