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An Advent Prayer

Posted on November 26, 2020 in: Advent

An Advent Prayer
A Prayer for Advent God of Love, Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us. He is a sign of your love. Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent, As we wait and prepare for his coming. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior  - Author Unknown The National Black ...

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Diocesan Advent Mission is Online

Posted on November 26, 2020 in: Events, Advent

Diocesan Advent Mission is Online
The Advent Mission is online each Thursday, 7-7:45pm December 3rd: Patience December 10th: Love December 17th: Peace To register, call (860) 848-2237 Ext. 304 or e-mail manicholas@norwichdiocese.net

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advent, Norwich, Catholic
Monthly Pro-Life Mass to be Held December 5th
The monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, December 5 at 8:30 A.M. Please join our celebrant Rev. Walter Nagle at Mass as we pray to end abortion and for the healing for those who have had an abortion. Following the Mass, the Rosa...

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Norwich, Mass, Catholic

Gratitude- An Everyday Practice

Posted on November 25, 2020 in: FaithSparks

Gratitude- An Everyday Practice
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 34 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl- the Director of the Office of Faith Events, suggests that focusing on gratitude doe...

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Bishop's Column: A Christian is a Missionary of Hope
November 2020 Four County Catholic  A Christian is a Missionary of Hope   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As we approach this Thanksgiving, we find ourselves challenged on many fronts.  Political and social unrest is in our streets and in the media. We are hind...

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Bishop, Norwich, Catholic
Benefiting Mothers in Need: Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Holds Drive-Through Layette
The Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (NDCCW) held its annual layette on October 17th at St. Sebastian Church in Middletown Connecticut. The NDCCW has organized and held this layette for over 40 years in parishes throughout the diocese, due to the pandemic, this particul...

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Norwich, Catholic
Catholic Charities: Virtual  Group Pregnancy Services Begin
If you are a parent-to-be, single mother, or parent of an infant one year and under, you can expect major challenges starting from before the child is born and throughout their infancy. Let’s not even talk about the challenges of raising adolescents, as that is a topic for another article. The...

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Norwich, Catholic
Outreach to Haiti: Why We Do Parish Twinning
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field” Matthew 13:31 Why are we involved in parish twinning? I was asked this question recently. Parish twinning allows us to help our sisters and brothers in the Faith in geographic areas less fortu...

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Haiti, Norwich, Catholic

K of C is Offering Free Online Membership

Posted on November 23, 2020 in: News

K of C is Offering Free Online Membership
BECOME AN ONLINE MEMBER FOR FREE!* Now through December 31st, enter Promo Code MCGIVNEY2020  for 12 months of free online membership Since 1882, membership in the Knights of Columbus has been open to men 18 years of age or older who are "practical" (that is, practicing)...

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: Reflections

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
A Prayer of Thanksgiving   Lord God, on this day of Thanksgiving, we ask your blessings on our family, our friends, our home, our health and on the food we are about to eat. We thank you for this time together and the many gifts that you have given us. Help us to remember in this time o...

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Calendar of Events

Posted on April 05, 2024 in: Events, Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events   April 13 St Joseph Church Goods & Services Auction 5-8pm  St Joseph Church - Parish Hall, Rockville 5 00 PM to 8 00 PM $35K+ in Auction Value - 100+ Items - 50/50 CASH Raffle.  $20 In Person (includes / meal) or Virtual Bidding Available at https://onecau.se/st-joseph-2024-auction April 20 Awakening: How is the Holy Spirit at work in your life? Join us for a one day retreat designed to help deepen your faith! Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9-4 (lunch included) St. Mary Church Hall, Putnam *Rediscover God’s U...

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Oh Happy Day!

Posted on March 28, 2024 in: Reflections

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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...

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Here’s When Easter Officially Ends

Posted on April 04, 2024 in: News

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Here’s When Easter Officially Ends
Catholics recognize Easter — when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after sacrificing his life for all of humanity — as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox. But, as it turns out, they can continue saying “Happy Easter” into May or, in some years, into June. Easter lasts for a total of 50 days, from Easter Sunday until the feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Christ.  This year, 2024, Easter was on March 31 and runs until Pentecost Sunday, ...

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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth

Posted on March 19, 2024 in: News

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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth
It is said to have been brought from the Mideast to Europe by the Knights Templar, and it is purportedly the most studied artifact in history. But the greatest claim made for this cloth is that it is the actual burial cloth of Christ, the Shroud of Turin. On the cloth can be seen a faint image of the corpse of a tortured man, with blood stains indicating wounds around the head, chest, arms, hands, and feet. The first photograph of the cloth was taken in 1898, and to everyone’s amazement, it revealed that the image was something akin to a photographic negative, whic...

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A Glowing Celebration of Faith- Candlelit Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick
A sea of candlelight cast a comforting glow over those gathered in the darkened Cathedral of Saint Patrick for the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, March 30th. The Liturgy of Light (Lucernarium) commenced as Bishop Michael R. Cote and ministers proceeded in silence and darkness to the rear of the Cathedral. There, the Bishop spoke to the faithful about the significance of the vigil before bestowing a blessing upon the new fire, which would be used to light the Paschal candle. Father Brian Romanowski then carried the lit candle down the main aisle into the dimly lit Cath...

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Sacred Oils, Sacred Vows - Chrism Mass 2024
"May your holy oil, O Lord, be blessed by You, for our sake" The annual Chrism Mass took place Tuesday morning, March 26th, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, continuing the celebration of Holy Week leading up to Easter.  The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, blessed the sacramental oils that will be used by parishes throughout the diocese in the coming year for baptism, confirmation, anointing of the sick and the ordination of priests.  In his homily, the Bishop remarked, "It is the c...

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