Fed by Our Faith - Hope and Faith Video Series
April 14, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series; Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister, speaks about the Easter blessing of being fed by the Catholic Faith. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

eucharist
We Are an Easter People and Alleluia is Our Song!
How exciting, it is Easter!  We return to the rituals at Mass that come with this season. One of my favorites is the singing of the “Alleluia.” Once again, we say out loud, “Alleluia, Christ has risen.”  Did you ever pause to wonder what the word alleluia means?  Often people will confuse the translation of the word with “Christ is risen,” but that is not its meaning. Alleluia comes from a Hebrew word hallĕlūyāh meaning “Praise ye the Lord.”  Moving into the New Testament, it is translated to Greek t...

Read More

Easter Joy- Hope and Faith Video Series
April 7, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Faith Events, speaks about our Easter joy. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Keeping Alive the Tradition of Polish Easter Baskets
Being Polish-American Catholics, my family has always adhered to Polish holiday traditions.  As a child, one of the most loved and awaited traditions for me every year was the blessing of the Easter baskets on Holy Saturday at our home parish, St. Joseph’s in Norwich.  On Holy Saturday morning, my mother, brother, and I would meet my aunt and all my cousins at church with our wicker baskets full of Easter goodies to be blessed by the priest.  It was a fun task but sometimes a hurried one.  Getting that basket ready on Saturday morning meant the ...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
Agape Love- Hope and Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 43 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl- Director of the Office of Faith Events, gives insight into what agape love is. To see past videos or more articles on Faith and Hope visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

Read More

Storge Love - Hope & Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 42 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas- Administrative Assistant in the Office of Faith Events, provides us with a witness of what storge love is. To see past videos or more articles on Faith and Hope visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

Read More

Members of One Family - Hope and Faith Series 2021
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 41 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister, explores Philia, love of friends, in the Bible.  What does it mean for Christians? To see past videos or more articles on Faith and Hope visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

Read More

In the Month of Love, Take Time to Appreciate God’s Love
I met my husband Pat in 1989 when he placed a classified ad in the singles column of a local newspaper. Meeting him, I was immediately taken by his quick Irish wit, auburn hair, good looks, and self-confidence. His Irish Catholic background meshed with mine and the conversation between us flowed easily.  Pat was a widower with two young children, ages four and five. When I met them, they immediately tugged at my heartstrings, beginning a bond that would grow and deepen until the four of us became a family. In time, our family would grow and with the birth of our you...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith, sparks
Love- It's More Than Hearts and Flowers-- Hope and Faith Series 2021
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 40 Mary-Jo McLaughlin starts off the Month of February speaking about one of the 4 types of love- Eros. Eros is romantic love; what does that mean for Catholics? To see past videos or more articles on Faith and Hope visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

Service as Evangelization- Hope & Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 39 Andrea Hoisl of the Office of Faith Events, talks about sharing and helping others as a way to show people a glimpse at God. Service is a way to evangelize. To see past videos or more articles on Faith and H.O.P.E. visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

Your Relationship with God - Hope & Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 38 This week on the Hope and Faith series, Mary-Jo McLaughlin from the Office of Faith Events points out that to be an evangelizer we need to start with a good relationship with God- PRAYER. To see past videos or more articles on Faith and H.O.P.E. visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

Evangelizing with Simple Acts of Kindness
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 37 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas- Administrative Assistant for the Office of Faith Events, shares that we can be humble evangelizers by reaching out to others. To see past videos or more articles on Faith and H.O.P.E. visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

What does it mean to Evangelize as a Catholic?
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 36 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister, speaks about what evangelizing means for Catholics. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

faith
21 Ways to Spread the Gospel in 2021!
Happy New Year from the Diocese of Norwich! Andrea Hoisl of the Office of Faith Events kicks off 2021 with 21 ideas to Spread the Good News. Please Share with Family & Friends Visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks for additional resources.

Read More

Faith Sparks: Happy New Year?
Happy New Year is what we say as we enter January, the first month of the year, filled with hope and promise. We look ahead at our hopes and dreams for the year knowing that all things are possible. But as we look ahead this year, with the next few months of winter enveloping us in darkness, we all share an uneasy sense of helplessness that seems to permeate all we do. Instead of post-Christmas joy, we are entering this year with fear and trepidation of the unknown – of the many unknowns – that now affect each of us daily. Although we are faced with a new ...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
Anticipating the Coming of Christ
This month’s Hope and Faith video series, sponsored by the Office of Faith Events, has a special guest speaker for the four weeks of Advent - The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote. His thought-provoking reflections will be a welcome addition to your Christmas preparation. Bishop Cote will share reflections on patience, love, peace, and anticipation.    The videos will be released every Wednesday throughout the month of December.  Week 4 Anticipation This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Bishop Cote of the Diocese of Norwich speaks ...

Read More

Bishop Cote Reflects on Peace
This month’s Hope and Faith video series, sponsored by the Office of Faith Events, has a special guest speaker for the four weeks of Advent - The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote. His thought-provoking reflections will be a welcome addition to your Christmas preparation. Bishop Cote will share reflections on patience, love, peace, and anticipation.    The videos will be released every Wednesday throughout the month of December.  Week 3 Peace This week on the Hope and Faith Series, the Most Reverend Michael Cote, Bishop of Norwich,&n...

Read More

Bishop Cote Reflects on Love
This month’s Hope and Faith video series, sponsored by the Office of Faith Events, has a special guest speaker for the four weeks of Advent - The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote. His thought-provoking reflections will be a welcome addition to your Christmas preparation. Bishop Cote will share reflections on patience, love, peace, and anticipation.    The videos will be released every Wednesday throughout the month of December.  Second Week of Advent Love This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Bishop Michael Cote talks about love. ...

Read More

Bishop Cote Reflects on the Virtue of Patience
This month’s Hope and Faith video series, sponsored by the Office of Faith Events, has a special guest speaker for the four weeks of Advent - The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote. His thought provoking reflections will be a welcome addition to your Christmas preparation. Bishop Cote will share reflections on patience, love, peace, and anticipation.    The videos will be released every Wednesday throughout the month of December.  First Week of Advent Patience This week on the Hope and Faith Series, the Most Reverend Michael Cote, Bis...

Read More

Gratitude for Those We Have Lost
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 35 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Mary-Jo McLaughlin, our Catholic Family Services Coordinator, talks about the gratitude we need to show for our loved ones whom we have lost. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
Christmas Commercialism Clouds Advent's Patient Waiting
Advent dawns upon us and once again we begin our journey of patient waiting for the arrival of Christmas – which can be a special challenge and struggle for children and young people, but also for adults. The culture decorates for Christmas even before Halloween is over. The Hallmark Channel began showing Christmas movies with its countdown to Christmas on October 24. Holiday displays and advertisements for toys began circulating at the same time, and the Amazon toy catalog came in my mailbox in mid-October! This year, Santa is showing up in our homes for virtua...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic
Gratitude- An Everyday Practice
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 34 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl- the Director of the Office of Faith Events, suggests that focusing on gratitude does not deserve just one day or a month, we need to give it longer! To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

Be Grateful - Hope and Faith Video Series Week 33
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 33 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Liza Roach, the Youth and Young Adult Minister for the Diocese of Norwich, speaks about having an attitude of gratitude for God. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

Gratitude - Hope and Faith Video Series Week 32
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 32 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas from the Office of Faith Events, speaks about the virtue of Gratitude. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

SBS Choir's Powerful Message - Hope and Faith Week 31
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 31 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, St. Bernard's School Choir making the best of COVID-19 restrictions! Click the image above to see the performance and the image below for the Fox61 News story To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks  

Read More

Saints, COVID-19
Hope and Faith Series - Saint Jude
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 30 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl- Director of the Office of Faith Events, speaks on the life of St. Jude.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks   Click the image below to find out how you can win a basket while supporting the Diocesan Women's Conference Only a Few Days Remain 

Read More

Faith Sparks: ‘Broken Open’ by a Journey of Grief
October used to be my favorite month. There were so many things to look forward to – fall foliage, the taste of the first apple pie of the season washed down with a flavorful cup of hot mulled apple cider, and the joyful sound of children’s laughter as they trick-or-treat through neighborhood streets. Then the calendar turned a page one year and my Octobers became something to dread. It started one year on October 20 when my best friend, Aimee, lost her six-year battle to breast cancer at age 36. Eleven days later, on Halloween, my brother Michael, 37, was mu...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic
Hope and Faith Series - Speaking of Saints
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 29 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Mary-Jo McLaughlin speaks about Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi as a model of sacramental marriage.    To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks Click the image below to find out how you can win a basket while supporting the Diocesan Women's Conference

Read More

Marriage, Saints
Hope and Faith - Interesting Stories of Saints
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 28 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Liza Roach- the Youth and Young Adult Minister in the Office of Faith Events explores interesting Saint stories.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks And in case you missed Our Virtual Forum from Sunday October 4th Click on the Image Below to Watch the Replay

Read More

Talking About Saints-Our Video Series Continues
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 27 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas, the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Faith Events speaks about Saint Luke.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks And in case you missed Our Virtual Forum from Sunday October 4th Click on the Image Below to Watch the Replay

Read More

What Next? Putting Pope Francis' Message into Action
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 26 This week on the Hope and Faith series, Andrea Hoisl, the Director of the Office of Faith Events, reflects on Pope Francis’ message of Laudato Si.   Related Article: Laudato Si in 30 Days Be sure to join us on October 4th at 7 pm for the Virtual Forum, "Life in the Thought of Pope Francis"   National director of the Laudato Si Project, Joseph Meyer, will be...

Read More

LaudatoSi
Origins of Halloween Rooted in Catholic Faith
Halloween. It is perhaps one of the most misunderstood holidays, but one that has definite roots within the Catholic faith. Halloween comes from the word ‘hallow’ which means holy and ‘e’en’ a shortened form of the word evening.  November 1 is All Saints’ Day, a holy day of obligation honoring all the saints, which was originally known as All Hallows Day. October 31 then became known as the Eve of All Hallows or Hallows Eve, later called Halloween. In early days, Catholic Europe celebrated the vigil of a major feast day with celeb...

Read More

Catholic
A Reflection in Nature- Laudato Si
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 25 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Mary Jo McLaughlin, Catholic Family Services Coordinator in the Office of Faith Events speaks about the Pope’s document- Laudato Si.   Related Article: Laudato Si in 30 Days To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Outside Gift Benefits Office of Faith Events
Occasionally, we have the great fortune to receive gifts from people who are not members of our diocese. This was the case on August 4, when Robert N. Roach (Nick), chief executive officer of The Chemical Company of Jamestown, Rhode Island and his daughter, Liza Roach, the youth and young adult minister for the Diocese of Norwich Office of Faith Events, gave Bishop Cote a $10,000 check. This was not the first time that the Roach family gifted their money across state lines. In 2018, they established the Roach Family Endowment to support the Diocesan Office of Faith Event...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic
Laudato Si- Chapter 4- Relationships
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 24 Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister for the Diocese of Norwich discusses Chapter 4 of Laudato Si.   Related Article: Laudato Si in 30 Days To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

LaudatoSi
Day 9 Laudato Si from the Ninigret Conservation Area
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 23 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Faith Events reflects on Laudato Si, day 9 at Ninigret Conservation Area.   Related Article: Laudato Si in 30 Days To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Story Teller and Catechist, Speaks About Laudato Si
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 22 Shawnee Baldwin, story teller and catechist, speaks about Laudato Si- the letter from Pope Francis on the Care for the Earth.   Related Article: Laudato Si in 30 Days To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Laudato Si in 30 Days
As Stewards of Creation we share Laudato Si’ this month, written by Pope Francis, On Care for Our Common Home the earth. For the fifth anniversary of the original Laudato Si, the encyclical has been condensed into thirty-day examination, for which the Office of Faith Events will facilitate a daily reflection through e-mails from September 1 through October 4. If you would like to sign up for this daily reflection please send your e-mail address to manicholas@norwichdiocese.net To view the condensed Laudato Si month long daily reflections document please click HE...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, Pope, Francis
Fall 2020: A Season of Change for Different Reasons
Fall is generally characterized by the leaves changing color, the days getting shorter and the temperature starting to dip. At its onset we experience a sense of nostalgia looking back at the fleeting days of summer. Our summer memories usually include vacations, family outings and days spent lying around soaking up the sun and enjoying the company of family and friends. We reflect on how summer allows us to refresh and renew our spirit, which sustains us for the rest of the year. However, this fall we are not looking back with fondness or reflecting on the highlights of...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith, sparks
St. Joseph -  A Guide During Trying Times - Hope and Faith
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 21 Kathy D’Amelio, the new Director of the Office for Safe Environments, talks about St. Joseph.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

For Parishes: A Square and Prayer Ministry
Now available from the Diocesan Square and Prayer Ministry Individually wrapped, knitted “prayer squares” with prayer cards are available to diocese parishioners for distribution to convalescent homes, hospitals, care facilities and more. “Prayer Squares” are free of charge and available on a first-come, first served basis.   Interested in distributing squares or in volunteering your crocheting and/or knitting skills? Please contact Marianne at the Office of Faith Events at (860) 848-2237 ext. 304 or manicholas@norwichdioc...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, Prayer
Gratitude - Hope and Faith Video Series Week 20
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 20 In this weeks "Hope and Faith" Series Mary-Jo McLaughlin- Coordinator of Catholic Family Services for the Office of Faith Events speaks about having Gratitude for the simple things in life especially those we take for granted.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

faith
Laughter - Hope and Faith Video Series Week 19
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 19 Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister for the Diocese of Norwich, talks about how laughter reinvigorates the soul and is an essential element to faith.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Hope and Faith Video Series-Pondering Christmas in July?
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 18 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas, Administrative Assistant to the Office of Faith Events, speaks about how the pandemic is getting people worried about Christmas in July. She calls us to slow down and take time to make a simpler Christmas.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Faith Sparks: Positive Aspects of Technology Can Enhance Spirituality
As a young child, I remember my grandfather having a truck with two gas caps on it. I always wondered why this was so. Did the truck need a second fluid to run, was there something about the truck that made it special, or did it just need extra gas to function?  Puzzled after investigating this many times, I asked my Dad about my grandfather’s truck. He told me how in 1973, gasoline supplies ran low and people began to panic about buying gas. Motorists had to wait hours in line just to get a few gallons for their car. At the time, we lived in the farmlands of ...

Read More

faith, sparks
Hope & Faith Video - National Catholic Partnership on Disability Statement on Racism
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 17 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, listen to the statement on racism from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, Hope, Faith, video
God Will Provide - Hope and Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 16 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, John Angotti, national Musician and speaker, reminds us that in difficult times, God will provide-so go out in a mission in love and serve one another.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Weeds and Wheat-Hope and Faith Series Week 15
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 15 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Mary-Jo McLaughlin, speaks about the parable of the weeds and the wheat reminds us that each person is a combination of strong and weak characteristics so focus on the positive attribute.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

A Guided Meditation-Hope and Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 14 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, take a walk with this short guided meditation to assist you in praying for someone you care about.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Experiencing the Eucharist-Hope and Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.    Week 13 TThis week on the Hope and Faith Series, Lisa Hendey, Founder of the CatholicMom.com, speaks about returning to Mass after the closure due to the pandemic and experiencing the transformation of the Eucharist..     To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Reimagining Faith Formation with John Roberto
We have all been witnesses to a world that has been dramatically changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. No aspect of life has been unaffected. We have been witnesses to and agents in the abrupt move of church life from the physical to the virtual.  How do we reinvent Faith Formation for this new reality? Watch the Replay of the webinar to learn more.

Read More

A Cheerful Heart- Hope and Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 12 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Liza Roach the Youth and Young Adult Minister in the Office of Faith Events, speaks about adjusting attitudes to a cheerful heart which brings good health.     To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Video Series Explores 'Hope and Faith'
While most people were shut in during the pandemic, the Office of Faith Events in the Diocese of Norwich embarked this Spring on a new series of weekly online videos, with office members offering messages of positivity and hope for troubled times. The “Hope & Faith” video series grew out of a prior regular video series, which was under way just as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take root in the United States. Faith Events produced a series of weekly videos exploring themes of the Lenten season. As the Lenten Series ended, the office decided to continue...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, Hope, Faith, video
The Cracked Pot- Hope and Faith Video Series Week 11
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 11 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl, the Director of the Office of Faith Events, reflections on the story of the Cracked Pot. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Stations of the Cross Parallel Grief During COVID-19
Someone we loved died during the COVID-19 quarantine. Unfortunately, this has become a very common experience for so many people across the globe and in our diocese. This unique period in time has afforded us and so many others a new way of experiencing the process of dying with our loved ones. Although the circumstances that surround the dying process are very different, the graces we received on the journey remained the same. The gift of time – from death, to funeral, to burial and final goodbye – has given us the opportunity to ponder the positives and the ne...

Read More

Norwich
"Hold On" - A Musical Reflection- Hope and Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 10 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, the Office of Faith Events presents a Musical Reflection.  John Angotti provides his song “Hold On” while we ponder God speaking to us during this pandemic.

Read More

'Hope & Faith' Video Series: USCCB Response to Death of George Floyd
The Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl reads the response to the death of George Floyd from Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. See below the video to read the complete statement.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks   Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American ...

Read More

faith, video, events, hope
'Hope and Faith': Mary in the Month of May
The Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  This week on the Hope and Faith Series, the Office of Faith Events presents National Speaker and brand manager of CatholicMom.com, Danielle Bean. Danielle speaks about Mary in the month of May. Danielle is scheduled to be our keynote speaker for the 2020 Norwich Diocesan Women's Conference this October 24.     To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

faith, video, events, hope
'Hope and Faith': Take Time to Listen to the Lord
The Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Mary-Jo McLaughlin, Coordinator of Catholic Family Services in the Office of Faith Events, speaks about taking time to listen to the Lord even during these challenging times.     To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

faith, video, events, hope
'Hope and Faith' Video Series Week 6
As the Lenten Series has ended, the Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas, Administrative Assistant to the Office of Faith Events, speaks about Hope. The Good News is where we should turn to read the words of Christ in difficult times.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
Faith Sparks: Family Faith in Isolation
In a recent statement Pope Francis said, “I am thinking of the families under lockdown, children who aren’t going to school, parents who cannot leave the house, some who are in quarantine. May the Lord help them discover new ways, new expressions of love, of living together in this new situation. ...It is a wonderful opportunity to creatively rediscover affection in the family. Let us pray for families so that relationships within the family at this moment might flourish always for the good.” It is an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith, sparks
'Hope and Faith' Video Series Week 5
As the Lenten Series has ended, the Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  This week on the Hope and Faith series we are joined by national youth speaker Mike Patin. Mike ponders during these "stay at home" days, the question and anticipation of "when" can be tough. Maybe the invitation and reminder of "while" is a better word on which to focus.   To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
'Hope and Faith' Video Series Week 4
As the Lenten Series has ended, the Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl, Director of the Office of Faith Events, speaks about the Beatitudes in light of the coronavirus.  Andrea reminds us how each of us is fulfilling the call of the Gospel during this difficult pandemic.     To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
'Hope and Faith' Video Series Week 3
As the Lenten Series has ended, the Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the Pandemic.  This week the Hope and Faith series is joined by national youth speaker Robert Feduccia. Robert reflects on what God wants us to focus on each day and to have ultimate trust in Him during this Pandemic.   We are not in darkness when Jesus is our light. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
Submit Your Photos of Messages of HOPE and LOVE
The Office of Faith Events for the Diocese of Norwich is sharing messages of Hope and Love from the community.   If you have decorated the front door of your home with a message of HOPE or LOVE, Send a picture to the office at manicholas@norwichdiocese.net   The Office of Faith Events will share the submitted photos on FaceBook. Let us know your first name and the town you live in.   Right: A submission from Elizabeth from St. Mary's parish Below: Janet at the Little House in the Country Christian Preschool and Child Care in Ellington...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
"Hope and Faith" Video Series Week 2
As the Lenten Series has ended, the Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the Pandemic.  This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Mary-Jo McLaughlin, coordinator of Catholic Family Services in the Office of Faith Events, speaks about not despairing but finding our Hope in Jesus.  We are not in darkness when Jesus is our light. To see past video's or more articles on Faith visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, faith
Faith Sparks: Celebrating Easter as a Season Not a One-day Holiday
The Lenten season is over and Jesus is out of the tomb. It is time to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection and Christ’s victory over sin and death for as St. Augustine tells us, “We are an Easter people.” But, what does that mean for most of us? As a child growing up in what I would call a fairly devout Catholic family, Easter celebrated the fact that Christ opened the gates of Heaven for all of us and we would one day be reunited with Him in paradise. While I probably appreciated that on some level, most of my memories of Easter Sunday were that after...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, sparks
"Be Not Afraid" - Hope & Faith During the Pandemic- OFE Launches New Video Series
As the Lenten Series has ended, the Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the Pandemic.  This week, Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister for the Diocese of Norwich, kicks off the series during Holy Week speaking about the numerous times we hear "Be Not Afraid" in the Bible.  She ponders; How does this message apply to our lives in the time of the Pandemic?  

Read More

Catechist’s Energy Rooted in Faith
She is leader, catechist and mentor to more than 200 students in her faith formation programs and is the creative, artistic, musical, animated idea generator for the teachers/volunteers and parents who are also part of her programs. She has a room full of resources she created to enhance the lives of her students. The list includes, Holy Land; Scattegories: Confirmation Edition; Connect Four: Catholic Edition; Build a Church; Wheel of Catholic Fortune, and many others. She is a wife and mother of three grown children and serves as the Director of Faith Formation at All S...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, schools
Faith Sparks: Help Children Connect to Their Faith Through the Lives of the Saints
As a young man in his 20s, my father lost both of his legs in an industrial accident. As it was the early 1940s and medicine was not as advanced as today, his doctors told him it was unlikely he would ever walk again. But, my father had faith in St. Jude, the patron saint for hopeless causes, to whom he prayed each day, and before the year ended, he was surprising his doctors and walking on two artificial prosthetics – a feat my father always credited to St. Jude. My father’s love and devotion for St. Jude grew. When my older brother was born, my dad insisted...

Read More

faith
Students Welcome Refugees and Immigrants
Recently the third through sixth grade faith formation students at St. Matthew Church completed a stewardship project benifitting refugees and immigrants that are being helped by Sr. Mary Jude from the parish of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Windham and the organization IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) from New Haven. The students gathered donations and filled two-gallon zip lock baggies with essential items for the refugees and immigrants.  Accompanied by a welcome card the bags included toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant, dish ...

Read More

Pope Francis Calls Us to Bear Witness to Jesus
  It has been said that one of the hallmarks of good writers is the ability to connect their audience to a story. If this is true, then one of the gifts of Pope Francis’ ministry is his ability to connect each of us with the story the Lord wants us to write with our lives. Last October, in launching an Extraordinary Missionary Month, Pope Francis gave a stirring homily in which he spoke about the call each of us has been given to be missionaries. We are missionaries, he wrote, “By living as witnesses: bearing witness by our lives that we have come...

Read More

Pope, FaithSparks
Faith Sparks: A New Year's Resolution With A Twist
By Andrea Hoisl Every year, as we wrap up our Christmas celebrations, our minds shift to thoughts of the New Year. We contemplate making a resolution we may or may not keep. The thought of a resolution sounds so positive and healthy that we cannot help but get drawn into the idea of changing and obtaining a new outlook on life in the New Year. Resolutions fill us with hope for a better year on numerous levels. Unfortunately, statistics tell us that most people abandon their resolution within two weeks of making it! Our resolve is weakened by busyness, winter temperat...

Read More

Norwich, Catholic, FaithSparks
Advent: A Time for Patient Waiting, Not Holiday Rushing
By Liza Roach Christmas is right around the corner. Do you feel like I do – behind already?  You have to make sure the house is decorated, the crèche is out for all to see, the Christmas tree is up in all its glory, the wreath on the door looks festive and inviting, and let’s not forget buying presents for everyone you know in the world!  Overwhelmed enough yet?  We can’t forget to take the perfect family picture for the all-important Christmas Card!  If yours looks like mine, the dog is licking my face as I am reaching down to pick ...

Read More

advent, FaithSparks
Teaching Children the Art of Joyful Giving
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin Do you recall as a child viewing commercials of famine-stricken children in Africa while watching Saturday morning cartoons? Seeing those pictures, how many of us were compelled to break open the piggy bank and send money to charities hoping to ease the guilt of having more than those hungry children? I remember trick-or-treating with the orange UNICEF box, asking for donations for those same starving children. I guess it eased some guilt I was experiencing by overindulging in candy while children around the world were suffering. One Halloween, ...

Read More

Norwich, FaithSparks
Accompanying our Youth on Their Faith Journey
New Curriculum Involves Accompanying Our Youth by Andrea Hoisl  “Walking with our youth in faith is dependent upon our trust in the Holy Spirit – trusting that it will take us where we need to go – closer to Christ,” said Fr. Frank Donio, director of the Catholic Apostolate Center in Washington, D.C.,  at a recent presentation to catechists, catechetical leaders and parents in the diocese.  Here is the complete video of Fr. Donio's Talk- Accompanying our Youth on their Faith Journey The topic of Fr. Donio&r...

Read More

Fr.FrankDonio, Curriculum, FaithSparks, HolyFamily
Everyday Blessings Recognize God’s Gifts to Us
By Andrea Hoisl Blessings are words that express gratitude for something or show God’s favor. What does the word “bless” actually mean? In Hebrew, the root means “to increase” or “bring down Divine abundance.” So if I bless you, I am asking God to increase your well-being, happiness, or circumstances – in essence, to give you more of Himself. In a world where there is so much going on, we often forget to take time to recognize and acknowledge the many blessings in our lives. Those can include the times when God has given...

Read More

Family Prayer Teaches Valuable Life Lessons
by Mary-Jo McLaughlin Is family prayer a part of your family’s life? I have vivid memories as a child kneeling beside my family as we prayed the Rosary. I would look out the window and see neighborhood children playing in their yards and I longed to be with them. Instead, I was cooped up inside participating in something that I saw as little more than a burdensome chore. When I was 11 years old, my mother died and family life as we knew it changed drastically. So many activities that we once did as a family were gone, the family rosary among them. It’s ...

Read More

New Column Aims to Spark Faith Among Families
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin Faith Sparks…. Ignite Your Faith is a new column that the office of Faith Events (OFE) will premier in the August issue of the Four County Catholic to help engage parents, grandparents and families in their faith. “One of the focuses of our new Diocesan faith formation curriculum is to get adults involved in learning more about their faith along with their children,” said Andrea Hoisl, OFE director. “This new column will help people become more aware of the nuances of their faith so that they in turn may be a living witne...

Read More

Norwich

Annual Catholic Appeal

ACA DONATE

English

Español

Hope & Faith

April 14, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series; Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister, speaks about the Easter blessing of being fed by the Catholic Faith.

April 7, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Faith Events, speaks about our Easter joy.

March 31, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Deacon Tom Casey explores during Lent the scripture passage "Be still and know that I am God".

March 24, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Deacon Christopher Deskus helps us to focus on the reflective time of our Lenten journey which leads to a better relationship with God.

March 17, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Deacon Dennis Dolan speaks on renewal during the season of Lent

March 10, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Deacon Dan D’Amelio from St. Bridget of Kildare in Moodus speaks about going into the desert during Lent.

March 3, 2021

This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Deacon Michael Puscas gives a Lenten reflection on the need for reconciliation..

CatholicDailyReadings
Signup for Weekly Newsletter

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
    201 Broadway
    Norwich, CT 06360-4328
    Phone: 860-887-9294