Several key Masses and services during Holy Week and Easter will be available for online and television viewing.
On March 26, the Chrism Mass will be live video streamed from St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral in Freehold. The stream can be accessed from the home pages of DioceseofTrenton.org and TrentonMonitor.com beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Two days later, the diocesan Tenebrae Service will be held in St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake. Father Harold Cullen, pastor, will preside. A live stream of this event will be shown, beginning at 7:30 p.m., on the home pages of DioceseofTrenton.org and TrentonMonitor.com.
Early on Easter morning, the faithful of the Diocese will be able to tune their televisions to the ABC channel and see the national broadcast of the Easter Sunday Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in St. Catharine Church.
The Mass was filmed Nov. 30 by the Diocese’s Department of Multimedia Production and was attended by faithful from throughout the Diocese of Trenton dressed in their Easter season attire. The televised event will serve as the Easter Sunday Mass for broadcast in 209 U.S. cities, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, Hamilton-Bermuda and St. Croix. Easter air times for local ABC affiliates are as follows: WABC New York – 5 a.m.; WPVI Philadelphia – 4:30 a.m.
The Mass was concelebrated by Father Cullen, St. Catharine pastor; parochial vicar Father Martin O’Reilly, and Father Michael Wallack, secretary to the Bishop. The full-to-capacity congregation included Catholic school students from St. Catharine School, St. Rose High School, Belmar; Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, and Mater Dei Prep, Middletown.
Bishop O’Connell selected the church for the filming because of the Renaissance-inspired artwork that adorned its ceilings and walls, and neoclassical architecture. This is the first time that the Diocese of Trenton was selected to host the Easter Sunday Mass for national broadcast by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission.