NNDC & NNDC-TV To Televise Midnight Mass From St. Joseph

St. Joseph Catholic Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Jasper (NNDC) – In a local television first, NewsNow Dubois County, will televise LIVE Midnight Mass from St. Joseph Church this Christmas morning.

Mick Birge, Executive Director for NNDC, says televising Midnight Mass from St. Joseph is something that’s been in the planning stages for quite some time.

He says, “When we first started talking about launching our own cable TV channel, televising Midnight Mass LIVE was always in my mind.  I can’t wait for Christmas to get here!”

Birge continued, “For those of us who grew up in Jasper, Christmas memories here are among our most cherished memories.  And for those of us who are or were parishioners of St. Joseph, our Christmas memories always included attending Midnight Mass.”

NewsNow Dubois County will televise Midnight Mass beginning at 11:15PM Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24th) with Christmas Carols sung by the St. Joseph Choir of which Birge’s mother, Margaret, is a member and who’s daughter Antoinette plays flute.

It’s the Christmas Carols prior to Mass that hold a special place in Birge’s memories.  He says, “Growing up, I used to get to St. Joseph as early as possible to not only get a seat, but also listen to the late, great Maury Gutgsell sing.  I can still hear him sing Panis Angelicus and Ave Maria,” Birge continued.

Midnight Mass will be televised (live-streamed) on both NNDC’s webchannel (www.NewsNowDC.com), and on its new local cable TV channel 183 (Time-Warner).

Birge says replays of the original Midnight Mass telecast can be watched immediately afterward on the NNDC webchannel and all day Christmas Day and December 26th on NNDC-TV 183.

“This is going to be a very special event,” says Birge.  “People who are not able to attend Midnight Mass can watch, including those locally who may be homebound and of course, those who no longer live in Jasper and Dubois County.  This is a way for them to enjoy once again, and in the moment of LIVE television, something that makes Christmas so special for us!


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