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Bishop Cote's Pastoral on Life
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, "Equality begins in the Womb." This is the theme for the 49th annual March for Life which will be held on January 21, 2022, in Washington, D.C. January 22, 2022, marks 49 years since the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing (Roe v. Wade) ...

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Bishop's Column: 'What the World Needs Now...'
January 2022 Four County Catholic 'What the World Needs Now...' Those of you who were around in the 1960s may recognize the above as the opening line of a popular song and may easily be able to complete the lyric. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only t...

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A Prayer for 2022

Posted on December 30, 2021 in: Reflections

A Prayer for 2022
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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Bishop Cote's Christmas Message for 2021
December 2021 Four County Catholic Christmas Message 2021 “And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Thes...

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Bishop's Column: Lord of Love

Posted on November 24, 2021 in: Reflections

Bishop's Column: Lord of Love
November 2021 Four County Catholic Lord of Love “They will fight with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:14 My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, You can ...

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for 2021

Posted on November 18, 2021 in: Reflections

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for 2021
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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Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Served
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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An All Souls Prayer

Posted on October 28, 2021 in: Reflections

An All Souls Prayer
November 2 is the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed, or All Souls. On this day, we pray that all those who have died — our loved ones, and also those people around the world who we will never meet— through the mercy of God, will rest in peace.   Merciful Father, ...

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Bishop's Column: Respect Life, Always
October 2021 Four County Catholic Respect Life, Always My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, October is Respect Life Month. The theme this year is Saint Joseph, Defender of Life. In this year of Saint Joseph, we recall how Joseph protected the infant Jesus and His mother Mary. In his apos...

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Bishop's Column: Confident in Our Faith
September 2021 Four County Catholic Confident in Our Faith My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Inspiration can come to us in many ways. Sometimes the source of inspiration can surprise us. I had such a moment recently. While Storm Ida was rattling the windows of my office and I was pray...

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Bishop's Column: Sowing Seeds

Posted on August 04, 2022 in: Reflections, Vocations

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Bishop's Column: Sowing Seeds
August 2022 Four County Catholic Sowing Seeds “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Many people have influence on the direction our lives take. Parents, family members, friends, and teachers all have an impact on who we are and who we will become. I am very proud to be a product of Catholic education. Many wonderful teachers were a part of my early faith formation...

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