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Sacraments 101: The Eucharist is the True Body and Blood of Jesus
“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on Earth: the Blessed Sacrament...there you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death.” These are words that autho...

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Embracing the Year of Saint Joseph
FCC News Desk The parish of Our Lady of La Salette in Brooklyn has embraced the year of St. Joseph and has set up an area devoted entirely to St. Joseph. Prayer cards were designed and printed to aid parishioners in praying to St. Joseph after every Mass.   Related: Pope Francis Pro...

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Tonight at 7:00 PM -'The Doug and Dave Show' - Family, Fun and Faith
Tonight! in the Comfort of Your Home FAMILY... FUN... and FAITH! National Catholic musicians and talents, The Doug and Dave Show, will join the Office of Faith Events on February 11th at 7pm for "Family, Fun and Faith" - everyone is encouraged to join.  Filled with c...

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Service as Evangelization- Hope & Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 39 Andrea Hoisl of the Office of Faith Events, talks about sharing and helping others as a way to show people a glimpse at God. Service is a...

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Pope Francis Releases World Communications Day Message
Pope Francis issued his World Communications Day message on January 23, saying that the risk of misinformation being spread on social media was now widely recognized. “We have known for some time that news and even images can be easily manipulated, for any number of reasons, at times simply...

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World Marriage Day Affirms the Matrimonial Sacrament
This year, Sunday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, has been designated World Marriage Day. The celebration over 35 years ago by Worldwide Marriage Encounter to recognize and affirm the Sacrament of Marriage. It received the Apostolic Blessing of St. John Paul II in 1993. World Marriage Day is the...

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Knights of Columbus Distribute Winter Coats
Five of Windham County’s local Knights of Columbus councils have joined forces to buy or collect new and used winter coats for local children and adults. More than 750 coats are being given away by the area Knights this year, the eighth year they have done so. Working for several months, th...

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Saint Bernard School Junior Joins All-National Honor Choir
Lindsey Reilly, a junior at Saint Bernard School, has been named to the All- National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Lindsey is one of 30 Soprano 2 members selected among the thousands of applicants from across the nation to be part of the 240...

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Norwich, Catholic
Life Comes Full Circle for New Safe Environments Director
Six months into her new job, Office for Safe Environments (OSE) Director Kathy D’Amelio said she is honored and excited about her role and the possibilities that come with it.  Those possibilities include consolidating and digitizing the office’s records and providing educational...

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March For Life Will Have a Different Look for 2021
The March for Life is scheduled to take place virtually on Friday, January 29th. It occurs every year near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade as a peaceful protest to the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling, which mandated legal abortion nationwide. This year, due to the pandemic, our diocesa...

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More Employment Opportunities in Education
It's that time of year - back to school for teachers and support staff. There are a few positions that have not been filled - See the link below.     There are a number of schools in the diocese that are looking for teachers and administrators.    Openings are posted weekly. NorwichDiocese.org/Employment.   Bookmark the site and check back often.   Please share with educators that you know.

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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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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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Faith Sparks: Welcome Back…Love, God
“Welcome back” is a common, familiar phrase we use in our daily lives all the time. We welcome people back from vacation, sick leave, summer break, holidays – the list goes on and on. It’s an innocent salutation that makes us feel like we were missed. However, in 2021, this simple phrase has taken on a whole new meaning for all of us. We are welcoming people back to work, to shopping, to restaurants, and to normal life activities after a year and a half of unprecedented sickness, death, quarantine and gathering restrictions. “Welcome back&rdquo...

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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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