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Bishop Cote welcomes 11 Catechumens and Candidates at Easter Vigil Mass
By Ryan Blessing A dramatic transformation from darkness to light filled the Cathedral of St. Patrick as part of the celebration of the Easter Vigil on April 20. The Diocese of Norwich also welcomed three Catechumens, those who have never been officially baptized into a church prior to enterin...

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Mercy’s Robotic Team Wins Another FIRST Robotics Championship
By Marie Leary The Mercy TechTigers 3654 won their second FIRST® Robotics championship banner in March at the Waterbury District event. The TechTigers, an all-girl robotics team from Mercy High School Middletown, excelled at this year’s game Destination: DEEP SPACE and earned the win wi...

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Hundreds attend Annual Chrism Mass
The annual Chrism Mass took place Tuesday morning at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, where hundreds of faithful communicants continued 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 th...

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Encouraging Reactions to the New Faith Formation Curriculum
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin Based on encouraging feedback thus far for the new faith formation curriculum, Andrea Hoisl, director of the Diocesan Office of Faith Events, said she believes, “The Holy Spirit is moving the Diocese in the direction it needs to go regarding life-long faith formation.&...

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Mom Knows Best: The Christopher Dinner
 By Mary Ellen Mahoney Two hours before the Christopher Dinner was set to begin at the Water’s Edge Resort, in Westbrook, my staff and I were on location setting up for the event just as we had done for countless other Diocesan events. While the routine was familiar, the venue was new ...

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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire
April 15, 2019 WASHINGTON—Amidst the devastating fire taking place at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Pairs, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement to the people of Paris. The full statement foll...

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Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra brings Mozart's 'Requiem' to Cathedral
By Ryan Blessing The timeless music of Mozart’s “Requiem,” his final composition, filled the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich during a special Palm Sunday evening concert by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra on April 14. The orchestra and chorus performed before a...

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Leadership Meeting Launches ACA Campaign
By Kathy Gaito The Holiday Inn in Norwich was the setting for the Diocese of Norwich Annual Catholic Appeal Leadership Meeting on March 7. Priests, parish secretaries and parishioners from all across the diocese who volunteer their time to assist with the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) came togethe...

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Parish Twinning and the Connection with Faith
By Father Frank Rouleau Parish Twinning is about building relationships and solidarity with Catholic parishes in other places. “We are members of a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world” (US Co...

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Islands of Mercy In A Sea of Indifference: Migrant Caravans Forum
By Ryan Blessing A special forum that explored the causes and the human impact of the migrant caravans traveling to the southern U.S. border from Latin America featured presentations in both English and Spanish from two guest speakers. Sister Mary Jude, Director of Hispanic Ministry organized ...

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