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Vocations Corner: A Seminarian Reflection
It’s hard to believe we have celebrated All Saints, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, and now find ourselves at Advent. Recently, three of our seminarians, Eric, Julian and Alex, received Admission to Candidacy. They did so on November 20th at Holy Mass. Each candidate petitions their bishop in w...

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Norwich, Catholic
Sacraments 101: Confirmation Makes Us Witnesses for the Lord
Imagine yourself in the middle of an ongoing war, the two sides battling back and forth to put themselves in a place of command over the other side. However, there is never a clear victor in the midst of the fighting. The war goes on and on without either side gaining dominance over the other. Now, ...

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Norwich, Catholic
Bishop's Column: A Christian is a Missionary of Hope
November 2020 Four County Catholic  A Christian is a Missionary of Hope   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As we approach this Thanksgiving, we find ourselves challenged on many fronts.  Political and social unrest is in our streets and in the media. We are hind...

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Bishop, Norwich, Catholic

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: Reflections

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
A Prayer of Thanksgiving   Lord God, on this day of Thanksgiving, we ask your blessings on our family, our friends, our home, our health and on the food we are about to eat. We thank you for this time together and the many gifts that you have given us. Help us to remember in this time o...

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Norwich, Catholic
Gratitude - Hope and Faith Video Series Week 32
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 32 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas from the Office of Faith Events, speaks about the virtue of Gratitude. ...

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A Veterans Day Prayer

Posted on November 05, 2020 in: News, Reflections

A Veterans Day Prayer
A prayer for all of our veterans who have served our country.

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Hope and Faith Series - Saint Jude
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 30 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl- Director of the Office of Faith Events, speaks on the life of St. Jude. ...

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USCCB Offers Election Novena to Help Voters
Bearing in mind our nation’s challenges and the need for wise, moral, civic leadership, the USCCB is offering an electronic Election Novena to help Catholics form their consciences as they prepare for the upcoming election. For nine consecutive days, Monday, October 26 through Tue...

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Hope and Faith Series - Speaking of Saints
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 29 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Mary-Jo McLaughlin speaks about Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi as a model of sacram...

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Marriage, Saints
“Respect Life Month” 2020 and the 25th Anniversary of The Gospel of Life
One year ago, even before the unthinkable effects of the pandemic and the social unrest and division that we are now witnessing, a piece in the New York Times stated: “The world we live in now is one in which no place is safe, no lives really matter, when it comes to violence” (9/2/19). ...

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Norwich, Connecticut, Catholic
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A Prayer for Father's Day

Posted on June 13, 2024 in: Reflections

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A Prayer for Father's Day
Dear God, Thank you for loving us with your perfect heart of a father. We ask you this Father's Day and always to guide and protect the hearts of all men in fatherly roles who are striving to love with your heart and do your work. Give them pure, chaste, courageous, and creative hearts like Saint Joseph. Give them hearts that never tire of serving those they are called to love. Give them hearts that seek out their loved ones and gently turn their gaze to see You, who is Love.  And we ask you, Father, to bless them abundantly today....

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Discovering the Joy of Christ: Delving into the Humor of the Divine
My spiritual journey has taken many twists and turns over the years. Last year, when I was asked by my friend Mary Ellen Mahoney, the Annual Catholic Appeal director, to speak to the Christopher Society at their annual dinner on behalf of the diocesan Communications Office and the Four County Catholic magazine, I jumped at the chance. Here are a few of the highlights of the talk I gave. It is based on research for a term paper I wrote many years ago, where I sought to unravel a mystery.  I am constantly on the lookout for imponderables — you know, those ...

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Transforming Tragedy into Triumph: A Journey to Forgiveness
In the spring of 1994, I was thinking about all the typical teenage things any junior in high school is consumed with: my driver’s license, grades, girls, a new job at Burger King. I was vaguely aware of talk of a problem in a faraway land called Rwanda, but my young mind was too focused on my small concerns. Meanwhile, my contemporaries in Rwanda had real problems: a genocide unfolding around them. There had always been tensions between the two tribes that inhabited Rwanda: the Hutu and the Tutsi. But now, it was exploding into intense violence. Almost overnight, ...

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Embracing the Extraordinary in Ordinary Time
In the rhythm of the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time often goes unnoticed. At first glance, it may seem mundane, a simple filler in the spiritual calendar. However, a closer look reveals that Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary; it’s a profound opportunity for spiritual growth and deepening our relationship with God. Ordinary Time, marked by the color green, symbolizes life, hope and anticipation. It’s a season that invites us to cultivate our faith in the everyday moments of life. This period encompasses the life and teachings of Jesus, His miracles, p...

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