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Bishop's Column: 'Lord, I Love You'
Winter 2023 Four County Catholic 'Lord, I Love You' As we enter the season of Lent, we take on the 40-day journey as an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the Lord. It is a contemplative time of intense soul-searching. It is also an opportunity to think beyond ourselv...

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Faith Sparks-Seeking the Face of God this Lent
It’s hard to believe but fairly soon we will be in the midst of the Lenten season. This is a time for us to focus on God by devoting time to deepening our faith and prayer lives.  One way many of us do this is by devoting more time to prayer, attending daily Mass, fasting from somethin...

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The Power of Prayer - One Woman's Amazing Experience
May 27, 2021 dawned with blue skies and fair weather as Lois Roy, Sexton at Church of the Holy Family, in Hebron, arrived to begin her day.  She met and spoke with the pastor, Father Michael Phillippino in the driveway as he arrived for his duties. A short time later, Father was jolted ...

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Spend Time in Eucharistic Adoration

Posted on February 13, 2023 in: Reflections

Spend Time in Eucharistic Adoration
What we look at has the power to change us. Our eyes are like portals to our imagination. Seeing something has a unique ability to stimulate new thoughts, clarify former ideas and significantly alter our perception. To gaze upon the Grand Canyon, the face of a child or, more problematically, images ...

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World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life in the Diocese of Norwich
On Feb. 5, priests and Religious from around the Diocese of Norwich gathered at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick to celebrate the gift of the Consecrated Life. All the faithful attendees came together to pray in thanksgiving for the Consecrated life and to ask God to bless members of Religious Co...

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Can Our Work Help Our Faith?

Posted on February 02, 2023 in: Reflections

Can Our Work Help Our Faith?
Each and every one of us, by virtue of our baptism, is called to live the Gospel and to follow Jesus in our daily lives. But how practical is that? Is it realistic to think that we can actually practice our faith in our daily work? According to Michael W. Sullivan, SFO, here are three ways our wo...

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Saint John Bosco - Patron Saint of Catholic Editors and Youth
“…that they are aware that they are loved” - Saint John Bosco 1815–1888 Patron Saint of apprentices, boys, editors, laborers, magicians, students Canonized by Pope Pius XI on April 1, 1934 The Church celebrates Saint John Bosco’s feast day on January 31. P...

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Bishop's Column: Sharing the Good News Through Witness Stories
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. Luke 2:16-17   My dear brothers  and sisters in Christ, Each year, as we commemorate the birth of the Lord J...

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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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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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