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Entries for April 2019

Leadership Meeting Launches ACA Campaign
By Kathy Gaito The Holiday Inn in Norwich was the setting for the Diocese of Norwich Annual Catholic Appeal Leadership Meeting on March 7. Priests, parish secretaries and parishioners from all across the diocese who volunteer their time to assist with the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) came together to begin the vital work that will make a difference in the lives of God’s children and help make this year’s appeal a success! At the meeting, the ACA leadership teams were the first group to see this year’s ACA video, “Hand in Hand with All God&rsquo...

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Parish Twinning and the Connection with Faith
By Father Frank Rouleau Parish Twinning is about building relationships and solidarity with Catholic parishes in other places. “We are members of a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world” (US Council of Catholic Bishops, 1997). “Sacred Scripture continually speaks to us of an active commitment to our neighbors and demands of us a shared responsibility for all of humanity. This duty is not limited to one’s own family, nation or state, but extends progressi...

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Islands of Mercy In A Sea of Indifference: Migrant Caravans Forum
By Ryan Blessing A special forum that explored the causes and the human impact of the migrant caravans traveling to the southern U.S. border from Latin America featured presentations in both English and Spanish from two guest speakers. Sister Mary Jude, Director of Hispanic Ministry organized the March 24 forum, held in the church hall at St. Mary Star of the Sea in New London. The talk coincided with the 39th anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. Romero advocated against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture....

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Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations It’s hard to believe that by the time Easter arrives this year we will only be ten days away from the month of May. God continues to answer the many prayers from all parts of the diocese regarding an increase of vocations. I am excited to announce that Bishop Cote happily accepted Mark Johnson into sponsorship to begin studies for the priesthood. Mark has been discerning a vocation to the priesthood actively since his sophomore year at UCONN and will hopefully be accepted into seminary later this summer. He will be graduating from UCONN in May, with two...

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EASTERN CONNECTICUT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to Perform at the Cathedral
EASTERN CONNECTICUT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA APRIL 14, 2019  7:30 PM CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PATRICK Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Requiem Featuring members of the ECSO, Toshiyuki Shimada, Music Director and Conductor; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, Wendy Moy, Director Sarah Yanovitch, Soprano; Caroline Olsen, mezzo-soprano; Ethan Depuy, tenor; Gregory Flower, baritone Admission is Free for all attendees.       Goodwill donations collected at the event will benefit the ECSO and the St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich, CT. ...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Thwarted in 2019
The Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference is pleased to report that the Connecticut General Assembly's Public Health Committee has decided not to vote on HB 5898 (the physician-assisted suicide bill) this 2019 legislative session, and that there is little hope it will return next year. Thanks to your helpful voices and the dedication of groups rallied together in opposition, we were able for the fifth year to convince Connecticut’s legislators to reject physician-assisted suicide as a healthcare option in our state. The Conference will proudly conti...

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