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Superintendent's Letter: May is a Month of Tribute to Mary in Our Schools
My Dear Friends, During the month of May we pay special tribute in our Catholic schools to Mary, as she is of major importance to us as Catholics. The Hail Mary is one of the most popular prayers in our schools. Many times, we, even as adults, pray it so often that we don’t take the time to really think about what we are praying. In May, we make a concerted effort to prioritize Mary in our schools as the perfect example of humility and acceptance of God’s will. Praying the Hail Mary at home with your children can be a “teachable moment”. Let&rs...

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Memorial Day Masses in the Diocese on May 27
Several Masses are planned to take place within the Diocese on Memorial Day, May 27.   Norwich In Saint Joseph Cemetery, Boswell Avenue, Norwich, the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich will celebrate Mass on Memorial Day on Monday at 9:00 a.m. Should there be inclement weather, this Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Patrick, 213 Broadway, Norwich.   Taftville In Sacred Heart Cemetery, 260 Harland Road, Taftville, Reverend Christopher Zmuda will celebrate Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. In case of inclement weathe...

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Catholic Charities holds Hope Anchors the Soul Spring Gala
It was a beautiful evening at the Mystic Yachting Center as friends, supporters, staff, volunteers and board members of Catholic Charities gathered to celebrate its 98th anniversary at the Hope Anchors the Soul Spring Gala. Overlooking the Mystic River, guests were entertained by the Hot Cat Jazz Band while enjoying cocktails and impressive views from the wrap-around covered porch. Guests had the opportunity to bid on many exciting silent auction items, including; tickets to Barrett Jackson Northeast collector car auction at Mohegan Sun; a Cape Cod weekend getaway; a pri...

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Our Lady of Fatima procession takes place in Stonington Borough
By Ryan Blessing Parishioners and friends of St. Mary Church honored Our Lady of Fatima on the evening of Saturday, May 18 during a Mass and candlelit procession through the streets of Stonington Borough. A group of men dressed in white ceremonial capes carried the church’s statue of Our Lady of Fatima from its place in the sanctuary, out the front doors of the church, while parishioners lit candles. The image of Our Lady of Fatima, a life-sized statue of Mary, was positioned on a bed of white carnations atop a wooden platform, which the men held high while the ...

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Rally May 21 at the State Capitol to Support Pro-Life Pregnancy Care Center
ACTION ALERT The Connecticut Pregnancy Care Coalition is sponsoring a pro-life rally to defend the work and reputation of the pro-life pregnancy resource centers in our state. The rally will take place at noon Tuesday, May 21, at the State Capitol. This past week, the House of Representatives passed H.B. 7070, which subjects the advertising of pro-life pregnancy care centers to the oversight and authority of the Attorney General of Connecticut. The Attorney General will have sole discretion in determining whether the advertising is appropriate or not. The bill p...

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St. Augustine’s Ladies Guild Baby Shower
The St. Augustine’s Ladies Guild met for tea and a baby shower for the pregnant mothers and clients with young children of Catholic Charities. The guild met at St. Augustine in the Church Hall where, Ed Tessman, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, thanked them for their help and support. Not only did the guild present Ed with a table full of basic needs and essentials for any new mother, they also presented Catholic Charities with a check for $500. These gifts will bring joy to those that seek Catholic Charities out for help and hope during their time of crisis....

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Annual White Mass Celebrates Health Care Workers
By Ryan Blessing Doctors, nurses, specialists and other health care workers and caregivers were honored during the celebration of the 29th annual Diocesan White Mass. “In this Mass for all health care workers, may the divine physician always be a model for their ministry of healing, mercy and compassion,” The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Bishop of Norwich, said in his greeting. The Reverend Ted Tumicki, homilist and pastor of St. Mary Parish in Jewett City, St. Catherine in Preston and Sts. Thomas and Anne in Voluntown, described how 700 religiou...

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 Diocesan Women’s Conference Speaker Challenges Women to Live by the Grace of ‘Yes’
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin “God is the one who makes our to-do list when we live by the grace of ‘yes,’” author, blogger and international speaker Lisa Hendey said during her keynote speech at the ninth annual Norwich Diocesan Women’s Conference at Mercy High School in Middletown. “God has a unique purpose for each of us and for the world. Our ‘yes’ to God is needed in today’s world and it has dignity and worth.” Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the author of several books, including The Gra...

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The Hope Lives Here Spring Walkathon & Music Festival will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. May 21 at Norwich Free Academy. Students from NFA Project Outreach, in an effort to raise awareness about homelessness, will hold a fundraiser, walkathon and music festival at Norwich Free Academy's Slater Building. Join them to see how many laps you can make while you collect stamps and earn tickets to enter for a free prize drawing. Bring a lawn chair to sit and enjoy live music. There will be a kids table with activities for them to do. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to seven local agencies, including ...

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