Page 1, 7th December 1956

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Christmas Masses on television and radio

INDEPENDENT TV is to tale I. Pontifical Midnight Mass from Westminster Cathedral this Christmas. For "sound audiences, the B.B.C. are broadcasting Midnight Mass from St. Edward's, Sutton Park, Guildford, Surrey.

The B.B.C.'s television highlight of several Catholic Christmas broadcasts will be one be Bishop Heenan of Leeds talking to a Catholic family in his diocese. The Midnight Mass from Westminster Cathedral will be 1.T.V.'s first broadcast of a Mass and their first major outside religious broadcast. The celebrant will be Bishop Craven, Vicar Capitular of Westminster. One of the Cathedral clergy, Fr. Michael Hollings, will give a commenters. The administrator, Mgr. Canon (;tirdon Wheeler, will give a short meditation during the Communion.


The Midnight Mass on sound radio will he in the 13.B.C.'e Light programme. The celebrant will be Fr. Gordon Albion, who is parish priest of Sutton Park's pre-Reformation church.

In his 11.B.C. TV programme entitled "The Bishop Calls," Bishop Ileenan on December 30 will talk to a typical Catholic family —mother, father, uncle and seven children--about the way they have spent Christmas and will then speak to viewers about it.

It will he a studio broadcast but the studio set will be made to look like the family's own sitting room.

Father of the family is Mr. Frank Harkin, landlord of the Commercial Hotel. Clerk Green, Bailee. The uncle appearing,

C Moir James Harkin, Was Maur of Batley last year. As he was a bachelor, his schoolgirl niece. Mary, also in the programme, was his Mayoress at the age of 13.

Other B.R.C. Catholic broadcasts during the Christmas period are:

December 23, Home Service, 7.45 p.m.: Carol service from Holy Trinity Church, Brook Green, London, sung by the Westminster Festival Choir conducted by Maxwell Fertile.


December 211. Light Programme: Fr. Agnellus Andrew, O.F.M., is one of the speakers to "Christian Forum" at 8.15 p.m. December 30, 9.30 a.m., Midland Home Service: Broadcast from the Dominican Priory, Hawkesyard, in which the Prior, Fr. Columba Ryan, wilt look back on the Old "fear and forward to the New. January 3, 9 to 9.45 a.m. in all Horne services: Sung Mass from St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.

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