Catholic Herald Reporter
FOUR Masses (three from BBC and one from ITV) will be broadcast or televised in Britain during Christmas week.
This year it is the turn of ITV to televise Midnight Mass, and the task has been taken on by TyneTees TV who are taking their cameras to Ushaw College, near Durham.
Ealing Abbey, London, had been chosen for this year's midnight Mass telecast, but an unforeseen hitch caused the programme to be transferred North.
Because the students at Ushaw do not start their holidays until Boxing Day, the 400 will all be present when Mgr. Canon Paul Grant, President of the College, celebrates the Mass.
Tyne-Tees TV are familiar with the college, for they featured a programme from there a year or two ago.
With ITV taking their turn to televise Midnight Mass, BBC Light programme microphones will be installed at the Priory of Christ the King. Cockfosters, London, England's only Olivetan Benedictine parish.
The celebrant will be Fr. Placid Meylink, 0.S.B., and the sermon will be given by Fr. Edmund Jones, 0.S.B., Superior and Parish Priest.
On Thursday the 'BBC travels to East Bergholt, Colchester, Essex, for a Network Three broadcast of dialogue Mass from the Franciscan Friary.
While the following Sunday, December 30, BBC cameras go to St. Chad's Cathedral, Birming ham for televised High Mass at which the preacher will be Archbishop Grimshaw.
Archbishop Murphy of Cardiff and Mgr. Worlock secretary to Cardinal Godfrey, are both on television twice over Christmas. The Archbishop Sunday and Wednesday; Mgr. Worlock on Saturday and Sunday.
POPE JOHN'S MESSAGE
The Pope's Christmas Message on Saturday evening will be broadcast "live" by Vatican Radio on Saturday at 7 p.m. The speech will also be picked up or relayed later in the evening by Radio Eireann and Radio Hilversum.
Mass, which Pope John is celebrating on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m., will also be broadcast by Vatican Radio.
• Midnight Mass and Mass on Christmas morning will be clearly heard in this country from many parts of Europe. Full details of times, stations and wavelengths of jiii Christmas week programmes will he found on page 6.