Our Purpose & Mission
Knowing Jesus & Making Jesus Known - - To evangelize, educate, and inspire all people to live a faithful life in Christ. We proclaim His message by communicating Christian Truth as expressed in Sacred Scripture and in the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church. We seek to ignite in all a personal encounter with Christ the Lord.
The first Radio Mass broadcast occurred on October 6, 1946, more than six decades ago. The program was the brainchild of Rev. Joseph Dougherty S.J. who was pastor of St Ignatius Church at the time. The successful broadcast of the popular and highly attended Novena of Grace, held annually at St Ignatius, inspired Fr Dougherty’s pioneering idea of broadcasting the celebration of Mass on a weekly basis. A survey of approximately 150 Novena of Grace listeners confirmed an interest in a weekly live broadcast of the Sunday liturgy.
Local radio station, WFBR, was impressed with the idea and offered their facilities and broadcast time at no cost with the stipulation that the Mass be celebrated in their studio. The final step in the process was approval by then Archbishop of Baltimore, Michael Curley. The Archbishop, although favorable toward the project, insisted that the Mass not be celebrated in the studio but from a chapel or church—a sacred place a so-called “remote” location in broadcast parlance.
At the time a “remote” broadcast cost $900 which was a considerable sum of money in the mid- 1940’s. Fr Dougherty put the project on hold while trying to raise the necessary funds. When Archbishop Curley provided monies for one full year of broadcast time, Radio Mass of Baltimore was on the air.
On October 6, 1946, the first broadcast was heard live from the Chapel of Mercy Hospital a few blocks south of St Ignatius Church. Interns and doctors became lectors and altar servers. Fr. Dougherty at a separate microphone commented on many parts of the mass, at times translating the Latin for the benefit of the radio listeners.
In 1968, the late Rev. William-M.J. Driscoll became Director of Radio Mass. He remained Director for almost twenty-five years until 1993. Four years later, on December 1, 1997, the new Director, Rev William J. Watters S.J. moved the Radio Mass broadcast to the Chapel of Grace at St. Ignatius Church where he was the pastor. A contract was signed with WBAL, one of Baltimore’s 50 thousand-watt stations. Fr. James Casciotti, the present Director of Radio Mass, assumed the office in 2005.
WBAL changed its programming policy beginning in January 2015, which caused Radio Mass to seek a new venue. A contract was signed with two Radio stations, WQLL and WCBM. Now Radio Mass is broadcast live at 9:00 o’clock in the morning on Q-1370 on the AM dial and simulcast live on the FM 99.9 translator. Our liturgy is then rebroadcast at 6:00 o’clock in the evening on WCBM- 680 on the AM dial. Both WQLL and WCBM stream their broadcast onto the internet
With the advent of internet technology, Radio Mass can be heard simultaneously anywhere that has internet access, virtually world-wide. Stay tuned for sixty-eight more years of broadcast excellence.
With the advent of digital technology, our outreach has expanded. WCBM streams all of its broadcasts onto the internet. Anyone in the world with a computer can listen to our Sunday celebration of Mass. This web site also affords us another avenue for personal contact with our many listeners.
Regardless of the technology, our mission has been, and will continue to be, access to Sunday Mass for all who can not attend in person.
St. Ignatius Catholic Church
St. Ignatius is one of Baltimore’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, constructed in 1856 as an addition to Loyola College and High School and known as the College Church.
As a Jesuit parish, we believe we are called to explore, discover, respect, protect, and enhance whatever is humane and graced in every person, and in every culture.
We believe that diversity shared with love and respect enriches all of us and makes us more compassionate and creative. We seek to walk with others and to invite them to walk with us.
We encourage people to reflect on their experiences and to discern God’s presence in their lives. Our desire is to nurture lay leadership as well as personal faith, a “faith that does justice,” by way of solidarity with the poor and dedication to the greater good.
We believe that working hard to cooperate with and share God’s generosity and compassion is one of the privileges of being human—and that what we owe to G od, to creation, to one another is gratitude, humility, reverence, and service.
Archdiocese of Baltimore
The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Baltimore is the premier (or first) see of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and was entirely within the nation’s boundaries when the United States declared its independence in 1776.
God calls the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to be a welcoming, worshiping community of faith, hope, and love. Through his Spirit, the Lord Jesus lives in those who believe, and reaches into our world with his saving message and healing love.
As disciples of Jesus our mission is:
Evangelization – to evangelize ourselves, our families, our parish and local communities, and our world.
Liturgy – to celebrate our faith with joy through vibrant and prayerful worship.
Education – to educate and become educated in the truths of the Gospel and in the formation of conscience.
Service – to reach out in love and service to those in need.
Stewardship – to develop the material, financial and human resources of the Church and to manage them as faithful stewards.