October 8, 2020: As the volume of TV Mass prayer intention requests remain high, the television Mass prayer and intention schedule fills up quickly and we are now scheduling into December 2020 and beyond. So please remember that it may be three or more months 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. You can find complete information on our Prayers and Donations page.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Together, we will get through this! Stay Safe, Stay Home and Wear a Mask!
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October 8, 2020 - Faithful Citizenship
October 3, 2020 - Pope Frances Releases New Encyclical
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 they are now available to book. The reservation deadline is November 24, 2020.
Exploring the Alpine Countries with Oberammergau Passion Play, hosted by Father John Gatzak, is now scheduled for July 27 to August 8, 2022.
Alpine Explorer & the Glacier Express Train with Oberammergau Passion Play, hosted by Father John Gatzak, is now scheduled for September 11-22, 2022.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CT State and Local Health Officials and Governor Ned Lamont, the Office of Radio & Television and WJMJ Radio offices remain closed to the general public until further notice. 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 make an appointment or send an email to email@example.com.
As of Monday, June 8, 2020, parishes of the Archdiocese of Hartford reopened for the public celebration of weekday Masses, and beginning the weekend of July 4 and 5, 2020, parishes resumed the celebration of Sunday Masses, provided that they successfully implement and follow the procedures for reopening established by the Archdiocese.
The Office of Radio & Television wants to remind Catholics and people of all faiths throughout Connecticut, and beyond, of our commitment to continue the daily broadcast of the television Mass, The Celebration of the Eucharist, at 10:00 a.m. on WCCT-TV (CW20) and WCTX-TV (MyTV9), please check your local TV listings for channel assignments. In addition, you can watch The Celebration of the Eucharist live streamed online (Monday-Friday) and also on demand anytime. You can listen to a delayed broadcast of The Celebration of the Eucharist on WJMJ Radio. See schedules below.
Watch the TV Mass On Demand anytime, on your schedule!Listen to the daily Celebration of the Eucharist each weekday evening on WJMJ following In the Afterglow with Father John at 8:00 p.m.). You can also listen to Sunday's Celebration of the Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. Listen now
For the latest information, resources, and guidance related to Coronavirus (COVID-19 visit
May 8, 2020:
A young Catholic artist draws an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary on her parents' driveway, bringing religious art to her local community during the quarantine. Read more
Photo courtesy of Catholic News Agency/Diocese of Fargo
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 13, 2020 - A Spiritual Response to the Coronavirus Crisis
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.
Faith and Fun on WJMJ
Check out the June 2019 issue of the Catholic Transcript with Father John and Floyd Wright on the cover which features a cover story about your favorite radio station WJMJ. If you don't receive a copy of the Catholic Transcript you can read it online at: http://faithdigital.org/Hartford/HART0619r/.
Blessed Assurance Music CD to Support the Television Mass
Nick 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.
Read Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan's Wall Street Journal op-ed piece on Religious Freedom.
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