A conversation with Rick Mossotti, director
Q Catholic Television has been a ministry in the Diocese of Syracuse for many years. Can you tell us about the ministry and what new initiatives have recently begun?
A The main thing that most people know us for is our televised Sunday Masses (also known as the “Mass for shut-ins”). What’s new there is that we are now shooting our Masses in high definition. We have all new equipment, thanks to generous support through the HOPE Appeal, and the Masses are looking and sounding beautiful. The first hi-def Mass was broadcast on November 30.
We are also covering news and events throughout the diocese, sharing messages from Bishop Cunningham, and working with other ministries on special projects. For instance, we just started an Advent reflection series [see the most recent installment on page 7 of this issue] and we recently produced a Vocations Awareness Week series.
Q Where can people watch CTV?
A You can see all of CTV’s videos on Syracuse Catholic Television’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/syrdio, and on the diocese’s social media platforms.
You can watch the televised Masses in the Syracuse area on Sundays at
6:30 a.m. on channel 9 and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. on channel 98; in the Binghamton area on Sundays at 6 a.m. on channel 12 and on Sundays at
1 p.m. on channel 6; and in the Utica/Rome area on Sundays at 6 a.m. on channel 2 and on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on channel 99. [Editor’s note: Public access stations will attempt to air the Mass at the times listed, however, the Mass could be preempted without notice.] The Masses are also closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
All but two of the televised Masses are filmed at Our Lady of Pompei-St. Peters’s Church in Syracuse. (Christmas and Easter Masses are normally celebrated by Bishop Cunninhgam in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.) We are grateful to Father Dan Caruso, pastor of Our Lady of Pompei-St. Peter’s, and the people of the parish who have made the televised Mass a special ministry of the parish. We are also grateful to the many priests who celebrate Mass for those watching at home.