The Sunday TV Mass, on air for more than 55 years in the Washington metropolitan area, is moving to a new channel and time starting Sunday, July 5.

The Mass, which has been airing on WHUT-32 at 8:30 a.m., is moving to WDCW ("The CW"), where it will air each Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

WHUT, a public television station, decided this spring that it could no longer carry the Mass, which it has for 13 years. The Mass is produced by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington. It will air on both WHUT and WDCW during July to help transition viewers.

"We have had a great relationship with WHUT for many years, and are sorry to leave the channel," said Susan Gibbs, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Washington. "At the same time, this is a wonderful opportunity to offer the Sunday TV Mass on a larger outlet and at a time that is more convenient to many of our viewers. It is our hope that the change will result in even more people being able to enjoy the Mass."

The Sunday TV Mass is one of the oldest in the nation and has aired in the Washington metropolitan area for 56 years so homebound and elderly parishioners can "attend" Catholic Mass if they are sick or physically unable to get to a local church. Over the years, it has become popular among other Catholics who watch the program while getting ready for church and even among non-Catholics.

The Mass is videotaped in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast Washington, on Thursday evenings throughout the year. The priests, parish choirs, lectors, congregation and other participants come from local parishes in Washington; suburban and southern Maryland; and northern Virginia.

For information about the TV Mass or how to attend a taping, please contact the Archdiocese of Washington's Office of Communications at 301-853-4517 or