Faith Events

Office of Faith Events

The Office of Faith Events assists the Diocese and its parishes, to bring high-quality supportive services and events that enable Catholics of all ages, especially youth, to know, practice and share their faith in a meaningful and purposeful way. The office encompasses Catholic Family Services, Catholic Scouting, Catechesis, C.Y.O. Sports, Evangelization, Faith Formation, RCIA, and Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Diocese to Recognize Anniversary Couples
Sunday, October 3 is the date set for the annual Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. Bishop Michael Cote will be the main celebrant for this year’s Mass, which will honor the enduring love of married couples. The Mass will begin at 2 p.m. Each couple registering for the Mass will receive a signed certificate from the bishop. The names of all registrants and their anniversary dates will also be listed on a special Anniversary Page on the Diocese of Norwich website and included in The Four County Catholic, our d...

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Saint Patrick Church in Mystic Hosts Oil Paintings on the Mysteries of the Rosary
I have spent most of my adult life as a teacher of Oil Painting, fine artist, and lecturer. I am reminded of the writings of Albert Pike “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others remains and is immortal.” So it is with Fine Art. Six years ago, at age 65 I decided to pursue a series of figurative canvases depicting the mysteries of the Rosary. An artist must bring to the canvas his own transferable forms of passion, not just illustration. To fulfill this requirement for the Annunciation panel I added to the narrative the offering o...

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Take a Look at September Events Around the Diocese
Notre Dame Church Tag Sale Saturday, September 4, at 272 Main St., Durham from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.,rain or shine  OUTSIDE you will find furniture, records, tapes, cds, books, pictures and frames, baskets, stuffed animals, electronics, sporting equipment, religious items and a full range of miscellaneous tag sale items.  INSIDE our church hall we will have a huge assortment of clothing, toys, jewelry, china, a variety of linens, kitchen supplies, craft supplies, and more. A few minor changes:  We will not be having OUTSIDE vendors, MASKS are requ...

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Norwich, Catholic
Virtual Rachel Rosary is September 21
Virtual Rachel Rosary The third Tuesday of each month at 3pm, come and pray the Project Rachel Rosary online with the Office of Faith Events. The Project Rachel Rosary focuses on an end to abortion and healing for those who have been involved in an abortion. This month’s Rosary will be on September 21. 3rd Tuesday of Every Month at 3pm Meeting link: Meeting number: 132 917 2663 Password: Rosary More ways to join Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 US Toll Access...

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Virtual Program Explores Mary’s Seven Sorrows
If you are seeking to find hope, strength and comfort from a loss, burden, trouble or sorrow, come take a walk with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and find a message of strength and support from a woman who transformed her heartache and sorrow into peace and hope. The Catholic Family Services office is offering a virtual seven-week program entitled A Journey with Mary Through Her Seven Sorrows. Each session will explore one of the Seven Sorrows of Mary’s life and the message of strength and encouragement each one contains. It is based on the book Your Sorrow is My Sorr...

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Returning September 19: Virtual Bingo
Great Fun! Prizes! Bingo played on the internet! Virtual Bingo will take place September 19th from 3:30-5 p.m. Cards are $6 each and will be e-mailed to players To register: Go to Or call Marianne at 848-2237 ext. 304

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Save the Date: Metanoia Lecture Series for Young Adults
St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of Connecticut Campus invites young adults ages 18 – 40 to join them monthly for the Metanoia lecture series.  Each month a speaker will share their faith journey and how it has opened them up to embracing their true, authentic self.  Conversation will be geared to how we can share our gifts and live our God-given mission.  The first talk will take place on September 23rd at 6:30pm with Gloria Purvis.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Liza Roach at   ...

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Catholic Men's Conference to Host Speakers, Activities for Spiritual Growth
  2021 CT Catholic Men's Conference  -  get your tickets today Calling all men of the diocese! It’s time to step up and join us for the 14th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference. This year is going to be our best year ever! We have lined up some great speakers and some great activities to help you grow spiritually as men. This is an opportunity to share your faith with Catholic men from all over Connecticut, experience powerful worship, go to Confession, and have an all-around great time! The ticket price is $45 and in...

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Details About This Year's CT Catholic Men's Conference
Greetings Men of God! It’s that time of year again - time for the 14th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference.  We are calling all men of the Diocese to join us for a day of dynamic speakers, deep spirituality, incredible worship, and great food, fellowship, and fun. It won’t be the same without you - Don’t miss out on this wonderful event for Catholic men from all over Connecticut. The conference is Saturday, September 25, 2021, at New Britain Veterans Memorial Park at Willow Brook Park, New Britain.  Purchase tickets on...

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World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2021: Toward an Ever Wider “We”   
Can you imagine being 14 years old and having the courage to make the life-threatening decision to cross the borders of two countries, with complete strangers, traveling part of the way on foot, at times in an over-crowded van?  When Maria was two months old her father disappeared.  Her mother, left with a toddler and a two-month-old, often went without food in order to feed her children.  Hunger was a constant companion to Maria.  There must be a better life, she thought.  So she decided to try to go to the United States, even though she knew sh...

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Join the Diocesan Virtual Book Club Streaming Wednesday Nights
Join us for the Diocesan Virtual Book Club Streaming Wednesday nights, September 8th to October 13th, 6:30- 8 PM. We will be discussing Gus Busbi, by Jim Sano, a book that challenges racism, prejudice and forces us to look at people’s similarities and not their differences. Our book club moderator will be Andrea Hoisl, Director of the Office of Faith Events. Space is limited, for details and to register Please contact Marianne at or 860-848-2237 ext. 304    

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Date, Honorees set for 11th Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner
Now that many restrictions are being lifted in the State of Connecticut, we are so happy to announce that this year’s 11th Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 4 p.m. at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, located at 55 Bridge Road, Haddam. This is the new rescheduled date from 2020. The commitment of those involved in our Catholic school education in the diocese has been well known for years. Recognizing the exceptional work of our educators, in 2010, Bishop Cote established the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Award for ...

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OFE Staff

Andrea Hoisl

Office of Faith Events Director
860-848-2237 x203

Liza Roach

Youth and Young Adult Minister
860-848-2237, x305

Marianne Nicholas

Office of Faith Events Administrative Assistant
860-848-2237 x304

Mary-Jo McLaughlin

Catholic Family Services
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Hope & Faith

September 8, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas- Administrator for the Office of Faith Events, speaks about getting back to school.

September 1, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Liza Roach- Youth and Young Adult Minister, welcomes you back to the series for 2021-2022.


July 7, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, the Office of Faith Events talks about Sabbath as the need to both play and pray.

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