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Jesuit Astronomer Remembers the First Christmas in Space
1968 was a turbulent year for America. As the Vietnam War raged and leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. lost their lives at assassins’ hands, cities across the United States were convulsed by riots.  Amid the chaos, three men left the earth behind, trading the strife of the world be...

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After 2,000 Years the Persecution of Christians Continues
During Tuesday’s Angelus on the occasion of the feast of St. Stephen — the first Christian martyr — Pope Francis renewed his call for peace and brought attention to the persecution that Christians are facing around the world. “Today, 2,000 years later, unfortunately, we se...

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When Does Christmas Actually End?

Posted on December 26, 2023 in: News

When Does Christmas Actually End?
By Catholic News Agency How many days is Christmas? When should you finally take those lights off the porch, or remove the tree? Read on for some of the arguments for and against commonly agreed-upon end dates for Christmas. Christmas is one day This, of course, is the simplest an...

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"May We Always Hear the Bells of Christmas"

Posted on December 25, 2023 in: News

"May We Always Hear the Bells of Christmas"
During the Christmas Eve homily at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich, Bishop Michael R. Cote drew inspiration from Longfellow's "Christmas Bells" poem, delving into the challenges faced by Longfellow and the poignant circumstances that gave rise to this enduring piece. The homi...

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Watch the Replay of Christmas Eve Mass from the Cathedral.
Merry Christmas! The beauty of the cathedral can be experienced year-round and will remain fully decorated until the Solemnity of the Epiphany on January 6, 2024. Masses are daily 7 AM and noon.

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Schedule of Christmas Masses - Cathedral of St. Patrick
The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - Christmas is on Monday, December 25th. This year the Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24th. All Catholics have the opportunity and obligation to attend Mass for both the 4th Sunday of Advent and the Sol...

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Statement of USCCB on Vatican’s Document Addressing Pastoral Blessings
WASHINGTON - In response to the Declaration “Fiducia supplicans” issued by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offered the following statement from its spokesperson, Chieko Noguchi, executive director of publi...

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Father Gregoire Fluet Named Interim President of College
In a unanimous vote of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees, Fr. Gregoire Fluet has been named Interim President of the college. At the beginning of September, Fr. Fluet assumed the role of Acting President of the college. In just a few weeks, Fr. Fluet has shown that he is a capable an...

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Relationship and Truth - Two Golden Threads of Campus Ministry in the Diocese of Norwich
A simple friendship can often serve as the spark that ignites a profound relationship with the Lord. It is in the warmth of a genuine connection with others that we sometimes discover the transformative power of faith. Through conversations, shared experiences and the unconditional support of friend...

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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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New London Couple Recognized as State’s Longest Married Couple   In each of the 71 years that Russell and Pauline DeMarco have been married, their love for each other has grown stronger. How does such an enduring love last despite the challenges and differences that all married couples face? The answer, the couple says, lies with two necessary and key ingredients – patience and understanding. As a way of recognizing and honoring the enduring love of couples like the DeMarcos, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, (WWME) a faith-based marriage enrichment pr...

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Resources to Help You on Your Lenten Journey

Posted on February 15, 2024 in: News, Lent


Resources to Help You on Your Lenten Journey
During Lent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection through prayer and reflection. We contemplate the promised Second Coming of Jesus as Savior. And amid the flurry of preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives. To help you with this preparation, we have gathered various Lent resources into one convenient online location. Here you will find several articles and videos about Lent, along with tools and links to help guide you in the understanding of this holy time.    ...

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Saint of the Month: St. John Bosco

Posted on January 29, 2024 in: News


Saint of the Month: St. John Bosco
          His one-boy show: Giovanni was born to poor parents in a little cabin in Becchi, a hillside hamlet in Italy. His father died when he was only two years old, and his mother Margaret was left with three sons to raise on her own. As soon as Giovanni was old enough, he learned magic tricks from performers at carnivals, fairs and circuses. He gave one-boy shows to earn money, and then repeated the priest’s Sunday homily to his audience of children.   On deciding what to do with his life: Giovanni Bosco also worked a...

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Rest in Peace- Deacon Nicholas J. Cannata

Posted on February 06, 2024 in: News


Rest in Peace- Deacon Nicholas J. Cannata
Deacon Nicholas J. Cannata   (January 20, 1931 - February 4, 2024)   Nicholas J. Cannata, 93 (although he was aiming for 100 in his draft obituary), of Portland, husband of 65 years to Bianca Russo Cannata, left this world on Sunday, February 4, 2024. Born January 20, 1931 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Francesca (Giardina) Cannata. Nick was predeceased by his eight older siblings. Two brothers-Emanuel and Sebastian Cannata; and six sisters-Anna Santavenere, Antoinette Spallone, Rose Filette, Helen Marino, Viola Bozzi a...

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Archdiocesan Time Capsule: ‘Do Not Open Until … November 2093’
Have you ever wondered what happened to the time capsule from the Archdiocese of Hartford’s 175th Anniversary celebration? You may recall that at the 175th Anniversary Mass on Nov. 28, 2018, Catholic parishes, schools, and other organizations were asked to bring packets of memorabilia to be buried the following year in a time capsule on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, for reopening sometime in the distant future. The precious items are now organized and safely tucked away, but not underground as you might expect. Instead, they are housed in the Archd...

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A Ticker Tape Message from God: How a non-Catholic Sociologist Became a Catholic Theologian
A Ticker Tape Message from God: How a non-Catholic Sociologist Became a Catholic Theologian   IN THE SUMMER OF 1987, Cynthia Toolin-Wilson reluctantly consented to accompany her husband and mother-in-law on a trip to Rome. Her husband Jim and his mother were devout Catholics, Cynthia was not. She was not anti-Catholic, she just wasn’t particularly interested in things religious. But, since visiting Rome was her elderly mother-in-law’s lifelong dream, Cynthia agreed to go on the condition that she would not have to visit any “religious&rdquo...

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