Milwaukee will touch the hearts of Catholics nationwide through a broadcast TV Mass produced locally by Milwaukee-based Santa Fe Communications. On the first Sunday of Advent, Santa Fe Communications begins local production of the Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass with the Nov. 28th broadcast, which will initially reach approximately 100,000 viewers in six major metropolitan areas. In the Milwaukee viewing area, the Heart of the Nation TV Mass is shown on WCGV “My24” Channel 24 at 9:00 a.m., and on WITI “Fox6” Channel 6 at 5:30 a.m. Additionally, the Heart of the Nation TV Mass may also be viewed in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston.
For Catholics in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the Heart of the Nation Mass provides an opportunity to reach out to those who cannot join them in the pews. In addition to the elderly and homebound, the Heart of the Nation Mass serves Catholics in prison, employees whose weekend work schedules prevent them from attending Mass, and others in need.
Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, the oldest continually operating seminary in the country, has offered the use of its chapel for production of the Heart of the Nation TV Mass. The seminary location will be used consistently so that viewers gain the comfort of a familiar place of worship.
This new Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass will be available for online viewing on the new www.MySundayMass.org Web site which will launch at the beginning of the Advent season.
Nov. 28 TV Mass
A combined choir with members from St. Leonard Parish, Muskego; St. Joseph Parish, Big Bend; and St. James Parish, Mukwonago, will sing at the Mass on Nov. 28. Father Michael Bertram, a Capuchin Franciscan priest and pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, in Milwaukee, will preside. For future Masses, Santa Fe Communication will collaborate with additional priests, lay ministers, musicians, and Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki.