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Discerning the Joy of Priesthood

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: Vocations

By Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations So much has transpired over the last several months, some of which we touched on in the past two issues of the Four County Catholic Vocation Corner. However, I, like all of you, was saddened by the deeply disturbing news out of Pennsylvania and Washington in August. The reprint in last month’s Four County Catholic of Bishop Cote’s pastoral letter that went out to parishioners throughout the diocese, strengthened me. I am thankful for the leadership, support and resolve of our shepherd, Bishop Cote, who pledges to continue to protect the vulnerable and ...

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A Letter from the Superintendent

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: School News

My Dear Friends, Our schools have been meeting great success so far this year. I am happy to report that our diocese has obtained licensing to implement the Cyber Awareness Safety Education Curriculum for Catholic Schools, which is a nationally known curriculum geared toward grade school and middle school students. The curriculum of this course is for students to develop a deeper understanding of the dangers of the Internet and inappropriate online behavior, therefore making a connection between actions and consequences. The students will engage in active learning techniques to personalize topics covered and take the ne...

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By Marianne Nicholas Father Brian Converse, Pastor Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry Ordination Date: May 25, 1991 Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly   Where are you from? Woodstock, I have a wonderful, loving, and faithful family filled with old New England values.   Who was your biggest influence for entering the priesthood? Father Russell Boisvert and Father Paul Hebert what one word would describe your family? Hardworking. What do you enjoy most about being a priest? Celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.   What do you enjoy doing in your ...

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National Council of Catholic Women Convention
By Judy Pappagallo Front row left to right: Nina Ramero-Caron, newly installed Hartford Province Director; Connie Gillies, President-Middletown district Anne King, NDCCW parliamentarian; Back row left to right Jo-Anne Shine, NDCCW Secretary; Janice Pikal, Board Member, Past NDCCW President, Judy Papagallo; NDCCW President, Pam Lynch; President, Our Lady of Lords Guild, Gales Ferry. Seven women from the Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women attended the 98th Annual Convention of the National Council of Catholic Women. They joined with more than 500 women and 42 pr...

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Month of the Holy Rosary

Posted on November 06, 2018 in: News

  By the power of the Rosary we beseech you, Blessed Mother, to embrace all the members of our family in the love of your Immaculate Heart. May you abide with us and we with you, praying to you while you pray for us. May you preside in our homes as once you did at Nazareth with Jesus and Joseph, filling them with the holiness of your presence and inspiration. Queen of Peace, it is you who have placed the Rosary in our hands. It is you who bid us to recite it daily. By the power of the Rosary we beseech you to obtain peace for us-peace within our hearts, our homes, our country, and throughout the world. Through the...

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Diocese of Norwich Issues Financial Report

Posted on November 06, 2018 in: News

By Karen Huffer, Diocesan Finance Officer The Diocese of Norwich has issued a financial report for The Norwich Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation and The Annual Catholic Appeal of The Diocese of Norwich, Inc. for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. The Diocese of more than 228,520 Catholics spent $3,977,445 on funding for ministries and programs, including but not limited to, Catholic Charities/Family Services in Norwich, New London, Willimantic and Middletown, St. Vincent de Paul Places in Norwich and Middletown, Project Northeast in Putnam, the Hispanic and Haitian Ministries throughout the Diocese, and the offi...

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Diocese Honors Teachers at 23rd Annual Educators Mass “It was a very fulfilling career seeing the growth in my students through the school year was very gratifying.” Maryanne Leone has dedicated 29 years of her life to Education. By Stephanie Gallow On Sunday September 9th, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick educators from around the Diocese gathered for the 23rd Annual Diocesan Mass for those Dedicated to Education. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich was the main celebrant. The Homilist Reverend Francis J. Gilbert, addressed the congregation, reminding us that we are all...

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Priests and parishioners gathered in grateful memory of Deacon Tom Lewis, a dear friend and servant of St. Joseph Parish in Norwich. Parishioners and members of the Lewis family gathered at the 4pm.Sunday Vigil Mass to pray for the soul of Deacon Tom and to hang in the entranceway a memorial plaque in his memory. Deacon Tom Lewis died last summer at age 85. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish and was the first permanent deacon to serve there. He served as a deacon from 2001-2007. Deacon Tom was revered for his gentleness, steadiness in ministry, and generous love. A Pot Luck Supper i...

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Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

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Connecticut Families Continue to Struggle
By Edward J. Tessman As an agency that Provides Help & Creates Hope to those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut, the recent 2018 ALICE Report issued by the United Way of Connecticut is cause for concern. Based on the ALICE Report for Connecticut, 40% of households or 4 out of 10 families in Connecticut, have income which falls below what is needed to pay for basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, technology and transportation. ALICE, stands for - Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. The United Way Office in Connecticut and s...

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