National Catholic Broadcasting Council
In 1998 the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) engaged Michael McManus and asked him a simple question: “How can we present the Catholic Church on television.”
A number of ideas were discussed and tried and it was decided that presenting a Daily TV Mass was the best way to reach out to the faithful.
In March 1998, Bishop John Sherlock, the first Chair of the National Catholic Broadcasting Council (NCBC), celebrated Mass at St, Michael’s Cathedral for broadcast across Canada and a tradition was born.
For the next 10 years, St. Michael’s was home to the Daily TV Mass. In 2007 we moved to St. Basil’s in Toronto and in 2014 the Daily TV Mass relocated to the beautiful chapel at Loretto Abbey.
The National Catholic Mission was created to allow our audience to attend a mission similar to those that take place in Catholic Churches during Holy Week. In 2000 our first Mission – An Invitation to Return, was broadcast from Chatham, Ontario and featured Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher, Arlene Duncan, Natalie McMaster, Michael Burgess.
The Daily TV Mass and the National Catholic Mission have become an important connection to the Church for hundreds of thousands of the faithful across Canada and around the world via the YouTube.
Funding for the Daily TV Mass and the National Catholic Mission comes primarily from our viewers who sponsor a Mass, contribute to support the Mission or provide a donation in any amount. The ministry of the NCBC continues because of your generosity and support.
We invite you to view the short video below where our viewers talk about what the Daily TV Mass has meant to them over the years.