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Connecticut Bishops Issue Statement on Ending Anti-Semitism
Statement on Ending Anti-Semitism December 12, 2023 In recent weeks we have seen a disturbing and unacceptable emergence of anti-Semitism unleashed in many corners of our state and country. These demonstrations, speeches, and acts of intimidation against the Jewish people are profoundly evil a...

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Pope Francis Celebrates 54 Years as a Priest
On Dec. 13, 1969, just four days before his 33rd birthday, Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio — who today is Pope Francis — was ordained a priest by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano, archbishop emeritus of Córdoba, Argentina. That Dec. 13, 54 years ago, was a Saturday, the eve of the third ...

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Rest in Peace- Deacon Albert J. Cote

Posted on December 13, 2023 in: News

Rest in Peace- Deacon Albert J. Cote
Deacon Albert J. Cote (August 22, 1936 – December 11, 2023) Deacon Albert J. Cote passed away at his home on December 11, 2023. He was born in Sprague on August 22, 1936, the son of Alfred and Marie Rose (Daigneault) Cote. Deacon Cote was a US Army veteran serving from 1956-1958 and was hon...

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Faithful Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast
Mariachi music filled the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, faithful from across our Diocese gathered to celebrate The Annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Bishop Michael R. Cote celebrated the Mass.  Reverend Juan Aguirre delivered the Homily.&nbs...

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Hand-made Hats and Scarves Make Tree Warm and Toasty
A warm and toasty Christmas tree designed by the Diocesan Office of Faith Events (OFE) will not only bring joy to those who see it but warmth from winter’s cold for all those who benefit from it. Called ‘The Warm and Toasty Tree,’ it is filled with 150 knit and crocheted hats an...

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Pope Francis: Like Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mothers can be Great Evangelizers Today
Our Lady of Guadalupe proclaimed the Gospel in “mother tongue,” Pope Francis said in a message that highlighted the important role mothers play in passing on the faith to the next generation. The pope spoke about how the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 helped to spread the...

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception- Friday, December 8th
    The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation celebrated on Friday, December 8th. It commemorates Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was conceived without original sin. This immaculate state is seen as a divine preparation for her role in bearing the...

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Bethlehem Welcomes Advent 2023 with Quieter Procession, Still with Hope
JERUSALEM - On Dec. 2, like every evening before Advent, the city where Jesus was born welcomed the custos of the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton, and the Franciscan friars for their annual procession into the city of Bethlehem. This year, however, due to the ongoing conflict, the solemnity of...

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COP 28: U.S. Bishops Call for International Climate Policies that Promote Justice
WASHINGTON – The United Nations will convene their annual meeting on climate, COP28, on November 30. In advance of the meeting, Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on&n...

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Welcoming the Stranger: Archbishop Kevin S. Randall Embraces Diversity, Service in Bangladesh as Church's new Apostolic Nuncio
Archbishop Kevin S. Randall had the opportunity recently to celebrate Mass with members of Connecticut’s Bangladeshi community, a tight-knit group of about 600 worshipers based in Manchester.  A well-traveled man who has served in Roman Catholic diplomatic posts on four continents, Arc...

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Diocese Celebrates the Ordination of Three Men to the Priesthood
On June 29, 2024, the Diocese of Norwich celebrated the ordination of three young men to the priesthood, marking a joyous event for the community. “You bring with you many gifts granted to you by God in His goodness,” said The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, to deacons Eric Carl Hosmer, Julian Felipe Cuervo-Lozada, and Alexander James Pandolfe during his homily. “Put them to good use, always, for the glory of God and the good of His holy people.” Bishop Cote expressed deep appreciation to Mount Saint Mary’s seminary faculty ...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on July 01, 2024 in: News, Vocations

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Clergy Appointments
July 1, 2024 The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D. D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointments in the Diocese of Norwich   Reverend Henry Agudelo, from Parochial Vicar, Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish-Saint Joseph Church and Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church, New London, Saint Paul Church, Waterford, and Our Lady of Grace Church, Fishers Island, to Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary Parish, Clinton.                       ...

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Pope Francis Asks Sacred Heart of Jesus to Convert Hearts Who Want War
Pope Francis prayed for the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday to convert “the hearts of those who want war” to projects of dialogue and peace. On the last day of June, a month that the Catholic Church dedicates to the Sacred Heart, the pope asked people to continue praying for Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Myanmar, and other parts of the world where there is much suffering caused by war. Pope Francis also asked people to remember the suffering of persecuted Christians during his Angelus address on June 29.  “Tod...

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Healing Masses -Suspended Until Further Notice
The monthly Healing Masses that take place every third Sunday of the month at Holy Family Church in Hebron/Amston, are suspended until further notice, due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience. -Office of Faith Events

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Pope Francis to Canonize ‘Martyrs of Damascus,’ Three Others on Oct. 20
Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass of canonization for 14 people, including the 11 “Martyrs of Damascus,” on Sunday, Oct. 20, the Vatican announced Monday. The pope declared the date of the canonization, which will take place during the 2024 assembly of the Synod on Synodality, after the College of Cardinals voted to approve the canonizations of 15 people in a consistory on the morning of July 1. The date of the much-anticipated canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis will be set at a later time, according to the July 1 press release. The &l...

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What are Schism and Excommunication in the Catholic Church?
Recently a community of Poor Clare nuns in Spain announced their decision to leave the Catholic Church, thus committing the canonical crime of schism and incurring excommunication. Italian Archbishop Carlo María Viganò is also undergoing a Vatican extrajudicial process for schism.  Just what are schism and excommunication in the Catholic Church? An explanation follows. Schism According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, schism is “the rupture of ecclesiastical union and unity, i.e. either the act by which one of the faithful...

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