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Why is June the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
June is known as the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus most simply because the solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated during this month. This year, the solemnity falls on June 16. The date changes each year because it is celebrated on the Friday after the Corpus Christi octave, or the Friday a...

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Memorial Day and the Meaning of Sacrifice
“Alright, boys, let’s go on in there and set up these guns for firing … We have a job to do!” Those were the final words ever spoken by Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone on Feb. 19, 1945, on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima. In May, we, as a nation, will o...

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Bishop's Column: The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Spring 2023 Four County Catholic 'The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit' My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The celebration of Easter is much more than a one-day experience. Eastertide continues for 49 days, culminating in the Holy Spirit anointing the apostles and the Church ...

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Theology 101: The Right Words and the Power of Change
When the right person says the right words, it changes the fabric of reality. Last spring, I attended the graduation of one of my brothers from a local university. What I witnessed, at least on the surface, was not extraordinary. It was no different from what others witness at the countle...

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Why Mary is Our 'Perfect Mother'
Mary is our heavenly mother and the month of May, dedicated to her, always provides us an opportunity to consider how much our Mama loves us and cares for us. Nowhere is her maternal protection over us more evident than in the numerous visits from heaven that she has made. Each apparition of Our ...

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'The Peace of the Risen Christ...' Bishop Cote's Easter Message
  Easter Message 2023   My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, A truly blessed and happy Easter to you all! The events leading up to Easter parallel our own lives. The Cross is ever present as we carry numerous daily burdens that, at times, cause us to fall under their we...

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Saint Gemma Galgani: 'Lift Yourself Up to Him'
“Lift yourself up to Him, who has lowered Himself for you.” Saint Gemma Galgani The Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Gemma Galgani on April 11. A prayerful union with the passion of Christ was evident in Saint Gemma from childhood. After her mother died, Gemma took on a mot...

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With A Father's Heart: Celebrating the Feast of Saint Joseph
Ordinarily celebrated on March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was celebrated in dioceses in the US on March 20 because March 19 fell on a Sunday. As a diocese, let us continue to renew our devotion to the beloved, tender, accepting father Saint Joseph is to us (...

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Saint Patrick: "Christ Be With Me"
“Christ be with me, Christ within me” St. Patrick’s Breastplate The Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Patrick on March 17. The following prayer is attributed to Saint Patrick and has a personalized inspiration for all of us who reside in our diocese placed under his pr...

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Bishop's Column: 'Lord, I Love You'
Winter 2023 Four County Catholic 'Lord, I Love You' As we enter the season of Lent, we take on the 40-day journey as an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the Lord. It is a contemplative time of intense soul-searching. It is also an opportunity to think beyond ourselv...

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Memorial Day and the Meaning of Sacrifice
“Alright, boys, let’s go on in there and set up these guns for firing … We have a job to do!” Those were the final words ever spoken by Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone on Feb. 19, 1945, on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima. In May, we, as a nation, will observe Memorial Day, honoring the solemn sacrifice made by all those in uniform who perished defending our freedom. For Catholics, in particular, Memorial Day renders a unique opportunity to reflect upon the deeper meaning of sacrifice as it applies to both our daily lives and to...

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Why is June the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
June is known as the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus most simply because the solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated during this month. This year, the solemnity falls on June 16. The date changes each year because it is celebrated on the Friday after the Corpus Christi octave, or the Friday after the second Sunday after Pentecost. However, other reasons exist as to why June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The feast dates back to 1673, when a French nun who belonged to the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines) in eastern France began to receive v...

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