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Entries for December 2020

21 Ways to Spread the Gospel in 2021!
Happy New Year from the Diocese of Norwich! Andrea Hoisl of the Office of Faith Events kicks off 2021 with 21 ideas to Spread the Good News. Please Share with Family & Friends Visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks for additional resources.

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The Season of Creating Positive & Sustainable Change
“Catholic Charities provided hope and happiness when I lost hope, when no one was going to help me with my situation." This is just one of the many thank you messages Catholic Charities has received from our clients. Our mission, of Providing Help and Creating Hope is followed ever...

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Pope Francis: "Bearers of Gratitude" Make the World a Better PlaceĀ 
Vatican City, Dec 30, 2020 (CNA) - Catholics can change the world by being “bearers of gratitude,” Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. In his address on Dec. 30, the pope said that thanksgiving was a hallmark of an authentic Christian life. He said: &ldqu...

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Diocese of Norwich 2021 Marriage Preparation Brochure is Available
“Marriage is an intimate partnership of life and love.” ~ Gaudium et Spes The 2021 Diocese of Norwich Marriage Preparation Brochure If you are engaged to be married or know an engaged couple, please view the brochure by clicking THIS LINK Or for more information, please con...

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A Beauty in Broken Things- January Bishop's Column
January 2021 Four County Catholic A Beauty in Broken Things   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I recently saw a photograph of a broken piece of pottery that had been repaired by filling in the cracks with a mixture of lacquer and powdered gold. The process is called ...

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'Be Still and Know That I Am God'

Posted on December 29, 2020 in: ACA

'Be Still and Know That I Am God'
Of the many Scripture passages that I love, I think my favorite is the one I have framed in my office which reads, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). It is ironic because Psalm 46 was most probably written during a time of war. When God speaks, He is telling those caugh...

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Sacraments 101: Confirmation, Part 2
In thinking about the Sacrament of Confirmation last month we held up St. Joan of Arc as a model for us. Her heroism as a soldier exemplified for us what Confirmation commissions us to do on the spiritual level as public witnesses of our Lord. While Confirmation is intrinsically connected to bein...

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Faith Sparks: Happy New Year?

Posted on December 26, 2020 in: FaithSparks

Faith Sparks: Happy New Year?
Happy New Year is what we say as we enter January, the first month of the year, filled with hope and promise. We look ahead at our hopes and dreams for the year knowing that all things are possible. But as we look ahead this year, with the next few months of winter enveloping us in darkness, we a...

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Bishop Cote's Video Christmas Message
Bishop Michael R. Cote shares his Christmas Message with us, the men, women, and children of the Diocese of Norwich. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas! May the light of Christ, shine brightly during this holy season and throughout the year. We hope you enjoy this video reflection...

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A Special Thank You from the Four County Catholic
Wishing you every blessing this Christmas and in the New Year

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Rest in Peace- Deacon Michael L. Puscas

Posted on November 10, 2021 in: News

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Rest in Peace- Deacon Michael L. Puscas
Deacon Michael L. Puscas, a Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Norwich assigned to the Guardian Angels Parish in Colchester and Lebanon and the Director of Permanent Deacon Personnel for the Diocese of Norwich died on Sunday, November 7, 2021.   A wake will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Guardian Angels Parish-Saint Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, Connecticut.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Guardian Angels Parish-Saint Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, Connecticut, on Friday, November 12,...

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Your Guide to Church Bazaars and Holiday Craft Fairs
Use the Handy List Below to See Where All the Best Church Bazaars and Craft Fairs are Being Held Throughout the Diocese. You Can Also Add Events to Your Google Calendar from Ours.        Friday, November 19, 5 PM –– 7 PM Saturday, November 20, 9 AM –– 3 PM St. Peter Church Fair  30 St. Peter Lane, Higganum Our Christmas Fair is Back!!!  Visa Card Raffle - top prize $2500 gift card. Basket Raffle with 22 baskets for men, women, and children.  Holiday Decorations include wreaths and ot...

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Send in Your Nativity Scene Photos

Posted on November 25, 2021 in: News, Advent

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Send in Your Nativity Scene Photos
FCC News Desk In 2019, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, Admirabile signum, on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. For the last two years, in response, we asked parishioners, ministries, offices, churches, and schools to send us a picture of the nativity scene on display at their location. The response to this request was tremendous. Once again, we are asking for pictures of your creche. The photos will ...

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Seeking Applicants for the Our Lady Queen of Hope Award
The Our Lady Queen of Hope Award: Honoring Dedicated Women in Our Diocese This coming Spring, during the 2022 Virtual Women’s Conference,  the Norwich Diocesan Women’s Conference Committee will vote on and name the recipient of the second annual Our Lady Queen of Hope Award.   The Our Lady Queen of Hope award was created to honor a woman in the diocese for her vision and leadership in the Catholic Church.  Candidates display strong faith, are committed to living out Catholic values, display leadership, display love, and service, have be...

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Bishop's Column: Lord of Love

Posted on November 24, 2021 in: Reflections

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Bishop's Column: Lord of Love
November 2021 Four County Catholic Lord of Love “They will fight with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:14 My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, You can tell that it is Autumn in New England by the leaves on the ground, pumpkins on doorsteps, and the yard signs promoting candidates for the upcoming election. One sign in particular caught my eye –– “No matter who is elected, Christ is still King.” This i...

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Chapel Completed at New Saint Andrew Cemetery in Colchester
An old storage area has been transformed into a bright and inviting chapel at the New Saint Andrew Cemetery in Colchester. Guardian Angels Parish clergy, Pastor Fr. Marek Masnicki and Parochial Vicar Fr. Richard Breton, as well as a dozen other visitors, attended the short ceremony on Oct. 29. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, blessed the chapel with holy water.   "Let us ask the Lord, the all powerful Father, to continue to strengthen us and to thank Him earnestly for the completion of this holy project,"...

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