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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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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 these estimated costs are based on 2013 rates.  Final costs will be published soon, 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 November 30, 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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