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Eastern Connecticut Symphony's Palm Sunday Concert Returns!
Palm Sunday Concert Sunday, April 10, 2022 7:30 PM Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich With Jūrate Švedaitė, soprano Stephan Tieszen, violin The Concert is FREE, Please Reserve Your Ticket Click Here to Reserve Your Free Ticket  Thank you to our concert sponsor: The Edward an...

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Called to Be a Person of Community - Hope & Faith Video Series
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Brother Cornelius Hubbuch speaks about why the vocation to being a Brother is special to him.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

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In Memoriam -  Reverend Edward M. Konopka
Reverend Edward M. Konopka February 20, 1933 ~ February 16, 2022      The Reverend Edward M. Konopka, son of the late Myron T. and Anna M. Konopka died February 16, 2022, following a long illness. Fr. Konopka, a Middletown native, attended local schools and grad...

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Bishop's Column: Model of Compassion
April 2022 Four County Catholic Model of Compassion My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: As our Lenten preparation continues, we contemplate Jesus’s overwhelming compassion in the ultimate act of divine love – laying down His life for our salvation. His actions throughout scr...

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Can We Make Lent Fun?

Posted on March 28, 2022 in: FaithSparks

Can We Make Lent Fun?
Those of you who know me know that I am all about having fun. I love to laugh and often use the phrase, “You have to make your own fun.” I have found throughout my life that laughter lightens the spirit and brings joy to every situation. It does not recognize differences or conflicts, ra...

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Vocations: From ‘Ashes to Life,’ Lent is a Time for Spiritual Renewal
Our Lenten journey began with Ash Wednesday on March 2. Catholics from throughout our diocese came to Ash Wednesday Masses and services and were marked with ashes. These ashes represented our mortality. They reminded us that we are dust and to dust we will return.  Yet, as Pope Fra...

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Faithful Around the World United in Prayer of Peace
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. joined with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the bishops of the world on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, in publicly offering a Prayer of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. “As we gather today, our Holy Fath...

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Connecticut March for Life Draws Thousands to Capitol
On Wednesday, March 23, Connecticut saw its first March for Life held on the steps of the State Capitol in Hartford. Organizers estimated there were about 3,000 marchers. Among the speakers were Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life; Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford, evangelical arc...

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March 25: Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  CLICK HERE for Livestream Bishop Cote will join with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, by publicly offering a Prayer of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 12 Noon on Friday, March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation. The Mass and Consecration will ta...

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Explore the Diocese’s Unique Places of Prayer
During Lent I like to visit places of calm and reflection where I can feel alone in prayer, and  in the presence of God. Over the years I have visited several such places which are conveniently located in our Diocese. One spot that I often visit is Enders Island. This is an 11-acre island of...

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Calendar of Events

Posted on September 15, 2023 in: Around the Diocese


Calendar of Events
Brothers in Christ Virtual Meeting Brothers in Christ is a gathering of men who share faith, personal experiences, and discussion. BIC fellowship meetings are held the second Thursday of the month either virtually or on-site. Thursday-October 12th, Brothers in Christ will be Virtually from 7pm – 7:45pm.  Deacon Dennis Dolan will be speaking on “Children who don’t go to Mass”.  If you are interested in hearing great speakers as well as developing fellowship with other men devoted to Christ, please register by email Liza Roach at lroach@no...

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Register Today: CT Catholic Men's Conference Returns
Greetings, Men of God!          It’s time to get ready for the 16th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference at Northwest Catholic HS, West Hartford, CT on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2023.             BUY TICKETS ONLINE www.ctcatholicmen.org Doors open 7:30am and the event concludes with the Vigil Mass at 4pm. We’re calling all men of the parish to join us for a day of dynamic speakers, Exhibitors, incredible worship, Confession, Adoration, fellowship, and food! Thi...

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Remembering September 11th- Mercies in Disguise
Sometimes, the best stories come from unexpected moments of inspiration. Recently, I had a unique experience attending Mass at St. Columba in Columbia. Originally, I hadn't planned on going there; the church I regularly attend had canceled the early Mass for the summer. At the same time, I was struggling to find a topic for this month's Four County Catholic article. Writer's block had hit me hard, and the deadlines were looming. During the Communion meditation, something remarkable happened. My eyes caught sight of a large plaque on the wall listing the corporal...

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The Importance of Attending a Catholic Men's Conference
             The 16th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference is almost upon us. We are so looking forward to seeing men at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford on September 23rd. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.ctcatholicmen.org. Catholic men's conferences offer a unique and invaluable opportunity for men to grow in faith, help discern God's call for them in their lives, and contribute to the Church's mission. In this article, we will present several reasons why men shou...

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Take Time to Talk with Jesus

Posted on September 03, 2023 in: Reflections


Take Time to Talk with Jesus
Research shows 95 percent of people have an interior dialogue with themselves and 25 percent talk to themselves out loud. I confess. I’m one of the 95 percent … and, I hesitate to say this, I’m one of the 25 percent. While I was wandering through the supermarket the other day, I had this conversation, with myself: “Look at these prices! How can anyone afford groceries nowadays?” “It’s terrible!” I just hope no one heard me, and if they didn’t, it was probably because they were talking to themselves. This ...

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Pope St. John Paul II Hiking Club Blends Faith, Friends and the Beauty of God’s Creation
Pope St. John Paul II, who had a passion for the great outdoors and used it to evangelize the Catholic faith, is inspiring others locally to do the same. Suzi Porter, leader of a women’s Bible study group at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, was driving to a class last March when she felt called to start a Catholic hiking group and name it after the saint and former pope. “Our former Pope loved the outdoors and I had seen pictures of him hiking and skiing and kayaking well into his senior years,” Porter says. “I thought wh...

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