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Entries for February 2021

Beginning Experience: Coping With Life Alone
Have you lost a marriage through these trying times of COVID-19 and isolation?    There is a special heartache for those who are suffering from the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or a separation.  You are not alone.  All are welcome; women and men of al...

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What's New in the February Four County Catholic
The latest issue of the Four County Catholic is available now, and is filled cover to cover with news from within the Diocese of Norwich.   Lent with a Different Look Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. Changes to the distribution of ashes are being made this year to ensur...

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Members of One Family - Hope and Faith Series 2021
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 41 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister, explores Philia, love of friends, in the Bible. ...

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A Bond That Connects Us All

Posted on February 08, 2021 in: Outreach to Haiti

A Bond That Connects Us All
Many of us have had those days when you wonder if what you do makes a difference in this life. As St. John Henry Newman, for whom the Newman Centers, found on many college campuses, were named, believed, “God…has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my...

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In the Month of Love, Take Time to Appreciate God’s Love
I met my husband Pat in 1989 when he placed a classified ad in the singles column of a local newspaper. Meeting him, I was immediately taken by his quick Irish wit, auburn hair, good looks, and self-confidence. His Irish Catholic background meshed with mine and the conversation between us flowed eas...

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Norwich, Catholic, faith, sparks
Action Alert: Help Protect A Pregnant Woman's Choice in Connecticut
ACTION ALERT Public Health Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Legislation Detrimental to Pro-life Pregnancy Resource Centers in Connecticut Please help the centers oppose the legislation by emailing the members of the committee or signing-up to testify during the ZOOM Publ...

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Catholic, Prayer
Celebrate National Marriage Week with an At-Home Marriage Retreat
National Marriage Week is February 7-14. In honor of the week-long celebration which recognizes and affirms the Sacrament of Marriage, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released an  At-Home Marriage Retreat for couples to deepen their couple prayer and enrich their marriage. ...

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Vocations Corner: God’s Love Always Sustains Us in Being
Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations Last month, the Christmas Season came to an end on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. By the grace of God and through the sacrament of baptism, here we are -- God’s children, with the gift of grace now always being offered to us for o...

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Vocations, Norwich, Priest, Catholic

The Presentation Of the Lord-Candlemas

Posted on February 03, 2021 in: News

The Presentation Of the Lord-Candlemas
On Tuesday, February 2nd at 7PM, Fr. Michael Bovino celebrated the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas) in a special way. In the old Catholic calendar, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord was the official end to the Christmas Season. It was traditional to have a blessing of candles at the...

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Love- It's More Than Hearts and Flowers-- Hope and Faith Series 2021
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 40 Mary-Jo McLaughlin starts off the Month of February speaking about one of the 4 types of love- Eros. Eros is romantic love; what does tha...

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Virtual Rosary Prayed Live Online Every Tuesday in October
October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary so the Office of Faith Events has put together a simple program to do a Group Rosary Virtually on Every Tuesday at 3pm.  It is a great opportunity for children and youth to learn the Rosary as a Community Online!  The first week will kick off on Tuesday, October 5th at 3pm.  We will do the first mystery of the Rosary and then the next mystery the following week.  By the end of the month, we will complete the 4 mysteries. In honor of 40 Days for Life, we will be offering a special Project Rachel Rosa...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on September 27, 2021 in: News

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Clergy Appointments
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D. D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointments in the Diocese of Norwich   CLERGY APPOINTMENTS Reverend Francis Gilbert, from Parochial Vicar, The St. John Paul II Parish-Moodus and East Hampton, to Parochial Vicar, Divine Mercy Parish-Uncasville, Oakdale, and Quaker Hill. Effective: September 27, 2021. Rev. Msgr. Leszek T. Janik, from Vicar General for the Diocese of Norwich and Pastor, Sacred Heart Church, Norwichtown, to Vicar General for the Diocese of Norwich, Pastor, Sacred Hea...

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Willimantic Shelter in Need of Executive Director

Posted on September 30, 2021 in: News

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Willimantic Shelter in Need of Executive Director
The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church seek a full-time Executive Director for Holy Family Home and Shelter in Willimantic CT, Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity, this 26-bed not-for-profit facility is funded by HUD, FEMA, and other grantors. "The successful applicant will be a powerful voice for the homeless, committed to faithful stewardship while developing community among a diverse population", Mother Marie Julie, SCMC said. "They must possess skills necessary for effective leadership and government grant writing."&...

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Bishop's Column: Respect Life, Always

Posted on September 30, 2021 in: Reflections, ProLife

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Bishop's Column: Respect Life, Always
October 2021 Four County Catholic Respect Life, Always My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, October is Respect Life Month. The theme this year is Saint Joseph, Defender of Life. In this year of Saint Joseph, we recall how Joseph protected the infant Jesus and His mother Mary. In his apostolic letter, “With a Father’s Heart” our Holy Father, Pope Francis wrote, “God trusted Joseph, as did Mary, who found in him someone who would not only save her life but would always provide for her and her child.” Saint Joseph, through his devot...

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Couples Attend Special Mass to Celebrate the Enduring Sacrament of Marriage
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Robert Barron once said that, “in marriage we do not only administer the sacrament to each other, but we also become a sacrament.”  Loving husbands and wives married for 25, 50 and even 65 years joined hands with their spouse and renewed their sacramental commitment to each other before the Lord at the Diocese of Norwich Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, October 3. One of the four longest married couples at Sunday's Mass at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, ...

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RSVP Today: Outreach to Haiti 35th Anniversary Celebration is November 8th
You are cordially invited to attend 35th Anniversary Celebration Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti Building a Legacy of Hope – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Monday, November 8, 2021 Mercy High School, Middletown, CT 5:30 Reception, Dinner, Silent Auction   Honorees: Most Reverend Bishop Michael R. Cote, D.D. Ellen Flynn, RSM Reverend Gerald Kirby Mr. Daniel O’Sullivan And our Inaugural Works of Mercy Award to The Padre Pio Foundation   Reservations $75 per person or $50 per religious RSVP by Octo...

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