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'He Has Risen' - Bishop Cote's Easter Message
  Easter Message 2022 “There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6 My dear brothers and sisters in the risen Lord: One of the greatest and mos...

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Are We Living Easter Joy? Hope & Faith Video Series
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Nina Romero-Caron speaks about her Easter Joy.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

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Spread Easter Joy - Hope & Faith Video Series
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Alex Soucy speaks about the three places he finds Easter Joy.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

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Bishop's Column: Model of Compassion
April 2022 Four County Catholic Model of Compassion My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: As our Lenten preparation continues, we contemplate Jesus’s overwhelming compassion in the ultimate act of divine love – laying down His life for our salvation. His actions throughout scr...

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Bishop's Column: You Are the Light of the World
March 2022 Four County Catholic You Are the Light of the World My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Holy Season of Lent invites us to extend ourselves in preparation for Easter through prayer, fasting, and charity – The Three Pillars of Lent. These pillars, or practices, hel...

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Bishop's Column: Called to the Joy of Love
February 2022 Four County Catholic Called to the Joy of Love My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A faithful marriage is a re-creation in time and space of Jesus’ love for His people, the Church. Selfless love, which is the core of the Gospel message, is truly the very heart of mar...

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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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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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