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New Donors Help Annual Catholic Appeal 

Posted on October 27, 2021 in: ACA

New Donors Help Annual Catholic Appeal 
Many people have told me recently how quickly summer has flown by. I think it’s because with the rescheduling of so many 2020 events, our weekends were full of weddings, showers, bachelorette parties, along with the usual number of graduations, birthdays, and family parties. While so busy with...

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New Teachers Join Highly Regarded Mercy Faculty
A new school year is underway at Mercy High School in Middletown. The 400 students from nearly 50 towns across the state, were greeted by the addition of new faculty members.  “We’re thrilled to welcome outstanding educators to our faculty, who will help us build on a solid found...

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Confronting Climate Change - Hope and Faith Video Series
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Fr. Robert Washabaugh speaks with Teresa Eikel, the Director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network about climate change.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks   ...

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40 Days For Life  - Concluding Mass
40 DAYS FOR LIFE CONCLUDING MASS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31ST 5 PM ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, COLCHESTER It’s been one more meaningful campaign this year. The 40 Days For Life Team thanks you very much for your peaceful witness and heartfelt prayers for the moms and their unborn c...

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One Quick Kiss Leads to an Enduring Love Story
The chorus of a well-known 1960’s song goes, “If you want to know if he loves you so, it’s in his kiss.” After 74 years of marriage, those words are still ringing true for Anna Karrenberg of Colchester. On New Year’s Eve, 1925, when Anna was 15, she and a girlfriend ...

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A Day in the Life of an Outreach to Haiti Student
Jimmy Kervens Jean-Felix, a member of our staff in Christ the King neighborhood of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, was able to attend school and graduate from University thanks to the Education Sponsorship Program Outreach has had for many years. Jimmy recently shared the trials and t...

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St. Michael School is Vibrant Part of Community
My Dear Friends, This month we highlight another one of the outstanding educational institutions of the diocese.  St. Michael School at West Broad, in Pawcatuck, has been a vibrant part of the community for more than 145 years.  The school is summed up in our mission to engage studen...

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Sacraments 101: Elements of Marriage - 'Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful'
Last month we introduced the Sacrament of Matrimony. In doing so, we also entered into the third and final category of the sacraments. First, we covered the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Then, we looked at the second category, the Sacraments of Healing: Penance...

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SVdPP Ministry is Looking for a Grant Writer
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  1Peter 4:10 Do you possess skills that can help those in need?  St. Vincent de Paul Place Norwich has an immediate opening for a part-time Grant W...

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CST Principles Address Needs of the Poor and Migrants
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Sr. Mary Jude- Director of the Office for Hispanic Ministry, speaks about five principles of migration from Catholic Social teaching.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks...

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Calendar of Events

Posted on October 02, 2022 in: Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events
  Brothers in Christ   Brothers in Christ: A Men’s Virtual Faith Group Meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Join this gathering of men who will share faith, personal experiences, and discussion. If you are interested in developing fellowship and discipleship with other men devoted to Christ, register by emailing Liza Roach at lroach@norwichdiocese.net or call 860-848-2237 ext. 305.    Virtual Program Explores Mary’s Seven Sorrows  The Catholic Family Services office is offering a virtual seven-week program e...

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Sept. 19 is Deadline to Register for Anniversary Mass
The September 19 deadline for registering for the 2022 Silver and Golden Jubilee Anniversary Mass is fast approaching. This is a firm date, so please register soon if you plan to attend. The Mass, which will take place October 16 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, is open to all couples married 25 & 50 years or celebrating any significant anniversary year. Bishop Michael Cote will celebrate this annual Mass which honors the enduring love of married couples.  To register, send the following information:  husband and wife’s name, address, te...

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Let His Love Shine Through What You Do - Colleen Puscas
Music, especially Liturgical music, has always been a passion for Colleen Puscas. Some 30 years ago, she was the director of liturgy and music at Christ the Teacher Parish/Newman Center at Northern Illinois University. Then her husband, Michael, had a job opportunity in Connecticut, so she and her family moved to Colchester. One Sunday morning, after moving there, the family was running late preparing their four children for church, so they ended up attending a later Mass, 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Church. That was the first time Colleen heard the choir sing for Mass, and al...

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'Happy Hour for Couples' Will Enrich Relationships

Posted on September 22, 2022 in: Events

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'Happy Hour for Couples' Will Enrich Relationships
Couples, are you looking for a unique date night idea that will enrich both your relationship and your spiritual lives? Grab your favorite beverage and join other couples for an uplifting Couples’ Happy Hour that will inspire you and offer different perspectives about romance, relationships and family life.  The Diocesan Catholic Family Services Office is sponsoring a virtual Couples’ Happy Hour the second Friday every other month beginning September 9 from 7-8:30 p.m.. Each evening will include a presentation on topics relevant to today’s couples,...

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Marriage Encounter
The Celebration of the Eucharist Daily Television Mass - Streaming Video
The Office of Radio and Television (ORTV) streams the Celebration of the Eucharist (daily television Mass) Live Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. Other live stream liturgical celebrations will be announced on the ORTV home page. The LIVE stream broadcasts Monday thrpugh Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  On weekends, there is no LIVE stream of the Mass.  To view a weekend Mass, click the Vimeo link below. Vimeo Link In addition to streaming live on the ORTV website, the TV Mass is also live streamed on its Facebook page and its YouTube...

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Diakonia - Prison Ministry

Posted on September 08, 2022 in: Vocations

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Diakonia - Prison Ministry
Prison Ministry Having been a high school religion teacher for 18 years, I was in diaconal formation when my second high school was closed and I was jobless. At a retreat for deacon candidates and lay ministers on Ender’s Island, I was mulling over where I would do my six-week ministry rotation. I believed that deacons needed to go where no one else would go and where the need was great. One of the lay ministers I had met was a deputy warden at JB Gates. So I asked him about doing something at his institution. After teaching a class called, “How to M...

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