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Franciscan University Offers Safe Haven to Jewish Students
                                         Franciscan University Offers Safe Haven to Jewish Students   President Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, promises warm welcome to students under thr...

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Gratitude for Son and Catholic Education Has Mom Going the Extra Mile
Nine years ago, Kate Terricciano’s son Anthony was born as a “micro preemie,” coming into this world at just one pound. “It really helped to turn to our faith, to get us through those first few months that were very touch and go,” Terricciano says. “That’...

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St. Patrick Cathedral School Team Rappels for a Cause: Special Olympics CT
In a heartwarming display of unity and support, the St. Patrick Cathedral School team recently descended from the heights of Mohegan Sun, not just for the thrill but for a noble cause. The team's mission was clear: raise funds for Special Olympics CT.   And raise they did! A remar...

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Saint Bernard School and Mohegan Tribe Gather to Celebrate New Partnership
Officials from The Mohegan Tribe and Saint Bernard School gathered October 4th with local elected officials, community leaders, and supporters to mark a new chapter in the history of the Tribe and the school. The event celebrated a landmark partnership announced earlier this year which resulted in h...

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Did St. Francis really tame a savage wolf? A look at the legend
In the Italian town of Gubbio, some 130 miles north of Rome, sits the church of San Francisco della Pace.— the Church of St. Francis “of the Peace.” The church is large and old, and its white stone exterior is nondescript. Walking inside, you’ll find an inscription in the sto...

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A Christmas Message in September: How ‘Good King Wenceslas’ Inspired His People to Follow God
Wenceslaus I is known by many titles: king, warrior, saint. Yet he is by far most popularly known as “Good King Wenceslas” in one of the most beloved Christmas carols of the 20th century. During his time, he was a beloved Bohemian prince and now he is the patron saint of the Czech Rep...

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St. Michael Defend Us

Posted on September 28, 2023 in: News

St. Michael Defend Us
If you think angels are chubby cheeked, bare-bottomed tots with wings, or maybe golden-haired ladies in white nightgowns playing harps, it’s time to take a look at St. Michael the Archangel, commander of the heavenly army. Leader of Heavenly Forces: Michael, who shares his Sept. 29 feast...

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Inside, Outside: Synod to Focus on the Church and its Role in the World
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis was introduced to the world from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, he spoke to the crowd about taking up a journey, "bishop and people," a "journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us." He did not mention the Synod o...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on September 20, 2023 in: News, Vocations

Clergy Appointments
September 20, 2023 The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D. D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointment in the Diocese of Norwich   Reverend Marvin Bearis, OFM Cap., to Saint Pius X Parish, Middletown, Pastor. Effective:  September 1, 2023.  ...

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Respect Life: Immigration

Posted on September 14, 2023 in: News, Hispanic Ministry

Respect Life: Immigration
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:35-36).   Pope Francis, in his message ...

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Here’s When Easter Officially Ends

Posted on April 04, 2024 in: News

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Here’s When Easter Officially Ends
Catholics recognize Easter — when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after sacrificing his life for all of humanity — as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox. But, as it turns out, they can continue saying “Happy Easter” into May or, in some years, into June. Easter lasts for a total of 50 days, from Easter Sunday until the feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Christ.  This year, 2024, Easter was on March 31 and runs until Pentecost Sunday, ...

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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth

Posted on March 19, 2024 in: News

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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth
It is said to have been brought from the Mideast to Europe by the Knights Templar, and it is purportedly the most studied artifact in history. But the greatest claim made for this cloth is that it is the actual burial cloth of Christ, the Shroud of Turin. On the cloth can be seen a faint image of the corpse of a tortured man, with blood stains indicating wounds around the head, chest, arms, hands, and feet. The first photograph of the cloth was taken in 1898, and to everyone’s amazement, it revealed that the image was something akin to a photographic negative, whic...

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A Glowing Celebration of Faith- Candlelit Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick
A sea of candlelight cast a comforting glow over those gathered in the darkened Cathedral of Saint Patrick for the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, March 30th. The Liturgy of Light (Lucernarium) commenced as Bishop Michael R. Cote and ministers proceeded in silence and darkness to the rear of the Cathedral. There, the Bishop spoke to the faithful about the significance of the vigil before bestowing a blessing upon the new fire, which would be used to light the Paschal candle. Father Brian Romanowski then carried the lit candle down the main aisle into the dimly lit Cath...

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Sacred Oils, Sacred Vows - Chrism Mass 2024
"May your holy oil, O Lord, be blessed by You, for our sake" The annual Chrism Mass took place Tuesday morning, March 26th, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, continuing the celebration of Holy Week leading up to Easter.  The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, blessed the sacramental oils that will be used by parishes throughout the diocese in the coming year for baptism, confirmation, anointing of the sick and the ordination of priests.  In his homily, the Bishop remarked, "It is the c...

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St. Joseph - Husband of Mary and Patron of the Universal Church
St. Joseph is honored with feast days throughout the Liturgical Year. This feast encourages us to look at Joseph's role as husband and head of the Holy Family. Most of what we know about the life of St. Joseph comes to us from Scripture and legends that have sprung up regarding his life. Though Joseph is only mentioned by two of the evangelists, he is paid the compliment of being a "just" man. This is a way of saying that Joseph was such a good and holy man that he shares in God's own holiness. In addition, Joseph gives us an example of h...

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Singing ‘Alleluia’ to Praise the Lord: Experience the Seasonal Difference
Have you ever noticed that the liturgical seasons affect the use of the word “Alleluia”? In the spring, it comes and goes and comes back again – from Ordinary Time, to Lent, to the Easter Season. This shift in language – coupled with music, instrumentation and mood – is expressed in all Catholic parishes. So take note. But perhaps it is most noticeable in those with extensive music programs and professional choirs, such as at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. LENT: ABSTAINING FROM ALLELUIA On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday &nda...

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