Home/Stay Informed/All Diocesan Articles

All Diocesan Articles

Bishop Cote's Christmas Message for 2021

Posted on December 23, 2021 in: Reflections

Bishop Cote's Christmas Message for 2021

December 2021 Four County Catholic

Christmas Message 2021

And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

These words speak to us, in a beautifully poetic way, of our Lord’s miraculous gift of Himself - a gift which He gave to the world when He humbly took flesh and was born in the simple manger in Bethlehem.
 
The gift, the true meaning of the Christmas event, is that the Lord, the Eternal Word and Son of God the Father, became flesh and made his dwelling among us. The mystery and miracle of our Lord’s Incarnation stands at the very heart of our Catholic faith. It is the source of our hope. God’s great love and mercy, as proclaimed in the Gospel message, began with the birth of a child who would grow, teach us the truth of the Gospel, and ultimately offer His very life in sacrifice, providing for those who believe in Him the tremendous grace to share eternal life with God and all the saints in heaven.
 
May we never forget this miraculous gift of God’s love.
 
Our annual celebration of the Lord’s Nativity provides an important reminder to us of the true depth of the love that He continues to pour forth upon each of us and our world. The opportunity to encounter the same Lord Jesus who was born in the manger in Bethlehem but is now risen and glorified - who again humbles Himself to become present to us, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity - is now found in the Most Holy Eucharist. Intimately tied to our Lord’s Incarnation, the gift of the Most Holy Eucharist is the mystery by which He continues to make his dwelling among us here and now.
 
Sadly, as multiple surveys conducted in recent years have shown, belief in the true and real presence of the Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist has declined significantly, even among those who self-identify as Catholics and who attend Mass regularly. This disturbing trend should be a cause of great concern for us all, but we must not lose hope!
 
In response to these trends, the Bishops of the United States have recently approved a catechetical document on the Most Holy Eucharist that is being prepared for publication in the new year. Plans for a national Eucharistic revival have also been approved. More information about these two initiatives will be forthcoming. It is my hope that they will reawaken and reinvigorate our understanding of this great gift of the Lord’s presence in the most Holy Eucharist. In the meantime, let us pray with greater fervor throughout this Christmas season that these initiatives will be successful and that we will never take the miraculous gift of our Lord’s birth, or of His abiding presence among us in the Most Holy Eucharist for granted.
 
May you, your families and loved ones have a truly merry Christmas and a New Year filled with God’s blessings!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bishop of Norwich


Most Viewed Articles of the Last 30 Days

A Prayer for Father's Day

Posted on June 13, 2024 in: Reflections

2676

A Prayer for Father's Day
Dear God, Thank you for loving us with your perfect heart of a father. We ask you this Father's Day and always to guide and protect the hearts of all men in fatherly roles who are striving to love with your heart and do your work. Give them pure, chaste, courageous, and creative hearts like Saint Joseph. Give them hearts that never tire of serving those they are called to love. Give them hearts that seek out their loved ones and gently turn their gaze to see You, who is Love.  And we ask you, Father, to bless them abundantly today....

Read More

Discovering the Joy of Christ: Delving into the Humor of the Divine
My spiritual journey has taken many twists and turns over the years. Last year, when I was asked by my friend Mary Ellen Mahoney, the Annual Catholic Appeal director, to speak to the Christopher Society at their annual dinner on behalf of the diocesan Communications Office and the Four County Catholic magazine, I jumped at the chance. Here are a few of the highlights of the talk I gave. It is based on research for a term paper I wrote many years ago, where I sought to unravel a mystery.  I am constantly on the lookout for imponderables — you know, those ...

Read More

Embracing the Extraordinary in Ordinary Time
In the rhythm of the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time often goes unnoticed. At first glance, it may seem mundane, a simple filler in the spiritual calendar. However, a closer look reveals that Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary; it’s a profound opportunity for spiritual growth and deepening our relationship with God. Ordinary Time, marked by the color green, symbolizes life, hope and anticipation. It’s a season that invites us to cultivate our faith in the everyday moments of life. This period encompasses the life and teachings of Jesus, His miracles, p...

Read More

Transforming Tragedy into Triumph: A Journey to Forgiveness
In the spring of 1994, I was thinking about all the typical teenage things any junior in high school is consumed with: my driver’s license, grades, girls, a new job at Burger King. I was vaguely aware of talk of a problem in a faraway land called Rwanda, but my young mind was too focused on my small concerns. Meanwhile, my contemporaries in Rwanda had real problems: a genocide unfolding around them. There had always been tensions between the two tribes that inhabited Rwanda: the Hutu and the Tutsi. But now, it was exploding into intense violence. Almost overnight, ...

Read More

Annual Catholic Appeal

ACA DONATE

English

EspaƱol

 

Latest Articles
Knights of Columbus Support Local Special Olympics with Generous Donations from Annual Fundraiser
A Prayer for Father's Day
Embracing the Extraordinary in Ordinary Time
Gratitude and Community Spirit: Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Thanks YOU!
Holy Hour to Pray for Those to be Ordained to the Priesthood
Banns of Ordination
Eucharistic Pilgrimage Shows Unity Among Diversity
Calendar of Events
Recently Added Galleries
Click to view album: Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (NDCCW) 46th Annual Layette
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
Signup for Weekly Newsletter

     

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