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Gratitude - Hope and Faith Video Series Week 32
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 32 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas from the Office of Faith Events, speaks about the virtue of Gratitude. ...

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A Message from Bishop Cote

Posted on November 08, 2020 in: News

A Message from Bishop Cote
MOST REVEREND MICHAEL R. COTE, D.D. November 3, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,             One year ago, as part of our ongoing commitment to protect our children and young people, the Diocese of Norwich published a list of ...

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Retired Judge Michael E. Riley Leads Diocesan Accountability Investigation
Norwich - Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D, Bishop of Norwich, announced today that retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Michael E. Riley, a member of the Internal Investigations and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice at Pullman & Comley, is leading a Clerical Sexual Abuse Accou...

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Vocations Corner: A Seminarian Reflection
I learned in early October that the seminary community at Mount St. Mary Seminary has been doing very well and they have no COVID infections. They have continued to social distance, wear masks and be very mindful of hygiene. Thank you, God, and our Blessed Mother, for keeping our seminarians all saf...

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Vocations
Despite the Snow, 40 Days for Life Rosary Rally Outshines!
With late October snowflakes as big as golf balls, many prayer warriors came out in the cold to hear 40 Days For Life National Campaign Director Steve Karlen share his stories from campaigns across our country that had moms change their minds, do 180’s, and choose LIFE, while vigil participant...

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Sacraments 101: Form and Matter - Why They Are Important
Last month we began to describe the incredible gift that Baptism is, showing how Baptism both forgives us from sin and gives us new birth in the Holy Spirit.         But it’s also important to look closer at precisely what is required for the Sacramen...

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A Veterans Day Prayer

Posted on November 05, 2020 in: News, Reflections

A Veterans Day Prayer
A prayer for all of our veterans who have served our country.

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Mass of Remembrance - November 19

Posted on November 05, 2020 in: Events

Mass of Remembrance - November 19
Diocese of Norwich Catholic Family Services Announces MASS OF REMEMBRANCE To honor and celebrate the lives of all loved ones who have died in the past year. Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich Thursday, November 19 6 P.M. The Mass will also be livestreamed on the Diocese of ...

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SBS Choir's Powerful Message - Hope and Faith Week 31
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 31 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, St. Bernard's School Choir making the best of COVID-19 restrictions! Click the...

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Saints, COVID-19
Election Novena - Closing Prayer & A Prayer for Civility
Bearing in mind our nation’s challenges and the need for wise, moral, civic leadership, the USCCB offered an electronic Election Novena to help Catholics form their consciences as they prepared for the 2020 election. For nine consecutive days, Monday, October 26 through Tuesday, N...

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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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