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'Hope and Faith' Video Series Week 4
As the Lenten Series has ended, the Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl, Director of the Office of Faith Events, speaks about the Beatitudes in light of the coronavi...

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Norwich, Catholic, faith
Office of Faith Events Makes Cards for Convalescent Care Facilities
The Office of Faith Events passes along the following message:   Thank you to all the people of the diocese who have assisted us in making cards to distribute to convalescent homes.  If you would like to request cards for your facility please e-mail Andrea Hoisl, ahoisl@norwichdio...

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Norwich, Catholic
Renewal of the Consecration of the U.S.A. to the Blessed Virgin Mary May 1, 3 p.m.
Friday, May 1st at 3 p.m. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be renewing the consecration of the Diocese to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her titles Mother of the Church and Queen of Peace  The ceremony will be Livestreamed on the Diocese of Norwich Facebook page and al...

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May 6: Join the Special 'Priest Chat' Online Event with the Office of Faith Events
The Office of Faith Events presents PRIEST CHAT Wednesday, May 6th at 6:30pm.   The BEST way to connect is through App or Internet so you can see the screen and hear the content!   Provided below are ways you can connect: Direct Link for Priest Chat: https://bit.ly/...

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Norwich, Priest, Catholic, faith

Meet the Sandwich Kids

Posted on April 29, 2020 in: News

Meet the Sandwich Kids
The Sandwich Kids Project has been in operation for approximately seven years at the Church of the Holy Family in Hebron.   The goal of the project is to directly involve the parish children in a community volunteer project that benefits food-challenged members of the extended communiti...

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Norwich, Catholic, giving
Catholic Charities Assisting Families Through Pregnancy Services
If you are a parent-to-be, single mother, or parent of an infant one year and under, you can expect major challenges starting from before the child is born and throughout their infancy. Let’s not even talk about the challenges of raising adolescents, as that is a topic for another article. ...

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Norwich, Catholic
Saint Bernard Student Sews Face Masks for Hospitals
Katelyn Geren, a freshman at Saint Bernard School, is helping the local community by sewing masks for hospitals, nursing homes and organizations in need. Katelyn, a Ledyard resident, sews the masks in between her studies. Each mask takes about 10 minutes to create, she says. “I have fall...

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Norwich, Catholic, giving, schools
Saints of Molokai Minister to Forgotten Exiles
In February, my husband and I were blessed to vacation in Hawaii. The scenery everywhere was breathtaking, but there was a beauty and a peace on the island of Molokai that I didn’t experience on the other more populated islands we visited. Maybe it was the less-frantic pace of Molokai, which b...

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Seminarian Ordained to Diaconate

Posted on April 23, 2020 in: Vocations

Seminarian Ordained to Diaconate
Seminarian Lawrence Barile was ordained a transitional deacon on Wednesday, April 15th. The ordination took place at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA. Bishop Robert F. Hennessy, Auxilliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston presided. Here is a Reflection that...

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Virtual Holy Hour for Vocations-TONIGHT at 6pm
Join us TONIGHT, April 23, 6 pm, as we Livestream the Holy Hour for Vocations from St. Bridget of Kildare - Moodus, CT.  Our prayer is for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests and for women to answer the call to consecrated life.  Livestream can ...

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Calendar of Events

Posted on April 05, 2024 in: Events, Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events   April 13 St Joseph Church Goods & Services Auction 5-8pm  St Joseph Church - Parish Hall, Rockville 5 00 PM to 8 00 PM $35K+ in Auction Value - 100+ Items - 50/50 CASH Raffle.  $20 In Person (includes / meal) or Virtual Bidding Available at https://onecau.se/st-joseph-2024-auction April 20 Awakening: How is the Holy Spirit at work in your life? Join us for a one day retreat designed to help deepen your faith! Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9-4 (lunch included) St. Mary Church Hall, Putnam *Rediscover God’s U...

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Oh Happy Day!

Posted on March 28, 2024 in: Reflections

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Oh Happy Day!
Some years ago, a Gospel song made the top 10 charts, it was called “Oh Happy Day.” The refrain of the song is, “Oh happy day, oh happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.” The “happy day” is Good Friday, because that is the day when Jesus brings salvation to humanity by His Passion and death on the cross. But for Christians, there is an even happier day, the day when He is risen: Easter Sunday. As Catholic Christians, we are, of course, a people of the Eucharist, and a people of the living Word of God. But primarily, we are an Easter...

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Here’s When Easter Officially Ends

Posted on April 04, 2024 in: News

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Here’s When Easter Officially Ends
Catholics recognize Easter — when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after sacrificing his life for all of humanity — as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox. But, as it turns out, they can continue saying “Happy Easter” into May or, in some years, into June. Easter lasts for a total of 50 days, from Easter Sunday until the feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Christ.  This year, 2024, Easter was on March 31 and runs until Pentecost Sunday, ...

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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth

Posted on March 19, 2024 in: News

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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth
It is said to have been brought from the Mideast to Europe by the Knights Templar, and it is purportedly the most studied artifact in history. But the greatest claim made for this cloth is that it is the actual burial cloth of Christ, the Shroud of Turin. On the cloth can be seen a faint image of the corpse of a tortured man, with blood stains indicating wounds around the head, chest, arms, hands, and feet. The first photograph of the cloth was taken in 1898, and to everyone’s amazement, it revealed that the image was something akin to a photographic negative, whic...

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A Glowing Celebration of Faith- Candlelit Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick
A sea of candlelight cast a comforting glow over those gathered in the darkened Cathedral of Saint Patrick for the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, March 30th. The Liturgy of Light (Lucernarium) commenced as Bishop Michael R. Cote and ministers proceeded in silence and darkness to the rear of the Cathedral. There, the Bishop spoke to the faithful about the significance of the vigil before bestowing a blessing upon the new fire, which would be used to light the Paschal candle. Father Brian Romanowski then carried the lit candle down the main aisle into the dimly lit Cath...

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Sacred Oils, Sacred Vows - Chrism Mass 2024
"May your holy oil, O Lord, be blessed by You, for our sake" The annual Chrism Mass took place Tuesday morning, March 26th, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, continuing the celebration of Holy Week leading up to Easter.  The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, blessed the sacramental oils that will be used by parishes throughout the diocese in the coming year for baptism, confirmation, anointing of the sick and the ordination of priests.  In his homily, the Bishop remarked, "It is the c...

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