After a 10-month absence, a pair of religious television programs removed from Berkshire County's leading cable provider, returned, thanks to an over-the-air station in Albany, N.Y.

According to the Berkshire Eagle, both "Real to Reel" and "Chalice of Salvation" are now carried every Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively, via WXXA Fox 23 and will not require a cable connection to be seen.

Catholic Communications Executive Director Mark Dupont admitted that it was a challenge to secure a continuous time slot for both programs.

Dupont suggested viewers set their DVRs to record both programs to watch at their convenience. WWLP airs "Real to Reel" 7 p.m. Saturdays, and "Chalice of Salvation" 10 a.m. Sundays

Both programs will continue to air on community access television channels in North Berkshire and Pittsfield.

Chalice of Salvation, now in its 60th year, is the region's only one-hour weekly televised mass from the Holy Spirit Chapel at St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield. "Real to Reel" is western New England's longest-running television magazine show, according to the Catholic Communications website. The half-hour program relies on professional reporters and journalists who focus on the topics and trends in the viewing area.

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