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After a Year of Change, the Fight for Unborn Children Continues
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, January 22, 2023, marks fifty years since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. For fifty years there has been a march in Washington D.C. This year's march will be held on January 20. The theme is "Next Steps: Marching in a Post-Ro...

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A Prayer for 2023

Posted on January 01, 2023 in: Reflections

A Prayer for 2023
Remember us, O God; from age to age be our comforter. You have given us the wonder of time, blessings in days and nights, seasons and years. Bless your children at the turning of the year and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Christ. You are our Go...

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Daily Bread for the Body and Spirit

Posted on December 27, 2022 in: Reflections

Daily Bread for the Body and Spirit
During the holidays, we can be prone to overindulging between Christmas and New Year festivities. An excessive variety and quantity of food find their way to our tables, making their flavorful contributions to our merriment. I mean, what would Christmas be without the family feast? Ham? Eggnog? Pump...

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Bishop Cote's Christmas Message for 2022
  December 2022 Four County Catholic Christmas Message 2022 “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”   Luke 2:7 My dear sisters and brot...

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It’s a Wonderful Life: How a 75-year-old Movie is the Gospel Transposed onto Celluloid
If you are one of the few people who have never seen this classic movie, be warned, there are some spoilers to follow. Hopefully, by the time you finish this article, you will want to pop some corn or roast some chestnuts and find an airing of It’s a Wonderful Life. Be sure to share it with...

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A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Posted on November 17, 2022 in: News, Reflections

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
God, all powerful, most holy, most high and supreme; Father: holy and righteous; Lord: king of heaven and earth; we thank you for yourself, because by your holy will and through your only Son and the Holy Spirit you created all things, spiritual and material. You made us in your image and...

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A Veterans Day Prayer

Posted on November 10, 2022 in: Reflections

A Veterans Day Prayer
The Return “The Return,” an emotional depiction of a World War I soldier kneeling before a crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Innocents on West 37th and Broadway in lower Manhattan built in 1866. Both the crucifix and the church are still in place today. God of peace, we pray f...

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Bringing Christ to the Infirm
    When my wife was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass, she would also bring Holy Communion to residents at our local convalescent home. Often, she would tell me stories about the people there and how they loved having someone visit them and bring them our Lord....

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Bishop's Column: Go into the Whole World and Proclaim the Gospel
October/November 2022 Four County Catholic Go into the Whole World and Proclaim the Gospel   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We are fortunate to live in New England. One of the highlights of living in New England is the change of seasons. Each season offers us something uniq...

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Bishop's Column-I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me
September 2022 Four County Catholic I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Maintaining the dignity of life through its entire earthly journey is one of the essential callings of our beliefs. At the core, it defines our Catholic faith and who we are &nda...

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Saint Patrick: "Christ Be With Me"

Posted on March 16, 2023 in: Reflections

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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 protection and reliant on his intercession.  “Christ be with me, Christ within me… Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Chri...

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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 (Patris Corde, 2020).  Click here to read Pope Francis' 2020 Apostolic Letter, "Patris Corde (With A Father's Heart)".  Click here to pray a Litany of Saint Joseph.  See below for a prayer to Saint Joseph. This Lent, give your ...

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