One of the central ministries of the Friars is to celebrate Mass that is televised by EWTN. Fr. Patrick took some time to explain just why this ministry is so important and the graces that have come from it:
Who are you serving when you celebrate a televised Mass?
Fr. Patrick: The daily televised Mass in Irondale is mostly attended by locals, some of the EWTN employees, and pilgrims who come to visit. By televising our daily Mass, we are also able to serve those who are homebound and are not able to make it to their own parish for Mass.
What is the aspect of this ministry that you like the most?
Fr. Patrick: Preaching the Gospel and the truths of our faith, helping others to encounter Christ, and encouraging them to to be continually nourished by a generous life of prayer and reception of the sacraments. It’s also a joy to proclaim the beauty of the liturgy and the rich tradition of our Catholic faith through a reverently celebrated Mass with inspiring sacred music and the use of Gregorian chant.
How does it tie into the fundamental charism of your community?
Fr. Patrick: Through the broadcast of the EWTN daily Mass, we are literally able to follow Christ’s call to proclaim the gospel throughout the world. We seek to encourage holiness and virtue in the lives of the faithful and also to reach out to those who have left the practice of their faith. (It’s encouraging to hear many stories of lapsed Catholics who were channel surfing and were inspired to return to the practice of their faith by something that caught their attention on EWTN. So often, it was a Mother Angelica program that first drew them in!)
How can people tune in to remotely participate in one of the Masses?
Fr. Patrick: They can tune in through TV, radio, online streaming through the EWTN website or they can stream it on their mobile device through the free EWTN app.