St. John Chrysostom Parish in Wallingford celebrates Sunday Mass just as any other Catholic parish does. But the Delaware County parish takes the unusual further step of bringing the sacred celebration into the homes of its parishioners, and everyone else’s, beyond the church’s walls.
Each week St. John’s Sunday Mass is aired Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 12 noon on Channel 190 of the Comcast system, or any time on the parish’s website.
The televised Mass has been offered for years, according to parish organizers, who believe it may be the only such Mass offered by a parish in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The archdiocese has sponsored the televised the Mass on Channel 6 for more than 40 years, where it airs at 5:30 a.m. each Sunday.
St. John’s parishioner Ken Margolis provides much of the equipment and all of the labor and technical expertise to the parish’s weekly telecast.
It normally features St. John’s pastor, Father Edward Hallinan, as the celebrant of the Mass, along with the parish community from the church located at 615 South Providence Road in Wallingford.