Fundraising program launched for Mass for You at Home
April 29, 2021
Mass for You at Home, Bishop Brian Mascord
As Mass for You at Home prepares to celebrate 50 years on free-to-air television, a fundraising program launched today will help enable the ongoing broadcast of Catholic Mass.
Mass for You at Home, which first aired on August 1, 1971, is broadcast on Channel 10 and WIN television on Sunday morning at 6am. It is also shown on Foxtel’s Aurora channel and can be viewed on the new www.massforyou.com.au website.
For almost five decades, the Archdiocese of Melbourne oversaw and was the primary funder of Mass for You at Home. The project is now a partnership between the Diocese of Wollongong, which is producing the weekly Masses, and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
“Through our broadcasting partners – 10, WIN and Aurora – this is a truly national initiative, and the new collaboration between Wollongong and the Bishops Conference helps reflect that reality,” said Archbishop Christopher Prowse, chair of the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry.
“We are pleased the inter-diocesan cooperation that existed in Melbourne continues, with priests and other ministers from within and outside Wollongong Diocese involved in the early Masses.”
Wollongong Bishop Brian Mascord said COVID-19 opened up new possibilities for celebrating Masses and delivering other Catholic content in online formats, but that has its limitations.
“We were very humbled to have received such positive feedback in the way our Masses, especially during lockdown, were a source of comfort and nourishment for people,” he said.
“By extending our ministry to include free-to-air television, we reach people who can’t necessarily access Mass in other ways – people without internet, the housebound and isolated, those who are in hospital or aged care, those in prison – as well as those flicking through the channels.”
The first Mass produced by the Diocese of Wollongong was broadcast on Easter Sunday.
“We have already heard from people who are grateful for the many years of this ministry, and we are excited to carry forward the legacy of those in Melbourne – the archdiocese and the production team,” Bishop Mascord said.
In recent years, due to changes in religious programming obligations, the annual cost of producing and broadcasting the Mass has run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Archbishop Prowse said the fundraising program, with a target of $350,000 for the remainder of the year, will help cover the broadcasting and production costs for Mass for You at Home for 2021 and beyond.
He expressed his gratitude to Catholic Mission, a key sponsor of the program over many years, and dioceses and archdioceses that have provided financial support. Archbishop Prowse said he was optimistic that the Catholic faithful and wider community would respond to the invitation for support.
“Through prayer, promotion and any financial gifts they can offer, people will help maintain a prayerful Catholic presence on free-to-air television that many Australians highly value,” he said.
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.