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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITIES 

Friday – September 9th - 12:10pm – WJMJ Radio

Archbishop Leonard Blair 

PRAYER FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITIES 

Let us pray:  O Lord our God, in your mercy and kindness, no thought of ours is left unnoticed, no desire or concern ignored.  You have proven that blessings abound when we fall on our knees in prayer, and so we turn to you in our hour of need.  Surrounded by violence and cries for justice, we hear your voice telling us what is required . . . “Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Mi 6:8).  Fill us with your mercy so that we, in turn, may be merciful to others.  Strip away pride, suspicion, and racism so that we may seek peace and justice in our communities.  Strengthen our hearts so that they beat only to the rhythm of your holy will.  Flood our path with your light as we walk humbly toward a future filled with encounter and unity.  Be with us, O Lord, in our efforts, for only by the prompting of your grace can we progress toward virtue.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Copyright © 2016, Therese Wilson-Favors. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Scripture quote taken from the New American Bible, Revised Edition, copyright © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved.


On this special day of prayer for peace you are also invited to participate in one of the three services scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2016:
  • In Hartford at 5:00 p.m. - Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will preside over a prayer service with other faith leaders at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church.

  • In New Haven at 5:00 p.m. - A Mass will be celebrated for peace in our communities at St. Mary Church

  • And in Waterbury, you are invited to participate in an hour of prayer at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception beginning at 4:30 p.m. - this prayer hour will be followed by a Mass for Peace at 5:30 p.m.



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Join ORTV and WJMJ in supporting relief efforts
in central Italy, especially in the village of Amatrice,
in response to the devastating earthquake
that took place on August 24th.
 

Why Amatrice?  - The tiny town of Amatrice has seen the worse casualties and it is where nearly all the buildings were destroyed. The Mayor says Amatrice no longer exists – but its people need our help.  Amatrice became famous for a fabulous tasting pasta dish that originated in this little hill town with a big culinary reputation. It’s spaghetti all’Amatriciana – those who have enjoyed it, rave about it. Renowned in Rome and around the globe, restaurants are making good use of its fame to help the little town and survivors there. From the Vatican, to Australia, to New York City, and now in Connecticut, funds are being raised when someone enjoys pasta all’Amatriciana.

What can you do?

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MailSend contributions directly to Italian Earthquake Relief c/o ORTV/WJMJ – 15 Peach Orchard Road – Prospect, CT 06712-1052. [Check payable to ORTV and include Earthquake Relief on memo line.]

Dine Near the ORTV/WJMJ studios in Prospect, a family-owned Italian restaurant, Mirabelle’s Italian Restaurant, is donating proceeds each time a guest orders this distinctive pasta with its sauce of tomatoes, pecorino cheese and guanciale - an Italian cured meat or salami product prepared from pork jowl or cheeks - it's reputed to taste even better than bacon!  They’ve added spaghetti all’Amatriciana as a special on the menu at Mirabelle's – and owner Dom Mirabelle is sending proceeds directly to the region. Stop by Mirabelle’s in Prospect at 50 Waterbury Road to enjoy this traditional favorite, spaghetti all’Amatriciana.

All gifts collected during this special Italian Earthquake Relief collection will be forwarded directly to Caritas Italy on behalf of the generosity of the supporters of the Office of Radio & Television/WJMJ Radio and Mirabelle's Italian Restaurant.  Caritas Italy is the Italian equivalent of Catholic Relief Service (CRS) here in the United States.

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

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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 Visitor's Center; Knock Shrine; Galway Cathedral; Kylemore Abbey; Cliffs of Moher; Kenmare Smokehouse; Blarney Castle; Jameson Experience; Waterford Crystal; JFK Homestead; Tintern Abbey and much more.


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January 1, 2016 - World Day of Peace

Click to read Pope Francis' 2016 World Day of Peace message:  "Overcome Indifference and Win Peace".


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February 11, 2016 - World Day of the Sick

Click to read Pope Francis' 2016 World Day of the Sick message:  "Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary:
“Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)"
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November 5, 2015 - Podcasts Are Here

You asked, we listened.  We are pleased to announce that you can now listen to podcasts of In the Afterglow and the Archbishop's Corner by visiting our Listen Now page.  Happy listening!


 

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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Ongoing --

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.


 

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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