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The volume of TV Mass prayer intention requests continues to remain high and the television Mass prayer and intention schedule fills up quickly; especially SUNDAY'S, which are fully booked through the month of September 2021, and Holidays.  So please remember that it may be three months or more before you see your prayer request on the TV Mass, unless you have requested a specific (special) date AND it is available!  Under normal circumstances, special date requests must be submitted at least TWO months in advance.  Please note, for your security and to prevent fraud, we deposit donations on the same day that they are received.  Please continue to use our mail-in or online resources to request your prayer intentions, and remember to indicate whether the person you are requesting a prayer for is LIVING or DECEASED in all correspondence.  You can find complete information on our Prayers and Donations page. 

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Oberammergau authorities postponed the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play to 2022.  It is now scheduled to run May thru October 2022.  With the postponement of the Oberammergau Passion Play, the Office of Radio & Television/WJMJ Radio, in conjunction with its travel partners, decided not to cancel the tours but to postpone them to 2022.

We now have confirmed dates for our two Oberammergau Passion Play tours in 2022 and online booking is now available.

Exploring the Alpine Countries with Oberammergau Passion Play, hosted by Father John Gatzak, is now scheduled for July 27 to August 8, 2022.  Please note that just a few seats remain for this tour, so if you have been thinking about it, don't wait!  Just click the Sign Up Now! button to book.

Want to go beyond the brochure?  Click the View Now button below to view a pre-recorded presentation on this Exploring the Alpine countries tour.  Click the Exploring PDF Brochure button for a full-color brochure that includes the reservation form and additional tour options.

Alpine Explorer & the Glacier Express Train with Oberammergau Passion Play, hosted by Father John Gatzak, is now scheduled for September 11-22, 2022.  SOLD OUT - WAITLIST ONLY!   Click the Alpine PDF Brochure button for a full-color brochure that includes the reservation form and additional tour options.

Click here for complete details.

If you were previous booked on one of the tours and cancelled, but now would like to rebook; please send an email to pilgrimages@ortv.org and include your name and tour date (July or September) that you are requesting to be reinstated on.

We can’t wait to see you in 2022!

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

While Connecticut's Governor recinded many of the COVID-19 restrictions on businesses effective May 19, 2021, the Office of Radio & Television and WJMJ Radio has decided to keep its offices closed to the general public for the time being. If you need to speak to someone in person, please call (203) 758-7367 during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

For the latest information, resources, and guidance related to Coronavirus (COVID-19 visit:

the State of Connecticut at ct.gov/coronavirus
or click HERE for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC

Click here for all communications from the Archdiocese of Hartford relating to the Coronavirus.

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If you wish to participate as a member of our virtual television Mass congregation during The Celebration of the Eucharist, please email your photo(s) to pictures@ortv.org.

May 10, 2021 - End of the Dispensation from Sunday Mass Obligation in the Archdiocese of Hartford and Dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich

The Catholic Bishops of Connecticut have decided to end the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation in person in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Diocese of Bridgeport and Diocese of Norwich effective Saturday, May 22, 2021, beginning with the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Pentecost.

April 4, 2021:  Pope Francis' Easter 2021 "Urbi et Orbi" Message

February 11, 2021:  Pope Francis' Message for the 24th World Day of the Sick

January 1, 2021:  Pope Francis' Message for the 54th World Day of Peace

December 25, 2020:  Pope Francis' Christmas 2020 "Urbi et Orbi" Message

October 3, 2020 - Pope Frances Releases New Encyclical

Pope Francis has released the third encyclical of his pontificate, titled Fratelli Tutti (translated from Italian as Brothers All), his thoughts on how the Lord intends for us to take care of each other.  You can read the Encyclical here.

The following note was enclosed with a recent donation to the Office of Radio & Television from a TV Mass Viewer in Farmington:

"To be honest, prior to the coronavirus, I didn't pay much attention to the TV Masses, since I could attend in person.  However, with churches temporarily closed, I've been greatly appreciative of the opportunity to at least see Mass on TV.  I can also now understand the value of the TV Mass for those who are homebound because of bad health. Thanks, Bruce"

March 27, 2020:  Moment of prayer and "Urbi et Orbi" Blessing presided over by Pope Francis

The Power of Prayer… the example of Oberammergau

In 1633 the plague raged in many parts of Europe and did not spare Oberammergau either.  The Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year, in so far as no one was to die of the plague anymore. The villagers were answered by God and, therefore, in 1634 the first Passion Play took place in the Village of Oberammergau. The promise has been kept to this day.


March 11, 2020 - Pope Francis offers the following prayer to the Virgin Mary for her protection during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.

We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:

He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

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Blessed Assurance Music CD to Support the Television Mass

Blessed AssuranceNick Fradiani, Sr. has performed six inspirational songs especially for the Office of Radio & Television that are now available on his Blessed Assurance CD for a donation of $15 to support the television Mass.

Proceeds from this CD will benefit the Celebration of the Eucharist daily television Mass, produced by the Office of Radio & Television.  The television Mass brings Good News to Life® to tens of thousands of residents in Connecticut daily.  The television Mass reaches out to the homebound, especially those who have been disconnected from their local parish communities through illness or age.  It's mission is to provide for the spiritual well being of those who may need the prayers of the Church community at challenging times in their lives.

If you would like your very own copy of Blessed Assurance, please click the CD cover.

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. 

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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