Home/Stay Informed/All Diocesan Articles

All Diocesan Articles

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Posted on December 21, 2018 in: Reflections

 

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

Goal for the Week…  Welcome our Savior into the World!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

 

This last week of advent is one that calls for a big change in all of us.  Christmas takes place at the beginning of the week so we shift from contemplation and preparation to complete celebration and JOY!

 

*How will you express your joy this week?

*How will this week be different from the previous three?

*What “gifts” are you personally offering to Jesus?

*How have you made your world a better place this advent?

 

The answers to these questions all involve a change of heart, a change in perspective, a change of focus and a change in behavior. Changes that we need to make to truly welcome our Savior into our hearts and our lives. That is the gift we should all be focused on giving this Christmas.   

 

We pray that Christ will bless you and your loved ones in a special way this Christmas.

God’s blessings and peace…Andrea, Liza, Marianne and Mary-Jo


Most Viewed Articles of the Last 30 Days

Oh Happy Day!

Posted on March 28, 2024 in: Reflections

1380

Oh Happy Day!
Some years ago, a Gospel song made the top 10 charts, it was called “Oh Happy Day.” The refrain of the song is, “Oh happy day, oh happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.” The “happy day” is Good Friday, because that is the day when Jesus brings salvation to humanity by His Passion and death on the cross. But for Christians, there is an even happier day, the day when He is risen: Easter Sunday. As Catholic Christians, we are, of course, a people of the Eucharist, and a people of the living Word of God. But primarily, we are an Easter...

Read More

Answering the Divine Call 

Posted on March 27, 2024 in: Reflections, Lent

936

Answering the Divine Call 
The Risen Lord knows us so very intimately, calling each of us by name. In our sinfulness, imperfection and unworthiness, we are not abandoned.     In the Easter story, a meaningful and very vulnerable exchange occurs between Mary Magdalene and the Risen Lord, as depicted in the Gospel of John (20:11-18).   In the quiet solitude of a garden, Mary Magdalene stands, tears staining her cheeks, grief echoing in her heart. The tomb of Jesus looms before her, a silent witness to the profound loss that seems insurmountable. It is in this very...

Read More

Bishop Cote Discusses Faith and Redemption in Palm Sunday Homily
"We celebrate this Palm Sunday with the eyes of faith,"   On Sunday, March 24th, the Cathedral of Saint Patrick was filled with the faithful, gathered to commemorate Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote presided over the Mass, delivering a homily that captured the profound significance of the sacred day. He drew parallels between the disciples' initial inability to grasp the full significance of Christ's entry into Jerusalem and our celebration of Palm Sunday. He emphasized...

Read More

“Peace be with you!” - Bishop Cote's 2024 Easter Message
  Easter Message 2024   My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, The peace of the risen Lord be with you and all whom you love. On this Easter Sunday, we rejoice in the Lord’s victory over sin and death. Assembled with their companions, the Eleven apostles first heard the good news of Jesus’ Resurrection. While they were discussing all this, Jesus stands among them. In their fright, in their guilt, and in their wonderment and awe, the Risen Lord greets them, “Peace be with you!” (cf. Luke 24:36-37) While the mere sight of Je...

Read More

Sharing in Our Humanity

Posted on April 07, 2024 in: Reflections

133

Sharing in Our Humanity
At Mass, the deacon is the minister of the cup. He prepares the chalice of wine and elevates the cup of blessing with the priest in his elevation of the host.  It always humbles me when I pray the Prayer of Preparation for the chalice: “By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” The prayer is said quietly while pouring the wine and a drop of water into the chalice. Many people in the pews may not even be aware of the prayer being said. The wine represents Jesus&rsq...

Read More

A Question of Faith- What is Papal Infallibility?
Have you ever questioned or wondered about some aspect of the Catholic faith? Well now is your chance to do just that! Four County Catholic Magazine is introducing a new column entitled A QUESTION OF FAITH. Every edition will offer our readers’ the opportunity to ask and have their questions answered. We are grateful to Father Richard D. Breton, Jr. for his willingness to assist us in this new endeavor. Father Breton has been a priest for 15 years and is the parochial vicar of Guardian Angels Parish in Colchester. In addition to his parish responsibilities, Father ...

Read More

Annual Catholic Appeal

ACA DONATE

English

Español

 

 
Signup for Weekly Newsletter


    Recently Added Galleries
    Click to view album: Nativity photos
    Click to view album: Archbishop Kevin S. Randall - Episcopal Ordination, Nov. 4, 2023
    Click to view album: Rite of Election
    Click to view album: Mass of Ordination  for Fr. Jacob Ramos
    Latest Articles
    Love for God - Our Lady Queen of Hope Award
    'This is a Gift for You' - Hope & Faith Video Series
    Paths to the Cross- Journeys into the Heart of Catholicism
    The Secret Weapon to a Stronger Marriage
    A Question of Faith- What is Papal Infallibility?
    Sharing in Our Humanity
    Family and Community Are Key to Overcoming Secularism, Pope Says
    Calendar of Events

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