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Religious Freedom Week 2021: June 24 - The Equality Act
Here is the Pray - Reflect - Act for Day 3 of Religious Freedom Week   PRAY That the dignity of all people will be respected in our country. REFLECT Every human person is made in God's image and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.  That means we need to...

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June is Legacy Month - What Will Your Legacy Be?
Each year, the Diocese of Norwich proclaims June as “Leave a Legacy” month. Through this initiative parishioners are reminded of the importance and benefits of giving through estate planning and planned gifts. During this past year, so many of us have been concerned with helping our frie...

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The Blessings of Fatherhood-June 16-Hope & Faith Video Series
June 16, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Michael McKeever from Our Lady Queen of Peace in Coventry speaks about the blessings of Fatherhood. View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

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Coming June 29th: Virtual Middle School Game Night
Virtual Youth Game Night 7-8 pm Tuesday, June 29th Join us for a Middle School (rising 6th thru 8th) game night where we play great virtual games. To register, contact Liza Roach at lroach@norwichdiocese.net    

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Superintendent's Letter: A Very Special School Year Concludes
Dear Friends, As we enter the month of June, the end of a very special school year for our Catholic schools is upon us. Bishop Cote’s decision to have all schools open with in-person learning has proven to be a wonderful success story. While most public schools reverted to virtual learning,...

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Sacraments 101: Your Follow-up Questions, Answered
Volume 10: Follow-up Questions Here are two helpful questions that were sent to me that I think are worth answering publicly. Can you help clarify what constitutes a mortal sin and when confession is warranted without mortal sin? Should venial sins be confessed? If so, how? In Saint John&...

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Save the Date: Diocese to Recognize Anniversary Couples
Sunday, October 3 is the date set for the annual Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. Bishop Michael Cote will be the main celebrant for this year’s Mass, which will honor the enduring love of married couples. The Mass will begin at 2 p.m....

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Catholic Charities Celebrates 100 Years
A Beginning Rooted in Faith ~ The First Decade ~ The story of Catholic Charities begins with the first words of the Gospel of St. John. “The Word was made flesh and lived among us.” Each day, month, generation and century is marked by the reality of those words. All who ser...

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Vocations Corner: Serving as Vocations Director Was an Honor
Back in July of 2007, Bishop Cote met with me in the Chancery and said he had given much thought to who he wanted to become the next Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Norwich. He looked me in the eye and said that throughout the process, he continued to come back to me. He offered me a cha...

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In Case You Missed It: Diocese of Norwich High School Graduation Videos
Watch the complete video of the Saint Bernard School Class of 2021 graduation below         Watch the complete video of the Mercy High School Class of 2021 graduation below     Watch the complete video of the Xavier High School Clas...

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Calendar of Events

Posted on May 08, 2022 in: Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events
Do you have an upcoming parish or school event that would be of interest to others in the Diocese? Promote Your Parish or School Event Around the Diocese Submissions Press releases announcing a diocesan, parish, or Catholic school-sponsored event must be received at least 14 days in advance of the event..  Your information should be typed into the body of an email. Please DO NOT submit flyers. Compose your submission as seen below. Provide the essential information about your event — what, when, where, and whom to contact. 175-word maxi...

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Gala Dinner Dance for the Missionaries of Holy Apostles
On Friday, June 17, Saint Clements Castle in Portland, Connecticut will be the site of a Gala Dinner/Dance in support of the senior members of The Society of the Missionaries of Holy Apostles (MSA). The MSA of the United States Province are a community of Priests and Brothers founded by Rev. Eusebe Menard in 1962. Their Charism, or mission, is to promote and form men to the priesthood, and lay leaders for service in the Universal Church. Their primary ministry in the United States is to provide priests and lay leaders that can serve the Church, and spiritual directors, t...

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Parish Helps Displaced Ukrainians in Poland 
It all started with a couch.  Rev. Richard Sliwinski, pastor of St. Mary Czestochowa Parish in Middletown, was visiting his mother in Konin, Poland, just as Russia began the invasion of Ukraine. Due to her medical issues, Fr. Richard’s mother was in need of a hospital bed, and in order to make room for it, a couch had to be removed. Fr. Richard asked around if anyone could use it, and a local priest knew a family that could. Thus began Fr. Richard’s relationship with Ivan Volvin. Ivan is a Ukrainian Catholic who emigrated to Poland some 12 years ago, and...

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Award Recognizes Judith Hughes for 45 Years of Service, Ministry
When Judith Hughes was asked how she felt receiving the Our Lady Queen of Hope Award at the Diocesan Women’s Conference last month, she replied in a soft voice, with gleaming eyes, and a gentle smile that exuded peace and warmth, with one simple word, “WOW!” Then she humbly added, “I feel I don’t deserve it. There are so many other women who are doing wonderful and important things who are more deserving than me.” But in reviewing the list of nominees for this year’s award, as well as the criteria for it, the members of the Di...

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Holy Week: View Online Photos and Videos of Norwich Masses
Click on the photos below to be taken to galleries of photos from the Chrism and Easter Vigil Masses at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Chrism Mass 2022   Easter Vigil 2022   View videos of Holy Week Masses - Below is a showcase of Masses from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday that took place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich

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Eucharistic Congress - Two Bus Trips

Posted on May 05, 2022 in: Events

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Eucharistic Congress - Two Bus Trips
Join Us on a Eucharistic Pilgrimage Ever since a 2019 Pew Research Center study found that only 31 percent of self- identifying Catholics said they believe that Jesus Christ truly becomes present in Holy Communion, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has been calling for a Eucharistic Revival in the Church.  A core tenet of the Catholic faith is that the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is truly made present in the Eucharist. But belief in The True Presence has waned in recent years. Cardinal Seán O’Malley invites all the Catholic faithful...

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