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Lenten Reflection - Deacon Dennis Dolan
March 17, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Deacon Dennis Dolan speaks on renewal during the season of Lent. For more resources to help you on your Lenten journey Visit and Bookmark  NorwichDiocese.org/Lent

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Did You Miss the Third Lenten Mission Meeting? Here's the Video!
Did you miss last week’s Lenten Mission??  Bishop Michael Cote explored faith through the eyes of the apostle Judas.  Bishop Cote reflected on Judas' remorse, but called us to take the step to ask for Jesus' forgiveness. Click the link below and use the passwo...

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Novena to St. Joseph: For Those on the Path of Adoption
Invoking the intercession of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, we pray that the Lord will bless all who travel upon the path of adoption. And, recalling the mercy which God our Father has shown to us, we also ask that, through our words and actions, they may encounter the outstretched hands of his...

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Lenten Reflection - Deacon Dan D'Amelio
March 10, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Deacon Dan D’Amelio from St. Bridget of Kildare in Moodus speaks about going into the desert during Lent. For more resources to help you on your Lenten journey Visit and Bookmark  NorwichDiocese.org/Lent

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Lenten Reflection- Deacon Michael Puscas
March 3, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Deacon Michael Puscas gives a Lenten reflection on the need for reconciliation. For more resources to help you on your Lenten journey Visit and Bookmark  NorwichDiocese.org/Lent

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Agape Love- Hope and 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 43 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl- Director of the Office of Faith Events, gives insight into what agape love is. ...

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Ash Wednesday Message - Bishop Cote
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich delivered his Ash Wednesday message during the Noon Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. Drawing on Pope Francis' Ash Wednesday message of last year - as the pandemic began to take hold in Italy and around the world - Bishop Cote...

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Storge Love - 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 42 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas- Administrative Assistant in the Office of Faith Events, provides us with a wit...

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Love- It's More Than Hearts and Flowers-- Hope and Faith Series 2021
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 40 Mary-Jo McLaughlin starts off the Month of February speaking about one of the 4 types of love- Eros. Eros is romantic love; what does tha...

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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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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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Answering the Divine Call 

Posted on March 27, 2024 in: Reflections, Lent

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Answering the Divine Call 
The Risen Lord knows us so very intimately, calling each of us by name. In our sinfulness, imperfection and unworthiness, we are not abandoned.     In the Easter story, a meaningful and very vulnerable exchange occurs between Mary Magdalene and the Risen Lord, as depicted in the Gospel of John (20:11-18).   In the quiet solitude of a garden, Mary Magdalene stands, tears staining her cheeks, grief echoing in her heart. The tomb of Jesus looms before her, a silent witness to the profound loss that seems insurmountable. It is in this very...

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Bishop Cote Discusses Faith and Redemption in Palm Sunday Homily
"We celebrate this Palm Sunday with the eyes of faith,"   On Sunday, March 24th, the Cathedral of Saint Patrick was filled with the faithful, gathered to commemorate Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote presided over the Mass, delivering a homily that captured the profound significance of the sacred day. He drew parallels between the disciples' initial inability to grasp the full significance of Christ's entry into Jerusalem and our celebration of Palm Sunday. He emphasized...

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“Peace be with you!” - Bishop Cote's 2024 Easter Message
  Easter Message 2024   My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, The peace of the risen Lord be with you and all whom you love. On this Easter Sunday, we rejoice in the Lord’s victory over sin and death. Assembled with their companions, the Eleven apostles first heard the good news of Jesus’ Resurrection. While they were discussing all this, Jesus stands among them. In their fright, in their guilt, and in their wonderment and awe, the Risen Lord greets them, “Peace be with you!” (cf. Luke 24:36-37) While the mere sight of Je...

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Sharing in Our Humanity

Posted on April 07, 2024 in: Reflections

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Sharing in Our Humanity
At Mass, the deacon is the minister of the cup. He prepares the chalice of wine and elevates the cup of blessing with the priest in his elevation of the host.  It always humbles me when I pray the Prayer of Preparation for the chalice: “By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” The prayer is said quietly while pouring the wine and a drop of water into the chalice. Many people in the pews may not even be aware of the prayer being said. The wine represents Jesus&rsq...

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A Question of Faith- What is Papal Infallibility?
Have you ever questioned or wondered about some aspect of the Catholic faith? Well now is your chance to do just that! Four County Catholic Magazine is introducing a new column entitled A QUESTION OF FAITH. Every edition will offer our readers’ the opportunity to ask and have their questions answered. We are grateful to Father Richard D. Breton, Jr. for his willingness to assist us in this new endeavor. Father Breton has been a priest for 15 years and is the parochial vicar of Guardian Angels Parish in Colchester. In addition to his parish responsibilities, Father ...

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