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Save the Date: Metanoia Lecture Series for Young Adults
St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of Connecticut Campus invites young adults ages 18 – 40 to join them monthly for the Metanoia lecture series.  Each month a speaker will share their faith journey and how it has opened them up to embracing their true, authentic self.  Conver...

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Outreach to Haiti Statement on Earthquake
The following statement was posted Aug. 14 from Outreach to Haiti: Please keep Haiti and its people in your prayers after they suffered a major earthquake this morning. The earthquake was a magnitude 7.2 tremor followed by a 5.2 aftershock 20 minutes later. The area struck was in Western Haiti, a...

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Pope Francis Urges Solidarity with Haiti After Devastating Earthquake
Vatican City, Aug 15 -- Pope Francis has called for international solidarity to alleviate suffering in Haiti following a major earthquake that killed hundreds on the island nation. “In recent hours a strong earthquake has occurred in Haiti, causing numerous deaths, injuries and extensive ma...

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A Prayer to Begin a School Year

Posted on August 16, 2021 in: School News

A Prayer to Begin a School Year
Blessed are you, Lord God, Creator of body and mind and heart; you have sent the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge to guide your people in all their ways. At the beginning of this new school year, we implore your mercy: bless the students, teachers, and staff, that together we may ...

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The Hope and Faith Video Series Resumes in September
Grow in your relationship with God through our Hope and Faith Video Series, which takes place weekly throughout the year.  The Office of Faith Events creates videos that are less than 3 minutes long which delve into monthly topics such as love, church knowledge, Saints, and spiritually. We...

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Details About This Year's CT Catholic Men's Conference
Greetings Men of God! It’s that time of year again - time for the 14th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference.  We are calling all men of the Diocese to join us for a day of dynamic speakers, deep spirituality, incredible worship, and great food, fellowship, and fun. It w...

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Walking With Moms In Need: A Year of Service
WHAT IS WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED? Walking with Moms in Need is a time of service in which Catholic parishes and communities "walk in the shoes" of local pregnant and parenting women in need. Everyone should know how to help moms in difficult circumstances. While no...

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Join the Diocesan Virtual Book Club Streaming Wednesday Nights
Join us for the Diocesan Virtual Book Club Streaming Wednesday nights, September 8th to October 13th, 6:30- 8 PM. We will be discussing Gus Busbi, by Jim Sano, a book that challenges racism, prejudice and forces us to look at people’s similarities and not their differences. Our book...

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Standing Up for the Defenseless: 40 Days For Life Begins Sept. 21 with Pro-Life Mass at Cathedral
For most of us, the world we live in today is not the world we grew up in. Our culture has advanced from pushing God to the sidelines, to now becoming ever more anti-Christian. Our spiritual battle for the protection of the defenseless is facing more and more threats and attacks. Standing up for Lif...

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Catholic Charities Milestones for August
Catholic Charities Milestones for August    1930  The Great Depression and World War II presented new challenges and District Offices were established in Middletown and Norwich. New London District board members were instrumental in establishing the Council of Social Agencies...

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Twenty Years on from 9/11, How a NYC Firefighter Became a Catholic Priest
It’s been 20 years since the attacks of September 11, the most devastating terrorist attack in recorded history. If you were old enough, it’s likely you remember exactly where you were when you first learned of the attacks. Maybe you watched them, in real time, on the news. Maybe you learned about them from your parents when they picked you up from school that day. Tom Colucci was a lieutenant in the NYC Fire Department, and one of the first responders that fateful day. This week on CNA Newsroom, Tom shares his memories of September 11th. He says the witness ...

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Catholic Men's Conference to Host Speakers, Activities for Spiritual Growth
  2021 CT Catholic Men's Conference  -  get your tickets today Calling all men of the diocese! It’s time to step up and join us for the 14th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference. This year is going to be our best year ever! We have lined up some great speakers and some great activities to help you grow spiritually as men. This is an opportunity to share your faith with Catholic men from all over Connecticut, experience powerful worship, go to Confession, and have an all-around great time! The ticket price is $45 and in...

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Vigil Mass September 21 to Mark Start of 40 Days for Life Campaign
  The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life Campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, September 21, at 7 PM. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the principal celebrant and Fr. Michael Bovino will be the homilist. This year, The 40 Days for Life Campaign runs from Wednesday, Sept. 22nd through Oct. 31st. Please join-in with your fellow parishioners by praying, fasting, and signing-up to participate in the peaceful prayer vigil held outside the planned parenthood facility at 12 Case St. in Norwich. For more information, go to https://www....

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Reflecting on Summer Assignments

Posted on September 07, 2021 in: Vocations

Reflecting on Summer Assignments
An integral part of a seminarian’s priestly formation is his summer assignment. Each summer, upon returning home from the seminary, our seminarians are assigned to different parishes in the Diocese for eight weeks of pastoral work and experience. This time in the parish is important for them. It serves to assist them in developing pastoral competency, it teaches them about pastoral leadership, and it provides them with opportunities for collaboration with others. Most of all, it helps them become true shepherds after the heart and example of Jesus Christ. Just befo...

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World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2021: Toward an Ever Wider “We”   
Can you imagine being 14 years old and having the courage to make the life-threatening decision to cross the borders of two countries, with complete strangers, traveling part of the way on foot, at times in an over-crowded van?  When Maria was two months old her father disappeared.  Her mother, left with a toddler and a two-month-old, often went without food in order to feed her children.  Hunger was a constant companion to Maria.  There must be a better life, she thought.  So she decided to try to go to the United States, even though she knew sh...

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Saint Bernard School Welcomes Students for New Year
The first day of Saint Bernard School's 2021-2022 school year on Aug. 30 was a great success.   Below are some photos from the first day.    Prayers to the students, faculty and staff for a healthy, educational and inspirational year.  

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