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Three Realities that Change Everything
Three Realities that Change Everything: Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption During the Eucharistic Revival “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her ...

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St. Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr of Charity
St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) was a Polish Catholic priest and martyr. He founded the Militia Immaculata and promoted devotion to the Virgin Mary. During World War II, he was imprisoned in Auschwitz, where he selflessly volunteered to take the place of a condemned prisoner. His act of sacrificial...

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Clowning For Christ

Posted on July 31, 2023 in: Reflections

Clowning For Christ
“Clowning,” is defined as “to do silly things and to dress in outrageous costumes in order to make people laugh.” But, Clowning for Christ is a ministry and involves sharing God's love more than laughs. Meet Clown David.  Clown David, also known as David Kohn i...

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Restless? Uncertain? Turn to God.
Restless? Uncertain? Turn to God. If you have found yourself in a season of restlessness and uncertainty lately, how do you determine where God wants you? While there is no step-by-step guide to follow, here are a few suggestions to help you on your journey. 1. Pray. This may seem obvious, ...

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Preaching the Word of God

Posted on July 22, 2023 in: Reflections

Preaching the Word of God
Over the years sitting in the pews, I have heard some wonderful homilies — and, on occasion, some not so wonderful. Now that I have the honor of preaching as a deacon at Mass, I try my best to break open the Scriptures and let the Holy Spirit guide me in nourishing God’s people. I am ...

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This Summer, Help Your Children Live the Fruits of the Spirit
Editor's note: the following is from the Archdiocese of Hartford website. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Gal 5:22-23) Summer arrives with some of God’s great gifts! He gives us longer...

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Parenting Pursuits: Seeds of Faith
One of the greatest responsibilities we have as parents is the blessing of instilling faith into our children’s lives. Most are familiar with the age-old proverb: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prv 22:6) However, as any p...

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Diakonia: Preaching the Word of God
Over the years sitting in the pews, I have heard some wonderful homilies, and on occasion some not so wonderful. Now that I have the honor of preaching as a Deacon at Mass, I try my best to break open the Scriptures and let the Holy Spirit guide me in nourishing God’s people. I am in no way...

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A Prayer for Father's Day

Posted on June 15, 2023 in: Reflections

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...

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
"While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, 'Take it; this is my body.' Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, 'This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for ma...

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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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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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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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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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