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The Catholic Foundation Extends Televised Mass Sponsorship

When shelter-in-place guidelines closed area churches in March, Dallas Bishop Edward Burns recognized an opportunity to televise the weekly Mass, and The Catholic Foundation agreed to partner with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas as the financial broadcast sponsor of televised Sunday Masses on local television.

“When we were asked to shelter in place, we felt it was very important for us all to pray in place,” said Matt Kramer, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation, reflecting on the spring decision to serve as the broadcast sponsor of the Masses concelebrated by Bishop Burns and Bishop Kelly and aired on Sunday at 11 a.m. on FOX4, then replayed on KDFI, channel 27 or 7 depending upon your video service provider, at noon.

In June, The Catholic Foundation extended its sponsorship through the end of September, and included the Spanish language Mass aired on KUVN, Univision channel 23, at 8 a.m.

Before each Mass, a 60-second public service announcement about The Catholic Foundation appears.

Watch the English version: https://vimeo.com/435135763/ee1838d11b

Watch the Spanish version: https://vimeo.com/435138533/accadef9ae

English Mass Viewable on Ch. 27 or 7 Only July 12th & 19th
Due to existing FOX4 programming, the English Mass will only appear on KDFI, Ch. 27 or 7 at 11 a.m. on July 12 and 19.

The first televised Mass took place at the Cathedral Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. Subsequent Masses took place at other churches throughout the Diocese during the next few months, and involved guest homilists.

“As Mass continued on TV through the end of spring, we heard stories of how valuable the TV service was for people isolated at home or working long shifts at medical facilities,” said Matt, offering appreciation to donors who have continued contributing funds earmarked to help sponsor the televised Mass.

“We have also received very positive feedback from individuals who preferred joining Mass on TV as opposed to online as well as from people working but who turned on the TV to enjoy the Mass at work or in a break room,” he added.

September Update: Since this article was posted, we have extended our televised Mass sponsorship throughout all of 2020. In addition, with the introduction of NFL on FOX4, the two English Masses only appear on sister station, KDFI, ch. 7 or 27 depending upon video service provider, at 11 a.m. and replayed at noon.

When shelter-in-place guidelines closed area churches in March, Dallas Bishop Edward Burns recognized an opportunity to televise the weekly Mass, and The Catholic Foundation agreed to partner with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas as the financial broadcast sponsor of televised Sunday Masses on local television.

“When we were asked to shelter in place, we felt it was very important for us all to pray in place,” said Matt Kramer, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation, reflecting on the spring decision to serve as the broadcast sponsor of the Masses concelebrated by Bishop Burns and Bishop Kelly and aired on Sunday at 11 a.m. on FOX4, then replayed on KDFI, channel 27 or 7 depending upon your video service provider, at noon.

In June, The Catholic Foundation extended its sponsorship through the end of September, and included the Spanish language Mass aired on KUVN, Univision channel 23, at 8 a.m.

Before each Mass, a 60-second public service announcement about The Catholic Foundation appears.

Watch the English version by clicking here.

Watch the Spanish version by clicking here.

English Mass Viewable on Ch. 27 or 7 Only July 12th & 19th
Due to existing FOX4 programming, the English Mass will only appear on KDFI, Ch. 27 or 7 at 11 a.m. and again at noon on July 12 and 19.

The first televised Mass took place at the Cathedral Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. Subsequent Masses took place at other churches throughout the Diocese during the next few months, and involved guest homilists.

“As Mass continued on TV through the end of spring, we heard stories of how valuable the TV service was for people isolated at home or working long shifts at medical facilities,” said Matt, offering appreciation to donors who have continued contributing funds earmarked to help sponsor the televised Mass.

“We have also received very positive feedback from individuals who preferred joining Mass on TV as opposed to online as well as from people working but who turned on the TV to enjoy the Mass at work or in a break room,” he added.



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