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The Metropolitan Opera Saturday Radio Broadcasts -

Launched in 1931, The Met’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history.  WJMJ is pleased to bring you the 88th season of the live Metropolitan Opera Saturday radio broadcasts both on-air and on this website beginning December 1, 2018 and running through May 11, 2019.  Please click here for a schedule of the Met's Saturday matinee radio broadcasts.  For more information about The Metropolitan Opera, please visit its website at www.metopera.org.

The contents of The Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee radio broadcast are copyrighted by The Metropolitan Opera, all rights are reserved, and any use or reproduction of any of the material therein without permission of The Metropolitan Opera is strictly prohibited and will be prosecuted.


Holy Week

Palm Sunday, APRIL 14

Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT

10:00 a.m.
Live Televised Broadcast on WCCT-TV CW20
Live Video Streaming Broadcast HERE
Live Radio Broadcast on WJMJ 88.9 FM, HD-1


Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem,
when palm branches were placed in his path,
before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday.
It marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.



The Chrism Mass, Tuesday, APRIL 16

Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT

11:00 a.m.
Live Televised Broadcast on WCTX-TV MyTV9
Live Video Streaming Broadcast HERE

8:00 p.m.
Delayed Radio Broadcast on WJMJ 88.9 HD-3


The Archbishop, joined by the priests of the archdiocese,
gather at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph to celebrate the Chrism Mass.
This Mass manifests the unity of priests with their bishop.
Here the Archbishop blesses three oils:
the oil of catechumens (oleum catechumen rum or oleum sanctorum),
the oil of the infirm (oleum infirm rum) and
the holy chrism (sacrum charisma) —
which will be used in the administration of the
sacraments throughout the year in the archdiocese.

(The Archdiocese of Hartford celebrates this Mass early in Holy Week
as opposed to the traditional morning of Holy Thursday so that
as many priests as possible in the archdiocese can participate.}



Holy Thursday, APRIL 18

Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT

7:00 p.m.
Live Televised Broadcast on WCTX-TV MyTV9
Live Video STREAMING Broadcast HERE

8:00 p.m.
Delayed Radio Broadcast on WJMJ 88.9 HD-3

The Mass of the Lord's Supper is the Roman Catholic Liturgy
celebrated on the evening of Holy Thursday. It inaugurates the
Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday),
and commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples,
more explicitly than other celebrations of the Mass.


Holy SATURDAY, APRIL 20

Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT

8:00 p.m.
Live Video STREAMING Broadcast HERE
Live Radio Broadcast on WJMJ 88.9 HD-3

The Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter,
is the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.  It marks the end
of Lent, and is the last day of the Easter Triduum.  It is one of the most beautiful
and important liturgical celebrations in the Church.  Historically, it is during
this service that people are baptized and that adult catechumens are received
into full communion with the Church.  It is held in the hours of darkness
between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day.


EASTER Sunday, April 21

Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT

10:00 a.m.
Live Televised Simulcast on WCCT-TV CW20 and WCTX-TV MyTV9
Live Video Streaming Broadcast HERE
Live Radio Broadcast on WJMJ 88.9 FM, HD-1


Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead,
and is the beginning of the Easter season in the liturgical year.
As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead
on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday.
His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death.
It is the singular event which proves that those who trust
in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.



Additional programming and liturgical celebrations will broadcast on
WJMJ Catholic Radio 88.9 FM, HD-1 & HD-3 from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.

In The News

April 8, 2019 - The 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play - SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THE JULY 20, 2020 DEPARTURE!

The Oberammergau Passion Play in 2010 was attended by over 500,000 people, including a group of 88 Office of Radio & Television and WJMJ Radio supporters. From May 16th to October 4th, 2020 the 42nd Passion Play will be performed in Oberammergau, Germany.  Yes, the dates are correct... tickets to this sought after event went on sale in September 2017 and are selling like hotcakes!  Since 1634, a Passion Play has been performed every 10 years by the citizens of Oberammergau in thanksgiving to God for sparing them from the Black Plague.

SOLD OUT
Alpine Explorer & the Glacier Express Train with Oberammergau Passion Play
September 13 – 24, 2020
Hosted by Father John Gatzak
SOLD OUT

Our Alpine Explorer & the Glacier Express Train with Oberammergau Passion Play tour for September 2020 is sold out; however, we have this second chance opportunity for you!  Working with with our travel partners, we were able to secure tickets for the July 26, 2020 performance of the Passion Play which is included with the Exploring the Alpine Countries with Oberammergau Passion Play tour. 

Exploring the Alpine Countries with Oberammergau Passion Play
Featuring Austria, Germany and Switzerland
July 20 - August 1, 2020
Hosted by Father John Gatzak

This is a 13 day/11 night tour from July 20 - August 1, 2020.  This tour will also be Hosted by Father John Gatzak, and features Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  Highlights include:  Vienna,  a Danube River Cruise,  a Mozart Dinner Concert at St. Peter’s Restaurant, Munich, the Oberammergau Passion Play, the Black Forest, Château de Chillon, Zermatt, and Lucern.  Your tour also includes 19 meals; 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners.  Reservations will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  You saw how fast our Alpine Explorer tour sold out, so send in your deposit TODAY!  Please note that there is a waiting list for Single rooms and there are no triple room accommodations for this tour.

If you would like to learn more about this tour, you may view an archive to the special webinar that was held on September 5, 2018 by visiting: View Webinar.  There is a short registration form to complete, which then takes you to the webinar archive.

For more information contact Scott or Lauren at (203) 758-7367 or email pilgrimage@ortv.org. To learn more about the history of the Passion Play, please click HERE.


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April 7, 2019 - Blessed Mother Clelia Merloni - Watch Archive

Blessed Merloni


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Sicily 2019 with Father John - October 31 to November 13, 2019 - NOW BOOKING!

Booking is underway for the Office of Radio & Television's and WJMJ Radio's 14 day/12 night pilgrimage tour to the beautiful island of Sicily from October 31 to November 13, 2019.  Father John Gatzak is your host for this pilgrimage tour that features:  Palermo; Monreale; Erice; Cefalu; the Marsala wine region; Agrigento... and the Valley of the Temples;  the mosaics at the Villa Armerina; Savoca and the Barone Palantia estate... where scenes from The Godfather were filmed; Taormina and its Greco/Roman theatre; Mt. Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano; Messina; Catania; and Siracusa and its old town Ortigia; the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Modica and Ragusa; and much more... And not to mention the wonderful Sicilian people, food, wine and sweet treats.  Book Now and Save $200 per Person until June 14, 2019.  Cost per person, double occupancy from JFK International Airport, New York:  Double $3,749, Single $4,547; Regular Rates (after June 14, 2019) - Double $3,949; Single $4,747.  For more information call Scott or Lauren at 203.758.7367 or click here

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Ireland 2019 with Father John - September 15-28, 2019 - NOW BOOKING!

The Office of Radio & Television and WJMJ Radio are returning to the Emerald Isle and you are invited to join Father John on this 14 day/12 night pilgrimage tour to Ireland featuring:  Dublin;  Trinity College with the Book of Kells and the Long Room; St Patrick’s Cathedral; the Guinness Storehouse; the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Monastic Site; Knock Shrine; Connemara; Galway; Kylemore Abbey; a Cliffs of Moher cruise; Kenmare and a Kenmare Bay cruise; Blarney Castle; Kinsale; St. Declan's Well; Waterford Crystal; the JFK Homestead; Tintern Abbey; Hook Head Lighthouse, the Jameson Distillery and so much more.  Book Now and Save $200 per Person until April 15, 2019.  Cost per person, double occupancy from Bradley International Airport, Hartford, CT:  Double $3,796, Single $4,356; Regular Rates (after April 15, 2019) - Double $3,996; Single $4,556.  For more information call Scott or Lauren at 203.758.7367 or click here


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March 6, 2019 - Lent 2019

Click to read Pope Francis' message for Lent 2019.

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February 11, 2019 - World Day of the Sick 2019

Click to read Pope Francis' 2019 message for the celebration of the 27th World Day of the Sick.


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46th Annual March for Life - Friday, January 18, 2019 - Washington, DC

Abp. NaumannKansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann is chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He celebrated the 2019 Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. on January 17th. In his homily he said, “Mercy is a force that permeates the entirety of the pro-life movement,” and says this mercy has led to “amazing Paul-like conversions of abortion advocates,” who have gone on to “become the powerful pro-life apologists.”

Click here to listen to the homily.

Novena for Life

For more information on Project Rachel and “Hope After Abortion” resources please visit:  http://hopeafterabortion.com/.

USCCB
Would you know how to identify a potential human trafficking situation? Learn more about human trafficking and recognizing the red flags of warning through the U.S.  Catholic Bishops' Anti-Trafficking Program at:
http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/.

 


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January 1, 2019 - World Day of Peace 2019

Click to read Pope Francis' 2019 message for the celebration of the 52st World Day of Peace.


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December 25, 2018 - "Urbi Et Orbi" - Christmas 2018

Click to read Pope Francis' Christmas 2018 "Urbi et Orbi" message.


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October 5, 2018 -  WJMJ Goes Full Power on its New Transmitter

On Friday morning, October 5, 2018, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, visited WJMJ's new transmitter site and pressed the button that raised the transmission power of the station to 100% as allowed by its Federal Communications Commission's license.  WJMJ's new transmitter broadcasts both the traditional FM signal as well as three digital HD Radio channels.  Listeners with HD Radio receivers in their cars, homes or businesses will hear a superior quality sound on HD-1, the channel simultaneously carrying WJMJ’s music and information mix.  On the other HD channels, listeners can hear Catholic programming from EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network. The EWTN programs are in Spanish on WJMJ HD-2 and in English on WJMJ HD-3. This allows WJMJ to better serve an audience that wants to hear traditional Catholic religious programming and Connecticut’s growing Hispanic population.

WJMJ is a non-commercial station that is listener-supported by its semi-annual Radiothons, and for the last several years the listeners have been generously contributing a portion of each Radiothon toward a new transmitter.  “We’re very grateful for their generosity and patience,” says Fr. John Gatzak, general manager of WJMJ.  “Our family of listeners has been helping us save up the money needed to make this great technical improvement possible, and now they get to reap the rewards of their kindness. The music and other programs sound even better!”


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June 14, 2018 - 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. 

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.


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Ongoing --

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!
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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.
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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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