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WJMJ is pleased once again to bring you another season of the live Metropolitan Opera Saturday radio broadcasts beginning December 6, 2014 and running through May 9, 2015.  Please click here for a schedule of the Saturday radio broadcasts.  For more information about The Metropolitan Opera, visit its website at www.metopera.org.

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In The News

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 the estimated costs are based on 2013 rates.  Final costs will be published by June 1, 2015, 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 October 31, 2015.  A minimum deposit of $350 per person, fully refundable until December 31, 2015, is required to secure a reservation.  Click here for more information. 


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Bella Italia 2015 - June 22 to July 5, 2015

Is travel to Italy on your Bucket List?  Then don't miss this opportunity to check that item off your list!

The Office of Radio & Television and WJMJ Radio invite you to join Father John Gatzak to celebrate his 40th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on a fantastic 14 day/12 night classic pilgrimage tour of Italy from June 22 to July 5, 2015.  Itinerary includes visits to:  Verona, Venice, Modena, Florence, Siena, Assisi, the Eternal City... Rome (where 40 years ago on June 29, 1975, Father John was ordained a priest by Blessed Pope Paul VI in Saint Peter's Square), Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, Ravello, Paestum and the Isle of Capri.

Cost per person from JFK, New York (includes estimated government taxes and airline fuel surcharges and fees of $609 as of October 31,2014):  Double $4,591; Single $5,288.  Book now with a minimum deposit of $2,500 per person.  Final payment is due no later than May 1, 2015.  See reservation form for details.  Click here for more information.  Here's what a past client had to say about our Bella Italia 2011 tour.


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Sunny Portugal - September 25 to October 4, 2015 - BOOK NOW - SAVE $200 DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO APRIL 27, 2015!

Father John Gatzak is your host on this 10 day/8 night tour to Sunny Portugal... Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve with an Optional Madeira Island post tour extension.

Book Now & Save $200 per person until April 27, 2015 on air inclusive packages only.  Cost per person from New York (including air taxes and fees/surcharges, and hotel transfers): Double $3,389; Single $3,889; Triple $3,359.  Rates after April 27, 2015:  Double $3,589; Single $4,089; Triple $3,559.

Itinerary features:  Cascais, Lisbon, Jeronimo's Monastery, Sintra, Fatima, Evora, Monsaraz, Algarve, Sagres, Lagos, Faro, Azeitao, 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and much more. For a complete itinerary, terms and conditions, and more information on extensions and options for this tour click HERE.


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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.


That's the Spirit - Cooking Italian Style

If you would like to be notified when Luca and Annamaria come to Connecticut next July, click the image below.


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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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