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WJMJ's semi-annual "ON-AIR" radiothon is Over! 

Thank you to the best radio listening audience for your generous response to our semi-annual radiothon.  Because you care about your WJMJ, you helped us to reach and exceed our radiothon goal of $125,000!  We thank you so much! 

However, if you missed the opportunity to make your pledge during the radiothon or would like to make a donation in support of the radiothon, it's never to late to show your support of WJMJ.  You can conveniently make your donation online by clicking on the "Donate now to WJMJ Radiothon" icon below, or you can mail your check or money order to WJMJ Radiothon, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT  06712-1052.  Please make checks payable to "WJMJ Radiothon".

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The monies raised during WJMJ's semi-annual radiothons provide the funding that allows it to continue the programming that you enjoy so much.  Please remember that WJMJ is a non-commercial radio station, and depends on contributions from listeners and supporters like you to stay on the air.  Please show your support of WJMJ by making a tax-deductible contribution to WJMJ during the radiothon.  Thank you for your support!

WJMJ's Spring Radiothon Dollars Pledged Through  June 15, 2015.

From left Dave, Mirabelle's owner Dom Mirabelle, Karen and Doreen, Father John and Floyd.
On Tuesday, July 25, 2015 the lucky winner of WJMJ's Spring 2015 Radiothon Listener Appreciation drawing, Karen Tari of Naugatuck and her sister, Doreen Atchison, toured the WJMJ studios, followed by an enjoyable dinner at Mirabelle's Italian Restaurant in Prospect with Father John Gatzak, General Manager, Dave Nagel, Program Director and Karen's chosen on-air personality, Floyd Wright. 

A Special WJMJ Thank You goes out to the following food service providers for donating the meals that fueled our many Radiothon Volunteers!  When you visit, tell them thank you for helping your favorite radio station!

Click on any of the logos to visit our sponsors' website.


BUFFALO WILD WINGS GRILL & BAR, 315 Union St, Waterbury (203.574.9464) and 774 Queen St, Southington (860.863.5144) for providing lunches on Friday, Saturday and Monday. 



Coca-Cola Bottling Company of East Hartford & Waterbury, CT for providing a variety of sodas, drinks, juices and water for our thirsty volunteers. 



GENO'S GRILLE, 98 Main St, Southington, CT and also at Mohegan Sun for providing dinner on Monday. 



HIGHLAND PARK MARKET, Farmington and additional locations in Coventry, Glastonbury, Farmington and Suffield, CT for providing dinners on Friday and Saturday. 



MIRABELLE'S Italian Restaurant, 50 Waterbury Rd, Prospect, CT (203.758.5525).  Dom and Chef Louie are again donating the "Dinner for Two" for a lucky WJMJ listener and their guest with Father John and the listener's favorite WJMJ on-air personality.


NARDELLI'S GRINDER SHOPPE, 540 Plank Rd, Waterbury (203.754.5600) and additional locations in: Naugatuck, Cromwell, Middletown, Meriden, Southington, Oxford, Southbury & Danbury, CT for providing lunch on Thursday.



NEIL'S DONUTS AND BAKE SHOP, 83 North Turnpike Rd, Wallingford, CT (203.269.4255), for providing the volunteers with a late morning pick-me-up with fresh baked goods and donuts.


TEXAS ROADHOUSE, Reidville Drive, Waterbury (203.757.0544), and additional locations in Manchester and West Haven, CT and Springfield, MA for providing dinner on Thursday.

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In The News

July 26, 2015 - The Celebration of the Eucharist

For those of you in southeast Connecticut, The Celebration of the Eucharist can now be seen in the Diocese of Bridgeport every day at 10 a.m. on Cablevision’s Channel 84 serving Fairfield County.  It can also be viewed live each day or on-demand at anytime right here on our website just visit our TV Mass streaming page.

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Sunny Portugal - September 25 to October 4, 2015

July 30, 2015 - For those passengers on the waiting list, Collette is working diligently to clear you.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for this process to complete.

Father John Gatzak is your host on this 10 day/8 night tour to Sunny Portugal... Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve with an Optional Madeira Island post tour extension.

Itinerary features:  Cascais, Lisbon, Jeronimo's Monastery, Sintra, Fatima, Evora, Monsaraz, Algarve, Sagres, Lagos, Faro, Azeitao, 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and much more. For a complete itinerary, terms and conditions, and more information on extensions and options for this tour click HERE.

For confirmed passengers the airport transfer will be departing from/returning to the Office of Radio & Television/WJMJ Radio, 15 Peach Orchard Rd, Prospect, CT.  This is the only airport transfer pickup/drop-off location for this tour.

The pre-departure group meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Office of Radio & Television/WJMJ Radio, 15 Peach Orchard Rd, Prospect, CT.  Travel documents and other information will be distributed and discussed at this meeting.  Please click here for directions.

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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage to Italy - March 31 to April 12, 2016

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Pope Francis presided at the first vespers of the second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday – in St. Peter's Basilica, which included the consignment and reading of the official Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which begins on December 8, 2015 and closes on November 16, 2016.  Click here read the full text of the Bull of Indiction.  In his homily, the Holy Father said:

"Many question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of Mercy today? Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness. This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary, we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential. This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy."

"For this reason, the Holy Year must keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world and, above all, to those who suffer, who are alone and abandoned, without hope of being pardoned or feeling the Father’s love. A Holy Year to experience strongly within ourselves the joy of having been found by Jesus, the Good Shepherd Who has come in search of us because we were lost. A Jubilee to receive the warmth of His love when He bears us upon his shoulders and brings us back to the Father’s house. A year in which to be touched by the Lord Jesus and to be transformed by His mercy, so that we may become witnesses to mercy. Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy. It is the favorable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation."

"May the Mother of God open our eyes, so that we may comprehend the task to which we have been called; and may she obtain for us the grace to experience this Jubilee of Mercy as faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ."

The Office of Radio & Television and WJMJ Radio invite you to celebrate this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with a special 13 day/11 night pilgrimage to Italy, March 31 to April 12, 2016.  Hosted by Father John Gatzak, the preliminary itinerary includes visits to:  the Eternal City... Rome and the Vatican; Pietrelcina (birthplace of Saint "Padre" Pio); San Giovanni Rotondo, where Saint Pio served, received the stigmata and died; the Trulli of Alberobello; Bari and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas; Loreto and its "Holy House"; Assisi... home of St. Francis and St. Clare; and much more.

Estimated cost per person from JFK, New York (including estimated government taxes and airline fuel surcharges and fees):  Double $4,299; Single $4,899.  Please note that the estimated costs are based on 2013 rates.  Final costs will be published by September 1, 2015, and may be higher or lower based on tariffs, taxes and currency exchange rates in effect at time of publication.  Book Now and Save $200 per person until October 31, 2015.  A minimum deposit of $350 per person, fully refundable until December 31, 2015, is required to secure a reservation.  More information to come. 

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The Emerald Isle... Ireland - September 17-30, 2016

The Office of Radio & Television and WJMJ Radio invite you to join Father John Gatzak, on a 14 day/12 night pilgrimage to Ireland, September 17-30, 2016.  Preliminary itinerary includes visits to:  Dublin;  Trinity College with Book of Kells; St Patrick’s Cathedral; Guinness Storehouse; Glendalough VC; Knock Shrine; Galway Cathedral; Kylemore Abbey; Cliffs of Moher; Kenmare Smokehouse; Blarney Castle; Jameson Experience; Waterford Crystal VC; JFK Homestead; Tintern Abbey and much more.

Estimated cost and complete details to come.  Book Now and Save $200 per person until April 17, 2016.  A minimum deposit of $350 per person, fully refundable until June 18, 2016, is required to secure a reservation. 

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February 11, 2015 - World Day of the Sick

Click to read Pope Francis' 2015 World Day of the Sick message:  "Sapientia Cordis".

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January 1, 2015 - World Day of Peace

Click to read Pope Francis' 2015 World Day of Peace message:  "No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters".

December 22, 2014:  Physician Assisted Suicide Information

The Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference, Archdiocese of Hartford Pro-Life Ministry, Diocese of Bridgeport Office for Pastoral Services - Respect Life Office, and the Family Institute of Connecticut sponsored four information sessions on Physician Assisted Suicide for Connecticut Catholics and friends during November 2014.  Please click HERE to view streaming videos of the four presentations.


Ongoing -- Archdiocese addresses the Federal edict on Health Care Insurance

The Archdiocese of Hartford and dioceses across the nation, as well as non-Catholic religious and non-religious groups are vigorously opposing the new federal health care insurance legislation, which will require that all employers (with few exceptions) pay for health coverage that covers sterilization, contraception, and medication that induces abortion.

Archbishop Blair, as well as all U.S. Catholic bishops, asks you to oppose the new United States Health and Human Services mandate on health insurance. This legislation violates the basic principle in our country of freedom of religion. Your resistance to this edict will be appreciated. Please contact your respective U.S. legislator and ask them to intervene on behalf of religious freedom.  Click here to find the contact information for your U.S. legislators.

A Statement on Religious Liberty by the Ad Hoc Committee For Religious Freedom, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Listen to Father John's "Time Out to Take A Stand" message on the HHS mandate.

Read a transcript of Father John's "Time Out to Take A Stand" on the HHS mandate in English or Spanish.

Read Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan's Wall Street Journal op-ed piece on Religious Freedom.

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