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Daughters of the Holy Spirit Annual Jubilee Mass is June 2
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, will celebrate a Jubilee Mass for The Daughters of the Holy Spirit, who are based in Putnam, on Sunday, June 2. The Mass will take place at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, in Willimantic. This year, the Daughters of the Ho...

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Memorial Day Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery Honors Sacrifices of Service Members
By Ryan Blessing A perfect backdrop of sunny skies, a light breeze and singing birds provided a tranquil setting May 27 at Saint Joseph Cemetery in Norwich for the annual Memorial Day Mass, which honors the lives of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.   B...

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Monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass - Saturday, June 1 at 8:30am
The monthly diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at Christ the King Church, in Old Lyme on Saturday, May 4 at 8:30 AM. Please join our celebrant Rev. Walter Nagle at Mass as we pray to end abortion and for the healing of those who have had an abortion. Following the Mass, the rosary will be ...

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Meet The Board of Catholic Charities: Dr. Christopher Lipinski
Q: How long have you been a member of the Board of Directors at Catholic Charities? A: I was asked to join in 2002, by Monsignor Thomas Bride and I’ve been on the board for the past seventeen years.   Q: Why did you become involved with Catholic Charities and what has your involvem...

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Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate of Reverend Mr. Michael Bovino
By Ryan Blessing Mr. Michael Bovino was ordained to the Diaconate in a Mass of Ordination on Thursday, May 23, at St. Mary Church, in Stonington Borough. Deacon Michael Castiblanco, who was ordained last year, called the Elect, Michael Bovino, forward during the Rite of Ordination before the M...

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Education is the Road Out of Poverty for Haitian Youth
By Mezalus Emil Kenley Richard’s story is proof that education is the road out of poverty for Haitian youth. The Outreach to Haiti Education Sponsorship recipient, Kenley now works to support his family and send his sister to college. For most of his life, Kenley’s family has faced...

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Tenth Annual Seton Scholarship Honorees Announced
By Kathy Gaito Our Catholic schools certainly know the meaning of this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) theme, “Hand in Hand with All God’s Children.” The education of each student involves various school personnel working together, putting the child’s best intere...

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Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate - Thursday, May 23 at 7:00p
You are cordially invited to attend the Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate of Mr. Michael Bovino on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. St. Mary Church 95 Main Street, Stonington. 

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Saint Vincent de Paul Place will hold a cleanup at Ellis Ruley Memorial Park
Saint Vincent de Paul Place will hold a 'Clean the Streets' cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. on May  25 at Ellis Ruley Memorial Park, at 28 Hammond Ave. in Norwich. Last year the group kicked off the year by clearing brush and trees to make way for the park, which was dedicat...

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Superintendent's Letter: May is a Month of Tribute to Mary in Our Schools
My Dear Friends, During the month of May we pay special tribute in our Catholic schools to Mary, as she is of major importance to us as Catholics. The Hail Mary is one of the most popular prayers in our schools. Many times, we, even as adults, pray it so often that we don’t take the time...

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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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Notre Dame Church Tag Sale Saturday, September 4, at 272 Main St., Durham from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.,rain or shine  OUTSIDE you will find furniture, records, tapes, cds, books, pictures and frames, baskets, stuffed animals, electronics, sporting equipment, religious items and a full range of miscellaneous tag sale items.  INSIDE our church hall we will have a huge assortment of clothing, toys, jewelry, china, a variety of linens, kitchen supplies, craft supplies, and more. A few minor changes:  We will not be having OUTSIDE vendors, MASKS are requ...

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